This Week in SABR: July 5, 2013
Welcome to "This Week in SABR!" Here's what we've been up to as of July 5, 2013:
Here's an update from SABR 43 Committee Co-Chair Seamus Kearney:
YO! I'd like to clue you folks in who are coming to Philly for SABR 43 (July 31-August 4 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown), I will give you a bunch of links that will focus on the food, attractions and history of this great city.
If you have any questions during your stay, please don't hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 43 volunteer for assistance (they'll be in the royal blue shirts throughout the convention!) The Connie Mack Chapter will have an information table near our registration area at the Marriott to help point you in the right direction.
Philadelphia is a town noted for our fine eateries that fit all wallet sizes. I'll be giving you lots of info on where to eat. Here's a start:
READING TERMINAL MARKET
A treasure for anyone visiting but a godsend for those staying in the Marriott and nearby. Just in back of the hotel is this market whose roots can be traced to purveyor sheds along High [now Market] Street in colonial Philadelphia. It is chock-full of eateries (mostly inexpensive), produce stalls, meat & fish purveyors and Pennsylvania Dutch stalls. There are also two table areas where you can take your sandwiches and meals to eat while listening to piano music played by volunteer musicians. Check it out with this interactive map: http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/merchants/
Close by the terminal and a 7-8 minute walk from the back of the hotel is Philadelphia's Chinatown. From Vine Street to Arch Street and bordered by 11th and 8th, the area features bars, restaurants and markets purveying Asian culture and food. Here is a link to the restaurants of Chinatown; two of the best are Sang Kee Peking Duck and the Nan Zhou Noodle House: http://www.urbanspoon.com/nf/21/2007/2013/Philadelphia/Chinatown/Chinese-Restaurants
CENTER CITY DISTRICT
Philadelphia's Center City has a quasi-governmental organization whose function is to make Center City clean and friendly. They have an interactive map site with dozens of attractions accessible: http://www.centercityphila.org/life/Guide.php
Here's a few pdf files that will help you on how to travel about our city.
SEPTA TRANSIT MAP
Check out the Center City section in the Bottom Right
ANOTHER CENTER CITY TRANSIT MAP
More to follow soon.
Also be sure to check out our SABR 43 Transportation Tips page to help you as you travel into the city and to the hotel.
For more information on SABR 43, visit SABR.org/convention.
Due to a travel schedule conflict, the times and dates for two research presentations have been switched at SABR 43.
Dan Levitt's presentation, "Battle at the Dock: The Federal League Tries to Sign Major League Players as They Return from the Around-the-World Tour", originally RP30 on the schedule, will now take place in the RP10 time slot at 3:00-3:25 p.m. on Thursday, August 1 in the Salon C/D room.
Robert Foresman's presentation, "Home But Not Yet Home: World War I and its Impact on Professional Baseball — The Story of Win Noyes," originally RP10 on the schedule, will now take place in the RP30 time slot at 4:30-4:55 p.m. on Saturday, August 3 in the Salon C/D room.
For an updated list and schedule of SABR 43 research presentations, click here.
On-site judges are needed for SABR 43 research presentations. Each judge will be responsible for viewing and evaluating oral and poster presentations during SABR 43 in Philadelphia.
Potential judges need not be "experts" in particular topics. They may choose which oral presentations they wish to evaluate, but are requested to judge all oral presentations they attend.
We hope you'll join us for SABR 43, July 31-August 4, 2013, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall, Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
You can register online at the SABR Store or on-site at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown during the convention. Registration includes access to all panel discussions, research presentations, committee meetings and other on-site events.
Please note that our block of Phillies ballgame tickets and the discounted all-inclusive rates are no longer available.
- Hotel: SABR has secured an exclusive group rate of $139/night (plus tax) for SABR 43. This is a very low rate for a major hotel in downtown Philadelphia during that time of year. The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is at 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall , Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks. Click here to book your room online or call (877) 212-5752. The hotel's website is www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phldt-philadelphia-marriott-downtown. Please note that our block of rooms is only available for the nights of July 30 to August 4, 2013. Book your room today; our room block usually goes quickly!
