“Moneyball,” the book and movie, is a baseball underdog story of poor kids outsmarting wealthy bullies. The back story is an underdog story of nerds beating arrogant jocks.
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Charles O. Finley, owner of the Kansas City/Oakland A’s was one of the most innovative owners ever. But his biggest changes were unintentional, driven by his ego and greed, and they forced him out of baseball.
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.
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.
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.