Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football

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ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

This is not a complete bibliography but rather a road map that will help guide the reader through the vast mathletics literature.


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Adler, Joseph. Baseball Hacks. O'Reilly Media, 2006. This great book provides a one- stop entry into the field of sabermetrics. For the reader with a computer programming background, this book provides the tools to use the baseball data available on the Internet to perform almost any imaginable analysis.

Baseball Prospectus Team of Experts, Jonah Keri, and James Click. Baseball between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know about the Game Is Wrong. Perseus Publishing, 2006. This book contains many advanced sabermetric essays dealing with topics including the following: Does clutch hitting exist? How do we compare players from different eras? The glossary of sabermetric terms alone is worth the price of the book.

Berri, David, Martin Schmidt, and Stacey Brook. The Wages of Wins: Taking Measure of the Many Myths in Modern Sport. Stanford University Press, 2006. The authors develop simple yet effective metrics for ranking football quarterbacks and running backs. Most of the book is devoted to developing the Win Score and Wins Produced metrics that are used to evaluate NBA players (see chapter 29). David Berri's Web site, http://dberri .wordpress.com/, contains many posts about the NBA.

Cook, Earnshaw. Percentage Baseball. MIT Press, 1966. Earnshaw Cook's pioneering work sparked a great deal of controversy when it first appeared. Cook tried to link runs scored and given up to number of games won, thereby anticipating the Pythagorean Theorem discussed in chapter 1. Cook also showed that bunting is usually a bad idea (see chapter 6).

Dewan, John. The Fielding Bible. Acta Sports, 2006. This book revolutionized (as described in chapter 7) the methods used to analyze players' fielding abilities. The book is no longer updated annually but the Bill James Handbook provides many of Dewan's valuable fielding statistics.

Gennaro, Vince. Diamond Dollars. Maple Street Press, 2005. Vince Gennaro provides details regarding how a baseball team's market size and ability (are they in the playoff mix?) affect the amount a team should pay for a player. The book also discusses in great detail how to build a perennial contender.

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