Wednesday, April 20, 2005

 

April 20th, 1908

Henry Chadwick Dies


This may seem a cop-out, but I prefer to think of it as giving reconigition where it is sorely deservered: Henry Chadwick was a fasinating man, it was he who largely gave the statistical system we still use today and Chadwick's sensibilities run through it. His story which is an interesting one, and the stories of many others, all equally interesting, are expertly told in Alan Schwarz's The Numbers Game, which recounts the history of everyone who has furthered the use of statistics in baseball from Chadwick to Billy Beane. It was, in my opinion, the best baseball book of 2004, and comes highly recommended.



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