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A Reader-Friendly Introduction to Modern Baseball Statistical Analysis
Baseball and Football

A Reader-Friendly Introduction to Modern Baseball Statistical Analysis

Modern statistical analysis of baseball record, “sabermetrics,” has revolutionanized the game. A team of experts has put together an introduction to sabermetrics for people afraid of numbers.

Leo Durocher Was Wrong: Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish Last
Baseball and Football

Leo Durocher Was Wrong: Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish Last

Red Sox manager Terry Francona is a champion, a nice guy who keeps in touch with old friends, and a good husband and father. He gives the players credit when they win, and takes the blame when they lose.

Dominic DiMaggio, Joe’s Kid Brother, Also Starred in Center Field
Baseball and Football

Dominic DiMaggio, Joe’s Kid Brother, Also Starred in Center Field

Dominic DiMaggio, known as “Joe’s kid brother,” was a great center fielder and solid hitter. He had a 33-game hitting streak the same year Joe hit in 56 consecutive games.

Tom Brady Has Much in Common With John Unitas
Baseball and Football

Tom Brady Has Much in Common With John Unitas

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has much in common with John Unitas, the greatest of all time.

Reggie Jackson’s New Biography Retells Old Stories
Baseball and Football

Reggie Jackson’s New Biography Retells Old Stories

The first part of Dayn Perry’s biography of Reggie Jackson speculates too much on his psychological deficits. Perry never spoke to Jackson. Part 2 recycles well-known years about Reggie’s Yankee years.

The Red Sox Curse Was Stupid, Racist Management
Baseball and Football

The Red Sox Curse Was Stupid, Racist Management

The Red Sox’ “Curse of the Bambino” was just aNB excuse for losing. The team’s real curse was a stuipid, racist front office.

No Other Pitcher Won 300 Games With Just a Fastball
Baseball and Football

No Other Pitcher Won 300 Games With Just a Fastball

You don’t hear much about Lefty Grove today, but players who hit against him, and have seen everybody since, say he was the fastest pitcher ever. He was colorful too.

‘The Person Makes the Player’ – Henry Aaron
Baseball and Football

‘The Person Makes the Player’ – Henry Aaron

When Henry Aaron was player development director for the Atlanta Braves, he was more interested in the kind of person a prospect was than the kind of player. The person made the player, he said.

Thurman Munson Was a Work Horse on a Team of Show Horses
Baseball and Football

Thurman Munson Was a Work Horse on a Team of Show Horses

Thurman Munson was a great ballplayer, but deeply sensitive and insecure. He held grudges and had several rivalries with teammates opponents, and the media.

Love Him or Hate Him, George Steinbrenner Changed Baseball
Baseball and Football

Love Him or Hate Him, George Steinbrenner Changed Baseball

George Steinbrenner changed baseball, like him or not.

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