Meet the Husband and Wife Duo Behind a Quarter of a Century of MLB Scheduling

Creating the Major League Baseball schedule hasn’t always been as easy as entering information into a computer. In the years before the software was perfected, the massive undertaking was entrusted to a husband and wife duo armed with little more than pencil and paper. In 1981, the MLB schedule had become increasingly complicated. In their attempt to outsource the task, MLB officials spoke to several companies that would use computer software to randomize the schedule, but technology fell short of the the league's strict guidelines. That’s when the job was handed over to Henry and Holly Stephenson, who brought a touch of old school to the new system. They had developed a computer system as well, but it, too, had fallen short of the guidelines. So, the couple picked up pencil and paper and took on the challenge of scheduling 2,430 games played by 30 teams in just 180 days. Despite many challenges, the Stephensons would thrive, holding the position of MLB schedulers for 25 years before the MLB opted for new randomized software. At first, Holly couldn’t get behind the decision, but then admitted that she had no idea how to use the advanced scheduling system. The dynamic duo agreed to put down their pencils and let the computer do its magic.