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:
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.
As 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!
- 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.
At 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.
Add 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
SABR members, get this e-book for free!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Not an Easy Tale to Tell for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Not an Easy Tale to Tell paperback edition from the SABR Store ($12.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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Visit SABR.org/ebooks to find more titles from the SABR Digital Library.
As 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.
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)
Join 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.
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.
Early 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.
SABR 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.
It’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.
SABR 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.
- Can’t-Miss Event: On Wednesday, April 27, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. PDT, join us for an authors event co-presented by the Allan Roth (LA), Lefty O’Doul (SF), Dusty Baker (Sacramento), and NWSABR chapters. We’ll be joined by Professor Robert Elias and Professor Peter Dreier, co-authors of Baseball Rebels: The Players, People and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America, and Major League Rebels: Baseball Battles Over Workers’ Rights and American Empire. Please click here to register in advance for this Zoom meeting.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from Bill Kemp of the McLean County (IL) Museum of History. Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.
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.
- Joe Bratcher, by Darren Gibson
- Don Flinn, by Darren Gibson
- Hugh High, by Michael Tow
- Hi Jasper, by Bill Lamb
- Bobby Marshall, by Bill Johnson
- George Starnagle, by Terry Bohn
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
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:
- September 23, 1886: Chippy McGarr hits for the cycle as Athletics upset first-place Browns, by Mike Huber
- June 21, 1901: Reds’ Doc Parker allows record 26 hits to Superbas in first game after 5-year absence, by Larry DeFillipo
- April 17, 1908: Memphis Turtles win season opener; Tris Speaker debuts for Little Rock, by Stephen V. Rice
- July 19, 1922: Fans hoist Rogers Hornsby to their shoulders after his game-winning home run, by Thomas E. Merrick
- September 19, 1932: Play ball at midnight: Grays, Crawfords duck the blue laws in Pittsburgh, by James Overmyer
- September 1, 1935: Bobo Newsom outlasts Lefty Grove in 14-inning duel at Griffith Stadium, by Jeff Findley
- July 12, 1938: Sloppy Cleveland defense overshadows Odell Hale’s cycle against Senators, by Mike Huber
- June 19, 1942: Braves’ Paul Waner joins 3,000-hit club against his former team, by Tyler Ash
- September 18, 1945: Senators stay alive in topsy-turvy home finale, by Nathan Bierma
- April 18, 1947: Ted Williams home run helps Boo Ferriss win his first game of season, by Bill Nowlin
- August 17, 1947: After Woody Crowson dies in bus accident, Greensboro and Raleigh play in his honor, by Andrew Harner
- September 14, 1947: Rookie Vic Wertz cycles Tigers to ‘mayhem’ victory in Washington, by Mike Huber
- April 19, 1950: Red Sox win Patriots Day game against the Yankees, by Bill Nowlin
- September 10, 1950: Joe DiMaggio homers three times at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, by Brian Frank
- October 8, 1951: A day of rain, and Reynolds rather than Sain, lifts Yankees in Game 4, by Mark S. Sternman
- July 10, 1956: The Kid, The Man, the Say Hey Kid, and the Commerce Comet shine at All-Star Game, by Alan Cohen
- August 3, 1957: Roy Sievers blasts Senators to win at end of long, hot afternoon, by Alan Cohen
- April 15, 1962: Pitcher Jim Manning becomes Twins’ first 18-year-old player, by Kurt Blumenau
- May 29, 1976: Joe Niekro victimizes brother Phil with his only career home run, by Richard Cuicchi
- September 17, 1984: Dwight Gooden strikes out 16, but Mets lose to Phillies, by David Krell
- August 10, 1990: Craig Grebeck, Ozzie Guillen derail Ryan Express, by John Shorey
- June 22, 2021: Scherzer inspected, Girardi ejected: ‘sticky stuff’ crackdown goes haywire, by Laura H. Peebles
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.
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.
Behind 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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Check out highlights, stories, and clips from the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference
- SABR announces 2022 Henry Chadwick Award recipients: James E. Brunson III, Jane Leavy, Daniel Okrent
- Baldassaro, Chetwynd, Spatz, Steinberg win 2022 SABR Baseball Research Awards
- SABR celebrates Opening Day 2022 with new collection of Games Project stories
- SABR Digital Library: Metropolitan Stadium: Memorable Games at Minnesota’s Diamond on the Prairie
- Bruce Allardice wins 2022 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award
- Seven baseball projects to receive SABR Local Grants in 2022
- Download your free copy of The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues book from SABR, Sports Reference
- Check out nominees for 2022 SABR Overlooked 19th Century Legend election
- Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2022
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
|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|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Minor Leagues: Spring 2022 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Halsey Hall Chapter: May 2022 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Stephen J. Nesbitt: ‘He’s different’: How Miguel Cabrera put himself in line to be the next member of the 3000-hit club (The Athletic)
- Emma Baccellieri: Miguel Cabrera, a Deeply Hilarious Intentional Walk and Waiting For History (Sports Illustrated)
- David Appelman: A FanGraphs WAR Fielding Update (FanGraphs)
- Jayson Stark: 10 numbers that will define the 2022 MLB season (The Athletic)
- Jay Jaffe: Welcome to Hitless Baseball (FanGraphs)
- Russell A. Carleton: The End is Near (Baseball Prospectus)
- Andrea Williams: The true legacy of Jackie Robinson’s Dodgers debut is complicated (Sports Illustrated)
- William Weinbaum: Dusty Baker, Chuck D, Billie Jean King among those reflecting on Jackie Robinson’s impact (ESPN.com)
- Ryan Fagan: Griffey family dinner lessons led to enduring way to honor Jackie Robinson (The Sporting News)
- Gordon Edes: Where MLB is sorely lacking progress (Bally Sports)
- Alex Coffey: John Irvin Kennedy was the Phillies’ first black player. Why has he been forgotten? (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Jack Harris: Chet Brewer’s best delivery was helping Black players reach the major leagues (Los Angeles Times)
- Mark Kreidler: The Jackie Robinson We Didn’t Get to Know (Capital & Main)
- Stephanie Apstein: The Mets Rotation Is Dominating—Even Without Jacob deGrom (Sports Illustrated)
- Tyler Kepner: These Mets Are More Than a Good First Impression (New York Times)
- Alex Speier: The Red Sox’ offense, which was supposed to be a strength, has been anything but (Boston Globe)
- Derrick Goold: ‘I know I have massive shoes to fill’: Knizner earned Cardinals’ trust before getting playing time to prove it (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Sarah Langs/Mandy Bell: Making sense of the legend of Steven Kwan (MLB.com)
- Alec Lewis/Eno Sarris: What are the roots of the Royals’ big fastball problem? (The Athletic)
- Daniel R. Epstein: The Return of the Sinker-Slider Guy (Baseball Prospectus)
- Rob Mains: How Banning the Shift Will Affect Batting with Runners in Scoring Position (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mark Simon: The Padres’ Spectacular Groundball Defense (ACTA Sports)
- Josh Levin: Roki Sasaki Just Pulled Off One of the Greatest Feats in Sports History (Slate.com)
- Manny Randhawa: 88 HRs for Vlad? 465 K’s for Kershaw? … Hey, we can dream (MLB.com)
- Grant Brisbee: The Giants are the kings of impressive warning-track outs so far in 2022, and it doesn’t have to be a fluke (The Athletic)
- David Laurila: Twins’ Joe Ryan Talks Sliders, Vertical Approach Angle… and Water Polo (FanGraphs)
- Jason Turbow: The Audacity of Aaron Boone (The Baseball Codes)
- Baseball Hall of Fame Restructures Era Committee, Frick Award Voting (BaseballHall.org)
- Michael Clair: Why the Hall of Fame is updating its Black baseball exhibit (MLB.com)
- Rob Rains: Christina Whitlock has her own story to tell; ‘I’m right where I need to be’ in new job with Cardinals (KSDK.com)
- Chris Lamb: When a Black team entered Charleston’s Little League tournament in 1955, all hell broke loose (Andscape)
- Jerry Carino: Monmouth University law class tries to save Armando Galarraga’s (almost) perfect game (Asbury Park Press)
- Matt Monagan: The little-known story of an inspiring baseball upset during World War II (MLB.com)
- Anne R. Keene: Marine colonel’s memoir unveils sporty secret to war training (Marine Corps Times)
- Derek Bain: Retro Computer Baseball Game Review: Hardball 3-4-5-6 (Baseball Analytics)
- Nick Vossbrink: When Topps covers politics (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- F. Scott Wilkinson: Topps in 1972, Part 9 (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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Originally published: April 22, 2022. Last Updated: April 22, 2022.