This Week in SABR: March 30, 2012
Here's what we've been up to as of March 30, 2012:
To all members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR),
On behalf of Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media, we would like to extend a special invitation for you to have first access to BaseballMemoryLab.com, a collaboration of MLB’s Origins Committee and MLB.com. Focusing on the intersection of personal history and baseball, BaseballMemoryLab.com initially will spotlight two aspects of the game’s history — the origins and evolution of baseball and fan-submitted memories and recollections.
Stemming from the MLB Origins Committee’s work, which began in March 2011, BaseballMemoryLab.com will publish content regarding the origins of the game. The first major feature, Early Baseball Milestones, will tell the story of major events across baseball’s historic timeline, dating as far back as 2500 B.C. The works are used, with permission, from Protoball’s Working Chronology of Early Ball Play and have been edited by Larry McCray and yours truly, John Thorn.
The broadest focus of BaseballMemoryLab.com’s mission will be to build a community in context with baseball’s history through its collection of memories and collaborative discussions. Fans will be able to share their personal reflections and photos, tagging them by favorite game, player, team, ballpark, and/or region, ultimately creating the most comprehensive portal housing baseball memories. We plan to extend the surrounding content for each submission to be tied to relevant boxscores, play by play, photos and videos, as applicable. Each fan’s submission (after review) will become a permanent exhibit on BaseballMemoryLab.com.
What You Can Do
We are in the early stages of seeding memories for BaseballMemoryLab.com in advance of the forthcoming global release. Please share a memory of yours (or several) to test the platform and help record the first collections for BaseballMemoryLab.com.
If you have any comments, questions or feedback, you can reach out to us at BaseballMemoryLab@mlb.com. We look forward to your submissions and thank you for your participation.
Official Historian, MLB
SABR members, pay attention to the e-mail address that you have on file with SABR; you will receive a message on April 5, 2012, with a link to vote online in the 2012 SABR Board of Directors election. The poll will close at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Sunday, May 20.
The only way to vote online is through the link you will receive by e-mail. All e-mails will come from the address email@example.com; if you wish to add it to a whitelist in your e-mail client, that may help ensure that you will receive the e-mails. You will receive at least two more voting emails between April 5 and May 20 with active voting links. If you have not received a voting email, you can contact Jacob Pomrenke at firstname.lastname@example.org to send you a custom voting e-mail.
Members who do not have an e-mail address on file with SABR as of April 5, 2012, will receive a paper ballot in the mail. Please do not vote online and send in the paper ballot; if you do, the paper ballot will be discarded, and only the online vote will count.
If you would like to register your e-mail address on file with SABR so you can vote online (and also receive our "This Week in SABR" newsletter on Fridays), please contact Membership Director Deb Jayne at email@example.com.
When you vote, you will find three items on the 2012 Board of Directors ballot: the election of the SABR Vice President, Secretary, and one Director. The candidates are:
For Vice President
- Bill Nowlin (incumbent)
- Chris Dial
- Todd Lebowitz (incumbent)
For Director (open)
- Bill Staples Jr.
- Ty Waterman
You can read candidate biographies, along with full descriptions of the positions and responses the candidates made to a series of questions, in the 2012 SABR Election Guide below.
Download the 2012 SABR Election Guide here: http://sabr.org/about/2012-sabr-board-directors-election
Couldn't make it to Arizona for the inaugural SABR Analytics Conference? Check out SABR.org/analytics for full coverage of the event that brought together more of the top minds of the baseball analytic community than ever before. Nineteen Major League Baseball teams sent representatives to the conference, which featured among its guest speakers Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, Arizona Diamondbacks President/CEO Derrick Hall and Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro.
