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 28, 2017:
If you haven’t signed up for SABR 47, the early registration discount and all-inclusive package are only available through Monday, May 1. Our hotel room block at the Grand Hyatt New York is now sold out and our block of New York Mets game tickets is also going fast, so be sure to register now to guarantee your spot at SABR 47.
Please note: Our hotel room block at the Grand Hyatt is now sold out! If you would like to be added to a first-come, first-serve waiting list in case more hotel rooms become available in the future, please contact Deb Jayne immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grand Hyatt New York, one of the city’s most historic and luxurious hotels, is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan just steps from Grand Central Terminal and within walking distance of many major attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the New York Public Library.
Click on a link below for more information about SABR 47.
- Registration: Click here for complete information on SABR 47 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 47! We’re again offering a special all-inclusive rate for the annual SABR convention. For $319, a savings of $39 off the regular rate, SABR members can get:
— Full registration to SABR 47 in New York (regular rate: $269)
— 1 ticket in the Big Apple Reserved section to the Mets vs. Phillies game on Friday, June 30 — includes special “A Day at the Ballpark” pregame session at Citi Field and round-trip subway transportation ($50 value)
— 1 ticket to the Awards Reception on Thursday, June 29 ($69 value)
Non-members can pay $394 for the all-inclusive rate. The deadline to register with the all-inclusive rate is Monday, May 1, 2017.
- Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Grand Hyatt New York of $199/night (plus tax) is now sold out! If you would like to be added to a first-come, first-serve waiting list in case more hotel rooms become available in the future, please contact Deb Jayne immediately at email@example.com.
- Awards Reception: SABR will host a special Awards Reception in the early evening on Thursday, June 29 at the Grand Hyatt New York. The Awards Reception will feature the announcement of SABR’s annual awards — including the Bob Davids Award, our highest honor — plus an array of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The reception will be held this year in place of the Awards Luncheon. One ticket to the Awards Reception is included in the all-inclusive package or guest tickets are available for $69 when you register for SABR 47.
- Speakers: Our guest speakers are expected to include New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson, New York Yankees Senior Vice President/Assistant GM Jean Afterman, New York Mets Manager of Baseball Research and Development T.J. Barra, former major-league pitcher and Ball Four author Jim Bouton, MLB Official Historian John Thorn, MLB.com correspondent Lindsay Berra, Driving Mr. Yogi author Harvey Araton, longtime New York Times columnist George Vecsey, sports and political commentator Keith Olbermann, Henry Chadwick Award recipients David S. Neft and Peter C. Bjarkman, former Yogi Berra Museum director Dave Kaplan, authors Mark Armour, Mitchell Nathanson, and Marty Appel, Larry Ritter Book Award winner Glenn Stout, Canadian baseball broadcaster Alain Usereau, and more. Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.
- Research presentations: Click here to learn more about the SABR 47 research presentations.
- Poster presentations: Click here to learn more about the SABR 47 poster presentations.
- Vendors Room: Click here to learn more about our vendors at SABR 47. If you would like to reserve a table in the Vendors Room, please contact Jeff Schatzki. Space is limited.
We hope you’ll join us this summer in New York City! Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.
For a multimedia look at every SABR convention since 1971, click here.
For the second year in a row and third time in four years, SABR will present “A Day at the Ballpark” before the New York Mets game on Friday, June 30 at Citi Field. Our special block of Mets tickets — which includes round-trip subway transportation to Citi Field from the Grand Hyatt New York — is going fast, so click here to register for SABR 47 and join us!
Special thanks to the Mets staff for this great opportunity and for offering us a large block of tickets in the Big Apple Reserved section. Tickets are an affordable price of $50. A special ballpark session will be held at Citi Field on Friday afternoon, followed by the game that night between the Mets and the Phillies. Our guest speakers are expected to include Mets GM Sandy Alderson, Mets Manager of Baseball Research and Development T.J. Barra, and more to be announced soon.
If you haven’t signed up for SABR 47, please note that the early registration discount and all-inclusive package are still available until May 1, but our hotel room block at the Grand Hyatt New York is now sold out.
We’re excited to announce an All-Star lineup of research presentations for SABR 47 in New York. Full research abstracts and presenter bios will be available online soon.
Click here to learn more about the poster presentations that will be on display all week during the SABR 47 convention at the Grand Hyatt New York.
