This is a list of objects in no particular order that define baseball’s history. They will encompass the entire history of the game up until 1994(The year they took the game away) and will be chosen due to their importance to the game, the fans, and me. I hope you enjoy the ride.
#4-A SABR Logo Lapel Pin
Note: I have an actual SABR lapel pin, but I couldn’t get a close up picture that didn’t look like a blurry image of a Bigfoot. (Although I did once take a photo of a Bigfoot that came out looking remarkably like a blurry SABR lapel pin.) This is a poorly rendered replica, the actual pin is way cooler.
In 1971 L. Robert Davids invited over 3 dozen like-minded baseball historians and stat geeks to form an organization of baseball researchers. 15 baseball visionaries answered the call and got together on August 10, 1971 at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The Society of American Baseball Research was formed.
The objectives of this new group were:
To foster the study of baseball as a significant American social and athletic institution
To establish an accurate historical account of baseball through the years
To facilitate the dissemination of baseball research information
To stimulate the best interests of baseball as our national pastime
To cooperate in safeguarding the proprietary interests of individual research efforts of members of the Society.
Back row, from left: Neil Campbell (visitor), Bill Haber, Keith Sutton, Dan Dischley, Dan Ginsburg, Tom Hufford, Ray Nemec; front row: Cliff Kachline, Ray Gonzalez, Bill Gustafson, Joe Simenic, Paul Frisz, Tom Shea, Bob McConnell, John Pardon, Bob Davids. (Pat McDonough is the only founding member not pictured.)
Today there are over 6,000 members in SABR including this humble blogger.
This lapel pin represents the entire history of the game of baseball as we know it today. One man’s vision became a worldwide organization dedicated to preserving, documenting and studying the game of baseball. I wear my SABR pin proudly every day. It feels good to be even a small part of this noble organization. If you are reading this blog post you should think about joining today, there’s room for everybody.
A History of Baseball in 100 Objects: