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This Week in SABR: April 22, 2022

This Week in SABR: April 22, 2022

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 22, 2022:


SABR’s Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference begins next week

SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference (ERIC MIKLICH)The 13th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference will be held next week on April 29-30 at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

The 2022 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from author Thomas Gilbert, along with a panel discussion on owner Chris Von Der Ahe with Tom Hetrick, Dennis Thiessen, Paul Browne, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a special presentation by Jonathan Popovich on “A Game of Ball: Reconstructing The Elysian Fields, 1845-1865”; a Member Spotlight interview of Dixie Tourangeau by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations.

To learn more about the conference, or find the full schedule, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.


Member Benefit Spotlight: Register now for SABR 50 convention in Baltimore

SABR 50 logoAs a SABR member, you have vast resources and benefits at your disposal. With so much information at your fingertips, we realize it can be overwhelming to absorb it all! To highlight key benefits, read on for this month’s SABR Member Benefit Spotlight, an email series that identifies and explains some of the most valuable features of your membership. We hope this allows you to take full advantage of all SABR has to offer.

With baseball season in full bloom, we look forward to the summer where we will once again gather for our annual convention, SABR 50, on August 17-21, 2022, in Baltimore. If you ask veteran members their favorite thing about SABR, many of them will quickly point to our convention. It’s safe to say SABR 50 is our most anticipated convention to date!

Click here to watch this month’s Member Benefit Spotlight video on SABR 50.


New scholarship opportunities open for students

  • Yoseloff Scholarship for SABR 50 in Baltimore: With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to 10 scholarships to currently enrolled high school or college students to attend SABR 50 on August 17-21, 2022, in Baltimore. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250. The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage high school and college-level student engagement with baseball research and to engender an active interest in baseball and SABR. Deadline to apply: June 3, 2022. Click here to learn more or download the application form.
  • Women in Baseball Scholarship: SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee will award one $500 scholarship to a high school senior in its annual Women in Baseball Essay Contest in 2022. Students must write an essay of 1,500 words or less addressing the following question: “Choose one person or event in women’s baseball history that you believe has made a significant impact on the game and explain the importance.” Deadline to apply: June 14, 2022. Click here to learn more or download the application form.

Check out SABR’s new Jackie Robinson 75th anniversary web project

Jackie Robinson 75: Baseball's Re-IntegrationAt SABR.org, Jackie Robinson 75: Baseball’s Re-Integration, edited by SABR Century Committee chair Sharon Hamilton, dives into the SABR Research Collection archives and draws on the contributions of more than 85 SABR authors and historians to tell the story of Robinson’s complicated, never guaranteed, journey as a civil rights pioneer on and off the field.

This project puts Robinson’s accomplishment into context by taking a look back to the Reconstruction Era of the nineteenth century, when the promise of a fully integrated baseball world briefly existed. This historical background sets the stage for an in-depth look at the beginnings of Robinson’s professional baseball career and his path from being a star shortstop with the Kansas City Monarchs to his signing with the Dodgers in 1945. The project moves on to Robinson’s integration of the minor leagues with the Montreal Royals in 1946 before exploring his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 — a year filled with trials and triumphs.

Finally, this project celebrates the integration pioneers who came after Robinson, as the rest of the teams in the American and National Leagues signed Black players over the ensuing years. Those other integration pioneers never had it made either, and this project aims to pay homage to all of these heroes of America’s national pastime.

Visit SABR.org/jackie75 to learn more.


SABR Digital Library: Not an Easy Tale to Tell: Jackie Robinson on the Page, Stage, and Screen

Not an Easy Tale to Tell: Jackie Robinson on the Page, Stage, and Screen, edited by Ralph CarhartAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Not an Easy Tale to Tell: Jackie Robinson on the Page, Stage, and Screen
Edited by Ralph Carhart
Associate editors Bill Nowlin, Carl Riechers, and Kate Nachman
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-71-4, $6.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-72-1, $19.95
8.5″ x 11″, 128 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at SABR.org.

SABR members, get this e-book for free!

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.

Visit SABR.org/ebooks to find more titles from the SABR Digital Library.


Join SABR’s Give Local campaign today

Donate now to SABR's Give Local campaignAs SABR strives to become the essential community for the world of baseball, our amazing chapters, research committees and communities of interest continue to promote our great game and share our passion for baseball’s past, present and future.

In 2021, SABR launched its Local Grants Program, delivering mission-focused funding to chapters and committees for projects concentrating on one or more of SABR’s four pillars: Research, Preservation, Scholarship, and Future of the Game. During our Give Local campaign, we’ll proudly share some of the stories of our inaugural group of Local Grants recipients and how they will put these funds to work in their communities.

  • By joining our Give Local campaign between now and June 10, you will help support SABR’s general operation and fund more of our members’ amazing work on the local level.

While seven projects initiated by SABR chapters across the country received Local Grants for 2022, there were many more worthy applications submitted that we were unable to fund in the first year of the program.

Visit SABR.org/donate/give-local to learn more.


2022 Larry Ritter Book Award finalists announced

Ty Cobb (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)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 2022:

  • Gettysburg Eddie Plank: A Pitcher’s Journey to the Hall of Fame, by Dave Heller (McFarland & Co.)
  • Wahoo Sam Crawford: The King of Sluggers, by Kent Krause (Kodar Publishing)
  • Barney Dreyfuss: Pittsburgh’s Baseball Titan, by Brian Martin (McFarland & Co.)
  • Comeback Pitchers: The Remarkable Careers of Howard Ehmke and Jack Quinn, by Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Double Plays and Double Crosses: The Black Sox and Baseball in 1920, by Don Zminda (Rowman & Littlefield)

The winner will be announced in the coming weeks and honored at SABR 50 this summer in Baltimore. For a list of past Ritter Award winners, click here.


Register now for Ballpark Figures on May 5 with ESPN’s Mina Kimes

Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Mina KimesJoin us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.

At 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 5, we’ll be joined by Mina Kimes, award-winning journalist, analyst, podcast host and television contributor for ESPN since 2014.

Kimes is a highly acclaimed football analyst and appears regularly on NFL Live, SportsCenter, Around the Horn, and other TV programs across the network. In addition, she hosts The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny podcast and was the original host for the ESPN Daily podcast. In 2017, her ESPN The Magazine article, “The Art of Letting Go,” on bat flips in the Korea Baseball Organization, won a SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for best historical analysis or commentary. Prior to ESPN, she worked for Bloomberg News and Fortune Magazine, where she penned pieces on topics from arms exports to tainted drugs.

Visit SABR.org/ballpark-figures to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.


1 week left to register early to 2022 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Birmingham

2022 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceEarly registration discounts are still available for SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held on June 2-4, 2022, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

The full schedule for the 2022 Malloy Conference has now been posted online; click here to view the daily panels, presentations, and historic site tours.

  • Register: Click here to register online for the 2022 Malloy Conference. Full registration is $175 before April 29, $195 afterward. Students: $125 before April 29, $140 afterward. Single-day registration is also available for $75 for Friday or Saturday. Extra tickets can be purchased for the Rickwood Field bus tours, Thursday’s “meet and greet” reception, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Tour, or the awards banquet on Saturday night. All of these sessions are included in the full registration package.
  • Hotel: Click here to book your room online at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel at the special group rate of $155/night (plus tax). Our host hotel is located at 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., North Birmingham, AL 35203. Call (205) 324-5000 for questions about your hotel reservation.
  • Schedule: Click here to view the full schedule for the 2022 Malloy Conference.
  • COVID-19 policy: All attendees must supply proof of a negative test. Those who can provide proof of vaccination are exempt from this requirement. Attendees will be required to follow any additional local public health declarations, including mask mandates. Click here to learn more.
  • Contact: For questions, email Larry Lester or Leslie Heaphy.

Visit SABR.org/malloy to learn more.


Call for papers: 2022 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logoSABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the fourth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled for September 16-18, 2022, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

This year’s conference theme is “Title IX and Women’s Baseball: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are and Where We’re Headed.” Topics can focus on anniversaries such as: Title IX (50th), Marie Pepe (50th), umpires (Bernice Gera 50th), A League of Their Own (30th), the Colorado Silver Bullets (25th anniversary of final season); or any other ideas related to women’s baseball are welcome for individual oral and poster presentations.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by June 27, 2022, to Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.


Sign up now for SABR Analytics Certification online course

Watch on YouTube: SABR Analytics Certification previewIt’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.

The SABR Analytics Certification program is 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 curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.

SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price.

Visit SABR.org/analytics/certification to sign up today or learn more.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Baseball Rebels by Robert Elias and Peter DreierSABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at SABR.org, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:

  • April 23: Jack Graney Chapter book club meeting (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • April 23: Jorge Colón-Delgado: Josh Gibson in Puerto Rico (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • April 23: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting with Bret Ripley (1:00 p.m. EDT)
  • April 24: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter Meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • April 26: Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter meeting with Eric Chalek (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • April 26: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with Elizabeth Muratore (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • April 27: Robert Elias and Peter Dreier: Baseball Rebels author event (7:00 p.m. PDT)
  • May 1: Mathewson-Plank (PA) Chapter meeting with Gabriel Schechter and Stew Thornley (2:00 p.m. EDT)

In addition, the following events will be held in person:

  • April 23: Schott-Pelican Chapter meeting (New Orleans, LA)
  • April 23: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter meeting (Middletown, CT)
  • April 25: Rabbit Maranville Chapter meeting (Springfield, MA)
  • April 26: Juan Marichal Chapter meeting (Santo Domingo, DOM)
  • April 30: Halsey Hall Chapter spring meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
  • April 30: Sebring-Stovey Williamsport Chapter meeting (Williamsport, PA)
  • April 30: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
  • April 30: Oscar Charleston Chapter meeting (Indianapolis, IN)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


6 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Bobby Marshall (1905 Gopher, University of Minnesota)Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject


22 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Cumberland Posey (TRADING CARD DB)Twenty-two new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project, including a selection from SABR’s A Palace in the Nation’s Capital: Griffith Stadium, Home of the Washington Senators. Here are the new game stories:

New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject.

  • Get involved: Have memories of a game you attended? Or a game you watched that caught your interest? Write about it! 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. We have editors and fact checkers who are willing to help you write your first article.
  • Social media: Follow the SABR Games Project on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with new stories and updates.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Jim Allen

SABRcast #158: Jim AllenBaseball 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 #158 on Monday, April 18 featured Jim Allen, who has been covering Japanese baseball since 1993, writing for English-language audiences about the exploits of Ichiro Suzuki, Shohei Ohtani, and, most recently, Roki Sasaki. He was a longtime columnist for the Daily Yomiuri and has authored Ichiro Magic and four analytical guides to Japanese baseball. His writing has appeared regularly at ESPN.com, JapaneseBaseball.com, and many other outlets. A California native, Allen moved to Japan in 1984 to work as an English teacher and has lived there ever since. He became the first English-language writer to vote for NPB’s postseason awards and, in 2018, the first foreign writer to cast a ballot for Japan’s Baseball Hall of Fame.

Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.


Listen to a new episode of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroBehind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time for the regular season. Listen to new episodes at 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.

You can also listen to archives of 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.


ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s 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: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.


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 members.sabr.org 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
Joseph Bell Wentzville, MO     Mark Eisen Pikesville, MD
Samuel Bloch Attleboro, MA     Doug Foster Accokeek, MD
Jake Booth Louisville, KY     Justin Held Milwaukee, WI
Anthony Boyer Los Angeles, CA     Leonard Lumbers Toronto, ON
Roy Brownell Washington, DC     Mark McGee Shelbyville, TN
Brian David Denver, CO     Kiri Oler Tacoma, WA
Daniel Dennison Woodland Hills, CA     Jose A. Ortiz Aguadilla, PRI
Ralph Deptolla Cedarburg, WI     Carlos Ramirez Milpitas, CA
Rich Dillon Albuquerque, NM     Ryan Toole Clemson, SC

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.


Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:

Click here for more information on SABR regional chapters. Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.


Around the Web

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 22, 2022. Last Updated: April 22, 2022.

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