More Fun with “Quarter Pole” and the Baseball Season

Three years ago, I wrote about bloggers/journalists misusing the term “quarter pole” when discussing the first quarter of the baseball season.  I mentioned that the “quarter pole” specifies the point on a racetrack one-quarter mile from the finish line, not the starting gate.

Here we are in 2015, and the misuse continues. Some examples:

“The New York Yankees hit the quarter pole of their season on Wednesday night, …”

“As they close in on the quarter pole of the 2015 Major League Baseball season, the Red Sox remain a work in progress.”

“Castellanos epitomizes the nervousness in this town as a still-young season just passed the quarter pole with the Tigers struggling to keep pace with division-leading Kansas City.”

Just this evening, during FOX’s “Baseball Night in America” pregame show, the studio host used the term twice within the first two minutes.
Listen gang. I’m not a “semantics Nazi.” My followers don’t think so.

However, when I see sportswriters incorrectly co-opting terms from other sports, I have to call it.

So, in order to hopefully help stop this from happening (again), I am providing the approximate “quarter pole” of each baseball season, based on the original schedule as listed on Retrosheet. Basically, take the total number of games to be played in each year, multiply by .75, and that is the game number that represents the “quarter pole.” Most years, it will involve a team playing in game 120-123 (out of 162), some time between August 15 and August 21.  This season, the “quarter pole” should be reached on August 22nd. (The “quarter pole” game might be slightly different than the one listed, based on the ordering of the Retrosheet list.  However, the basic theme remains intact)

