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SABR Awards

Bob Davids Award

The Bob Davids Award was established by the Board of Directors in 1985. It is given annually at the National Convention to the member "whose contributions to SABR and baseball reflect the ingenuity, integrity, and self-sacrifice of the founder and past-president of SABR, L. Robert 'Bob' Davids."

The initial 1985 winner was Bob McConnell. He has been followed by Joe Simenic (1986), Bob Hoie (1987), Vern Luse (1988), Pete Palmer (1989), John Holway (1990), Frank Phelps (1991), Bob Tiemann (1992), Bill Carle (1993), A. D. Suehsdorf (1994), Cliff Kachline (1995), Jack Kavanagh (1996), Len Levin (1997), John Pardon (1998), David Vincent (1999), Lyle Spatz (2000), Larry Gerlach (2001), Evelyn Begley (2002), Frederick Ivor-Campbell (2003), Dick Thompson (2004), David W. Smith (2005), John Thorn (2006), Andy McCue (2007), Mark Armour (2008), Tom Ruane (2009), Mark Rucker (2010), Bill Nowlin (2011) and Jan Finkel (2012).

 

McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award

The McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award honors the authors of the best articles on baseball history or biography completed during the preceding calendar year (published or unpublished).

This award was previously named The Macmillan-SABR Baseball Research Award (1987-1999). It is presented each year at the SABR Convention to three individuals, groups or groups of individuals whose research projects have greatly expanded our knowledge of baseball. In 1995, the focus of the award was changed to articles about baseball history and biography.

Winners of this award have been:

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

  • Mark Armour (Corvallis, OR), “A Tale of Two Umpires,” Baseball Research Journal, Fall 2009
  • William F. Lamb (Meredith, NH), "A Fearsome Collaboration: The Alliance of Andrew Freedman and John T. Brush,” Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, Fall 2009.
  • Geri Strecker (Muncie, IN), “The Rise and Fall of Greenlee Field: Biography of a Ballpark,” Black Ball: A Journal of the Negro League, Fall 2009.

2008

  • David J. Laliberte, “Myth, History and Indian Baseball: An Unexpected Story of the Game in Minnesota”
  • William J. McGill, "The Greatest College Pitcher: George Sisler at Michigan”
  • David Vaught, “Our Players Are Mostly Farmers: Baseball in Rural California, 1850-1890”

2007 

  • Henry D. Fetter, "Revising the Revisionists: Walter O'Malley, Robert Moses, and the Death of the Brooklyn Dodgers". (revised text published under title "Revising the Revisionists: Walter O'Malley, Robert Moses and the End of the Brooklyn Dodgers," in New York History, Vol. 89, no. 1, Winter 2008).
  • Frederick Ivor-Campbell, "Knickerbocker Base Ball: The Birth and Infancy of the Modern Game". (McFarland, Fall 2007). A slightly revised version was published in Base Ball: A Journal of the Negro League (McFarland, Fall 2007).
  • Dick Thompson, "Cannonball Bill Jackman," originally published in The National Pastime #27 (SABR).

2006 

  • Brian Carroll, "Early Twentieth Century Heroes: Coverage of Negro League Baseball in the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender".
  • Mitchell Nathanson, "The Irrelevance of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption: A Historical Review".
  • Steve Steinberg, "Matty and the Browns: A Window Onto the AL-NL War".

2005 

  • Charlie Bevis, "Rocky Point: A Lone Outpost of Sunday Baseball in Sabbatarian New England," originally published in NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture
  • Gregory Bond, "Too Much Dirty Work: Race, Manliness And Baseball in Gilded Age Nebraska," originally published in Nebraska History.
  • James Forr, "Pie Traynor"

2004

  • Richard Bak, "Bat Out of Hell".
  • Ken Fenster, "Earl Mann, Nat Peeples and the Failed Attempt of Integration in the Southern Association", originally published in NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture.

2003  

  • Charlie Bevis, "Evolution of the Sunday Doubleheader and Its Role in Elevating the Popularity of Baseball".
  • Bob Gorman and David Weeks, "Foul Play, Fan Fatalities in Twentieth-Century Organized Baseball".
  • Robert H. Schaefer, "The Great Baseball Match of 1858, Base Ball's First All-Star Game".

