Take Ray Out to the Ball Game...

The Puzzler

RAY: Here's the answer. Let's assume that they both had 600 at-bats.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: If Bluto batted .300 for the first half of the season and he had 500 at-bats during that first half of the season -

TOM: Oooh. Yeah.

RAY: He got 150 hits. One hundred fifty over 500 is .300 average, right?

TOM: Mmm-hmm. So he would have gotten 150.

RAY: Yeah. OK? If Popeye batted .250 and had 100 at-bats, he would have had 25 for 100. The second half of the season, Bluto bats .400. How does he do that? Well, we know he had 500 at-bats in the first half.

TOM: So he's only been up 100 times in the second half of the season.

RAY: And he got 40 hits.

Popeye bats .375.

TOM: But he's up 500 times.

RAY: And he gets 187 and a half hits. One of them was a chuck-swing single over the infield. They only count that as half a hit. So now, let's...let's figure it all out.

Bluto batted 600 times. How many total hits did he get?

TOM: 190.

RAY: Right. How about Popeye? How many hits did he get?

TOM: 212 and a half.

RAY: And when you figure that out, Bluto batted .316 for the season. Even though he batted .300 and .400 in each half.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: And Popeye bats .353 and wins the batting title.

TOM: No kidding!

RAY: Pretty good, huh? So, who's our winner?

TOM: The winner is Mike Bennett from Dallas, Texas.  Congratulations, Mike!

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