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 August 10, 2018:
Forty-seven years ago today, the Society for American Baseball Research held its first organizational meeting at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown, New York. And while this year isn’t a big milestone birthday for us, it’s a good time to remember just how far we’ve come since August 10, 1971.
Thanks to the work of SABR’s 16 founding members — the Cooperstown 16 — and so many others, our knowledge of the game we love has advanced exponentially.
Without all the groundbreaking research by SABR members, we might have forgotten about all the players who toiled outside of the spotlight for years in the Negro Leagues and minor leagues, we might not have learned about all the long-forgotten stars from the 19th century who helped baseball become America’s National Pastime, and we wouldn’t have the ability to instantly look up the box score of any game from seven or 47 or 77 years ago.
We also couldn’t read all of the wonderful baseball books produced by SABR members over the years or listen to hundreds of interviews with baseball figures in our new Oral History Collection website. None of this could be done without you — so as we say Happy Birthday today to SABR, we also say Thank You to all of our members. As Yogi Berra once said, thank you for making this day necessary!
And if you know someone who loves baseball just as much as we do, please invite them to sign up at SABR.org/join or make a donation, big or small, to help support baseball research at SABR.org/donate.
Save the date! Join us for the 10th annual SABR Arizona Fall League Experience on Thursday, November 1 to Saturday, November 3, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona. Registration information will be available at SABR.org/AFL soon. The AFL schedule was released earlier this week and we’re busy finalizing the conference schedule now.
The annual conference, hosted by SABR’s Arizona Hemond-Delhi Chapter, is held in conjunction with the Arizona Fall League (mlbfallball.com), baseball’s premier player development league. In the first nine years of the conference, attendees have been treated to sneak peeks at MLB stars like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Stephen Strasburg, Nolan Arenado, Gerrit Cole, Gary Sanchez, and Ronald Acuña Jr. before they hit the big leagues.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend the SABR Arizona Fall League Experience. Visit SABR.org/AFL for photos and highlights from past conferences.
All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a Research Presentation Proposal Abstract on any topic of 19th-century baseball for the 2019 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The 11th annual Ivor-Campbell Conference is scheduled for April 26-27, 2019.
The deadline for proposal Abstracts is October 31, 2018. Your abstract must be between 200-400 words for a 20- to 25-minute presentation. Please include name, title, and contact information and send your proposal as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to Peter Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Ivor-Campbell Conference, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.
Since 2009, The National Pastime has served as SABR’s convention-focused publication. Published annually, this research journal provides in-depth articles focused on the respective geographic region where the national convention is taking place in a given year. All SABR members receive a free e-book copy of The National Pastime as part of their membership benefits, while attendees of the national convention also receive a souvenir print edition in their goody bags.
All articles from the 2018 convention journal, The National Pastime: Steel City Stories, can now be read online at SABR.org:
Click a link below to download the e-book edition of the 2018 The National Pastime:
- Kindle/MOBI: To download the MOBI/Kindle version of The National Pastime: Steel City Stories, click here (6.6 MB)
- EPUB: To download the EPUB file — for use on iBooks, iPads, Nook or Sony Reader — of The National Pastime: Steel City Stories, click here (3.1 MB)
- PDF: To download a PDF version of The National Pastime: Steel City Stories, click here (2.2 MB)
- Paperback: To purchase a copy of The National Pastime print edition from Amazon.com, click here.
If you weren’t able to attend the convention in Pittsburgh, please enjoy this issue of The National Pastime as your virtual trip to the Steel City. Happy reading!
To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.
— Cecilia M. Tan, Publications Director
One of SABR’s earliest and most influential research committees has started a brand-new website. Check out the Statistical Analysis Committee’s forum, which launched last month, at sabrstatanalysis.blog.
Led by committee chairs Phil Birnbaum and Chris Dial, the SABR Statistical Analysis site will include essays and articles, new and old, from the committee newsletter, By The Numbers, the Baseball Research Journal, and other SABR publications; links to articles at popular sabermetric websites such as FanGraphs, Baseball Prospectus, or Beyond the Box Score; as well as original, new content from SABR committee members and other contributors.
You can also follow along with the Statistical Analysis committee on Twitter at @SabrStat.
Check out some featured articles below:
- The Future Of Defensive Analysis, by Chris Dial
- The Length of World Series Games, by Dan Levitt
- How Baseball-Reference Calculates WAR, by Sean Forman
- The Sabermetric Manifesto, by David Grabiner
If you are interested in helping to curate the website or want to learn more, please e-mail Mark Armour. New articles with original sabermetric analysis will follow SABR’s standard editing and peer review process; please click here to read SABR’s Publication Guidelines or contact committee chairs Phil Birnbaum or Chris Dial if you are interested in submitting an article.
