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The numbers game : baseball's lifelong fascination with statistics

Author: Alan Schwarz
Publisher: New York : T. Dunne Books, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In this book, Alan Schwarz, whom bestselling Moneyball author Michael Lews calls "one of today's best baseball journalists," provides the first-ever history of baseball statistics, showing how baseball and its numbers have been inseparable ever since the pastime's birth in 1845.
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Genre/Form: History
Statistics
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Schwarz
ISBN: 0312322224 9780312322229
OCLC Number: 54692908
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1 Bless Them, Father 1 --
2 The Second Generation 22 --
3 The Sultans of Stats 43 --
4 Darwins of the Diamond 67 --
5 Big Mac 92 --
6 Bill James 111 --
7 From Field to Front Office 133 --
8 All the Record Books Are Wrong 155 --
9 The Arms Dealer Goes to War 173 --
10 Luck and Where to Find It 195 --
11 The March of On-Base Percentage 215 --
12 In God We Trust; All Others Must Have Data 234.
Responsibility: Alan Schwarz.
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"In this book, Alan Schwarz, whom bestselling Moneyball author Michael Lews calls "one of today's best baseball journalists," provides the first-ever history of baseball statistics, showing how baseball and its numbers have been inseparable ever since the pastime's birth in 1845.

He tells the history of this obsession through the lives of the people who felt it most: Henry Chadwick, the nineteenth-century writer who invented the first box score and harped on endlessly about which statistics mattered and which did not; Allan Roth, Branch Rickey's right-hand numbers man with the late-1940s Brooklyn Dodgers; Earnshaw Cook, a scientist and Manhattan Project veteran who retired to pursue inventing the perfect baseball statistic; John Dewan, a former Strat-O-Matic maven who built STATS Inc. into a multimillion-dollar powerhouse for statistics over the Internet; and dozens more."--Jacket.

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