Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of April 26, 2013:
The story of professional baseball scouts is almost as old as the National Pastime itself. So in preparation for the first exhibition to provide an in-depth look at the scouting profession, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum teamed its research efforts with the Society for American Baseball Research to unearth as much information as possible to share the work of scouts with global audiences.
The result is a new online interactive featuring more than 14,000 scouting reports, covering 441 scouts and 4,444 players from 1943 through 2006, available through a database that will live at www.baseballhall.org, beginning May 4, 2013, when the Museum formally opens Diamond Mines, a two-year exhibit in Cooperstown that details the contributions of scouts on our National Pastime.
SABR’s Scouts Research Committee provided data from its groundbreaking “Who-Signed-Whom” database linking more than 11,000 current and former major leaguers, with the names of their signing or recommending scout, the first time this information has been available for the general public. The Scouts Committee’s relational database includes a registry of more than 7,000 professional baseball scouts, with information compiled over the past decade by a dedicated team of volunteer researchers led by Rod Nelson and the late Jim Sandoval, assisted by database specialists Ted Turocy and Sean Lahman and committee co-chair Joe Hamrahi.
“Within the industry, a database like this is something that has been long overdue,” SABR Executive Director Marc Appleman said. “We are honored to be working with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on this project, and we think this is just the start of a long-term relationship between SABR and the Museum that can share research with fans.”
The Hall of Fame will unveil the new interactive exhibit Diamond Mines with a cast of baseball luminaries on hand for the celebration, including longtime SABR members Roland Hemond, recipient of the 2011 Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, and Pat Gillick, who was elected to the Hall of Fame as an executive in 2012.
“We are grateful to SABR and its team of dedicated researchers who have provided an unprecedented level of valuable information on scouts, allowing us to collectively reach audiences in Cooperstown, through Diamond Mines, and fans around the globe through our interactive database, which connects scouts with the amateur players they follow,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “The results of this collaboration augment the efforts of the Scout of the Year Foundation, providing a telling story of the role that the unsung heroes play in recognizing future major league potential in young, untapped talent.”
The exhibit will feature three-dimensional artifacts such as radar guns and stopwatches that have served as scouts’ tools of the trade for decades. The exhibit will provide an insider’s view of the essential link between the amateur game and professional baseball and will also recognize Scout of the Year Award winners, an honor given by the Scout of the Year Program since 1984.
The May 4 opening will feature a 10 a.m. Voices of the Game program in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater. Guests for the roundtable discussion on the role of scouts in baseball will include Hemond; Gillick; Scout of the Year Program Executive Director Roberta Mazur; and Texas Rangers scout and senior special assistant Don Welke. Tickets for the Voices of the Game event are free but limited and must be reserved in advance by calling (607) 547-0397 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants in the Museum’s Membership Program can reserve tickets immediately. If any tickets remain, non-members may reserve beginning Monday, April 29.
To learn more about the SABR Scouts Research Committee, click here.
- Related link: To download our one-of-a-kind book on baseball scouts, Can He Play? A Look At Baseball Scouts And Their Profession, visit SABR.org/ebooks
The fifth annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference was held April 19-20, 2013, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
As SABR member Bill Francis writes at Cooperstown Chatter: For the registered attendees from across the country, it was an opportunity to engage with others who share the same unique passion.
“It gives me a chance to hang out with people who care about what I care about, which is the old-time game,” said John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian as well as a moderator during Saturday morning’s panel discussion entitled The Evolution of the Pitching/Catching Battery. “And it’s very convivial and it’s one of my favorite weekends of the year.”
Other programs held during the two days included The Two Faces of Baseball’s Creation Myth, Jimmy Fogarty and the Players Brotherhood, and Beer Tanks & Barbed Wire: Bill Barnie and the Baltimore Orioles of the AA (1883-1891).
“It’s a great opportunity to meet other people who have the same fascination as I do,” said acclaimed baseball historian and author Peter Morris. “We share ideas, hear a lot of new ideas, and hear what people are working on.”
Morris was a member of the Pre-Integration Era Committee that elected umpire Hank O’Day, New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and 19th century player Deacon White to the Hall of Fame in December at MLB’s Winter Meetings. The Pre-Integration Era covered candidates whose most significant career impact was realized from baseball’s origins through 1946.
“It was exciting to have recognition go to players who I think have deserved it for a long time,” Morris said. “Just because the Hall of Fame didn’t start until the 1930s there was a whole generation who never get evaluated by their peers, and there’s no way to get around that, but I think at least now we’ve had a group of historians who’ve looked at them and really given them a fair chance.
“Personally, being part of the Committee was just so rewarding. It was one of the most exciting experiences of my life. In preparing for it weeks and months beforehand, and then when it came, it was even more exciting and better than I ever dreamed it would be.”
Also on Saturday, the village of Cooperstown commemorated Bud Fowler Day with a ceremony and plaque unveiling at Doubleday Field, led by Cooperstown Mayor and SABR member Jeff Katz.
Fowler (born John W. Jackson) is recognized as the first African-American player in organized professional baseball, playing for over two decades in the nineteenth century despite facing constant racial discrimination. Fowler was born in nearby Fort Plain but grew up in Cooperstown, where his father worked as a barber on Main Street. To learn more about Fowler, click here to read Brian McKenna’s SABR biography.
To view a photo gallery from the weekend, visit /ivor-campbell19c.
- Read more: SABR, Bud Fowler and A Taste of Cooperstown, by Joe Williams (Seamheads.com)
The 2013 SABR Baseball Research Awards, which honor outstanding research projects completed during the preceding calendar year which have significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball, have been awarded to:
- Ron Keurajian, for the research he did to prepare his book, Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide, published by McFarland & Co.
- Herm Krabbenhoft for the research he did for his project, The Accurate RBI Records for Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, and Babe Ruth, published in the Baseball Research Journal
- Peter Morris, William J. Ryczek, Jan Finkel, Leonard Levin and Richard Malatzky, for the research they did to prepare their book, Base Ball Pioneers, 1850-1870: The Clubs and Players Who Spread the Sport Nationwide, published by McFarland & Co.
The authors will receive their awards at the SABR 43 national convention, July 31-August 4, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The SABR Baseball Research Award, formerly known as the Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award, is designed to honor projects that do not fit the criteria for the Seymour Medal or the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award.
The selection committee consists of: Steve Gietschier (non-voting chair), Andrew Goldblatt, Marlene Vogelsang and Bill Felber.
To see a complete list of SABR Baseball Research Award winners, click here.
Periodically throughout the year, SABR.org publishes listings of new books that are received at the SABR office. This feature is called The SABR Bookshelf, continuing a popular section from the old SABR Bulletin.
Here are The SABR Bookshelf listings for Spring 2013:
Click the link above for more information on each of these books:
- Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes, by John Rosengren
- Swinging ’73: Baseball’s Wildest Season, by Matthew Silverman
- The Coal Barons Played Cuban Giants: A History of Early Professional Baseball in Pennsylvania, 1886-1896, by Paul Browne
- League Park: Historic Home of Cleveland Baseball, 1891-1946, by Ken Krsolovic and Bryan Fritz
- Baseball Team Names: A Worldwide Dictionary, 1869-2011, by Richard Worth Billy Southworth: A Biography of the Hall of Fame Manager and Ballplayers, by John C. Skipper
- Baseball Injuries: Case Studies, by Type, in the Major Leagues, by W. Laurence Coker, M.D. Frantic Frank Lane: Baseball’s Ultimate Wheeler-Dealer, by Bob Vanderberg
- Black Sox in the Courtroom: The Grand Jury, Criminal Trial and Civil Litigation, by William F. Lamb
- The Easter Monday Baseball Game: North Carolina State and Wake Forest on the Diamond, 1899-1956, by Tim Peeler Cracking Baseball’s Cold Cases: Filling in the Facts About 17 Mystery Major Leaguers, by Peter Morris
- 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die, by Ron Kaplan
- Bridging Two Dynasties: The 1947 New York Yankees, Edited by Lyle Spatz
- Philadelphia’s Top 50 Baseball Players, by Rich Westcott
- Drama and Pride in the Gateway City: The 1964 St. Louis Cardinals, edited by John Harry Stahl and Bill Nowlin
- Smoky Joe Wood: The Biography of a Baseball Legend, by Gerald C. Wood
- Baseball’s Last Great Scout: The Life of Hugh Alexander, by Dan Austin
- American Jews and America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball, by Larry Ruttman
- Mr. Wrigley’s Ball Club: Chicago & the Cubs During the Jazz Age, by Roberts Ehrgott Baseball’s Iconic 1-0 Games, by Warren N. Wilbert
- The Pitching Professor: The Life & Times of Ernie Kershaw, by Ernie Kershaw and Len Corben
- Summers At Shea, by Ira Berkow
- 100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, by Tom Haudricourt 100 Things Reds Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, by Joel Luckhaupt
- How the Red Sox Explain New England, by Jon Chattman and Allie Tarantino
- Classic Bucs: The 50 Greatest Games in Pittsburgh Pirates History, by David Finoli
- Bleacher In The Bedroom: The Swampoodle Irish and Connie Mack, by John J. Rooney
- Sports Illustrated Kids presents Goodnight Baseball, by Michael Dahl
Baseball Comes Out: A Revolutionary Novel, by Jack Saunders
- Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up With My Grandfather, Ty Cobb, by Herschel Cobb
- Sweet ’60: The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates, edited by Clifton Blue Parker and Bill Nowlin
To get your NEW book listed on The SABR Bookshelf, make sure a review copy is sent to: The SABR Bookshelf, Society for American Baseball Research, 4455 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. D-140, Phoenix, AZ 85018.
