This Week in SABR: January 26, 2018
Welcome to "This Week in SABR!" Click here to view this week's newsletter on the web. Here's what we've been up to as of January 26, 2018:
You're not going to want to miss the ninth annual SABR Day on Saturday, January 27!
SABR Day is our annual Hot Stove gathering to celebrate the beginning of a new baseball season. It's always held on the weekend between the NFL championship games and the Super Bowl. On that day, SABR's regional chapters organize baseball events around the globe, and you're all invited to attend.
- 2018 SABR Day schedule: Click here for complete details on all of Saturday's events on our 2018 SABR Day map (or click here to view details on a spreadsheet)
SABR Day meetings can include premier guest speakers, such as new Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who will speak at the SABR Day event in Puerto Rico, and former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager and current Toronto Blue Jays scout Dan Evans, who will speak at the Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting in Denver.
SABR's Boston Chapter will hold a special Winter Festival at Fenway Park, hosted by Red Sox historian and SABR member Gordon Edes. Speakers will include former Red Sox reliever and Yale University graduate Craig Breslow and presentations from historians Bill Nowlin, Bob Brady, and Saul Wisnia on a number of other Boston-related baseball topics, including the tale of a nomadic college team, the Wentworth Leopards; the Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities program; and the amazing Boston Renegades and their Beep Baseball saga. Lunch is included, plus you can participate in The Great Red Sox Trivia Contest with a prize of four tickets and a personal tour of Fenway Park conducted by Edes. Register now to join us in Boston.
SABR's Casey Stengel Chapter in New York City, hosts of last summer's SABR 47 national convention, have a terrific SABR Day event on Saturday at the New York Public Library, with guest speakers that include Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, major-league umpire Phil Cuzzi, "Talking Baseball" radio host Ed Randall, former New York Mets player Art Shamsky, baseball scout Tom Giordano, and NYPL Senior Rare Book Cataloger Virginia Bartow, who will present highlights from the library's collections. Learn more at sabrnyc.org.
Two of our newest chapters in New Jersey, the Elysian Fields Chapter in Hoboken and the Goose Goslin Chapter in Cherry Hill, will host SABR Day events for the first time on Saturday. The Elysian Fields Chapter will meet at the Hoboken Library, with Negro Leagues documentary filmmaker Lauren Meyer, plus Chris Shearn from the YES Network and representatives from the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. The Goose Goslin Chapter will meet at the Cherry Hill Public Library, where presentations will be given on the chapter's Hall of Fame namesake and Mike Schmidt.
SABR Day meetings are also scheduled for Saturday, January 27 in the following cities:
- Albuquerque, NM (Rio Grande Chapter)
- Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
- Birmingham, AL (Rickwood Field Chapter)
- Boston, MA (Boston Chapter)
- Cherry Hill, NJ (Goose Goslin Chapter)
- Columbus, OH (Hank Gowdy Chapter)
- Cooperstown, NY (Cliff Kachline Chapter)
- Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
- Des Moines, IA (Field of Dreams Chapter)
- Durham, NC (Carolina Chapter)
- Fort Lauderdale, FL (South Florida Chapter)
- Fort Wayne, IN (Kekionga Chapter)
- Guaynabo, PRI (Orlando Cepeda Chapter)
- Hoboken, NJ (Elysian Fields Chapter)
- Houston, TX (Larry Dierker Chapter)
- Knoxville, TN (East Tennessee Chapter)
- Las Vegas, NV (Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter)
- Louisville, KY (Pee Wee Reese Chapter)
- Milwaukee, WI (Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter)
- Minneapolis, MN (Halsey Hall Chapter)
- Montreal, QC (Quebec Chapter)
- Nashville, TN (Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter)
- New Orleans, LA (Schott-Pelican Chapter)
- New York, NY (Casey Stengel Chapter)
- Philadelphia, PA (Connie Mack Chapter)
- Phoenix, AZ (Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter)
- Pittsburgh, PA (Forbes Field Chapter)
- Rochester, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
- San Diego, CA (Ted Williams Chapter)
- Santo Domingo, DOM (Juan Marichal Chapter)
- Seattle, WA (Northwest Chapter)
- St. Louis, MO (Bob Broeg Chapter)
- Tallahassee, FL (Buck O'Neil Chapter)
- Toronto, ON (Hanlan's Point Chapter)
- Victoria, BC (Northwest Chapter)
For details of every SABR Day meeting, visit SABR.org/sabrday. Find one near you and join us!
