This Week in SABR: April 29, 2011
Here's an update of what we've been up to as of April 29, 2011:
FanGraphs.com has teamed up with SABR to hold its "FanGraphs Live" event at the same hotel as the SABR convention, the Long Beach Hilton in Southern California. FanGraphs Live will take place from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, July 7.
Admission is $20, but SABR members can receive a 50% discount by registering for FanGraphs Live at the SABR Store.
Among the confirmed guests for FanGraphs Live are: Rob Neyer, national baseball writer for SB Nation; Vince Gennaro, author of Diamond Dollars and professor at Columbia University; Rich Lederer, curator at Baseball Analysts; Jon Weisman, writer at the Dodger Thoughts blog; Eric Stephen, writer at the True Blue LA blog; Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%; Carson Cistulli, editor at FanGraphs.com; David Appelman, president of FanGraphs.com; and Dave Cameron, managing editor of FanGraphs.com.
Monday, April 25, 2011, marked the centennial birthday celebration of Conrado Eugenio "Connie" Marrero, the oldest former major leaguer in the world and the last living Cuban big-leaguer from the pre-revolution days of the island nation. Marrero joined the Washington Senators in 1950 as a grizzled 39-year-old "rookie" and spent parts of five seasons pitching at Griffith Stadium, making the 1951 American League All-Star team.
Marrero's 100th birthday today places him in select company: He is only the 16th major league player known to have reached that illustrious age. See the full list by clicking the link above.
Also, you can read Peter C. Bjarkman's updated essay at the Baseball Biography Project and Bjarkman's all-new essay for SABR.org on The Mysteries and Misconceptions Surrounding Conrado Marrero.
Peter Mancuso, chairman of SABR's Nineteenth Century Research Committee, organized the third annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, held earlier this month at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Among the events scheduled was a tour of the Hall of Fame's new exhibit "Swinging Away: How Cricket and Baseball Connect," curated by SABR member Beth Hise. Hise has also authored a book of the same name (available online at Amazon.com here); she works as a curator at the Historic Houses Trust in Sydney, Australia.
Mancuso was so blown away by the exhibit that he wrote an open letter to Hise, congratulating her on "Swinging Away." He has generously shared that letter with SABR.org.
SABR's Clinton High School Chapter in Clinton, New York, recently raised $737 during its 10th annual ALS Fundraiser event, held each spring to honor the memory of Jean Kloster, mother of former Clinton student Ron Kloster.
The Clinton High School Chapter has raised more than $6,000 over the last decade in support of research to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
In other recent SABR news:
- Students have until June 1 to submit entries for Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award
- Still time to register for Seymour Medal Conference, May 13-14 in Cleveland
- Clem Comly offers perspective on the Phillies' historic scoring slump
- Neil Paine explains the most important skill for a leadoff hitter
- Mark Simon notes the 25th anniversary of the last pitcher to hit a "walk-off" homer
This page was last updated April 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm MST.