To ensure a listing in The Baseball Index — SABR’s online catalog of baseball research materials at www.baseballindex.org — make sure a review copy is sent to The Baseball Index, 4025 Beechwood Pl., Riverside, CA 92506.
Bolded names indicates that the author(s) is a SABR member. Click here for a list of publishers found in the SABR Bookshelf, along with their contact information.
Special thanks to Ryan Hill for assistance in compiling the listings.
SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee is pleased to award $2,500 scholarships to two high school seniors in its fifth annual national essay contest.
Emma Charlesworth-Seiler of Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Madison O’Shields of Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, were selected as this year’s winners.
The contest was open to high school seniors and carrying a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the end of their junior year. Students had to write a 1,000-word essay answering one of the following questions: “What influence or impact did the Negro League have on African American communities, past and present?” or “What is the Legacy of Satchel Paige?”
Charlesworth-Seiler plans to attend Hamlie University in St. Paul, Minnesota. O’Shields plans to major in English at the University of Texas.
The committee has also awarded $1,000 library grants to Randolph High School in Randolph, New Jersey and Joseph L. Carwise Middle School in Palm Harbor, Florida. School libraries from across the country were invited to submit grant proposals centering on educating students about black baseball and American history.
Randolph High School, whose program is led by librarian Stephen Cullis, plans to use its grant to encourage its students about the understanding of the Negro Leagues and their importance in the larger picture of American story and civil rights. The school will create groups to help alter its curriculum to offer different learning stages throughout their students’ eduction at the school. Students will learn about character development, the history of the Negro Leagues and its influence on American history and about the Leagues themselves. The groups will sponsor a viewing of the movie “42”, providing posters and other materials they create from their research and learning.
Carwise Middle School, whose program is led by librarian Bronwyn Main, plans to create a portion of its eighth-grade social studies curriculum on the Negro Leagues. It will explore large themes, biographies, statistics and primary sources about the leagues. The courses will also connect the story of the Negro Leagues to today’s baseball players. Students will make baseball cards of players from the Negro Leagues’ star players, possibly paper jerseys, and a variety of other projects to display around school with their research projects.
The awards will be presented at the 16th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held June 13-15, 2013, at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Newark, New, Jersey.
For more information or to register, visit SABR.org/malloy.
Ten new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,415 published biographies. Here are the new bios:
- Cliff Brady, by Bill Nowlin
- Eleanor Gehrig, by Tara Krieger
- Larry Jaster, by David E. Skelton
- Frank Miller, by Bill Lamb
- Jack Ryan, by Bill Nowlin
- Twilight at Ebbets Field, by Rory Costello
- Tim Wallach, by Norm King
- Roxy Walters, by Bill Nowlin
- George Winn, by Bill Nowlin
- Harry Wolter, by Bill Nowlin
All new biographies can be found here: /bioproj/recent
You can find the SABR BioProject at SABR.org/BioProject.
Bios on more than just ballplayers: The ambitious goal of the SABR Baseball Biography Project is to publish a full-life biography of every major league player in history. But SABR members write about a lot more than just ballplayers. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires and a lot more on the BioProject website. You can browse all of these categories at /bioproj/browse. So if you’ve ever thought, “Hey, that person (or ballpark) should get the full BioProject treatment” — write the story and we’ll publish it!
Check out the new Baseball Ballparks Project: The SABR Baseball Biography Project has been accepting/publishing “biographies” of Ballparks for a few years, and we have 39 of them on our website at /bioproj/parks. However, this thing just got real. Ballparks are now its very own PROJECT — the Baseball Ballparks Project, our first official spin-off. The project leader is Scott Ferkovich, who is now in charge of recruiting ballparks articles and publicizing them. Learn more by clicking here.