2002

  • Frank Ardolino, "Missionaries, Cartwright and Spalding".
  • Ron Briley, "In the Tradition of Jackie Robinson: Ozzie Virgil and the Integration of the Detroit Tigers".
  • Jim McConnell, "Dahlgren, You're in There".

2001  

  • Bruce Markusen, "Thirty Years Ago ... The First All-Black Lineup",
  • Robert H. Schaefer, "Legend of the Lively Ball".
  • Dick Thompson, "Baseball's Greatest Hero: Joe Pinder".

2000 

  • Tom Altherr, "A Place Leavel Enough To Play Ball: Baseball and Baseball-type Games in the Colonial Era, Revolutionary War, and Early American Republic".
  • Robert H. Schaefer, "The Lost Art of Fair-Foul Hitting".
  • Dick Thompson, "The Wes Ferrell Story".

Previously Awarded as the Macmillan-SABR Baseball Research Award

1999

  • Ron Briley, "As American as Cherry Pie: Baseball and Reflections of Violence in the 1960s and 1970s"
  • Chris Lamb, "L'Affaire Jake Powell: The Minority Press Goes to Bat Against Segregated Baseball"
  • Stephen Norwood and Harold Brackman, "Going to Bat for Jackie Robinson: The Jewish Role in Breaking Baseball's Color Line"

1998

  • David M. Jordan, Larry Gerlach and John Rossi, "A Baseball Myth Exploded"
  • Jim McConnell, "Baseball's Dark Past"
  • Andrew O'Toole, "Clemente's First Spring"

1997

  • Clifford Blau, "The History of Major League Tie Games"
  • John McReynolds, "Nate Moreland, Mystery to Historians"
  • Gary Smith, "Damned Yankee"

1996

  • Adrian Burgos Jr., "Jugando en el Norte, Caribbean Players in the Negro Leagues, 1910-1950"
  • Jim Price, "A Half Century of Pain: A retrospective look at the 1946 Spokane Indian bus accident"
  • Joseph M. Wayman, "Grandstand Baseball Annual Pitching Won-Loss Records, National League, 1890-1899"

1995

  • James A. Smith Jr. and Herman Krabbenhoft for research involved in The Baseball Quarterly Review's "Triple Play Project"
  • Hank Thomas & Chuck Carey for research involved in "The California Comet" on Walter Johnson's California semi-pro career
  • Michael O'Grady, "From Covehead to the Polo Grounds: The Story of Henry Haverlock Oxley, Major Leaguer"

1994

  • Peter C. Bjarkman, "Baseball with a Latin Beat: A History of the Latin American Game"
  • Robert F. Burk, "Never Just a Game: Players, Owners and American Baseball to 1920"
  • Jack Kavanagh, "Walter Johnson: A Life"

1993

  • Lloyd Johnson and Miles Wolff, "The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball"
  • James A. Riley, "The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues"
  • Michael Gershman, "Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark"

1992

  • Phil Dixon, "The Negro Baseball Leagues: A Photographic History"
  • Barbara Gregorich, "Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball"
  • William Ryczek, "Blackguards and Red Stockings: A History of The National Association"

1991

  • Robert Gregory, "Diz: The Story of Dizzy Dean and Baseball During the Great Depression"
  • Herman Krabbenhoft, "Baseball Quarterly Reviews"
  • Mark Stang and Linda Harkness, "Rosters!"

1990

  • Bruce Kuklick, "To Everything a Season — Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia 1909-1976"

1989

  • Dr. Harold Seymour, "Baseball: The People's Game"
  • Dick Clark, John Holway and James A. Riley, for work on Negro League statistics in The Baseball Encyclopedia (8th edition)
  • James E. Miller, "The Baseball Business"

1988

  • Bill Deane, "Award Voting"
  • Paul Dickson, "The Dickson Baseball Dictionary"
  • Marc Okkonen, "Major League Uniforms of the 20th Century"

1987

  • Melvin Adelman, for his work on 1820-1870 New York City baseball
  • Stew Thornley, "On to Nicollet," a team profile of the Minneapolis Millers
  • Bob Tiemann and Rich Topp, for their work cataloging managerial changes

1986

  • Andy McCue, "Baseball By the Books"
  • Rob Ruck, "The Tropic of Baseball"

 

SABR Baseball Research Award

The SABR Baseball Research Award is designed to honor projects that do not fit the criteria for The Seymour Medal or the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award. The award recognizes outstanding baseball research in areas other than history and biography. From 1996-2011, the award was known as the Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award.

Winners of this award have been:

2013

  • Ron Keurajian for Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide (McFarland & Co.)
  • Herm Krabbenhoft for "The Accurate RBI Records for Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg and Babe Ruth" (Baseball Research Journal)
  • Peter Morris, William J. Ryczek, Jan Finkel, Leonard Levin and Richard Malatzky for Base Ball Pioneers, 1850-1870: The Clubs and Players Who Spread the Sport Nationwide (McFarland & Co.)

2012

  • Rebecca T. Alpert for Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball (Oxford University Press)
  • Gary Ashwill, Scott Simkus, Dan Hirsch and Kevin Johnson for assembling the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database (Seamheads.com)
  • Bill Staples Jr. for Kenichi Zenimura: Japanese American Baseball Pioneer (McFarland & Co.)

2011

  • Timothy M. Gay for Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson (Simon & Schuster)
  • Chris Jaffe for Evaluating Baseball’s Managers: A History and Analysis of Performance in the Major Leagues, 1876–2008 (McFarland)
  • L.M. Sutter for New Mexico Baseball: Miners, Outlaws, Indians and Isotopes, 1880 to the Present (McFarland)

2010

  • Timothy M. Gay (Vienna, VA) for Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson (Simon & Schuster)
  • Chris Jaffe (Schaumburg, IL) for Evaluating Baseball’s Managers: A History and Analysis of Performance in the Major Leagues, 1876–2008 (McFarland)
  • L.M. Sutter (Norton, VA) for New Mexico Baseball: Miners, Outlaws, Indians and Isotopes, 1880 to the Present (McFarland)

2009

  • Robert M. Gorman (Rock Hill, SC) and David Weeks (Rock Hill, SC) for Death at the Ballpark: A Comprehensive Study of Game-Related Fatalities, 1862-2007 (McFarland)
  • Dennis Pajot (Milwaukee, WI) for The Rise of Milwaukee Baseball: The Cream City from Midwestern Outpost to the Major Leagues, 1859-1901 (McFarland)
  • L.M. Sutter (Norton, VA) for Ball, Bat and Bitumen: A History of Coalfield Baseball in the Appalachian South (McFarland)

2008

  • Ron Selter for Ballparks of the Deadball Era
  • Andy Strasberg, Bob Thompson and Tim Wiles for Baseball's Greatest Hit
  • Jim Walker and Rob Bellamy for Center Field Shot: A History of Baseball on Television

2007

  • Paul DeBono, The Chicago American Giants (McFarland)
  • Bill Felber, A Game of Brawl: The Orioles, the Beaneaters, and the Battle for the 1897 Pennant (University of Nebraska Press)
  • William F. McNeil, Black Baseball Out of Season: Pay for Play Outside the Negro Leagues (McFarland)

2006

  • John Dewan, The Fielding Bible (ACTA Sports)
  • Ed Koszarek, The Players League: History, Clubs, Ballplayers, and Statistics (McFarland)
  • Jeff Sackmann, for research found at his website, www.minorleaguesplits.com

2005

  • Will Carroll, The Juice (Ivan R. Dee)
  • Robert K. Fitts, Remembering Japanese Baseball: An Oral History of the Game (Southern Illinois University Press)
  • Steven R. Hoffbeck, Swinging for the Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

2004

  • Peter Bjarkman, Diamonds Around the Globe: The Encyclopedia of International Baseball (Greenwood Press)
  • Timothy A Johnson, Baseball and the Music of Charles Ives: A Proving Ground (Scarecrow Press)
  • Rob Neyer and Bill James, The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers (Simon and Schuster)

2003

  • Mark Armour and Dan Levitt, Paths to Glory: How Great Baseball Teams Got That Way (Brassey's Inc.)
  • Jim Vitti, The Cubs on Catalina (Settefrati Press)

2002

  • Larry Lester, Baseball's Black Showcase: The East-West All-Star Game, 1933-1953 (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Joseph Reaves, Taking in a Game: A History of Baseball in Asia (University of Nebraska Press)

2001

  • Jim Albert and Jay Bennett, Curve Ball: Baseball, Statistics and the Role of Chance in the Game (Copernicus)
  • David Vincent, Lyle Spatz, and David W. Smith, The Mid-Summer Classic (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Greg Rhodes and John Snyder, Redleg Journal (Road West)

