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FoulkeFan
07-21-2004, 03:03 PM
"I'm fascinated by beginnings and endings, so the chapters in this book that detail the earliest days of the game, and how the record-keeping developed,are page-turners for me. The way in which the decisions to track particular events in a game reflected the personal beliefs of those doing the collecting was a new concept for me, as was the descriptions of how people 120 years ago gobbled up statistics the same way rabid seamheads and fantasy players do today. There are quotes in the first 30 pages of the book that could easily have shown up on our pages today. For example:

'The best player in a nine is he who makes the most good plays in a
match' [Chadwick] wrote, 'not the one who commits the fewest errors.'
In other words Chadwick preferred range--the ability to field more balls
overall--to avoiding the occasional error.

Somewhere, Jose Valentin is smiling."

Joe Sheehan talking about "The Numbers Game".