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The Seymour Medal

The Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal 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.

To learn the history of the Seymour Medal, its idea and origin, the preparation of the unique medal and how it was created, click here. To read Dorothy Seymour Mills' article "A Woman's Work: Doing Research With Harold Seymour," click here.

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. Today, SABR awards the Seymour Medal at the banquet of the annual NINE Spring Training conference in Tempe, Arizona.

The selection committee consists of: Morris Eckhouse (chair), Bob Hoie and Michael Haupert.

All Seymour Medal-winning books can be purchased at the SABR Bookstore.

To view more detailed criteria on selecting the Seymour Medal winners, click here.

Please note: No research project will be considered for more than one SABR Research Award.


2015 award nominations

To submit a nomination for the 2015 awards, for books released during the 2014 calendar year, please send back this downloadable nominating form plus THREE (3) copies of the work by December 31, 2014 to:

E-mail: OctoberProduct@aol.com
or
Mail: Morris Eckhouse, 3385 Dorchester Rd., Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Please note: Only ONE entry per nomination will be considered (do not submit multiple nominations).


Seymour Medal winners

2014

2013

2012

2011

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

  • A 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)

 

Seymour Medal finalists

2014

  • The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption, by Stuart Banner (Oxford University Press)
  • The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych, by Doug Wilson (Thomas Dunne Books/St.Martin's Press)
  • Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line, by Tom Dunkel (Atlantic Monthly Press)

2013

  • One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season, by Tony La Russa and Rick Hummel (William Morrow) 
  • Connie Mack: The Turbulent and Triumphant Years, 1915-1931, by Norman Macht (University of Nebraska Press)

2012

  • Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella, by Neil Lanctot (Simon & Schuster)
  • Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game, by John Thorn (Simon & Schuster)

2011

  • Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball, by Mark Armour (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Fifty-nine in '84, by Edward Achorn (Smithsonian)
  • The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood, by Jane Leavy (Harper)

2010

  • After Many A Summer, by Robert E. Murphy (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Yogi Berra, by Allen Barra (W. W. Norton & Company) 

2009

  • The Father of Baseball: A Biography of Henry Chadwick, by Andy J. Schiff (McFarland)
  • Ed Barrow: The Bulldog Who Built the Yankees' First Dynasty, by Daniel R. Levitt (University of Nebraska Press)

2008

  • Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball by Norman Macht (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line by Adrian Burgos, Jr. (University of California Press)

2007

  • A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood’s Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports, by Brad Snyder (Viking)
  • Spalding’s World Tour: The Epic Adventure that Took Baseball Around the Globe – And Made It America’s Gameby Mark Lamster (Public Affairs)
  • The Origins and History of The All American Girls Professional Baseball League, by Merrie Fidler (McFarland)
  • "When to Stop The Cheering?: The Black Press, the Black Community, and the Integration of Professional Baseball, by Brian Carroll  (Routledge)

2006

  • Breaking into Baseball, Women and the National Pastime, by Jean Ardell (Southern Illinois University Press)
  • Luckiest Man, The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, by Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster)
  • Tris Speaker, The Rough and Tumble Life of a Baseball Legend, by Timothy M. Gay (University of Nebraska Press)

2005

  • The Golden Game: The Story of California Baseball, by Kevin Nelson and Hank Greenwald (Heyday Books)
  • The Numbers Game: Baseball’s Lifelong Fascination with Statistics, by Alan Schwarz (Thomas Dunne)

2004

  • 1924: Baseball's Greatest Season, by Reed Browning (University of Massachusetts Press)
  • The Tour to End All Tours: The Story of Major League Baseball's 1913-1914 World Tour, by James E. Elfers (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Saying It's So: A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal, by Daniel Nathan (University of Illinois Press)
  • Beyond the Shadow of the Senators, by Brad Snyder (Contemporary Press/McGraw Hill)

2003

  • The End of Baseball as We Knew It: The Players Union, 1960-81, by Charles P. Korr (University of Illinois Press)
  • Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston, by Howard Bryant (Routledge)
  • Before They Were Cardinals: Major League Baseball in Nineteenth Century. St. Louis, by Jon David Cash (University of Missouri Press)
  • Louis Sockalexis: The First Cleveland Indian, by David L. Fleitz (McFarland)
  • The Negro Leagues 1869-1960, by Leslie A. Heaphy (McFarland)
  • Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, by Jane Leavy (Harper Collins)
  • Taking in a Game: A History of Baseball in Asia, by Joseph A. Reaves (University of Nebraska Press)

