Father Costa

Fr. Gabriel Costa

Professor of Mathematics

gabriel.costa@westpoint.edu

Biography


Currently teaching MA 255 Advanced Multivariable Calculus.

I was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1948 and raised in Hoboken, NJ. I graduated from Hoboken High School in 1966 and went to Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) on a four-year scholarship. After graduation in 1970, I took a position as a Teaching Assistant at SIT, completing my M.S. in the spring of 1972. After a year of teaching high school, I began studies for the Roman Catholic priesthood. I was ordained a priest on 26 May 1979 for service to the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ. A year later I was assigned to the faculty of the Mathematics (now Mathematics and Computer Science) department of Seton Hall University. I received my doctorate in 1984. After receiving tenure as an Associate Professor, I took a year's sabbatical (1991-1992). During my sabbatical year, I was invited to present a talk to the Department of Mathematical Sciences at USMA. This was my introduction to the department. Since then, I have spent three previous tours here: 1992-1993, 1995-1996, 1999-2001. Presently, I am on an extended Academic Leave from Seton Hall University.

Publications & Presentations


Publications

  • “The Inner Confrontation: A Victory” The CORD, Vol 35, No 5, May 1985, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
  • “Teaching a Course on Francis of Assisi” The CORD, Vol 36, No 11 December 1986
  • With L. E. Levine, “Polynomial Solutions of Certain Classes of Ordinary Differential Equations” International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, Vol 20, No 1 January - February 1989 United Kingdom
  • “Three Perspectives of Francis of Assisi: A Reflection” The CORD, Vol 41, No 6 June 1991
  • “Baseball in the University Classroom: Sabermetrics” EDUCATION, Vol 112, No 2 Winter 1991 Chula Vista, CA 91910
  • “Polynomial Solutions to Certain Second Order Differential Equations” IJMEST, Vol 23, No 1 January – February 1992
  • “Francis of Assisi and the Use of Titles: A Reflection on The Canticle of the Creatures” The CORD, Vol 42, No 5 May 1992
  • With L. E. Levine “Families of Separable Partial Differential Equations” IJMEST, Vol 24, No 5 September – October 1993
  • “The Total Power Quotient” The Baseball Research Journal (SABR), Vol 22 1993 Cleveland, OH 44101
  • “Baseball’s Greatest Hitter: Williams or Ruth?” Elysian Fields Quarterly, Vol 12, No 3 1993 Madison, WI 53744
  • “All Alone: The Diocesan Priest” Pastoral Life, Vol 44, No 1 January 1994 Canfield, OH 44406
  • With L. E. Levine, “A Generalization of the Steady State Equation for a Solid Sphere” IJMEST, Vol 25, No 1 January – February 1994
  • “Was Cobb’s Batting More Dominant than Ruth’s Slugging?” EFQ, Vol 13, No 2 1994
  • “The Continuing Challenge of Francis of Assisi” The CORD, Vol 44, No 12 December 1994
  • “…protect us from all anxiety…” SWORD, Vol 55, Nos 1&2 1995 Cresskill, NJ 07626
  • “The Father, The Babe and The Holy Ghosts” FAN: A Baseball Magazine, No 21 Winter 1996 Atlanta, GA 30361
  • With L. E. Levine, “Classes of Second Order Differential Equations with Two Linearly Independent Finite Polynomial Solutions” IJMEST, Vol 27, No 4 July – August 1996
  • With John T. Saccoman, “The Keystone Combination: Team Teaching in a Sabermetrics Course” PRIMUS, Vol III, No 7 September 1997 West Point, NY 10996
  • With Mary Ashworth, et al., “Percentage of Extra Base Hits” BRJ, Vol 26 1997 Cleveland, OH 44101
  • With L. E. Levine, “Nth-Order Differential Equations with Finite Polynomial Solutions” IJMEST, Vol 29, No 6 November – December 1998
  • “Babe Ruth Dethroned?” BRJ, Vol 31 2003
  • With J. Picciuto, “Do I really need to know mathematics?” Teaching Mathematics & its Applications, Vol 24, No 1 February 2005 United Kingdom
  • “Parallel Lives?”, THE Priest, Vol 61, No 5 May 2005 Huntington, IN 46750
  • With Michael R. Huber and John T. Saccoman, “Cumulative Home Run Frequency and the Recent Home Run Explosion” BRJ, Vol 34 2005
  • With Richard Bronson, Schaum’s Outlines: DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS Third Edition June 2006 McGraw Hill Publishers New York, NY 10121 ISBN: 0-07-145687-2
  • With M. Gorak and B. Melendez, “Visualization of two dimensional to three dimensional transformations – exploration through technology” IJMEST, Vol 37, No 7 October 2006
  • With Richard Bronson, Linear Algebra: An Introduction Second Edition March 2007 Academic Press Publishers San Diego, CA 92101 ISBN: 978-0-1208-8784-2 and 0-12-088784-3
  • With Michael R. Huber and John T. Saccoman, Understanding Sabermetrics January 2008 McFarland & Company, Inc. Jefferson, NC 28640 ISBN: 978-0-7864-3388-9
  • With Archie Wilmer, “Solving Second - Order Differential Equations with Variable Coefficients” IJMEST, Vol 39, No 2 March 2008
  • With Richard Bronson, Matrix Methods: An Introduction Third Edition Fall 2008 Academic Press Publishers San Diego, CA 92101 ISBN: 978-0-1237-4427-2
  • With Michael R. Huber and John T. Saccoman, Practicing Sabermetrics Fall 2009 McFarland & Company, Inc. Jefferson, NC 28640 ISBN: 978-0-7864-4177-8
  • With Michael R. Huber and John T. Saccoman, Reasoning with Sabermetrics Fall 2012 McFarland & Company, Inc. Jefferson, NC 28640 ISBN: 978-0-7864-6071-7
  • With Richard Bronson and John T. Saccoman, Linear Algebra: Algorithms, Applications and Techniques Third Edition, Fall 2013 Elsevier Publications ISBN: 978-0-12-391420-0
  • With Richard Bronson, Schaum’s Outlines: DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS Fourth Edition June 2014 McGraw Hill Publishers New York, NY 10121 ISBN: 0-07-145687-2
  • With Dusty Turner, “American League or National League: Who Owns New York City?”, BRJ, Vol 48, No 1, Spring 2019
  • With Michael R. Huber and John T. Saccoman, Understanding Sabermetrics, Second Edition, Summer 2019 McFarland & Company, Inc. Jefferson, NC 28640 ISBN: 978-1-4766-6766-9
  • “Babe Ruth: A Man of Simple Faith”, Chapter 24 in a commemorative publication by SABR, Phoenix, AZ, Fall 2019
  • With R. Bronson, MATRIX METHODS: Applied Linear Algebra and Sabermetrics, Fourth Edition, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 2020 ISBN: 978-0-1281-8419-6
  • Contributed a chapter (Babe Ruth: A Man of Simple Faith) in THE BABE, published in Fall of 2019 by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Phoenix, AZ (ISBN: 9781970159172)
  • With Richard Bronson, MATRIX METHODS: APPLIED LINEAR ALGEBRA AND SABERMETRICS, published in the Spring of 2020 by Academic Press, Cambridge, MA (ISBN: 9780128184196)
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  • Appeared in CORPUS REPORTS (Shohola, PA – Autumn 2020): “Blessings Galore and Unaddressed Issues”
  • With R. Bronson, SCHAUM'S OUTLINE OF DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, Fifth Edition Fall 2021-Spring 2022 McGrawHill ISBN: 978-1-264-25882-6
  • Edited: SABERMETRICS: BASEBALL, STEROIDS, AND HOW THE GAME HAS CHANGED OVER THE PAST TWO GENERATIONS, Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Academic Press ISBN 978-0-12-822345-1
  • With Richard Bronson, Daniel Gross and John T. Saccoman, Linear Algebra: Algorithms, Applications and Techniques Fourth Edition, Spring 2023 Elsevier Publications ISBN: 978-0-12-823470-9

