[Ads-l] Antedating of "Sabermetrics"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Oct 25 14:01:54 UTC 2015


> On Oct 25, 2015, at 7:20 AM, Shapiro, Fred <Fred.Shapiro at YALE.EDU> wrote:
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> 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?
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> Fred Shapiro

Unfortunately, while I have a few they're only from the late 1980s by which time the term was old cap.  

LH
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