Writers Bloc: Beane Ball


Updated: May 12, 2003, 8:13 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • If you've read any Tom Wolfe, you know that he is one of the few writers with the rare skill of making you care about a subject in which you previously had no interest. Janet Maslin of the New York Times says that Michael Lewis possesses that same quality, which is high praise indeed. His new book, "Moneyball," centers on Billy Beane and the innovations he has brought to his stewardship with the Oakland Athletics.

  • G. Scott Thomas has a book out called "Leveling the Field" in which he uses a computer to calculate what different statistics would mean in different time contexts and also how various all-time great teams stack up against one another. Tom Gage of the Detroit News discusses the book from a Tiger-centric perspective. Based on some of the numbers Gage quotes, I'd like to know a little more about the author's methodology.

  • Dick Heller of the Washington Times eulogizes departed baseball writer Sam Lacy who passed this week at the age of 99. While Heller does not say that it was the pen that broke down the racial barriers of baseball, he does say that Lacy's efforts while writing for black newspapers certainly helped the cause.

    Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at