This afternoon I have been looking for non-business examples of graphical presentation of data. Particularly I’ve been looking for good examples of sports statistics presented as summary graphs. The baseball equivalent of a weekly sales trend by region graph, if you will.
I am underwhelmed. There are a couple of sites out there doing historical graphing. Including (not recently updated) Baseball Graphs. But the major sports sites (ESPN, and the league official sites.) Still rely on the traditional text and numerical “box score” that I first learned to read sitting with my dad at the breakfast table. There’s a nice example with explanation of a baseball box score on wikipedia for those of you not lucky enough to have grown up with baseball for breakfast.
Check out this ESPN report on theColorado/Boston game (21.oct.07) Other than the addition the cute team logo icon next to the game highlights, it looks pretty much the way it did in the morning paper. Why?
My best guess… We learned to follow the game via text and numbers presented in the box score format. It serves it purpose well and we know how to read it. We don’t want to learn to read some other (visual) language.