Female Baseball Researcher Finally Gets Her Due

Dorothy Jane Mills' husband got all the credit for their work
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2010 3:22 PM CST
A copy of Dorothy Jane Mills' autobiography.   (DorothyJaneMills.com)
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(Newser) – Dorothy Jane Mills did much of the research and writing for a seminal three-volume history of baseball, but her husband got all the credit in 1960. It gets worse: Last week, the Society for American Baseball Research inducted her late husband, Harold Seymour, into its hall of fame—and not only left out Mills but gave her scant mention. The ensuing brouhaha among SABR's female members triggered the unprecedented: The group reversed itself 48 hours later and added Mills.

“Everyone assumed that he had done all that work by himself—that’s what he wanted them to assume, but we were equal partners,” the 81-year-old Mills tells the New York Times. "All these things were done jointly. He just couldn’t share credit. And I didn’t say anything at the time, because at the time, wives just didn’t do that."

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