The 2013 winners of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, which honors the best articles on baseball history or biography completed during the preceding calendar year, are:
- Bruce Allardice, for “The Inauguration of This Noble and Manly Game Among Us: The Spread of Baseball in the South Prior to 1870,” Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, Fall 2012, McFarland & Co.
- Ken Fenster, for “Earl Mann Beats the Klan: Jackie Robinson and the First Integrated Games in Atlanta,” to be published in a 2013 edition of NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture.
- Mitchell Nathanson, for “Who Exempted Baseball Anyway? The Curious Development of the Antitrust Exemption That Never Was,” to be published in the Spring 2013 edition of the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law.
All three are SABR members. This is Allardice’s first McFarland-SABR award; you can listen to his SABR 42 research presentation on the same subject by clicking here.
Nathanson won the award in 2007 for “The Irrelevance of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption: A Historical Review,” published in the Rutgers Law Review.
Fenster won in 2005 for “Earl Mann, Nat Peeples and the Failed Attempt of Integration in the Southern Association,” published in NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture.
“The caliber of entries, 21 in all, was exceptionally high,” said Len Levin, selection committee chair for the McFarland-SABR Award.
The McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award honors the author(s) of the best articles or papers, published or unpublished, on baseball history or biography completed during the preceding calendar year. Eligible works include magazine and journal articles, previously unpublished chapters or articles in anthologies or other books with multiple authors, and unpublished research papers and written versions of oral presentations. Each winner will receive a plaque and a cash prize of $200.
The awards will be presented at the 43rd annual SABR convention, July 31-August 4, 2013, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The selection committee consists of: Len Levin (chair), Phil Bergen, Jan Finkel, Chuck Hilty and Bill Humber. To submit a nomination for the 2014 awards, please send the work’s title, author and publisher information (if applicable) to Len Levin.
For a complete list of winners of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, click here.
Originally published: May 6, 2013. Last Updated: May 6, 2013.