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'Moneyball' a solid hit for casual fans

Hard-core fans might balk at factual missteps, but film delivers on book's main premise

Updated: September 23, 2011, 12:43 PM ET
By Matt Meyers | ESPN Insider

Editor's note: ESPN Insider writer/editor Matt Meyers saw an advance screening of "Moneyball," which opens Friday night.

Like many fans of the book "Moneyball," I was skeptical when I heard it was being made into a film. Pretty much every successful sports movie ends with some sort of dramatic win (or at least a dramatic loss), and as anti-stat types are happy to point out, "the Oakland Athletics have never won the World Series under GM Billy Beane." My skepticism only increased when ...

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