YEAR TOTAL GAMES QUARTER POLE DATE VIS LG VIS GM # HM LG HM GM #
1877 180 135 08/25 CN1 NL 45 HAR NL 47
1878 180 135 08/15 IN1 NL 47 BSN NL 43
1879 336 252 08/26 TRN NL 63 PRO NL 63
1880 336 252 08/28 PRO NL 63 CL2 NL 63
1881 336 252 08/25 BSN NL 63 WOR NL 63
1882 336 252 08/19 CL2 NL 63 WOR NL 63
1883 392 294 08/18 DTN NL 74 BFN NL 74
1884 448 336 08/23 CHN NL 84 PRO NL 84
1885 448 336 08/25 BSN NL 84 PHI NL 84
1886 504 378 08/28 BSN NL 95 DTN NL 95
1887 504 378 08/29 CHN NL 96 WS8 NL 94
1888 560 420 08/27 PHI NL 105 WS8 NL 105
1889 560 420 08/26 IN3 NL 105 PIT NL 105
1890 560 420 08/21 CIN NL 105 NY1 NL 105
1891 560 420 08/24 BSN NL 105 PIT NL 105
1892 924 693 08/30 BSN NL 116 CIN NL 116
1893 792 594 08/21 CHN NL 99 WSN NL 99
1894 792 594 08/18 PIT NL 100 BLN NL 100
1895 792 594 08/20 CHN NL 100 BLN NL 99
1896 792 594 08/15 BRO NL 100 BSN NL 100
1897 792 594 08/18 PHI NL 99 NY1 NL 99
1898 924 693 08/29 BSN NL 115 PIT NL 118
1899 924 693 08/29 PHI NL 115 LS3 NL 118
1900 560 420 08/24 CIN NL 108 PIT NL 109
1901 1120 840 08/21 DET AL 105 BLA AL 104
1902 1120 840 08/20 BRO NL 109 CIN NL 103
1903 1120 840 08/17 WS1 AL 102 CHA AL 105
1904 1232 924 08/26 NY1 NL 117 CHN NL 117
1905 1232 924 08/24 PIT NL 120 BSN NL 120
1906 1232 924 08/23 CHA AL 114 WS1 AL 115
1907 1232 924 08/22 WS1 AL 115 CLE AL 115
1908 1232 924 08/25 PHI NL 116 CIN NL 120
1909 1232 924 08/23 CIN NL 116 NY1 NL 115
1910 1232 924 08/24 PHI NL 117 PIT NL 116
1911 1232 924 08/22 BOS AL 114 CLE AL 115
1912 1232 924 08/19 CLE AL 117 WS1 AL 115
1913 1232 924 08/18 BOS AL 113 CHA AL 118
1914 1232 924 08/22 BRO NL 115 SLN NL 116
1915 1232 924 08/20 WS1 AL 113 CLE AL 117
1916 1232 924 08/20 BRO NL 114 CHN NL 117
1917 1232 924 08/18 BOS AL 114 CLE AL 119
1918 1232 924 08/21 PHI NL 113 CIN NL 118
1919 1120 840 08/18 CHN NL 108 NY1 NL 104
1920 1232 924 08/18 DET AL 115 BOS AL 116
1921 1232 924 08/17 SLN NL 116 BRO NL 117
1922 1232 924 08/16 NY1 NL 117 PIT NL 116
1923 1232 924 08/20 PIT NL 119 NY1 NL 118
1924 1232 924 08/16 CLE AL 118 PHA AL 118
1925 1232 924 08/18 WS1 AL 114 CLE AL 118
1926 1232 924 08/15 PHI NL 114 CIN NL 118
1927 1232 924 08/17 PHA AL 116 CLE AL 116
1928 1232 924 08/15 CHA AL 116 NYA AL 118
1929 1232 924 08/19 NYA AL 115 CHA AL 116
1930 1232 924 08/14 SLA AL 118 BOS AL 116
1931 1232 924 08/15 WS1 AL 113 SLA AL 114
1932 1232 924 08/13 NYA AL 114 WS1 AL 113
1933 1232 924 08/18 SLN NL 115 PHI NL 116
1934 1232 924 08/19 BRO NL 117 PIT NL 116
1935 1232 924 08/18 BOS AL 115 SLA AL 115
1936 1232 924 08/16 WS1 AL 116 BOS AL 116
1937 1232 924 08/24 NYA AL 115 CHA AL 118
1938 1232 924 08/23 CLE AL 116 BOS AL 115
1939 1232 924 08/22 PIT NL 115 BSN NL 116
1940 1232 924 08/19 BSN NL 115 PIT NL 117
1941 1232 924 08/17 SLN NL 118 PIT NL 115
1942 1232 924 08/13 WS1 AL 117 PHA AL 124
1943 1232 924 08/20 SLN NL 114 PHI NL 118
1944 1232 924 08/18 BSN NL 116 CHN NL 112
1945 1232 924 08/17 CHN NL 113 BRO NL 117
1946 1232 924 08/16 NYA AL 117 BOS AL 116
1947 1232 924 08/15 NY1 NL 115 BSN NL 117
1948 1232 924 08/19 BSN NL 117 NY1 NL 117
1949 1232 924 08/17 BOS AL 116 PHA AL 116
1950 1232 924 08/19 BSN NL 115 BRO NL 115
1951 1232 924 08/16 DET AL 113 CHA AL 116
1952 1232 924 08/13 SLA AL 117 CLE AL 115
1953 1232 924 08/13 CHA AL 115 CLE AL 113
1954 1232 924 08/14 BOS AL 115 NYA AL 117
1955 1232 924 08/12 CIN NL 118 SLN NL 113
1956 1232 924 08/17 MLN NL 116 CIN NL 117
1957 1232 924 08/16 CHA AL 115 DET AL 115
1958 1232 924 08/16 PIT NL 116 CIN NL 118
1959 1232 924 08/13 CHA AL 115 DET AL 116
1960 1232 924 08/19 LAN NL 112 SLN NL 116
1961 1426 1069 08/17 BAL AL 125 DET AL 122
1962 1620 1215 08/16 SFN NL 121 CHN NL 123
1963 1620 1215 08/16 PHI NL 124 PIT NL 123
1964 1539 1154 08/19 BAL AL 122 BOS AL 121
1965 1620 1215 08/20 CIN NL 120 PHI NL 122
1966 1620 1215 08/17 NYA AL 123 DET AL 121
1967 1620 1215 08/18 CAL AL 122 BOS AL 121
1968 1620 1215 08/15 SFN NL 120 PIT NL 121
1969 1944 1458 08/19 LAN NL 120 PHI NL 122
1970 1944 1458 08/18 HOU NL 122 NYN NL 121
1971 1944 1458 08/15 NYN NL 120 SFN NL 123
1972 1944 1458 08/18 NYA AL 124 TEX AL 122
1973 1944 1458 08/17 CIN NL 123 NYN NL 121
1974 1944 1458 08/18 LAN NL 121 PIT NL 121
1975 1944 1458 08/16 SDN NL 122 PHI NL 122
1976 1944 1458 08/20 HOU NL 126 PHI NL 121
1977 2106 1579 08/20 LAN NL 122 CHN NL 122
1978 2106 1579 08/18 SDN NL 122 MON NL 124
1979 2106 1579 08/17 SFN NL 122 SLN NL 122
1980 2106 1579 08/22 CLE AL 122 KCA AL 122
1981 2106 1579 08/22 SDN NL 121 PIT NL 122
1982 2106 1579 08/20 SFN NL 123 SLN NL 123
1983 2106 1579 08/19 TOR AL 123 BOS AL 121
1984 2106 1579 08/17 CHN NL 122 CIN NL 123
1985 2106 1579 08/23 MIN AL 122 BOS AL 122
1986 2106 1579 08/22 CIN NL 122 CHN NL 122
1987 2106 1579 08/21 SLN NL 122 CIN NL 123
1988 2106 1579 08/19 OAK AL 123 BOS AL 121
1989 2106 1579 08/17 CLE AL 121 OAK AL 122
1990 2106 1579 08/17 OAK AL 122 BAL AL 121
1991 2106 1579 08/23 CHA AL 122 CLE AL 122
1992 2106 1579 08/21 HOU NL 122 PHI NL 122
1993 2268 1701 08/20 ATL NL 123 CHN NL 122
1994 2268 1701 08/19 CHN NL 122 NYN NL 122
1995 2268 1701 08/18 CHN NL 122 COL NL 123
1996 2268 1701 08/16 HOU NL 122 CHN NL 122
1997 2268 1701 08/15 SEA AL 121 BAL AL 120
1998 2430 1822 08/14 SEA AL 120 CHA AL 120
1999 2430 1822 08/20 MON NL 122 CIN NL 121
2000 2430 1822 08/18 ANA AL 122 NYA AL 121
2001 2430 1822 08/17 TEX AL 122 TOR AL 122
2002 2430 1822 08/16 CLE AL 121 ANA AL 121
2003 2430 1822 08/15 LAN NL 122 CHN NL 123
2004 2430 1822 08/20 CLE AL 123 MIN AL 121
2005 2430 1822 08/19 SEA AL 121 MIN AL 122
2006 2430 1822 08/18 COL NL 122 NYN NL 121
2007 2430 1822 08/17 NYN NL 122 WAS NL 122
2008 2430 1822 08/15 TOR AL 123 BOS AL 123
2009 2430 1822 08/21 TEX AL 122 TBA AL 122
2010 2430 1822 08/20 TEX AL 121 BAL AL 123
2011 2430 1822 08/15 TEX AL 122 ANA AL 122
2012 2430 1822 08/20 CHN NL 121 MIL NL 121
2013 2430 1822 08/16 CIN NL 122 MIL NL 122
2014 2430 1822 08/15 SEA AL 121 DET AL 122
2015 2430 1822 08/21 MIN AL 122 BAL AL 121

 

 

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