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Babe Ruth and Home Runs

Babe Ruth was a phenomenal baseball player, but if someone asked you how many home runs he made, how would you answer? Luckily for you, bar graphs enable us to understand lots of information at one glance!

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One of the greatest baseball players of all time, Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs during his major league career, which spanned between 1914 and 1935. The bar graph above shows his batting performance for each of those years, and the table below displays the same information.

1914 0
1915 4
1916 3
1917 2
1918 11
1919 29
1920 54
1921 59
1922 35
1923 41
1924 46
1925 25
1926 47
1927 60
1928 54
1929 46
1930 49
1931 46
1932 41
1933 34
1934 22
1935 60

You can see that the graph is much easier to interpret than the table.

Our eyes are wonderfully adapted to pass to our brains huge amounts of information: they process shapes, colors, and patterns, and they do it in a fraction of a second. Graphs enable us to use that capability of our visual system to take in a lot of information, very quickly, and understand what it has to tell us. The more complicated the data, the easier it is for us to understand it in chart form.

Learn more about Babe Ruth’s legendary career: http://www.baberuth.com/

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