Board of Directors
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 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 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. 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. Now retired, he serves as chair of the governing board of ECFiber, a municipality in east-central Vermont whose mission is to provide fiber-optic based Internet service to all premises in the 30 towns which own the district. 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.
Tara was elected to the SABR Board in 2021. She has been a SABR member since 2005 and a contributing author to the BioProject and other publications. She has also served as a New Member Ambassador and on the SABR Research Award Committee, and is a frequent attendees at the national convention and Casey Stengel Chapter events in New York City. She is an attorney for the City of New York and a vice-chair of the Board of Directors for Baseball Across America. She holds a B.A. in English and Film from Barnard College and a J.D. from the New York Law School.
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.
Daniel R. Levitt
Daniel R. Levitt was elected to the SABR Board in 2020. He is an award-winning author of four baseball books, past president of SABR’s Halsey Hall Chapter in Minnesota, and the recipient of the Henry Chadwick Award (2017) and Bob Davids Award (2015). His book, The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball: The Federal League Challenge and Its Legacy, won the Larry Ritter Award in 2013 and Paths to Glory: How Great Baseball Teams Got That Way (with Mark Armour) won the Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award in 2004. He is a Senior Vice President for Ryan Companies US, Inc., where he manages the capital markets for Ryan-owned properties. He studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison but migrated home to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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.