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Entry from April 18, 2017
“Statistics are to baseball what a flaky crust is to Mom’s apple pie”

Statistics are important in baseball. American television journalist Harry Reasoner (1923-1991) is credited with saying:

“Statistics are to baseball what a flaky crust is to Mom’s apple pie.”

It’s not known when Reasoner said this, but it has been credited to him since at least 1992.


Wikipedia: Harry Reasoner
Harry Truman Reasoner (April 17, 1923 – August 6, 1991) was an American journalist for ABC and CBS News, known for his inventive use of language as a television commentator, and as a founder of the 60 Minutes program.

Over the course of his career, Reasoner won three Emmy Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award in 1967.

3 April 1992,The Sun (San Bernardino, CA) “Kaleidoscope,” pg. C2, col. 1:
THE UPPER CRUST:
Then there’s this one from legendary network newscaster Harry Reasoner: “Statistics are to baseball what flaky crust is to Mom’s apple pie.”

4 April 1992, The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON), “Truth and Rumours: William Houston’s World of Sport” by William Houston, pg. A17:
Savouring statistics
“Statistics are to baseball what a flakey crust is to mom’s apple pie.” - the late Harry Reasoner, broadcaster and baseball fan.

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1,001 Baseball Quips and Quotes:
Baseball’s Funniest Quips, Quotes, Zingers, and Malapropisms

By Glenn Liebman
New York, NY: Gramercy Books
2002
Pg. 192:
“Statistics are to baseball what a flaky crust is to Mom’s apple pie.”
Harry Reasoner

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The Best Things Anybody Ever Said about Sports, Management and Marketing
By Louis E. Boone and David L. Kurtz
Thomson South-Western
2005
Pg. 176:
“Statistics are to baseball what a flaky crust is to Mom’s apple pie.”
Harry Reasoner (1923-1991)
American television news reporter


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College Mathematics Through Baseball
By Fred Worth
Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc.
2015
Pg. 36:
“Statistics are to baseball what a flaky crust is to Mom’s apple pie.”— Harry Reasoner

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“Statistics are to baseball what a flaky crust is to Mom’s apple pie.”
― Harry Reasoner (born this day, April 17, 1923)
7:25 AM - 17 Apr 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 • Permalink