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Hot Hands, Draft Hype, and DiMaggio's Streak
Debunking America's Favorite Sports Myths
Sheldon Hirsch

Publication date: April 4, 2017

2017 • 240 pp. 6 x 9"
Sports & Recreation

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-5126-0063-6
$14.99 Ebook, 978-1-5126-0064-3

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Proof that everything you thought you knew about sports is wrong

In sports there are lies, damned lies, and statistics. Joe DiMaggio’s fifty-six-game hitting streak was magical. The three-point shot is an essential part of NBA basketball. Babe Ruth shouldn’t have attempted to steal second base in the ninth inning of the 1926 World Series. Scientist and researcher Sheldon Hirsch has taken a decidedly unorthodox approach to sports history. He looks at myths, legends, conventional wisdom, shibboleths, and firm convictions of all kinds that sports lovers hold to be true, and demonstrates how analysis of facts and figures disproves what tradition—and sportswriters—would have us believe. Divided into three parts, on baseball, basketball, and football, Hot Hands, Draft Hype, and DiMaggio’s Streak contains enough clear-sightedness and shocking conclusions to delight any sports lover.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Hirsch’s analytic approach dispels myths, ponders hypotheticals, and leads to refreshing conclusions. You’ll find everything he writes interesting and thought-provoking. This is unlike any other book about sports.” —Samuel Chi, editor of RealClear Sports

“Sheldon Hirsch stands conventional sports wisdom on its head. Whether the purveyors of sports clichés are announcers, journalists, coaches, or commissioners, Hirsch pokes holes right and left. Hirsch makes us rethink our comfortable assumptions about player records, game strategies, injuries and disabilities, and the futures of baseball, basketball and football.”—Andrew Zimbalist, author of Circus Maximus and No Boston Olympics

“This is an illuminating, well-written book that any sports fan will enjoy reading.”—John Middleton, principal owner of the Philadelphia Phillies

"Sheldon Hirsch provides careful deconstructions of popular sports myths. You’ll find them intriguing, and when you’re done reading you’ll pass this book on to all your friends.”—Allen Barra, author Mickey and Willie

SHELDON HIRSCH grew up in New York and wrestled at Amherst College. He is a kidney doctor and a self-professed sports geek. He lives in Chicago (but still roots for the Yankees). He is the coauthor of The Beauty of Short Hops.

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:21:53 -0500