2016 Paul Dickson Prize Recipients

Paul Dickson

Paul Dickson

The Institute for Baseball Studies and the Baseball Reliquary are pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the Paul Dickson Prize: Kathleen Ezell (first place winner) and Alexandra Russell (second place winner).  The certificates and cash prizes ($200 for first place, $100 for second place) were formally presented to the recipients at the Whittier College Honors Convocation on Friday, April 29, 2016.  The prize was established to encourage and foster student usage of the research materials at the Institute for Baseball Studies, and is named after the renowned author and historian Paul Dickson, whose papers form the centerpiece research collection at the Institute.

Kathleen Ezell is completing her senior year at Whittier College with a major in Business Administration with a marketing focus.  During January 2016, she took the course “El Béisbol: A Caribbean Religion,” and spent two weeks with classmates in San Juan studying the historic and cultural significance of baseball in Puerto Rico.  A lifelong Dodgers fan, she hails from Bakersfield, California, where, following graduation in May 2016, she will assume a full-time staff position for the Bakersfield Blaze, the Class-A California League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.  Benefiting from multiple resources in the library of the Institute for Baseball Studies, Ezell’s prize-winning paper, “Marketing the Dodgers: From Brooklyn to Los Angeles,” relied heavily on Mover and Shaker, the recent biography of Walter O’Malley by Andy McCue, who serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute.

A first-year student at Whittier College from Las Vegas, Alexandra Russell wrote her paper, “The Oral History of Baseball in the 1970s and 1980s,” for the course “Baseball in Literature and Film” that was taught by Professor Mike McBride, an Associate Director for the Institute for Baseball Studies.  Anticipating a double major in English and Business Administration, she will serve as one of the peer assistants for Professor McBride’s First Year Writing Seminar next fall.  Utilizing the Institute’s research materials, including resources published by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Russell’s award-winning paper focused on baseball in Philadelphia during the formative “fan years” of multiple members of her family.

The 2016 Paul Dickson Prize recipients, Alexandra Russell (left) and Kathleen Ezell (right), with Professor Joe Price, Co-Director of the Institute for Baseball Studies.

The 2016 Paul Dickson Prize recipients, Alexandra Russell (left) and Kathleen Ezell (right), with Professor Joe Price, Co-Director of the Institute for Baseball Studies.

Students enrolled at Whittier College are invited to submit an original work inspired by or utilizing the resources found in the Institute for Baseball Studies.  The work can be scholarly or creative in nature, for example, a research paper, a poem or short story, an artwork, a photograph, a musical piece, and so forth.  The recipient of the cash prize, which is presented annually in the spring at the Honors Convocation for students at Whittier College, is selected by the directors of the Institute for Baseball Studies.

For further information on the Paul Dickson Prize, contact Institute for Baseball Studies Co-Directors Joseph L. Price at jprice@whittier.edu or (562) 907-4803; or Terry Cannon at terymar@earthlink.net or (626) 791-7647.

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