Rothenberg: For Dave Bohmer, Hall of Fame library a boon for research

From SABR member Matt Rothenberg at on May 4, 2015, with mention of fellow member Dave Bohmer:

For one 18-year-old freshman at DePauw University in the fall of 1965, the name baseball Commissioner Ford Frick – a DePauw alum – might not have meant much.

But in 2015, Dave Bohmer has Frick’s name on his mind quite a bit.

Bohmer, who retired in 2014 after 20 years of teaching at DePauw and worked in telecommunications before that, paid a two-week visit this month to the Giamatti Research Center at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library. His purpose: To perform research on Frick for a biography he plans to write.

“I got interested, before I retired last May, in Ford Frick,” Bohmer said. “I realized there has never been (a book other than his memoirs) written about him. Yet his career as National League president, Commissioner, and along with what he did before then as a sportswriter, is pretty impressive. So I’ve decided to pursue a biography of him.”

For Bohmer, who grew up an Indians fan in Cleveland, paying attention to a baseball commissioner was nothing compared to keeping tabs on his heroes, Indians outfielder Rocky Colavito in particular.

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Originally published: May 6, 2015. Last Updated: May 6, 2015.