Dan Joseph’s Pete Reiser biography wins 2022 SABR Ron Gabriel Award

Baseball’s Greatest What If: The Story and Tragedy of Pistol Pete Reiser, by Dan Joseph SABR is pleased to announce that Dan Joseph’s Baseball’s Greatest What If: The Story and Tragedy of Pistol Pete Reiser, published by Sunbury Press, has been selected as the winner of the Ron Gabriel Award in 2022.

Joseph has worked for more than 20 years at the Voice of America, most as an editor in VOA’s central newsroom, running the Africa desk. He has written books on Lou Gehrig, Last Ride of the Iron Horse, and other subjects. He is also one of the youngest people alive to have attended a Pittsburgh Pirates World Series game.

“The selection panel was particularly impressed by the depth of the book’s research and how Joseph’s work sheds new light on a prominent figure in Brooklyn Dodgers lore,” said John McMurray, chair of the Ron Gabriel Award committee.

The Ron Gabriel Award annually honors the author(s) of the best research, published or unpublished, on the subject of the Brooklyn Dodgers completed during the preceding calendar year. Eligible works include but are not limited to magazine and journal articles, previously unpublished chapters or articles in anthologies or other books with multiple authors, unpublished research papers, written versions of oral presentations, books, databases and websites.

The award subcommittee included: John McMurray (chair), Roberta J. Newman, and John Zinn.

Ron Gabriel (1941-2009), a native of Brooklyn, New York, and longtime resident of Bethesda, Maryland, was a former Vice President of SABR and instrumental in establishing the Bob Davids Chapter, which serves the Washington-Baltimore region. He was founder and president of the Brooklyn Dodger Fan Club, and a charter elected member of the Brooklyn Dodger Hall of Fame. Gabriel, who earned his Ph.D. in Human Resource Management from American University, was a retired U.S. Government executive, having served with the Postal Service Management Institute, the Department of Defense and the General Services Administration.

For a list of past award winners, click here.

Originally published: June 14, 2022. Last Updated: June 14, 2022.