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Q&A: Bill James on Crime

The father of sabermetrics on his new book and what makes a murderer

Updated: July 6, 2011, 10:32 AM ET
By Chuck Klosterman

If you're interested in baseball, you're interested in Bill James — he's the inventor of sabermetrics, the ideological engine behind Michael Lewis' best-selling Moneyball, and the sport's most influential writer and historian of the past 25 years. But you know what Bill James is interested in? Murderers. He's interested in crime, the people who commit them, and — perhaps most tellingly — the people who write about them.

Over the span of his 62 years, James has read (by ...

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