Summer 2010 Baseball Research Journal
The Brooklyn Dodgers in Jersey City
As owner Walter O’Malley was jockeying with Robert Moses and other New York politicians about the future of baseball in Brooklyn, the Dodgers played 15 regular-season games in Jersey City in 1956-57.
Tris Speaker is rarely considered a great manager, but his success with the Indians in 1920 and 1921 reveals a special leadership skill set.
Larry Doby’s “The Catch”
Overshadowed three months later by arguably the greatest catch in the history of baseball, Hall of Famer Larry Doby performed a remarkable feat in center field for the Indians in July 1954.
- Stealing First Base
- More Thoughts on DiMaggio’s 56-Game Hitting Streak
- The Green and the Blue: The Irish American Umpire, 1880–1965
Action Jackson: Watching Baseball Remotely, Before TV
Before the widespread use of action photography or motion pictures, the Jackson Manikin Baseball Indicator helped baseball fans keep up with the game for one summer.
Disposable Heroes: Returning World War II Veteran Al Niemiec Takes on Organized Baseball
After returning home from World War II, Al Niemiec hoped to resume his baseball career with the Seattle Rainiers. When the team released him, he filed suit under the Selective Training and Services Act. The lawsuit affected baseball for years to come.
- Earl Weaver: Strategy, Innovation, and Ninety-Four Meltdowns
- The History and Future of the Amateur Draft
- Does “Game Score” Still Work in Today’s High-Offense Game?
- Georgia’s 1948 Phenoms and the Bonus Rule
The Real First-Year Player Draft
Nearly a decade before the amateur draft as we know it today, Major League Baseball instituted the First-Year Player Draft in an effort to reduce signing bonuses to prospects.
- The Evolution of Catcher’s Equipment
- The Hidden Value of Glovework
- Measuring Defense: Entering the Zones of Fielding Statistics
Properties of Baseball Bats
Every batter has unique psychological approaches, swing mechanics, habits and characteristics. Even so, one thing about hitting is true for every hitter: Every time he walks up to the plate, he has only one tool to work with.
Henry Chadwick Award: Bill James
From his self-published "Abstracts" to his work with the Boston Red Sox, James has revolutionized baseball analysis.
- Henry Chadwick Award: Henry Chadwick
- Henry Chadwick Award: Jules Tygiel
Henry Chadwick Award: Harold Seymour and Dorothy Seymour Mills
Harold Seymour and Dorothy Seymour Mills co-authored an unprecedented three-volume history of the game, each bearing the title "Baseball."
Henry Chadwick Award: Lawrence S. Ritter
From the moment of its publication in 1966, The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence S. Ritter (1922–2004) set the standard for baseball oral history. Reissued many times in expanded editions and also available in a four-CD set, the book has sold nearly a half million copies and deepened the appreciation of baseball fans everywhere for the players of the past.
Henry Chadwick Award: Pete Palmer
Palmer first gained national prominence when he found an error in Ty Cobb's 1910 batting data, co-authored "The Hidden Game of Baseball" and helped produce "Total Baseball" and "The Baseball Encyclopedia."
Henry Chadwick Award: David S. Neft
Neft's creation of Macmillan’s Baseball Encyclopedia in 1969 changed the face of baseball research.
- Henry Chadwick Award: Peter Morris
- Henry Chadwick Award: Bob Davids
- Henry Chadwick Award: Lee Allen