It's a fascinating performance, as insightful as it is argumentative. (Neyer, a columnist for ESPN.com, and Epstein, a former baseball exec, don't always see eye to eye, and some of their disagreements are posted as dialogues.) Along the way, they debunk some myths (Mantle's 565-foot home run) and create new stats to test relative performance (one makes Johnny Bench the best catcher of all time--no problem there--with Mickey Cochrane second). Poignantly, they also project some "what-ifs," as in what if Lou Gehrig had stayed healthy for the '39 Yankees.
After parsing and reparsing team after team, Neyer and Epstein arrive at their conclusion, and while they pretty much disagree on places 2 through 15, they manage to present a unified front for No. 1. It's a team in pinstripes, but probably not the first--or second--to come to mind. Given the precision with which way they lay out their case, you'll have to work awfully hard to overturn their verdict. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I tried doing a research piece on the greatest baseball teams, taking the statistics of given years and consectuive years. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by william hall
That is always a fun question, and a source of debate for even the most casual baseball fan. Usually the 1927 Yankees are immediately ordained the best of all time, and that team... Read morePublished on October 12, 2010 by Roger D. Launius
I bought this book 7 years ago and i don't know how many times i've read it after reading it cover to cover the week i first got it! Read morePublished on May 16, 2008 by R. Hansen
If you are the type that thinks that pennants are won with 90% guts and a winning attitude, rather than talent, stay away. But if you are a Moneyball fan, you'll like this.Published on October 10, 2004 by Mike Moran
To Bryan Lutes of Aurora, Illinois: The 72-74 A's are covered in the book. They are covered in Chapter 15. They are one of the fifteen teams that are rated as great dynasties.Published on August 9, 2004 by Wayne Chambers
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading the book, but I found the book to be lacking in continuity. It's a difficult book to read from cover-to-cover due to the abundance of... Read morePublished on April 19, 2004 by Bryan
If you enjoy statistical arguments about the relative greatness of different teams, mixed with interesting historical anecdotes, this is for you. Read morePublished on March 27, 2003 by "jbdbabojay"
I've never heard of Rob Neyer, but from reading other reviews here, he's apparently a modestly well-known figure from espn.com. Read morePublished on November 21, 2001 by David R. Cox