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Poughkeepsie Chapter of the Association For Computing Machinery aaa ccccccc mmmmm mmmmm a a cc cc mm mm mm mm aa aa cc c mm mm mm mm aaaaaaaaa cc mm mmm mm aa aa cc c mm m mm MEETING NOTICE aa aa cc cc mm mm aa aa cccccccc mm mm Program: Everything you know is wrong: How computers are changing the history and analysis of baseball Speaker: Tom Ruane About the topic: More than any other sport, baseball is dominated by the numbers it produces. And computers have played an integral part of baseball record keeping since the late 1960s. But the expansion of the internet, the development of online communities, and the proliferation of freely available baseball databases have revolutionized the way we see our national pastime. The talk will focus on the ways in which computers have made certain types of analysis possible, changing the way fans and baseball executives see the game, and on how the historical record of the game is being changed through the efforts of online groups like Retrosheet About the Speaker A veteran of more than 30 years at IBM, Tom Ruane has been a member of the Society For American Baseball Research ( since 1991, winning their highest honor, the Bob Davids Award, in 2008. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as The Yale Review, Total Baseball, The Southern Review, The Baseball Research Journal, The Carolina Quarterly, and The Big Bad Baseball Annual. He is currently on the board of directors of Retrosheet ( on whose website his research papers have often appeared. The peak of his career, he suspects, came when he was cited in a footnote in Michael Lewis' book, "Moneyball" (W. W. Norton & Company, 2003). When: 7:30 pm, Monday, Oct 17, 2011 Where: Ulrich Room, Dyson Hall, Marist College Directions: Building 6 on the map at Parking: Please park on the east side of Route 9, in the lot to the southeast of Dyson Hall. Cost: Free and open to the public Dinner: 6 pm, Palace Diner, 845.473.1576 Map and menu: All are welcome to join us for dinner. All are welcome to join us for dinner. We thank Marist College for hosting the chapter's meetings. Refreshments are served after the meeting. For further information, email or call 845.522.1971. P - L - E - A - S - E P - O - S - T

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