John Zinn’s ‘Charles Ebbets’ wins 2019 SABR Ron Gabriel Award

SABR is pleased to announce that John G. Zinn’s Charles Ebbets: The Man Behind the Dodgers and Brooklyn’s Beloved Ballpark, published by McFarland & Co., has been selected as the winner of the Ron Gabriel Award in 2019.

Zinn, from Verona, New Jersey, is the chairman of the board of the New Jersey Historical Society. He also won the Gabriel Award in 2014 with Paul G. Zinn for Ebbets Field: Essays and Memories of Brooklyn’s Historic Ballpark, 1913-1960. He will be honored at the SABR 49 convention, June 26-30, 2019, in San Diego.

The Ron Gabriel Award annually honors the author(s) of the best research, published or unpublished, on the subject of the Brooklyn Dodgers completed during the preceding calendar year. Eligible works include but are not limited to magazine and journal articles, previously unpublished chapters or articles in anthologies or other books with multiple authors, unpublished research papers, written versions of oral presentations, books, databases and websites.

Honorable mention was given to the following:

The award subcommittee included: Gary Sarnoff (chair), Rich Applegate, Gary Cieradkowski, Andy McCue, John McMurray, Tom Bradley, and Ben Klein.

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: March 4, 2019. Last Updated: February 2, 2021.