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Paths to Glory: How Great Baseball Teams Got That Way Paperback – April 1, 2004
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Mark Armour is a Red Sox fan who works in the sorftware industry and dreams of the day when he can talk about his team's path to glory. He has published articles with the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR).
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The first ill-advised topical digression is that it rarely really talks about "great" baseball teams, at least not dynastic ones (with significant exceptions in sections on the Oakland A's of the 1970s and the Atlanta Braves of the 1990s, both of which are excellent analyses). Instead too much time is spent not just on near-misses but on one-shot wonders that never got close to real greatness. I mean, the 1924 Washington Senators may have been a great human-interest story (after all, the immortal Walter Johnson finally got his ring...), but a "great" team? Hardly, and they never had a realistic chance to be great. Too many other chapters follow this pattern of looking at the wrong teams, and not for want of subject material -- where were the discussions of the blue-smoke-and-mirrors St. Louis Cardinals of the 1960s or 1980s, the great Koufax/Drysdale/Los Angeles pitching juggernauts, and above all, the post-WWII Yankees? The subject of this book simply was not as advertised.
Second, to report *that* a thing occurred is not the same as to say *how* it occurred, much less *why*.Read more ›
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Paths to Glory doesn't fulfill the promise delivered by the book's title. Instead it diverges into statistical minutiae, and spends minimal verbiage on "HOW" or "Great Teams". Read morePublished on August 7, 2005 by Professor Rowe