Bak, Fitts, McMurray win 2019 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Awards

The 2019 winners of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, which honors the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year, are:

  • Richard Bak, "The Rise and Fatal Fall of Tenny Blount," unpublished
  • Robert Fitts, "Baseball and the Yellow Peril," Base Ball: New Research on the Early Game, Vol. 10 (McFarland & Co.)
  • John McMurray, "Addie Joss and the Benefit Game," Base Ball: New Research on the Early Game, Vol. 10 (McFarland & Co.)

The selection committee agreed that the three winners were "well researched, well written ... with fresh material in all of them."

The McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award honors the author(s) of the best articles or papers, published or unpublished, on baseball history or biography completed during the preceding calendar year. Eligible works include magazine and journal articles, previously unpublished chapters or articles in anthologies or other books with multiple authors, and unpublished research papers and written versions of oral presentations.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 49th annual SABR convention, June 26-30, 2019, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel in San Diego, California.

The selection committee consists of: Len Levin (chair), Phil Bergen, Warren Corbett, Chuck Hilty, Bill Humber, and Jan Finkel. To submit a nomination for the 2020 awards, please send an electronic copy (or three print copies) of the work, along with the 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.

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