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When Bill James published his original Historical Baseball Abstract in 1985, he produced an immediate classic, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “holy book of baseball.” Now, baseball's beloved “Sultan of Stats” (The Boston Globe) is back with a fully revised and updated edition for the new millennium.

Like the original, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is really several books in one. The Game provides a century's worth of American baseball history, told one decade at a time, with energetic facts and figures about How, Where, and by Whom the game was played. In The Players, you'll find listings of the top 100 players at each position in the major leagues, along with James's signature stats-based ratings method called “Win Shares,” a way of quantifying individual performance and calculating the offensive and defensive contributions of catchers, pitchers, infielders, and outfielders. And there's more: the Reference section covers Win Shares for each season and each player, and even offers a Win Share team comparison. A must-have for baseball fans and historians alike, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is as essential, entertaining, and enlightening as the sport itself.
Published: Free Press on May 11, 2010
ISBN: 9781439106938
List price: $22.99
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A great reference for arguments about the best players "of all time" at any position. This is the book that sets out the argument for "win shares" as an individual statistic and summarizes the changes in the game from the late 19th century to the present. Surprisingly easy to read, and riddled with tasty morsels, but in the end, not exactly as filling as its heft would make you expect.read more
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I don't know why I buy James's books. I guess I keep hoping I'll find something that isn't there. Maybe some soul. James is the founding father of sabermetrics, which reduces the game of baseball to a numerical formula.It's kind of fun to read his analyses of great players of the game. He does does create a great historical context for baseball in the beginning of the book, and some of the comparisons he makes between players are interesting. However, some of the conclusions he draws I simply don't agree with. I love baseball as an aesthetic activity, and Bill loves something else. He's wrong.read more
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A must-have from the incomparable Bill James. The tone can be annoying--James is too often jovial--but his arguments are first rate.read more
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A great reference for arguments about the best players "of all time" at any position. This is the book that sets out the argument for "win shares" as an individual statistic and summarizes the changes in the game from the late 19th century to the present. Surprisingly easy to read, and riddled with tasty morsels, but in the end, not exactly as filling as its heft would make you expect.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I don't know why I buy James's books. I guess I keep hoping I'll find something that isn't there. Maybe some soul. James is the founding father of sabermetrics, which reduces the game of baseball to a numerical formula.It's kind of fun to read his analyses of great players of the game. He does does create a great historical context for baseball in the beginning of the book, and some of the comparisons he makes between players are interesting. However, some of the conclusions he draws I simply don't agree with. I love baseball as an aesthetic activity, and Bill loves something else. He's wrong.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A must-have from the incomparable Bill James. The tone can be annoying--James is too often jovial--but his arguments are first rate.
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