Moneyball: the Movie – Who Knew Brad Pitt Was a Statistician at Heart?

In 2003 I used the example of Billy Beane, profiled in Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball, as an example of applying new thinking to an old pastime: in this case, baseball, probably the most stats-laden sport of all. Fast-forward eight years and we now see a new film based on that story starring Brad Pitt.

Below is the original 2003 piece plus some analyses I did at the time to illustrate the return on investment of Beane’s method.