This Week in SABR: June 21, 2013
Welcome to "This Week in SABR!" Here's what we've been up to as of June 21, 2013:
We're just six weeks away from SABR 43, and we've got an All-Star lineup of guest speakers, panels and presentations on the schedule this year. All baseball fans are welcome to attend the annual SABR convention, so we hope you'll join us in Philly!
SABR 43 will be held 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.
You can register for the convention and the Awards Banquet online at the SABR Store. Please note that our block of Phillies ballgame tickets and the discounted all-inclusive rates are no longer available. All members who attend the convention will receive a printed edition of The National Pastime.
- 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.
We want to offer a special thanks to all of our vendors at SABR 43 for their support. We invite you to visit our digital Vendors Room at SABR.org/convention/sabr43-vendors and check out these groups, both online and at the convention in Philadelphia this summer:
- Philadelphia Phillies
- McFarland & Co.
- University of Nebraska Press
- Baseball America
- The Topps Company (Bowman)
- Scarecrow Press
- National Museum of American Jewish History
- The National Pastime Museum
- The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (film)
- Temple University Press
- State University of New York Press
If you would like to reserve a table in the Vendors Room at SABR 43, please contact Jeff Schatzki. Space is limited.
There's just three days left to vote for SABR's Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend award.
Each year, SABR's Nineteenth Century Research Committee selects its Overlooked 19th Century Baseball 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.
In the past, only members of the committee voted for this award. Last summer, the project committee leaders decided that all SABR members should join in the fun.
The voting is simple:
- Before voting, please review the ballot to learn more about the 10 finalists who are not yet in the Hall of Fame: Doc Adams, Ross Barnes, Bob Caruthers, Jim Creighton, Jack Glasscock, Paul Hines, Dummy Hoy, Bobby Mathews, Tony Mullane and Al Reach. Click here to download a PDF with bios for the 10 finalists.
- Go online to vote in the election: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013-sabr-overlooked-19c-legend
- Rank your top 5.
Here's the fine print:
- All ballots must be cast by 12:00 a.m. PT on June 24, 2013.
- You may only vote once.
- You MUST vote for five candidates or your ballot will not count.
Results will be announced on Thursday, August 1, 2013 during the annual business meeting of the Nineteenth Century Committee to be held during SABR 43 in Philadelphia, PA.
Thank you for participating!
— The Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legends Project Committee
Joe Williams, Chair; Adam Darowski; Charles Faber; Bob Gregory; Ralph Peluso
The 16th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference wrapped up last Saturday at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Newark, New Jersey.
We've posted some great photos of the event online now at SABR.org/malloy, courtesy of Marc Appleman, Nick Diunte, Leslie Heaphy, Rick Meister and Suzanne Joblonski.
The Malloy Conference, hosted by SABR's Negro Leagues Committee, promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 15 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 Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest. A complete information packet can be downloaded here (PDF) or on the website at SABR.org/malloy.
The 2013 Malloy Conference theme was "Pop, Max, Effa and Black Ball in the Garden State."
From SABR member Rob Neyer at Baseball Nation:
Monday night, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Roland Hemond, who has been in baseball since 1951 and currently works as a consultant for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2011, Hemond became just the second recipient of the Buck O'Neil Award. He sat down with me prior to the Hillsboro Hops' first-ever home game. What follows is a slightly edited version of our interview, transcribed by Jason Brannon ...
Rob: Why so many players who, for example, get drafted in the first round and either don't make the majors, or do make the majors, but aren't the players that perhaps people thought they would be. What makes it so difficult to look at an 18-year-old, or even a 21-year-old, and know what kind of player he's going to be three years later?
Hemond: Well, that's why we say the scouts are the unsung heroes of our game. And finally the Hall of Fame just opened Diamond Mines, and they have scouting reports from back, many years ago that people can go in on their computers and get the scouting reports and read them for themselves. And one of the real good reports that we were looking at recently was on Kirk Gibson, the manager of the Diamondbacks. Jim Martz was the scout who turned in on Kirk Gibson at Michigan State, and he was pointing out that his running speed, his power, and his aggressiveness were number 8. The Scouts will go 2, 4, 6 and 8 at the very top of the board. So you very seldom can put an 8 on a player on that particular quality that he has, but Gibson went on to have a very fine career, very competitive and lived up to that scout's written report.
Read the full article here: http://www.baseballnation.com/2013/6/20/4447638/roland-hemond-interview-buck-oneil-award-winner-diamondbacks
The Flame Delhi Chapter will host the fifth annual Arizona Fall League Conference on October 31-November 2, 2013. The conference will include four AFL games, including the premier Rising Stars game, presentations, speakers, a chapter meeting and more.
Visit the new Flame Delhi Chapter website at www.sabraz.org for more details as they become available.
For past coverage of the SABR Arizona Fall League Conference, visit SABR.org/AFL.
Six new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,459 published biographies. Can we reach 2,500 before the SABR 43 convention in Philadelphia? Here are the new bios:
- Marge and Helen Callaghan, by Jim Sargent
- Danny Goodman, by Andy McCue
- Carter Charles Hamilton, by Bill McMahon
- Don Nottebart, by David E. Skelton
- Mickey Owen, by Jeffrey Marlett
- Preacher Roe, by Warren Corbett
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
You can find the SABR BioProject at SABR.org/BioProject.
1970 Baltimore Orioles bios now online: The second book published in our "Memorable Teams in Baseball History" series with University of Nebraska Press was Pitching, Defense and Three-Run Homers: The 1970 Baltimore Orioles, edited by Malcolm Allen and Mark Armour. The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in the book — from Frank Robinson to Brooks Robinson, from Mike Cuellar to Dave McNally, from Johnny Oates to Terry Crowley — can now be read online at: http://sabr.org/category/completed-book-projects/1970-baltimore-orioles. 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 new 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.
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
- David Block discovers earliest reference to baseball — played by British royalty in 1749
- View our updated list of all professional players to hit 4 home runs in 1 game
- 1970 Baltimore Orioles biographies now posted online
- Wanted: SABR members to critique baseball game broadcasts
- 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.
|Andrew Boho||Anoka, MN||Victor Pinheiro||Akron, OH|
|Frederick Carlson||St. Petersburg, FL||Ed Reeves||Rio Grande, NJ|
|Kevin Gilhooly||Dallas, TX||Donald Smart||Hardin, TX|
|Richard Griffith||Taunton, MA||Paul Soucie||Westlake, OH|
|Dayton Headlee||Omaha, NE||Wayne Towers||San Diego, CA|
|Gilbert Holland||Washington, DC||William Townsend||St. Louis, MO|
|Suzanne Joblonski||Belleville, NJ||Donny Williams||Atascadero, CA|
|Drew Kennedy||Denver, CO||Jerry Woodfield||Philadelphia, PA|
|Arturo Perez||Viera, FL|
Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new chapter meeting recaps published this week:
- Lajoie-Start Chapter meeting recap (June 15; Providence, RI)
- Flame Delhi Chapter meeting recap (June 15; Tucson, AZ)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- June 22: Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum 5th anniversary celebration (Greenville, SC)
- June 22: Cy Young Days Festival (Newcomerstown, OH)
- June 22: "The Neighborhoods of Baseball" Symposium (Los Angeles, CA)
- June 23: SABR Board of Directors conference call
- June 24: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- June 24: Paul Hensler book signing (Madison, CT)
- June 25: "Baseball and Community in Kansas City" (Kansas City, MO)
- June 26: Bergino: "The Happiest Recap" with Greg Prince (New York, NY)
- June 26: Magnolia/Georgia Chapter meeting (Atlanta, GA)
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:
- Get 25% off any Spring 2013 baseball book at the University of Nebraska Press; use discount code 6ZBNW when you order (UNP)
- Graham Womack: An interview with Baseball-Reference founder Sean Forman (Baseball Past and Present)
- Joe Gray: New findings upturn beliefs on baseball's introduction to Britain (Project COBB)
- Smithsonian serves as host for sports memorabilia night (Sports Collectors Digest)
- Zachary Levine: Can managers prepare for extremely long games? (Baseball Prospectus)
- David Laurila: Q&A with Bruce Chen, saber-savvy southpaw (FanGraphs)
- Jeff Sullivan: Year-to-year changes in pitch framing (FanGraphs)
- David Davis: The search for Kirk Gibson's home run ball ... and a family tragedy (SB Nation)
- Al Yellon: Rescheduling rainouts, then and now (Bleed Cubbie Blue)
- Chris Jaffe: The history of Red Line doubleheaders in Chicago (Hardball Times)
- Jayson Stark: How well do we know baseball's rules? (ESPN.com)
- John Dewan's Stat of the Week: Rookie total runs and Defensive Runs Saved leaders (ACTA Sports)
- Paul Lukas: On David Wright's unusual baseball habit (Uni Watch)
- Drew Sheppard: Tracking R.A. Dickey's knuckleball (FanGraphs)
- Russell Carleton: Is there a pinch-fielding penalty? (Baseball Prospectus)
- John Tenney: Base Ball at the Tucson Indian Boarding School (Base Ball in Arid Land)
- Don Amore: 'New' Smoky Joe Wood interview provides a voice from the past (Hartford Courant)
- SABR member Christina Kahrl inducted into inaugural class of Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame (Outsports.com)
- Larry Lester: Norman 'Turkey' Stearnes, the silent slugger (The National Pastime Museum)
- Jim Caple: Celebrating Bull Durham 25 years after its release (ESPN.com)
- Gary Cieradkowski: Jimmy Horio, the Japanese Ty Cobb (Infinite Baseball Card Set)
- Adam Darowski: At what age did Hall of Famers become Hall-worthy? (The Hall of Stats)
- John Thorn: The first baseball broadside, from Beloit in 1867 (Our Game)
- Dave Cameron: Mike Trout and the greatest age-21 season of all time (FanGraphs)
- Ben Lindbergh: On batters' fatigue and strike-zone judgment (Baseball Prospectus)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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