Students: Submit entries for 2016 Jack Kavanagh Research Award

Students from grades 6-12 or undergraduates age 22 or under have until June 1, 2016, to submit entries for this year’s Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award, which offers a prize of up to $200 and a one-year membership to the Society for American Baseball Research.

The Jack Kavanagh Award was established in 1999 by SABR in recognition of Kavanagh’s writing and research achievements and his contributions to SABR. The Award was presented for the first time at the SABR National Convention in West Palm Beach, Florida, in June 2000.

The Kavanagh Award may be presented each year for either a research presentation given at the SABR National Convention (papers must accompany any oral presentation) or for a research paper that is submitted to the awards committee between the end of one SABR Convention and no later than June 1 of the following year, by a researcher in grades 6-8 (middle school category), grades 9-12 (high school category), or undergraduates 22 and under (college category).

The awards committee will consist of members appointed each year by the education committee chair. The winner will receive a plaque honoring their achievement and the following, according to his/her category:

  • College ($200 prize and one-year membership)
  • High School ($200 prize and one-year membership)
  • Middle School ($100 prize and two-year membership)

All Finalists (3) shall receive one-year SABR memberships.

All entries must have to do with baseball history and cannot be fictional pieces. To be considered all entries must include citations for the research and have a bibliography attached. There is no set length for papers submitted. All entries will be submitted to Dr. Leslie Heaphy, chair of the committee, postmarked or e-mailed by June 1, 2016.

Please submit entries to:

Dr. Leslie Heaphy
KSU at Stark
6000 Frank Rd.
North Canton, OH 44720

Submission and formatting guidelines are available by clicking here.

For more information, contact Leslie Heaphy at


Originally published: February 5, 2016. Last Updated: February 5, 2016.