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Monday, October 05, 2009

Happy Birthday, Bill James!

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Bill James is probably the most widely known purveyor of what is known as “Sabermetrics”. He is also often cited by researchers in discussions, but often without them knowing the exact citation. He would often publish studies, especially in the Abstracts, which would not be easily located. This is the beginning of an attempt to gather that information (the location of the various studies) and put it in one place.

Doing a complete indexing of the Abstracts and other books by Bill James is a lengthy and tedious project which is just getting under way. So I have started with overviews of the books that I have, which are essentially the Table of Contents, sometimes with a little extra information.

I have also listed the articles that he wrote in the Baseball Analyst Newsletter, which he published, and those that I know about in other books, newspapaers and magazines. I know there are many more magazine articles and I would appreciate any citations that anyone can add.

Stephen Roney
President, Allan Roth Chapter,

Repoz Posted: October 05, 2009 at 05:38 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: baseball geeks, history, sabermetrics

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   1. karkovice squad (0OPS) Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:05 PM (#3340784)
I have that bobble head sitting in front of me on my desk right now!
   2. 185/456(GGC) Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:09 PM (#3340792)
That index has actually been around for some time.
   3. BDC Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:09 PM (#3340793)
He would often publish studies, especially in the Abstracts, which would not be easily located. This is the beginning of an attempt to gather that information

This will just encourage the man never to index anything ever again.

I kid because I love. Happy Birthday, Bill James!
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:10 PM (#3340794)
Looks like Bill has lost a little weight....
   5. 185/456(GGC) Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:10 PM (#3340796)
BTW, without Bill, I wouldn't be here. Not sure where online I'd be shirking work. Maybe Comics Curmudgeon.
   6. Repoz Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:17 PM (#3340804)
That index has actually been around for some time.

I know...but I couldn't decide between Gary Kroll or Joachim Kroll on who to link to.
   7. Craig Calcaterra Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:18 PM (#3340807)
BTW, without Bill, I wouldn't be here.


Me neither. And my mom has NEVER been able to live that down.
   8. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:20 PM (#3340811)
BTW, without Bill, I wouldn't be here. Not sure where online I'd be shirking work. Maybe Comics Curmudgeon.
Nor would any of us, arguably. I think the ideas Bill represented would have come into baseball--technology is as much responsible for that as Bill--but I don't think BBTF in this form would exist. Which is pretty weird when you think about it, because (either wholly or in part) I've attended a soccer game, gone to Australia, had a one-night stand, and been a guest at a wedding because of Primates.

That's some list.
   9. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:25 PM (#3340814)
Me neither. And my mom has NEVER been able to live that down.

Will Craig's mom jokes be the new Craig's wife jokes?
   10. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:32 PM (#3340822)
had a one-night stand
Shooty's Mom?
I kid because I love.

EDIT: I should have followed the thread meme -- Craig's Mom.
   11. T.J. Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:44 PM (#3340831)
had a one-night stand

So you're Craig's mom!
   12. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:50 PM (#3340838)
BTW, without Bill, I wouldn't be here.
[This reminds me of James' discussion of Ruth v. Hornsby...]
I dunno - James played a huge role in my getting to this point (such as it is), but it might have happened anyway.

Will Craig's mom jokes be the new Craig's wife jokes?
Dunno, let me check...

[rolls back]
Yes.
   13. Darnell McDonald had a farm Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:54 PM (#3340843)
What do you give the man who invented runs created?
   14. scareduck Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:54 PM (#3340846)
EDIT: I should have followed the thread meme -- Craig's Mom.


A Craig's Mom's List?
   15. 185/456(GGC) Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:56 PM (#3340847)
What do you give the man who invented runs created?


Penicillin.
   16. Guapo Posted: October 05, 2009 at 06:59 PM (#3340849)
And my mom has NEVER been able to live that down.

"You want to come back to my place? There's something I want to show you that I like to call 'The Favorite Toy'."
   17. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 06, 2009 at 03:55 AM (#3341246)
What do you give the man who invented runs created?

How do you thank someone who's taken you from crayons to perfume?

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