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Hot hands, draft hype, and DiMaggio's streak : debunking…

by Sheldon Hirsch

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This book has a catchy title which is a bit misleading. Although all three topics are discussed in Hirsch’s book, only a couple of pages are devoted to each one. Hirsch is both a physician and a sport’s fan; this book contains his opinions on a number of topics, primarily in baseball and men’s basketball, and to a much lesser extent in football. The very brief epilogue deals with boxing. Most of the book is concerned with professional sports although one section is about college basketball. The end of the baseball section is very statistical.

Hirsch briefly discusses specific commonly held ideas or “myths” about these sports, and states his opinions about them. He does have some very good suggestions concerning a few topics such as voting for the baseball hall of fame, and how games in the different sports can be made more exciting. However, he deals so briefly with some many ideas that his key suggestions tend to get lost. Many of the topics are not overly important such as who is the greatest in a particular sport, and which teams or players from different eras are greater. Unfortunately, Hirsch gives short shrift to some very important topics, especially those concerned with players’ health, specifically concussions. As a medical doctor he could have discussed these in detail and given specific suggestions concerning players at different ages (young children through professionals). He talks most about concussions in the section concerning basketball instead of football.

Contains detailed table of contents, end-notes containing additional text, and index. ( )
  sallylou61 | May 20, 2017 |
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This is the usual sports reporter discussions, the author is just a regular fan with a day job. Hirsch provides a statistical look at three of the major sports in the U.S., baseball, basketball, and football hitting a lot of major points in discussion today. ( )
  mrmapcase | May 13, 2017 |
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'Hot Hands, Draft Hype, & DiMaggio's Streak' by Sheldon Hirsch is a nice collection of the author's opinions and analyses on a number of topics across a pretty wide swath of sport. No new ground is broken as far as I can tell. As with most books of this ilk, it's not required to be read from front to back. You can find something interesting by just hopping around within it.

The author uses a few of the newer statistical methods to prop up his arguments. That's fine with baseball, which is the one sport where stats are pretty much everything, but leaves the wide range of the others sports he writes about lacking in that regard. Much of the non-baseball stuff is mostly just opinion, which is fine but can just as easily be obtained at the corner bar.

As books like this go, it's OK but nothing special. If you're a sports fan, you'll find something in it to like, but there's too much opinion and not enough fact involved for me. ( )
  gmmartz | May 11, 2017 |
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This book his entertaining, thoughtful and informative. Sheldon Hirsch sets out to debunk many sports myths, such as, Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak being one of the great sports records. He discusses a very wide range of topics with the greatest emphasis on baseball and basketball but also covers football and touches on other sports. Some of my favorite sections include who is better Mantle or Mays, the one-and-done college basketball experience, how good a coach John Caliper is, would Wilt chamberlain dominate in todays pro game, the value of the pro football draft. There are just too many stories to describe and each one is interesting.
I agree with Hirsch's view of who should get into baseball's Hall of Fame and thought his views on how to handle players involved in the steroid era were well thought out. Hirsch changed my mind in several of his essays or at least made me consider alternatives to my opinions. The author obviously is well educated on sports statistics and gave me a greater understanding of the use and shortcomings of sabermetric statistics.
This book will entertain the casual and serious sports fan and would be an excellent addition to anyone's sports library. The book is packed with good stories and one of the few books that has footnotes that are a must read. ( )
  phillies | May 10, 2017 |
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_Hot Hands, Draft Hype, and DiMaggio's Streak_ promises to debunk some favorite sport myths, and I guess it does, in a way. the author, Sheldon Hirsch, discusses a wide range of issues, generally saying that this or that myth is only partly true, or that it relies on out-dated statistics when it should use sabremetrics, or that the evidence is inconclusive. I enjoyed reading it, but thought it did not make good on its promise to debunk myths so much as point out that many of them (surprise) are based on prejudices and misapprehensions. ( )
  GaryLeeJones | May 7, 2017 |
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