Christensen: One of baseball’s ‘great researchers’: Smith College professor wins SABR Chadwick Award

From Dusty Christensen at the Daily Hampshire Gazette on March 8, 2018:

Major League Baseball’s opening day won’t happen until later this month, but the snowy weather hasn’t stopped the sport from making the local news.

The Society for American Baseball Research, or SABR, has given longtime Smith College economics professor Andy Zimbalist its Henry Chadwick Award, which is meant to honor “baseball’s great researchers.”

“It’s a lifetime achievement award for doing baseball-related scholarship,” said Zimbalist, who was himself avoiding the winter weather in Los Angeles when reached Wednesday afternoon.

The prize is named after the New York journalist whose tabulation of statistics like home runs, hits and total bases laid the foundation for statistical metrics like batting averages that are ubiquitous today.

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Originally published: March 8, 2018. Last Updated: March 8, 2018.