Stats are just one means for evaluating a player's success. But they are interesting and compelling, nonetheless. Brad Schultz offers some great resources for finding and evaluating stats in baseball, football, hockey and basketball in a posting at the Journal of Sports Media.
Disclosure (and shameless plug): As many of you might know I also blog for this site. I commented on some reasons stats are just one means for evaluating success -- a point my daughter drove home last week.
Plus, Angela K. Renkoski discusses the death of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock and why these events matter to those more emotionally invested in sports. She writes: "We watch on the promise that we might see something we've never seen before, and sports delivers this just often enough to keep us satisfied." Check it out.