You'll feel like you're wandering through the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa with stories and multimedia clips from the great panel discussions and research presentations on our schedule, photo galleries, and much more. Check it out at SABR.org/analytics:
Around the Web
- Click here for recaps of the inaugural SABR Analytics Conference from Jay Jaffe, Dave Cameron, David Fung, Corey Brock and many more
- Watch an episode of Bloomberg TV's "Sportfolio" from the SABR Analytics Conference (video)
- Watch a "Clubhouse Confidential" segment on the history of sabermetrics and SABR's role in it (video)
- Watch a "Clubhouse Confidential" segment on how major league teams are embracing statistical analysis (video)
- SABR president Vince Gennaro is interviewed by "Clubhouse Confidential" host Brian Kenny (video)
- "Clubhouse Confidential": Angels GM Jerry Dipoto delves into the stats (video)
- "Clubhouse Confidential" Cubs owner Tom Ricketts on leadership, Wrigley (video)
Day 1: Thursday, March 15
- Listen to Oakland's Brandon McCarthy talk about how analytics has changed his approach to the game (with audio)
- Listen to the Changing Face of Baseball Data panel talk about the future of analytics (with audio)
- Listen to research presentations from Dave Studenmund, Vince Gennaro, Brian Cartwright and J.C. Bradbury (with audio)
- Photos from Day 1 at the SABR Analytics Conference can be found here
Day 2: Friday, March 16
- Listen to the Indians' Chris Antonetti, the Brewers' Doug Melvin and the Angels' Jerry Dipoto discuss analytics in our General Managers panel (with audio)
- Listen to our exclusive Q&A with Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts (with audio)
- Listen to our Retrospective Look at Baseball Analysis panel with John Thorn, Gary Gillette, Dick Cramer and moderator Sean Forman (with audio)
- Listen to Derek Carty (Baseball Prospectus), Craig Glaser (Bloomberg Sports) and Eno Sarris (FanGraphs) in our Fantasy Baseball panel (with audio)
- Listen to the "Clubhouse Confidential" panel with Dave Cameron (FanGraphs), Jay Jaffe (Baseball Prospectus), Rob Neyer (Baseball Nation) and Vince Gennaro (with audio)
- Listen to research presentations from Hillary Superak, Greg Rybarczyk, Andy Andres/Jason Lefkowitz and Graham Goldbeck (with audio)
- Meet the four schools that advanced to the finals of the SABR Case Competition
- Photos from Day 2 at the SABR Analytics Conference can be found here
Day 3: Saturday, March 17
- Listen to Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro in an exclusive Q&A with Ken Rosenthal (with audio)
- Listen to the Scouting and Analytics Panel with A.J. Hinch (Padres), Corrine Vitolo (SmartKage), Joe Bohringer (Cubs) and moderator Dan Migala (with audio)
- Listen to the Digital World Meets Baseball Information panel with Rob Shaw (Bloomberg), Jeff Bennett (ESPN), Ryan Zander (Sportvision) and moderator Michele Steele (ESPN) (with audio)
- Listen to research presentations from Dave Cameron and John Dewan/Ben Jedlovec (with audio)
- University of Chicago wins inaugural SABR Case Competition
- Photos from Day 3 at the SABR Analytics Conference can be found here
- Check out a sampling of top tweets from #SABRanalytics at Storify.com
Check it all out at SABR.org/analytics. We hope to see you next year for the SABR Analytics Conference, which will be bigger and better than ever!
Glenn Stout’s Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year , published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has been named the 2012 winner of the Larry Ritter Book Award, given by SABR's Deadball Era Research Committee for the best book related to the Deadball Era published in the previous year.
Three books — Stout’s Fenway 1912; Ted Leavengood’s Clark Griffith: The Old Fox of Washington Baseball (McFarland), and Dennis Pajot’s Baseball’s Heartland War, 1902-1903 (McFarland) — were chosen as finalists by the Ritter Award subcommittee from a field of 10 nominations. Stout's was chosen as the clear winner, the committee finding it engagingly written, creatively conceived and organized, extensively researched and rife with fresh material.
The award will be presented during the Deadball Era Committee's meeting at the SABR 42 convention, June 27-July 1 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Ritter Award subcommittee consists of Al Blumkin, Jack Carlson, Mark Dugo, David Fleitz, Craig Lammers, John McMurray, Mark Pattison, Gail Rowe (chair), Tom Simon and Trey Strecker.
