Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 2001

James Seabury brite

April 25, 2001


"Don't worry, Bill," Clyne said. "I don't think anybody's going to question your calls."

He's probably right.

Seabury's baseball scorekeeper is Bill James, the nationally known prolific baseball author/historian, a Lawrence resident whose son, Isaac, plays for the Seahawks.

"I took one look at my class, and I saw the name James," Clyne said. "I was talking to somebody, and he said, 'You know, that's Bill James' kid.' I didn't think much about it. He said, 'No, that's Bill James' kid.' I'm a huge baseball fan. I thought, 'I can't wait for the first parent conference.' Then he offered to keep the book for us."

The elder James has developed an impressive reputation for his baseball number-crunching -- a skill he has used on the Seahawks.

"From our game the other night, he broke it down into a six-page summary for the doubleheader," Clyne said. "It was incredible -- tendencies, where we missed opportunities, where we could make opportunities. It really helps us."

-- Associate sports editor Andrew Hartsock can be reached at 832-7216.

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