Frederick Ivor-Campbell, 73, SABR Historian, Killed In Auto Accident
- Noted baseball historian dies in crash
Ivor-Campbell was a scholar of game's history
FROM: East Bay RI.com ~
By Rob Merwin
A two-car, head-on crash claimed the life of Bristol
resident and noted baseball historian Frederick
Ivor-Campbell, 73, on Interstate 195 in Fairhaven,
Mass., on Friday afternoon, July 24.
Mr. Ivor-Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene
after his eastbound 2007 Toyota Corolla was struck by
an SUV driven by a 52-year-old Charlestown man,
Charles Jones, who crossed the median from the
westbound lane, according to reports.
Mr. Ivor-Campbell's passenger and wife, Alma
Campbell, 72, was transported to St. Luke's Hospital
in New Bedford with serious injuries. Mr. Jones was
taken to St. Luke's Hospital with minor injuries.
Massachusetts State Police are investigating the crash.
"It is with great sadness that we report the death of the
baseball historian Frederick Ivor-Campbell," wrote
sports writer Mark Lamster, founder of YFSF.org, a blog
site for Yankee and Red Sox fans. "He was a kind man
and a serious scholar of the game. His death is a loss to
all those who care about the sport."
A baseball enthusiast, Mr. Ivor-Campbell was a member
of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR),
an international organization based in Ohio that fosters
the study of baseball and documentation of its history.
He received its most prized distinction, the Bob Davids
Award, in 2003.
Other writers on various Internet message boards expressed
sadness when they heard of the news, and many noted
Mr. Ivor-Campbell's dedication to the game.
"The baseball history world is shocked to learn of the death
of one of its notable historians," noted one writer. "He has
been a source of inspiration for me in my research and
encouraging me in my pursuit of my various research projects."
Mr. Ivor-Campbell had written for numerous SABR
publications, as well as Total Baseball and the Biographical
Dictionary of American Sports, and served in several
administrative capacities for the organization.
In a 1997 Bristol Phoenix interview, Mr. Ivor-Campbell said
he made annual pilgrimages to Cooperstown, N.Y., for research
at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
"My interest goes as far back as the 1800s, the beginning of the
game," he said. "I'm still an avid fan - I love to get out to a