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On Sports Illustrated Cover, Brad Pitt Admits Knowing Little About Baseball

| by Michael Allen

Brad Pitt has done what few athletes can dream of, make the cover of Sports Illustrated, which is ironic as he admits to the magazine: "It’s shameful how little I know about baseball. I’m amazed they let me do this movie. Baseball and I didn’t get along that well."

Pitt is promoting his new film, 'Moneyball,' in which he plays Oakland Athletics' baseball coach Billy Beane: "What we were trying to do is tell an unconventional story in the Trojan horse of a conventional baseball movie."

The film, based on the book 'Moneyball: The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game,' tells the story of how Beane was able to use neglected statistics to put together a team of players ignored by other coaches and lead the Oakland Athletics to a record season.

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His method has even spawned the term 'Sabermetrics,' the computer-driven analysis of lesser acknowledged statistics of baseball.

Cover boy Pitt added that he did wrestle in high school, but that was the extent of his athletic career: "I was just happy to do Sports Illustrated. To do something other than the fashion-y things, for something I respect, is much more fun."