Numbers Game Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics

ISBN-10: 0312322232
ISBN-13: 9780312322236
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 5/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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.

ALAN SCHWARZ is the senior writer of Baseball America magazine, the host of "Baseball Today" on ESPN.com, and a regular contributor to the New York Times. His first book, The Numbers Game, was ESPNs 2004 Baseball Book of the Year. He is a frequent on-air guest analyst for ESPN, National Public Radios Talk of the Nation, and MSNBC.

PETER GAMMONS is currently an analyst and writer for the MLB network and makes regular appearances on MLB Tonight. Gammons began his career at the Boston Globe and also worked for Sports Illustrated. He was a long-time analyst for ESPN and regularly contributed to Baseball Tonight, SportsCenter,  and ESPN, the Magazine.  He was voted National Sportswriter of the Year for 1989, 1990, and 1993, and in 2004, he was awarded the J. G. Taylor Spink Award at the Baseball Hall of Fame for outstanding baseball writing.

Foreword
Introduction
Bless Them, Father
The Second Generation
The Sultans of Stats
Darwins of the Diamond
Big Mac
Bill James
From Field to Front Office
All the Record Books Are Wrong
The Arms Dealer Goes to War
Luck and Where to Find It
The March of On-Base Percentage
In God We Trust; All Others Must Have Data
Acknowledgments
Index

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