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Lawrence Stanley Ritter

[edit] Biographical Information

"The strongest thing that baseball has going for it today are its yesterdays." - Lawrence Ritter

Lawrence Ritter was a Professor of Finance at New York University, who was also a skilled author. His most famous work was the book The Glory of Their Times, in which he published interviews of two dozen turn of the century ballplayers in 1966. It was the first attempt at an oral history of baseball and a groundbreaking work in the field of baseball history. The book has had several printings. Ritter collaborated with Donald Honig on two other books on baseball. In 1992, his book Lost Ballparks, a tribute to baseball stadiums of the past, was published. He also wrote dozens of articles on economics.

In 2010, Ritter was among the first recipients of the Henry Chadwick Award.

[edit] Further Reading

  • Lee Lowenfish: "Lawrence S. Ritter", in The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 39, Number 1 (Summer 2010), p. 129.

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