1. Baseball and America: How Our Changing Passions Have Shaped the Game

    See Part 1, "More Story, Less Sabermetrics" / Part 2, "Understanding Baseball Through Its Mysterious, Magical Words" Statistics are something of a fetish. Like a shrunken head, a stat is an encapsulation of a power once alive...

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  2. Understanding Baseball Through Its Mysterious, Magical Words: Home, Base, Run

    See Part 1, "More Story, Less Sabermetrics" The old mysteries were visible in baseball's earliest names, numbers and practices, and it has seemed to me in recent years that ...

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  3. MLB History: Farewell to Stats? Baseball Needs More Story, Less Sabermetrics

    Recently Major League Baseball named me its official historian, a great honor and an even greater opportunity. I hope to convince you that some knowledge of baseball's past enhances the pleasure in every present moment...

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