Bill James stands in the atrium at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Oakland, surveying the crush of people who have arrived for the world premiere of “Moneyball.” His wife, Susan, is on his arm. A Hollywood movie premiere is a first for both.
On a Saturday morning in March, some 400 people crowd a conference room at the Boston Convention Center. Mostly men, and mostly paying customers, they are there to listen to six other guys talk about baseball statistics.
A record of winning is the biggest asset John W. Henry ’s Boston Red Sox holding company brings to its pending purchase of Liverpool, according to the chairman of England’s most-successful soccer club.