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 7, 2017:
We’re excited to announce two of our featured panels for the SABR 47 convention this summer in New York City.
SABR 47 will be held June 28-July 2, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt New York. Discounted early registration rates are available now at SABR.org/convention. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
Our convention in New York City will include panels on two memorable and beloved Yankees greats.
The Jim Bouton: A Life in Baseball panel is expected to include:
- Jim Bouton, author of Ball Four and former major-league pitcher
- Paula Kurman, wife of Jim Bouton and a retired psychologist and professor
- Mark Armour, author of Jim Bouton’s SABR biography and founding director of the BioProject
- Moderator: John Thorn, Official Historian for Major League Baseball
The It Ain’t Over: The Legacy of Yogi Berra panel is expected to include:
- Lindsay Berra, MLB.com correspondent and the granddaughter of Yogi and Carmen Berra
- Harvey Araton, best-selling author of Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry and Baseball’s Greatest Gift and a New York Times reporter and columnist
- George Vecsey, best-selling author of Baseball: A History of America’s Favorite Game and a New York Times reporter and columnist
- Moderator: Dave Kaplan, former director of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center
In addition, the SABR 47 convention will also include these special guests:
- Keith Olbermann, a longtime SABR member, author, and award-winning sports and political commentator, who will speak at the Baseball Cards Committee annual meeting at SABR 47
- David S. Neft, a Henry Chadwick Award recipient and the driving force behind Macmillan’s The Baseball Encyclopedia, who will participate in a one-on-one interview with MLB Official Historian John Thorn at the Baseball Records Committee annual meeting at SABR 47
Please note: All speakers and events may be subject to change based on availability.
More details and the complete schedule will be announced in the coming months. Find more information on SABR 47 at SABR.org/convention.
If you haven’t signed up for SABR 47, please note that the early registration discount and all-inclusive package are still available for a few more weeks, but our hotel room block at the Grand Hyatt New York is now sold out. 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 email@example.com.
This year’s SABR National Convention will combine some familiar SABR traditions along with a number of new events. 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. 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 at an affordable price. 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. More details on the guest speakers will be announced soon, but you can be sure we will have an All-Star lineup.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Research presentations: The list of SABR 47 research presentations will be announced soon.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 47 in New York City.
- Vendors Room: If you would like to reserve a table in the Vendors Room at SABR 47, 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.
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school or college students to attend SABR 47 on June 28-July 2, 2017, in New York City. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) 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 download a Yoseloff Scholarship form to attend SABR 47 in New York City
Deadline extended! All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than Friday, April 14, 2017.
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.
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 many for free. To find all past titles from the SABR Digital Library, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
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 Thursday.
- Click here to download the e-book edition of the Spring 2017 Baseball Research Journal.
- Click here to pre-order a copy of the print edition of the Spring 2017 Baseball Research Journal.
- All articles from the Spring 2017 Baseball Research Journal will be available soon to read online at SABR.org.
To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.
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.
We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2017 Baseball Research Journal!
SABR members, pay attention to the e-mail address that you have on file with SABR; you will receive a message on Tuesday, April 11 with a link to vote online in the 2017 SABR Board of Directors election. The poll will close at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, April 25.
The only way to vote online is through the link you will receive by e-mail. All e-mails will come from the address firstname.lastname@example.org; if you wish to add it to a whitelist in your e-mail client, that may help ensure that you will receive the e-mails. You will receive at least one more voting email between April 11 and April 25 with the link to vote.
You can read the candidate biographies, along with full descriptions of the positions and responses the candidates made to a series of questions, in the 2017 SABR Election Guide which is available for download below:
When you vote, you will find three items on the 2017 Board of Directors ballot: the election of the SABR President, Treasurer, and one (1) Director position — please rank the Director candidates in order of preference. The candidates are:
- Vince Gennaro (incumbent)
- F.X Flinn (incumbent)
For Director (1)
- Emily Hawks (incumbent)
- Paul Parker
Members who do not have an e-mail address on file with SABR as of April 1, 2017, will receive a paper ballot in the mail. Please do not vote online and send in the paper ballot; if you do, the paper ballot will be discarded, and only the online vote will count.
