This Week in SABR: September 14, 2012
Here's what we've been up to as of September 14, 2012:
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Join us for the fourth annual SABR Arizona Fall League Conference, November 1-3, 2012, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Registration is now open at SABR.org/AFL.
The conference will feature four AFL games, each at a different ballpark. Guests will see all six AFL teams, showcasing every major league team's top prospects. The final game on Saturday night is the Rising Stars Game at Talking Stick at Salt River, the crown jewel of Arizona's Cactus League parks.
After taking in a game on Thursday afternoon, guests will also be treated to dinner Don and Charlie's, home to one of the great sports memorabilia collections you will ever see. Friday's schedule includes two AFL games and a pregame ballpark dinner at Scottsdale Stadium, along with a special guest speaker to go along with your meal.
On Saturday morning, attendees will join members of SABR's Flame Delhi (Arizona) Chapter for their regional fall meeting. Saturday night is always a highlight of the conference as the top prospects from every organization participate in the AFL Rising Stars game. All of this, including transportation, is included in one low registration price.
The Arizona Fall League (mlbfallball.com) is baseball's premier player development league. In the first three years of the conference, attendees were treated to sneak peeks at Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Starlin Castro and Stephen Strasburg before they hit the big leagues.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend, so join us in November for the SABR Arizona Fall League Conference! Here are the details:
- Host hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Old Town Scottsdale, 3131 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251. The conference rate is $99/night + tax. Book your room online at http://www.hiescottsdalehotel.com or call the hotel at (480) 675-7665 and mention the "SABR AFL Conference."
- Registration: $160. To register for the conference online, click here. Your registration fee includes one ticket to all four games; an AFL Media Guide; dinner at Don and Charlie’s on Thursday night; ballpark cookout at Scottsdale Stadium on Friday night; and transportation to and from all events.
- Schedule: A detailed schedule can be found at SABR.org/AFL.
- Information: Please contact Rodney Johnson at email@example.com.
If you like to watch no-frills, high-quality baseball with future major league stars, the Arizona Fall League Conference is for you. We hope to see you in November!
If you were in Minneapolis with us for SABR 42 this summer, you had the chance to enjoy an exclusive private viewing of Knuckleball!, a new film following Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey in the 2011 season. The film got rave reviews from our SABR audience and was one of the highlights of the convention.
Next week, the documentary gets released to a wider audience beginning with showings in Boston, New York City and Austin, then other theaters around the country. The film will also be available for purchase on iTunes and other video-on-demand platforms beginning Tuesday, September 18. We encourage you to check it out if you haven't yet seen it.
Knuckleball!, produced and directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, is the story of a few good men, a handful of pitchers in the entire history of baseball forced to resort to the lowest rung on the credibility ladder in their sport: throwing a ball so slow and unpredictable that no one wants anything to do with it. The film follows the major leagues' only knuckleballers in 2011, Boston Red Sox Tim Wakefield and New York Met R.A. Dickey, as they pursue a mercurial art form in a world that values speed, accuracy, and numerical accountability. With extraordinary access from the players and Major League Baseball, the film follows their personal quests with behind-the-scenes moments at the ballpark, on the road, and at home with family. Knuckleball! shines a light on the matchless journey shared by a small brotherhood of men, and the undervalued pursuits of honor, craftsmanship, and survival.
For more information on the film, please visit http://www.knuckleballmovie.com.
Many of you noticed that the Baseball Digest archives, which have been available since 2006 on Google News, disappeared without warning a few weeks ago.
We contacted representatives at Baseball Digest about the missing archives, and publisher Norman Jacobs posted this message on the Baseball Digest Facebook page this week:
On advice of counsel, Baseball Digest was removed from the Google Books project. We are currently negotiating with Google to obtain the digitalized collection for our readers.
Baseball Digest also said it was working to make this a temporary hiatus and hoping to have the archives available to readers again soon.
We will keep you posted if and when we hear any more updates.
Here's an update from SABR member Kevin Johnson at the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database:
Contrary to popular belief, blackball teams playing in a ‘real’ league did not begin in 1920. In 1886, there was an attempt to start a 10 team “Southern Colored Base Ballist” league. In 1887, the National Colored Baseball League managed to play 13 league games before folding. The 1906 “ILIP League” (International League of Independent Professional Clubs) probably wouldn’t qualify as an actual league under a strict definition, but was more a loose assocation of teams like subsequent “Negro Leagues” in the 1908-1919 time period, plus it included two white teams. But in 1907, the National Association of Colored Professional Clubs of the United States and Cuba was a REAL league, and most likely can claim being the first real Negro Baseball League. It played a full, although short, season, crowned a champion, and probably contained the country’s four best Negro League teams (the Cuban X-Giants having folded after the 1906 season).
The league was won by the Philadelphia Giants, who had also been the best team in 1906. Philadelphia was an offensive powerhouse led by 21 year old C Bruce Petway, Hall of Fame LF Pete Hill, and left-handed P/CF Danny McClellan. In addition, Hall of Famer John Henry Lloyd played SS.
Other notable items:
We get 19 year old pitcher Johnny Bright, who in addition to being notable for having the same name as his team’s owner (John M. Bright), becomes notable in a tragic way the next year when, having returned to Cleveland to play for the Star-Light Champs team, he is killed in a factory accident.
To view the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database, visit http://www.seamheads.com/NegroLgs/index.php
The 20th annual NINE Spring Training Conference invites original, unpublished papers that study all aspects of baseball, with particular emphasis on history and social policy implications. Abstracts only, not to exceed 300 words, should be submitted by December 3, 2012, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authors will be notified as quickly as possible whether their papers have been accepted. Authors are required to register for the conference and present their work in person.
