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Robert Churchill McConnell (January 18, 1925 – March 18, 2012) was a founding member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), serving as its secretary and treasurer. In 1985, he won the first Bob Davids Award, SABR's highest honor.[1]

Early lifeEdit

McConnell was born on January 18, 1925 in Seattle, Washington, though he moved around continuously throughout his youth. His family settled in Newark, New Jersey in 1935.

He joined the Navy in 1942, serving on the U.S.S. Whitman and U.S.S. Mifflin during his first three years in the service. He was sent for officer training at Vanderbilt University in July 1945, whence he earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1949.[2]

Baseball research endeavorsEdit

McConnell is credited with finding, filling in and fixing considerable amounts of missing, incomplete or incorrect historical baseball information, especially that concerning home runs.[2] His work largely included seeking out old box scores, gleaning statistics and details from those, his new findings and sharing them with other baseball research enthusiasts - many of whom would be among the founding SABR members. Considered an expert on home runs, he co-wrote the book The Home Run Encyclopedia.[3] His expertise was cited by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Associated Press and The Press of Atlantic City, among others.[4][5][6]

He died on March 18, 2012 in Newark, Delaware.


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