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The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics

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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.

Synopsis:

This unprecedented book provides the first-ever history of baseball statistics--their keeping, their study, their creators--and analyzes this cultural phenomenon from 1845 until today.

About the Author

Alan Schwarz is the Senior Writer of Baseball America magazine, a weekly columnist for ESPN.com, and a frequent contributor to The New York Times. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and more than a dozen other national publications. He lives in Manhattan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312322236
Foreword:
Gammons, Peter
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Foreword by:
Gammons, Peter
Foreword:
Gammons, Peter
Author:
Schwarz, Alan
Author:
Gammons, Peter
Subject:
Baseball - Essays & Writings
Subject:
Baseball - Statistics
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball Reference
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 10 bandw photos throughout
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.78 x 5.95 x 0.855 in

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