With Tuesday’s release of the newest e-book in the SABR Digital Library, The Year of the Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies, the SABR Baseball Biography Project has passed a milestone with its 2,500th published biography.
Formed in 2002, the BioProject is arguably SABR’s most ambitious research project yet. Led by Mark Armour, the BioProject is an ongoing effort to produce comprehensive, peer-reviewed biographical articles on every person who ever played or managed in the major leagues, as well as other subjects significant to baseball history. It’s a project that, we hope, will never end.
You can read about anyone in baseball from A (Hank Aaron) to Z (Bob Zuk). Some of our favorite articles produced by the BioProject are of the “cup of coffee” players whose stories had never been told, such as Flame Delhi, the first major leaguer from Arizona. You can also read about Sadaharu Oh, Japan’s legendary all-time home run leader, or stars from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, such as Sophie Kurys of the Racine Belles.
We’ve got hundreds of SABR biographies in progress, and we’re adding more every week. We’ve even compiled some of them into books focusing on special teams or themes. Eighteen BioProject books have been published so far, including the 1964 Phillies book this week — just in time for the SABR 43 convention in Philadelphia. You can find them all at the SABR Bookstore.
You can also browse all of our biographies by category, to find bios of Hall of Famers or players from a specific team. In addition, we have pages for Broadcasters, Executives, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires and a lot more on the BioProject website at SABR.org/BioProject.
The BioProject also includes the SABR Baseball Ballparks Project at /bioproj/parks. The project leader is Scott Ferkovich. Learn more about the Ballparks Project by clicking here. In the coming weeks, we’ll also be introducing the new Baseball Games Project at SABR.org.
It’s easy to get involved. Any SABR member is eliglble to write for the BioProject. If you’d like to help contribute, visit our BioProject Resources page or read the FAQs section to get started. If you’re not a SABR member, visit SABR.org/join to learn more or to sign up for an annual membership.
Originally published: July 24, 2013. Last Updated: July 24, 2013.