Electronic scoreboards became popular in the late 1970s. Made using simple switch systems and incandescent bulbs they were a major step up from the numeric cards on hooks used in the past.
Scoreboard was recreated from public domain font books by Scott Fuller of the Studio Temporary. Use the font for it's traditional purpose (emulating scoreboards) or invent new ways to use it.
For example, I've found that it works great at smaller sizes for recreating the look of dot-matrix printing used on tickets.