If you would like to register your e-mail address on file with SABR so you can vote online (and also receive our “This Week in SABR” newsletter on Fridays), please contact Membership Director Deb Jayne at email@example.com.
The 2017 SABR Baseball Research Awards, which honor outstanding research projects completed during the preceding calendar year that have significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball, have been awarded to:
- Brian Kenny, Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution, published by Simon & Schuster
- Louis H. Schiff and Robert M. Jarvis, Baseball and the Law: Cases and Materials, published by Carolina Academic Press
- Krister Swanson, Baseball’s Power Shift: How the Players Union, the Fans, and the Media Changed American Sports Culture, published by University of Nebraska Press
The authors will receive their awards at the SABR 47 national convention, June 28-July 2, 2017, in New York City.
The 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: Bill Felber (chair), Tara Krieger, and Larry Levine.
To see a complete list of SABR Baseball Research Award winners, click here.
A well-researched and myth-busting look at the most consequential player transaction in baseball history has earned the 2017 Larry Ritter Book Award. Veteran baseball historian Glenn Stout has been named to receive the award for the second time for The Selling of the Babe: The Deal That Changed Baseball and Created a Legend (Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press).
The award is granted annually by SABR’s Deadball Era Committee to the author of the best book about baseball between 1901 and 1919 published during the previous calendar year. The winner’s work must demonstrate original research or analysis, a fresh perspective, compelling thesis, impressive insight, accuracy, and clear, graceful prose.
Stout previously won the award in 2012 for Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year.
Conferred annually since 2002, this year’s Ritter Award will be formally presented at the Deadball Era Committee meeting at SABR 47 in New York. The Larry Ritter Book Award Committee is chaired by Doug Skipper, along with Mark Dugo, David Fleitz, Craig Lammers, John McMurray, Mark Pattison, and Ben Klein.
For more information on the Larry Ritter Award, including a list of previous winners, click here.
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.
The Baseball Index (TBI) is an ongoing project of the Society for American Baseball Research to catalog the entirety of baseball literature, from the earliest references to the present day. The index is designed to help baseball researchers find materials that advance their work.
Due to a server failure in the fall of 2015, the old TBI website crashed permanently and the search functionality had to be rebuilt. The new site is now available for all baseball researchers to use at baseballindex.org.
You can use TBI to find bibliographic data (citations) for more than 250,000 books, articles, song sheets, yearbooks, advertisements, films, cartoons, poems, media guides, cartoons, and more. See the Frequently Asked Questions for tips on how to use the new baseballindex.org site, viewing and exporting your search results, and getting the most out of the TBI database.
Find more SABR Research Resources at SABR.org/research/resources.
Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,036 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/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.
- 1986 Red Sox biographies posted: All biographies from In SABR’s The 1986 Boston Red Sox: There Was More Than Game Six, edited by Bill Nowlin and Leslie Heaphy and published in 2016, are now available online. We paid tribute to a dominant Beantown team whose World Series championship remained just out of reach. The 1986 Boston Red Sox includes biographies of every player, coach, broadcaster, and other important figures for the American League champions that year — from stars like Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, and Dave Henderson, to role players like Tom Seaver and Don Baylor, manager John McNamara, hitting guru Walt Hriniak, and of course — Bill Buckner, Bob Stanley, Calvin Schiraldi, and everyone who played an unforgettable role in the postseason. Click here to read more.
As we approach Jackie Robinson Day next week, SABR members Mark Armour and Dan Levitt have updated and expanded their landmark study on player demographics in Major League Baseball since 1947.
This project is a continuation of the authors’ efforts to numerically define the spread of integration in the years after Jackie Robinson made his major-league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. This research was originally presented at the 2007 SABR convention in St. Louis and in the Fall 2007 Baseball Research Journal, and then updated in 2012 at the SABR BioProject.
In recent years there has been increased attention on the obvious decline of African Americans in the major leagues. The downward trend is present at all positions, although the overall decline has been exacerbated by the increased share of roster spots being allocated to pitchers and catchers. During this same period, the share of both Asians and Latinos has increased markedly, keeping the major leagues as diverse as it has ever been.
Before this study was published, accurate data on baseball demographics back to 1947 was not in a place that was easy to find. The updated article also takes a look at the effects of roster construction, player value, and other factors in the integration of baseball.
In SABR’s Boston’s First Nine: The 1871-75 Boston Red Stockings, edited by Bob LeMoine and Bill Nowlin and published in 2016, 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 fascinating stories of their games, the seasons, the tours of Canada and even England and Ireland, where they took on some of the better cricket players of the British Isles, and beat them, too.
The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in Boston’s First Nine can now be read online at: http://sabr.org/category/completed-book-projects/1871-75-boston-red-stockings
Three new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- May 10, 1954: Indians bat around in first inning, hang on to beat Yankees, by Mike Huber
- May 14, 1965: Yastrzemski hits for the cycle, but Detroit’s Willie Horton steals the show, by Mike Huber
- April 7, 1984: Jack Morris throws a no-hitter against the White Sox, by Nathan Bierma
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.
Former SABR President Dick Beverage has been elected to the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame, along with former Oakland Oaks star Les Scarsella.
Beverage was the founder and president of the PCL Historical Society from its inception in 1987 through 2016 and remains active in the organization. While the Society was originally established to honor the early greats of the PCL, it has since recognized players from all eras. At its peak, the PCLHS had over 700 members, many of whom were former ballplayers.
The Nebraska native’s illustrious career spans beyond the PCL. Beverage also served 13 years on SABR’s Board of Directors, including as president from 2003 to 2009. Beverage was honored with the Bob Davids Award in 2013, SABR’s highest honor. He is the author of more than a dozen articles and four books on the Pacific Coast League, including The Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League: A History, 1903-1957; The Hollywood Stars; and Hollywood Stars Baseball in Movieland, 1926-1957. His work sparked the interest of many fans and prompted the creation of the PCLHS.
This week’s guests are Mike Petriello from MLB.com and Matt Trueblood from Baseball Prospectus.
- 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.
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
- SABR welcomes new international chapter in Nepal
- Filling out a Researcher’s Notebook: A tribute to Al Kermisch
- A look back at Francisco Mejia’s 50-game minor-league hitting streak in 2016
- 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
- 2017 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners announced at SABR Analytics Conference
- The Eighth Wonder of the World on Houston’s Astrodome wins 2017 SABR Seymour Medal
- Listen to the SABR Media Committee’s new “Baseball Buffet” podcast
- Students: Apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 47 in New York City
- 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: http://sabr.org/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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|John Doman||St. Paul, MN||Warren Waldron||Colorado Springs, CO|
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|Angela Guice||Columbus, OH||Adam Wright||O’Fallon, MO|
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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.
- Baseball and the Media: MLB Local Flagship/Announcer Database 2017 update
- Collegiate Baseball: Winter 2017 newsletter and Baseball-Reference update supplement (.xls)
- Oral History: Spring 2017 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Emil Rothe/Chicago Chapter: The Emil Rothe/Chicago Chapter is proud to be a co-sponsor of an event which will celebrate Ring Lardner’s induction into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. The event will take place on Thursday, May 4 at the Newberry Library’s Ruggles Hall, 60 W. Walton Street in Chicago. The program will feature SABR members Brian Bernardoni and Christina Kahrl, along with featuring veteran sports journalists Ron Rapoport and Fred Mitchell, Lardner’s grandson James Lardner, Don De Grazia, James Finn Garner, and others. This exceptional program is free and open to the public. Click here for more information at newberry.org.
