Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of April 1, 2016:
The 2016 SABR Baseball Research Awards, which honor outstanding research projects completed during the preceding calendar year that have significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball, have been awarded to:
- Peter C. Bjarkman, Cuba’s Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story, published by Rowman and Littlefield
- Steve Steinberg and Lyle Spatz, The Colonel and Hug: The Partnership That Transformed the New York Yankees, published by University of Nebraska Press
- Lonnie Wheeler, Intangiball: The Subtle Things That Win Baseball Games, published by Simon and Schuster
The authors will receive their awards at the SABR 46 national convention, July 27-31, 2016, in Miami.
The SABR Baseball Research Award, formerly known as The Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award, is designed to honor projects that do not fit the criteria for the Seymour Medal or the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award.
The selection committee consists of: Bill Felber (chair), Bill Ryczek, and Marlene Vogelsang.
To see a complete list of SABR Baseball Research Award winners, click here.
SABR members, the 2016 Board of Directors election beginning on April 12 will include two ballot items: the election of the SABR Vice President and two (2) open Director positions — you must rank the Director candidates in order of preference. The candidates for election are:
For Vice President
- Leslie Heaphy
For Director (2)
- Barry Bloom
- Dennis Degenhardt
- Barry Deutsch
- Chris Dial (incumbent)
- Bill Nowlin
- George Skornickel
You can read the candidate biographies, along with full descriptions of the positions and responses the candidates made to a series of questions, in the 2016 SABR Election Guide which is available for download below:
All members with an e-mail address on file with SABR as of Friday, April 1, 2016, will receive a message on Tuesday, April 12 with a link to vote online in the 2016 SABR Board of Directors election. The poll will close at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, April 26. 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.
For more information on the 2016 SABR election, click here.
We’re excited to announce two of our featured panels for the SABR 46 convention this summer in Miami, Florida.
SABR 46 will be held July 27-31, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Discounted early registration rates are available now at SABR.org/convention. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
Our convention in South Florida will feature a distinct Latin flavor, with panels on Latin-American baseball history and covering baseball for Spanish-speaking audiences.
Our Perspectivas del Béisbol: Covering Baseball for Hispanic Fans On ESPN Deportes panel is expected to include these special guests:
- Ozzie Guillen, the outspoken former major-league shortstop and manager who led the Chicago White Sox to the 2005 World Series championship
- Ernesto Jerez, an Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer for ESPN Deportes’ “Sunday Night Baseball” since 1995
- Enrique Rojas, an ESPN Deportes reporter who has covered MLB and the winter leagues for more than 20 years
- Moderator: Leonte Landino, the chairman of SABR’s Luis Castro/Latin America Chapter who produces all baseball properties on ESPN Deportes and writes for ESPNDeportes.com
We’ll also have a special Latino Baseball Authors Panel, which will feature the following SABR members and historians:
- César Brioso, a digital producer for USA Today and the author of Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and the Cuban League
- Peter C. Bjarkman, who is considered to be one of the foremost authorities on Cuban baseball history; he is the author of Cuba’s Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story and A History of Cuban Baseball, 1864-2006
- Adrian Burgos Jr., a professor of history at the University of Illinois and the author of Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball and Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line
- Moderator: Anthony Salazar, chairman of SABR’s Latino Baseball Research Committee and editor of its newsletter, La Prensa del Béisbol Latino
More details and the complete schedule will be announced in the coming months. Find more information on SABR 46 at SABR.org/convention.
We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 46 convention, July 27-31, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Miami in downtown Miami, Florida.
- Registration: Click here for complete information on SABR 46 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 46! More details on guest speakers, panelists, and presenters will be announced soon. We’re again offering a special all-inclusive rate for the annual SABR convention. SABR members can pay $269 for an all-inclusive package that includes full registration to SABR 46, a premium Home Plate Box ticket to the Miami Marlins game on Friday, July 29 (includes special pregame ballpark session/tour and roundtrip bus transportation), and one ticket to the Awards Luncheon — the package is a savings of $40 off the regular rate. Non-members can pay $299 for the all-inclusive rate. The deadline to register at the all-inclusive rate is Monday, June 13, 2016.
- Hotel: Don’t forget to book your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Miami; our room block usually goes quickly. Click here to book your room online. The deadline to book your room at the SABR group rate of $129/night (plus tax) is Monday, June 13, 2016. If you have any questions about your reservation, please call the hotel at (305) 358-1234.
- Pregame ballpark session/tour: SABR 46 attendees will have a special opportunity to visit Marlins Park for an exclusive pregame ballpark session with Miami Marlins executives and players. Before the Marlins 7:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, July 29, a special SABR 46 panel discussion will take place at Marlins Park followed by a ballpark tour for convention attendees. Guest speakers and more details will be announced soon. Purchase of SABR 46 conference registration AND a game ticket will be required to attend this special session. A SABR 46 Marlins game ticket also includes roundtrip bus transportation. Click here to learn more.
