In the 1990s, SABR dramatically expanded its awards program and the recognition it provides for outstanding accomplishment in baseball research. Every year, writers and researchers add to our knowledge and understanding of baseball with quality scholarship in the form of books, articles and other media. SABR presents six annual awards for specific works, two discretionary awards and its highest honor, the Bob Davids Award. The society's oldest honor, the SABR Salute, was awarded from 1976 to 2001.
The annual cycle ends at the SABR convention (nominations are typically due in December or January). The Seymour Medal and the SABR and McFarland-SABR baseball research awards recognize works completed during a calendar year. The Lee Allen and Jack Kavanagh youth research awards are based roughly on the school year. The Doug Pappas and USA Today Sports Weekly awards recognize presentations at the annual convention.
The individuals and projects listed here are examples for researchers to follow as they expand our knowledge and understanding of baseball and perhaps achieve recognition for their own work.