Monday, June 09, 2014

Does the focussed specialist always win?

From the post Changing the dates, not the rules, is the way to fix horse racing's Triple Crown :

The analogy I've made is that it's like asking a baseball pitcher to throw three complete games in a week. They may have done that in the early 20th century, but they sure don't now. And the same can be said for thoroughbreds, which once ran far more often than they do today.

On July 2, 1963 (extending to July 3), Warren Spahn (then 42 years old) and Juan Marichal each pitched 15 scoreless innings. Spahn lost the game in the bottom of the 16th inning, giving up a home run to Willie Mays. [In the game after Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Bob Turley pitched 9 scoreless innings, losing in the 10th, 1-0]

In 1920, two pitchers each went 26 innings: Joe Oeschger of the Boston Braves and Leon Cadore of the Brooklyn Dodgers;


A question as to either the baseball or horse matters, if they could do it once, why can't they do it now? Do the short term specialists always beat the generalists? In patent law, there was a movement away from the specialist firms, such as Pennie & Edmonds and Fish & Neave, to the generalist law firms.


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