This Week in SABR: August 5, 2011
Here's what we've been up to as of August 5, 2011:
We've got a lot in store for you next week as SABR celebrates its 40th anniversary.
On Wednesday, August 10, join us at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown — site of the first SABR meeting on August 10, 1971 — for a commemorative ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Education Room (near the Art Gallery). It will be emceed by Tom Hufford, one of SABR's 16 founding members. Cake and refreshments to be served afterward.
An optional lunch meeting will take place before the ceremony at noon at the Otesaga Hotel's Hawkeye Bar & Grill.
All members of the public are welcome. Please RSVP to Gary Gillette if you intend to come to the ceremony.
- Online coverage: Be sure to check SABR.org all next week for complete coverage of our 40th anniversary, including an updated history of the organization, profiles of and interviews with the founders, a multimedia look at all 41 SABR conventions — the 1971 founding is considered to be our first — and much more. For a sneak peek, check out "SABR 14: An Ironic Oversight", by Rich "Dixie" Tourangeau, with photos by James D. Smith III of the 1884 World Series re-enactment game played at the Providence convention in 1984.
Today (August 5) is the last day to vote for our list of the top 40 storylines in baseball during the SABR Era (1971-2011).
Over the last few months, we've solicited suggestions from SABR members and received more than one hundred responses — everything from "the introduction of the designated hitter" to "the steroids era" to "Roy Halladay's 2010 postseason no-hitter." We took the 16 most suggested ideas and now we want you to rank them.
Click the link below to rank the top selections:
The final list will be revealed next week in conjunction with SABR's 40th anniversary.
Four new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, bringing us to a total of 1,641 published biographies:
- Fred Goldsmith, by David Fleitz
- Jack Harshman, by John Gabcik
- Gabby Hartnett, by Bill Johnson
- Vin Scully, by Greg King
All new biographies can be found here: http://bioproj.sabr.org/bioproj.cfm?a=n&m=61
- Read more from the BioProject: One hundred years ago Thursday, Herman "Germany" Schaefer of the Detroit Tigers took advantage of a loophole in the rulebook to famously steal FIRST base. Here's Dan Holmes's biography on one of the Deadball Era's most colorful characters.
On July 30, the SABR Boston Chapter welcomed special guests Cam Perron, a teenager researching the lives and careers of Negro Leaguers, and Gil Hernandez Black, a former Indianapolis Clowns player to its summer meeting at the NonProfit Center in Boston.
As Joanne Hulbert reports, "Cam told how he came to be interested in the players and also how he found Gil and brought his story to our attention. Gil said he had never talked in front of an audience before, but he spoke for over an hour and kept the audience enthralled."
Recent Research Committee newsletters
As a service to those members who have reported problems with logging in to the SABRNation system, here are direct links to download recent Research Committee newsletters that have been published so far this summer:
- Baseball Records Committee newsletter (August 2011)
- Baseball Records Committee newsletter (June 2011)
- Baseball Records Committee newsletter (April 2011)
- Bibliography Committee newsletter (July 2011)
- Bibliography Committee newsletter (April 2011)
- Black Sox Scandal Committee newsletter (June 2011)
- Deadball Era Committee newsletter (July 2011)
- Deadball Era Committee newsletter (March 2011)
- Negro Leagues Committee newsletter (June 2011)
- Nineteenth Century Committee newsletter (June 2011)
- Nineteenth Century Committee newsletter (April 2011)
- Women in Baseball Committee newsletter (June 2011)
(If you have a recent newsletter that does not appear on this list, please e-mail a PDF copy to Jacob Pomrenke.)
The SABR office staff is in ongoing discussions with the support team from the software provider that manages SABRNation, and we hope to have those problems resolved as soon as possible.
Please note: If you receive an error screen asking you to log in again when you are already logged in, just click the word "SABRNation" on the left side of the screen and that should take you back to the SABRNation home page. From there, you can navigate to the page you were originally searching for. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Upcoming SABR events:
- August 6: Lou Criger Chapter meeting (South Bend, IN)
- August 6: Northwest Chapter meeting (Eugene, OR)
- August 7: Bob Savitt talk on "The Blue Ridge League" (Waynesboro, PA)
- August 8: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Round Rock, TX — 56th consecutive monthly meeting!)
- August 10: SABR 40th anniversary commemorative ceremony (Cooperstown, NY)
- August 13: Talkin' Baseball: Austin Gisriel (Columbia, MD)
- August 13: Ted Williams Chapter meeting (San Diego, CA)
- August 13: Pete Gorton speech on John Donaldson (Glasgow, MO)
In other recent SABR news:
- Jayson Stark reminds us of five MLB milestones to watch for down the stretch (ESPN.com)
- Sean Forman's Baseball-Reference.com is tracking a high-mileage odometer: MLB's 200,000th game (Wall Street Journal)
- Phil Birnbaum follows up on a SABR 41 presentation on umpires' discrimination in favor of veterans (Sabermetric Research)
- Dennis Pajot tells the story of Kid Elberfield's long journey from Washington to Montgomery — by way of Milwaukee (Seamheads.com)
- John Thorn writes about the meaning behind the 1791 'Baseball' bylaw in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (MLB.com)
- Lewie Pollis wonders how many All-Star votes were received by MLB's worst players (Beyond the Box Score)
- Rob Neyer warns that trade deadline moves can be a great deal of trouble (New York Times)
- Larry Granillo offers a humorous look at baseball's record-breakers in 1988 (Baseball Prospectus)
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here.
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This page was last updated August 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm MST.