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This Week in SABR: April 28, 2023

This Week in SABR: April 28, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, April 28, 2023.
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Top Headlines

One week left to vote in 2023 Board of Directors election
SABR 51: Early-bird registration discounts expire next week
Call for papers: 2023 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
Join SABR’s Campaign for Baseball Research
Sign up now for Ballpark Figures on May 4 with Louis Moore

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

SABR 51 in Chicago

SABR 51: Early-bird registration discount expires next week

If you haven’t yet signed up for SABR’s annual convention on July 5-9, 2023 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, now is the time! Early registration discounts expire next Friday, May 5, so this is your chance to get the lowest pricing available for SABR 51 in Chicago.

The annual SABR convention, which is open to all baseball fans, includes featured speakers from around the baseball world — including White Sox broadcaster Jason Benetti, baseball executives Mike Veeck and Dan Evans, ballpark organist Nancy Faust, AAGPBL star Maybelle Blair, and more — innovative panel discussions, groundbreaking research presentations, ballgames, the SABR Trivia Contest, the Awards Banquet, and most of all, the opportunity to make and renew baseball friendships over the course of this exciting and memorable event.

Visit to learn more and register.

Campaign for Baseball Research

Join SABR’s Campaign for Baseball Research!

We say it right in our name: Society for American Baseball RESEARCH.

Research is at the heart of what we do as an organization. SABR’s online Research Collection and array of Research Resources are major sources of pride and a key component in our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball.

This spring, we invite you to join the Campaign for Baseball Research. Our goal is to raise $60,000 to expand, maintain, and preserve SABR’s Research Collection and Research Resources for current and future generations of baseball enthusiasts. We will use your best gift of $150, $300, $500, or $1,000 to better serve our growing membership base, attract more attention for our research, and offer new tools to all corners of the worldwide baseball community.

To donate or learn more about the Research Collection projects and improvements to our Research Resources, assets, and tools that will be funded by a successful campaign, visit

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logo

Call for papers: 2023 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the fifth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled for September 29-October 1, 2023, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

The 2023 conference will be a hybrid event, with panels and presentations on Zoom and a dinner banquet and golf outing in Rockford, Illinois. Registration information will be available soon.

This year’s conference theme is “Through the Lens of Baseball.” Topics can focus on broadcasters, sports writers, social media, advertising, artists, photographers and more. All topics related to women’s baseball are welcome.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by June 30, 2023, to Leslie Heaphy at

Second course in SABR Analytics Certification program now available

In 2022, we launched the SABR Analytics Certification program, 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 second course in the program, Level Two – Advanced Analytics in Baseball, is now available!

SABR members save $55 on both available courses (and future courses), so we hope you’ll check out these exciting opportunities at

Dr. Louis Moore (Grand Valley State University)

Join us next week for Ballpark Figures on May 4 with Louis Moore

SABR’s Ballpark Figures is a monthly interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. On Thursday, May 4, our guest will be Dr. Louis Moore, a Professor of History at Grand Valley State University and author of We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Black Athlete, and the Quest for Equality.

To learn more, visit

SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference

Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference begins in Cooperstown

The 14th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference is now under way at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

The 2023 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from author Jonathan Popovich, along with a panel discussion on baseball’s 19th-century color line with Richard Hershberger, Peter Mancuso, Brian Sheehy, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a 19th-century artifact session with Robert Mayer, Gary Passamonte, and Popovich; a Member Spotlight interview of Robert Mayer by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations and a Sunday morning vintage baseball game at Doubleday Field.

Visit to find the full schedule and more details.

2023 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

Deadline extended! Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship

SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in its 15th annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2023. Students must write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships.

  • Click here to learn more about each scholarship or to download an application. The deadline to apply has been extended until May 15, 2023.

Visit to learn more about our annual School Library Grants, High School Essay Contest, and Art Contest.

