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“Moneyball,” Brad Pitt’s Baseball Movie, Has a Vital Back Story
Baseball and Football

“Moneyball,” Brad Pitt’s Baseball Movie, Has a Vital Back Story

“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.

Charley Finley of the A’s Won It All, Then Lost Even More
Baseball and Football

Charley Finley of the A’s Won It All, Then Lost Even More

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.

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.

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.