2000

  • Joel Hawkins and Terry Bertolino, The House of David Baseball Team (Arcadia)
  • Tom Simon, Burlington, VT, representing the Gardner-Waterman Chapter of SABR, The Green Mountain Boys of Summer (New England Press)

1999

  • Greg Rhodes and Mark Stang, Reds in Black and White (Road West)
  • Bob Tiemann for research on attendance in the National Association, 1871-1875, published in the sixth edition of Total Baseball (Total Sports)

1998

  • Joseph Dorinson and Joram Warmund, editors, Jackie Robinson: Race Sports, and the American Dream (M.E. Sharpe)
  • Chris Holaday, Professional Baseball in North Carolina: An Illustrated City-by-City History, 1901-1996 (McFarland)
  • Marshall D. Wright, The International League: Year-By-Year Statistics, 1884-1953 (McFarland)

1997

  • Joseph Dittmar, Baseball Records Registry: The Best and Worst Single-Day Performances and the Stories Behind Them (McFarland)
  • Jonathan Fraser Light, The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball (McFarland)
  • David Nemec, The Great Encyclopedia of 19th Century Major League Baseball (Donald I. Fine Books)

1996

  • Dan Gutman, The Way Baseball Works (Simon and Schuster)
  • Richard Orodenker, Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twentieth Century American Sportswriters (Gale Research)
  • Frederick Ivor-Campbell, Robert L. Tiemann and Mark Rucker, editors, Baseball's First Stars (SABR)

1995

  • George W. Hilton, The Annotated Baseball Stories of Ring W. Lardner, 1914-1919 (Stanford Univ. Press)
  • Dan Gutman, Banana Bats and Ding-Dong Balls: A Century of Baseball Inventions (Macmillan)
  • John Benson and Tony Blengino, Baseball's Top 100: The Best Individual Seasons of All-Time (Diamond Library)

 

Doug Pappas Research Award

The Doug Pappas Research Award recognizes the best oral research presentation at the Annual Convention. Before 2004 it was known as the Cox Award, named in honor of Society member John W. Cox, and then the USA Today Sports Weekly Award; the name was changed to honor the late Doug Pappas. USA Today Sports Weekly continues to sponsor both it and the companion award for the best poster presentation. Winners of the award include:

  • 2012: Rob Fitts, "Murderers, Spies, and Ballplayers: The Untold Story of the 1934 All American Tour of Asia" 
  • 2011: Ross Davies, "Toolson's Secrets: A Close Call for the Baseball Antitrust Exemption" 
  • 2010: Ross Davies, "Chinese-US Baseball Diplomacy before the Great War "
  • 2009: Tim Herlich, "21" 
  • 2008: Vince Gennaro, "What Factors Influence Free Agent Salaries?" 
  • 2007: Cait Murphy, "Cover-up: Gambling, Corruption, and the Wild Finish of the 1908 Season" 
  • 2006: Sean Forman, "Blocking Pitches: Assessing a Catcher's Ability to Save Runs with Bruises" 
  • 2005: Peter Morris, "Origin of the Pitching Rotation "
  • 2004: Andy McCue, "Rickey v. O'Malley and the Mysterious Buyout Clause "
  • 2003: Peter Morris, "The Origin of the Word 'Fan' " 
  • 2002: Tom Tippett, "Using Lineup-dependent Expected Runs Analysis to Evaluate Strategies" 
  • 2001: David W. Smith, "Play by Play Analysis of the 1951 National League Pennant Race" 
  • 2000: Doug Pappas, "111 Years of Major League Ejections "
  • 1999: Jean Ardell, "Left-hander Ila Borders: Crossing Baseball's Gender Line from Little League to the Northern League" 
  • 1998: Stew Thornley, "The Polo Grounds — A Tale of Four Stadiums "
  • 1997: Norman Macht, "Baseball's Traditional Values: What Are They?" 
  • 1996: John Pastier, "A Dozen New Ballparks, 1989-2000 "
  • 1995: Dennis & Jeanne DeValeria, "Honus Wagner's Tricks of the Trade: At the Plate in the Field, On the Bases "
  • 1994: Tom Shieber, "The Evolution of the Pitcher's Mound "
  • 1993: Barry Mednick, "The Giants Stay Put: For Now "
  • 1992: Jack Carlson, "Baseball Patents "
  • 1991: William Chambers, "Larry Doyle "
  • 1990: Bob Buege, "The Milwaukee Braves: A Baseball Eulogy"

