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The Numbers Game by Alan Schwarz
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A fun history (if you like this sort of thing, which I do) of the rise of baseball statistics in the public consciousness. Much of the history of the game, which is told through its all-important statistics, is much fuzzier than most people realize. The book also recounts the rise of the Bill James generation, the whiz-kids who threw baseball's dusty strategy book out the window and started looking at what worked--and could be proved to work by the numbers.

Schwartz quotes many of his sources verbatim, and a few of them have salty mouths. Be warned going in that there's some rough language here. But it takes real talent to make a history of statistics fun, and Schwartz has done an admirable job here.

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