Each year, the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), announces recipients of its Henry Chadwick Award. The award was established in 2009 and was put in place to honor baseball’s great researchers. The organization acknowledges those as historians, statisticians, annalists, and archivists.
2018 recipients were recently named and among them is noted card collector Jefferson Burdick.
Given Burdick’s contributions to baseball cards, I was a little surprised that he hadn’t already won the award when I heard about what it was. It should be noted, though, that the award hasn’t been around all that long and baseball cards are only a small part of what the organization is known for.
Burdick needs no introduction to collectors and is most notably known for leading the way in the production of the American Card Catalog. The Catalog is considered the hobby’s greatest resource and, in particular, is known for its classifications of vintage and pre-war baseball card sets. Many sets, such as T206, earned their name through Burdick’s publication.
Burdick’s development of the book is likely the most significant contribution to the hobby in terms of research so it goes without saying that he is beyond deserving of the award.