Brewers scoreboard history facts and figures

Brewers scoreboard history facts and figures

Brewers scoreboard history facts and figures
The following facts and figures about the five scoreboards that have tracked the Milwaukee Braves and Brewers appear in the Brewers' 2011 yearbook, available for sale at Miller Park this season.

Scoreboard No. 1
(1953-61 at County Stadium)

• The scores of games were changed by hand and the only electrical indicators were the balls, strikes, outs, and at-bats.
• The scoreboard was operated by a single individual.
• In its brief nine-year history, the scoreboard recorded four no-hitters -- Jim Wilson (1954), Lew Burdette ('60) and Warren Spahn ('60 and '61) -- in addition to Harvey Haddix's 12 perfect innings in a 1959 game.
• The scoreboard recorded Willie Mays' record-tying four home run game on April 30, 1961 and was home to the '57 and '58 World Series.

Scoreboard No. 2
(1962-79 at County Stadium)

• At the time of its installation, the scoreboard was one of most sophisticated around, containing a message board (Fan-A-Gram) to inform fans of major accomplishments and to greet fan groups.
• The scoreboard had the distinction of being the only board with its own bathroom.
• The board had seven levels inside for the operators to climb around in to man the controls. Each figure on the board had its own control panel, and these controls were clustered together on one huge panel.
• The scoreboard recorded one no-hitter, by the Royals' Steve Busby in 1974.
• In the scoreboard's final year, Ed Poblocki of Poblocki & Sons described the board as "so outdated, it was held together with spit, sweat, and rubber bands."

Scoreboard No. 3
(1980-2000 at County Stadium)

• According to Poblocki, the difference between this new board and the old one was like saying, "What's the difference between an abacus and a computer?"
• Up-to-date batting, fielding, and pitching averages were provided along with game-in-progress information.
• Fans were provided with live action, replays, slow motion, and animations in black and white.
• Within two years after the Brewers installed their black-and-white scoreboard, the Dodgers, Mets, Yankees, and White Sox all installed color scoreboards.
• Although the scoreboard was home to the 1982 World Series and Robin Yount's 3,000th hit in '92, it did not record a single no-hit game during its 21-year history.

Scoreboard No. 4
(2001-10 at Miller Park)

• Color was the main feature of the new scoreboard, which consisted of two parts -- a 37-feet-high by 48-feet-wide SACO Smartvision color video board and a 32-feet-high by 76-feet-wide monochrome matrix board.
• The color video board, which displayed instant replay, videos and other graphics, featured LED (light-emitting diode) technology -- more than 1.3 million individual diodes of red, green and blue -- which produced more than 16.7 million colors and shade variations.
• The main information scoreboard consisted of six panels capable of showing box scores, inning summaries, statistics, lineups, pitch speeds and improved graphics.
• The scoreboard recorded one no-hitter during its 10-year history -- by the Cubs' Carlos Zambrano against Houston in 2008.

Scoreboard No. 5
(2011 at Miller Park)

• The new scoreboard features a single-screen, pure high-definition display, and is the fourth-largest scoreboard in Major League Baseball at 5,940 square feet.
• The only larger scoreboards in the Major Leagues are Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium (8,900 square feet), Houston's Minute Maid Park (7,000 square feet) and Phoenix's Chase Field (6,200 square feet).
• The new video board is just the third true 1080 display in baseball, and the fifth in existence in all major U.S. sports venues, joining Yankee Stadium (Yankees), Target Field (Twins), Cowboys Stadium (NFL Dallas Cowboys) and American Airlines Center (NBA Dallas Mavericks).
• The new high-definition display contains 2,358,720 pixels, compared to the previous video board, which had 133,624, giving the current scoreboard nearly 18 times better resolution.
• The video display system utilizes Daktronics newest state-of-the art 15-millimeter LED technology, providing superior brightness in direct sunlight, with the capability to show up to 4.4 trillion shades of color.
• The technological advancements and control system offer complete flexibility in programming, allowing the video board to operate as a single giant display, or be divided into multiple zones (windows) to show a wide variety of statistics, information, graphics, animation and live and recorded video.
• It would take approximately 1,500 37-inch diagonal flat panel televisions to fill the area of the new LED video display, which is nearly 5 times larger than the previous video display.
• Approximately 24,000 feet (4.6 miles) of wiring will deliver power and data within the large video display, which weighs approximately 74,000 lbs. (37 tons), not including static signage or structure.