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Davies Secures Second Baseball Research Award

For the second year in a row, Professor Ross Davies has received the Doug Pappas Award from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Davies secured his award for the best oral research presentation at the annual SABR convention in Long Beach, California.

Davies, who is editor-in-chief of the The Green Bag, An Entertaining Journal of Law, won for a presentation called "Toolson's Secrets: A Close Call for the Baseball Antitrust Exemption," which he delivered Thursday during SABR 41 at the Long Beach Hilton. His abstract is posted below:

A lot of ink has been spilled over two of the Supreme Court’s big three baseball antitrust exemption cases – Federal Baseball Club of Baltimore v. National League of Professional Baseball Clubs (1922) and Flood v. Kuhn (1972). The third SCOTUS decision, Toolson v. New York Yankees (1953) has received far less attention. Davies discusses two documents he discovered, revealing that Chief Justices Earl Warren and William Rehnquist were critical players in Toolson, even though neither one ever wrote a published opinion in a baseball antitrust case. He will describe how this enlarges and clarifies their roles in antitrust policy and its relationship to baseball.

The Doug Pappas Award was originally established as the USA Today Sports Weekly Award in 1992 and renamed in 2004 to honor the late baseball researcher. It includes a $250 cash prize with a matching amount donated to SABR.

Davies also won the award in 2010 for "Chinese-US Baseball Diplomacy before the Great War."