The 20th annual NINE Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball will be held Wednesday, March 13-Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Fiesta Resort Conference Center, 2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, Arizona.
The keynote speaker is Chris Lamb, author of six books, including Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Campaign to Desegregate Baseball (McFarland, 2012).
The 2013 SABR Seymour Medal will also be awarded at the NINE Conference.
Conference registration forms are available online on the NINE website at http://nine.iweb.bsu.edu/registration.htm.
The 2013 issue of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, will be published at SABR 43 in Philadelphia next summer.
Our theme will be baseball in the Philadelphia area (the Tri-State area of Southeast Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware.) We are looking for submissions dealing with various levels of baseball from Little League and sandlot ball to all levels of professional leagues. Philly has a rich tradition of baseball from its early beginnings in the 1830s, to the National League and American Association Athletics, to Connie Mack’s A’s, the Hilldale Daisies, the Philadelphia Bobbies, the Philadelphia Stars and, of course, the Phillies. We are looking to provide a broad perspective of Philadelphia baseball from its early years to the present day.
If you are interested in submitting an article, please send an abstract to Morris Levin. Please include not only your topic, but why it interests you, and how you are qualified to research it. What sources do you plan to use? A typical article in The National Pastime runs 2,000 to 5,000 words. Upon receipt of your abstract, we will forward a copy of the SABR guidelines for submission of papers.
All interested authors should make sure their SABR membership is up to date. It is longstanding SABR policy that only the work of SABR members is published in our journals. You can renew your membership online at members.sabr.org before you submit your paper.
- To read articles from this year's The National Pastime, focusing on baseball in Minnesota, click here. The TNP archives can be found here.
Nine new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,062 published biographies.
Here are the new bios:
- Charles Byrne, by Ronald G. Shafer
- Tex Carleton, by Gregory Wolf
- Duke Farrell, by Bill Nowlin
- Bill Greif, by Gregory Wolf
- Doc Hanna, by Peter Morris
- Bill Lange, by Bill Lamb
- Aleck Smith, by Bill Nowlin
- Dave Williams, by Bill Nowlin
- Garry Wilson, by Bill Nowlin
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
You can find the SABR BioProject at its new home page: SABR.org/BioProject.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a list of new members:
|Bill Andreason||Pocatello, ID|
|Drew Balen||Edmonton, AB|
|Jack Berk||Bethlehem, PA|
|Mike Boone||San Marcos, TX|
|Catey Boyle||Medford, MA|
|Robin Brecker||Philadelphia, PA|
|Billy Collins||Medford, MA|
|Elliott McIver Davis||Medford, MA|
|Daniel Han||San Francisco, CA|
|Phillip H. Livingston||Newark, DE|
|Robert McKendrick||Philadelphia, PA|
|Robert R. Miller||Libertyville, IL|
|Phillip W. Miller||Afton, MN|
|Monty B. Miller||Joshua, TX|
|Michael J. Neely||Evans, GA|
|William Dodge Rutherford||Medford, MA|
|Matthew J. Slossberg||New York, NY|
|Ethan Sturm||Medford, MA|
- Deadball Era Committee: September 2012
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
- Halsey Hall Chapter September 2012 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- September 14: "Not Exactly Cooperstown" film screening (San Francisco, CA)
- September 14: Norm Coleman's "Ty Cobb" one-man play (Half Moon Bay, CA)
- September 15: Baseball Prospectus Ballpark Tour with Vin Scully (Los Angeles, CA)
- September 15: Flame Delhi Chapter meeting (Phoenix, AZ)
- September 15: "If League Park Could Talk" at Baseball Heritage Museum (Cleveland, OH)
- September 17: Larry Dierker Chapter meeting (Houston, TX)
- September 18: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- September 19: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly lunch (Denver, CO)
- September 20: "One Family, Two Teams: The Impact of the Veecks on Chicago Baseball" (Chicago, IL)
- September 20: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Austin, TX)
- September 20: "Yankee Greats: 100 Classic Baseball Cards" with Bob Woods (New York, NY)
- September 22: Rio Grande Chapter meeting (Albuquerque, NM)
- September 24: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- September 24: Babe Ruth film doubleheader with Morris Eckhouse/Chris Epting (Los Angeles, CA)
- September 24: Rabbit Maranville Chapter meeting (Springfield, MA)
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:
- Rare Seattle Pilots spring training photos from 1969 have been rediscovered and posted online (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
- MLB could see its 500,000th recorded error this weekend — and our friends at Baseball-Reference.com are counting them all (Yahoo! Sports)
- Rany Jazayerli: Washington is making a National mistake in its handling of Stephen Strasburg, and here's why (Grantland.com)
- Colin Wyers: Searching for fatigue in Stephen Strasburg's Pitch f/x charts (Baseball Prospectus)
- Tim Wallach turns 55 today, and Montreal Expos fans will enjoy this republished review of Bill Young's book about the team (Montreal Gazette)
- Bill Parker: The year of everything but the shortstop (Baseball Prospectus)
- A Q&A with Minor Leagues Research Committee co-chair Joe Wancho (Bus Leagues Baseball)
- C. Trent Rosecrans: What the insiders say makes a good manager (Baseball Prospectus)
- From Minneapolis to Philadelphia — just like our SABR convention! — and changes in the landscape (Minnesota Post)
- On Bob Meyer's new book about the legacy of baseball in Eastern Iowa (Radio Iowa)
- Dan Evans: The new Oriole Way (Baseball Prospectus)
- Wendy Thurm: Does Marlins Park suppress home runs after all? (Baseball Nation)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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