Gennaro re-elected as SABR President; Heaphy, Worth as Directors

Members of the Society for American Baseball Research have re-elected President Vince Gennaro and Director Leslie Heaphy, and elected newcomer Fred Worth to the organization’s Board of Directors in the 2013 election.

In addition, three proposed revisions to the SABR By-Laws were all approved.

Vince Gennaro was re-elected as SABR’s President in an unopposed race, receiving 818 of 831 first-preference votes. This will be Gennaro’s second term as President; he has served on the Board since 2009. He is the author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, the Diamond Dollar$ blog at, a consultant to MLB teams, and he teaches in the graduate programs at Columbia University and Manhattanville College. His non-baseball work is highlighted by a 20-year career at PepsiCo — including roles as Division President and GM of a billion-dollar bottling business — and ownership of a pro sports franchise. Gennaro’s innovative analysis of baseball has been the subject of articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and CNN Money. He has also written for Yahoo! Sports and The Wall Street Journal and is a frequent guest commentator on sports business topics. Vince serves on the Advisory Board of ANC Sports and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He lives in Purchase, New York, with his wife and daughter.

Leslie Heaphy was re-elected to her second term as a SABR Director, receiving 323 of 853 first-preference votes, and Fred Worth was elected to his first term as a Director, receiving 520 of 853 first-preference votes. No other candidates ran for the positions.

Heaphy has been a member of SABR since 1989, chair of the Women in Baseball Committee since 1995 and was elected to the SABR board in 2010. She is an associate professor of history at Kent State University at Stark and publishes in the area of the Negro Leagues and women’s baseball. In 2008, she became the founding editor of the journal Black Ball, published by McFarland Publishing. She lives in Kent, Ohio.

Worth will join the Board, replacing outgoing Director and founding member Tom Hufford, at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting, which will be held during the SABR 43 national convention at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The meeting is scheduled from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2013.

Worth has been a SABR member since 2001. He has written for the BioProject and Baseball Research Journal, presented more than 20 talks at SABR meetings, and is an active member of several research committees. He is a Professor of Mathematics at Henderson State University in Henderson, Arkansas, with a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from University of Missouri-Rolla. He earned his Bachelor’s from Evangel (Mo.) College. His main research interests are statistical, biographical and necrological — he has visited nearly 3,000 gravesites of baseball players, umpires and managers. He lives in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Three SABR By-Laws revisions were approved by the membership. The By-Law change regarding Membership Policy (Sections 2.3/2.4) passed with 91.79 percent of the vote, the change regarding Suspension and Expulsion of Members (Section 2.5) passed with 87.51 percent of the vote, and the change regarding Vacancies on the Board of Directors (Section 4.3) passed with 93.70 percent of the vote.

The full By-Laws revisions and reason for the proposed changes can be found in the 2013 SABR Election Guide.

Special thanks go out to Tellers Committee members Bob Flynn, Tom Halleran and Michael Holden for certifying the results on May 22 at the SABR office.

The 2013 SABR elections featured online voting for the fourth consecutive year as well as traditional paper ballots. A total of 889 votes were received, constituting about 15.03 percent of the membership.

A complete history of SABR’s Board of Directors can be found here.

SABR members can find complete 2013 election results, including write-in candidates and voting totals, posted here.

Originally published: May 22, 2013. Last Updated: May 22, 2013.