Baseball pitcher throwing, ball in foreground. Like baseball, insurance is also a tremendous generator and consumer of data, with some information dating back more than a century. It has legacy titans and legacy thinking that are ripe for disruption. It even has “losses.” (Credit: Bobby Stevens Photo/

Brad Pitt sits in a movie studio talking to Jonah Hill about a made-up baseball team changing the game and winning 20 straight to surpass an all-time record. The movie – “Moneyball” – goes on to be nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture. It’s a fun and fascinating piece of fictional drama. Except that it isn’t. 

Before Pitt and Hill represented the Oakland A’s in the movie, “Moneyball” happened in real life and its narrative is considered to have largely followed the true story (also chronicled in the book “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis).

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