Greg Spira was an early adopter and a pioneer in using the Internet to advance baseball analysis, particularly via Usenet’s groundbreaking rec.sport.baseball.
He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in American History in 1989.
In 1991, before the World Wide Web was created, Spira founded the Internet Baseball Awards.
He spent several years as an editor at Total Sports Publishing, where he contributed to books such as Baseball:The Biographical Encyclopedia and Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball. He also created the BaseballBooks.net website with Sean Forman and annually updated Baseball-Reference.com’s travel guide.
Spira’s publishing credits include the groundbreaking 2008 Slate.com article “The Boys of Late Summer” on the differences between ballplayers born in July and August.
Spira contributed to many sports books as a researcher, writer, and editor, including the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia, the ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia, and several annual periodicals about the New York Mets.
A lifelong and passionate Mets fan, Spira died on December 28, 2011 in his native New York City.
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