Fennell: Quechee resident helps create digital files from baseball index card collection

From Greg Fennell at Valley News on December 28, 2019, on SABR member F.X. Flinn:

The slightly yellowed, type-written index card reveals a person who saw a lot of the Northeast during his professional baseball career.

The route begins with a free-agent draft in Bristol, Conn., in 1981 a few days short of a sojourn north to Elmira, N.Y. Stops in Florida and North Carolina follow the next two years, leading to a rotation of New Britain, Conn., Pawtucket, R.I., and Boston through most of the ’80s. The last entry references free agency after a final posting in Rochester, N.Y., in 1990.

Lebanon native Rob Woodward went places in baseball. His history represents that of just one of more than 172,000 people whom Quechee resident F. X. Flinn has helped enter the digital world.

Flinn supervised an effort that took a century-old index card collection from The Sporting News, a weekly sports newspaper dating back to 1886, and converted it to digital files with the help of LA84, a Los Angeles-based foundation that, among other things, has an interest in preserving sports history.

Read the full article here: https://www.vnews.com/Quechee-s-F-X-Flinn-completes-six-year-researching-scanning-project-for-Society-for-American-Baseball-Research-31383357

Originally published: December 30, 2019. Last Updated: December 30, 2019.