Breaking the Slump Wins Seymour Medal

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) announced recently that Charles C. Alexander was chosen to receive SABR’s fifth annual Seymour Medal for his book Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era (Columbia University Press).
The Seymour Medal, awarded to the book judged the best work of baseball history or biography published in the preceding year, will be presented to Alexander at Seymour Medal Conference May 2-4 at the Radisson Hotel at Gateway in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) announced recently that Charles C. Alexander was chosen to receive SABR’s fifth annual Seymour Medal for his book Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era (Columbia University Press).
The Seymour Medal, awarded to the book judged the best work of baseball history or biography published in the preceding year, will be presented to Alexander at Seymour Medal Conference May 2-4 at the Radisson Hotel at Gateway in Cleveland.
Alexander, an Ohio University History Professor and member of SABR, is also the author of several books including Our Game: An American Baseball History and biographies about Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby.
Other finalists chosen by the Seymour judging committee include:

  • The End of Baseball As We Knew It: The Players Union, 1960-81 by Charles P. Korr (University of Illinois Press). [Runner Up]
  • Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston by Howard Bryant (Routledge)
  • Before They Were Cardinals: Major League Baseball in Nineteenth Century St. Louis by Jon David Cash (University of Missouri Press)
  • Louis Sockalexis: The First Cleveland Indian by David Fleitz (McFarland)
  • The Negro Leagues 1869-1960 by Leslie A. Heaphy (McFarland)
  • Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy by Jane Leavy (HarperCollins)
  • Taking in a Game: A History of Baseball in Asia by Joseph A. Reaves (University of Nebraska Press)



Originally published: April 4, 2003. Last Updated: April 4, 2003.

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