[Ads-l] Antedating of "Sabermetrics"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Oct 25 11:20:18 UTC 2015

The OED's first use for the word "sabermetrics" is dated 1982.  I see that the website of the Society for American Baseball Research website states: "Sabermetrics was coined by statistician Bill James, who first introduced the word to readers of his Abstract in March 1980, writing: 'Sabermetrics is the mathematical and statistical analysis of baseball records.'"  Does anyone have the precise bibliographic information for this 1980 usage?

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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