The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics / Edition 1
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The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics / Edition 1

by Alan Schwarz, Peter Gammons
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312322232

ISBN-13: 9780312322236

Pub. Date: 05/02/2005

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Most baseball fans, players and even team executives assume that the national pastime's infatuation with statistics is simply a by-product of the information age, a phenomenon that blossomed only after the arrival of Bill James and computers in the 1980s. They couldn't be more wrong.

In this award-winning book, Alan Schwarz - whom bestselling Moneyball

Overview

Most baseball fans, players and even team executives assume that the national pastime's infatuation with statistics is simply a by-product of the information age, a phenomenon that blossomed only after the arrival of Bill James and computers in the 1980s. They couldn't be more wrong.

In this award-winning book, Alan Schwarz - whom bestselling Moneyball author Michael Lewis 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 19th-century writer who invented the first box score and harped 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.

Schwarz paints a history not just of baseball statistics, but of the soul of the sport itself. Named as ESPN's 2004 Baseball Book of the Year, The Numbers Game will be an invaluable part of any fan's library and go down as one of the sport's classic books.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312322236
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/02/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
305,179
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Introductionxiii
1Bless Them, Father1
2The Second Generation22
3The Sultans of Stats43
4Darwins of the Diamond67
5Big Mac92
6Bill James111
7From Field to Front Office133
8All the Record Books Are Wrong155
9The Arms Dealer Goes to War173
10Luck and Where to Find It195
11The March of On-Base Percentage215
12In God We Trust; All Others Must Have Data234
Acknowledgments255
Index257

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