SABR member John Thorn will serve as chairman of a 12-person panel created by Major League Baseball to determine the facts of baseball’s beginnings and its evolution.
From MLB.com on March 15:
John Thorn, the Official Historian of Major League Baseball, will serve as chairman of the “Baseball Origins Committee” as his first official task in his new capacity, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today.
Major League Baseball has established an accomplished panel of 12 experts and historians that will seek to determine the facts of baseball’s beginnings and its evolution. The Committee will compile and evaluate information that pertains to the game’s founding and its growth. Following the study period, the panel will seek to tell the story of baseball’s beginnings and explore not only the game’s broadest origins, but also its development in local communities.
In addition to Thorn, the panel also includes SABR members David Block, Adrian Burgos Jr., Steve Hirdt, Jane Leavy and Larry McCray.
Read the full press release here: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20110315&content_id=16957038&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
Originally published: March 15, 2011. Last Updated: March 15, 2011.