 

The Seymour Medal

The Seymour Medal, named in honor of Dr. Harold Seymour and Mrs. Dorothy (Seymour) Mills, honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year. Not more than one Seymour Medal shall be given each year. If, in the judgment of the awards committee, a worthy candidate cannot be found, no medal shall be awarded. The first three Medals were awarded at the SABR National Convention. In 1999, SABR held the first Seymour Medal Conference at Cleveland State University in conjunction with the awarding of the medal. Seymour Medals have been awarded to:

  • 2013: Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan, by Robert K. Fitts (University of Nebraska Press)
  • 2012: Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year, by Glenn Stout (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • 2011: 1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York, by Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg (University of Nebraska Press) 
  • 2010: Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, by Larry Tye (Random House)
  • 2009: Chief Bender's Burden: The Silent Struggle of a Baseball Star, by Tom Swift (University of Nebraska Press)
  • 2008: Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman, by Lee Lowenfish (University of Nebraska Press)
  • 2007: Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball, (two-volume set) by Peter Morris (Ivan R. Dee)
  • 2006: Baseball Before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game, by David Block (University of Nebraska Press)
  • 2005: Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution, by Neil Lanctot (University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • 2004: Baseball Fever: Early Baseball in Michigan, by Peter Morris (University of Michigan Press)
  • 2003: Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era, by Charles C. Alexander (Columbia University Press)
  • 2002: Early Baseball and the Rise of the National League, by Tom Melville (McFarland)
  • 2001: Past Time: Baseball as History, by Jules Tygiel (Oxford University Press)
  • 2000: Baseball's Pivotal Era: 1945-1951, by William Marshall (The University Press of Kentucky)
  • 1999: Baseball's Last Dynasty: Charlie Finley's Oakland A's, by Bruce Markusen (Masters Press)
  • 1998: The Detroit Tigers: Club and Community, 1945-95, by Patrick Harrigan (University of Toronto Press)
  • 1997: Honus Wagner, the Life of Baseball's "Flying Dutchman", by Arthur D. Hittner (McFarland)
  • 1996: Fleet Walker's Divided Heart, by David Zang (University of Nebraska Press)

 

The Lee Allen History of Baseball Special Prize

SABR presents two annual awards that were originally conceived by the SABR Education Committee. The Lee Allen History of Baseball Special Prize, named for the late Historian at the National Baseball Library in Cooperstown, was established in 1996. The Award is presented each year at National History Day, for the best baseball research project at the annual NHD competition. Lee Allen award winners include:

2013

  • "The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League," by Grace Olson of La Crosse, Wisconsin

2012

  • "The Baseball Diamond: The Only Jewel Wrapped in Chains," by Jacob Hurwitz of Portage, Michigan, and Andrew Beck and Eli Cartier of Kalamazoo, Michigan  

2011

  • "Play Ball! Jackie Robinson: Breaking the Color Barrier," by Russell Aspinwall and Garrett Fragala of South Haven, Michigan

2010

  • Branch Rickey's Surreptitious Civil Rights Strategy, by Cody Driver and Andrew Kanei of Mililani, Hawaii

2009

  • Jackie Robinson by Marissa Haarmann of Phoenix, Arizona

2008

  • Jackie Robinson Keeps His Cool by Zach Frampton of Laie, Hawai

2007

  • Play Ball! A Triumph For Women Begins Amidst the Tragedy of World War II by Alana Klco of Whitehall, Michigan

2006

2005

  • Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby Break the Color Barrier by Fleetwood Fleming of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

2004

2003

2002

  • Free Agency Revolutionizes the Business of Baseball by Steve Mason and Kevin Rowe of Grand Rapids, Michigan

2001

  • Exhibit of Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball by Philip Beck of Rothschild, Wisconsin

2000

  • Turning Points in Baseball History: Branch Rickey Hires Jackie Robinson by James McMahon of Windsor, Connecticut

1999

  • No award given

1998

  • Baseball's Migration to Latin America by Nicholas Condon of Stamford, Connecticut

1997

  • Baseball's Hidden Half by Carl Leivers and Marcus Kret of Colorado Springs, Colorado

1996

  • Curt Flood: Man Against the System by Alex Giannini, Ethan Schwart, Lane DeSimone and Brian Krost from Stanford, Connecticut

 

The Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award

In early 2000, the SABR board approved establishing the Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award to recognize the best research paper prepared by a researcher under the age of 21. The award is presented for either a research presentation given at the SABR National Convention, or for a research paper that is submitted to the awards committee.