Get involved! If you’d like to help contribute to the SABR BioProject, visit our BioProject Resources page or read the FAQs section to get started. We’re also looking to expand the BioProject to include all “encyclopedic” articles on baseball-related subjects from past SABR publications or committee newsletters. If you come across an article you think should be included in the SABR “baseball repository” at the BioProject, send a copy or link to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spring 2013 edition of the Baseball Research Journal was shipped last week and should be showing up in your mailboxes any day now. In the meantime, you can begin reading these great articles online at:
Edited by Cecilia Tan, this issue of the Baseball Research Journal has a number of articles that tackle “what if?” questions, allowing us to revisit moments in history and analyze what happened by investigating alternatives. Lyle Spatz asks what if Burt Shotton had not been manager of the Dodgers in 1947? Paul Hensler asks what would have happened if during Nolan Ryan’s incredible 1973 season he had been able to face not the newly-created designated hitters, but his fellow pitchers? Robert Shaefer wonders how the record books might have been different if a home-run-prevention screen had not been installed in Sportsman’s Park.
Of course then there are the record books themselves. I feel sometimes what we do in SABR is write new gospel, and recover lost gospels, too. Todd Peterson brings to light a chapter of baseball history that should by all rights be a significant part of the lore and record books of the Negro Leagues, except that those record books are only being written now, as we uncover and compile the stories and facts of events like the east-west championships that were not as well documented as those in Major League Baseball. Of course there is also the fact that sometimes even MLB wasn’t as meticulously recorded as we would have liked it to be! In this issue Herm Krabbenhoft continues his painstaking correction of incorrect RBI records, Ron Selter sets a clerical mystery straight, and Frank Vaccaro details why pitcher win-loss records are perhaps not as comparable across eras as they might appear to a casual fan.
And there is much more. Click here to read the Spring 2013 Baseball Research Journal online.
E-book editions (in PDF, EPUB and MOBI/Kindle formats) are available for download for FREE to members by clicking here. If you’d like to order an additional copy of the print edition of the Spring 2013 Baseball Research Journal, you can find it at the SABR Bookstore online.
We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2013 Baseball Research Journal!
A note to all SABR members:
SABR’s newest research committee, the Baseball and the Media Research Committee, is ramping up quickly! Since being approved in March, almost 100 SABR members have joined up.
The goal of this exciting new committee is to provide research into the media’s coverage of baseball both as news (i.e., journalism) and as an event (i.e., in-game coverage).
We will aim to provide information and insights about the journalists who have reported on the game over the last fourteen decades and the newspapers and magazines they worked for; as well as the broadcasters who used their mellifluous voices and colorful descriptions to teach us how to love the game—and who entrance us still today.
We will also strive to assemble a comprehensive library of reference material pertaining to the baseball media, including a comprehensive bibliography of the seminal publications and articles that provide information of, analysis of and insights into the baseball media, as well as databases detailing the history of baseball coverage in print, broadcast and electronic media.
We are bringing together a group of SABR members who have an interest in the way the media have helped make an impact on baseball’s development as both a cultural and commercial phenomenon. If you’re interested in this kind of thing as well, then come on in!
To join the group, please click here to go to the committee’s home page, and once there, click on “Join Group” toward the top of the page.
— Chuck Hildebrandt
Each year, Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism awards the Herb Moss Business of Baseball Scholarship to students who submit an essay on any topic related to the business of baseball.
Moss is a longtime SABR member and a 1968 graduate of the Scripps school. He established the scholarship to recognize the importance of business and economic news, and to follow his love of baseball. Moss is VP at UBS investments, which specializes in financial services.
The winning essay for 2013 is being republished in its original form at SABR.org with the permission of Herb Moss. You can read it below:
For more information on the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, visit scrippsjschool.org.
Good news: If you’re planning to apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 43 in Philadelphia this summer, the deadline has been extended until May 15, 2013.
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to college students who wish to attend SABR 43 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 31-August 4, 2013. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging 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. The Yoseloff scholarship is to assist young researchers who want to attend SABR’s annual convention and to introduce them to fellow SABR members. Through this fund, SABR hopes to inspire future baseball research, expose students to high-quality research and build the research capability of interested students.
- Download an application form: Click here to apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 43 in Philadelphia
All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than May 15, 2013.
For more information about the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
This summer’s SABR 43 convention in Philadelphia, July 31-August 4 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, promises to be spectacular. Seamus Kearney, Dick Rosen, Peter Mancuso and the rest of the Connie Mack Chapter are working hard to line up guest speakers and panelists for the convention, and we hope you’ll join us in Philly for the 43rd annual convention. Register today at SABR.org/convention.
As we noted last week, SABR’s group block at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is going quickly — if you want a room at the Marriott for the SABR convention, you should book your room now. (Don’t forget to register for the convention, too!) If and when our room block sells out, we’ll set up an overflow hotel nearby and post more information at SABR.org/convention.
SABR has secured an exclusive group rate of $139/night (plus tax) at the Marriott for SABR 43. This is a very low rate for a major hotel in downtown Philadelphia during that time of year. The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is at 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall , Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks. Click here to book your room online or call (877) 212-5752. The hotel’s website is www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phldt-philadelphia-marriott-downtown. Please note that our block of rooms is only available for the nights of July 30 to August 4, 2013.
For more information on SABR 43, visit SABR.org/convention.
We are saddened to note the deaths of the following members:
- Russell S. Grove, 85, of Camino, California, passed away on February 6, 2013, in Placerville of congestive heart failure. He was a SABR member since 2005 and an active member of the Sacramento Chapter. A former minor league ballplayer, he became an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants. He and his wife, Helen, would depart the cold climate of Camino in late January to spend 2 months in warm and sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, to watch their favorite team during Spring Training. Winning 2 World Series in the past 3 years thrilled him to no end. Russ was born in Sacramento on June 24, 1927. He attended Fruitridge Grammar School, Stanford Junior High and graduated from Sacramento High School in 1945. While he was young, he learned to play the accordion, and eventually joined the “Marchi Accordian Band” which performed on the Delta King on the Sacramento River. Russ’ musical talent also included a lifelong love of playing the piano. He loved to entertain for social gatherings especially at Cold Springs Golf Club, and with friends and relatives. While attending Sacramento Junior College, Russ was drafted into the Army and was sent to Korea from early 1946 until January of 1947. He also had a wonderful career in professional baseball. After honing his game at both Sacramento High School and for the local American Legion club, he was drafted by the Sacramento Solons Rookies, and played in the Sunset League in Anaheim, CA. He then signed with the St. Louis Cardinals organization, and played for their Class A affiliate in Fresno, CA in 1949-50, in the California League. He then played one season with the Cleveland Indians’ Cal League affiliate in Bakersfield before retiring from baseball. Russ went on to get a job with the California Oxygen Company in Sacramento. Eventually making the business his livelihood, he moved to Placerville, CA, bought out his partner and formed Oxygen Service & Supply in 1961. Russ and his wife, Nancy, started their family in 1960 with the birth of their son, Joe, followed by daughter Lisa two years later. After his divorce from Nancy in 1980, he eventually married the love of his life, Helen, in October 1982. Russ and Helen settled in Camino and expanded the business further, including the formation of two new companies (Pacific Cylinders and Grove Industries.) Pacific Cylinders was sold in 1961. Russ is predeceased by his parents, Eddie and Lulu, his sisters Dorothy Wakefield and Helen Rolly, and his brothers-in-law John Wakefield and William Rolly. He is survived by his beloved wife Helen; his four children, Dan (Victoria) Partain, John Partain, Joseph (Kimberly) Grove and Lisa Adamski; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA 95667.
- Milton Weinrieb, 93, of Rochester, New York, passed away on February 21, 2013 in Rochester. He was a SABR member since 1977. Milt had a great love for storytelling and writing poetry, as well as baseball. He tried out for the Detroit Tigers and scouted for the St. Louis Browns. Milt served as a Captain in the US Army during World War II, he was in food service sales for 50 years and was founder and president of Millen Sales Co. He was president of the Brighton Kiwanis and was a dedicated and active member of Temple B’rith Kodesh for many years. He is predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Estrin, and brother, George Weinrieb. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Lenore; devoted children Robin (Mark) Stein, Greg (Kate) Weinrieb and Wendy (David) Orange; five grandchildren and one great-grandson; sister, Norma Small and brother, Jerome (Rose) Weinrieb; nieces & nephews. Donations may be made to Temple B’rith Kodesh or the Jewish Home Foundation in his memory.
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 e-books in SABR Digital Library now available for free to members
- Excerpt: The 1947 New York Yankees’ Ownership
- Download your free copy of the 2013 Emerald Guide to Baseball
- Download your free copy of our newest SABR Digital Library book: Sweet ’60: The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates
- Call for papers: British baseball research for Project COBB
- Have you received your voting ballot for the 2013 SABR Board of Directors election yet?
