This Week in SABR: July 7, 2017

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 July 7, 2017:


SABR 47: Check out highlights, clips, and photos from New York City convention

Couldn't make it to New York City for SABR 47? Check out more coverage of our 2017 national convention from the Big Apple online at SABR.org/convention.

Check out stories, photos, and multimedia clips from the SABR 47 convention in New York City below:

Around the Web

And stay tuned for more coverage next week from SABR 47 at the Grand Hyatt New York!


SABR 47: Listen to highlights from the Jim Bouton: A Life in Baseball panel

At SABR 47 on Saturday, July 1, the Jim Bouton: A Life in Baseball panel at the Grand Hyatt New York honored one of baseball’s most iconic figures. Bouton was a star pitcher with the New York Yankees and the author of Ball Four, his first-person diary of the 1969 season, which is considered one of the most insightful and humorous books published in the 20th century.

The panel included Bouton, his wife Paula Kurman, authors Mark Armour, Mitchell Nathanson, and Marty Appel, and moderator Jim Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian.

Click here to listen to audio highlights and see more photos from this panel at SABR 47.


SABR 47: Listen to highlights from the It Ain't Over: The Legacy of Yogi Berra panel

At SABR 47 on Saturday, July 1, the It Ain’t Over: The Legacy of Yogi Berra panel looked at a beloved Yankees great and American cultural icon at the Grand Hyatt New York.

The panel included Lindsay Berra, Yogi’s granddaughter and an MLB.com correspondent, New York Times reporter Harvey Araton, best-selling author George Vecsey, and moderator Dave Kaplan, founding director of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.

Click here to listen to audio highlights and see more photos from this panel at SABR 47.


SABR 47: Listen to highlights from Keith Olbermann's talk on baseball cards

At SABR 47, we were joined by a longtime SABR member and enthusiastic baseball card collector and historian, Keith Olbermann, who spoke at the inaugural meeting of the SABR Baseball Cards Research Committee on Saturday, July 1 at the Grand Hyatt New York.

Olbermann spoke candidly about such topics as his own origins as a card collector, SABR's founding by memorabilia collectors, and why his mother never thew out his own childhood cards.

Click here to listen to audio highlights and see more photos from this session at SABR 47.


In Memoriam: David Vincent

SABR member David Vincent, 67, of Centreville, Virginia, the preeminent expert on the history of home runs — which earned him the nickname "The Sultan of Swat Stats" — died on Sunday, July 2 after a long battle with stomach cancer.

Vincent was the 1999 recipient of the Bob Davids Award, SABR's highest honor; the first and only secretary for Retrosheet; and the Washington Nationals' lead official scorer since their inception in 2005.

"David was near the top of a short list of people who had a profound and lasting impact on SABR, from his service on the Board of Directors to being the go-to reference for home runs to his Bob Davids Award," SABR President Vince Gennaro said. "His impact will live on for many years to come."

For a man so well versed in the game's statistics, Vincent's accomplishments in baseball are almost innumerable.

Services are scheduled for Monday, July 10. SABR members and friends can offer condolences to the family beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Fairfax Memorial Cemetery next door.  

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in David’s memory to one of the following: Umps Care at UmpsCare.com or Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Rd, Centreville, VA 20121.

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Watch SABR panels at 2017 All-Star FanFest in Miami

SABR will be in Miami for the 2017 MLB All-Star FanFest!

SABR members will participate in several panels during All-Star Weekend at the MLB.com stage. To learn more about the All-Star FanFest, July 7-11, 2017, at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139), click here.

Join us at FanFest in Miami to watch the following panels:

  • Hall of Famer Tony Perez and Eduardo Perez, 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 8
  • SABR Analytics Panel with Brian Kenny and Vince Gennaro, 4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 9

Click here to watch SABR panels from other recent All-Star FanFests.


Download your free e-book copy of The National Pastime: New York, New York

Since 2009, The National Pastime has served as SABR's convention-focused publication. Published annually, this research journal provides in-depth articles focused on the respective geographic region where the national convention is taking place in a given year. All SABR members receive a free e-book copy of The National Pastime as part of their membership benefits, while attendees of the national convention also receive a souvenir print edition in their goody bags.

Click a link below to download the e-book edition of the 2017 convention journal, The National Pastime: New York, New York: Baseball in the Big Apple.

To purchase a copy of the print edition from the SABR Bookstore, click here.

Please note: All articles from The National Pastime: New York, New York will be available to read online at SABR.org soon.

If you weren’t able to attend the convention in New York, please enjoy this issue of The National Pastime as your virtual trip to the Big Apple. Happy reading!

To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.

— Cecilia M. Tan, Publications Director


SABR 47: Hildebrandt, Macaluso win 2017 presentation awards

Chuck Hildebrandt has won the 2017 Doug Pappas Award for the best oral research presentation and Richard Macaluso has won the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for the best poster presentation at SABR 47 in New York City.

Hildebrandt, the chairman of SABR's Baseball and the Media Committee, won the Pappas Award for his presentation, "Does Changing Leagues Affect Player Performance, and How?" which he delivered Thursday, June 29 during SABR 47 at the Grand Hyatt New York. The Chicago resident is a previous winner of the Pappas Award, in 2015 for "'Little League Home Runs' in MLB History."

Macaluso, a retired traffic engineer who has researched and collected catcher’s mitts for 30 years, won the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for his poster, "The Evolution of Baseball's Catcher's Mitt, 1888-2015."

Click here to read the full story at SABR.org.


SABR 47: Dan Massey, powerhouse past champs win SABR Trivia Contest in battle of heavyweights

Dan Massey of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, won the individual SABR 47 Trivia Contest in dramatic fashion, breaking a tie with two-time defending champion Rob Rafal on the final question on Saturday night at the Grand Hyatt New York.

Massey, who entered the second half down by 13 points, rallied to tie the score on the penultimate question about John Olerud hitting for the cycle, then buzzed in with the correct answer on a question about the Chalmers car company sponsoring the 1910 most valuable player award to win it all. Massey was also the winner of the 2014 trivia contest in Houston.

Rafal, of Douglaston, New York, earned a measure of revenge in the team final, joining with past champions Mike Caragliano, Bill Carle, and Mark Kanter — "the 1927 Yankees of trivia," as moderator D. Bruce Brown called them — to easily defeat the team of Massey, Rod Merkle, Jesse Marquart, and Bob Whelan.

The powerhouse foursome of Rafal, Caragliano, Carle, and Kanter — who called themselves "Boc-c-a-BELLA!" — has now combined for 38 SABR Trivia Contest championships.

Click here to read the full story at SABR.org.


Save the date! SABR 48 will be held in Pittsburgh in 2018

Save the date! SABR will be returning to the Steel City for our 48th national convention on June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Registration information will be available at SABR.org/convention in early 2018. The convention location is contingent on a Pirates' homestand that weekend.

The Wyndham Grand 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.

SABR 48 will be our second convention held in Pittsburgh and first since 1995. Our 25th annual convention that year featured a keynote speech from former Pirates manager Chuck Tanner and panel discussions commemorating the 1960 and 1971 World Series champions. Learn more about SABR's convention history by clicking here.

SABR's 2018 national convention will be our 48th annual gathering; the organization's founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first.

For more information on the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.


SABR 47: Bob Caruthers selected as Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2017

Robert Lee “Bob” Caruthers has been selected as SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2017. The announcement was made Saturday, July 1 at the Nineteenth Century Committee’s annual business meeting held at SABR 47 in New York.

In May, members of SABR submitted their votes for the 2017 Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend — a 19th-century player, manager, executive or other baseball personality not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Previous Overlooked Legends were Pete Browning in 2009, Deacon White in 2010, Harry Stovey in 2011, Bill Dahlen in 2012, Ross Barnes in 2013, Doc Adams in 2014, Tony Mullane in 2015, and Jack Glasscock last year. White became the first Overlooked Legend to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

Click here to read the full story at SABR.org.


SABR Digital Library: Puerto Rico and Baseball

Celebrate la vida béisbol, and add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:

Puerto Rico and Baseball: 60 Biographies
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Edwin Fernández
Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers

ISBN (paperback):
978-1-943816-53-8, $21.95
ISBN (ebook):
978-1-943816-52-1, $9.99
8.5 x 11", 430 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at SABR.org.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

Having trouble downloading our e-books? To view PDF files on your computer, click here to download the free Adobe Reader software. Having trouble downloading e-books to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.

SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. Visit SABR.org/ebooks to download your free copy of dozens of SABR e-books.


SABR Digital Library: The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox

It's the 50th anniversary of the Impossible Dream, so add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:

The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Dan Desrochers

Associate Editors: Mark Armour, Len Levin, and Wayne McElreavy

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-49-1, $21.95

ISBN (ebook): 978-1-943816-48-4, $9.99

8.5 x 11", 521 pages

Click here to read a full description of this book at SABR.org.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

Having trouble downloading our e-books? To view PDF files on your computer, click here to download the free Adobe Reader software. Having trouble downloading e-books to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.

SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. Visit SABR.org/ebooks to download your free copy of dozens of SABR e-books.


Still time to register for 2017 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

The 20th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR's Negro Leagues Research Committee, will be returning to its roots on July 27-30, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, site of the first Negro League conference in 1998.

  • Registration: All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here to register online. Regular registration for SABR members is $190, which includes all presentations and sessions. Non-SABR members: $200. Students: $135 for SABR members, $150 for non-members. Single-day rate for Friday or Saturday: $90 for SABR members, $100 for non-members. The Education Forum on Thursday is $20. Guest tickets for friends and family can also be ordered. Click here for an information packet (PDF) with complete details on registration rates. The regular registration deadline is July 20, 2017.
  • Hotel: The 2017 Malloy Conference will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Click here to book your room online at the special SABR rate of $129/night (plus tax). Or call (717) 233-6000 and mention you're with the "SABR Malloy Conference." The cut-off date to book your room is July 5, 2017.
  • Schedule and information: Click here for the 2017 Malloy Conference information packet (PDF).
  • Contact: E-mail Ted Knorr with any questions about the conference.

The Malloy Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 19 years, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest.

Visit SABR.org/malloy to learn more about the 2017 Malloy Conference essay contest and scholarships, art competition, and school library grants.


Deadline extended: Apply now for the 2017 SABR Women in Baseball Scholarship

SABR's Women in Baseball Committee will award one $500 scholarship to a high school senior in its inaugural Women in Baseball Essay Contest in 2017.

Students must write an essay of 1,500 words or less addressing the following question: "Choose one person or event in women's baseball history that you believe has made a significant impact on the game and explain the importance."

Click here to download the 2017 SABR Women in Baseball Scholarship application and style guidelines (PDF)

All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by August 14, 2017, and sent to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu or Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Rd., North Canton, OH 44720. The winner will be notified by July 1.

Click here for more details and eligibility requirements.


3 new SABR biographies published

Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,091 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

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.
  • 1951 New York Giants bios now posted online: In SABR's The Team That Time Won't Forget: The 1951 New York Giants, edited by Bill Nowlin and C. Paul Rogers III and published in 2015, we focused on a team that will forever be in baseball public’s consciousness. But of course, there is much more to the story of that famous team than Bobby Thomson's dramatic home run (albeit the most famous and probably the most dramatic home run in baseball history) and sign stealing. The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in our 1951 Giants book can now be read online. You can also download the e-book for free or purchase the paperback edition at 50% off by clicking here. SABR members can download all SABR Digital Library e-books for free at SABR.org/ebooks.

3 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Three new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject/recent. Find all published Games Project articles at SABR.org/GamesProject.

If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Greg Erion. If you want to know if a game is available to write about, please contact Bruce Slutsky. 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.
  • Contributor Release Form: As of January 1, 2017, all writers publishing articles (biographies, essays, game pieces, etc.) are being asked to sign a Contributor Release Form which can be sent via email to jpomrenke@sabr.org or hard copy to SABR, 555 N. Central Ave., Suite #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The form only needs to be filed once for all future SABR publications. Click here to download the form.
  • Seeking volunteers to help enhance Games Project articles on website: Any volunteer who is willing to assist with linking player biographies in previously published Games Project stories on the SABR website, please contact Jacob Pomrenke. No experience necessary. Must be comfortable working in Drupal, WordPress or other standard content management systems.

Listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Sunday night

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro will air at its regular time from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET this Sunday on MLB Network Radio.

This week, check out more highlights from the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix.

You can also 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.


ICYMI: Highlights from last week's This Week in SABR

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:

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.


Welcome, new members!

We'd like to welcome all of our new SABR members who have joined this week. You can find all Members-Only resources at members.sabr.org and the Membership Handbook can be downloaded here.

Please give these new members a warm welcome and help them make the most of their membership by giving them the opportunity to get involved in their local chapter or a research committee.

You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Thomas Allison Phoenix, AZ     Jose Lopez Miami Beach, FL
Joseph Andrasko Charlottesville, VA     Peter Marcus Forest Hills, NY
Larry Bond Milford, MI     Elizabeth Meister Three Oaks, MI
Logan Boyle Crescent Springs, KY     Bill Moeller Towson, MD
Carl Carrara Bronx, NY     Eve S. Morawski Maplewood, NJ
Liam Coolican Ann Arbor, MI     Iran Novick Yorba Linda, CA
Woody Eckard Evergreen, CO     Mark Palczewski Manheim, PA
John Edmonds Hornby Island, BC     Carlos Pastrana Shorewood, WI
Neal Evans Middle Grove, NY     Zyna Pitts Provo, UT
David Findlay Nobleboro, ME     AJ Richard Iowa City, IA
Allison Fitzpatrick Charlotte, NC     Robert Saunders Raleigh, NC
Christopher Fonnesbeck Nashville, TN     Dan Schoenholz Walnut Creek, CA
Jimmy Frazier Philadelphia, PA     Suzie Scott Forest Hill, MD
Jim Hughes Decatur, GA     Marc Shaw Marlton, NJ
Al Hurley New York, NY     Steven Skoff Hummelstown, PA
James Kahn Oak Park, IL     Darren Spinck Miami Beach, FL
Frank Kelly Holbrook, NY     Tim Sullivan Kansas City, MO
Andrew Knopp Los Angeles, CA     Eric Swope Mishawaka, IN

 


Research Committee news

Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.


Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.


SABR Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:

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.


Around the Web

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.


This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article or any other information in "This Week in SABR," e-mail jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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