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Homage to stats freaks

Alan Schwarz creates something of a seamhead family tree, bringing box-score junkies to life.

Originally Published: July 8, 2004
By Daniel Brown | Special to ESPN.com

After reading "The Numbers Game,'' an enchanting and original history of baseball statistics, the Florida Marlins' victory in the World Series looks more improbable in retrospect.

The Marlins triumphed despite a lousy on-base percentage (a fave of stat freaks), winning instead behind the stolen base (a statistically dubious risk), clutch hitting (an apparent myth) and an old-school manager who ignored overwhelming empirical evidence about pitching his ace on three-day's rest and went with ...

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