Thursday, June 29
- RP01: Jean Hastings Ardell and Janet Marie Smith, “Dodger Stadium Redux: A Conversation with Architect Janet Marie Smith”
- RP02: Chuck Hildebrandt, “Does Changing Leagues Affect Player Performance, and How?”
- RP03: David Krell, “Roosevelt Stadium: The Forgotten Ballpark”
- RP04: Don Zminda, “Southside Hitmen: A 40th Anniversary Celebration of a Memorable Season”
- RP05: Anthony Salazar, “The Integration of Baseball Cards and Chicano Pop Art: An Appreciation and Interpretation”
- RP06: Steven A. King, “The Death and Life of Harry Pulliam”
- RP07: Leila Dunbar, “How To Determine Winners In Sports Memorabilia”
- RP08: Marjorie P. Adams, “Doc Adams: A Founding Father of Baseball”
- RP09: Steve Steinberg, “Heroes, Goats, and Myths: 1926 World Series, Game Seven”
- RP10: Jacob Goldfinger, “Ball of Confusion: Dick Allen, the Arkansas Travelers and the Integration of Little Rock”
- RP11: Andy McCue, ” ‘The Dictionary Definition of Perfidy’: Del Webb, Branch Rickey and the American League expansion of 1961″
- RP12: Courtney Michelle Smith, “Philadelphia vs. New York: A Rivalry in the Negro National League”
Friday, June 30
- RP13: David W. Smith, “The Seventh Inning is the Key”
- RP14: John McMurray, “Why Didn’t Babe Ruth Ever Become a Major League Manager?”
- RP15: Vince Gennaro, “Hitter Performance vs. Different Quality Levels of Pitching”
- RP16: Douglas Schoppert, “Louis Armstrong: Swinging”
- RP17: Chris Dial, “Defensive Evaluations of Team Constructs in the Ball-in-Play Data Era”
- RP18: Karl Cicitto, “Charlie Dressen’s Pacific All Stars Tour of 1945”
- RP19: Jonathan Dine, “Statcast and the Value of Defense”
- RP20: John J. Burbridge Jr. and John R. Harris, “The Dodgers in Jersey City: The Giants Games”
- RP21: Mark Pankin, “Are There “Pitchers” Umpires and “Hitters” Umpires?”
- RP22: Alan Cohen, “Bats, Balls, Boys and Dreams: All-Star Sandlot Games in New York and the Players Who had a lasting impact on the New York Landscape (Baseball and Otherwise)”
Saturday, July 1
- RP23: Steve Treder, “Where Have You Gone, Master Melvin? A Re-Appreciation of Mel Ott”
- RP24: Allison Levin, “All in Good Fun? The Emasculating Rituals of MLB Players”
- RP25: Paul Hensler, “Baseball’s Age of Aquarius: Milestone Transformations of 1968-1969”
- RP26: Rob Edelman, “Happy Felton”
- RP27: Dirk Lammers, “Bedsheet Bedlam: Chronicling New York Mets history through the team’s Banner Day tradition”
- RP28: George Boziwick, “ ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’: The Story of Katie Casey, Suffrage, and Our National Pastime”
- RP29: Daniel Levitt, “Ejection Diaries: John McGraw Battles the National League’s Umpires and Executives”
- RP30: Ed Edmonds, “Changing Trends in Baseball Salary Arbitration”
- RP31: Mark Armour, “1969: A Year of Miracles”
- RP32: James Goldstein and Paul Sauer, “Getting to the Money in Moneyball: Better Understanding Revenue per Win Across Different Baseball Market”
Visit SABR.org/convention for more information.
We’re pleased to add two more featured speakers to our All-Star lineup at SABR 47 in New York:
- T.J. Barra, New York Mets’ Manager of Baseball Research and Development, who will be speaking at the “A Day at the Ballpark” pregame session on Friday, June 30 at Citi Field
- Marty Appel, former New York Yankees Public Relations Director and author of Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character, who will be on the “Jim Bouton: A Life in Baseball” panel with Jim Bouton, Paula Kurman, Mark Armour, Mitchell Nathanson, and John Thorn
They will join a distinguished list of SABR 47 speakers that is also expected to include New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson, New York Yankees Senior Vice President/Assistant GM Jean Afterman, MLB.com correspondent Lindsay Berra, Driving Mr. Yogi author Harvey Araton, longtime New York Times columnist George Vecsey, sports and political commentator Keith Olbermann, Henry Chadwick Award recipients David S. Neft and Peter C. Bjarkman, former Yogi Berra Museum director Dave Kaplan, Larry Ritter Book Award winner Glenn Stout, Canadian baseball broadcaster Alain Usereau, and more.
