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David Vincent dies; Nationals’ scorer, baseball historian was 67

Baseball historian and Washington Nationals scorekeeper David Vincent

Baseball historian and Washington Nationals scorekeeper David Vincent wrote five books. Credit: SABR

WASHINGTON — David Vincent, a Washington Nationals official scorer and respected baseball historian who compiled home run statistics for the Society for American Baseball Research, has died. He was 67.

The team said Vincent died Sunday at his home in Centreville, Virginia. SABR announced that Vincent, who was nicknamed the “The Sultan of Swat Stats,” died after a long battle with stomach cancer.

Vincent began serving as an official scorer in the D.C. area with a minor league franchise, now the Potomac Nationals, in Woodbridge, Virginia. When the Montreal Expos moved to Washington, Vincent worked the Nationals’ home opener at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium on April 14, 2005. He continued in that role into the 2017 season.

A native of Waltham, Massachusetts, Vincent was a valued baseball historian. His diligent work included sifting through data that went back to the 1800s and expanding on it. He was considered the leading expert on the history of home runs in professional baseball.

He was the author of five books, including “Home Run: The Definitive History of Baseball’s Ultimate Weapon” and “Home Run’s Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Monumental Dingers.”

Before his career in baseball, Vincent earned a degree in music from the University of Massachusetts, a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of Miami and performed with the Miami Philharmonic.

Vincent is survived by his wife, JoLynne, and his son, Timothy.

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