“We’ve received extra info on sports activities up right here in our workplace than they do down there,” he as soon as stated.
Elias has over time been joined by a rising discipline of statistical compilers and analysts. But it surely retains its standing because the official statistician for a lot of leagues.
Seymour Siwoff was born on Nov. 9, 1920, in Brooklyn to Jack and Ida Siwoff and grew up within the Brighton Seashore part. His father made ladies’s sneakers.
In his early years at Elias, Mr. Siwoff delivered up to date statistics for the foremost leagues’ batting and pitching leaders to New York newspapers and wire providers like The Related Press after the bureau combed by means of day by day field scores.
Lengthy after his information was computerized, Mr. Siwoff retained one thing of an old-time aura.
“His slight, angular body is roofed by conservatively lower enterprise fits,” The Hartford Courant reported in 2004. “He all the time wears a tie and leather-based sneakers with laces, in fact, even in the summertime. Within the winter months comes the overcoat and fedora. His reed-thin mustache is true out of Ronald Colman or William Powell.”
In 1975 Mr. Siwoff started publishing The Participant Evaluation, printouts weighing some 40 kilos, for a few half-dozen main league baseball groups. The groups paid Elias to evaluate every of their gamers’ performances in a number of conditions.
From 1985 to 1993, Elias put out a successor publication, the annual Elias Baseball Analyst, which was offered to the general public. It has lengthy issued The Elias E book of Baseball Information, an annual publication additionally out there for buy.
Along with Mr. Gilston, Mr. Siwoff is survived by a son, Ronald; a daughter, Nancy Gilston; three different grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His sister Lela Swift, a pioneering feminine director whose profession went again to tv’s early years, died in 2015 at 96.