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The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract by Bill James
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Mar 05, 08

bookshelves: over-and-over-again

Definitely my favorite in the William James oeuvre. It's too bad he wrote all those books about philosophy and not more like this one about the great american pastime. His brother Henry had to move to England to get away from, "that damn insidious game played by thieves and drunkards and loud-voiced imbeciles, while those who go by that most disharmonious appellation of 'kranks' look on from the bleachers where they shout their vituperations in the most vile abuse of our glorious mother tongue mine ears have e'er witnessed." What a spoil sport. Good thing William didn't agree or we wouldn't have glorious tomes like this to refer to any time the simple phrase, "scoreboard" will not end an argument about baseball.
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