Jeff Sagarin Knows What Day You Were Born

Jeff Sagarin, the man behind all of the Sagarin Rankings, has pioneered the computerized analysis of sports since well before the Internet and modern computers made it something anyone can do.

Sagarin is nothing short of a numbers savant, working out of his Bloomington home, as he fills his formulas with numbers to spit out the top teams in about any league (the Pacers are currently ranked 19th in his NBA rankings).

But today on The Dan Dakich Show, Sagarin took that whole savant thing to another level. Dakich also lives in Bloomington and is friends with Sagarin, so as the interview began Dakich wanted to show off his friend's talents by asking show producer, Chris May, to state his birthday.

CMay: August 16th, 1982

Dakich: What day of the week is that?

Sagarin: August 16th of 1982 would be a Monday.

Dakich: How about that? Look it up, I guarantee you it's a Monday. Guarantee you. He's freakish with this type of thing. Now how'd you come with that so quick?

Now at this point, I'm figuring Sagarin has some complicated formula flowing through his head that breaks down a year by the days of the week. Actually, it sounds like he does, but that's not how he figured out the answer this time.

Sagarin: OK, 1982 is congruent to 1965 and on Sunday August 8th, 1965 I went to banner day at Shea Stadium, the Mets were playing the Cubs, I think. So if the 8th is a Sunday, the 15th is a Sunday, so the 16th is a Monday.

Dakich: There you go, look it up I'll guarantee you he's right. I'm telling you. How fast was that? Now, you didn't even pause on that one.

Sagarin: Yeah, because that was one I kinda knew. See I've got a library of dates in my head that I just remember things that happened. So that was easy, in other words, I went to that doubleheader, so it was easy to work off of.

Oh, sure, the specific date of a doubleheader 34 years ago makes it real easy. And as you might guess, Sagain nailed it. Here's the box score from the second game of the August 8th, 1965 doubleheader between the Mets and Cubs. Yes, it was on a Sunday.

I can't even imagine what else might be in that "library of dates" stored in Sagarin's brain.

Here's the full interview: Jeff Sagarin on The Dan Dakich Show

 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Indy Cornrows

You must be a member of Indy Cornrows to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Indy Cornrows. You should read them.

Join Indy Cornrows

You must be a member of Indy Cornrows to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Indy Cornrows. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker