This Week in SABR: April 12, 2019

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 12, 2019:

One month left to register early for SABR 49 in San Diego!

We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 49 convention this summer in San Diego. Conference and hotel registration is now available at

Click here for more information on the SABR 49 All-Inclusive Package, Early-Bird Registration, and optional sessions. Click here to register for SABR 49.

  • Registration: Click here for complete information on the SABR 49 All-Inclusive Package, Early-Bird Registration, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 49! We’re again offering a special All-Inclusive Package for the annual SABR convention. For the $369 all-inclusive rate, SABR members can get:
    — Full registration to SABR 49 in San Diego (early-bird: $289; regular rate: $319)
    — 1 ticket in the Upper Infield Reserved (1B) section to the Padres vs. Cardinals game on Friday, June 28 at Petco Park ($24 value)
    — 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 28 ($70 value)
    — 1 exclusive SABR 49 convention logo lapel pin
    — 2 complimentary Continental breakfasts on Thursday and Friday mornings*
    *The Continental breakfast benefit is only available when you register for the All-Inclusive Package.
    Non-members can pay $399 for the All-Inclusive Package; the deadline to register is Monday, May 6, 2019.
  • Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego of $224/night (single rate) or $254/night (double rate) is only available to registered convention attendees. After you register for the SABR 49 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. If you do not receive your confirmation email after registering, please contact Deb Jayne at There are a limited number of rooms in our group block, so be sure to register for SABR 49 early!
  • Awards Luncheon: SABR will host a special Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 28 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The Awards Luncheon, which includes a meal, will feature the announcement of SABR’s annual awards — including the Bob Davids Award, our highest honor. One ticket to the Awards Luncheon is included in the all-inclusive package or guest tickets are available for $70 when you register for SABR 49.
  • Research presentations: SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 49. The deadline to submit your abstract was Sunday, February 24, 2019. Click here for complete details and application form.
  • Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 49 in San Diego. The deadline to apply was Friday, April 5, 2019.

Visit to learn more or to register for the SABR 49 convention.

Listen to Episode #2 of SABRcast with Rob Neyer

Listen to a new episode of SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer.

Visit to listen to Episode #2, which features an exclusive interview with SABR member Tyler Kepner, New York Times national baseball writer and author of K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches.

Every week, SABRcast will feature insights and analysis of what’s happening in modern baseball on and off the field, plus compelling interviews with figures from around the game — and music from The Baseball Project.

To learn more, visit

Spring 2019 Baseball Research Journal is on its way

Good news! The Spring 2019 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members.

Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next two to four weeks. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered on Wednesday. Articles will be available to read online at beginning next week.

To read more articles from the BRJ archives, click here.

To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.

We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2019 Baseball Research Journal!

Vote now in the 2019 SABR Board of Directors election

SABR members, pay attention to the e-mail address that you have on file with SABR; you should have received a message on Tuesday, April 9 with a link to vote online in the 2019 SABR Board of Directors election. The poll will close at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, April 23.

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 2019 SABR Election Guide which is available for download below:

Download the 2019 SABR Election Guide here (PDF)

When you vote, you will find two items on the 2019 Board of Directors ballot: the election of the SABR President and two (2) Director’s positions — please rank the Director candidates in order of preference. The candidates are:

For President

  • Mark Armour

For Director (2)

  • Chris Dial
  • Allison Levin
  • Bill Nowlin

The only way to vote online is through the link you will receive by e-mail. All e-mails will come from the address; 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 one more voting email between now and April 23 with active voting links.

Members who did not have an e-mail address on file with SABR as of April 1, 2019, 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

Skip Desjardin’s September 1918 wins 2019 Larry Ritter Book Award

Skip Desjardin has earned the 2019 Larry Ritter Book Award for his gripping historical account of an epic month of triumph and tragedy, September 1918: War, Plague, and the World Series, published by Regnery History.

The award is granted annually by SABR’s Deadball Era Committee to the author of the best book about baseball between 1901 and 1919 published during the previous calendar year. The winner’s work must demonstrate original research or analysis, a fresh perspective, compelling thesis, impressive insight, accuracy, and clear, graceful prose.

Desjardin’s September 1918 earned selection over three other finalists:

  • Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America, by David Rapp (University of Chicago Press)
  • The Days of Rube, Matty, Honus and Ty: Scenes from the Early Deadball Era: 1904-1907, by Chuck Kimberly (McFarland)
  • Game Faces: Early Baseball Cards from the Library of Congress, by Peter Devereaux (Smithsonian Books)

Conferred annually since 2002, this year’s Ritter Award will be formally presented to the winner at the DEC meeting at SABR 49 in San Diego. Desjardin is unable to attend the ceremony because he will be in London for the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees series, but does plan to address the gathering by means of a video recording.

Read the full article at

Old Hoss Radbourn’s 60th win added back to record books

You may have noticed a recent update at for Hall of Fame pitcher Old Hoss Radbourn‘s statistics. For many years, Radbourn had been credited with a single-season record 59 wins during his magnificent 1884 season with the Providence Grays of the National League. Now, Radbourn has been bumped (back) up to 60 wins.

As Alex Bonilla of explains:

“Earlier record books had retroactively applied the 1950 rule on pitching wins to Radbourn’s era and given him 60 as a result. However, it was discovered by Frederick Ivor-Campbell that this was done in error and that one of his 1884 wins (on July 28) should have actually been credited to his teammate Cyclone Miller. Miller was indeed the correct winner if you applied the 1950 rule, since he pitched 5 innings and left with a lead. However, Radbourn pitched 4 shutout innings and was more effective. Practice in the 1880s allowed for the more effective pitcher to be deemed the winning pitcher, per Pete Palmer. In Frank Williams’ groundbreaking 1982 SABR article, “All the Record Books Are Wrong,” he originally found that Miller was the winner of this game (giving him 59 wins on the season). But he has recently gone back and concluded that using practices of the time Radbourn is the correct winner, and therefore has 60 wins in 1884.”

Click here to read the full article at

SABR Rogers Hornsby Chapter celebrates 100th session of BasebALZ reminiscence program in Austin

The SABR Roger Hornsby Chapter’s “Talking Baseball” reminiscence program celebrated its 100th session on Monday, April 8 at Westminster Senior Living in Austin, Texas. Our chapter’s program, offered in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Texas, has been running for four years. This session concluded our 11th “season” in Austin. The monthly program in Kerrville, in cooperation with the Veteran’s Administration there, has been in operation for three years.

We had “standing room only” with 26 participants, caregivers, family, guests and volunteers in attendance. This also set a record for attendance at a single session.

Two special guests joined us for our Centennial program. Former Texas Longhorn and professional baseball pitcher Jim Gideon entertained the group with stories of his years at U.T. and in the Texas Rangers organization. Jim also fielded questions and autographed baseball cards and baseballs for the attendees.  Local radio personality and Alzheimer’s Texas board member Ed Clements added to the fun.

Click here to read the full article at

SABR 49: Special film screening of Moe Berg documentary

We are pleased to host a special screening of the new documentary film, Moe Berg: The Spy Behind Home Plate, at SABR 49 in San Diego with filmmaker Aviva Kempner.

The film will be screened on the evening of Thursday, June 27 during SABR 49 in San Diego. The event will be open to all SABR convention attendees.

In this first ever feature-length documentary about the enigmatic Berg, Kempner focuses her camera on a little-known Jewish hero. From the streets of Newark to five major-league teams during baseball’s Golden Age to his secret life spying for the OSS during World War II, Berg’s improbable story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with family and an All-Star roster from the worlds of history, sports and spy craft. To learn more about the film, visit

For more information on SABR 49, or to register, visit

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SABR Digital Library: Jeff Bagwell in Connecticut

The Nutmeg State celebrates a Hall of Fame hometown hero in our newest book from the SABR Digital Library:

Jeff Bagwell in Connecticut:
A Consistent Lad in the Land of Steady Habits 
Edited by Karl Cicitto, Bill Nowlin, and Len Levin  
ISBN (paperback: 978-1-9438-1697-2, $19.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9438-1696-5, $6.99
250 pages, 8.5″ x 11″

Click here to read the full description at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

To see all titles in the SABR Digital Library, visit

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New team ownership history: Providence Grays

The SABR Team Ownership Histories Project is a joint effort of SABR’s Business of Baseball Committee and the BioProject. The intention is to keep its essays up-to-date and to provide as much detail as possible about the organization and composition of ownership groups, franchise sales, relocations, stadiums, and other issues that provide the financial context for team success on the field.

One new article was published this week:

Click here to read all published team ownership histories at

Some team articles have been assigned, but anyone who wishes to contribute is encouraged to contact Andy McCue at To learn more or to read the author guidelines, click here.

Read all bios from our new Colorado Rockies book at the SABR BioProject

In Major League Baseball A Mile High: The First Quarter Century of the Colorado Rockies, published by SABR in 2018 and edited by Bill Nowlin and Paul T. Parker, we told the story of the first 25 years of the major-league baseball team in Denver.

Included are essays on the birth of the Rockies and biographies of 24 of the most important players, managers, and club executives as selected by SABR’s Rocky Mountain Chapter — including Dante Bichette, Andrés Galarraga, Larry Walker, Don Baylor, Todd Helton, and Keli McGregor — plus bios of the two fields the Rockies have called home: Mile High Stadium and Coors Field.

All of the biographies in Major League Baseball A Mile High are now available to be read online at the SABR BioProject.

Click here to download a free e-book edition or get 50% off the paperback edition of Major League Baseball A Mile High.

To view more books at the SABR Digital Library, visit

8 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Eight new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

These stories originally appeared in “Major League Baseball A Mile High: The First Quarter Century of the Colorado Rockies” (SABR, 2018), edited by Bill Nowlin and Paul T. Parker. To read more articles from this book at the SABR Games Project, click here.

New Games Project stories can be found at Find all published Games Project articles at

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM moves to Saturdays this month

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, will air in April at a new time. Listen in from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on SATURDAY, April 13 on MLB Network Radio.

This week’s show will include highlights and insight from The State of Analytics panel at the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference with Baseball Info Solutions owner John Dewan, ESPN analyst and former MLB player Eduardo Perez, and award-winning author and SABRcast host Rob Neyer.

You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App. Click here to learn more.

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.

ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

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:

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here:

Welcome, new members!

We’d like to welcome all of our new SABR members who have joined this week. You can find all Members-Only resources at and the Membership Handbook can be downloaded here.

Please give these new members a warm welcome and help them make the most of their membership by giving them the opportunity to get involved in their local chapter or a research committee.

You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Chris Donnelly Ewing, NJ     Sairam Rajagopal New York, NY
William Grmek Wickliffe, OH     Brent Roberts Farmville, VA
Karen Harriman Evergreen, CO     Chris Ropes Brigantine, NJ
David Heflin Amelia, OH     Daniel Rousseau Churchville, PA
Anthony Leopold Scottsdale, AZ     Aaron Sarson Chatham, ON
Christopher McClancy Darien, CT     Dustin White Beckley, WV
Anthony Nicolasora Phoenix, AZ     Paul Winter St. Louis, MO
John Pabian Bedford, MA     Eric Ziegel Lakewood Ranch, FL
Brian Palus Charleston, SC        


Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:

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

Around the Web

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Originally published: April 12, 2019. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.