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RESEARCH COMMITTEE

Mission:
Given that the members of the Halsey Hall Chapter value research that is documented, valid, and accurate, the purpose of the research committee is to encourage and aid research within and among members of the chapter.

Resources:
Baseball Research Primer: The Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee has put together this primer on resources available to researchers. We hope you find it useful.

Research News:


Early Baseball in Minnesota and Spread of Baseball Project

Early baseball in Minnesota

Rich Arpi is leading a project to document early baseball in Minnesota. A number of chapter members have been researching the first games played in each of the Minnesota counties, and the committee would like to have information for each of the counties (about 23 are still unaccounted for). Two webpages have information on the spread of baseball, Pre-pro Baseball and Pre-pro Clubs and Games in Minnesota. In addition, a Google Docs spreadsheet is online, Minnesota Spread of Baseball Project, 1857-1923.

All members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research (oral or poster) presentation at the meetings. Proposals must be sent to Research Committee co-chairs Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, Stew Thornley, or Gene Gomes. The proposal should include a title and brief outline of what the presentation will consist of with emphasis on the research that will be included. Standard oral presentations are 20 minutes (with an additional 5-8 minutes for questions) although the duration may be longer or shorter depending on the needs of the presenter and of the schedule.

Anyone wanting to get involved in the committee may contact committee co-chairs Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, Stew Thornley, or Gene Gomes.


Research by Members:

Mike Haupert

Babe Ruth
“Sale of the Century: The Yankees Bought Babe Ruth for Nothing,” forthcoming in SABR book on Babe Ruth
The Age of Ruth and Landis: Baseball During the Roaring Twenties, with David Surdam, Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2018
 ”The Sultan of Swag: Babe Ruth as a Financial Investment,” The Baseball Research Journal 44 no. 2, (Fall 2015), pp 100-07
“Babe Ruth: Better than the Dow Jones,” Outside the Lines, spring 2008, pp 1, 12-17
“Applying Modern Financial Principles to the Babe Ruth Purchase,” with Ken Winter and Lise Graham, in Rielly, Edward J., ed., Baseball in the Classroom, Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2006, pp 19-26

The AAGPBL
“Earning Like a Woman: the gender gap in professional baseball 1944-1954,” with Lisa Giddings Journal of Sports Economics 20, no. 2 (February 2019), pp 198-217
“Salaries and the Impact of Players on Team Revenue: a comparison of the AAGBPL and MLB,” with Lisa Giddings, Outside the Lines 24, no. 2 (Winter 2018-19), pp 1-8
“Financial Archives of the AAGBPL,” Outside the Lines, Fall 2010, pp 1, 3-6

19th Century
William Hulbert and the Birth of the National League,” The Baseball Research Journal 44 no. 1, (Spring 2015), pp 83-92, Society for American Baseball Research Baseball Biography Project
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame: the Pursuit of Pleasure and Profit on the Ball Field,” Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game 4, no. 1, (Spring 2010), pp 28-43
“William Hulbert,” Society for American Baseball Research Baseball Biography

New York Yankees
“A Century of Success: The Founding of the Yankee Dynasty,” Outside the Lines 21, no. 1 (Spring 2015), pp 20-23
“New York, New York: A Financial History of Two Baseball Teams,” Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives 22, no. 2, (Spring 2014), pp 68-84
“A Different Kind of Record Book,” in Cecilia Tan, ed., Yankees Yearly: An Annual Look at the New York Yankees, Amazon ebook, 2012, pp 83-92
“A Different Kind of Yankee Record Book, Outside the Lines, spring 2008, pp 1, 3-7
“Purchasing Pennants: the New York Yankees Then and Now, Part III: Player performance,” Outside the Lines, vol. XI, no. 1, 2006
“Purchasing Pennants: the New York Yankees Then and Now, Part II: Player salaries,” Outside the Lines, vol. X, no. 4, (Fall 2005), pp 1, 8-11
“Purchasing Pennants: the New York Yankees Then and Now, Part I: Yankee revenues and expenses,” Outside the Lines, vol. X, no. 2, 2005
“Pay Ball: Estimating the Profitability of the New York Yankees, 1915-1937,” with Ken Winter, Essays in Economic and Business History XXI, (Spring 2003), pp 89-102
“Yankee Profits and Promise: The Purchase of Babe Ruth and the Building of Yankee Stadium,” with Ken Winter, in Wm. Simons, ed., The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2003, pp 197-214