Presentations

Topic: What is Sabermetrics? Colloquium for the Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ 07030 Spring 1988

Topic: Polynomial Solutions of Some Sturm-Liouville Equations Ninth Annual Southeast Atlantic Conference on Differential Equations University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC 28223 14 October 1989

Topic: Sabermetrics in the University Classroom SABR XXI Conference for the Society for American Baseball Research New York, NY 10018 28 June 1991

Topic: Special Differential Equations and Solutions Colloquium for the Department of Mathematical Sciences United States Military Academy West Point, NY 10996 16 October 1991

Topic: The Mathematical Comparisons Between Babe Ruth and Other Sluggers Baseball and the Sultan of Swat Conference Commemorating the 100th Birthday of Babe Ruth Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 11550 27 April 1995

Topic 1: Priesthood and Loneliness: A Changed Lifestyle

Topic 2: The Diocesan Priesthood and Franciscan Spirituality: A Reflection

Ninth Annual Institute for Priests National Institute for Clergy Formation of Seton Hall University West End, NJ 07740 3 July 1996

With John T. Saccoman Topic: Team Teaching a Course on Sabermetrics Center for Faculty Development Seminar Department of Mathematical Sciences United States Military Academy West Point, NY 10996 21 January 1997

Topic: Strategies for Teaching Algebra New Jersey Catholic Schools Math Academy Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 07079 25 June 1999

With John T. Saccoman Topic: The Keystone Combination: Team Teaching a Sabermetrics Course Twenty-Ninth Annual Mathematics and Statistics Conference: Statistics in Sports Miami University Oxford, OH 45056 28 September 2001

Topic: The Teaching of Sabermetrics Center for Teaching Excellence Department of Mathematics Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 29 October 2004

Miscellaneous

Creator of first-ever University credited course on Sabermetrics Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 07079 1988

