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Davies Selected for Presentation Award

Professor Ross Davies was selected to receive the Doug Pappas Award for the best oral research presentation at the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) 40th annual convention held August 5-8 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Davies' presentation, "Chinese-U.S. Baseball Diplomacy before the Great War" examines how a Chinese boy visiting the United States in the 19th century learned to play baseball, later returning to the U.S. as a representative of the Chinese empire to use his knowledge of baseball as a tool of diplomacy. Davies likened the story to the American "ping pong diplomacy" of the 1970s in which a sport was used as a bridge to trust between nations wary of one another.

The Doug Pappas Research Award recognizes the best oral research presentation at the annual convention. USA Today Sports Weekly sponsors the award, which includes a $250 prize with a matching donation to SABR.

SABR is an international organization headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Its mission is to foster the study of baseball, to assist in developing and maintaining the history of the game, to facilitate the dissemination of baseball research, and to stimulate interest in baseball.