Are Homeruns And Economic Growth Correlated?

An avid reader sent in the following chart, which shows home runs/at bat over the last century in the Major Leagues. The question: Is home run production correlated with economic prosperity? You can eyeball it and see that during certain well-known recessions, the early 2000s, the early 90s, the early 80s, HR/AB noticeably dips. Note that there’s no obvious dip during the Great Depression, but then in any given year there was sill no return to the 1929 peak? What do you think?


We’ve embedded the data below if anyone wants to play with it and give us a more scientific, non-eyeball analysis.

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