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Paths to Glory (H)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  6 reviews
An essential experience of being a baseball fan is the hopeful anticipation of seeing the hometown nine make a run at winning the World Series. In PATHS TO GLORY, Mark L. Armour and Daniel R. Levitt review how teams build themselves up into winners. What makes a winning team like the 1900 Brooklyn Superbas or the 1917 White Sox or the 1997 Florida Marlins? And how are thes ...more
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Potomac Books (first published April 2003)
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Sep 11, 2007 A. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: baseball nerds who love statistical analysis
Shelves: 2007, baseball

1. The Expos only went to the playoffs once because they all did too much cocaine.
2. It can be mathematically proven that Todd Walker sucks, which gave Keri no small amount of delight.
3. Joe Torre was once almost traded to the Astros for some dude I'd never heard of.
4. Joe Torre managed the Braves for a while in the 80s! AND GOT FIRED.
5. Charles O. Finley was Billy Beane-ing it up in Oakland about thirty years before Billy Beane would do it himself.
6. Milt Pappas
This was a very good book because I really enjoy baseball, and it fit my taste in books. I liked how the book really goes in-depth and explains the hidden aspects of baseball that I didn't know about. It explains all about how different teams over the course of baseball history have gotten to the World Series, and have been successful. Not just from the aspect of the players, but from the coaches and the owners as well. Overall, I would recommend this book to baseball fans, or sports fans becaus ...more
Michael Dreimiller
A great job of detailing the process of putting together some of the most successful teams in baseball history. Very interesting stuff if you're a fan of baseball history.
Greg Fanoe
Eh. Not technical enough to be interesting from a mathematical perspective, not well-written enough to be interesting from a literary perspective. Some cool stories, I guess.
Well researched and written; solid statistical analysis without becoming a math book. Great chapters on the 1917 White (Black) Sox & evolution of the fireman/closer.
Doug Howgate
Very interesting. Didn't think it was too well written.
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