More or Less, They Weren't So Accurate

Lewis Carroll would have loved baseball's Committee on Statistical Accuracy.

The eight-man panel removed the asterisk from Roger Maris' 162-game single-season home run record and eliminated 38 no-hit games that went less than nine innings.

Thus, an official season is an official season, regardless of its length. But an official game is not an official game if it goes less than nine innings.

"When I use a word," said Humpty Dumpty, "it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less."

EDWIN T. VANE

Los Angeles

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