Scrutinizing baseball’s streaks
My family owned the Oakland A’s, formerly the Kansas City Athletics, from 1960 to 1980. During this period, our team won three consecutive World Series (1972 – 74) and five consecutive division titles (1971 – 75). I personally witnessed that one player would be on a streak and his attitude appeared to raise his teammates’ spirits “Hitting streaks may be contagious,” (SN: 1/26/13, p. 13). I also saw the opposite: If a player was having a bad day, this also seemed to be contagious.
Nancy H. Finley, Dublin, Calif.
On the other hand, you can sit just back with a dog and a brew and enjoy the game. Who cares why streaks happen? It’s just a joy when it happens on your team and a misery when it doesn’t. Can we assume that slumps are also contiguous? Bet [the researcher] can&rsq