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This Week in SABR: April 26, 2024

This Week in SABR: April 26, 2024

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, April 26, 2024.
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Top Headlines

Last call to vote in SABR Board of Directors election
SABR 52: Black Baseball in Minnesota Panel
Register now for Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
Contribute to SABR’s Four Pillars Fund
Baltimore celebrates Union Park historical marker dedication
Join us for Live Oral History with Dave Righetti

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

SABR 52 speakers: Pete Gorton, Todd Peterson, Carl Rogan, Frank M. White

SABR 52: Black Baseball in Minnesota Panel

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 our Black Baseball in Minnesota Panel:

  • Pete Gorton, founder, The Donaldson Network
  • Todd Peterson, co-chair, SABR Negro Leagues Committee
  • Carl Rogan, grandson of Hall of Famer Wilber “Bullet” Rogan
  • Frank M. White, historian and author

Click here to learn more about our Featured Speakers at SABR 52, including Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Bert Blyleven, and Jim Kaat.

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

1 month left to register for Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

Early registration is now open for SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held on June 6-9, 2024, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

Full and single-day registration is available for a discounted rate before May 24, along with a new virtual registration option. All panels and presentations held at the Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater on Friday and Saturday will be available on the Zoom livestream.

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

Michael Gibbons of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum speaks during a dedication ceremony for a Union Park historical marker on April 19, 2024, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Baltimore celebrates Union Park historical marker dedication

On Friday, April 19, SABR’s Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter hosted a dedication ceremony for the Union Park historical marker placed by the chapter on the front façade of the St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

The chapter was the recipient of a SABR Local Grant in 2023 to help install the Union Park historical marker. Speakers at the ceremony included Michael Gibbons, director emeritus and historian of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum; Professor Bernard McKenna, author of The Baltimore Black Sox: A Negro Leagues History, 1913-1936; Burt Solomon, author of Where They Ain’t: The Fabled Life and Untimely Death of the Original Baltimore Orioles; Janet Marie Smith, chapter board member; and Bill Stetka, director, Orioles alumni.

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR Live Oral History: Dave Righetti

Join us on May 9 for Live Oral History with Dave Righetti

Baseball fans, join us for a special virtual event at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, May 9, 2024: a live SABR Oral History interview with former New York Yankees All-Star pitcher and longtime San Francisco Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti.

All fans are invited to attend this interview session on Zoom, which will be conducted by Oral History Committee chair John McMurray. The interview will be recorded and added to SABR’s Oral History Collection archive afterward.

Last chance to vote 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 messages from on April 16 and April 23 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.

Member Benefit Spotlight: This Week in SABR

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 a 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.

Click here for a short video about how to access This Week in SABR and what you can expect to find in your inbox each Friday in our newsletter.

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: Bill White, Bullet Rogan, Brian Jordan

3 new stories published at the SABR BioProject

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

4 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.

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.

Greg Bergeron Houston, TX     Dan Greder Ames, IA
Morgan Blank Baton Rouge, LA     Ben Heitzman Fairfield, CT
Chris Cramer Anaheim, CA     Alfredo Muente Lakeland, FL
Sofie Dill Little Rock, AR     Jose Valdes Miami, FL
Robert Gravelle Lakeland, FL        

SABR Events Calendar

SABR's Central Illinois Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting on Monday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. Central time. Prospect League Commissioner David Brauer will be joining us to announce our group project and new partnership between SABR-CI and the Prospect League. We will be working on researching, and helping to collect, their history with a focus on the players with special emphasis given to players who have gone on to the MLB.  All baseball fans are invited to attend.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • 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)
  • April 28: IWBC Author Talks with Lincoln Mitchell (3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • April 29: Clyde Sukeforth (ME/NH) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • April 29: Central Illinois Chapter meeting with David Brauer (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • April 30: Games and Simulations meeting with Derrick Beckner (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 1: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with Noah Gittell (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 4: Bob Davids Talkin’ Baseball: Steve Steinberg (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • May 4: Rice-Russell Nashville (TN) Chapter meeting with Steve Dittmore and Ken Beck (10:00 a.m. CDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • April 27: Rabbit Maranville Chapter Meeting (Springfield, MA)
  • April 27: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter meeting (Middletown, CT)
  • April 27: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Baltimore, MD)
  • April 27: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter game night (St. Louis, MO)
  • April 30: Juan Marichal Chapter meeting (Santo Domingo, DOM)
  • May 1: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
  • May 1: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter fellowship meeting (St. Louis, MO)
  • May 5: Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter meeting (South Burlington, VT)

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 26, 2024. Last Updated: April 26, 2024.