SABR Day doesn't end at midnight! Some chapters held their SABR Day meetings last week, due to venue or schedule availability. But don't miss the upcoming Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter and Lefty O'Doul/Bay Area Chapter events this Sunday, January 28. Guest speakers in Baltimore will include Tim Kurkjian of ESPN, SABR VP Leslie Heaphy, Baltimore baseball documentarian Ken Mars, and more; click here for complete details. In San Francisco, we'll celebrate the grand opening of the Baseball Reliquary exhibit on African American Baseball at the San Francisco Main Library with a viewing of the film Only the Ball was White, and a panel discussion afterward with Baseball Reliquary founder Terry Cannon, former major-leaguer Nate Oliver, and artist/historian Bill Cormalis Jr.; click here for complete details. Our SABR chapters in Cleveland, Detroit, and Little Rock are also planning to meet on Saturday, February 3. Find complete details at SABR.org/sabrday. Hope to see you there!
We're excited to welcome former major-league pitching coach Rick Peterson, author Crunch Time: How to Be Your Best When It Matters Most, as a featured panelist at the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference.
The SABR Analytics Conference will be held Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The conference is open to all baseball fans, and early registration is now available online. Click here to register!
Peterson will join Brian Kenny of MLB Network, ESPN's Jon "Boog" Sciambi and Eduardo Perez, Arizona Diamondbacks Senior Vice President/Assistant GM Amiel Sawdaye and broadcaster Mike Ferrin, San Francisco Giants executive David Bell, Chicago White Sox executive Chris Getz, Seattle Mariners executive Andy McKay, FanGraphs' Eno Sarris, SABR President Vince Gennaro, and Monsterful VR founder Jarett Sims as featured speakers and panelists at the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference.
Stay tuned as we announce more speakers and panelists! Click here to learn more.
Early registration is still open for the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference on Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, but you should register before February 15 to take advantage of the early registration discounted rate. Our special group rate at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix also expires on February 15, 2018.
We hope you'll join us this spring in Arizona, where we'll bring together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click a link below for more information:
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference. Early registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $350 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year SABR membership). Registration includes lunch on Friday and Saturday afternoons and the networking reception on Saturday evening. Early registration ends February 15, 2018.
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $229/night (plus tax). Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you're with the SABR Analytics Conference. Complimentary wireless Internet is available in all rooms booked under the SABR block. The cutoff date to book your room is February 15, 2018.
- Speakers: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.
- Research Presentations: Click here to learn more about presenting your research at the SABR Analytics Conference; abstracts are no longer being accepted.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2018 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: Click here to learn more about the finalists for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards.
- Sponsors: Click here to learn more about the SABR Analytics Conference sponsors.
Our featured speakers and panelists are expected to include Brian Kenny of MLB Network, ESPN's Jon "Boog" Sciambi and Eduardo Perez, Arizona Diamondbacks Sr. VP/Assistant GM Amiel Sawdaye, former MLB pitching coach Rick Peterson, San Francisco Giants executive and former major-leaguer David Bell, Chicago White Sox executive Chris Getz, Seattle Mariners executive Andy McKay, FanGraphs' Eno Sarris, Monsterful VR founder Jarett Sims, and SABR President Vince Gennaro as featured speakers and panelists at the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference. Stay tuned as we announce more soon! Click here to learn more about our speakers and panelists.
This year's conference will feature the high-quality content you've always enjoyed at the SABR Analytics Conference and the same number of featured panels and research presentations, but there will be a few changes to the usual schedule: We will begin programming early Friday afternoon on March 9 and will run through Sunday afternoon on March 11. The change in schedule is due to the availability at our host hotel this year. However, we have a large block of rooms for SABR Analytics Conference attendees on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
In addition, the Diamond Dollars Case Competition will start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening and the networking reception will be held on Saturday evening, March 10 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Lunch, which is included in your conference registration, will be served at noon on Friday — before the regular programming begins — and also on Saturday between the morning and afternoon sessions.
Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles, written by Jerald Podair and published by Princeton University Press, is the winner of the 2018 Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal, which honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year.
Podair will receive his award at the banquet of the 25th annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tempe, Arizona.
The banquet includes the Seymour Medal ceremony with Dorothy Seymour Mills, dinner, and the NINE keynote address by SABR member Jane Leavy, author of Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy; The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood; and the baseball novel Squeeze Play. To register for the NINE conference, visit nineconference.com.
The other finalists for the 2018 Seymour Medal were:
- Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character, by Marty Appel (Doubleday)
- The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball's Most Historic Record, by John Eisenberg (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- Home Team: The Turbulent History of the San Francisco Giants, by Robert Garratt (University of Nebraska Press)
- Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers, by Debra Shattuck (University of Illinois Press)
To see a list of previous Seymour Medal winners, click here.
We are pleased to announce the finalists for the inaugural Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by SABR's Women in Baseball Committee. Each of these finalists has made important contributions promoting the participation of women in baseball, on the field and off.
In 2017, SABR's Women in Baseball Committee established the Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award — "The Dorothy" — named in honor of Dorothy Seymour Mills and her lifetime of contributions to promoting women’s baseball. Here are the finalists for the 2018 award:
- Perry Barber
- Edith Houghton
- Ashley Stephenson
- Justine Siegal
To learn more about each of the finalists at SABR.org, click here.
Eligible candidates for the Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award include any person with a sustained involvement in women’s baseball or any woman with a longtime involvement in baseball in any fashion — player, umpire, writer, executive, team owner, scout, etc. Candidates do not have to be living; it can be awarded posthumously. Self-nominations are accepted.
We're pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, which will recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year.
Nominations were solicited by representatives from SABR, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, The Hardball Times, and Beyond the Box Score. Here are the finalists for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards:
Contemporary Baseball Analysis
- Glenn Healey, “The New Moneyball: How Ballpark Sensors Are Changing Baseball,” Proceedings of the IEEE (Vol. 105, No. 11), November 2017.
- Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman, “The Juiced Ball is Back,” The Ringer, June 14, 2017.
- Harry Pavlidis, Jonathan Judge, and Jeff Long, “Introducing Pitch Tunnels,” Baseball Prospectus, January 24, 2017.
- Travis Sawchik, “Dictating the Action with Joey Votto,” FanGraphs, May 31, 2017.
- Stephanie Springer, “Get a Grip,” The Hardball Times, October 25, 2017.
Contemporary Baseball Commentary
- R.J. Anderson, “The Year of Catcher Concussions and MLB's Battle to Do Better With Head Trauma,” CBS Sports, September 28, 2017.
- Emma Baccellieri, “Major League Baseball's Statcast Can Break Sabermetrics,” Deadspin, December 18, 2017.
- Sam Miller, “Forget the Ninth Inning — Andrew Miller is Here to Save the Game,” ESPN The Magazine, March 30, 2017.
- Jeff Passan, “The Home Run is the King of Baseball. Is That a Good Thing?” Yahoo! Sports, September 19, 2017.
- Eno Sarris, “Matt Cain: The Giants' Horse That Changed Baseball Stats … Twice,” The Athletic, September 27, 2017.
- Grant Brisbee, “Why Baseball Games Are So Damned Long,” SB Nation, March 28, 2017.
- Jay Jaffe, “Analyzing the 'Giant' Controversy Surrounding the Indians' 22-Game Winning Streak,” Sports Illustrated, September 15, 2017.
- John LaRue, “The Homogenization of Ballparks,” The Hardball Times, February 13, 2017.
- Rob Mains, “One Entire Season of Baseball from the 1960s”, Baseball Prospectus, September 11-14, 2017, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
- Stew Thornley and Bob Tholkes, “From Recorder to Judge: The Evolution of the Scorer in the Nineteenth Century,” SABR Baseball Research Journal, Fall 2017.
Details and criteria for each category can be found here. Only one work per author was considered as a finalist.
Voting for the winners will be conducted online beginning next week at SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com, HardballTimes.com, and BeyondtheBoxScore.com, with results weighted equally at 20%.
Results will be announced and presented at the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 9-11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more or register for the conference at SABR.org/analytics.
We hope you'll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 48 convention on June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Early registration is now available at SABR.org/convention; all baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here for more information on SABR 48 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 48.
The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh is conveniently located within walking distance from PNC Park and a light rail station, many downtown cultural amenities, and right across the street from the picturesque 36-acre Point State Park where the three rivers converge.
Click on a link below for more information about SABR 48.
- Registration: We're again offering a special all-inclusive rate for the annual SABR convention. For $319, a savings of $30 off the regular rate, SABR members can get:
— Full registration to SABR 48 in Pittsburgh (early-bird: $249; regular rate: $279)
— 1 ticket in the Corner Box (LF) section to the Pirates vs. Diamondbacks game on Friday, June 22 — includes special "A Day at the Ballpark" pregame session at PNC Park ($40 value)
— 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 22 ($60 value)
Non-members can pay $394 for the all-inclusive rate. The deadline to register with the all-inclusive rate is Friday, May 18, 2018. Click here for complete information on SABR 48 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 48!
- Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh of $149/night (plus tax) is only available to registered convention attendees. After you register for the SABR 48 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. There are a limited number of rooms in our group block, so be sure to register for SABR 48 early! The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh is located at 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
- Awards Luncheon: SABR will host a special Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 22 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. The Awards Luncheon, which includes a full meal, will feature the announcement of SABR's annual awards — including the Bob Davids Award, our highest honor. One ticket to the Awards Luncheon is included in the all-inclusive package or guest tickets are available for $60 when you register for SABR 48.
- A Day at the Ballpark: For the third year in a row and fourth time in five years, SABR will present “A Day at the Ballpark” before the Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, June 22 at PNC Park. Special thanks to the Pirates for this great opportunity and for offering us a large block of tickets in the Corner Box (LF) section at an affordable price of $40 for SABR members ($45 for non-members). Purchase of SABR 48 conference registration AND a game ticket will be required to attend this special session. Guests and spouses can get in the ballpark early with purchase of a special SABR 48 Ballpark Session pass ($25) and a Pirates game ticket. Click here for more details.
- Roberto Clemente Museum tours: The Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh has a special offer for SABR 48 attendees: The museum will host four tours (maximum of 20 people per tour) at $20 per person on Wednesday, June 20. Space is extremely limited, and reservations will only be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call the museum at (412) 621-1268, Ext. 2, to reserve your space. No reservations can be made online; payment is due on-site when you arrive for the tour. Tours last about 1.5 hours and the start times on Wednesday, June 20 are as follows (subject to availability): 10:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Click here for more details.
- Research presentations: SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 48. The deadline to submit your abstract is Sunday, February 25, 2018. Click here for complete details and application form.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 48 in Pittsburgh. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 30, 2018.
All SABR 48 attendees will also receive a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players and events in the Pittsburgh area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer.
Stay tuned for more featured speakers and the complete schedule to be announced in the coming months. Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.
We hope to see you this summer in Pittsburgh!
SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 48, which will be held June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. Early registration is now available at SABR.org/convention.
Oral presentations are expected to last 20 minutes, followed by a five minute question-and-answer period. Posters will be presented, with the author on-hand to discuss the work, during a poster session of 60 minutes and they will remain on display throughout the convention. Through on-site judging, the most highly-regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for best poster presentation.
- Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 48: http://bit.ly/sabr48-presentations
The submission deadline for SABR 48 abstracts is midnight PST, Sunday, FEBRUARY 25, 2018. Click here for complete details and application form.
Please note: If your abstract is accepted and you intend to make a research presentation, you must register to attend the SABR 48 convention. Early registration details are now available at SABR.org/convention.
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school or college students to attend SABR 48 on June 20-24, 2018, in Pittsburgh. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250.