- Connie Mack/Philadelphia Chapter: SABR member Matt Albertson reports that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has approved his nomination for a historical marker dedicated to the Jefferson Street Ballparks and to be placed near the site close to the Athletic Recreation Center in Philadelphia. Funding for the historic marker is also complete. In just over a week, SABR members came out in droves and donated the money to promote, protect, and demarcate baseball history in Philadelphia. A dedication ceremony will be scheduled in the near-future and more details will be announced soon.
- 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 8: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Roseville, MN)
- April 8: Joe Niese: “Honoring Andy Pafko” (Monomonie, WI)
- April 10: Dennis Sutcliffe: “Triumph and tragedy: Ray Chapman and the 1920 Indians” (Cleveland, OH)
- April 10: Peter Gorton: “The Lost Career of John Donaldson” (Fairmont, MN)
- April 12: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- April 13: Bill Ryczek: “Baseball on the Brink: The Crisis of 1968” (Cheshire, CT)
- April 17: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- April 18: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- April 19: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- April 19: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- April 19: Rob Garratt: “Home Team: The Turbulent History of the San Francisco Giants” (San Francisco, CA)
- April 19: John Liepa: “Baseball’s Origins: Reaching Iowa and the Role of the Civil War” (Des Moines, IA)
- April 20: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- April 21-22: 2017 SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference (Cooperstown, NY)
- April 22: Schott-Pelican Chapter spring meeting (New Orleans, LA)
- April 22: Hank Gowdy Chapter meeting (Columbus, OH)
- April 22: Syracuse University Baseball Analytics Symposium (Syracuse, NY)
- April 22: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter Strat-O-Matic Gameday event (Middletown, CT)
- April 22: Jack Graney Chapter meeting and ballgame (Akron, OH)
- April 22: Rocky Mountain Chapter “State of the Rockies” luncheon (Denver, CO)
- April 23: Oscar Charleston Chapter meeting (Indianapolis, IN)
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:
- Clayton Trutor: An interview with SABR BioProject co-director Gregory Wolf (Down the Drive)
- SABR member Ralph Carhart nears the end of his epic ‘Hall Ball’ tour (CBS Evening News)
- Meg Rowley: The face(s) of baseball (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jennifer Krauss: Latino players welcome baseball reporter who ‘speaks the same language’ (New York Times)
- Carol Motsinger: We know why you wear a baseball cap (Cincinnati Enquirer)
- Rob Neyer: How John McGraw eased teenager Mel Ott into the major leagues (The National Pastime Museum)
- Paul Lukas: Single-digit pitchers Ian Snell, Marcus Stroman combine for one rare feat (ESPN.com)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Young guns in the rotation (ACTA Sports)
- Katie Barnes: Ila Borders blazed trails with every pitch she threw (espnW)
- Dan Brooks/Alan Nathan: Estimating release point using Gameday’s new start_speed (Baseball Prospectus)
- Thomas Boswell: Roy Sievers was solid major-leaguer, but to one D.C. boy, he was so much more (Washington Post)
- Graham Womack: Hall of Fame is shorting baseball stars from 1950s and ’60s (The Sporting News)
- Tom Spigolon: West Georgia baseball legend T-Bone Phillips honored by state legislature (Marietta Daily Journal)
- Graham Womack: Home early: The unusual story of three baseball teenagers (The National Pastime Museum)
- Theresa Vargas: Did a teenage girl really strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig? (Washington Post)
- Ryan Whirty: The black press: a complex past, a pivotal future (Home Plate Don’t Move)
- Eno Sarris: Christian Bethancourt and two-way players of the future (FanGraphs)
- Tom Fontaine: The baseball immortality of James Madison Toy (TribLive.com)
- Sam Whiting: The rediscovered Giants’ ‘Winter Season’ in San Francisco 130 years ago (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Mark Armour: Ponder This (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: Not Hooked on Heritage (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Tim Jenkins: The Johnny Lindell Mystery (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: April 7, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.