Winners of the Kavanagh Award include:

2012

2011

2010

  • College Division: None given
  • High School Division: "Experiments in Bat Design", Daniel Cooney, Mamaroneck High School, Larchmont, New York
  • Middle School Division: None given

2009

2008

  • College Division: “Hitting Streaks Don’t Obey Your Rules”, Trent McCotter, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • High School Division: Victor Wang, “How Much is a Top Prospect Worth?”, Victor Wang, Thomas Jefferson High School, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Middle School Division: “Jackie Robinson,” Kyle Taylor, Lancaster Middle School, Lancaster, New York

2007

  • College Division: "Babe Ruth’s Game Log & Splits," Trent McCotter, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • High School Division: "The OPS Dilemma", Victor Wang, Bloomington, Minnesota; and "Evaluating the Effectiveness of Bill James’ Win Shares", Scott Powers, LaGrange, Illinois
  • Middle School Division: "Determined Win – Percentage; A New Tool for Evaluating Pitcher Performance," Max Robbins, Short Hills, New Jersey

2006

  • College Division:  "Ty Cobb’s Splits", Trent McCotter, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • High School Division: Scott Powers, "The Rise of Baseball in Japan", Scott Powers, Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy, LaGrange, Illinois
  • High School runner-up: "Billy Rohr", Alex Edelman, Maimonides School, Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Middle School Division: "Jackie Roosevelt Robinson", Alex Paolo, Hope, Rhode Island

2005

2004

  •  None given.

2003

  • "Hank Greenberg and his 1938 season", Wesley Gapp, Clinton, New York

2002

2001

  • "Harry Wright: Was He the Most Important Baseball Figure of the Nineteenth Century? and "The Hall of Fame Induction Speech Harry Wright Never Gave", Christopher Devine, Norwalk, Connecticut

2000

  • "The Baseball War, 1900-1915: The Cubs, White Sox and their Fight for Survival and Supremacy", Barrie Ribbet, Flossmoor, Illinois.

 

Henry Chadwick Award

SABR’s newest award, the Henry Chadwick Award was established in November 2009 to honor baseball's great researchers—historians, statisticians, analysts, and archivists—for their invaluable contributions to making baseball the game that links America’s present with its past.

Apart from honoring individuals for the length and breadth of their contribution to the study and enjoyment of baseball, the Chadwick Award will educate the baseball community about sometimes little known but vastly important contributions from the game’s past and thus encourage the next generation of researchers.

The contributions of nominees must have had public impact. This may be demonstrated by publication of research in any of a variety of formats: books, magazine articles, websites, etc. The compilation of a significant database or archive that has facilitated the published research of others will also be considered in the realm of public impact.

Winners of the Chadwick Award have been:

2013

2012

2011

2010

 

Yoseloff-SABR Baseball Research Grants

In 2005, Tony Yoseloff of the Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation approached SABR with the idea of helping to fund baseball research, especially for those just starting out. After several discussions, guidelines were drawn up and the Yoseloff-SABR Baseball Research Grants were established, with August 20, 2005, set as the first deadline for proposal submissions. More than two dozen proposals were reviewed by a five-person panel made up of SABR researchers. For the first time in its history, the Society offered monetary grants to baseball researchers to assist them in carrying out their research. This program helped remove some of the financial barriers to conducting research. Initially a two-year pilot program, due to the pronounced success of the Program, the Yoseloff Foundation increased the monetary amounts of the yearly awards, and continued the Program for six years after the initial award, ending after the 2010 funding cycle. The by-product of this commitment to researchers was to get more exciting research published in the SABR journals and on the website. The two main requirements for the grant was that the researcher be a SABR member, and that the end product of the research be published first by SABR. Through the 2010 funding cycle, a total of 42 Yoseloff-SABR Baseball Research Grants were awarded.

While not Society awards, it should be noted that longtime Society member Peter Gammons was named recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 2004. Previous members of the Society who had also won that honor included Fred Lieb in 1972, Bob Broeg in 1979, Joe Reichler and Milton Richman in 1980, Allen Lewis in 1981 and Jack Lang in 1987. In 2008, the National Baseball Hall of Fame established the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award has been presented twice, and both recipients — Buck O’Neil in 2008 and Roland Hemond in 2011— were SABR members.

 

     
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