- Ballgame: Braves at Phillies, Friday, August 2. Please note that our block of Phillies ballgame tickets is now sold out. If you wish to purchase Phillies tickets on your own, visit Phillies.com.
- Registration: SABR members: $199. Non-members: $252. Click here to register for SABR 43.
- Scholarships: Scholarship applications are no longer being accepted for SABR 43. Click here to learn more about the Yoseloff Scholarship to attend future SABR conferences.
- Schedule: Click here for a full day-by-day schedule of SABR 43 events.
- Speakers: MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred and Phillies President/CEO David Montgomery highlight our list of featured speakers at SABR 43; click here for more details.
- Research presentations: Click here for the schedule of research presentations at SABR 43, including abstracts and presenter bios.
- Poster presentations: Click here for abstracts of the research posters that will be on display all week at SABR 43.
- Committee meetings: Click here for the schedule of research and functional meetings at SABR 43.
- Transportation tips: Click here for more details on getting to Philadelphia and getting around when you're in town.
- Vendors Room: Click here to visit our SABR 43 digital vendors room; come visit our supporters in Philadelphia, too.
- Host chapter: Learn more about the Philadelphia/Connie Mack Chapter here or click here to "like" the chapter page on Facebook.
- Contact: For more information on SABR 43, contact convention committee co-chairs Seamus Kearney or Dick Rosen.
SABR will be in New York City next week for the 2013 MLB All-Star FanFest!
Stop by the MLB.com booth all week, as SABR members are scheduled to participate in a variety of panels throughout All-Star Weekend. For details on attending the All-Star FanFest, July 12-16, 2013, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York (655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001), visit http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2013/index.jsp?content=asg_fanfest.
We'll be hosting five panels at the MLB.com booth during 2013 All-Star FanFest at the Javits Center:
- Women in Baseball Panel
Amy Venuto, Perry Barber, Alexa Maldonado, Wendy Shotsky, moderator: Leslie Heaphy
- SABR Statistical Analysis Panel
Bo Moon, Jay Jaffe, Ben Lindbergh, moderator: Vince Gennaro
- Baseball in NYC through the Years
Lee Lowenfish, Matt Silverman, Tony Morante, moderator: John Thorn
- Jackie Robinson, his impactful legacy and “42”
Dr. Joseph Dorinson, Lee Lowenfish, moderator: Larry Lester
- SABR Trivia
Host: Cory Schwartz
For details and times, click here: http://sabr.org/latest/watch-sabr-panels-2013-mlb-all-star-fanfest
We are pleased to announce that The Team that Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, edited by Lyle Spatz, has been selected as the winner of the Ron Gabriel Award in 2013 .
The 1947 Dodgers book, published by University of Nebraska Press as part of its Memorable Teams in Baseball History series with SABR, was chosen by the Ron Gabriel Award Committee, chaired by Stephanie Liscio.
The Memorable Teams series, written by SABR members as part of the Baseball Biography Project, focuses on iconic teams with an unquestionable legacy in baseball history. Each book collects essays detailing the players, moments and games that define these teams.
Here's an Independence Day blast from the past, written by SABR member Eric Marshall White:
This is the story of a remarkable day in baseball, one that occurred exactly a century ago. The retelling of this tale began 26 years ago when I found the baseball that I now keep displayed above my fireplace. The old ball was perched on a low, dusty shelf in a not very distinguished antique shop in Philadelphia; I spotted the ball only by chance just as I was about to leave the store. Even though I was an impoverished college sophomore who had no business spending $40 on a used baseball, I figured any ball as old and brown as the ones I’d seen at Cooperstown was worth a quick glance.
I was surprised to find that the ball bore a long black ink inscription winding its way along the curving contour of the seams:
This ball was a home run knocked into the center field bleachers by Fred Merkle the N.Y. Giants 1st baseman, and was caught by Fred T. Brown. July 4th 1911 – 2nd Game Double Header. This was the day that both the Athletics and Phillies took the lead.
Suddenly, I knew this $40 sacrifice was worth it.
To read the full story, click here: http://sabr.org/research/baseball-story-fireworks-philadelphia-july-4-1911. This article first appeared in the Spring 2011 edition of the Baseball Research Journal.
Eight new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,468 published biographies. Can we reach 2,500 before the SABR 43 convention in Philadelphia? Here are the new bios:
- Wade Blasingame, by David E. Skelton
- Bert Brenner, by Chris Rainey
- Nelson Briles, by John Stahl
- Ed Chaplin, by Bill Nowlin
- Mike Flynn, by Charlie Bevis
- Viola Thompson Griffin, by Nancy Snell Griffith
- Woodie Held, by Joseph Wancho
- Chuck Hinton, by Ted Leavengood
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
You can find the SABR BioProject at SABR.org/BioProject.
1912 Boston Red Sox bios now online: Last year, we commemorated the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest teams in baseball history with Opening Fenway Park With Style: The 1912 World Champion Red Sox, edited by Bill Nowlin, with Dan Desrochers, Len Levin and Maurice Bouchard. The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in the book — from Tris Speaker to Smoky Joe Wood, from Bill Carrigan to Harry Hooper, from Neal Ball to Charley "Sea Lion" Hall — can now be read online at: http://sabr.org/category/completed-book-projects/1912-boston-red-sox. SABR members can download the e-book in PDF, EPUB or MOBI/Kindle formats for FREE by clicking here. Or click here to get the paperback edition for the special members-only price of $10.00 at Createspace.com. The book is also available for purchase at the SABR Bookstore.
Bios on more than just ballplayers: The ambitious goal of the SABR Baseball Biography Project is to publish a full-life biography of every major league player in history. But SABR members write about a lot more than just ballplayers. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires and a lot more on the BioProject website. You can browse all of these categories at http://sabr.org/bioproj/browse. So if you've ever thought, "Hey, that person (or ballpark) should get the full BioProject treatment" — write the story and we'll publish it!
Check out the Baseball Ballparks Project: The SABR Baseball Biography Project has been accepting/publishing "biographies" of Ballparks for a few years, and we have 39 of them on our website at http://sabr.org/bioproj/parks. However, this thing just got real. Ballparks are now its very own PROJECT — the Baseball Ballparks Project, our first official spin-off. The project leader is Scott Ferkovich, who is now in charge of recruiting ballparks articles and publicizing them. Learn more by clicking here.
Get involved! If you'd like to help contribute to the SABR BioProject, visit our BioProject Resources page or read the FAQs section to get started. We're also looking to expand the BioProject to include all "encyclopedic" articles on baseball-related subjects from past SABR publications or committee newsletters. If you come across an article you think should be included in the SABR "baseball repository" at the BioProject, send a copy or link to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- Bernard E. (Bernie) Esser Jr., 82, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2013 at his home in Millbrae, California, surrounded by his family and his baseball books. He attended hundreds of Giants games over the years, but his interest went far beyond that of the casual fan. He devoted many hours to the Society of American Baseball Research, helping to compile a database of baseball statistics going back over 100 years. He also amassed a large library of baseball books. He took particular delight in meeting with baseball old-timers, listening to their stories, and getting his books signed. He considered many baseball legends his friends. A proud San Franciscan, Bernie was a baseball and basketball star at Lincoln High School, and a member of Lincoln's Athletic Hall of Fame. After Lincoln, he attended the University of San Francisco on a basketball scholarship, graduating in 1951. Bernie then proudly served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Korea for two years. Bernie married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Ann (Elledge) in San Francisco on June 27, 1952. They had three children: sons Brooks (Stacey) and Brandt (Linda), and daughter Barrie (Kevin). After his Army service, Bernie began a successful career at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, California. He rose to the rank of Vice President of Operations, Missile Systems Division over the course of a 37-year career, before retiring in 1994. Bernie was also actively involved in local government in Millbrae, serving on the Parks and Recreation commission, before joining the City Council in 1964. He remained on the council for a total of 14 years, and served three terms as the city's mayor. Bernie was well-liked and respected by all those who knew him. There will be a private family service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Bernie's name to Mission Hospice and Home Care, 1670 S. Amphlett Blvd., Suite 300, San Mateo, CA 94402.
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:
- SABR 43: Full daily schedule now available online
- SABR welcomes new chapters in Rochester, Fort Wayne
- Peter Mancuso: Planning for a 19th-century baseball annotation research project
- Wisconsin student wins 2013 SABR Lee Allen History of Baseball Award
- David Block discovers earliest reference to baseball — played by British royalty in 1749
- Tickets now available for 2013 Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball seminar
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library now available for free to members
- Get 25% discount on a new MLB.TV subscription for entire 2013 season
- Register for SABR 43, July 31-August 4 in Philadelphia, PA
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
|Brad Balukjian||Los Angeles, CA||Marc Krupanski||Brooklyn, NY|
|Robert Beekman||St. Louis, MO||Gary Mears||Clearwater, FL|
|Chris Bennett||Palm Beach Gardens, FL||Mike Newell||Ithaca, NY|
|John Dunn||Buffalo, NY||Keisuke Okuno||Kawasaki, JP|
|Laurin Grollman||New York, NY||Louis Schiff||Deerfield Beach, FL|
|Dave Johnson||Swarthmore, PA||John Williams||Noblesville, IN|
|David Keenan||San Francisco, CA|
Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:
- Women in Baseball: Spring 2013
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new chapter meeting recaps published this week:
- Halsey Hall Chapter newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- July 6: "Another Trip in Baseball's Time Machine: Photography at the Field of Dreams" (Pasadena, CA)
- July 6: Talkin' Baseball: Adam Cromie (Columbia, MD)
- July 9: Hank Gowdy Columbus Chapter ballgame (Columbus, OH)
- July 10: Bob Davids Chapter Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- July 10: Bergino: "The DiMaggios" with Tom Clavin (New York, NY)
- July 10: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter ballgame (New Britain, CT)
- July 12-16: SABR panels at 2013 MLB All-Star FanFest (New York, NY)
- July 12: Detroit Chapter meeting (Detroit, MI)
- July 13: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Richfield, MN)
- July 13: "Base Ball in the Time of Grace (Coolidge)" with Dick Leyden (Plymouth Notch, VT)
- July 13: Luke Easter Chapter meeting (Batavia, NY)
- July 13: Bergino: "All-Star Extravaganza" (New York, NY)
- July 14: Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter meeting (Nashville, TN)
- July 16: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- July 16: Bergino: "All-Star Game" event with Rich Ackerman (New York, NY)
- July 17: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly lunch (Denver, CO)
- July 17: Jack Graney Chapter meeting (Eastlake, OH)
- July 17: Bergino: "After Many A Summer" with Robert Murphy (New York, NY)
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:
- Barry Bloom: Reflecting on the long, legendary career of Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully (MLB.com)
- Jay Jaffe: Anniversary of Larry Doby's debut deserves more recognition (SI's The Strike Zone)
- Russell Carleton: What a difference a day off makes (Baseball Prospectus)
- Steven Goldman: All-Star Game has always had some "Jokers" (Baseball Nation)
- Ross E. Davies: The roots and rise of organized labor in major league baseball (NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy)
- Tony Horwitz: The woman who (maybe) struck out Ruth and Gehrig (Smithsonian Magazine)
- With fewer stars at Yankee Stadium, fewer fans are watching (New York Times)
- Chris Jaffe: Remembering the 50th anniversary of the 16-inning Marichal-Spahn duel (Hardball Times)
- John Thorn: Ring Lardner's eerie 'obituary' for Christy Mathewson (Our Game)
- Rob Neyer: Where have all the American League's top rookies gone? (Baseball Nation)
- John Tenney: The star-spangled pastime in Arizona (Base Ball in Arid Land)
- Richard Cuicchi: The visionary baseball changes suggested 50 years ago (The Tenth Inning Blog)
- Christopher Williams: The mystery of the 1930 Phillies (Yahoo! Voices)
- Eddie Plank: A famous son of Gettysburg (New York Times)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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