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David Pietrusza is a researcher and author of numerous books on baseball. From 1993 to 1997, he served as president of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

Under Pietrusza's leadership SABR instituted its website, its list-server (SABR-L), its donor program, the SABR Hero of Baseball Award and the Seymour Medal. The group also published the the Home Run Encyclopedia: The Who, What, and Where of Every Home Run Hit Since 1876 and The Negro Leagues Book.

Pietrusza was also the editor-in-chief of the short-lived publishing company, Total Sports Publishing. He has been a frequent guest on ESPN documentary series including SportsCentury, You Can't Blame, and Who's Number 1?. In 2008 he appeared on the Fox Sports Channel series Baseball's Golden Era. He wrote and produced the public television documentary Local Heroes: Baseball on Capital District Diamonds.

His work on Rothstein: The Life, Times & Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series redefined modern scholars' perception of the Black Sox scandal, pointing to Rothstein's greater involvement in the scandal and the significance of a clique of allied Midwestern gamblers in initiating the plot.

Pietrusza serves on the Editorial Board of Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game. In recent years, his writing has concentrated on the history of American politics, with a focus on presidential campaigns.

Pietrusza has served on the City Council of Amsterdam, NY and is the recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Arts & Letters Award of the Alumni Association of the University at Albany.

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