Deceptive Statistics in Baseball and Beyond

Jeff Gordon, “Good news, bad news … and more questions for Cards”. 6 August 2008. Accessed 8 August 008, available from http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/columnists.nsf/jeffgordon/story/DD51A464874902FA8625749D00532BEF?OpenDocument

“By the way, here is why you should digest all statistics with a grain of salt: Franklin got a blown save for allowing the game-tying sacrifice fly. And Isringhausen got a “hold” for retiring one of six batters. How stupid is that?)”

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Jeff Gordon makes a great case for why we ought not assume that statistics in baseball tell the real story. And, as you can see, he has a good case. My question is, what about other statistics?

There are 16 million southern Baptists.
There are 6 million in church on Sunday.

Boy, statistics aren’t truly trustworthy are they?

Let’s do our part to make this better.

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