Nineteenth Century Research Committee



The Nineteenth Century Committee, established in 1983, fosters research on all facets of baseball before 1901. Completed committee projects include full team and player statistics for the 1871-1875 National Association and two volumes of short biographies published by SABR, Nineteenth Century Stars (1989) and Baseball's First Stars (1996).

Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends: Members of SABR's Nineteenth Century Committee receive an online ballot every spring for the Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend, to select the top players not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The results are announced at the committee's annual meeting at that year's SABR convention. To learn more about the project and get involved, click here. Previous selections are:

Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference: The Nineteenth Century Committee organizes this conference each April in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. For more information, click here.

19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium: To help us derive a greater understanding of baseball's early days, SABR's Nineteenth Century and Origins Committees have established the inaugural NYC 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium, scheduled for 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at John Jay College in New York. For more information or to download a registration form, click here.

American Association History Project files: In 1993, a new long-term committee project was introduced by late SABR founding member Bob McConnell. McConnell's goal for The American Association History Project was to produce a book-length history of the 19th-Century American Association (1882-1891), its teams and participating cities. Initially, a great deal of research was conducted under the direction of Bob McConnell, Bob Bailey and Jonathan Dunkle. By the late 1990s, the project stalled and by 2007-08, the Nineteenth Century Committee decided to halt the project indefinitely. Thanks to Joanne Hulbert (collecting the research files), Trent McCotter (scanning the files) and Jacob Pomrenke (uploading the files on the SABR website), the files are now available to all SABR members. They are collected on this page for future researchers who might be interested in studying the American Association of 1882-1891.

  • Newsletters: To find current and past Nineteenth Century committee newsletters, click here.
  • Announcements: To sign up for email announcements from this committee, click the "Announcements" button above, then click "Join Group" (). All SABR members are eligible to sign up for announcements from any committee.
  • Discussion: The Nineteenth Century Committee and the Origins Committee share a Yahoo! discussion group, 19CBB, which anyone can sign up for.


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