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Bob Hazen

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Fw: Boston Globe math at the ballpark
Posted: Aug 20, 2002 2:23 PM
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> Could you pass this on to some of your members?
> Dear math teacher,
> Do you have any math teachers who like baseball?
> The Boston Globe is working with the National Council of Teachers of
> Mathematics to find volunteers to go to baseball games (for free) to
> work out an interesting problem.
> We need four volunteers to go together on two nights to one of the 30
> major league parks in the next three weeks. (And maybe earlier if
> there's a strike!)
> Believe it or not, for an article on foul balls and safety, we're
> counting at every major league ballpark the number of seats within 90
> feet of home plate, the number of those seats unprotected from line
> drive foul balls by netting, the distance from home plate to the closest
> seat, and the length of the netting. The trick is that we have to
> measure all this without going onto the field, so that's where the math
> teachers come in.
> We want to finish our work by Sept. 8. The Globe will obtain credentials
> to allow you free access to the park, before and during the game. You
> would need to be able to go early to the game, four hours before the
> starting time, when the media gate opens. So far we have volunteers for
> Boston, Atlanta, Los Angles, Houston Astros, and Toronto.
> The details and description of the problem are at
> and in an identical Word document for easy printing at this Web address:
> (it's a large file, nearly
> 1 MB).
> Please speak up if the method doesn't make sense, or if you think of a
> better one.
> We are looking for this as soon as possible: a commitment to attend two
> games on a certain date, and the names and e-mail addresses of the four
> teachers. Details are in the Word file.
> Teams spoken for so far (9): Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Houston, Los
> Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto.
> Teams still available (21): Anaheim, Arizona, Cleveland, Detroit,
> Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Colorado, Cincinnati, Florida, Kansas
> City, Montreal, Oakland, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New York Mets, New York
> Yankees, Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Diego, Tampa Bay, Texas.
> Thanks,
> Bill
> Bill Dedman
> The Boston Globe

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