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This Week in SABR: April 3, 2020

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 3, 2020:


Stay Home With SABR initiative launched

Stay Home With SABRSABR has announced the Stay Home With SABR initiative, an eight-week effort from April 1 to May 31, 2020, to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

During this time, all new membership dues SABR receives will be split with Heart to Heart International, a nonprofit organization that distributes urgently needed equipment and medication to partners around the world during this global crisis.

Beginning next week, SABRcast with Rob Neyer will be recorded via online livestream, featuring nationally known guests plus an interactive Q&A in which all baseball fans can participate. The first live show, which will feature ESPN announcer Jon “Boog” Sciambi, will air at 5:00 p.m. PDT on Monday, April 6 at and the archives will be available online afterward.

SABR will also share all virtual meetings with our members throughout the world at and our social media channels. Here are some upcoming virtual events:

  • SABR’s Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter will host Facebook Live chats at with The Athletic’s Melissa Lockard at 3:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday, April 4 and author Scott Lindholm at 2:00 p.m. CDT on Sunday, April 5; and a Zoom chat with Negro League Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick at 11:00 a.m. CDT on Saturday, April 11.
  • The SABR Baseball Cards Committee will host a Zoom book club event with SABR member Brad Balukjian, author of The Wax Pack Book, at 4:00 p.m. CDT on Sunday, April 5. Click here for more details.

Find more virtual meetings on our SABR Virtual Events Calendar page.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Check out more highlights from the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference

2020 SABR Analytics photo collage - Saturday, March 14Couldn’t make it to Arizona for the SABR Analytics Conference? Visit for full coverage of this exciting “virtual” event that brought together the top minds in the baseball analytics community in 2020. Find stories and multimedia clips from our panel discussions and research presentations, photo galleries, and much more.

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of our attendees during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, all SABR Analytics Conference panels and presentations are available to view online through a livestream at our YouTube channel and at

Click on a link below for more multimedia highlights from the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference:

For more coverage of the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference, visit

SABR office continuing to work remotely

The SABR office, housed at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, has been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Staff members will work remotely until it is advisable to resume normal operations on-site.

On Monday, March 16, ASU announced that all in-person classes would transition to online instruction for the rest of the spring semester through the end of April. A reassessment of the situation will take place at that time. Please contact a member of the SABR staff by email or phone with any questions.

Thanks to all SABR members, supporters, and partners for your patience and understanding.

SABR Digital Library: Green Cathedrals, Fifth Edition

Green Cathedrals book coverAdd a majestic book on baseball palaces to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All Major League and Negro League Ballparks, Fifth Edition
Author: Philip J. Lowry
Editor-In-Chief: Ron Selter
Associate Editor, Negro Leagues: Kevin Johnson
Associate Photo Editor: Paul Healey
ISBN (e-book) 978-1-9438-1656-9, $9.95
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1657-6, $29.95
8.5″ x 11″, 332 pages

Click here to read a full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

Having trouble downloading our e-books? To view PDF files on your computer, click here to download the free Adobe Reader software. Having trouble downloading e-books to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.

SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including e-books for free and 50% discounts on paperback editions. For more titles, visit

Early registration now open for SABR 50 in Baltimore

Join us in Baltimore to celebrate a special occasion this summer: SABR’s 50th annual convention! Conference and hotel registration for SABR 50 — scheduled for July 15-19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore — is now available at

Click here for complete details on the SABR 50 All-Inclusive Package, Early-Bird Registration, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 50.

Attendees at our SABR 50 convention this summer in Baltimore will have a special opportunity to visit Camden Yards for an exclusive Day at the Ballpark session on the morning of Thursday, July 16 to hear from Baltimore Orioles executives and players. Guest speakers and more details will be announced later this spring. Access to the Day at the Ballpark session at Camden Yards is included in your registration for SABR 50. We’ll return to Camden Yards on Friday night for a game between the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays.

Our featured speakers for SABR 50 are expected to include:

  • Tim Kurkjian, ESPN analyst, author of three baseball books, and Maryland native
  • Janet Marie Smith, who oversaw the building of Camden Yards and the revitalization of Baltimore’s waterfront
  • Sig Mejdal, Baltimore Orioles Vice President and Assistant GM

Click on a link below for more information about SABR 50.

Visit to learn more.


SABR 50: Call for presentation reviewers

Reviewers are needed to evaluate abstracts submitted as potential presentations at the SABR 50 convention this summer in Baltimore. You can help decide which ones make the cut! If interested, volunteer by contacting Neal Traven at

Click here to learn more about the submission guidelines for SABR 50 presentations.

To learn more about SABR 50, or to register, visit

Deadline extended! Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2020

2020 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceSABR’s Negro Leagues Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in its 12th annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2020. 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.