For more information on our featured speakers at SABR 47, click here.
Good news! The Spring 2017 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members.
Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next two to four weeks, although we’ve heard reports that some have already arrived. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered to your inboxes on April 6.
- All articles from the Spring 2017 Baseball Research Journal are now available to read online at SABR.org.
- Click here to download the e-book edition of the Spring 2017 Baseball Research Journal.
- Click here to order a copy of the print edition of the Spring 2017 Baseball Research Journal.
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We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2017 Baseball Research Journal!
The ninth annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference was held last weekend, April 21-22, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
The 2017 conference was highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Bill Lamb, along with a panel discussion on SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legends Project with Adam Darowski, Michael Haupert, Joe Williams, and moderator John Thorn; a special presentation of the documentary film “Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball” by Dorothy Seymour Mills and Mark Honer; a Member Spotlight interview of Joanne Hulbert by Tom Simon; plus book signings, research presentations, and a welcome dinner.
Visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c for more highlights and a photo gallery, thanks to Dixie Tourangeau.
Longtime SABR member and major-league executive Roland Hemond was honored before the Arizona Diamondbacks game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, April 27 at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Hemond, who serves as a special assistant to Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall, was unanimously elected in January as the namesake of SABR’s local chapter, now known as the Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter. A plaque was made in Hemond’s honor for his unwavering support of SABR over the years. He could not be present at the ceremony but sent his best wishes to his many baseball friends.
Outgoing chapter president Rodney Johnson, a Diamondbacks official scorer who helped found the local chapter 25 years ago and also organized the 1999 SABR Convention in Phoenix, was also recognized prior to the game in an on-field ceremony.
Make the right call and add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:
The SABR Book on Umpires and Umpiring
Edited by Larry R. Gerlach and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Dennis Bingham and Len Levin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-45-3, $21.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-943816-44-6, $9.99
8.5 x 11″, 484 pages
This nearly 500-page book on umpires and umpiring is the collaborative work of 34 members of the Society for American Baseball Research. It is, in effect, a companion book to another SABR title, Can He Play? A Look at Baseball Scouts and their Profession, edited by Jim Sandoval and Bill Nowlin.
The SABR Book on Umpires and Umpiring includes biographies of all the umpires in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, other notable arbiters, essays about professional female umpires, umpiring in the Negro Leagues, explorations of the baseball rules, umpire equipment, and much more.
During the course of working on The SABR Book of Umpires and Umpiring, interviews were conducted with 56 major league umpires currently serving, former umpires, supervisors and those involved in umpire administration, and others whose jobs cause them to interact with umpires. It is our hope that we have helped shed light on the umpiring profession past and present, the work involved on the field, and the arduous challenges and sacrifices it takes over a large number of years to become an umpire at the top of the profession. We have tried to look at the occupation of umpiring from many different angles. No one book can cover all facets of the job, but we hope this book had touched on enough to help give readers a fuller appreciation of the game of baseball and those charged with the integrity of the game.
Contributors include: David W. Anderson, Mark Armour, Perry Barber, John Behrend, Dennis Bingham, Alan Cohen, Reynaldo Cruz, Kevin Cuddihy, Reid Duffy, Rob Edelman, Eric Frost, Larry Gerlach, Dennis Goodman, Leslie Heaphy, Harold V. Higham, Joanne Hulbert, Bob Hurte, Gil Imber, Chuck Johnson, Rodney Johnson, Stephen Johnson III, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Hank Levy, Bob Luke, Shaun McCready, Clark G. “Red” Merchant, Brian Mills, Bill Nowlin, Albert Piacente, Bill Pruden, David Vincent, Bob Webster, Chris Williams, and Herb Wilson.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of The SABR Book on Umpires and Umpiring for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on The SABR Book on Umpires and Umpiring paperback edition for $10.97 (plus shipping) from CreateSpace.
