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  • Bradley Lynn Harris---AKA Brad Harris

    Born: June 20, 1974, Louisville, KY
    Died: Still alive

    Online Baseball writer / researcher
    Attended Northern Kentucky University (did not graduate) (Highland Heights, KY), 1993-1995
    Drury University (Springfield, MO), 2004-2007
    Current Employment: Financial Services/Retirement Planning
    Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

    Brad is an online baseball writer on baseball-fever.com. Brad is exceptionally strong on 19th Century players. He first started with the user-name, Chancellor, then changed to Classic, but now goes by his actual name, Brad Harris.

    Brad is full-time writer, researcher and student. The expatriated Reds' fan has been published on the Web and in print since 1997.

    An avid reader and game enthusiast, Brad's favorite baseball memory remains participating in Cincinnati's 2000 Opening Day Parade and attending Ken Griffey Jr.'s homecoming debut.

    Brad has long held a project close to his heart. His long-cherished project is to produce a book about Carl Mays, formerly a pitcher for the Red Sox, Yankees and Reds. Brad spends most of his time in the illustrious Buckeye state of Ohio. He is also researching the Baseball Hall of Fame's history, and 19th Century baseball in Cincinnati.

    Here are 3 supplemental resources that will familiarize you with Brad Harris.
    Brad's mini-bio
    Brad's Official Baseball Opinions
    Brad's Most Committed Baseball Opinions
    Brad's Facebook profile
    Attached Files
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-01-2011, 03:19 PM.

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    • Brian Kevin McKenna

      Born: January 22, 1966, Baltimore, MD
      Died: Still alive

      Online baseball writer / researcher;
      Graduated Towson University (Towson, MD), (B.S., Economics)
      Occupation: retail manager (20 years)
      Currently resides in Baltimore County, Maryland.

      Son: Brian, born around 1996; Daughter: Rachel, born around 1998.

      Brian is an online baseball writer and researcher. He has written over 50 brief biographies for The Baseball Biography Project. He has always made it a point to research and write on a wide variety of aspects of baseball history: major leagues; minor leagues; female participation; international - Japan and Latin America; 19th century; Negro leagues; multi-sport players.

      His study of the game focuses on the organizational/business aspects of sport and the executives as much as the on-the-field personalities and accomplishments.

      Brian McKenna was born and raised in Baltimore, coming of age to joyfully witness the last few years of Brooks Robinson’s career.

      One of his articles: 'Professional Baseball and Football: A Close Relationship', was published by both SABR and the Professional Football Researcher's Association.

      He is currently working on a documentary of Eddie Plank, titled Gettysburg Eddie and an accompanying written biography, and trying to hone a historical fiction novel based on a mixture of the careers of pre-Negro leaguers Bud Fowler, Frank Grant and Charlie Grant. In addition to this project, and getting his book on Clark Griffith published, Brian will soon be offering a How-to manual for researching baseball history, titled, Baseball History Research 101.

      Brian will be offering his new book, Clark Griffith: Baseball's Statesman soon via the site, www.baseballhistoryblog.com.

      On the website, www.baseball-fever.com, Brian uses his actual name, Brian McKenna, as his user-name.

      Authored:
      Early Exits: The Premature Endings of Baseball Careers, 2006
      Clark Griffith: Baseball's Statesman, 2010
      Baseball History Research 101, 2010
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      • Arthur Oeklers Schott

        Born: July 9, 1918, New Orleans, LA
        Died: Still Alive

        New Orleans sports writer / baseball historian;
        New Orleans, LA, 1 year-old, (January 7, 1920 census)(listed Auther Shot)
        New Orleans, LA, 12-year old, (April 10, 1930 census)
        New Orleans, LA, bill clerk, wholesale parking ?, (April 22, 1940 census)(listed Arthur Schatt)
        Graduated Jesuit High School (New Orleans) in 1936.
        Loyola University (New Orleans, LA), (Majored in Advanced Math), probably early 1940's.
        Drafted WWII. Served in South Pacific sector.
        Saw his first MLB game in 1937.
        New Orleans Times-Picayne, sports writer, (His column was 'A Schott From the Bleachers'.)
        New Orleans States-Item
        In May of 2011, Arthur Schott was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Baseball Hall of Fame for his service into the journalism field of baseball writing and promoting

        Father: Bernard I., born Louisiana, November, 1896; Mother: Nina O., born Louisiana around 1896. Married Mary Guinnen in September 11, 1948. They are still happily married, going on 62 years.

        Born into a meat packing family, "Schott and Company", Arthur graduated from Jesuit High School in 1936 and attended Loyola University majoring in Advanced Math, prior to the start of World War 2. At eleven years old, Arthur, along with his brother and their father went to Heinemann Park in New Orleans to see the local team, the New Orleans Pelicans play host to their rivals, the Little Rock Travelers and lose, 4-5. This was the first of many organized professional games Arthur would attend in 80 years as a fan. Two years later, while as a student at Our Lady of Lourdes Grammar School, Arthur purchased for a then princely sum of $.20, a scrapbook of the 1930 Southern Association baseball season. Going through the pages , Arthur became fascinated with the workings of the box-scores and records.

