Paranal: Baseball’s new home in America’s finest city

From Jodi Paranal at Gaslamp Ball on October 12, 2013:

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is the home of the A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center, the world’s largest baseball library collection. But the second largest is now located right here in San Diego. Last month, the new San Diego Central Library opened downtown, just a few blocks away from Petco Park. The library houses the Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center, which features the SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) Collection – a baseball lover’s dream consisting of over 3,000 publications and 300 microfilm reels.

The Baseball Research Center opened in 2001 with a donation of publications from the San Diego Ted Williams Chapter of SABR. According to SABR’s Jacob Pomrenke:

In 1998, the Ted Williams Chapter partnered with the Central Library to open the research center and the initial acquisition was made in 2001. It included a complete set of The Sporting News, Sporting Life, University of Notre Dame baseball guides and SABR’s annual publications, The Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime.

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Originally published: October 12, 2013. Last Updated: October 12, 2013.