Negro Leagues
“Birth of a Dynasty: Hilldale Turns Pro,” Outside the Lines 22, no. 2 (Fall 2016), pp 26-30
“Ed Bolden: Black Baseball’s Great Modernist,” Black Ball 5, no. 2, (Fall 2012), pp 61-72
“Integrating Major League Baseball: A Counterfactual Analysis” with Ken Winter, Black Ball 4, no. 1, (Spring 2011), pp 59-80
“The East-West Game: All Stars and Negro League Finances,” with Ken Winter, in Wm. Simons, ed., The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture 2009-10, Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2011, pp 156-71
“The Old Fellows and the Colonels: Innovation and Survival in Integrated Baseball,” with Ken Winter, Black Ball 1, no. 1, (spring 2008), pp 79-92
 ”Right Idea, Wrong Color: Comparing Two Successful Franchises Across the Color Barrier,” with Kenneth Winter, Outside the Lines, (Fall 2007), pp 1, 7-11.
Ed Bolden,” Society for American Baseball Research Baseball Biography Project

Baseball Salaries
“The Color of Money: Salaries and Performance in Pre- and Post-Integration Baseball,” Todd Peterson, ed., forthcoming in The Negro Leagues Were Major Leagues, Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2019
“An Update on the Annual Salary Leaders in the 19th Century,” Outside the Lines 19, no. 1 (Spring 2013), p 11
“MLB’s Annual Salary Leaders: 1874-2012,” Outside the Lines 18, no. 1 (Fall 2012), pp 1, 3-6
“Regime Switching and Wages in Major League Baseball Under the Reserve Clause,” with James Murray, Cliometrica 6, no. 2, (June 2012), pp 143-162
“Professional Baseball Wages in the Era of Integration,” in Ron Briley, ed., The Politics of Baseball, Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2010, pp 82-98
“Player Pay and Productivity in the Reserve Clause and Collusion Eras,” Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives, (Fall 2009), pp 63-85
“Pay, Performance, and Race During the Integration Era,” Black Ball 2, no. 1, (spring 2009), pp 37-51
“Ballplayer Pay and Performance in the Face of Economic Uncertainty, Part I: Baseball Player Wages during the Great Depression,” Outside the Lines, spring 2009, pp 1-7.
“A Look at Player Pay During the Integration Era,” Outside the Lines, Fall 2008, 1, 17-20
“Bob Feller, Ace Negotiator,” in Brad Sullivan, ed., Batting Four Thousand: Baseball in the Western Reserve, Cleveland: Society for American Baseball Research, Inc., 2008, pp 7-15
“Bonus Clauses and the Standard Player Contract,” The Baseball Research Journal 36, (2007), pp 109-15
 ”Compiling a Baseball Salary Database,” Outside the Lines, Summer 2011, pp 1, 4-8
“Age, Experience, and Salary During the Era of Integration,” Outside the Lines, Spring, 2007, pp 1-6.
“Fair Pay for Fair Play: A Preliminary Analysis of Race-Based Wages in MLB and the Negro Leagues,” Outside the Lines, Winter, 2007, pp 1-6
“Finessing the Standard Player Contract,” Outside the Lines, Summer 2007, pp 1, 7-13.
“Worth Their Weight in Gold? A brief history of Major League Baseball salaries compared to the average worker,” GameDay vol 4 no. 2, May 2005
“Shirking in Major League Baseball in the Era of the Reserve Clause,” with Glenn Knowles, James Murray and Keith Sherony, Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives 12, no. 1, (Fall 2003), pp 59-71
“An Empirical Look at State Income Taxation of Major League Baseball Players,” with Tom Aiuppa and Keith Sherony, Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives, 12, no. 1, (Fall 2003), pp 43-58