        As a student at Jesuit High School, Arthur's first column was a letter to the Sports Editor, Fred Digby, correcting the number of doubles hit for the previous season in the Southern Association. When America entered the Second World War, Arthur was drafted and stationed with the Quarter Master Corps as a Sergeant in Guam, New Guinea, Philippines and Australia. While he didn't partake in any of the fighting, he once recalled hearing gunfire and explosions in the distance. Upon his discharge, he resumed his writing, and research, forwarding his findings to newspapers across the country, i.e., 'The Sporting News'. In September of 1948, Arthur married the former Mary Guinnen and raised seven sons, each born the year the New York Yankees won a pennant. In September of this year [2010], Arthur and Mary will be married 62 years.

        It was during this time, Arthur came in contact with Charlie Hurth, President of the Southern Association. Charlie, who was impressed with Arthur's columns, asked him to help the League celebrate 50 years, with press releases and assorted information for the newspapers and publications which Arthur was more than happy to assist. The late Tom Fox, editor of the West Bank Guide, asked Arthur if he could contribute articles for the summer. Arthur wrote one for twelve weeks under the byline, "A Schott From The Bleachers." He figures he wrote over 2,000 "A Schott From the Bleachers" columns for the Times-Picayne, the States-Item and other publications. His articles have graced the pages of the Clarion Herald, the New Orleans States-Item and the Times-Picayune Newspapers until the mid-1980's. His articles later found a home in the Bleacher Creature newsletter until the BC folded in 2006.

        In 1971, because of his renown knowledge of the sport, Arthur was appointed by then-Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, as "The Official Baseball Historian of Louisiana." A title that no other state has given out.
        He has appeared on television and radio promoting the sport of baseball.

        In January, 1993, Richard Dempsey and Jay Gauthreaux, along with Arthur, organized the Art Schott/Pelican chapter of SABR in New Orleans. For his meritorious service in the field of journalism and selflessness in the promoting of baseball, Arthur is a member of the Greater New Orleans Diamond Club Hall of Fame, (1980), Nokia Sports Hall of Fame, (1991), and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, (2007). (This material was graciously shared by Jay Gauthreaux, Arthur's friend and apprentice, and Fever member Melottfan.)
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        • Dr. Harvey Frommer

          Born: October 10, 1935, Brooklyn, NY
          Died: Still Alive

          free-lance baseball author; Jewish
          Brooklyn, NY, 4-year old, (April 5, 1940 census)
          New York University (NYU, NYC), B.S., 1957, M.A., 1961, Ph.D., 1974.
          City University of New York (CUNY)(NYC), Professor of English
          US Army, 1958-59
          Has lived on Long Island, NY (Valley Stream, Far Rockaway and North Woodmere).
          Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), professor of liberal studies.
          Married Myrna Katz on January 23, 1960. Children: Jennifer, Frederic, Jan.

          Father: Max, born New York, 1900?; Mother: Fannie, born Romania, 1907?;

          Harvey is a prolific baseball author. He is in his 34th consecutive year of writing sports books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 40 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM, an oral/narrative history (Abrams, Stewart, Tabori and Chang) was published in 2008 as well as a reprint version of his classic "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball." Frommer's newest work CELEBRATING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION will be published in 2010.

          Dr. Harvey Frommer, along with his wife, Myrna Katz Frommer, both born and raised in Brookyn, NY, are the authors of five critically acclaimed oral/cultural histories, professors at Dartmouth College, and travel writers who specialize in cultural history, food, wine, and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean.

          The Frommers are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, and It Happened in Manhattan, they preach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College where they team-teach courses in oral history.

          They are cultural-travel writers who have published nearly one hundred articles in newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. A special interest is the intermingling of past and present of Jewish life and culture in Spain, Portugal, and Turkey.

          Accomplished and charismatic public speakers, the Frommers have appeared before live audiences and on the media throughout the United States lecturing on their books and travel experiences.

          Harvey Frommer is also a noted sports journalist and oral historian, the author of forty books on sports including the autobiographies of legends Nolan Ryan, Tony Dorsett, and Red Holzman. The prolific Frommer was also selected by Major League Baseball to be an Expert Witness in 2006 in a case involving trademark infringement.

          Harvey Frommer received his Ph.D. from NYU. Professor Emeritus, Distinguished Professor nominee, and recipient of the "Salute to Scholars Award" at CUNY where he taught writing for many years, he was cited in the Congressional Record and by the NYS Legislature as a sports historian and journalist.

          Authored:--A sampling of 24 of his 40 sports titles.

          A Baseball Century: The First 100 Years of the National League, 1975
          New York City Baseball: 1947-1957, (1980)
          Rickey and Robinson: The Men Who Broke Baseball's Color Barrier, 1982
          Baseballs Greatest Records: Streaks and Feats, 1983
          Sports Lingo: A Dictionary of the Language of Sports, 1983
          Baseball's Hall of Fame, 1984
          Baseballs Greatest Rivalry Yankees-Boston, 1984
          Jackie Robinson Impact Biography, 1984
          Baseball's Greatest Managers, 1985
          150th Anniversary Baseball Picture Albums, 1988
          Primitive Baseball: The First Quarter Century of the National Pastime, 1988
          Growing Up at Bat: 50 Years of Little League Baseball, 1989
          Running Tough: Memoirs of A Football Maverick, by Tony Dorsett, 1989 (With Harvey Frommer)
          Throwing Heat: Autobiography Nolan Ryan, 1990
          Holzman on Hoops: The Man Who Led the Knicks Through Two World Championships Tells it Like it Was, by Red Holzman, 1991, (with Harvey Frommer)
          Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball, 1992
          Big Apple Baseball: An Illustrated History from the Boroughs to the Ballparks, 1995
          The New York Yankee Encyclopedia, 1997 (edited)
          Growing Up Baseball: An Oral History, 2001
          A Yankee Century: A Celebration Of The First Hundred Years Of Baseball's Greatest Team, 2003
          Where Have All Our Red Sox Gone, 2006
          Five O'Clock Lightning: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the Greatest Baseball Team in History: The 1927 New York Yankees, 2007
          Remembering Yankee Stadium: An Oral and Narrative History of "The House That Ruth Built", 2008
          CELEBRATING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION, 2010.


          ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Dr. Harvey Frommer and his wife, Dr. Myrna Frommer.

          Dr. Myrna Katz Frommer


          Born: March 29, 1939, Brooklyn, NY
          Died: Still Alive

          Free-lance writer;
          Graduated New York University (NYU, NYC), (Ph.D. in Communications)
          City University at New York (CUNY, NYC) and New York University (NYU, NYC), (Taught media, public speaker, rhetoric)

          Dr. Frommer's wife is his writing partner. Myrna Katz Frommer was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She received a Ph.D. in Communications from New York University and taught media, public speaking and rhetoric at CUNY and NYU before turning to the genre of oral history which she has been teaching (together with Harvey Frommer) in MALS since 1994. The course has led to a community of oral historians who gather annually, contribute work to the Oral History Reader, and stay in touch via the Oral History Newsletter which reveals, among other things, the role of oral history in life after MALS.

          Co-author of the interactive oral histories: "It Happened in the Catskills," "It Happened in Brooklyn," "It Happened on Broadway," "It Happened in Manhattan," and "Growing up Jewish in America," Professor Frommer also wrote the oral biography: "Always Up Front." Her poetry appears in "The Still Puddle Poets" and "The City Review." Her many articles, which feature oral history and focus on Jewish communities world-wide, have been published in such outlets as "The Forward," "Midstream," "Ha'aretz," and "The B'nai Brith Jewish Monthly." She has also been published in "The New York Times," "Etc.: The Journal of General Semantics," "The Encyclopedia of Jewish Women," and "The Jewish Week." Currently, she is at work on a book documenting the history of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee which grew out of her visit to Ukraine in 2007.
          Myrna's Facebook profile

          Authored:
          It Happened in the Catskills: An Oral History in the Words of Busboys, Bellhops, Guests, Proprietors, Comedians, Agents, and Others Who Lived It, 1991 (with Harvey Frommer)
          It Happened in Brooklyn - An Oral History of growing up in the borough in the 1940s,'50s, and '60s, 1993 (with Harvey Frommer)
          Growing Up Jewish in America: An Oral History, 1995 (with Harvey Frommer)
          IT HAPPENED ON BROADWAY: AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE GREAT WHITE WAY, 1998 (with Harvey Frommer)
          It Happened in Manhattan: An Oral History of Life in the City During the Mid-Twentieth Century, 2001 (with Harvey Frommer)

          ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------With her husband / writing partner, Harvey.

          With her husband / writing partner, Harvey.----------------------------------------------------------------------With Kate Goldsborough.
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-04-2013, 02:31 PM.

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          • David Quentin Voigt

            Born: August 9, 1926, Pennsylvania
            Died: Still alive

            Free-lance baseball author;
            Reading, PA, 3-year old, (April 11, 1930 census)
            Dauphin, PA, 13-year old student, (April 12, 1940 census)
            Graduated Albright College (Reading, PA), 1948
            Syracuse University, (Ph.D.)
            Has taught high school in Manhasset, Long Island, NY.

            Father: H. William, born Illinois, 1883?; Mother: Ethel, born Pennsylvania, 1897?;

            Less prolific, more an academic than a full time writer, is Dave Voigt, whose baseball histories under the more formal David Quentin Voigt, began appearing in 1966. Now 75 and residing in Reading, PA, Voigt graduated from Albright College (in Reading), in 1948, received a Ph.D. from Syracuse, and taught high school in Manhasset, Long Island, NY, where one of his students was Jim Brown.

            “Brown would take time out from track to play baseball then,” recalls Voigt, whose middle name came from his mother’s attraction to Teddy Roosevelt’s son Quentin. “First base and pitcher. A good kid. I had nothing to do with his going to Syracuse, but I always liked him.”

            Voigt’s father, a minister and English professor, died when Dave was 10. He and two brothers went to live at the Hershey Industrial School, run by the “chocolate family,” where his love for baseball grew. He kept scrapbooks – one on the American, one on the National League – and began the methodical record keeping which would one day make him qualified to be called a historian. His doctoral thesis at Syracuse was on baseball in the last decade of the 19th century. He returned to his alma mater, Albright, to teach history, sociology and anthropology

            His books have always been published by university presses, and he has surely never been in it for the money or the sales. He never received an advance. But his three-volume American Baseball began in 1966 with From the Gentleman’s Sport to the Commissioner System and includes a foreword by one of his Syracuse inspirations, the American cultural historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, Allan Nevins. The book was immediately recognized by students of the game as an important entry into the game’s origins, many feeling it was on a scholarly par with Harold Seymour’s first book, published six years earlier.

            “Professor Seymour tried to kill this off,” says Voigt. “He claimed intellectual ownership of the subject. “But I went ahead anyway. There was room for others.”

            Volume two, in 1970, went through expansion, and volume three, in 1983, went through the baseball strike of 1981. The third volume was published, along with reissues of the first two, by Penn State Press, which in 1987, published a single volume, Baseball: An Illustrated History.. His most recent book, The League That Failed, was published in 1998 and dealt with the 12-team National League of the 1890's.

            And what is Voigt up to now?

            It was the answer we hoped we would hear.

            “Volume four!” he says. “I’m using a working title of Crossing the Century Bar, a phrase from Tennyson, and it takes the game to the present. I’m hoping to get it out in another year, but we don’t have a contract yet. I’m talking to Penn State about it.”

            Here’s hoping it sees the light and takes its place with the first three volumes as a historian’s look at the era we’ve just lived through.

            Authored:
            American Baseball: From Gentlemen's Sport to the Commisioner System, 1966
            American Baseball: From the Commissioners to Continental Expansion, 1970
            American Baseball: From Postwar Expansion to the Electronic Age, 1983
            Baseball: An Illustrated History, 1987
            The League That Failed, 1998 (1890's National League)
            A Little League Journal, 1975
            America's leisure revolution: Essays in the sociology of leisure and sports, 1974
            Cincinnati Reds, 1869 (1969)
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            • Harold Seymour

              Born: June 21, 1910, NYC
              Died: September 26, 1992, Keene, NH, age 82

              New York baseball author;
              Brooklyn, NY, 9-year old, (January 3, 1920 census)
              Brooklyn, NY, Oil Company, clerk, (April 14, 1930 census)
              Norwich, NY, social studies teacher, public school, (April, 1940 census)
              Drew University (Madison, NJ), 1934
              Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), (Ph.D., History of Baseball and Its Impact on American Society)

              Father: Howard, born England, 1887?; Mother: Loretta, born New York, 1889?; Wife: Jean, born South Carolina, 1918?;

              Harold Seymour, Ph.D, graduated from high school ranked 299 in a class of 303 but nonetheless talked his way into Drew University and then Cornell University, where he earned his PhD. His doctoral dissertation was on the history of baseball and its impact on American Society, centering on the year 1891.

              At Drew, Seymour was "the centerpiece of the college’s first baseball team, actually the first baseball coach and the first polished player and firstbaseman at the same time. At Drew, Seymour also wrote sports for the college paper, was a member of the first student athletics committee and became a council representative in the student government.

              The team's first captain (1931), he also hit the first run ever scored by a ball player for Drew. Seymour was also Drew's star hitter. His four-year average was .425; in two years he hit .500, and one year .514. After Seymour graduated in 1934, the local newspaper columnist recalled his career, stating that Seymour "loved the game and knew more about baseball than anyone who has ever been at Drew," adding that he "could sing in four languages and swear in a dozen."

              He became a "bird dog," unofficial scout, for the Boston Red Sox. His principal discoveries were Bill Lohrman and Harry Eisenstat.

              Seymour's experience at Drew inspired one of his best education articles, "Books Before Baseball," published in SABR's magazine, The National Pastime, in 1982. It derives largely from his experience as a college student who learned that academics should be placed ahead of athletics. Another is "Call Me Doctor!" written for the Educational Record in 1958. In this article Seymour recommended that holders of the highest degree that can be awarded, the Ph.D., should stop hiding it and permitting physicians, whose degree is actually a lower-level degree, to benefit almost exclusively from the public recognition of its value. Seymour also wrote "A Communist in the Classroom" for the Journal of Higher Education, revealing that he had invited a communist (and a capitalist) to his college class for students to question and learn from.

              Before he was able to find a teaching position at the college level, Seymour taught junior high school history in Norwich, NY. He accepted the position with the assurance that he would also be coaching baseball, but when he arrived to start work he learned that the chemistry teacher had been given the baseball position and that he, Seymour, was to coach wrestling — about which he knew nothing! So he enlisted the star wrestler to help him, learned the moves and how to help his boys, coached them and traveled to meets with them, and produced a winning team, popularly called "The Purple Matmen."

              Fenn College in Cleveland became Seymour’s second college-level teaching position; he had taught at Presbyterian College in South Carolina, and during World War II he left teaching to run his father's marine contracting business in New York City.

              In the fall of 1956 Seymour accepted a post as Vice President and Director of the State University of New York at Buffalo's Office of Information Services, succeeding Sloan Wilson, author of the bestseller The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. Seymour also gave many radio and TV interviews and becames vice president of the Business Bureau in Cleveland, OH.

              Seymour is best known for his Groundbreaking Three-Volume History Of Baseball. Volume I is Baseball: The Early Years (1960); this first volume covers the earliest play in the United States and baseball's development from an amateur pastime into a professional sport, with establishment of the National Commission in 1903. It wa expanded and revised from Seymour's Ph.D. dissertation for Cornell University. Volume II, entitled Baseball: The Golden Age (1971), covers the development of the major leagues, clubs, and players to 1930, including all the important baseball events of the period, like the Black Sox Scandal of 1919. Volume III, Baseball: The People's Game (1990), gives the full story of the growth of amateur baseball in America as played in schools, colleges, prisons, women's groups, black clubs and leagues, industrial leagues, even Indian schools. This book won three prizes.