For more information on the Larry Ritter Award, including a list of previous winners, click here.
- Related link: Earlier this month, Glenn Stout received the SABR Seymour Medal for Fenway 1912 at the NINE Conference banquet in Tempe, Arizona.
Lyle Spatz, editor of The Team That Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, writes:
"Jackie Robinson’s major league debut was more than just the first step in righting an historical wrong. It was a crucial event in the history of the American civil rights movement, the importance of which went far beyond the insular world of baseball.
"The Dodgers signed Robinson to a major league contract just five days before the start of the 1947 season. Baseball people, especially those in Brooklyn, were still digesting the previous day’s news of manager Leo Durocher’s one-year suspension (for conduct detrimental to baseball), when the story broke of Robinson’s promotion from the Montreal Royals. He would be the first black American to play in the major leagues since catcher Fleetwood Walker played for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association back in 1884."
You can read the rest of Lyle's essay, an excerpt from The Team That Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers — the first book in SABR's "Memorable Teams in Baseball History" series with the University of Nebraska Press (April 1, 2012) — at http://sabr.org/latest/1947-dodgers-jackie-robinsons-first-game.
Then, order the 1947 Dodgers book for yourself! You can get it from the University of Nebraska Press website (nebraskapress.unl.edu) or from the SABR Bookstore (store.sabr.org), powered by Amazon.com.
The "Memorable Teams in Baseball History" series, written by SABR members as part of the Baseball Biography Project, will focus on iconic teams with an unquestionable legacy in baseball history. Each book will collect essays detailing the players, moments and games that define these teams. For a complete list of biographies included in the 1947 Dodgers book, click here.
Nine new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, bringing us to a total of 1,858 published biographies:
- Jim Bottomley, by Bill Johnson
- Gus Dugas, by Robert Duval
- Frank Farrell, by Bill Lamb
- Ted Kleinhans, by John Green
- Graeme Lloyd, by Rory Costello
- Emmett McCann, by Bill Nowlin
- Ed McFarland, by Bill Nowlin
- Bill Slayback, by Greg Erion
- Joe Trimble, by George Tuetken
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
We recently relaunched the BioProject at its new home page: SABR.org/BioProject. The new BioProject fully integrates its design with SABR.org and upgrades the back-end platform, making it easier for us to post and edit new bios and eliminating some formatting problems with the original software. All of your old URLs should still work (and if you find one that doesn't, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The upgraded BioProject also gives you the ability to search the full text of any biography we've published. Use the search bar that appears atop every biography to find any name or phrase that appears in the BioProject. And just click the words “SABR Baseball Biography Project” in the search bar to get back to the home page.
- Pre-order 1970 Orioles book: Pitching, Defense, and Three-Run Homers: The 1970 Baltimore Orioles, edited by Mark Armour and Malcolm Allen, is the second book in SABR's "Memorable Teams" series with University of Nebraska Press. It will be published May 1, 2012. To pre-order your copy from UNP, click here.
We have a great convention coming up in 2012! From June 27-July 1, SABR's 42nd annual convention will be held at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Halsey Hall Chapter of SABR will be hosting the event and we've been busy for many years planning for a great event. A full schedule and speakers will be announced soon.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SABR 42: http://sabr.org/convention/sabr42-registration
We're offering two options for registration this year:
1) All-inclusive rate
Special for 2012: We're offering an all-inclusive rate for SABR 42. From now until May 1, SABR members can pay $199 and nonmembers can pay $249 to receive:
- Full registration to SABR 42 in Minneapolis (regular price: $129 for SABR members or $179 for nonmembers)
- 1 ticket to the Awards Banquet (regular price: $45)
- 1 Skyline Deck ticket to the Twins vs. Royals game on Friday, June 29 (regular price: $44)
Please note: Skyline Deck tickets are only available to the first 250 people who select the all-inclusive rate. Those who select the all-inclusive rate after Skyline Deck tickets are sold out will receive a Home Plate View ticket (regular price: $38) instead.
After May 1, the all-inclusive rate will be available at $219 for SABR members and $269 for non-members.
2) Regular rate
SABR members and non-members who wish to purchase registration, banquet tickets and game tickets separately can do so at the following rates:
includes access to all panel discussions, research presentations, committee meetings and other on-site events.
- SABR members: $129
- Non-members: $179
Awards Banquet on Friday, June 29
- Awards Banquet: $45
Meal includes salad, chicken entree and dessert. (If you have special dietary considerations, please contact Deb Jayne at email@example.com.)
Twins vs. Royals game on Friday, June 29
SABR has reserved a block of tickets in the Skyline Deck and Home Plate View sections. (The Skyline Deck section is normally available only to season-ticket holders and special groups.) Click here for a seating chart at TwinsBaseball.com.
- Skyline Deck: $44
- Home Plate View: $38
You will be able to redeem your game ticket at the registration desk using the chit system. If you do not care with whom you sit, you should turn your chit into your game ticket right away at the hotel. But if you want to sit with a friend, wait to turn in your chits at the registration desk at the same time, thereby getting tickets next to one another.
We hope you'll join us in Minneapolis this summer!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SABR 42: http://sabr.org/convention/sabr42-registration
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to 10 scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR 42 Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 27-July 1, 2012. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging up to a total value of $1,000.
The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 1, 2012.
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.
Students must be currently enrolled in high school, college, or graduate program, and be under 30 years of age. To learn more, click here: http://sabr.org/latest/students-apply-yoseloff-scholarship-attend-sabr-42-minneapolis
The Emerald Guide to Baseball 2012, edited by Gary Gillette and Pete Palmer with Rod Nelson and Ted Turocy, is the most comprehensive record of the 2012 baseball season.
Historically, the primary purpose of annual baseball guides has been the publication of the official league standings plus the official team and individual statistics for both Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball. Our new Emerald Guide follows faithfully in that tradition, containing the official batting, pitching, and fielding statistics for every team and every player in the Major Leagues plus extensive lists of league leaders.
The Emerald Guide to Baseball is our attempt to fill the gap in the historical record created by the recent demise of The Sporting News Baseball Guide. First published in 1942, The Sporting News Guide was truly the annual book of record for our National Pastime. It is our great privilege to document for posterity a slice of recent baseball history in our new book.
The 2012 edition of the Emerald Guide runs nearly 600 pages and covers the 2011 season; it also includes a 2012 directory of Major League Baseball. The Emerald Guide is available in both a printed version and in a downloadable PDF format.
A softcover print edition will be available for purchase soon.
- Download the PDF: SABR members can download the Emerald Guide on the Research Resources page. All others can download it here.
Register for Malloy Negro Leagues Conference, Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference
- Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, April 20-21, Cooperstown, New York: Registration is now open for the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference at SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c. Conference registration is open to all SABR members and up to two non-SABR family members or friends (18 years or older). There are also “Welcoming Dinner”, “Luncheon Only” and “Post Conference Gathering” registration options. Registration will continue until April 10, 2012, or space is filled, whichever comes first. Click here to download a Registration Form in the Nineteenth Century Committee's Winter 2012 newsletter. Registrations can be accepted by mail only. Research presentation abstracts were due by February 15, 2012. Conference attendees who are baseball authors will have an opportunity to submit their books when registering so that the Hall of Fame bookstore can stock their book for purchase and for signing.
- Jerry Malloy Negro Leagues Conference, July 19-21, Cleveland, Ohio: Registration is now open for the 15th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference at SABR.org/malloy. The Malloy Conference, hosted by SABR's Negro Leagues Committee, promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 14 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. Submit your research presentation abstracts by March 19, 2012. A complete information packet with schedule, mail-in registration form and program advertising opportunities can be downloaded here (PDF) or on the website.
- Furman Bisher, 93, of Fayetteville, Georgia, passed away March 18, 2012, of a heart attack. The longtime writer, editor and columnist of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was a SABR member from 1980 to 2011 and he was a featured speaker in a panel discussion on Shoeless Joe Jackson at SABR 40 in Atlanta in August 2010. Bisher sat down with Jackson in 1949 in Greenville, South Carolina, for the final major interview of the banisher Black Sox star's life; you can read his story "This Is The Truth!", originally published in Sport Magazine, online at BlackBetsy.com. Bisher covered the Masters, Kentucky Derby and the Georgia-Georgia Tech football game more than 50 times each. Bisher spent 59 years with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before retiring in 2009; he wrote his final column on the same typewriter he used when he started in 1950 as a reporter for the Atlanta Constitution. James Furman Bisher, born Nov. 4, 1918 in Denton, N.C., contributed hundreds of articles for Sports Illustrated, the Saturday Evening Post, The Sporting News, and many other national magazines. He also wrote several books, including a biography of Hank Aaron. In addition to his writing, Bisher is credited with helping bring professional sports to Atlanta. He was a charter member of the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium Authority during a time when it wasn't regarded as a conflict for a journalist to serve in such a capacity. Bisher's honors include membership in the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame, the International Golf Writers Hall of Fame, and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, as well as the Red Smith Award for contributions to journalism. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Northwest Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Private graveside services are planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Paul Anderson Youth Home, 1603 McIntosh St., Vidalia, Ga., 30474, or Eagle Ranch, 5500 Union Church Rd., Flowery Branch, Ga., 30542.
We send our condolences to his family and friends.
All "In Memoriam" notices are posted in the SABR Bulletin group here: http://sabrnation.sabr.org/groups2/discussion/list/groupid/1960. Please send notices to Jacob Pomrenke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the SABR research committee newsletters published this week:
- Baseball Records: April 2012
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Upcoming SABR events:
- March 30-April 1: Vintage Base Ball Association convention (Long Island, NY)
- March 30: Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference (Murfreesboro, TN)
- March 31: Mike Luery book signing (Emeryville, CA)
- March 31: Jonathan Knight book signing (Dover, OH)
- March 31: Connie Mack Chapter Hot Stove meeting (Reading, PA)
- April 2: Rob Fitts book signing (New York, NY)
- April 5: Victorian Baseball in Boston (Boston, MA)
- April 6-7: "Rare Baseball Films: The Newsreels" film festival (Columbus, OH)
- April 7: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Roseville, MN)
- April 10: Hanlan's Point Chapter meeting (Toronto, ON)
- April 10: "Baseball: America's Game" panel (Minneapolis, MN)
In other recent SABR news:
- Dave Studeman counts down to the most critical at-bat of all-time (Hardball Times)
- Paul Lukas is back with the Uni Watch 2012 MLB season preview (ESPN.com)
- Rob Neyer: What we talk about when we talk about ground-ball pitchers (Baseball Nation)
- At 100, Cuban all-star Conrado Marrero will receive his pension at last (NPR)
- Larry Granillo warns us of baseball's dangers with the story of Stan Engel, Canadian oil-league ballplayer (Baseball Prospectus)
- John Dewan's Stat of the Week: To shift or not to shift (ACTA Sports)
- David Laurila has an insightful Q&A with Red Sox prospect Henry Owens (FanGraphs)
- Lewie Pollis: Do spring training records matter? (Beyond the Box Score)
- Steven Goldman on the parallels between Red Sox southpaws Jon Lester and the late Mel Parnell (Baseball Prospectus)
- Listen to Rob Fitts' interview on the 1934 U.S. baseball tour of Japan (WBUR)
- SABR member Joseph Puccio has been promoted to a unique position: Collections Service Officer at the Library of Congress (LOC)
- Adam Darowski reports on his experience at Baseball Hack Day, co-sponsored by the SABR Boston Chapter (Beyond the Box Score)
- Colin Wyers: Are relievers being used properly? (Baseball Prospectus)
- The word "jazz" is turning 100 years old; did you know its etymology comes from baseball? (Boston Globe)
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