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RESEARCH COMMITTEE

The Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee has put together a Baseball Research Primer on resources available to researchers.

    Dan Levitt to Receive Larry Ritter Award

    Dan Levitt is the recipient of the Larry Ritter Book Award for The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball: The Federal League Challenge and Its Legacy as the best book related to the Deadball Era published in the previous year. Of The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball, the awards committee wrote, “It is a rare book that brings fresh perspectives and insights to conventional wisdom. . . . His account provides a more complex and nuanced story than that previously drawn. He illuminates the Byzantine-like economic, legal, and corporate maneuvers that characterized the Federal League’s challenge to the American and National Leagues, and Organized Baseball’s response to that challenge. In doing so, Levitt clarifies developments that led in 1922 to the U.S. Supreme Court’s exemption of Organized Baseball from federal anti-trust laws. His compelling story not only advances our understanding of baseball’s evolution between 1913 and 1922, but it casts light on how Organized Baseball developed into the closed monopolies so familiar to us today.”


    EARLY BASEBALL IN MINNESOTA AND SPREAD OF BASEBALL PROJECT

    Early baseball in Minnesota

    Rich Arpi (651-739-6986) is leading a project to document Early Baseball in Minnesota project, part of the larger Spread of Baseball project.

    Brenda Himrich is researching early baseball in Winona, Sarah Johnson is continuing to search for the first appearance of baseball in Chisholm, Joel Rippel has taken on Martin and surrounding counties, and Armand Peterson will be getting involved in the project, as well.

    Anyone interested in learning more or in participating may contact Rich.


    Mike Haupert has created a list of MLB’s annual salary leaders, 1874-2012.

    Stew Thornley documents the graves of hall of fame players, researches the history of the Minneapolis Millers, documents no-hitters broken up in the ninth inning, keeps a list of uniform numbers for the Minnesota Twins, and now has list of all Minnesota Twins Home Postponements, 1961-2009. Thornley is working on an anthology of the Polo Grounds and collaborating on a book by Clyde Doepner, curator for the Twins.

    Dan also worked with Mark Armour to update earlier work defining the spread of integration in major league baseball since Jackie Robinson debuted in 1947, Baseball Demographics, 1947-2012.

    Joe Niese has had his book, Burleigh Grimes: Baseball’s Last Legal Spitballer, published. It is available on the Joe Niese website.

    Chapter members Todd Peterson, with May the Best Man Win: The Black Ball Championships 1866-1923, and Michael Mitchell, with Recorded Games of Frustration: Win Expectancy and the Boston Red Sox, had articles published in the Spring 2013 SABR Baseball Research Journal.

    Anthony Bush has written another article on Duluth baseball history, The 1904 Duluth White Sox: Champs on the Field, Losers off. This article was also published in a weekly supplement to the Duluth News Tribune.

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