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  • 2011 Edward C. Sobota Memorial Lecture: It’s a Wise Child That Knows Its Father: A Search Baseball’s Origin

    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.