The 2022 winner 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, is:
- Bruce Allardice, “Runs, Runs, and More Runs: Pre-Professional Baseball, By the Numbers,” SABR Baseball Research Journal, Fall 2021
The selection committee of Warren Corbett (chair), Tom Hufford, and Don Zminda released the following statement on the winning article:
Bruce Allardice’s groundbreaking research examines the game as it was played just after the Civil War and just before the creation of the first professional league, the National Association. He analyzed newspaper reports of nearly 5,000 games to answer such basic questions as “How many runs were scored in an average game? How many innings were played per game? How long did the games last? When and where were the games played? How did rule and equipment changes impact the game?”
Allardice is a Professor of History at South Suburban College near Chicago and the editor of SABR’s Origins Committee newsletter. He has written and presented numerous times on the Black Sox Scandal and on early baseball. His article on “The Rise of Baseball in the South” received the McFarland-SABR award in 2013.
The McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award honors the author(s) of the best articles or papers, published or unpublished, on baseball history or biography completed during the preceding calendar year. Eligible works include magazine and journal articles, previously unpublished chapters or articles in anthologies or other books with multiple authors, and unpublished research papers and written versions of oral presentations.
For a complete list of winners of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, click here.
- Related link: Click here to read a Q&A with Bruce Allardice in the Baseball Origins newsletter for March 2022
Originally published: March 15, 2022. Last Updated: March 15, 2022.