Baseball, more so than any other of the major sports, I think, keeps track of numbers.
Numbers, that is, in the form of statistics and records. For example, I doubt that there are many readers who, without looking up the stats, can tell me how many points or even who the all-time leading scorer is in the NBA. Or, how many yards and touchdowns did Dan Marino throw? But, even the novice baseball fan can recognize these numbers: 511, 27, 755 and 2,632.