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This review is from: The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics (Paperback)At first, the book starts with some talk about baseball statistics, but then it moves quickly (almost immediately) to a history of the people who have made contributions to the statistics. Since almost all of these guys were eccentrics (to say the least), this is fun.
And then the book ends on a rather profound note, i.e, a non-technical discussion of what statistics can do and what it can't do. The author identifies accurately the key problem: we are awash in data, and it is very difficult to distinguish "signal" from "noise." (For an explanation of this distinction, read the book.) I came away from the book thinking that John Henry was the smartest man in baseball; if you check Alan Schwarz's website (Goggle him), you will find a nice follow up essay on Henry.