              The Seymour Medal is named in honor of Dr. Harold Seymour and wife Dorothy Jane Mills. In 2001, Seymour was one of the first winners of the Henry Chadwick Award.

              Authored:
              Baseball: The Early Years, 1960 (with Dorothy Seymour)
              Baseball: The Golden Age, 1971 (with Dorothy Seymour)
              Baseball: The People's Game, 1990 (with Dorothy Seymour)


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              Dorothy Jane Zander Seymour Mills

              Born: March 9, 1928, Cleveland, OH
              Died: Still Alive

              Free-lance author;
              She was the full co-author of the 3 series book history of baseball, along with her husband, Harold Seymour.

              Dorothy Z. Seymour has written books under this name and under her current name, Dorothy Jane Mills. Her latest baseball book, Chasing Baseball (McFarland 2010) appears under the name Dorothy Seymour Mills.

              Born in 1928 in Cleveland, Mills worked with her late husband, Dr. Harold Seymour, on the 3 books of baseball history that Oxford University Press published under his name 1960-1990. In her autobiography,A Woman's Work (McFarland 2004), MIlls revealed that she was actually Seymour's co-author.

              During her teaching career and afterwards as a a Boston editor and later a freelance, Mills also published a dozen children's books, co-authored a book on organic farming with Paul Keene,wrote a vegetarian cookbook and three historical novels. In baseball she became involved with promoting women's interests, and the Women's Baseball League honored her in 2001. She belongs to AWSM, is an active member of the Society for American Baseball Research (which awarded her its first Seymour Medal), attends and speaks at conventions, is listed in three Who's Who volumes, gives presentations to interested groups about her work, acts as a consulting editor, appeared in a historical film on umpiring,


              Interesting postscript:
              Straightening the Record, By ALAN SCHWARZ
              Published: March 6, 2010

              Dorothy Jane Mills was supposed to feel honored last Monday when the Society for American Baseball Research included her husband, Dr. Harold Seymour, in the inaugural class of the organization’s new de facto Hall of Fame. She was supposed to feel thankful that her assistance with Seymour’s seminal three-volume history of baseball, published sequentially from 1960 through 1990, would be acknowledged during his induction.

              But Mills felt neither honored nor thankful. Instead, resentment that had percolated within her for 50 years — over how she had, in fact, co-written those books but received no credit — boiled over into heated discussions of historical record, academic honesty and what can best be described as intellectual spousal abuse.

              The controversy ended Wednesday with the organization, known as SABR (pronounced say-ber), telling Mills that she would be honored equally with Seymour. But only after she had relived a time in her life she can forgive even less than forget.

              “Everyone assumed that he had done all that work by himself — that’s what he wanted them to assume, but we were equal partners,” said Mills, 81, working on her 26th book at her home in Naples, Fla. “All these things were done jointly. He just couldn’t share credit. And I didn’t say anything at the time, because at the time, wives just didn’t do that.”

              Mills revealed the dynamic soon after her husband’s death in 1992, and described in her 2004 autobiography (“A Woman’s Work”) how she had served as the primary researcher and essentially a co-author of the three books: “Baseball: The Early Years,” “Baseball: The Golden Age” and “Baseball: The People’s Game,” all published by Oxford University Press as the first scholarly treatment of baseball history.

              Given the trilogy’s renown among baseball historians, her claims created a minor stir that waned with a whiff of latent marital griping.

              When SABR announced recipients of its Henry Chadwick Award on Monday, essentially choosing the Ruths and Mantles for its own Cooperstown, Seymour was an obvious choice among “The Glory of Their Times” author Lawrence S. Ritter, the statistical analyst Bill James and others. Mills received only glancing mention in Seymour’s citation. This so infuriated Mills and caused such an uprising among some of the 329 female members of SABR that the three-man selection committee reconsidered its stance, and the organization’s core purpose, over the next 48 hours.

              “We had believed we would exceed our role in rendering a verdict on the controversy,” said John Thorn, a prominent baseball historian who is a member of the committee. “But it was in error because we weren’t aware at how making no decision was making a decision.”

              He added that he was convinced Mills was the books’ full co-author.

              “I do believe I have a heightened sense because of this unusual experience this week,” he said. “A heightened sense of responsibility — to correct historical error.”

              Dorothy Zander grew up in Cleveland during the 1930s and ’40s wanting to become a writer, and while an English major at Fenn College — now Cleveland State University — worked for The Cleveland News as a copy boy. (“Not a copy girl, a copy boy,” she repeated curtly.) She volunteered to help her American history professor, Harold Seymour, type his lectures; she found they needed more than typing, and told him so.

              They fell in love and married, and she became his primary research assistant for his Cornell doctoral dissertation on baseball history — reading through old newspapers at The Sporting News offices in St. Louis and scrolling through microfilm at the New York Public Library.

              She cared nothing for baseball, only the scholarship — and the growing stature of her husband, 17 years her senior.

              “He loved baseball,” Mills recalled in a telephone interview. “He was a bat boy for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the late 1920s and he was the star of the neighborhood.

              “I’m still not a fan of baseball. People can’t understand that. I think it’s a good idea to remain above that. You write a lot more objectively about a subject you’re not in love with.”

