Ask Statistor

Statistor, Baseball Robot

Developed by Sperry Rand in 1963, Statistor is a robotic information-gathering and data storage system, later modified by Texas Instruments specifically for use by Statis Pro 1978 Replay. Statistor will answer any and all SP78-related questions, either bi-monthly or whenever the mood strikes him.


Dear Statistor,

Did Todd ever play other baseball games, and play other seasons, before his Statis Pro 1978 Replay season?

Greg L.
San Diego, CA

Dear Greg,

Yes, the Supreme Controller played his first simulation-type baseball game in the early 1970s, when he and a friend started a season using a deck of playing cards and the rules supplied with a box of Frosted Flakes cereal. Several years later, he would play a short season using a simple ‘pocket game’ created by a company called Tomy, before initializing his SP78 board game season in 1980.

Hi Statistor!

I know the text on Fast-Action cards is printed in four colors – red and black on one side, and blue and green on the other. But why does each SP78 game start with the blue-green side facing up on the deck?

Jim B.
Des Moines, IA

Dear Jim,

Because it is so.


2 responses to “Ask Statistor

  1. Yo, Statistor!
    What is the expected drop in batting average for Lefty vs. Lefty, and is there a corresponding decline in extra base hits also?

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