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This Week in SABR: April 19, 2024

This Week in SABR: April 19, 2024

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, April 19, 2024.
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Top Headlines

Voting begins in SABR Board of Directors election
More featured speakers announced for SABR 52 in Minneapolis
Last chance to apply for Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference scholarship
Contribute to SABR’s Four Pillars Fund
19th Century Conference begins in Cooperstown
In Memoriam: Whitey Herzog

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

SABR 52 Featured Speakers

SABR 52: Thad Levine, LaTroy Hawkins, Glen Perkins added to speakers lineup

We hope you’ll join us for SABR’s 52nd annual convention on August 7-11, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minnesota! We’re excited to announce more featured speakers from the Minnesota Twins:

  • Kris Atteberry, Lead Radio Play-by-Play Broadcaster
  • LaTroy Hawkins, Former MLB Pitcher and Broadcaster
  • Josh Kalk, Vice President, Baseball Operations Strategy & Innovation
  • Thad Levine, Senior Vice President, General Manager
  • Glen Perkins, Former MLB Pitcher and Broadcaster
  • Josh Ruffin, Assistant Director, Player Development Research
  • Hans Van Slooten, Senior Data Engineer

We’ll also be hearing from Hall of Famers Rod CarewTony OlivaBert Blyleven, and Jim Kaat at SABR 52. Click here to learn more about our Featured Speakers.

SABR 52 will be the most accessible and social experience we’ve ever organized as we emphasize SABR’s ability to unite all of us in baseball fellowship, so sign up today to join us! All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

Visit to learn more.

2024 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

Last chance to apply for Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference scholarship

Deadline extended! Students, apply before April 19, 2024, to be considered for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference on June 6-9, 2024, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Click here to learn more or to download a Yoseloff Scholarship application.

All baseball fans are welcome to attend the 2024 Malloy Conference. Full and single-day registration is available for a discounted rate before May 24, along with a new virtual registration option. In-person attendees will also have an opportunity to view the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s new exhibit, The Souls of the Game: Voices of Black Baseball.

Visit to learn more or to register.

SABR Four Pillars Fund

Contribute to SABR’s Four Pillars Fund

Research – Preservation – Scholarship – Future of the Game. These are the four pillars on which SABR stands as an organization.

Each pillar represents one of our organizational values and the support of donors like you makes a significant impact on our ability to fortify our foundation while also fulfilling SABR’s vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball.

This spring, we ask you to contribute to the FOUR PILLARS FUND. Our goal is to raise $65,000 during this campaign to strengthen each of our four pillars by supporting baseball research, committing to preservation, furthering the reach of our scholarship, and building a bridge to the future of the game.

To donate or learn more about SABR’s Four Pillars Fund and the existing efforts and exciting new initiatives that will be funded by a successful campaign, visit

Bob Bailey at the 2023 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference in Cooperstown (Photo: Dixie Tourangeau)

Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference begins in Cooperstown

The 15th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference began today at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Programming runs through Saturday, April 20, and the event is now sold out.

The 2024 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from author Michael Haupert, along with a panel discussion on the Knickerbocker club with Bruce Allardice, Thomas Gilbert, Bob Tholkes, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a 19th-century artifact session with Robert Mayer, Gary Passamonte, and Jonathan Popovich; a Member Spotlight interview of Thomas Gilbert by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations.

Visit to learn more.

Attendees of the 2024 SABR Dubuque Baseball Classic listen to a "Ghost Players" presentation at the Field of Dreams Movie Site on April 14, 2024, in Dyersville, Iowa.

2024 Dubuque Baseball Classic highlights

The inaugural Dubuque Baseball Classic, supported in part by a $2,500 SABR Local Grant and organized by SABR’s Field of Dreams (Iowa) Chapter, was held on April 13-14, 2024. More than 60 people attended the two-day baseball symposium, which complemented the Dubuque Museum of Art’s Picturing America’s Pastime exhibition, presented by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and curated by SABR member John T. Pregler.

Featured speakers included Cal Eldred, former MLB pitcher and coach; Larry Young, MLB Supervisor of Umpires; and historians and authors Phil S. Dixon, John Liepa, and Pregler.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Whitey Herzog (SABR-Rucker Archive)

In Memoriam: Whitey Herzog

During his 18-year Hall of Fame career as a manager, Whitey Herzog built memorable teams in Kansas City and St. Louis, winning three consecutive American League West Division crowns with the Royals and copping three National League pennants and the 1982 World Series championship with the Cardinals. Herzog, who died at age 92 on Monday, April 15, took the talent of his teams — and the unique ballparks where they played — to their full capacities.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Voting now open for 2024 Board of Directors Election

SABR members, please pay attention to the email address that you have on file with SABR; you should have received a message from on Tuesday, April 16 with a link to vote online in the 2024 SABR Board of Directors election.

  • Not seeing your ballot? Some members have reported that Tuesday’s election ballot email showed up in their Spam folder rather than their inbox. If you did not receive your ballot, please check your Spam folder. Or contact to request that your ballot be re-sent.

The poll will close at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, April 30. The only way to vote online is through the link you will receive by email. All emails will come from the address

You will find three items on the 2024 election ballot: the election of the SABR Vice President, Secretary, and two (2) Directors positions. Click here to learn more.

Deadlines approaching for SABR Convention, Negro Leagues student scholarships

With generous funding from The Nanar and Anthony Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend these upcoming events:

Visit to learn more about student scholarship opportunities.

Ron Gabriel Award Committee seeking nominations

The Ron Gabriel Award Committee is accepting nominations for the 2025 award. Please email your nominations to Gary Sarnoff.

The Ron Gabriel Award rewards the author(s) for best research, published or unpublished, on the subject of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Click here to learn more

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: New York Metropolitans, Elly De La Cruz, Mickey Owen

5 new stories published at the SABR BioProject

Visit to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.

8 new stories published at SABR Games Project

In addition, these stories from SABR’s Ebbets Field: Great, Historic, and Memorable Games in Brooklyn’s Lost Ballpark (2023), edited by Gregory H. Wolf, were posted online this week:

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

New Team Ownership History: New York Metropolitans

The ownership history of the New York Metropolitans (1883-1887) of the American Association is the latest addition to the Team Ownership History Project, a joint effort of BioProject and the Business of Baseball Committee.

While the project began to chronicle ownership of the current 30 major league franchises, it has been extended to the Negro Leagues, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball Leagues, and Federal League, as well as teams that disappeared in the 19th century. Opportunities are available for a few current major league teams, plus the other leagues mentioned above. Interested authors should contact Andy McCue to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

Sox Bid Curse Farewell: The 2004 Boston Red Sox, edited by Bill Nowlin

Sox Bid Curse Farewell: The 2004 Boston Red Sox
Edited by Bill Nowlin

Visit to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback edition of all Digital Library books.

Recent Highlights

Here are some SABR headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Cody Belles Wilkes-Barre, PA     Timothy Lowery Richmond, VA
Willie Davis Redlands, CA     Louis Palen Fox Point, WI
Aidan Felman Redondo Beach, CA     Burt Solomon Baltimore, MD
Mike Finn Ely, ENG     Sage Soppe Dubuque, IA
Steven Grinberg Irvine, CA     Christopher Soppe Dubuque, IA
Greg Kessler Croydon, PA     Bob Strozak Smithfield, VA
Richard Klee North Hollywood, CA     Jeffrey Sullivan Moncks Corner, SC
William Kosmala Chicago, IL     John Toterhi Worthington, OH
Erick Kriewaldt Minneapolis, MN     Thaniel Wenger Elk Grove, CA
Chase Levitt New York, NY        

SABR Events Calendar

The Clyde Sukeforth Northern New England Chapter of SABR will be holding a virtual meeting on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 PM ET.  Our guest speaker is Dick Cramer, who has created a website,, that (for free) builds and displays a scorecard for any of Retrosheet's released games. Dick will be showing off his work and discussing how the data is displayed.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • April 20: Hank Gowdy Columbus (OH) Chapter book club meeting with Jacob Kornhauser (9:30 a.m. EDT)
  • April 21: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Committee meeting (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • April 22: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with Mike Vance (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • April 23: Clyde Sukeforth Northern New England Chapter meeting with Dick Cramer (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • April 25: SABR Baseball Memories meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • April 25: 19th Century Baseball Book Club (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • April 27: Schott-Pelican (LA) Chapter meeting with Stew Thornley, Mary Shea, and Ian O’Dougherty (10:00 a.m. CDT)
  • April 28: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with Jack Bales (7:00 p.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • April 19: Union Park Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony (Baltimore, MD)
  • April 19-20: 2024 Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference (Cooperstown, NY)
  • April 20: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • April 27: Rabbit Maranville Chapter Meeting (Springfield, MA)
  • April 27: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter meeting (Middletown, CT)
  • April 27: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter game night (St. Louis, MO)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

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Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

Please note: Some articles may require a separate subscription to view online. SABR does not endorse, and is not responsible or liable for, any content that appears on a third-party website.

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Originally published: April 19, 2024. Last Updated: April 19, 2024.