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This Week in SABR: April 21, 2023

This Week in SABR: April 21, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, April 21, 2023.
Click here to view this newsletter on the web.

Top Headlines

Voting now open for 2023 Board of Directors election
SABR 51: Sign up for Chicago Historical Ballparks Bus Tour
Join SABR’s Campaign for Baseball Research
Second course in SABR Analytics Certification program now available
Pre-register for Ballpark Figures on May 4 with Louis Moore

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

SABR 51 in Chicago

SABR 51: Sign up for Chicago Historical Ballparks Bus Tour

At this summer’s SABR 51 convention, attendees will have an opportunity to join our Chicago Historical Ballpark Sites Bus Tour to see unique sites that hosted professional and semi-professional baseball in the city for the past 150 years.

The guided bus tour is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, July 8, 2023. Tickets are $30 per person. Click here to reserve your seat for the tour. Space is limited.

  • For those who have already registered for SABR 51 wishing to add the bus tour, please contact Jessica Smyth at

Visit to learn more.

Campaign for Baseball Research

Join SABR’s Campaign for Baseball Research!

We say it right in our name: Society for American Baseball RESEARCH.

Research is at the heart of what we do as an organization. SABR’s online Research Collection and array of Research Resources are major sources of pride and a key component in our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball.

This spring, we invite you to join the Campaign for Baseball Research. Our goal is to raise $60,000 to expand, maintain, and preserve SABR’s Research Collection and Research Resources for current and future generations of baseball enthusiasts. We will use your best gift of $150, $300, $500, or $1,000 to better serve our growing membership base, attract more attention for our research, and offer new tools to all corners of the worldwide baseball community.

To donate or learn more about the Research Collection projects and improvements to our Research Resources, assets, and tools that will be funded by a successful campaign, visit

Second course in SABR Analytics Certification program now available

In 2022, we launched the SABR Analytics Certification program, an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics.

The second course in the program, Level Two – Advanced Analytics in Baseball, is now available!

SABR members save $55 on both available courses (and future courses), so we hope you’ll check out these exciting opportunities at

Dr. Louis Moore (Grand Valley State University)

Sign up now for Ballpark Figures on May 4 with Louis Moore

SABR’s Ballpark Figures is a monthly interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. On Thursday, May 4, our guest will be Dr. Louis Moore, a Professor of History at Grand Valley State University and author of We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Black Athlete, and the Quest for Equality.

To learn more, visit

2023 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

Deadline extended! Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship

SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in its 15th annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2023. Students must write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships.

  • Click here to learn more about each scholarship or to download an application. The deadline to apply has been extended until May 15, 2023.

Visit to learn more about our annual School Library Grants, High School Essay Contest, and Art Contest.

2023 Larry Ritter Book Award finalists

2023 Larry Ritter Book Award finalists announced

Each year, SABR’s Deadball Era Committee presents the Larry Ritter Book Award to recognize the best new baseball book primarily set in the Deadball Era that was published during the previous calendar year.

Here is the list of Ritter Award finalists for 2023:

  • Jason Cannon, Charlie Murphy: The Iconoclastic Showman behind the Chicago Cubs (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Harry J. Dietz Jr., Covey: A Stone’s Throw from a Coal Mine to the Hall of Fame (Sunbury Press)
  • Ronald T. Waldo, Deadball Trailblazers: Single-Season Records of the Modern Era (Sunbury Press)

The winner will be announced in the coming weeks.

Voting now open for 2023 Board of Directors Election

SABR members, please pay attention to the e-mail address that you have on file with SABR; you should have received a message from on Wednesday, April 19 with a link to vote online in the 2023 SABR Board of Directors election. The poll will close at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, May 2. The only way to vote online is through the link you will receive by e-mail. All e-mails will come from the address

You will find three items on the 2023 election ballot: the election of the SABR President, Treasurer, and three (3) Directors positions. To account for the expansion of the Board from eight to ten members in 2023, and to ensure that two Directors’ terms expire each year, the Director elected with the fewest votes in 2023 shall serve a one-year term, and in 2024 that seat shall again be opened for election to a three-year term.

Last call: Apply now for Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 51

With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR 51 convention on July 5-9, 2023, in Chicago. This scholarship will pay for all registration fees and expenses associated with the conference. Deadline to apply: April 21, 2023. Click here to learn more.

Visit to learn more about student scholarship opportunities.

Get involved: BioProject, Games Project seeking editors, fact-checkers

The BioProject and Games Project committees are seeking more SABR members to help as volunteer editors, fact-checkers, vetters, and peer reviewers. If you are interested in helping out in an editing role, please contact BioProject lead editor Rory Costello or Games Project director John Fredland.

Helping out behind the scenes is an important way to improve our stories and get them ready for publication online and in SABR’s upcoming books and website series. We have a talented and experienced team of editors already in place, and new faces are always welcome. Looking at other authors’ stories from an editing perspective can also help make your own writing better.

Visit to learn more about ongoing projects and ways to get involved.

January 30 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the Board of Directors virtual meeting on January 30, 2023, have now been posted on the SABR website.

Click here to view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #210: Baseball Films roundtable with Ellen Adair, Eric Gilde, and Noah Gittell

Baseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer. Episode #210 on Monday, April 17 featured a roundtable discussion on memorable baseball films with Ellen Adair, Eric Gilde, and Noah Gittell. Visit to listen to the full episode or subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks.

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: Ichiro Suzuki, Babe Martin, Dave L. Roberts

6 new stories published at the SABR BioProject

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

8 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

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

7 new Oral History interviews posted

The following interview transcripts were donated to the SABR Oral History Collection by award-winning author and SABR member Dave Heller, who conducted interviews with seven major league players for his 2003 book, As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns:

  • Ellis Clary, St. Louis Browns utility infielder
  • Denny Galehouse, St. Louis Browns pitcher who won 109 games over 15 seasons
  • Don Gutteridge, St. Louis Browns infielder and later Chicago White Sox manager
  • Tom Hafey, St. Louis Browns pinch-hitter and brother of Hall of Famer Chick Hafey
  • Marty Marion, St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and 1944 NL MVP
  • Babe Martin, St. Louis Browns outfielder and backup catcher
  • Jimmy Outlaw, Detroit Tigers outfielder

Visit to learn more about the SABR Oral History Collection or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

Yankee Stadium 1923-2008: America's First Modern Ballpark, edited by Tara Krieger and Bill Nowlin

Yankee Stadium 1923-2008: America’s First Modern Ballpark
Edited by Tara Krieger and Bill Nowlin

Visit to download any SABR Digital Library e-book for free or save 50% off the paperback edition.

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.

Name Hometown Name Hometown
Michael Bilyj Philadelphia, PA     Thomas Nurse Homewood, IL
Donovan Bush Pittsford, NY     Kerry Osaki Fountain Valley, CA
Drew Carty Milton, MA     Andrew Parton Wantagh, NY
Jeffrey Craig Palm Coast, FL     Amar Rehal Chicago, IL
Ryan Dales Dallas, TX     Dominik Rettberg Salamanca, NY
Tom Doxsee Attleboro, MA     Ed Roesinger Severna Park, MD
Smith Essman Midland, TX     Jake Rood Iowa City, IA
John Farmer Radford, VA     Harrison Rubin Katonah, NY
Noah Flick Portland, OR     Josh Ruffin Robbinsdale, MN
Scott Greene Longmeadow, MA     Scott Shertzer Lancaster, PA
Richard Huhn Tampa, FL     Taylor Silvestri New York, NY
Jevon Jaconi Green Bay, WI     David Simon Plainview, NY
Joseph Lazniarz Long Beach, CA     Laura Van Pate Baltimore, MD
Franck Lerman London, ON     Chris Watkins Aliso Viejo, CA
Ray McCurdy Whitby, ON     Barton Zeller Scottsdale, AZ
Cale McCurdy Whitby, ON        

SABR Events Calendar

The 14th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference will be held on April 28-29, 2023, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. To learn more, visit

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • April 22: Hank Gowdy Columbus (OH) Chapter book club meeting (9:30 a.m. EDT)
  • April 22: Schott-Pelican (LA) Chapter meeting with Dan Schlossberg (10:00 a.m. CDT)
  • April 22: Smoky Joe Wood (CT) Chapter meeting (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • April 22: South Florida Chapter meeting with Tim Hagerty (6:30 p.m. EDT)
  • April 24: Bay Area/Sacramento Chapter joint meeting with Peter Mancuso and Justin Mckinney (7:00 p.m. PDT)
  • April 29: Scouts Committee meeting with Lee Lowenfish (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • April 30: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • April 22: Williamsport Sebring-Stovey Chapter meeting (Williamsport, PA)
  • April 22: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Baltimore, MD)
  • April 24: Rabbit Maranville Chapter meeting (Springfield, MA)
  • April 28-29: 2023 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference (Cooperstown, NY)
  • April 29: Central Illinois/St. Louis Chapter joint meeting (Nokomis, IL)

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

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

Sign up for SABR chapter announcements at

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 21, 2023. Last Updated: April 21, 2023.