SABR 50 at 50: Off-Field Figures
As part of the SABR 50 at 50 project to commemorate the organization’s fiftieth anniversary, we present 50 of the most significant Off-Field Figures for the past 50 years.
While the players take center stage in most baseball discussions, many others have made a significant impact on the game off the field. These individuals have indelibly marked the way the game is played, watched, understood, enjoyed, governed, and bankrolled.
In creating this list, we have mostly shied away from people whose legacies are still being written, like Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark, or individuals associated with a single event, such as investigator John Dowd.
There is, of course, something a little arbitrary in choosing a list like this, filled with not just owners and commissioners but general managers, field managers, coaches, umpires, writers, announcers, doctors, mascots, and numerous others associated with baseball. Our hope is that you enjoy deliberating the impact of these newsworthy individuals.
We invite you to read the list and the short description for each of the people included. Click on the title to read stories from the SABR BioProject or other baseball authors about these figures.
— Compiled by Dan Levitt and Mark Armour, with assistance from Carl Riechers and Scott Bush
Photo credits: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, MLB.com, Atlanta Braves, ESPN.com, Fox Sports, Historic Dodgertown, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, The Topps Company, Trading Card Database. Used by permission.