Tom Shieber (1964 – ) has been one of baseball research’s leading lights for more than two decades. The founder of SABR’s Pictorial History Committee in 1994, he served as its chairman and newsletter editor for its first several years, and remains one of its top researchers. An expert in 19th-century baseball, among many other areas, he is responsible for locating and correctly identifying the oldest team photograph: that of the New York Gotham club of 1855. His Baseball Researcher blog, in its tenth year, is a delight for anyone interested in the microscopic details of baseball, especially as depicted in photography, imagery, or film. A native of Missouri and a one-time solar physicist at Mt. Wilson, California, since 1998 Tom has been a curator (now senior curator) at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Read Mark Armour’s profile of Tom Shieber in the Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal
- Tom Shieber wins 2016 George Michael SABR Pictorial History Award
- “The Earliest Known Baseball Photograph,” in SABR’s The National Pastime (1997)
- “Babes on Film: New Babe Ruth footage comes to light” (BaseballHall.org)