The League as an Organization
“Pulling Baseball from a Slough of Corruption and Disgrace (The Origin of the National League): the 1875 winter meetings,” Jeremy K. Hodges and Bill Nowlin, eds., Baseball’s 19th Century Winter Meetings Vol. 2 (1876-1900), Phoenix: SABR, 2018, pp 132-139
“In the Face of Crisis: the 1876 winter meetings,” Jeremy K. Hodges and Bill Nowlin, eds., Baseball’s 19th Century Winter Meetings Vol. 2 (1876-1900), Phoenix: SABR, 2018, pp 140-49
“The Final Foe: the end of the Federal League,” Outside the Lines 21, no. 2 (Fall 2015), pp 10-15
“MLB Leaks Financial Statements: A Factual Analysis,” with Ken Winter, in Wm. Simons, ed., The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture 2011-12, Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2013, pp 100-16
“Building a League One Dollar at a Time: The Story of the Immediate Success of the American League,” with Ken Winter, in Wm. Simons, ed., The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture 2007-08, Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2009, pp 148-63

Collective Bargaining and the MLBPA
“The Impact of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Collective Bargaining Agreements,” with Ken Winter, The Baseball Research Journal 47 no. 1, (Spring 2018), pp 91-98
“The Commissioner’s Blue Ribbon Panel and Competitive Balance,” with Ken Winter, Outside the Lines 24, no. 1 (Spring 2018), pp 8-15
“Marvin Miller and the Birth of the MLBPA,” The Baseball Research Journal 46 no. 1, (Spring 2017), pp 16-22
“Marvin Miller Takes the Helm,” Outside the Lines 22, no. 1 (Spring 2016), pp 26-32
“The Commissioner’s Blue Ribbon Report: Ten Years Later,” with Ken Winter, Outside the Lines 19, no. 2 (Fall 2013), p 9-17

Ballparks
“The Construction of Wrigley Field,” Outside the Lines 20, no. 2 (Fall 2014), p 15-20
“Charles Ebbets Sells Share of Dodgers to Finance New Ballpark,” Outside the Lines 19, no. 1 (Spring 2013), pp 12-15
“100 Years Ago: The Building of Fenway Park,” Outside the Lines 18, no. 1 (Fall 2012), pp 9

Other topics
“Baseball Plays its 100,000th Game,” Outside the Lines 19, no. 2 (Fall 2013), p 18-20
An Economic History of Major League Baseball,” eh.net Online Encyclopedia of Economic History, Fall 2003
 ”What’s Wrong with Baseball?” Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives 11, no. 1 (Fall 2002), pp 97-105
“Competitive Balance in Major League Baseball: Back to the Future,” with Glenn Knowles and Keith Sherony, Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives 9, no. 2, (Spring 2001), pp 225-36
“Pre and Post Integration Career Records,” Baseball Research Journal 25, (1996), pp 124-27
“The Demand for Major League Baseball: A Test of the Uncertainty of Outcome Hypothesis,” with Glenn Knowles and Keith Sherony, American Economist 36, no. 3, (Fall 1992), pp 72-80

Work in Progress
“There’s a Girl on the Field, but Who’s in the Stands?  The Demand for Professional Women’s Baseball,”
“Steal of the Century: How the Red Sox Paid the Yankees to take Babe Ruth,”
“The Hilldale Club: A Story of Early Rise to Prominence in Black Baseball”
“A Biography of the Chicago National League Franchise”
“The Foundation and Operation of the South Bend Blue Sox of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League”
“How Cheap was Charlie?  The role of salary in the making of the Black Sox”
“The Serious Business of Play: Developing Professional Baseball in the Upper Midwest in the 19th Century”

Stew Thornley

Dan Levitt and Mark Armour

John Swol

Matt Johnson

David Karpinski

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