2002

  • Much More than a Game: Players, Owners, and American Baseball Since 1921, by Robert F. Burk (University of North Carolina Press)
  • Musial: From Stash to Stan the Man, by James F. Giglio (University of Missouri Press)
  • Hal Chase: The Defiant Life and Turbulent Times of Baseball's Biggest Crook, by Martin Donell Kohout (McFarland & Company)

2001

  • Cy Young: A Baseball Life, by Reed Browning (University of Massachusetts Press)
  • More than Merkle: A History of the Best and Most Exciting Baseball Season in Human History, by David W. Anderson (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life, by Richard Ben Cramer (Simon & Schuster)
  • Lefty Grove: American Original, by Jim Kaplan (SABR)
  • Sunday at the Ballpark: Billy Sunday's Professional Baseball Career, 1883-1890, by Wendy Knickerbocker (Scarecrow Press)
  • Victory Faust: The Rube Who Saved McGraw's Giants, by Gabriel Schechter (Charles April Publications)
  • Red Sox Century: One Hundred Years of Red Sox Baseball, by Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson (Houghton Mifflin)

2000

  • The Independent Carolina Baseball League, 1936-1938: Baseball Outlaws, by R.G. "Hank" Utley and Scott Verner (McFarland)
  • Brushing Back Jim Crow: The Integration of Minor League Baseball in the American South, by Bruce Adelson (University Press of Virginia)
  • Chris Von der Ahe and the Saint Louis Browns, by J. Thomas Hetrick (Scarecrow Press)
  • A Clever Base-Ballist: The Life and Times of John Montgomery Ward, by Bryan DiSalvatore (Johns Hopkins University Press)
  • The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball, by Roberto Gonzales-Echevarria (Oxford University Press)
  • Smoke: The Romance and Lore of Cuban Baseball, by Mark Rucker and Peter Bjarkman (Total Sports Publishing)

1999

  • Koppett's Concise History of Major League Baseball, by Leonard Koppett (Temple University Press)
  • Judge and Jury: The Life and Times of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, by David Pietrusza (Diamond Communications)
  • When Johnny Came Sliding Home: The Post-Civil War Baseball Boom, 1865-1870, by William J. Ryczek (McFarland)
  • Baseball's Radical for All Seasons: A Biography of John Montgomery Ward, by David Stevens (Scarecrow Press)
  • The League that Failed, by David Q. Voigt (Scarecrow Press)

1998

  • Big Red Dynasty, by Greg Rhodes and John Erardi (Road West Publishing)
  • Baseball on the Border: A Tale of Two Laredos, by Alan M. Klein (Princeton University Press)
  • Jackie Robinson: A Biography, by Arnold Rampersad (Knopf)
  • New York Yankee Openers, by Lyle Spatz (McFarland)

1997

  • Slide, Kelly, Slide: The Wild Life and Times of Mike"King" Kelly, Baseball's First Superstar, by Marty Appel (Scarecrow Press)
  • Honus Wagner: A Biography, by Dennis DeValeria and Jeanne Burke DeValeria (University of Pittsburgh Press)
  • Brooklyn's Dodgers: The Bums, The Borough, and the Best of Baseball for 1947-1957, by Carl E. Prince (Oxford University Press)
  • Creating the National Pastime: Baseball Transforms Itself 1903-1953, by G. Edward White (Princeton University Press) 

1996

  • Rogers Hornsby: A Biography, by Charles Alexander (Henry Holt and Co) 
  • Great Time Coming: The Life of Jackie Robinson from Baseball to Birmingham, by David Falkner (Simon & Schuster)
  • Diamonds of the North: A Concise History of Baseball in Canada, by William Humber (Oxford University Press)
  • The Beer and Whisky League: An Illustrated History of the American Association-Baseball's Renegade Major League, by David Nemec (Lyons Press)
  • Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train, by Henry W. Thomas (Phenom Press and University of Nebraska Press)
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