Oral History Research Committee



Welcome to the Oral History Committee!

The Oral History Committee was formed in 1986 to accurately record and store remembrances of baseball's past.

Committee members interview former major and minor league ballplayers, coaches, managers, umpires, executives, writers, broadcasters — even groundskeepers! A library of audio and video tapes and compact disks of these interviews has been established for research purposes.

The committee has collaborated with the National Baseball Library to form two centers — Cooperstown, New York, and SABR headquarters — for the storage and distribution of the tapes and disks. The development of a web-based streaming audio application accessible to SABR members is a committee goal. Click here to learn more about the interviews in the SABR Oral History Collection as we work to make them available for download.

The committee offers guidelines for conducting effective oral history interviews, maintains a list of SABR's oral history library and also publishes an annual report detailing the activities of the members.

  • Oral History interview list: For a list of Oral History Collection interviews available on tape and/or transcripts, click here.
  • Newsletters: For past 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.


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