Law & baseball

[Justice Potter] Stewart kept a dog-eared piece of newspaper in his wallet, with the mathematical probabilities of scoring runs in each inning of a baseball game. The previous fall, he had requested that his clerks send him inning-by-inning scores of the Reds-Mets playoff games while he heard oral arguments on the bench. Before the final game began, he asked for scores “every half-inning.” And as it was played, he wanted a report on each batter. At 2:35 P.M., the game was interrupted by the surprising news of Vice-President Agnew’s resignation. The clerks dutifully sent Stewart a note: Kranepool flies to right. Agnew resigns.
–quoted in THE BRETHREN, Woodward & Armstrong


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