Neyer: Revisiting ‘Moneyball’ 12 years later

From SABR member Rob Neyer at on June 17, 2015:

Today marks the 12th birthday of “Moneyball” (the book), though; on June 17, 2003, W.W. Norton officially published Michael Lewis’s “Moneyball” with what must have been just the faintest idea of what might come next. So let’s start there …

I knew about the book before there was a book. I was at the SABR Convention in Boston in the summer of 2002, when this fellow came up and introduced himself. It was Lewis, and he said he was working on a story about sabermetrics, and the Oakland A’s, and Billy Beane said I’d be a good guy to talk to.

Which of course was flattering, even though I’d never heard of this Lewis fellow before.

Well, that wasn’t precisely true. Just a couple of years earlier, I’d read Lewis’s book, “The New New Thing.” And enjoyed reading it. But somehow I’d completely forgot the author’s name. So it wasn’t until we’d spent some time together that weekend – the introductory chat, a few hours in the Fenway Park bleachers, and finally a fine meal in the North End – that I realized who I’d been talking to.

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Originally published: June 18, 2015. Last Updated: June 18, 2015.