SABR author pens new Yankees home run book

From Nick B. Reid at Seacoast Online on January 14, 2014, with SABR member Mitch Soivenski:

He isn’t called “Mr. Spreadsheet” for nothing.

Mitch Soivenski, an information technology professional from Hampton and self-proclaimed “data freak,” recently turned his major hobby of keeping detailed sports statistics into something more.

A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) who has previously written for Baseball Research Journal and the SABR Baseball List and Record Book, Soivenski published his first solo book in October: “New York Yankees Home Runs: A Comprehensive Factbook, 1903-2012.”

Though he was born and raised in Boston, Soivenski is a lifelong Yankees fan. He said he’s been to at least 25 matchups between the Red Sox and Yankees at Fenway Park, and, he jokes, “I never once got beat up.”

His introduction to the Yankees goes way back. As an 11-year-old, he watched the 1961 Yankees as their all-time greats Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris chased the contemporary single-season home run record set at 60 by Babe Ruth in 1927.

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Originally published: January 15, 2014. Last Updated: January 15, 2014.