              But she did love Seymour — whom she continued to address by last name until the day he died — and accepted his overbearing egotism as merely a wife’s burden. She gladly conducted research, devised outlines and rewrote sections when Oxford wanted to publish his dissertation as a book. She kept quiet when she received no credit on the cover and barely even in the acknowledgments in the first volume and its sequel, published in 1972.

              “He should have put my name on the title page under his,” she said.

              Asked why she did not object at the time, she paused and broke into tears.

              “It was too easy not to,” she said. “I was just playing my role. I was just doing everything I had done before and continuing with it. I was comfortable with that role.”

              As instant classics, the first two books begat a third — completed as Seymour developed Alzheimer’s disease. Mills said she wrote most of the final book herself and asked her husband in writing for co-author credit but was denied.

              “He was just stony-faced — he refused to do anything about it,” she said.

              Even though she had full control by this point, she declined to pursue the matter.

              “I couldn’t do that to him,” she said. “I couldn’t change things. No. He felt they were his books. Even though I knew better, I couldn’t alter that.”

              Only after Seymour died did Mills — who soon remarried — publicly acknowledge her role in the prominent Seymour trilogy. Her claims were verified by Steve Gietschier, then the chief researcher for The Sporting News.

              “They were credible — more than credible,” Gietschier said in a telephone interview Thursday. “The Seymour note cards — a good number of them are in what I perceived to be in a woman’s handwriting. At least half. They clearly worked together. I think it was a very complex situation.”

              As far as the writing of text, proof of Mills’s role is less clear. This is what gave Thorn pause this year when considering Mills for full honor with Seymour.

              “It was easy for me to say, ‘Well, Harold’s not here to defend himself in this spousal fight; I’m not getting into it,’ ” Thorn said. “I don’t think it had anything to do with his and my being a man. It had everything to do with his being dead.”

              Mills said that she was comfortable with her ultimate inclusion in the SABR honor, however clumsily it might have been handled.

              “I’m glad to have the whole thing over with,” she said, adding that she can refocus on her latest book, a historical novel about, it turns out, baseball.

              It is about a female ballplayer in Cleveland in the 1920s. She signs a contract with a minor league team but, like the real-life female stars of the day, finds her contract invalidated by Organized Baseball.

              This time, though, the woman speaks up.

              Authored:
              Baseball: The Early Years, 1960 (with Harold Seymour)
              Baseball: The Golden Age, 1971 (with Harold Seymour)
              Baseball: The People's Game, 1990 (with Harold Seymour)


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              • Gabriel Harris Schechter

                Born: April 14, 1951, Glen Cove, NY
                Died: Still alive

                Free-lance baseball writer;
                Graduated Colgate University (Village of Hamilton, NY), 1973, (English)
                University of Oregon (Eugene, OR), 1975, (M.A. English)
                Hall of Fame research assistant, writing for Hall of Fame publications and, since 2004, a column for Hall of Fame website.
                1980's, short stories, articles, columns on poker, related gamblings subjects

                Authored:
                VICTORY FAUST: The Rube Who Saved McGraw's Giants, 2000,
                UNHITTABLE! Baseball's Greatest Pitching Seasons, 2002.
                Neil Leifer: Ballet in the Dirt: The Golden Age of Baseball, 2008
                Leifer - Football. Art Edition, Johnny Unitas Guts and Glory: The Golden Age of American Football, 1958-1978, (2008)
                THIS BAD DAY IN YANKEES HISTORY, 2009
                Gabe's blog: www.charlesapril.com
                Gabriel's Facebook profile

                Posing at the Cooperstown Hall of Fame: L-R: Gabriel Schechter, Perry Barber, Tim Wiles.

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                • Paul Roosvelt Mickelson

                  Born: July 31, 1899, Mankato, MN
                  Died: November 21, 1958, New Rochelle, NY, age 59,---d. Friday, from rupture of a blood vessel, resulting from hardening of the arteries.

                  Associated Press writer;
                  Mankato, MN, 1-year old, (June 11, 1900 census)
                  Mankato, MN, 11-year old, (April 18, 1910 census)
                  Mankato, MN, 20-year old, (January 13, 1920 census)
                  Chicago, IL, newspaper writer, (1930 census)
                  Kansas City, MO, news editor, press service, (April 11, 1940 census)
                  Attended Hamlin University (St. Paul), did not graduate.
                  WWI, US Marines
                  Attended University of Wisconisn,
                  Associated Press, (Chicago office), night wire editor, February, 1922 (36 years with AP)
                  Associated Press, (Greenbay, WI office), June, 1923
                  Associated Press, (Omaha, Neb. office), night editor,
                  Associated Press, (Fargo, ND), September, 1923,
                  Associated Press, (Omaha, Neb. ofice), December, 1924, correspondent
                  Associated Press, (Chicago office), May, 1927, night newsman, night sports editor, day sports editor
                  Associated Press, (New York office), March, 1936, sports staff
                  Associated Press, (Kansas City, MO), Fall, 1938, News editor
                  Associated Press, (New York), general news staff, October, 1943, general news editor, April 7, 1944 - 1958.
                  Chicago sports writer, 1930 census;

                  Father: Iver., born Norway, August, 1857; Mother: Carrie, born Norway, December, 1868; Wife: Marjorie, born Iowa, 1901?;

                  Times-Picayune obituary (New Orleans), Saturday, November 22, 1958, pp. 2.--------Springfield Union obituary, (Springfield, MA), Saturday, November 22, 1958, pp. 8.
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                  • Harold M. Dayton---AKA Harry Dayton