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SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. To find all past titles from the SABR Digital Library, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
The 20th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee, will be returning to its roots on July 27-30, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, site of the first Negro League conference in 1998.
- Registration: All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here to register online. Early registration for SABR members is $170, which includes all presentations and sessions. Non-SABR members: $200. Students: $120 for SABR members, $150 for non-members. Single-day rate for Friday or Saturday: $75 for SABR members, $100 for non-members. The Education Forum on Thursday is $15. Guest tickets for friends and family can also be ordered. Click here for an information packet (PDF) with complete details on registration rates. The early registration deadline is May 29, 2017.
- Hotel: The 2017 Malloy Conference will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Click here to book your room online at the special SABR rate of $129/night (plus tax). Or call (717) 233-6000 and mention you’re with the “SABR Malloy Conference.” The cut-off date to book your room is July 5, 2017.
- Schedule and information: Click here for the 2017 Malloy Conference information packet (PDF).
- Contact: E-mail Ted Knorr with any questions about the conference.
The Malloy Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 19 years, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest.
Visit SABR.org/malloy to learn more about the 2017 Malloy Conference call for papers, essay contest and scholarships, art competition, and school library grants.
SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee will award one $500 scholarship to a high school senior in its inaugural Women in Baseball Essay Contest in 2017.
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.”
All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by June 5, 2017, and sent to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu or Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Rd., North Canton, OH 44720. The winner will be notified by July 1.
The SABR Little League Home Runs Database is an effort to compile a definitive list of one of baseball’s most entertaining and memorable plays. Visit SABR.org/little-league-home-runs to view the database online.
Chuck Hildebrandt, chair of SABR’s Baseball and the Media Committee, began unearthing and reporting on these plays for his award-winning presentation at the SABR 45 convention in 2015. By the end of the 2016 season, he confirmed a total of 329 Little League Home Runs throughout MLB history. All plays listed within this database have been confirmed by newspaper accounts or video evidence, and each play includes two links: one to the Retrosheet box score of the game, the other to either the newspaper or video accounts confirming them.
This database is intended to be maintained as a living document, which will be updated annually as each new season is played, as well as when Retrosheet brings newly discovered play-by-play for additional historical seasons online.
- Related links: Be sure to read Chuck Hildebrandt’s article on the Little League Home Runs project, “ ‘Little League Home Runs’ in MLB History: The Denouement”, in the Spring 2017 issue of the Baseball Research Journal. Or click here to read “Fun Facts About Little League Home Runs.”
Two new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,047 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
All new biographies can be found here: /bioproj/recent
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
- 1871-75 Boston Red Stockings biographies posted: All biographies from SABR’s Boston’s First Nine: The 1871-75 Boston Red Stockings, edited by Bob LeMoine and Bill Nowlin and published in 2016, are now available online. In this book, we focused on the first great dynasty in professional baseball. The Red Stockings won four consecutive pennants in the old National Association, considered by many to be baseball’s first major league. Boston’s First Nine includes biographies of all 22 players who played on the team in those years — including five future Hall of Famers, Jim O’Rourke, Al Spalding, Deacon White, George Wright, and Harry Wright — along with other fascinating stories. Click here to read more.
Nine new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- April 14, 1929: Sunday baseball in Boston for the first time, by Donna L. Halper
- June 20, 1931: Boston Braves celebrate Fred Hoey Day, by Bob LeMoine
- April 27, 1944: ‘Old Ironsides’ Jim Tobin tosses no-hitter and wallops home run for Boston Braves, by Gregory H. Wolf
- June 22, 1944: Abba Dabba does it again: Jim Tobin’s 5-inning no-hitter, by Gregory H. Wolf
- May 30, 1947: Braves’ Memorial Day sweep spoils Jackie Robinson’s Boston debut, by Tom Mason
- May 23, 1948: Boston Braves win two for Jimmy Fund, by Saul Wisnia
- October 6, 1948: Braves beat Bob Feller 1-0 to win Game 1 of World Series, by Joseph Wancho
- June 2, 1951: The return of the Miracle Braves in Boston, by Bob Brady
- June 30, 1951: Jury Box hero Tommy Holmes takes the helm for Braves, by Joe Schuster
These articles were originally published in Braves Field: Memorable Moments at Boston’s Lost Diamond (SABR, 2015), edited by Bill Nowlin and Bob Brady. To read more articles from this book at the SABR Games Project, click here.
If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Greg Erion. If you want to know if a game is available to write about, please contact Bruce Slutsky. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors’ Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story ready for toward publication.
- 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.
- Contributor Release Form: As of January 1, 2017, all writers publishing articles (biographies, essays, game pieces, etc.) are being asked to sign a Contributor Release Form which can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy to SABR, 555 N. Central Ave., Suite #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The form only needs to be filed once for all future SABR publications. Click here to download the form.
- Seeking volunteers to help enhance Games Project articles on website: Any volunteer who is willing to assist with linking player biographies in previously published Games Project stories on the SABR website, please contact Jacob Pomrenke. No experience necessary. Must be comfortable working in Drupal, WordPress or other standard content management systems.
This week’s guests are broadcaster Mike Ferrin of the Arizona Diamondbacks and MLB Network Radio, along with Henry Druschel from Beyond the Box Score.
- Video highlights: Bill Petti talks about using Statcast to predict hits (MLB.com)
You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, and you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com.
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.
Thanks to SABR member Pete Palmer, the following invaluable research files are being made available at SABR.org on the Research Resources page:
- Frank Williams: American League pitching corrections, 1901-1919: Frank Williams is a longtime SABR member from Phoenix who authored an article in the premiere issue of The National Pastime in 1982 called “All the Record Books are Wrong.” This article outlined the many errors in the official pitching statistics of the American League from 1901-19. His research has been used by all of the major sources of MLB statistics, Total Baseball, the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia, and Baseball-Reference.com. The PDF files in the link above contain a listing by year for each AL team from 1901-19.
- Alex Haas: Hit-By-Pitch Data, 1909-1919: Alex Haas was a SABR member from Berkeley, California, who spent many years doing baseball research. He received a SABR Salute in 1980. He turned over 13,000 pages of his research to the Hall of Fame, which unfortunately has not yet been cataloged. Alex was a retired railroad worker who had a pass to ride anywhere in the country, and he made many trips to various libraries to look up stats. Among this research was a daily record of batters’ hit by pitch from 1909 until the leagues started compiling the data officially (1917 NL and 1920 NL). Pitching data had been kept by the leagues since 1902 in the NL and 1908 in the AL, but not batting. His primary source was the New York Times, although he did have to consult other papers in a few cases. The PDF files in the link above contain a listing each year by team of all the batters’ hit by pitch, with the date and opposing pitcher.
- Mills brothers: Player Win Averages data, 1969-1970: This data was used by Eldon and Harlan Mills to compute Player Win Averages. The data does not describe the play, but it does show the batter and pitcher for each play and the results after the play (outs, base runners, runs scored on the play). See the data.txt file for the format. Player Win Averages calculated the difference in win probability for the batter and pitcher before after each at-bat. Although the book only came out after 1969 (the 1970 data was never published), others have carried on the work using the Mills’ principles up through the present day. Click here to read Pete Palmer’s article, “Player Win Averages (1946-2015),” in the Spring 2016 Baseball Research Journal.
For more SABR Research Resources, click here.
