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Movies: 'Moneyball'
Brad Pitt as the baseball general manager who played the odds to win games

Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” is a solid account of Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball club, and how he used a statistical technique called “sabermetrics” to create a winning team with a payroll roughly one fourth the size of the New York Yankees’. Bill James, inventor of sabermetrics (from the acronym for the Society of American baseball Research), published, back in the 1980s, a yearly book called the Baseball Abstract. As a fan, I used to grab it as soon as it appeared in the bookstores.

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