Nearing the end of his life and suffering from Alzheimer's, Harold Seymour was rightly considered by two people to be the ultimate prototype and role model for a baseball player in history. Thomas R. Heitz, director of the National Baseball Library in Cooperstown, and Lloyd Johnson, director of the Society for American Baseball Research, decided to create a medal in Seymour's name.

Indeed, Harold Seymour's colossal work continued to be used every day in research institutes for historical research purposes. Heitz said that he could not make any progress without these books.

The goal was to create a Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) medal in Seymour's name and to award one researcher each year for their work.

Creation of the SABR Seymour Medal


On September 25, 1992, the exact day Harold Seymour died, Tom Heitz officially proposed the creation of the SABR Seymour Medal to the SABR Board of Directors.

It took several years to create and implement the SABR Seymour Medal.

Each year since 1996, a book has been awarded this prestigious medal and continues to keep Dr Seymour and his wife Dorothy Seymour alive.

Winners of the medal each year

1996 Winner : Fleet Walker's Divided Heart. By David Zang from the university of Nebraska Press.

Professor Zang is a teacher in the department of kinesiology in the university of Towson, he published many books and articles about baseball and sports in general.

1997 Winner : Honus Wagner, The Life of Baseball's "Flying Dutchman" Mc Farland. By Arthur D. Hittner.

This book is basically a biography of a legend of the sport, a superstar who had a great career at the Pittsburg Pirates. He was the batter and the shortstop of the deceny.

Arthur Hittner was not a teacher, but an attorney of Massachusetts having a Harvard JD. He was a player of the beautiful game and he also collects a lot of baseball rare art.


1998 Winner : The Detroit Tigers: Club and Community, 1945-95. By Patrick HArrigan from the University of Toronto Press.

This book takes a look at the evolution of the Detroit Tigers and especially their evolution to become a whole part of the city of Detroit.

Harrigan is a history professor in Waterloo university in Canada, precisely, Ontario. He was born in detroit and was of course, a life time tiger fan and supporter. His doctorate was earned at the university of Michigan.


2001 Winner : Past Time: Baseball as History. By Jules Tygiel in the Oxford university press.

This book is a multitude of essays about baseball's effects on American society and culture. It deeply looks at the changes made on America because of the sport.

1999 Winner :Baseball's Last Dynasty: Charlie Finley's Oakland A's. By Bruce Markusen.

The book, published in a Masters Press Contemporary Books line, considers the creation and the rise of a championship club having massive inside issues. It takes a deep look at the problems going on inside the team, the functional staff and every person involved with the group while still trying to reach the top.

Bruce Markusen is a researcher at the National Baseball hall of fame library located in Cooperstown.

2000 Winner : Baseball's Pivotal Era, 1945-1951. By Bill MArshall, in the university of Kentucky Press.

This book is fully focused on the post war era and looks at everything happening in the baseball world during that period that changed the sport forever. Every major event is discussed deeply and precisely.

2002 Winner : Early Baseball and the Rise of the National League. By Tom Melville.

This book focuses more on every aspect and organizations around baseball that made the sport to become a national professional and organized sport.

2003 Winner : Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era. By Charles Christopher Alexander.

In his book, Charles Alexander looks back at the not so bright thirties when baseball was one of the only thing putting a smile of people's face in America.


2004 Winner : Baseball Fever: Early Baseball in Michigan. By Peter Morris.

Baseball lived an astonishing development in the 50s through the 70s, but especially in Michigan where this book takes place. It takes a look at the massive changes of the sport in Michigan during that period.