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WAR is the answer

Thanks to last season's AL MVP race, WAR is on the lips of even RBI-addicted fans

Originally Published: February 19, 2013
By Sam Miller | ESPN The Magazine

FORTY-NINE YEARS AGO, Sports Illustrated profiled an engineering professor with jolting theories about baseball. Earnshaw Cook, author of the then-unreleased Percentage Baseball, claimed that advanced math and objective analysis could turn any team into a pennant winner. He didn't call it sabermetrics and he didn't call it Moneyball, but that's essentially what Cook was proposing.

Also 49 years ago, a man in Wilmington, Del., named Herb Groh wrote a letter to the ...

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