Cohan: Baseball, Bacteria and Koufax’s Perfect Game

David PesciSeptember 7, 20111min
Scoring a perfect game provided lessons in data collection that helped inform a career studying bacteria

In an OpEd for The Los Angeles Times, Frederick M. Cohan, professor of biology, professor of environmental studies, discusses how his experience as a child watching perhaps the greatest “perfect game” in baseball history¬† – The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax’s 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs in 1965 – provided lessons for the mining of old data for both baseball front offices and biologists such as himself who specialize in studying bacteria.