Electronic Scoreboards Were A Great Invention
Posted by Nancy on October 25, 2010
One has to wonder how we ever managed to keep score at any sporting event before the scoreboard was invented? I recall the “old days” when I took bowling as a physical fitness elective in my first year of college and found it even harder to try to keep score than it was to actually bowl. Then in later years there were those pee wee soccer games and church basketball games in which I attempted to support my children by occasionally offering to keep score. Big mistake. Even when all it took was flipping the score chart to the next number each time one of the teams made a goal or a basket, I couldn’t seem to keep it straight. I found that I had to pay such close attention to the scoring details that it was impossible to watch the kids and enjoy the game.
Stories vary as to who the original creator of the electronic scoreboard really was but many accounts credit the invention to Australian, Edward Both for use in the Davis Cup matches of 1952 and the Olympic Summer Games of 1956. This scoreboard, although extremely helpful in keeping score at these important events was oversized and of necessity, stationary. While that may work well in a huge stadium to be seen by thousands of people, it obviously misses the mark for smaller sporting events where both facilities and crowds are smaller. Again, accounts vary as to who we can thank for creating the first electronic portable scoreboard, but whoever it was they provided a great service to teams, coaches and parents the world over. Portable scoreboards typically weight around 12 pounds and can be readily moved from one location to another. They are affordable and efficient and provide a much more reliable method of score keeping than a person attempting to catch all the action and make score changes manually.