                    Born: March 9, 1886, New York
                    Died: January 7, 1973, Flint, MI, age 86,

                    Flint (MI) sports writer;
                    at school, Ithaca, NY, (June 2, 1900 census)
                    Ithaca newspaper reporter, (April 20, 1910 census)
                    Publicity Director for Army YMCA at Camp Logan, Houston, TX, (Lived in Detroit at time of drafting.) (September 9, 1918 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                    Joined BBWAA in 1919
                    Detroit newspaper editor, (January 5, 1920 census)
                    Flint Journal, sports writer, 1921 - ?
                    Flint (MI) News-Advertiser, sports editor; (April 3, 1930 census)
                    Flint, MI, newspaper, sports editor, (April 4, 1940 census)
                    Flint (MI) News-Advertiser, sports writer, March 19, 1958

                    Father: Merritt M. born New York, October, 1851, was publisher; Mother: Minnie Harriet Casterline, born New York, April, 1861; Wife: Edna May, born New York, July 10, 1899, died March 8, 1991; Wife: Ellen F., born Michigan, July 10, 1899, died March 8, 1991; Daughter: Doris G., born New York around 1907. Brown eyes, dark hair.
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                    • Forrest Burleigh Myers

                      Born: July 21, 1889, Luther, Iowa
                      Died: December 23, 1967, Chicago, IL, age 78

                      Chicago sports writer / artist;
                      at school, lived in Des Moines, IA (June 11, 1900 census)
                      No job, lived in Des Moines, IA (April 19, 1910 census)
                      Chicago Daily News, artist (June 5, 1917 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                      Chicago newspaper, artist / writer, (January 20, 1920) (lived at the YMCA)
                      Chicago newspaper sports editor, (April 15, 1930 census)
                      Chicago, IL, newspaper writer, (April 19, 1940 census)
                      Chicago Daily News, sports writer, 1917 - 1930?
                      Chicago Herald American, (April 27, 1942 WWII Draft Registration)
                      grey eyes, light-brown hair

                      Father: John Allen, born Indiana around 1859; Mother: Dovea Mae Luther, born Iowa around 1865; Wife: Mabel Sherwood; Forrest/Mabel married June 4, 1922 in Chicago, IL. Son: Sherwood of Miami, FL; Daughter: June Felts of Chicago, IL; Brother: Bernard of St. Louis, MO, born Iowa around 1901;

                      ------------------------1920-------------------------------------------------------1926-----------------------------------------------1920

                      Forrest Myers, George Beebe, David Rotroff, 1924
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                        • Ronald Duane Fimrite---AKA Ron Fimrite

                          Born: January 6, 1931, Healdsburg, CA
                          Died: April 30, 2010, San Francisco, CA, age 79,---d. pancreatic cancer

                          Sports writer;
                          Attended University of California (Berkely)
                          Berkeley Gazette (Calif.), 1955
                          San Francisco Chronicle, features / general assignment reporter 1955 - 1964, sports columnist, 1964 - 1971
                          Sports Illustrated, 1971 - 1995, retired. (Continued to contribute articles.)

                          wikipedia
                          Ron Fimrite (January 6, 1931 – April 30, 2010) was an American humorist, historian, sportswriter and author who was best known for his writing for Sports Illustrated.

                          Fimrite began his career at the Berkeley Gazette in 1955, moving to the San Francisco Chronicle. He was nicknamed, "The Sporting Tiger" and was part of a famous circle of San Francisco Chronicle columnists that included Herb Caen, Art Hoppe, Stanton Delaplane and Charles McCabe. He became a sports columnist for Sports Illustrated in 1971. He authored numerous sports books including:

                          Authored:
                          Way to go!: A chronicle of heroes and legends of Bay Area sports, 1978
                          No Place Like Home" [1978 World Series, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees] in Sports Illustrated, (October 23, 1978)
                          The Square: The Story of a Saloon, 1988
                          Three Weeks in October: Three Weeks in the Life of the Bay Area, the 1989 World Series, and the Loma Prieta Earthquake, 1990
                          The World Series: A History of Baseball’s Fall Classic, 1993
                          Birth of a Fan: A Collection of Original Works, 1993
                          Series for the Fans: the Braves and Indians Meet Again after 47 Years: the Official Book of the 1995 World Series: Recapture the Excitement, 1995
                          Pappy's Boys: The Rose Bowl Years 1948-1949-1950, (1996)
                          Golden Bears: A Celebration of Cal Football's Triumphs, Heartbreaks, Last-Second Miracles, Legendary Blunders and the Extraordinary, 2009
                          Winged O: The Olympic Club of San Francisco, 1860-2009

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                          • Joshua Adam Leventhal---AKA Josh Leventhal

                            Born: January 17, 1971, NYC
                            Died: Still Alive

                            Baseball book author / editor;
                            Graduated Carleton College (Northfield, MN), 1993

                            Josh is a baseball fan, writer, editor. He was born in New York City, and graduated from Hunter College High School in 1989. He is an editor at Voyageur Press and lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife, Jennifer and their daughter.
                            Josh's Facebook page

                            Authored:
                            Beer Lover's Companion: A Guide to Producing, Brewing, Tasting, Rating and Drinking Around the World, 1999
                            Tugs: The World's Hardest Working Boats, 1999
                            Take Me Out to the Ball Park. An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks. Past and Present. Featuring Every Major League Park, Stadiums from the Past and Famous Minor and Negro League Parks, 2000 (assisted by Jessica MacMurray)
                            Dale Earnhardt 23 Years with the Intimidator, 2001
                            Major League Park Stadiums form the Past and Famous Minor and Negro League Parks, 2006
                            The World Series: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Fall Classic, 1903 to the Present, 2001
                            Baseball . . . The Perfect Game: An All-Star Anthology Celebrating the Game's Great Players, Teams, And Moments, 2005
                            Baseball And The Meaning Of Life, 2005
                            Baseball Yesterday & Today, 2006
                            Baseball America Directory: Your Definitive Guide to the Game, 2009
                            Our San Diego

                            Josh with his Daughter.