- Pre-order your SABR logo shirts, caps, or souvenir baseballs: Avoid the rush at registration, and pre-order your SABR logo polo shirt, T-shirt, baseball caps, or souvenir crystal baseball online when you register for SABR 46. Please indicate shirt size (adult S to XXXL) when you register. Caps are one-size-fit-most. Your items will be available to be picked up when you arrive at the SABR convention. The souvenir baseballs are crystal paperweights measuring about 3 inches around, with an embossed SABR logo in the center. Deadline to pre-order: Monday, June 13, 2016.
All SABR 46 attendees will also receive a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players and events in the Miami area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer. Click here to register for SABR 46.
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school or college students to attend SABR 46 in Miami. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250. Students must be currently enrolled in a high school, college undergraduate or graduate program, and be between 18 and 29 years of age at the time of the conference. Some form of age verification (photocopy of driver’s license, passport, etc.) must be attached to your application.
Submissions must include a written essay and a letter of recommendation from a current high school/college teacher, guidance counselor or a school administrator. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2016.
Save the date! The Philadelphia 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium, hosted by SABR’s Nineteenth Century Research Committee, will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at the new Temple University Center City Conference Center in the heart of Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia symposium will include a buffet lunch with a special luncheon speaker, research presentations, and panel discussions. An optional Sunday morning activity may be added. Complete program and details with registration instructions will be made available approximately July 1 with the summer issue of the Nineteenth Century committee newsletter.
The TUCC is a modern facility and is priced in a way to make this a good value for our attendees. Located at 1515 Market Street, TUCC is adjacent to a central Philadelphia subway station which is linked to Greater Philadelphia’s SEPTA trains and Amtrak at the 30th Street Station. There are also numerous dining options in the area for a post-conference gathering along with a number of affordable parking options and great hotels for those wishing to make it a complete weekend.
For more information, please contact Peter Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 19th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be held July 7-9, 2016, in Kansas City. The conference is open to all baseball, history and sports fans of all ages. Registration is now available.
- To register: Click here to register online at the SABR Store. Or click here to download a printable registration form and information packet (PDF); you can mail your check or money order before June 20 to SABR Malloy Conference, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The early registration rate for SABR members is $165 for adults (includes all activities) or $120 for students. (Non-members: $200 adults/$150 students). Single-day registration for Friday or Saturday is $75 for SABR members, $95 non-members. The Thursday education forum only is $15 for SABR members, $30 non-members. Optional sessions or guest tickets are also available. Please note: The early registration rate expires on May 10, 2016.
- Book your hotel room: The Malloy Conference will be held at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center, 6100 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66211. Limited rooms are available at a special discounted rate of $119/night (plus tax) for singles/doubles or $129/night (plus tax) for triples. Click here to reserve your room today or call (866) 837-4214 and mention the Jerry Malloy Conference. Please note: The cutoff date to book your room at the SABR discounted rate is June 13, 2016.
The 2016 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will celebrate “Barnstorming in the Negro Baseball Leagues.” Barnstorming has always been a central part of the life of Negro League ballplayers. All Negro Leaguers took part in barnstorming games across the country and in cities like Kansas City. Monarchs great Satchel Paige, whose 110th birthday is being celebrated during this conference, did his fair share of barnstorming. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, or other Negro Leagues issues.
Visit SABR.org/malloy for information on the 2016 Call for Papers, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Library Grant Program.
It’s a double feature! Add two new baseball books to your collection with the latest releases from the SABR Digital Library:
The 1986 New York Mets: There Was More Than Game Six
Edited by Leslie Heaphy and Bill Nowlin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-13-2, $19.95
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-943816-12-5, $9.99
8.5″ x 11″, 360 pages
The 1986 Boston Red Sox: There Was More Than Game Six
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Leslie Heaphy
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-13-2, $19.95
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-943816-12-5, $9.99
8.5″ x 11″, 415 pages
This two-book companion series focuses on the rivals that met in the 1986 World Series, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets, including biographies of every player, coach, broadcaster, and other important figures in baseball’s top organizations that year.
This book on the 1986 season re-tells the story of that year’s classic World Series. After four games, each team had won two away games and neither had won at home. Then the Red Sox won Game Five at Fenway, and were one game away from winning their first World Championship in 86 years. It came to the point they were one pitch away from baseball Nirvana. And then …
Just about everyone knows what happened, but there are takes on it here you might not have read elsewhere. Mostly, this is the story of each of the players, coaches, managers, and broadcasters, their lives in baseball, and the way the 1986 season fit into their lives.
As with many of the books published by SABR, this was a true collaborative effort. There are 74 different SABR members who contributed to making these two books on the Mets and Red Sox a reality. It took us two books to tell the story as well as we wanted. Get your copy of each book for the full story!
SABR members, get these e-books for FREE!
- E-books: Click here to download the 1986 Mets or 1986 Red Sox e-books for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperbacks: Get a 50% discount on the 1986 Mets or 1986 Red Sox paperback editions for $9.95 (plus shipping) from CreateSpace.
Having trouble downloading our e-books? To view PDF files on your computer, click here to download the free Adobe Reader software. Having trouble downloading e-books to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including e-books for free. To download any past publications, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
Ten new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,715 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Joe Garagiola, by Warren Corbett
- Larry Jackson, by Warren Corbett
- Vic Johnson, by Bill Nowlin
- Al Mamaux, by Bill Lamb
- Rip Russell, by Bill Nowlin
- Ben Steiner, by Bill Nowlin
- Yank Terry, by Tyler Ash and Bill Nowlin
- Lee Thomas, by Joe Schuster
- Jackie Tobin, by Bill Nowlin
- Hiram Bithorn Stadium (San Juan, PR), by Charles F. Faber
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
Three new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- August 6, 1967: Dean Chance is perfect for five innings, by Stew Thornley
- May 17, 1979: Schmidt’s Phillies outslug Kingman’s Cubs, 23-22, by Mike Huber
- September 25, 2014: Yankees bid farewell to captain Jeter with walkoff win, by A.J. Reilly
All new Games Project stories can be found here: http://sabr.org/gamesproject/recent
- Get involved: Writing for the Games Project is an easy way to get involved as a SABR member. Find out how by reading the Games Project FAQs section or checking out the Authors’ Guidelines.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, will air this weekend at its regular time, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
Now, you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com and you can also listen to all recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM focuses on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today. It airs weekly throughout the year on MLB Network Radio, available to subscribers nationwide on XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209, and on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
For more information, click here.
Each year, the SABR Board of Directors appoints more than a dozen members to small committees that choose our research award winners.
Now is the time to let us know if you would like to be considered for one of these positions. To apply, please send an e-mail to SABR Director Ty Waterman indicating which award you would like to judge, and providing answers to these questions: (1) why you are interested in serving (2) any relevant experience (3) what your research interests are. If you choose to weave these questions into one answer, you may do so.
For a complete list of SABR research awards, click here.
Calling all User Interaction and Big Data Geeks
Perhaps a camel is a horse designed by committee, but small groups can deliver outstanding apps in short order with the right combination of people. Imagine you could sit in front of the 120,000 index cards The Sporting News kept on every player who signed a professional baseball contract during the 20th century and use them to complete the information missing from the master database of major and minor league players.
Soon, SABR members will be able to do this — if we build them a great app. In conjunction with the LA84 Foundation, SABR is imaging the cards and digitizing the contents into full text records with integrated image mapping in XML files.
If this intrigues you and you think you may have expertise to bring to the table, please contact SABR Treasurer F.X. Flinn, who is coordinating the project.
We’re saddened to report the death of Frederick J. “Rick” Meister, 71, of Canton, Michigan, who died on March 28, 2016, while on a spring training trip in Florida. Meister joined SABR in 2001; he was active in the Negro Leagues Research Committee and a familiar face at the annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference.
Meister was born on September 9, 1944. He was the loving father of Mark (Susan) Meister, Michael (Michael) Meister, and Laura (Michael) Stidham, and a grandfather to Kaitlyn, Alyssa, Elizabeth, Stephen, Benjamin, and Matthew.
A visitation will be held from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 at the John Molnar Funeral Home, Southgate Chapel, in Southgate, Michigan. A funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 4 at Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 1540 Riverbank in Lincoln Park, Michigan, with burial to follow at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Brownstown.
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:
- Check out complete highlights from the 2016 SABR Analytics Conference
- In Memoriam: Joe Garagiola
- SABR announces 2016 Henry Chadwick Award recipients
- Baumer, Brudnicki, McMurray win 2016 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners: Carnegie Mellon, Ohio University, New York University
- Bill Pennington receives 2016 SABR Seymour Medal at NINE Conference banquet
- Seamheads.com updates Negro Leagues Database with 1939 stats
- SABR unveils new logo, relaunches website
- SABR Digital Library: Nuclear Powered Baseball: Articles Inspired by The Simpsons Episode ‘Homer At the Bat’
- 2016 Larry Ritter Book Award finalists announced
- Students, submit entries for 2016 Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award
- Fast Times at SABR High: Meet SABR’s two new high school student groups
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Joseph Ardillo||Hammond, LA||James Flack||Washington, DC|
|Patrick Bibby||Miami, FL||James Flanagan||Maplewood, NJ|
|Mark Brueggemann||Waterloo, IL||Rory Houston||Clifton, NJ|
|Herm Card||Syracuse, NY||Kathleen Kasprzak||Lancaster, NY|
|David Cohn||Ringoes, NJ||Mark Sannes||Kasson, MN|
|Thomas Eff||New York, NY||Tom Stern||San Francisco, CA|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
- Baseball Records: April 2016 newsletter
- Nineteenth Century: Spring 2016 newsletter (click here for Herm Krabbenhoft supplement)
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Halsey Hall Chapter April 2016 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter meeting recap (March 26; Hamden, CT)
- New Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, download the new Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook, compiled by SABR staffer Marisa Elliot, on the Admin Tools page at admin.sabr.org. The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.
- Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter: Information on ordering the chapter’s new book, 100: The 100 Year Journey of a Baseball Journeyman, Mike Sandlock, can be found on the chapter website at smokyjoewood.com. Contributors include chapter members Don Harrison, Norman Hausmann, Alan Cohen, Steve Krevisky, Stan Dziurgot, Peter Seidel, Tom Monitto, and Karl Cicitto. The book will be available on Amazon for $14.95 plus shipping. SABR members can pre-order copies for $10 plus shipping by emailing Karl Cicitto at email@example.com.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- April 1: NLBM: Sneak peek of Ken Burns’ “Jackie Robinson” (Kansas City, MO)
- April 2: Halsey Hall Chapter book club (Roseville, MN)
- April 2: Hank Gowdy Chapter spring meeting (Columbus, OH)
- April 2: Larry Foley: “First Boys of Spring” film screening (Kansas City, MO)
- April 2: Tom Gilbert: “Baseball Greats of Green-Wood” trolley tour (Brooklyn, NY)
- April 2: Talkin’ Baseball: Paul Scimonelli (Columbia, MD)
- April 2: Pete Cava: “Amos Rusie: The Hoosier Thunderbolt” (Mooresville, IN)
- April 2-3: SABR Board of Directors spring meeting (Miami, FL)
- April 3: Hank Gowdy Chapter Opening Day get-together (Columbus, OH)
- April 6: John Zinn: “New Jersey baseball during the Civil War era” (Trenton, NJ)
- April 7: “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American” exhibit opening (Los Angeles, CA)
- April 8: American Baseball Card Museum exhibit opening reception (Fresno, CA)
- April 9: Halsey Hall Chapter spring meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
- April 13: Bob Davids Chapter Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- April 14: Gibson House Museum: “Boston Baseball: The Blue Period, 1920–1935” (Boston, MA)
- April 15-16: West Texas Chapter vintage baseball weekend (Fort Concho, TX)
- April 15-16: 2016 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference (Cooperstown, NY)
- April 16: Schott-Pelican Chapter spring meeting (New Orleans, LA)
- April 16: Forbes Field Chapter meeting (Pittsburgh, PA)
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:
- Download the updated 2016 version of Sean Lahman’s baseball database (SeanLahman.com)
- Rob Arthur/Ben Lindbergh: The home run is back, and no one knows why (FiveThirtyEight)
- Amanda Gonzalez: The forgotten history of The Haight’s long-lost ballpark (Hoodline)
- Rob Neyer: A harder look at female scouts shows more in the job than thought (New York Times)
- Andrew Baggarly: Matt Cain and the scout who signed him (San Jose Mercury News)
- Diane Firstman: The 10 most unlikely Opening Day starters in MLB history (ESPN.com)
- Frank Firke: What to expect from public MLB analytics and commentary in 2016 (The Hardball Times)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: How baserunners alter the way teams shift (ACTA Sports)
- Eno Sarris: Let’s invent a new pitch (FanGraphs)
- Jason Mastrodonato: Why free bases and outs are costly (Boston Herald)
- Ryan Whirty: Remembering San Diego’s Negro Leaguers and the Padres’ first black player (San Diego Magazine)
- Patrick Bourgo: Baseball in Korea goes back further than you think (Korea Times)
- Gabe Friedman: A league of their own: A Jewish baseball museum, at last (JTA.org)
- Bill Shaikin: 50 years ago, Koufax and Drysdale’s holdout changed baseball forever (Los Angeles Times)
- Tim Hagerty: How a dead guy won the PCL batting title (The Sporting News)
- Geoff Young: The irrational allure of baseball cards and Ken Kendrick’s collection (Crooked Scoreboard)
- Nick Piecoro: Arizona Diamondbacks GM, wife navigate unique situation (Arizona Republic)
- Terry Housholder: Biography of Ford Frick under way by SABR member David Bohmer (KPC News)
- Marcus Hayes: David Montgomery is leader of Phillies’ family (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Tom Emery: When the Braves called Boston home (Providence Journal)
- Craig Brown: 19th century uniform database updates: 1888 (Threads of Our Game)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: April 1, 2016. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.