Virginia student wins 2016 Lee Allen History of Baseball Award

SABR is pleased to announce the winner of the Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for 2016.

Thomas McKenna of Lovettsville, Virginia, won the Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for his paper, “The Path to the Sugar Mill or the Path to Millions: The MLB Baseball Academy’s Effect on the Dominican Republic.”

Since 1996, SABR has honored the best baseball research project at the National History Day competition, an annual event in which students compete on a regional basis, followed by state competition, and then national finals at the University of Maryland.

The award is named in honor of Lee Allen, the historian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum from 1950 to 1969. To view a list of past winners, click here.

For more information on National History Day, visit

Originally published: July 7, 2016. Last Updated: July 7, 2016.