1 week left to vote in 2023 Board of Directors Election

SABR members, please pay attention to the e-mail address that you have on file with SABR; you should have received a message from on Wednesday, April 19 and April 26 with a link to vote online in the 2023 SABR Board of Directors election. The poll will close at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, May 2. The only way to vote online is through the link you will receive by e-mail. All e-mails will come from the address

You will find three items on the 2023 election ballot: the election of the SABR President, Treasurer, and three (3) Directors positions. To account for the expansion of the Board from eight to ten members in 2023, and to ensure that two Directors’ terms expire each year, the Director elected with the fewest votes in 2023 shall serve a one-year term, and in 2024 that seat shall again be opened for election to a three-year term.

Get involved: BioProject, Games Project seeking editors, fact-checkers

The BioProject and Games Project committees are seeking more SABR members to help as volunteer editors, fact-checkers, vetters, and peer reviewers. If you are interested in helping out in an editing role, please contact BioProject lead editor Rory Costello or Games Project director John Fredland.

Helping out behind the scenes is an important way to improve our stories and get them ready for publication online and in SABR’s upcoming books and website series. We have a talented and experienced team of editors already in place, and new faces are always welcome. Looking at other authors’ stories from an editing perspective can also help make your own writing better.

Visit to learn more about ongoing projects and ways to get involved.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #211: Ryan McGee

Baseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer. Episode #211 on Monday, April 24 featured Ryan McGee, a senior writer for ESPN and author of Welcome to the Circus of Baseball. Visit to listen to the full episode or subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks.

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: John Adams, Jim Hickman, Leovigildo Xiqués

3 new stories published at the SABR BioProject

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

8 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

Yankee Stadium 1923-2008: America's First Modern Ballpark, edited by Tara Krieger and Bill Nowlin

Yankee Stadium 1923-2008: America’s First Modern Ballpark
Edited by Tara Krieger and Bill Nowlin

Visit to download any SABR Digital Library e-book for free or save 50% off the paperback edition.

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.

Name Hometown Name Hometown
Tony Adams Rochester, NY     Nicholas Herfordt Omaha, NE
Francisco Alarcon Tallahassee, FL     Nate Louf Brighton, MA
Harv Aronson Jacksonville, FL     Jason Lundquist Grove City, OH
Evan Bakota Woodbury, NJ     Gary Paetzold Watauga, TX
Jacob Baugher Louisville, KY     Dom Provisiero Commack, NY
Zach Binkley Romeoville, IL     Wyatt Schroeder Philadelphia, PA
Tobias Cortese Seattle, WA     David Smith Clay City, IN
Max Fabrizi Seville, OH     Tom Smith Longmont, CO
Jim Fritz Cypress, TX     Kyle Thompson Lawrence, AL
Brian Hardbarger Durham, NC     Matthew Ward Huntingdon Valley, PA

SABR Events Calendar

The Northern New England Chapter, in partnership with the Gardner-Waterman Chapter of VT presents Nancy Finley in a special Zoom event at 7:00 p.m. ET on Monday, May 1, 2023. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

Nancy’s book, “Finley Ball" is the story of a losing baseball team that became a 1970s dynasty, thanks to the unorthodox strategies of two very colorful men.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • April 29: Scouts Committee meeting with Lee Lowenfish (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • April 30: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 1: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Paul Semendinger (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 1: Northern New England Chapter meeting with Nancy Finley (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 3: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with Dan Schlossberg (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 3: Central Florida Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 4: Bud Metheny (VA) Chapter meeting with César Brioso (7:30 p.m. EDT)
  • May 4: Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Louis Moore (8:00 p.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • April 28-29: 2023 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference (Cooperstown, NY)
  • April 29: Central Illinois/St. Louis Chapter joint meeting (Nokomis, IL)
  • May 3: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
  • May 3: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter fellowship meeting (St. Louis, MO)
  • May 6: Forbes Field Chapter meeting (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • May 6: Ken Keltner Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
  • May 6: Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter meeting (Las Vegas, NV)
  • May 6: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting (Seattle, WA)
  • May 7: Elysian Fields Chapter brunch (Mountainside, NJ)

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:

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This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article, or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail To find past editions of TWIS, click here.

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Originally published: April 28, 2023. Last Updated: April 28, 2023.