- Get 25% discount on a new MLB.TV subscription for entire 2013 season
- Register for Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, June 13-15 in Newark, NJ
- Register for SABR 43, July 31-August 4 in Philadelphia, PA
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: /content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
|Bob Brian||South San Francisco, CA||Erik Malinowski||San Mateo, CA|
|Paul Cooke||Baltimore, MD||Josh Marttila||Doylestown, PA|
|Michael Davis||Birmingham, AL||James Peltier||Dundee, MI|
|Peter Engel||Oakland, CA||Steven Popper||Topanga, CA|
|Michael Gates||Ottumwa, IA||Nicolas Sanchez||La Mirada, CA|
|James Hughes||Eagleville, PA||Tony Sanders||Kensington, MD|
|Sherman Jenkins||Aurora, IL||Scott Sirotkin||Covington, GA|
|James Keller||New Fairfield, CT||Jon Stott||Albuquerque, NM|
|Bob Kendrick||Kansas City, MO||Neil Swendrowski||Franklin, WI|
|Todd Kleina||Greensboro, NC||Margaret Tanner Glover||Pomfret, CT|
|Richard Leibold||Sacramento, CA||Ryan Vooris||Bloomington, IN|
|John Lewis||Centreville, MD||Mike Warner||Eudora, KS|
|Isaac Lorton||Prescott Valley, AZ||Joe White||Maryville, TN|
|Steve Magas||Cincinnati, OH||Ron Zellar||Seven Lakes, NC|
There were no new SABR research committee newsletters published this week.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the chapter meeting recaps published this week:
- Halsey Hall Chapter May 2013 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting recap (April 22; St. Louis, MO)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- April 27: Schott-Pelican Chapter meeting (New Orleans, LA)
- April 27: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
- April 27-28: SABR Board of Directors spring meeting (Philadelphia, PA)
- April 29: Boston Chapter meeting (Boston, MA)
- April 29: Rabbit Maranville Chapter meeting (Springfield, MA)
- April 30: Ed Achorn book signing (Cincinnati, OH)
- May 1: Bergino: “Core Four” with Phil Pepe (New York, NY)
- May 4: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Richfield, MN)
- May 4: Wally Pipp Chapter meeting (Grand Rapids, MI)
- May 6: Milwaukee Braves Historical Association dinner (Milwaukee, WI)
- May 8: Bob Davids Chapter Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- May 9: Bergino: “501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die” with Ron Kaplan (New York, NY)
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 SABR.org/events.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- The oldest living former major leaguer, Conrado Marrero, turned 102 on Wednesday (Associated Press)
- Twins join ‘Moneyball’ era behind mystery man, SABR member Jack Goin (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
- A Q&A with Twins official scorer Stew Thornley (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
- Colin Wyers: Breaking down the sabermetrics debate between Brian Kenny and Hawk Harrelson (Baseball Prospectus)
- Bill Petti: Does an April drop in velocity predict an arm injury? (FanGraphs)
- Vince Gennaro: Clustering pitchers by similarity (Diamond Dollars)
- Jayson Stark: Jean Segura’s excellent baserunning adventures (ESPN.com)
- Michael Clair: At what point does ‘good’ baseball strategy become bad for the sport? (The Platoon Advantage)
- John Thorn: Re-reviewing Pitching in a Pinch by Christy Mathewson (Wall Street Journal)
- Ken Woolums: More on Well-Hit Balls as an offensive ability (Beyond the Box Score)
- Dave Cameron: Where have all the stolen bases gone in 2013? (FanGraphs)
- Stefan Fatsis: Was William Edward White the first black player in MLB history? (Slate.com)
- Ben Lindbergh: On Yadier Molina’s maybe-amazing powers of defensive positioning (Baseball Prospectus)
- Peter J. Nash: Heritage returns alleged Lou Gehrig forgery to auction (Hauls of Shame)
- Report: Philadelphia A’s Historical Society will sell inventory (Sports Collectors Digest)
- Zachary Levine: Staying alive in the independent leagues (Baseball Prospectus)
- Patrick Bourgo: 1958 St. Louis Cardinals in Korea (My So-Called Research)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Timing pitchers and catchers to prevent stolen bases (ACTA Sports)
- Mike Dyer: Eppa Rixey has a long Hall of Fame legacy (Cincinnati Enquirer)
- John Thorn: Remembering Arlie Latham, “The Freshest Man on Earth” (Our Game)
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Originally published: April 26, 2013. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.