Apps taking over favorite pastimes like scoring baseball games

iScore Baseball app from ESPN
iScore Baseball app from ESPN

Gene Crocker of Oakland, Calif., has a baseball keepsake any fan would love -- the scorecard he used on May 9 to record Dallas Braden's perfect game for the Oakland A's. But Crocker, 50, wasn't keeping score with a paper scorecard and a pencil the way his dad taught him when he was 8 at a Washington Senators game. He used his iPhone and the app called ESPN iScore Baseball Scorekeeper.

The $9.99 app, and the $19.99 add-on of Major League Baseball rosters, can also be used on the $500 iPad. That's a lot of money to replace a pencil and paper.