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Alderson true father of the on-base revolution

Originally Published: April 28, 2005
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

OK, so they aren't Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two Stanford grads who Googled their way into billions of dollars and national business celebrity. In fact, their names are long forgotten. But 24 years ago, a pair of Stanfordites approached Sandy Alderson with an idea that would ultimately change the course of baseball history.

"We have a computer project to do, and we want to do an analysis of baseball players," the two business-school students said. "Is there anything we can tackle for you?"

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