Visit to learn more about each scholarship or to download an application. All applications must be sent or postmarked no later than May 4, 2020, and emailed to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at

Eligible applicants must be 1) a current high school senior, 2) anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application, 3) planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution, and 4) carrying a minimum 2.5 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Friends of SABR for March 2020

Thanks to all of our supporters for helping SABR fulfill its mission! Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of March 2020:

Rebecca Alpert   Peter Marcus
Joseph Auslander   Bill McPoil
John Beal   Barry Mednick
D. Bruce Brown   Paul Moorehead
Ken Carrano   Tom Murrah
Vincent Comparato   Jim Myers
Peter Coolbaugh   David Newman
David Curtoys   Bill Nowlin
James Dayboch   Virgilio Partida
Tim Deale   Gregg Pericich
Jack Decker   Chris Petroff
Dennis Degenhardt   Jon and Wendy Rose
Mark Dugo   Michael Rosenwasser
Len Eddinger   Don Roth
Barbara Erion   Charles Roussel
Diane Firstman   Mark Rucker
F. X. Flinn   Bob Russon
Adam Foldes   Kelly Sagert
Edward Fong   Robert Sawyer
John Gilstrap   Douglas Schoppert
Michael Green   Jeff Schwartz
Steven Greenes   Lynda Singer
Donna Halper   Paul Soyka
Barry Halpern   Thomas Stone
Harriet Hamilton   Wesley Story
Leslie Heaphy   Tim Tassler
William Hickman   Joseph Thompson
Rockwell Hoffman   John Thorn
David Hughes   Neal Traven
William Johnson   Thomas Tuttle
Charles Kimberly   Louis Verardo
Ted Knorr   Marlene Vogelsang
Thomas Lee   Steve West
Larry Lester   Jeffrey Wood
Lewis Levey   Patrick Zazzi
Leonard Levin   Don Zminda
Rob Mains    


Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Joan Ryan

Joan RyanListen to a new episode of SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer.

Visit to listen to Episode #53 — our guest this week is Joan Ryan, an award-winning journalist and author of five sports books, including the upcoming Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry. She is also the author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters, a groundbreaking exposé that was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 sports books of all time.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit

7 new SABR biographies published

George SteinbrennerSeven new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 5,120 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

10 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Ken Griffey Jr.Ten new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

New Games Project stories can be found at Find all published Games Project articles at

  • 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.


Listen to recent episodes of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

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. Listen to new episodes at 4:00-5:00 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. Click here to learn more.

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.

Baseball Digest archives now available for free online

Baseball DigestAs fans await the return of baseball on the field, Baseball Digest will unlock its archive and make its complete inventory of more than 800 issues from 1942 through 2019 available for free online.

Unlimited access to the archive site at no cost will continue until at least July 15 and fans can take advantage of the free offer by visiting

Current paid subscribers to the Baseball Digest Archive will receive three free months added to their subscription as compensation. Click here to learn more about SABR member discounts for Baseball Digest Archive subscriptions.

ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

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 previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here:

Welcome, new members!

We’d like to welcome all of our new SABR members who have joined this week. You can find all Members-Only resources at and the Membership Handbook can be downloaded here.

Please give these new members a warm welcome and help them make the most of their membership by giving them the opportunity to get involved in their local chapter or a research committee.

You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Mark Altizer Essex, MD     Bob Neuman Annapolis, MD
Phil Brown Saranac Lake, NY     John Ogle Macomb, IL
Colten Castleberry Lubbock, TX     Kenn Olson Oshkosh, WI
Mike DiPaolo Wenonah, NJ     Tori Ann Palermo Madison, WI
Erikka Durdle Hamilton, OH     Gregory Puchalski Metuchen, NJ
Neal Embry Birmingham, AL     Patrick Pyle San Antonio, TX
Alain Gosselin Quebec City, QC     Tammy Ramsey Frankfort, KY
Paul Hansen Concord, MA     Justin Roddye Spencer, IN
Chris Hicks Olathe, KS     Carol Sadler Washington, DC
Jay Johnson Old Lyme, CT     Reinaldo Santana Vega Alta, PRI
Brady Layman Kennewick, WA     Thomas Schott W. Lafayette, IN
Mary Leuthner Mount Prospect, IL     Jeff Speer Santa Barbara, CA
Richard Levy Santa Monica, CA     Matthew Weber Charlotte, NC
Mark Miller Kent, WA     Nicholas Zych Monee, IL


Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Virtual Events Calendar

Here are the upcoming virtual events on the SABR calendar:

  • April 4: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter: Facebook Live with The Athletic’s Melissa Lockard (3:00 p.m. CDT)
  • April 5: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter: Facebook Live with author Scott Lindholm (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • April 5: Baseball Cards Committee: Zoom chat with author Brad Balukjian (4:00 p.m. CDT) 
  • April 6: SABRcast Live with Rob Neyer and special guest Jon “Boog” Sciambi (5:00 p.m. PDT)
  • April 11: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter: Zoom chat with Negro League Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick (11:00 a.m. CDT)

Find more virtual meetings on our SABR Virtual Events Calendar page.

Note: We strongly recommend that all SABR chapters consider postponing or canceling any large meetings planned through May 31 as a precautionary effort to keep everyone safe and healthy. We encourage chapters and committee to meet “virtually” during this time to talk baseball together using Skype, Zoom, or other online platforms. For more information, visit our SABR Virtual Events Calendar.

Around the Web

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

Read these articles and more at

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Originally published: April 3, 2020. Last Updated: June 17, 2020.