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SABR, Bud Fowler and a Taste of Cooperstown

April 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Last Thursday I made my way to Upstate New York for the fifth annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference. I have gone each year so that means it has been five times that I have attended if my math is correct. Driving to Cooperstown can be challenging since I cannot wait to get there and […]

Bill Dahlen Named Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend

July 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For Immediate Release Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Nineteenth Century Committee Bill Dahlen named Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend MINNEAPOLIS, MN, June 30, 2012 — Bill Dahlen has been selected the Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2012 by the Nineteenth Century Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The announcement was […]

Harry Stovey Named Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend

July 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For Immediate Release Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Nineteenth Century Committee Harry Stovey Named Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend LONG BEACH, CA, July 8, 2011 — 19th Century outfielder and first baseman, Harry Stovey has been selected the Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2011 by the Nineteenth Century Committee of the Society for […]

Seamheads Crew Launches Sister Football Site — Leatherheads of the Gridiron

July 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

There is no better weekend for a kickoff of a website on America’s favorite spectator sport, the great game of football, than Fourth of July weekend so we’re proud to announce the launch of Leatherheads of the Gridiron. American football has flourished over the past century and rivals baseball as the national pastime of U.S. […]

19th Century Overlooked Base Ball Legends Project — And the 2011 Candidates are…

June 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Nineteenth Century Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research conducted its annual election to name the 19th Century Overlooked Base Ball Legend for 2011. Previous elections were won by Pete Browning (2009) and Deacon White (2010). There were seven holdovers from the 2010 ballot and three newcomers, George Gore, Paul Hines and Dickey […]

John Thorn and Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game

April 11, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

March 2011 was an interesting month concerning author and historian John Thorn. The same can be said for enthusiasts of baseball’s origins and how the game evolved during the 19th Century. On March 1, Commissioner Bud Selig named Thorn the Official Baseball Historian of Major League Baseball, a post held by only one other person […]

Deacon White Named Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend

August 8, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

For Immediate Release Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Nineteenth Century Committee Deacon White named Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend ATLANTA, GA, August 5, 2010 — 19th Century pioneer player, James “Deacon” White has been selected the Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2010 by the Nineteenth Century Committee of the Society for American Baseball […]

Hanging Out in Cooperstown

July 24, 2010 by · 10 Comments 

I’m in Cooperstown for the annual National Baseball Hall of Fame inductions. This is 24 straight years for me. Hard to believe! It has been a long time since I saw Ray Dandridge, Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams make their induction speeches. I remember the tears of joy Dandridge shed that day. It was a […]

19th Century Overlooked Base Ball Legends Project — And the 2010 Candidates are…

July 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It was an early April morning and I was sitting on the back porch of the Otesaga in Cooperstown, New York. The twenty minutes or so sitting alone rocking back and forth in a white rocking chair was a surreal moment for me. I have often heard stories of Johnny Bench and others sharing moments […]

Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood SABR Chapter’s 2010 Winter Meeting

February 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

On Saturday, February 20, the Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood SABR Chapter held its annual winter meeting.  Over thirty Society for American Baseball Research members attended and listened to several great presentations over a five hour period. Norm Hausmann, a new SABR member and a Hartford baseball historian, briefly discussed old Bulkeley Stadium and his mission […]

19th Century Overlooked Legends Award

July 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

In a week, the Nineteenth Century Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) will announce the recipient of the 2009 Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend Award. What is this? It is an effort by the Committee to bring attention to forgotten baseball greats that have not found a home in the National […]

Ballplayers: Make Good Choices!

April 23, 2009 by · 12 Comments 

Since my wife is home on vacation, my lawn needs to be mowed and I have a book to write, I decided to take a much needed break from work today and stay home. Well my wife had to head to the Bronx since her aunt fell and separated her shoulder, the grass is too […]

Hall of Fame No Longer Closed to Closers

July 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Next Sunday, Rich “Goose” Gossage will become the fifth relief pitcher inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. 

Sunday at Shea: A Wright Moment and a Wrong Turn

April 16, 2008 by · 7 Comments 

The author is a lifelong New York Mets fan. In celebration of 45 years of baseball at Shea Stadium and it being the Stadium’s last season, Joe purchased two season tickets to the Sunday games at Shea.