The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage high school and college-level student engagement with baseball research and to engender an active interest in baseball and SABR. The Yoseloff scholarship is to assist young researchers who want to attend SABR's annual convention and to introduce them to fellow SABR members. Through this fund, SABR hopes to inspire future baseball research, expose students to high-quality research and build the research capability of interested students.
- Download an application form: Click here to download a Yoseloff Scholarship form to attend SABR 48 in Pittsburgh
All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018.
Jones, the 1999 NL MVP and star third baseman for the Atlanta Braves, received 97.2 percent of the 422 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in his first year on the ballot. He is the sixth member of the Braves' dynasty to make the Hall of Fame, joining Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and manager Bobby Cox (2014), John Smoltz (2015), and GM John Schuerholz (2017) in baseball's Valhalla. That group led Atlanta to 14 consecutive division titles, five pennants, and one World Series championship between 1991 and 2005.
Guerrero, the free-swinging Dominican outfielder with a rocket arm who drew comparisons to Roberto Clemente, received 392 votes (92.1 percent) in his second year on the writers' ballot. Guerrero came up with the Montreal Expos in 1996 and later won an MVP award for the then-Anaheim Angels in 2004.
Thome, who received 379 votes (89.8 percent) as a first-ballot selection, hit 612 home runs in his 22-season career with the Cleveland Indians and five other teams. As Joseph Wancho wrote in his SABR biography of the slugger, Thome was "a dependable, hard-working, blue-collar type of ballplayer whom fans cheered for ... a 'throwback.'"
Hoffman, the San Diego Padres closer who missed election by just five votes in 2017, made it to Cooperstown in his third year on the ballot. The first pitcher to reach the 600-save milestone received 337 votes for 79.9 percent.
Seattle Mariners slugger Edgar Martinez fell 20 votes shy of induction in his ninth year of eligibility, receiving 297 votes for 70.4 percent. Pitchers Mike Mussina (63.5) and Roger Clemens (57.3), outfielder Barry Bonds (56.4) and pitcher Curt Schilling (51.2) were also named on more than half of the ballots cast.
Find all published SABR biographies for Baseball Hall of Fame inductees — including the Class of 2018 — by clicking here.
2018 is here and it’s time to start the ball rolling as we choose our Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend of the year.
Last year, Bob Caruthers (pictured at right) joined previous winners Pete Browning (2009), Hall of Famer Deacon White (2010), Harry Stovey (2011), Bill Dahlen (2012), Ross Barnes (2013), Daniel Lucius "Doc" Adams (2014), Tony Mullane (2015), and Jack Glasscock (2016) as SABR's Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends.
The preliminary voting process, which we call the Overlooked Primary Election, will consist of each voter selecting 10 names from the list of 26 candidates. The top 10 will be presented to the SABR membership in May 2018, when all members will be able to vote in the final election. The winner will be announced at the SABR 48 convention this summer in Pittsburgh.
Below is a PDF with the 26 candidates for 2018 and a brief explanation of their baseball accomplishments and/or contributions to our national pastime. You can download the PDF by clicking on the link below:
The voting in the Overlooked Primary Election will end at 11:59 p.m. MST on Monday, February 12, 2018.
The SABR Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for the Spring 2018 elections. All candidates for the Board of Directors must have been members of the Society for at least the preceding four years to be eligible for election. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2018. Nominees must prepare a Candidate Statement Form following guidelines that will be available from any Nominating Committee member.
The Candidate Statement Form must be received by the Nominating Committee chair no later than March 16, 2018.
The offices to be filled:
- Vice President (2-year term; currently Leslie Heaphy)
- Secretary (3-year term; currently Todd Lebowitz)
- Director (3-year term; currently Ty Waterman)
The Nominating Committee also seeks your input. Members are asked to submit office-specific questions for each of the offices open in this election. We also seek input on general questions for every nominee. Candidates will answer selected questions on the Candidate Statement Form. Regional Chapter leaders and Research Committee Chairs are especially encouraged to pass on this request to their respective members to better address member needs.