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                            • Timothy Michael Gay---AKA Tim Gay

                              Born: July 11, 1954, Warren, PA
                              Died: Still alive

                              baseball book author;
                              Graduated Warren Area High School (Warren, PA), 1972
                              Graduated Georgetown University (Washington, DC), 1976

                              Mother: Anne Harrington Gay (Warren, PA); Wife: Elizabeth Oualline; Daughter: Allyson; Son: Andrew; Daughter: Abigail. Tim married Elizabeth May 28, 1983, Montgomery, TX.

                              Timothy M. Gay is the author of Tris Speaker: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Baseball Legend. It was a finalist for two of the baseball history community’s most prestigious awards.
                              His essays and articles on the Civil War, politics, baseball, college basketball, and golf have appeared in USA Today, the Washington Post, and other publications.

                              Tim is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in northern Virginia with his wife , Elizabeth and three children, Ally, Andrew & Abby. They have lived in Vienna, Herndon and Alexandria, VA.
                              Tim's Facebook page

                              Authored:
                              Tris Speaker: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Baseball Legend, 2007
                              Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert the Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson: 2010



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                              • Richard Maurice Huhn---AKA Rick Huhn

                                Born: December 28, 1944, Washington, DC
                                Died: Still Alive

                                Baseball book author;
                                Graduated Ohio University (Athens, Ohio), (B.A., 1969 in Political Science & History);
                                Graduated The Ohio State University, College of Law, (Columbus, Ohio) (J. D., 1969).
                                Blumenstiel, Huhn, Adams & Evans LLC. (Law Firm), 1975 - 2000, associate, then partner.
                                Married Marcia May of Columbus, Ohio. They have daughter, Kimberly Lynn (Bumgarner), born May 16, 1971.

                                Rick, an attorney and member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), lives in Westerville, Ohio. In August, 2001 he was encouraged by George Sisler, Jr., to write his late father's story and given the enthusiastic cooperation of the Sisler Family in writing his biography.

                                Biography: How It All Started
                                I am a firm believer in that old adage, "Timing is everything." In my case it was an introduction by a friend to the eldest son of a deceased Hall-of-Fame baseball player. In the months that followed I revived my interest in baseball history and fulfilled a dream of writing a published work. The result: The Sizzler: George Sisler, Baseball's Forgotten Great.

                                Early Days
                                For those of you who enjoy learning something about the authors of the books you read, let me provide a little background. I was born in Washington, D.C. in 1944 while my father was on military assignment at the Pentagon.

                                Shortly after the war my parents returned to my father's hometown, Marion, Ohio. I spent a rewarding youth in this small midwest railroad center where my father worked for the railroad and my mother the public library.

                                While in high school I first merged my interest in writing with my avid interest in sports, as the sports editor of the school paper. At Ohio University in Athens, where I majored in history and political science, my favorite course was a creative writing course taught by Walter Tevis, the author of the best selling book, The Hustler.

                                My next three years were spent, so they seemed, in the deep recesses of the library at The Ohio State University College of Law in Columbus. Upon graduation I obtained a position with the federal government, moved to the West Coast, and married Marcia May of Columbus--my single (no pun intended) best move. While we lived out west we were blessed by the birth of our daughter, Kimberly Lynn.

                                Career Tracks
                                In the early 1970s we returned to Ohio where as an Assistant Attorney General I was in-house counsel to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. I lectured on criminal justice at the Patrol Academy and as an Adjunct Professor for Park College. I also found time to play a little tennis, run a few 10ks, and co-author the "Ohio Drug Abuse Control Act Training Manual."

                                In 1975 I joined a great group of people in a Columbus litigation firm where I remained for over 25 years as an associate and then partner. In private practice I specialized in representing injured railroad workers and those seriously injured by faulty products. In its present form the firm is Blumenstiel, Huhn, Adams & Evans LLC.

                                In the mid-1990s I began thinking more and more about a writing career. I started putting pen to paper one afternoon each week, finding the experience intoxicating. Through the enthusiastic support and assistance of a law partner I was able to slowly shift away from my law practice, in the process penning two novels.

                                Then the blocks fell into place. I was able to blend my interests in sports, history, and writing. As a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) I am dedicated to enriching the experience of today's baseball fan by recalling the life and times of those player's who made the game into "America's Pastime." For me it has been a most satisfying journey. I hope the fruits of my efforts to date satisfies you, the reader, as well.
                                Email: [email protected]

                                Authored:
                                The Sizzler: George Sisler, Baseball's Forgotten Great, 2004
                                Eddie Collins: A Baseball Biography, 2008

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