Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center

Located on the Eighth Floor of Central Library


Upcoming Event

Sweet Spot Movie

The Sweet Spot - A Treasury of Baseball Stories

A Baseball Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Led by the Producer/Director Jon Leonoudakis

Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

The Sweet Spot - A Treasury of Baseball Stories is a new streaming TV channel, providing a destination for baseball fans everywhere to hang their caps and view original content in their living rooms. Co-Founder and baseball documentarian Jon Leonoudakis will screen some of the episodes and lead a panel discussion about the importance of oral histories to preserve baseball history.
 

About the Center

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) collection housed in the Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center is the largest baseball research collection outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.  Born from a partnership between San Diego Public Library and the Ted Williams Chapter of SABR in 1998, the Center aims to:

  • Promote interest in the history of baseball.
  • Create and preserve a unique collection of baseball research materials available to the general public.
  • Create a working and ongoing research relationship between SABR and the Library

Some highlights of the current collection that the local Ted Williams Chapter has helped develop are:

  • Microfilm - including archival collections from the National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Issues of The Sporting News from 1886 to 1969
  • Wietelmann baseball scrapbook collection
  • Various 19th-century sports newspapers from 1857 to 1886
  • Numerous baseball periodical collections
  • 6,000 books and dvds that include history, statistics, biography, fiction , and rare early-century publications
  • Baseball Rookie Questionnaires
  • Minor League research materials

PDF icon Baseball Research Center - Reference Guide

WATCH: In 2014, local news station CBS8 reported on the baseball collection


William J. Weiss Accquisition

In 2013, the Center acquired a significant donation of baseball research material dating from the 1870s from William J. Weiss, one of SABR’s earliest members and a well-respected baseball statistician and historian.

Highlights from the William J. Weiss Acquisition


Frequently Asked Questions

I have baseball memorabilia that I would like to donate. Who can I contact?

I wrote a book about baseball and would like it added to the SABR collection.

How do I join SABR?

Have a question that isn't answered here? Call Pete Miesner at 619-236-5812.

Photo Gallery

  • Photo of Male Baseball #1 sculpture by Yoram Wolberger

    Male Baseball #1 sculpture by Yoram Wolberger

  • Photo of books and publications in the Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center

    Books and publications in the Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center

  • Photo of Wright & Ditson's Base Ball Guide 1911

    Wright & Ditson's Base Ball Guide 1911

  • Photo of Baseball Magazine June 1910

    Baseball Magazine June 1910

  • Photo of Reach's Official Base Ball Guide 1900

    Reach's Official Base Ball Guide 1900

  • Photo of Spalding's Base Ball Guide 1887

    Spalding's Base Ball Guide 1887

  • Photo of The Winning Punch - the Art of Batting 1923

    The Winning Punch - the Art of Batting 1923