The Passage of Power

“The Passage of Power” is the name of the fourth volume (with one more to come, hopefully) of Robert Caro’s brilliant biography of Lyndon Johnson. The book largely concerns the assassination of President Kennedy, and the ups and down of the transition to the Johnson presidency. Its great, I highly recommend the entire series.

In completely unrelated and much less distressing news, I wanted to announce a power transfer occurring closer to home. Chris Dial and I started this illustrious committee, and blog, and twitter community, in late 2016. And it has been, I must say, a rousing success and a lot of fun. Two-and-a-half years later, we are ready to pass the torch.

Your new co-chairs are:

Nick Vossbrink (@vossbrink) and Jason Schwartz (@HeavyJ28).

This is not a dramatic change for the rest of you. Nick and Jason are already large contributors to the blog and to the community. Chris and I are not going anywhere. The most tangible change is that you should contact them if you want to publish a post.

Oh, and the “voice” of the Twitter account will no longer be me. I will let them decide how this shakes out.

One reminder that I need to say while I have the floor. This is a SABR group, and we would appreciate it if you would join SABR. ( A lot of our readers and twitter folk are not SABR members — that’s OK, but understand we will continue to try to change that.

Our thanks to Jason and Nick for all they already do, and for agreeing to step up here. The group is in good hands, and I expect it to just get bigger and better from here.

Mark Armour

Author: Mark Armour

Long-time SABR member, founder and past chairman of the Baseball Cards Committee, founder and past chairman (2002-2016) of the Biography Project, current President of the SABR board of directors, author of several books and dozens of articles on baseball. See

9 thoughts on “The Passage of Power”

  1. It was such an incredible privilege to be able to bring my work to SABR readership this past January, and now I am thrilled to work with Nick on taking the Cards committee to even greater heights…or at least not driving it off a cliff.

    For the readers out there who are not SABR members, I cannot recommend the benefits of membership any higher. As I think the Cards blog illustrates, there is a tremendous amount to SABR beyond the advanced metrics that I know aren’t for everybody.

    Drop me a note at if you have any questions at all about joining. And as an added bonus, you can even write for this blog!

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  2. This blog is what compelled me to join SABR. Although I am not a big collector, I love reading about everything baseball card related.

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  3. Mark, Thanks for the stalwart leadership and guidance. This committee has rekindled my love for collecting. It also addicted me to social media. Thanks for the needle and the damage done😁

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  4. Big shoes to fill and a lot of pressure not to screw things up. The good news is that it’s all about the community on here and no one’s really going anywhere.

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