About the Award

Greg with his brother at his Harvard Graduation, 1989

Greg with his brother at his Harvard Graduation, 1989

A group of distinguished baseball writers and researchers collaborated in 2013 to create an award as a memorial to the late baseball researcher Greg Spira.

The Greg Spira Baseball Research Award is given annually in recognition of the best published article or paper containing original baseball research by a person 30 years old or younger. The winning entry must display innovative analysis or reasoning.

Trent McCotter was selected as winner of the first annual Greg Spira Baseball Research Award in 2013.

His essay, “Cal Ripken’s Record for Consecutive Innings,” compiled for the first time the correct total of consecutive innings (8,264) played by the Orioles’ great shortstop between 1982 and 1987. Second prize went to Dan Farnsworth’s article on the economics of team restructuring, “Is Rebuilding Worth It?”  Third prize went to Caleb Hardwick’s detailed Web site and database about baseball in the 25th state: Arkansas Baseball Encyclopedia.

Nominations for the 2014 Greg Spira Award will be accepted between January 16, 2014 and February 15, 2014.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000. The committee will also recognize two additional writers with awards of $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

Anyone can nominate a qualifying piece for the Award, and self-nominations by authors are welcome. Read the complete rules for all of the details.

Working with the Spira family, the creators of the Greg Spira Award include Sean Forman of Baseball-Reference.com, Joe Hamrahi and Dave Pease of Baseball Prospectus, Sean Lahman of Baseball1.com, and Gary Gillette of 24-7 Baseball, L.L.C.