Base Ball: New Research on the Early Game

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Back Issues
Submissions & Style Guide
Editorial Board & Staff

Base Ball: New Research on the Early Game is a peer-reviewed book series published annually. Offering the best in original research and analysis, it promotes study of baseball’s early history, from its protoball roots to 1920, and its rise to prominence within American popular culture.

Prior to Volume 10, Base Ball was published as Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game. 

“One of the more compelling sports-related publications to come along in a great while…unostentatious, solid, and a great read” – Library Journal

“Base Ball has a first-rate editorial board and, as a result, already appears poised to be among the finest journals dedicated to the history of sports” – Sport Literature Association

Back Issues

Back issues are available to order from our online catalog, or by phone at 800-253-2187.

Volume 1, Number 1
Volume 1, Number 2
Volume 2, Number 1
Volume 2, Number 2
Volume 3, Number 1
Volume 3, Number 2
Volume 4, Number 1
Volume 4, Number 2
Volume 5, Number 1
Volume 5, Number 2
Volume 6, Number 1
Volume 6, Number 2
Volume 7
Volume 8
Volume 9


Call for Submissions

Base Ball is a peer-reviewed, annually published book that invites article submissions related to amateur and professional baseball at all levels through 1920. A range of disciplinary perspectives and methodologies are welcome, and topics appropriate to the series may come from any number of subject areas, including history, art and literature, cultural studies, politics, and business. Long-form nonfiction articles are considered; poetry, fiction, and unsolicited reviews will be returned unread. Previously published articles and simultaneous submissions are not considered. Articles should be approximately 3,000 to 8,000 words. Be sure to include a 100- to 150-word abstract and a 75-word biographical statement with any submission. See our style guide for further information.

An email attachment in Microsoft Word or plain text is required. Number pages consecutively. To ensure anonymity during the peer-review process, name and contact information should appear only on a separate cover page. Editorial decisions will be sent out within 60 days of manuscript receipt.

Submit all manuscripts and editorial inquiries about Base Ball to:
Don Jensen
Editor, Base Ball


Publication Agreement for Contributors

Style Guide

Articles should be prepared according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. Avoid contractions, first- or second-person pronouns, one- and two-sentence paragraphs, repetition, and jargon. Italicize as needed but refrain from using headline-style all-caps and reserve bolding for headings and subheadings. Except in quotations, render special terms according to modern convention (e.g., “World Series” instead of “world’s series”). All articles accepted for publication are subject to editorial changes.

Reference Citations
As a research journal, Base Ball places great importance on documentation. Source citations, in the form of endnotes, and a bibliography are required, and each should be saved in a file separate from the text. While many primary sources appropriate for quotation in Base Ball lie in the public domain, written permissions may be required for materials either unpublished or published after 1922.

Illustrations related in some meaningful way to the article topic are considered. Good-quality prints or scans (300 dpi or greater, at full size) and all necessary permissions must be provided to the editor at the time of article delivery. All illustrations will be reproduced in black and white. Base Ball does not include sidebars.

Editorial Board & Staff

About the Editor

A longtime SABR member, editor Don Jensen is the author of The Timeline of Baseball, numerous articles on the early game, and many more on Russia and US-Russian relations, Jensen is a senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, and a senior adjunct fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis.  He holds a bachelor’s in political science from from Columbia and master’s and doctoral degrees in government from Harvard.

Submit all manuscripts and editorial inquiries about Base Ball to:

Don Jensen

Don Jensen
Alexandria, Virginia


Charles Alexander
Ohio University
Thomas L. Altherr
Metropolitan State/College of Denver
David Block
San Francisco, California
Jim Bouton
North Egremont, Massachusetts
Richard Hershberger
Westminster, Maryland
Joanne Hulbert
Holliston, Massachusetts
Bill Lamb
Meredith, New Hampshire
 Mark Lamster
New York, New York
 Peter Mancuso
char, SABR Nineteenth Century Committee
 Larry McCray
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
John McMurray
chair, SABR Deadball Era Committee
Peter Morris
Haslett, Michigan
David Nemec
Eastport, New York
Mark Rucker
Peachland, British Columbia
Tom Simon
Burlington, Vermont
Andrew Zimbalist
Smith College
Rhonda Herman
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Gary Mitchem
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Layla Milholen
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Adam Phillips
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Jessica Wilcox
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers