This Week in SABR: May 13, 2011
Here's an update of what we've been up to as of May 13, 2011:
The 2010 winners of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, which honors the best articles on baseball history or biography completed during the preceding calendar year, are:
- Ron Cobb, for “The Georgia Peach: Stumped by the Storyteller”, which was published in SABR's 2010 convention publication, The National Pastime: Baseball in the Peach State.
- Jeff Obermeyer, for “Disposable Heroes: Returning World War II Veteran Al Niemiec Takes on Organized Baseball”, which was published in the Summer 2010 edition of the Baseball Research Journal.
- Geri Strecker, for “And the Public Has Been Left to Guess the Secret: Questioning the Authorship of ‘The Great Match, and Other Matches’ (1877)”, which was published in the Spring 2010 edition of NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture.
The awards will be presented at the 41st annual SABR convention, July 6-10, 2011, at the Long Beach Hilton in Southern California. Each winner will receive a plaque and a cash prize of $200.
The SABR staff celebrated the organization's recent move to Phoenix, Arizona, with an open house for Flame Delhi Chapter members and guests on May 6, 2011 at our new office location, 4455 E. Camelback Rd, Ste. D-140.
About two dozen visitors took a tour of the office, met and talked with the staff for the first time, and went home with some giveaway books, programs and magazines.
Anyone interested in visiting the SABR office at any time, please call (602) 343-6455.
Spring Board of Directors meeting is next week
SABR's Spring 2011 board meeting will take place May 20-21 in Phoenix, Arizona. It is open to all SABR members.
Contact executive director Marc Appleman (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
Five new biographies have been posted at the Baseball Biography Project's website, including two Hall of Famers:
- Joe Benz, by Bill Lamb
- Andre Dawson, by Dan D'Addona
- Tommy McCarthy, by Bill Lamb
- Elmer Riddle, by Nancy Griffith
- Charlie Wilson, by Nancy Griffith
All new biographies can be found on this page.
We're less than two months away from SABR 41, scheduled for July 6-10 at the Long Beach Hilton in Southern California. If you haven't registered yet, reserve your spot today!
The schedule is shaping up to be one of the best conventions yet — catch a major league game at Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium, a minor league game in Lake Elsinore, a bus tour of historical SoCal ballpark sites, keynote speaker Scott Boras, and our exciting and informative panel discussions:
- Medical Panel, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6: Moderated by Will Carroll of SI.com, former author of "Under the Knife" column on Baseball Prospectus. Panelists include: Dr. Neal El Attrache, Dodgers team physician; Dr. Kevin Wilk, Associate Clinical Director for Champion Sports Medicine; and Ned Bergert, former Angels head trainer.
- Media Panel, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7: "Where we’re going to be getting our baseball information a decade from now". Panelists include: Dave Cameron, Managing Editor of FanGraphs.com; Sean Forman, founder and guru of Baseball-Reference.com, and a SABR member; Bill Squadron, head of Bloomberg Sports; and Russ Stanton, editor of the Los Angeles Times.
- SABR Era Panel, 9 a.m. Friday, July 8: "The Evolution of Baseball Over SABR's Four Decades". A panel honoring SABR’s 40th anniversary will look at the changes that have taken place in the game over those decades. Panelists include: John Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian and author of Baseball in the Garden of Eden; John Dewan, a founder of STATS, Inc., and Baseball Info Solutions, and author of the influential The Fielding Bible; Wes Parker, former Dodgers player and the team’s Player Representative when SABR was founded; Dennis Gilbert, player agent, part-owner of the White Sox, benefactor of scouts and former minor league player.
- GMs Panel, 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9: "The Changing Role of the General Manager". Panelists include: Jed Hoyer, general manager of the San Diego Padres; Fred Claire, former Dodgers general manager from 1987-98; Dan Evans, former Dodgers general manager from 2001–04 and now a consultant to the industry.
A complete schedule of events can be found here.
Also, if you haven't voted for the Los Angeles Area All-Time All-Stars team, which will be presented at SABR 41, cast your vote here.
In other recent SABR news:
- Larry Granillo researches which stats have appeared on the backs of baseball cards
- Check out this fun quiz on baseball history by John Thorn
- Paul Lukas discovers the origins of the Mets' black uniforms
- Chris Jaffe details the story of Ted Williams' wildest day
- Joe Guzzardi looks back at the debut of teen phenom Curt Simmons
- See the film trailer for "Black Baseball in Indiana"
- FanGraphs.com interviews writer/editor Rob Neyer
This page was last updated May 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm MST.