The 2015 SABR Baseball Research Awards, which honor outstanding research projects completed during the preceding calendar year that have significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball, have been awarded to:
- Charles Leerhsen, Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, published by Simon & Schuster
- Michael Lomax, Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1902-1931: The Negro National and Eastern Colored Leagues, published by Syracuse University Press
- Ryan A. Swanson, When Baseball Went White: Reconstruction, Reconciliation, and Dreams of a National Pastime, published by University of Nebraska Press
The authors will receive their awards at the SABR 45 national convention, June 24-28, 2015, in Chicago.
Leerhsen is a former executive editor at Sports Illustrated. He has written for Rolling Stone, Esquire and the New York Times. His books include Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America and Blood and Smoke: A True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and the Birth of the Indy 500.
Lomax is an associate professor of sport history in the Department of Health and Human Physiology at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1860-1901: Operating by Any Means Necessary, the companion volume to this year’s award winner.
Swanson is an assistant professor and the director of the Lobo Scholars Program in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico.
The SABR Baseball Research Award, formerly known as The Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award, is designed to honor projects that do not fit the criteria for the Seymour Medal or the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award.
The selection committee consists of: Bill Felber (chair), Bill Ryczek, and Marlene Vogelsang.
To see a complete list of SABR Baseball Research Award winners, click here.
Originally published: April 16, 2015. Last Updated: April 16, 2015.