Dorothy Seymour Mills: Credit where credit is due

Ron KaplanContributor IJuly 31, 2010

This from the Associated Press:

Marc Serota for The New York Times

Dorothy Seymour Mills has been added by Oxford University Press as co-author of an acclaimed three-volume history of baseball originally attributed solely to her husband.

Harold Seymour was long credited as author of Baseball: The Early Years, Baseball: The Golden Age, and Baseball: The People’s Game. The books were published in 1960, 1971, and 1990.

After announcing in March that Harold Seymour was among the first nine recipients of its Henry Chadwick Award for historians, statisticians, and archivists, the Society for American Baseball Research added Dorothy Seymour Mills two days later.

Oxford University Press USA executive editor Tim Bent said Tuesday the company was “delighted to officially set matters straight.”

Alan Schwarz
and others have addressed this situation. I have met Ms. Mills—a very elegant dame, as Damon Runyon would probably have described her—at a couple of SABR conventions and have her latest book towards the top ot my “to read” pile. Kudos to her for sticking to her guns to get her rightfully-deserved recognition.