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Darwins of the Diamond

Alan Schwarz chronicles baseball's lifelong fascination with statistics and the people who turned it into a science.

Originally Published: July 8, 2004
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

Most fans, players and even team executives assume that baseball's infatuation with statistics is simply a byproduct of the information age, a phenomenon that blossomed only after the arrival of Bill James and computers in the 1980s. They couldn't be more wrong.

Alan Schwarz, the senior writer of Baseball America and a weekly contributor to ESPN.com, will forever change that misperception with his new book, "The Numbers Game," just published by St. Martin's Press. Schwarz provides the first-ever ...

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