After some last minute delays, the Society for American Baseball Research will publish its 2007 edition of Baseball Research Journal in January 2008. Featuring an article by noted sports historian John Thorn “Pots & Pans and Bats & Balls” adapted from his keynote address at the 2007 Seymour Conference, as well as two submissions made possible in part by funding by the Yoseloff-SABR Baseball Research Grants, the 36th edition will help keep SABR members and baseball fans warm during the off-season.
Todd Peterson (“Can You Hear the Noise”) and Roberta Newman (“Pitching Behind the Color Line”) were recipients of Yoseloff-SABR Baseball Research Grants, which help baseball researchers pay for expenses incurred in researching worthy topics. Peterson looks at the 1909 St. Paul Gophers and Newman examines how baseball, advertising, and race mixed in the 20th century.
Other articles included in this edition are “A Statistical Look at the Men in Blue” by David Vincent; “How Much is a Top Prospect Worth?” by Victor Wang; and the Evolution of Japanese Baseball Strategy” by Robert K. Fitts. Alan Nathan and former MLB pitcher Dave Baldwin contribute “An Analysis of the Gyroball.” And Dr. Jon Bruschke’s “A Manifesto for Defensive Baseball Statistics” is also included.
The Baseball Research Journal will be mailed to 2007 members of SABR in late January. Copies of Baseball Research Journal can be ordered from the official distributor of SABR Publications, the University of Nebraska Press. To order, call 1-800-755-1105 or visit their web site.
Originally published: November 13, 2007. Last Updated: November 13, 2007.