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:
- Check out complete highlights from the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference
- SABR announces 2017 Henry Chadwick Award recipients
- SABR 47: Early registration closing soon for 2017 national convention in New York City
- Bill James honored with inaugural SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award
- August Fagerstrom, Meg Rowley, Mina Kimes win 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
- Kenny, Swanson, Schiff, Jarvis win 2017 SABR Baseball Research Awards
- Glenn Stout’s The Selling of the Babe wins 2017 Larry Ritter Book Award
- Former SABR President Dick Beverage elected to Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame
- Armour, Levitt update, expand landmark study on Baseball Demographics, 1947-2016
- SABR Rogers Hornsby Chapter wraps up fifth season of Alzheimer’s program
- SABR welcomes new international chapter in Nepal
- Filling out a Researcher’s Notebook: A tribute to Al Kermisch
- SABR Digital Library: Dome Sweet Dome: History and Highlights from 35 Years of the Houston Astrodome
- SABR BioProject reaches milestone with 4,000th published biography
- Check out highlights and photos from the 8th annual SABR Day
- Listen to the SABR Media Committee’s new “Baseball Buffet” podcast
- Students, submit your entries for 2017 SABR Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award
- Entries now accepted for 2017 Women on the Diamond art competition
- Learn more about new SABR Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: /content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
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You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
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|Jason Kaster||Dallas Center, IA||Averell Smith||Kentfield, CA|
|Paul Lee||Clarence, NY||Teddy Traceski||Turners Falls, MA|
|Lori Livingston||Oshawa, ON||Wayne Unger||Staten Island, NY|
|Edward Marion||Madison, WI||David Young||New York, NY|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
- Baseball and the Arts: The new SABR Journal of Baseball Arts is now accepting submissions. We will include contemporary works mixed with masterpieces from the past. We encourage submissions of art, poetry, fiction, memoir, and all musings about baseball. So if you are thinking about a short story, or have one in the works and are looking for a place to publish it, here’s the place for you. The length of a story should be less than 5,000 words, and artwork should be original and baseball-related. Email your proposals, finished work, or any questions to email@example.com. Click here to learn more.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter honors Roland Hemond, Rodney Johnson before Arizona Diamondbacks game
- Rocky Mountain Chapter ‘State of the Rockies’ recap (April 22; Denver, CO)
- Jack Graney Chapter meeting photo gallery (April 22; Akron, OH)
- Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting recap (April 24; St. Louis, MO)
- Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, you can download the updated Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook on the Admin Tools page at admin.sabr.org. The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- April 29: Halsey Hall Chapter spring meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
- April 29: Quebec Chapter spring meeting (Montreal, QC)
- April 30: “Play Ball with Josh Gibson” play and panel discussion (New York, NY)
- May 2: Seymour-Mills Chapter ballgame and tour (Ft. Myers, FL)
- May 2: Dick Cluster: “Kill the Ampaya!” book signing (San Francisco, CA)
- May 3: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter “First Wednesday” meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- May 3: Bergino: “Hank Greenberg in 1938” with Ron Kaplan (New York, NY)
- May 4: Chicago Literary Hall of Fame: Ring Lardner induction ceremony (Chicago, IL)
- May 6: Kekionga Chapter meeting (Fort Wayne, IN)
- May 6: Forbes Field Chapter spring meeting (Pittsburgh, PA)
- May 6: Northwest Chapter spring meeting (Seattle, WA)
- May 6: Rogers Hornsby Chapter Baseball and BBQ Outing (Round Rock, TX)
- May 9: Gibson House Museum: “Early Baseball in Boston” (Boston, MA)
- May 10: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- May 12: Dennis Snelling: “Lefty O’Doul: Baseball’s Forgotten Ambassador” (San Francisco, CA)
- May 13: Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter ballgame/meeting (Las Vegas, NV)
- May 13: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
- May 13: Dayton Chapter spring meeting (Dayton, OH)
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:
- Jay Jaffe: Pirates’ Gift Ngoepe joins exclusive list of baseball’s continental pioneers (Sports Illustrated)
- Jen Mac Ramos: A first-hand look at MLB’s Trailblazer Series (FanGraphs)
- John Thorn: History awakens: the National League’s 1876 founding documents (Our Game)
- Shane Tourtellotte: Measuring the Federal League against the other majors (The Hardball Times)
- Lee Lowenfish: On the solace baseball provided American film genius Buster Keaton (The National Pastime Museum)
- Jay Jaffe: Cubs off to a strong start, but is there a championship hangover effect? (Sports Illustrated)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Best and worst defensive teams so far in 2017 (ACTA Sports)
- Brian O’Neill: Pud in Pittsburgh was the original PED user (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
- Aaron Gleeman: Bryce Harper is Mr. April (Baseball Prospectus)
- John McMurray: Babe Ruth exhibition at Smithsonian explores his life on, off the field (Sports Collectors Digest)
- Bill Deane: 2016 baseball briefs (WordPress)
- Jacob Pomrenke: Graham McNamee, baseball’s first radio star (The National Pastime Museum)
- Rob Neyer: Ed Barrow’s decision to move Babe Ruth to the outfield (The National Pastime Museum)
- Patrick Dubuque: The natural conclusion of baseball statistics (Baseball Prospectus)
- Graham Womack: Fred Lynn might have been a Hall of Famer if he’d stayed healthy — or in Boston (The Sporting News)
- Tim Jenkins: The Champs Celebrate (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Keith Olbermann: The Jack Hamilton Photo (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: How Long Has This Been Going On? (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: April 28, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.