MATH ACTIVITY
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Baseball Cards

Purpose

To create a personal baseball card using batting averages from a simulated game.

Materials

This is a photo of Courtney Amabile, first baseman  at Delaware Valley  High School

The Story
Michelle Carlson will be joining the University of Toledo (Ohio) Rockets' softball program this fall. Michelle was a great outfielder for Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, VA. She made the all-region team four years in a row. And she finished her high school career with a .420 batting average. She also averaged 18 stolen bases per season.

With statistics like that, Michelle will be a great addition to her college team. Head Softball Coach Jo Ann Gordon is thrilled to have her.

Fans love to know the statistics of their favorite players. That is why sports card collecting is so popular. Your Babe Ruth League softball team has decided to drum up excitement in the stands by producing player cards to pass out during games. You are responsible for creating your own card.

 

Procedure

Before you can create a card, you have to have a batting average. To get your batting average, you will play a simulated baseball/softball game using a spinner. Next, you will compare your "batting average" to a real player of your choice. You will also multiply your average from the simulated game times the number of at-bats the real player had in the 2002 season. This will give you the number of hits you would have in a season. Finally, you will use your statistics to create your player card.

Conclusion

Create a colorful and informative baseball card about yourself. Be sure to include biographical information, your at bats, hits, walks (BB) and your batting average, and at least one interesting fact about you. A picture of yourself is also required.

Classic Baseball Card
Recollectics


This activity was developed by the Event-Based Science Institute with generous support from the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. A teacher version of this and all other baseball/math activities is available free from the Institute. This Baseball Card activity was written by Elizabeth Raabe, mathematics teacher at Eastern Middle School, Silver Spring, MD.
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