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Sabermetrics transform the understanding of baseball

(05/12/04 9:00am)

The Oakland A's were the first team to extensively (and successfully) use sabermetrics, or scientific, statistical baseball analysis. Through the best-selling book "Moneyball," by Michael Lewis, the A's successful utilization of sabermetrics became famous. Now, nearly half the teams in Major League Baseball use scientific statistical analysis, most notably, the Red Sox, who employ the legendary sabermetrician Bill James.

Sailors gain third National Championship berth

(05/12/04 9:00am)

After a season of dealing with key injuries, a stubbornly frozen lake and an annoying-yet-adorable newspaper correspondent, the Dartmouth sailing team is finally reaping its rewards, and deservedly so. This past weekend's 63rd Annual New England Dinghy Championships was an opportunity for the Big Green to accomplish something that they hadn't since 2001: complete a sweep of bids to all three National Championships in women's, team and coed racing.

Shirrell reflects on Dartmouth baseball, childhood sports

(05/11/04 9:00am)

Earlier in the season, Scott Shirrell '04 etched his name in the Dartmouth record books by collecting more hits than anyone ever to don the Big Green uniform. His outstanding play and leadership helped spur the baseball team to a 25-17 record and the Red Rolfe Division championship. The fourth-year player from Portland, Maine sat down with The Dartmouth's Christine Huggins to discuss his illustrious career as a member of the Big Green.

Tarnished Reputation

(05/11/04 9:00am)

Those horrifying photos of American soldiers humiliating Iraqi prisoners in Saddam's former jail of Abu Ghraib is the visual culmination of how much the world -- and especially the Arab world -- views our presence in the region. Photographs of naked and bound Iraqis mocked by their American and British captors have seized the front page of every major newspaper and media source in the world, ranging from The New York Times to Al Jazeera. Our mission, once seemingly so simple and righteous -- liberating an oppressed people from a brutal grip of a tyrant, now appears so foggy and muddy. Even thousands of miles away, our country is being torn apart at the seams as politicians juggle responsibility and blame. How could we have deviated from such a venerable venture? What can be done?

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