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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Sports & Outdoors
RELEASED
2010
May 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
1,024
Pages
PUBLISHER
Free Press
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
24.3
MB

Customer Reviews

BigFanDM ,

Best baseball book ever

True, this book is now 11 years old, and I wish James would keep it updated. Still, for a sophisticated fan, this book will take you into areas of baseball you didn't know existed. A third of the book is a history of the game from the 1870s to today, with tons of stories and descriptions of how the game was played. Another third of the book is James's rankings of the top 100 players at each position, based on his groundbreaking statistical tools. And the last third is an explanation for one of those methods, called Win Shares. It's his attempt to quantify the entirety of a player's contribution to winning, offense and defense, in a single number. I have the print edition of this book and it's the one book that I always keep near by bedside.
- David H. Martinez
Author of "The Book of Baseball Literacy: 3rd Edition"

Jeffwave ,

Don't buy

I bought this thinking it was current given it's 2011 publication date. I come to find it's current thru 2000! What a rip-off.
Will try to get my money back.

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