Awarded Certificate of Appreciation for ten years of service Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, NJ 07666 9 May 1989

Recipient of The Outstanding Civilian Service Medal United States Military Academy West Point, NY 10996…4 June 1993…1 May 1996

Recipient of the Hoboken Public Schools Distinguished Graduate Award Presented by the Hoboken Board of Education Hoboken, NJ 07030 7 May 1994

Named in Great Minds Salutation to Graduates for the 125th Anniversary of Stevens Institute of Technology The Chronicle of Higher Education Washington, DC 20037 12 January 1996

Recipient of the Human Relations Citation Presented by the Human Relations Council Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 07079 4 December 1996

Recipient of An Award of Recognition Presented by the Educational Opportunity Program Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 07079 1 March 1998

With John T. Saccoman Radio – Phone Interview News and Views Topic: Talking Baseball and Sabermetrics WSOU 89.5 FM Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 07079 Fall 1998

Cited/Referenced in Young Babe Ruth, Brother Gilbert, CFX, (H. Rothgerber, ed.) McFarland & Co., Inc. North Carolina, USA Page 170 1999

Inducted into PI MU EPSILON United States Military Academy Chapter West Point, NY 10996 12 May 2000

Recipient of the Commander’s Award For Public Service Medal United States Military Academy West Point, NY 10996 17…May 2001

With Ed Connors and John Bracey Math Medley Radio Show Topic: How To Make The Teaching Of Mathematics More Interesting WALE 990 AM Providence, RI 02904 18 August 2001

Contributed to Papers presented to the American Mathematical Society • “Loading the Bases: Teaching a Statistics Course with the WWW, the Smart Board and Baseball” ,Michael R. Huber, Presenter (Reference Number: 993-C1-192) • “Sabermetrics: Giving College Credit for Studying Baseball”, Michael R. Huber, Presenter (Reference Number: 993-W1-190) • “Visualization of 2D to 3D Transformations – Exploration Thru Technology”, Mark Gorak, Presenter; Barbra S Melendez, Contributer (Reference Number: 993-G1-1058) ABSTRACTS from Phoenix, AZ Meeting, Vol 25, No 1 7 January 2004 – 10 January 2004

Review on Back Jacket of Baseball and Philosophy, Edited by Eric Bronson Open Court, Chicago and LaSalle, IL 2004

Cited/Referenced in “You Can’t Spell SpORts Without O.R., but…You Can Teach O.R. With Sports”, OR/MS Today, Vol 31, No 4 James J. Cochran Marietta, GA 30060 August 2004

Featured in “The Path Less Traveled”, The Stevens Indicator, Vol 122, No 2 Beth Kissinger Stevens Institute of Technology Alumni Association Hoboken, NJ 07070 Spring 2005

Featured in “Priest teaches baseball stats to West Point cadets” Catholic Start Herald, Vol 55, No 17 Mark Pattison (Catholic News Service) Catholic Star Herald 15 North 7th Street Camden, NJ 08102 26 August 2005

Contributed to Paper presented to the American Mathematical Society “Modeling Problems and Remodeling Attitudes” Michael R. Huber, Presenter Alex Heidenberg, Richard Brown and Jay Miseli, Co-contributors (Reference Number: 1014-G1-749) ABSTRACTS from San Antonio, TX Meeting, Vol 27, No 1 12 January 2006 – 15 January 2006

Inducted into SIGMA PI SIGMA United States Military Academy Chapter West Point, NY 10996 28 February 2006

Inducted into PHI KAPPA PHI United States Military Academy Chapter West Point, NY 10996 3 May 2006

Cited/Referenced in EMPOWERMENT: The Competitive Edge in Sports, Business & Life Gene N. Landrum Morgan James Publishing, Garden City, NY Pages 53, 54 2007

Contributed to Paper presented to the American Mathematical Society “Modeling Cumulative Home Run Frequencies and the Recent Home Run Explosion” Michael R. Huber, Presenter John Saccoman and Brandon Stern-Charles, Co-contributors (Reference Number: 1046-N1-210) ABSTRACTS from Washington, DC Meeting, Vol 30, No 1 5 January 2009 – 8 January 2009

Recipient of the Commander’s Award For Civilian Service Medal United States Military Academy West Point, NY 10996…January 2010

Author of “By The Numbers” blog for WFAN 660 AM radio Link: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/tag/father-gabe-costa/ June 2010 - March 2015.

Recipient of the Ten Year Government Service Certificate United States Military Academy West Point, NY 10996…June 2012

TV Interview for "Finding Babe Ruth", Fox Sports 1, 26 October 2015.

TV Interview for "56:  The Streak", MLB, 15 May 2016…17 July 2016.

TV Interview for "Babe Ruth at Sing-Sing", 19 May 2020 WNYE (NYC LIFE)

Recipient of the Certificate In Recognition of Twenty Years United States Military Academy West Point, NY 10996…August 2022