Board of Directors

Mark Armour
President

Mark was elected as SABR President in 2019 after joining the Board as a Director in 2018. He has been a SABR member since 1983 and was the founder and longtime director (2002-16) of SABR's Baseball Biography Project. He was the recipient of the Bob Davids Award in 2008 and the Henry Chadwick Award in 2014. His book, Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball, was a finalist for the Seymour Medal in 2011, as was In Pursuit of Pennants, which he co-wrote with Dan Levitt in 2015. He has written or co-written several other books and many articles for publication. He is also co-founder and co-chair of SABR's Baseball Cards Committee, past president of the Northwest Chapter, and editor of SABR's 2006 Seattle convention journal. He holds a bachelor's degree in math/computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's in computer science from Northeastern University. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with his wife and children.

 

Leslie Heaphy
Vice-President

Leslie was first elected to the SABR Board in 2010 and elected as Vice-President in 2016. She has been a member of SABR since 1989 and chair of the Women in Baseball Committee since 1995. Leslie is an Associate Professor of History at Kent State University at Stark and publishes in the area of the Negro Leagues and women’s baseball. In 2008, she became the founding editor of the journal Black Ball, published by McFarland. She was the 2014 winner of the Bob Davids Award, SABR's highest honor. She lives in Kent, Ohio.

 

Todd Lebowitz
Secretary

Todd was elected as SABR's Secretary in 2011. He has been an attorney with Baker & Hostetler LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1997. He has offered pro bono legal counsel to SABR since 2005, advising on numerous matters relating to intellectual property, contracts, personnel, business strategy and implementation. He has performed legal work for the Cleveland Indians, including drafting player contracts and negotiating terms with player agents, some work for Major League Baseball related to trademark enforcement, and conducted a study entitled "The Effect of Financial Rewards on Intrinsic Motivation: A Study of Long-Term Contracts in Major League Baseball". He has been a member of SABR since 2000, is part of the Baseball Records, Business of Baseball and Latino Baseball committees, and has assisted other members with legal and historical research, including understanding legal terminology and decisions. He holds a BA in psychology and a law degree, both from the University of Michigan. He lives in Solon, Ohio.

 

F.X. Flinn
Treasurer

F.X. is the senior member of the SABR Board, first elected as Treasurer in 2001. In 1990, he started Expert Systems Development Corp, an IT consulting firm specializing in data warehousing, knowledge management and process development. After graduating from Cornell University in 1975, he worked in the trade book publishing industry for Doubleday and Bantam. In 1981 he became involved with the Rotisserie League founders and in 1984 published the first book on fantasy sports, Rotisserie League Baseball. F.X. (the initials are for Francis Xavier) comes from a large extended family, and while he and his wife have no children, they enjoy doting on more than a score of nieces and nephews. They live in Quechee, Vermont.

 

Tyrone Brooks
Director

Tyrone joined the SABR Board of Directors in 2019. He is the Senior Director of MLB's Front Office & Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program, which was established to identify, develop and grow the pool of qualified minority and female candidates for on-field and baseball operations positions throughout the industry. Prior to joining MLB, Tyrone worked in the Pittsburgh Pirates front office from 2009 to 2015, most recently as Director of Player Personnel. He began his career in baseball with the Atlanta Braves in 1996 and spent 11 years with the team before moving on to the Cleveland Indians. He is also the founder of the Baseball Industry Network, which covers the full gamut of people working in industry of baseball.

 

Emily Hawks
Director

Emily has served on the SABR Board of Directors since 2013 and has been a SABR member since 2008. She is currently an Analytics Manager with Adobe, where she analyzes usage data from Adobe's Digital Video and Audio division to help guide product development and marketing strategies. She holds a Master of Science in Computational Finance and Risk Management from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Business from the University of Puget Sound. As an active member of the SABR Northwest Chapter, Emily has been a regular attendee at SABR's National Conventions, Analytics Conference, Jerry Malloy Conference, and Arizona Fall League Experience. She currently serves as chair of the SABR Diversity Committee, encouraging membership outreach to underrepresented communities. She also serves as a vice-chair of the SABR BioProject, leading an initiative to generate biographies for the players of the modern era. Emily resides in Seattle, Washington.

 

Allison Levin
Director

Allison was elected to the SABR Board in 2019. She has been a SABR member since 2013 and is an active member of the Women in Baseball and Educational Resources Committees, as well as the Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter, where she organizes a local research conference every year. She presents her research regularly at local and national SABR events and other sports and academic conferences. She is an adjunct professor of Sports Communications and Sports Management at Webster University, where she sponsors the school's Sports Media and Analytics Club and mentors students in baseball-related work. She holds bachelor's degrees in economics and political science from Grinnell College, a master's degree in applied communications from Southern Illinois University, and a JD degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Bill Nowlin
Director

Bill was elected as SABR's Vice President in 2004 and re-elected for five more terms before stepping down in 2016, when he was elected as a Director. He has specialized in Red Sox research since he turned to writing and research in the late 1990s and has written, edited, or co-edited more than 75 books and more than 750 articles, many of which are Red Sox-related. He is one of three founders of Rounder Records, one of America's most successful independent record labels. A member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, he has also traveled widely, visiting more than 125 countries to date, and has occasionally taught courses at Boston-area universities on "Baseball and Politics" and Sportswriting. He was the 2011 winner of the Bob Davids Award, SABR's highest honor. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

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