If you've read any Tom Wolfe, you know that he is one
of the few writers with the rare skill of making you
care about a subject in which you previously had no
interest. Janet Maslin of the New York Times says that
Michael Lewis possesses that same quality, which is
high praise indeed. His new book, "Moneyball," centers
on Billy Beane and the innovations he has brought to
his stewardship with the Oakland Athletics.
G. Scott Thomas has a book out called "Leveling the
Field" in which he uses a computer to calculate what
different statistics would mean in different time
contexts and also how various all-time great teams
stack up against one another. Tom Gage of the Detroit
News discusses the book from a Tiger-centric
perspective. Based on some of the numbers Gage quotes,
I'd like to know a little more about the author's
Dick Heller of the Washington Times eulogizes departed
baseball writer Sam Lacy who passed this week at the
age of 99. While Heller does not say that it was the
pen that broke down the racial barriers of baseball,
he does say that Lacy's efforts while writing for
black newspapers certainly helped the cause.
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