On March 1, 2011, Commissioner Bud Selig named me Major
League Baseball’s official historian. In mid-month he announced my major duty over the next two years: to chair a special Baseball Origins Committee. Among its eleven panelists are four topdrawer baseball scholars and seven baseball-loving individuals
who are also broadly concerned with history: Ken Burns, Jane
Leavy, George F. Will, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Steve Hirdt, Len
Coleman, and the commissioner himself.