David W. Vincent

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David W. Vincent (born July 26, 1949) is an American baseball official scorer, statistician, and historian. He is called "The Sultan of Swats Stats" by ESPN and is often quoted by Major League Baseball, ESPN, Fox, USA Today, and by many other media outlets regarding the history of the home run. A long-time member of SABR, he keeps SABR's official home run statistics, and was presented with the organization's highest honor, the Bob Davids Award, in 1999. Vincent is also an official scorer for the Washington Nationals and the founding secretary of Retrosheet, which is collecting play-by-play accounts of every game in major league history. Vincent is a computer programmer for a major multi-national corporation and lives in Centerville, Virginia.[1][2][3][4]

Vincent has written several books including:

  • Home Run: The Definitive History of Baseball's Ultimate Weapon
  • The Midsummer Classic: A Complete History of Baseball's All-Star Game. (co-author)
  • Home Run's Most Wanted(TM): The Top 10 Book of Monumental Dingers, Prodigious Swingers, and Everything Long-Ball
  • The Ultimate Red Sox Home Run Guide (co-author)
  • Home Runs in the Old Ballparks: Who Hit the First, the Last, and the Most Round-Trippers in Our Former Major League Parks, 1876-1994


  1. ^ SABR Biographical sketch of David Vincent, [1]. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  2. ^ Amazon Author page for David W. Vincent, [2]. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  3. ^ Antonen, Mel, "Home run expert is always on the fence", USA Today, [3]. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Potomac Books biographical sketch of David Vincent, [4]. Retrieved March 23, 2012.

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