Self-nominations are welcome. If you would like to nominate yourself or another candidate or suggest a question for the candidates, contact Nominating Committee chair Neal Traven at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nine new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,366 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Dartmouth Street Grounds (Boston), by Charlie Bevis
- Dave Gray, by Bill Nowlin
- Guido Grilli, by Bill Nowlin
- Jackie Hayes, by Warren Corbett
- Arthur Irwin, by Eric Frost
- Pete Magrini, by Bill Nowlin
- Dave Righetti, by Joseph Wancho
- Johnny Sturm, by Cort Vitty
- Gregg Wong, by Sarah Johnson
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproj/recent
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
Four new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- July 1, 1945: Tigers' Hank Greenberg returns to baseball, by Richard Riis
- July 18, 1947: Tigers' Hutchinson ends Yankees' 19-game winning streak, by Mike Whiteman
- July 20, 1947: Detroit fans set record attendance in series finale vs. Yankees, by Ruth Sadler
- June 15, 1948: 'Look at your wonderful lights here': Tigers win first night game in Detroit, by Scott Dominiak
These articles all appeared in Tigers By The Tale: Great Games at Michigan and Trumbull (SABR, 2016), edited by Scott Ferkovich. To read more articles from this book at the SABR Games Project, click here.
If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Mike Huber. To request an assignment, please contact Steven C. Weiner. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors' Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story started toward publication.
- Get involved: Have memories of a game you attended? Or a game you watched that caught your interest? Write about it! Writing for the Games Project is an easy way to get involved as a SABR member. Find out how by reading the Games Project FAQs section or checking out the Authors' Guidelines. We have editors and fact checkers who are willing to help you write your first article.
- SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2018: The SABR Baseball Research Award (formerly the Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award) honors those whose outstanding research projects completed during the preceding calendar year have significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball. To submit a nomination for the 2018 awards, please contact Bill Felber at email@example.com.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2018: The McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award honors the authors of the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year. To submit a nomination for the 2018 awards, please contact Len Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Only ONE entry per nomination will be considered (do not submit multiple nominations for the same award). For more information on SABR Awards, click here.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the Hot Stove League offseason, at a new time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
This week's guests are SABR member Barry Bloom of MLB.com and Matthew Trueblood from Baseball Prospectus.
There will be no new show this week due to the holidays, but you can listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, and you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM focuses on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today. It airs weekly throughout the year on MLB Network Radio, available to subscribers nationwide on XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209, and on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
We've heard your feedback: Some of you have said you look forward to "This Week in SABR" every Friday, but sometimes there are just
too many compelling articles and announcements to read every week. We're not complaining — hey, keep up the great work! — but we know the feeling. So in an effort to make the length of this newsletter more manageable to read, we'll summarize some of the repeating/recurring announcements in a special "In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)" section of "This Week in SABR".
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don't want you to miss:
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new SABR Store @ CafePress
- 2018 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference is now sold out
- Apply now for SABR Negro Leagues essay contest and school library grants
- SABR Little League Home Runs Database updated through 2017
- Read articles from the Fall 2017 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR Digital Library: Baseball's Business: The Winter Meetings: 1958-2016
- Click here to read new articles from the SABR Team Ownership Histories Project
- SABR welcomes new international chapter in Taiwan
- Nolan Arenado, Byron Buxton win 2017 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- Check out complete coverage and highlights from SABR 47 in New York City
- SABR Baseball Cards Blog: The Conlon Collection Project
- SABR welcomes new Goose Goslin Chapter in southern New Jersey
- Listen to a new episode from the SABR Media Committee's Baseball Buffet podcast
- Check out highlights from the 2017 SABR Arizona Fall League Experience
- Read all articles from The National Pastime: New York, New York at SABR.org
- Learn more about new SABR Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Help support SABR's 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
For more information, click here.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
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|Tom Currie||Georgetown, TX||Thomas Martin||Alexandria, VA|
|Alfred Del Rossi||Ft. Myers, FL||Noah McCaffrey||Plymouth, NC|
|David Duhr||New York, NY||Lynn McSorley||St. Louis, MO|
|Alan Epstein||Newton Centre, MA||Matthew O'Malley||Milton, MA|
|Cyrus Farivar||Oakland, CA||Ralph Pearce||San Jose, CA|
|Stephen Greenberg||Holiday, FL||Marty Resnick||Woodstock, GA|
|Vince Guerrieri||Elyria, OH||Robert Rubin||St. Louis, MO|
|Frank Jolley||Clermont, FL||Kim Rupert||Hillsborough, CA|
|Dan J. Kirk||Pittsburgh, PA||Ray Shieh||Taipei City, TWN|
|Sean Kolodziej||Joliet, IL||Kaivon Steinle||St. Louis, MO|
|Jeffrey Kuo||Washington, DC||Ed Wheatley||Chesterfield, MO|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Nineteenth Century: Voting has begun in the Primary Election for the 2018 Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend
- Women in Baseball: Learn more about the finalists for the inaugural Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Halsey Hall Chapter: February 2018 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Monarchs Chapter: January 20 meeting recap (Kansas City, MO)
- SABR Day is tomorrow! Chapter leaders, please be sure to send any details on your SABR Day meeting to Blane Ferguson at email@example.com so we can update our interactive map at SABR.org/sabrday.
- Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, you can download the updated Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook on the Admin Tools page at admin.sabr.org. The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- January 27: 2018 SABR Day
- January 28: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- January 28: Lefty O'Doul Chapter meeting (San Francisco, CA)
- January 31: Juan Marichal Chapter meeting (Santo Domingo, DOM)
- February 3: Detroit Chapter meeting (Detroit, MI)
- February 3: Robinson-Kell Chapter meeting (Little Rock, AR)
- February 3: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
- February 3: Jack Graney Chapter meeting (Cleveland, OH)
- February 10: Magnolia Chapter meeting (Atlanta, GA)
- February 10: Hank Gowdy Chapter book club meeting (Columbus, OH)
- February 10: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter breakfast (Cromwell, CT)
- February 12: Halsey Hall Chapter online research tools workshop (Brooklyn Center, MN)
- February 15: Magnolia Chapter "Third Thursday" meeting (Tucker, GA)
- February 17: Northwest Chapter winter meeting (Tualatin, OR)
- February 19: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- February 20: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter monthly meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- February 21: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- February 21: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter "Called Shot" monthly lunch (Baltimore, MD)
All SABR meetings and events are open to the public. Feel free to bring a baseball-loving friend ... and make many new ones! Check out the SABR Events Calendar at SABR.org/events.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Jay Jaffe: Breaking down the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot (Sports Illustrated)
- Rob Neyer: Marvin Miller is poster boy for larger Hall of Fame dilemma (Yahoo! Sports)
- Barry Bloom: Hoffman calm, collected upon getting 'The Call' (MLB.com)
- John Dewan's Stat of the Week: What's the deal with Omar Vizquel? (ACTA Sports)
- Neil Weinberg: Building better statistical incentives (The Hardball Times)
- Carla Hayden: Library of Congress to open major exhibition on baseball in 2018 (Library of Congress)
- Bart Barnes: William Mead, St. Louis Browns author, dies at 83 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Jay Jaffe: Remembering Moose Stubing, beloved baseball coach and basketball ref (Sports Illustrated)
- Cole Altmann: Missing a piece of Phillies history (The Good Phight)
- Adam Dorhauer: Shoeless Joe and the art of knowing (The Hardball Times)
- Bob McGee: Charles Ebbets, the squire of Flatbush (The National Pastime Museum)
- Patrick Dubuque: A no-win situation for baseball (Baseball Prospectus)
- Rob Mains: Where have you gone, Tony Womack? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Rachael McDaniel: The Asahi baseball club, Vancouver's past, present, and future (The Hardball Times)
- David Kagan: The physics of robo-umpires (The Hardball Times)
- Gary Cieradkowski: Joe Bauman, seventy-two steroid-free big ones (The Infinite Baseball Card Set)
- Aaron Gleeman: Farewell, Glen Perkins (Baseball Prospectus)
- Anthony Salazar: Another Discovery: The 1985 Woolworth’s Card Set (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Mark Armour: Baseball cards and the 2018 SABR Convention (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Nick Vossbrink: Barajitas estadounidenses: ’78 Zest (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Nick Vossbrink: Arbiters of authenticity (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Tim Jenkins: Holy Cow: Bread Bedlam! (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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