OCR Technology Used to Uncover Baseball’s Hidden Past


Paperless Productivity

Posted on: November 14, 2013

By employing OCR technology, amateur baseball historian Jim Block attempts to answer the question of baseball’s origins. For years, many have ultimately questioned the posited origins of baseball and Jim block has devoted countless years trying to discover the game’s true history. Jim would scour libraries for 18th century journals and newspapers of the day to discover any mention of the word baseball. The work required countless hours and considerable attention to detail that made the process long-winded and laborious. But, “about seven years ago, Block struck gold when libraries began scanning documents with optical character recognition software, called OCR. Block could search lots of old books and newspapers without flipping the pages, and in some cases, without leaving home.”

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