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Douglas Gove Billy Beane 10/3/12 Billy Beane the Story of Moneyball October 15, 2001. A single figure sat alone, radio in hand listening to the fifth and final game of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees. The rawer of the crowd over the radio said it all, the Oakland A’s amazing 102 win season was over. Disappointment could not describe how Oakland’s General Manager Billy Beane felt as he sat alone inside the Coliseum. Billy’s dream of bringing a World Series to the city of Oakland was eliminated. Billy Beane was born on March 29, 1962 in Orlando Florida. Being the son of a naval officer Billy and his family moved many places during his early years. He attended Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, California where he excelled at baseball, football and basketball. Billy excelled especially at baseball. During his sophomore and Junior year he batted over .500 and earned the interest of professional scouts all over the Major Leagues. Beane was drafted 23rd overall in the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft by the…show more content…
All of baseball took notice and began to reevaluate the way they judged players. The Boston Red Sox in 2004 broke the curse of the Bambino by winning their first World Series since 1918 embracing the philosophy championed by Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s. To this day all 30 Major League Baseball teams actively use Bill James Sabermetrics. Fox, J. (2011). THE MONEYBALL MYTH. Bloomberg Businessweek, (4251), 110-111. Summers, N. (2011). The Moneyball Manager. Newsweek, 158(12), 22. Surowiecki, J. (2002). THE BUFFETT OF BASEBALL. New Yorker, 78(28), 37. Grossman, L. (2003, May 19). Revenge of the nerd. Time, 161, 66-66. Adams, M. (2004). Moneyball: The art of winning an unfair game. Library Journal, 129(3), 180-180.

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