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Title:
Fools rush inn : more detours on the road to conventional wisdom
Author:
James, Bill, 1949- , author.
Publication Information:
Chicago, IL : ACTA Sports, a division of ACTA Publications, 2014.
Physical Description:
188 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
In this second collection of recent articles (the first was Solid Fool's Gold), groundbreaking sabermetrician and baseball historian Bill James takes his unique way of looking at the world and applies it to topics as diverse as the major league players who went out on top, whether ground ball pitchers are as good (or as bad) as people think, do hitters like Yasiel Puig have hot hand streaks (they do) and why (that's a different question), and do teams have tough stretches and soft patches in their schedules (they do) and how to mention them. Along the way, James takes several detours to discuss his views on classical music, fiction versus non-fiction, keeping will animals in captivity, conservatives and liberals, and several other things that interest or offend him.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introwledgements -- Dividing Baseball History into Eras -- Classical Sport -- Big Game Pitchers -- Going Out on Top -- Let Me Offend You -- Hot Hand Question -- Jumping the Fictional Shark -- The Analogy of the Fisherman -- Mindless Education -- The 300-Win Pool -- The Standards of a Hall of Fame Manager -- The Liberal Coach and the Conservative Athlete -- The Zanesville Animal Massacre -- Tough Stretches and Soft Patches -- Experiment in Summary -- Yaz and Billy -- Opinions, Philosophy, and Ideas -- Couple of Great Old Baseball Stories
ISBN:
9780879464974
Format :
Book

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In this second collection of recent articles (the first was Solid Fool's Gold), groundbreaking sabermetrician and baseball historian Bill James takes his unique way of looking at the world and applies it to topics as diverse as the major league players who went out on top, whether ground ball pitchers are as good (or as bad) as people think, do hitters like Yasiel Puig have hot hand streaks (they do) and why (that's a different question), and do teams have tough stretches and soft patches in their schedules (they do) and how to mention them. Along the way, James takes several detours to discuss his views on classical music, fiction versus non-fiction, keeping will animals in captivity, conservatives and liberals, and several other things that interest or offend him.


Author Notes

Bill James is the Senior Advisor for Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox and the author of The Bill James Handbook and Popular Crime. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas and writes regularly at BilJamesOnline.com.


Table of Contents

Introwledgementsp. 7
Dividing Baseball History into Erasp. 11
Classical Sportp. 23
Big Game Pitchersp. 27
Going Out On Topp. 77
Let Me Offend Youp. 81
Hot Hand Streaksp. 83
The Analogy of the Fishermanp. 87
Jumping the Fictional Sharkp. 99
Mindless Educationp. 103
The Standards of a Hall of Fame Managerp. 107
The Liberal Coach and the Conservative Athletep. 135
The 300-Win Poolp. 145
The Zanesville Animal Massacrep. 157
Tough Stretches and Soft Patchesp. 159
Experiment in Summaryp. 163
Yaz and Billyp. 169
Opinions, Philosophy and Ideasp. 181
Couple of Great Old Baseball Storiesp. 183

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