Join us for the SABR Cleveland 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium, which will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the majestic Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library in the heart of downtown Cleveland.
- Register now: Click here to download a registration form and detailed schedule (PDF)
- Cost: $50 per person. Open to all SABR members and up to three guests are welcome.
- Payment: Please make check or M.O. (U.S. dollars) payable to: “SABR.” On memo line of check, please, print: “Cleve. 19cBB Symposium.” Send check and completed registration form before November 1, 2018 to Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Road, New Hope, PA 18938.
- Questions: E-mail Peter Mancuso at email@example.com for more information.
The day-long Saturday symposium will be devoted to 19th-century baseball as it was played and evolved in Cleveland and its greater region of northeastern Ohio. A keynote luncheon address of interdisciplinary history by David Goldberg, Professor of History at Cleveland State University, will provide a look at late 19th-century Cleveland with a particular understanding of one of that city’s most important and powerful forces, its transportation system. In addition to the on-site luncheon, there will be both an early morning and mid-afternoon coffee and refreshments service.
Other speakers are expected to include John Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian; John Skrtic, Director of Public Services, CPL; Jeremy Feador, Cleveland Indians, Historian & Curator; and four SABR researchers and authors with specific focus on elements of 19th-century Cleveland area baseball: David Fleitz, Joseph Wancho, Ken Krsolovic, and Bryan Fritz. Click here to download a complete schedule (PDF).
We hope to see you there!
As everyone gets ready for the start of the new school year, we hope all of our teachers and professors will consider signing up their classes or a group of students for a SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership, which will provide students with access to many of the electronic benefits that SABR members enjoy, including “This Week in SABR,” e-book editions of the Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime, free SABR e-books, and access to the members-only section of SABR.org. This membership will not include any printed publications or voting rights.
In order to make the Student Group Affiliate Membership affordable for groups to join, here are the options we offer:
- College/University groups/classes: For an annual fee of $250, a group of up to 25 students can receive a one-year electronic SABR affiliate membership.
- High School/Middle School groups/classes: For an annual fee of $100, a group of up to 20 students can receive a one-year electronic SABR affiliate membership.
Any educational class or student group at the middle school, high school or college/university level is eligible for a SABR affiliate membership, as long as a faculty member, teacher, or adviser is an active SABR member (or registers to join.) The teacher/adviser will be listed as the group contact on the SABR website. Click here to learn more at SABR.org.
If you have any questions about how a Student Group Affiliate Membership might work for your group or class, please contact SABR Vice President Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.
One of SABR’s newest research initiatives, the SABR Games Project, reached a milestone with the publication of its 1,000th article recently.
The newest batch of SABR Games Project stories includes notable and memorable games from all eras of baseball history, including stories about Nolan Ryan’s sixth no-hitter (1990), Lou Brock’s 3,000th hit (1979), the 10-cent beer riot at Cleveland Stadium (1974), and the first night All-Star Game in Philadelphia (1943).
Formed in 2014 and now headed up by Mike Huber, Steven C. Weiner, Len Levin, and Bruce Slutsky, the SABR Games Project is an initiative to research, write, and publish accounts of major-league regular season, postseason, and All-Star Games, along with other games of historical significance such as in the Negro Leagues, minor leagues, or international or exhibition contests. These game accounts complement Retrosheet and Baseball-Reference box scores, as well as SABR BioProject essays on the players involved.
It’s easy to get involved. Any SABR member is eliglble to write for the Games Project. If you’d like to help contribute, find out how by reading the Games Project FAQs or checking out the Authors’ Guidelines.
Add this new book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection, on one of baseball’s classic crown jewels:
Cincinnati’s Crosley Field: A Gem in the Queen City
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-75-0, $19.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-943816-74-3, $9.99
311 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Cincinnati’s Crosley Field for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Cincinnati’s Crosley Field paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Createspace can take up to 4-6 weeks. For quicker delivery, please order at Amazon.com.)
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including e-book editions for free. Visit SABR.org/ebooks for a list of all titles.
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.
A special new publication produced by SABR’s Deadball Era Research Committee vividly brings back the exploits of Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Home Run Baker, and Babe Ruth to life with more than 250 rare photos:
The World Series in the Deadball Era: A History in the Words and Pictures of the Writers and Photographers
Edited by Steve Steinberg
Foreword by Dr. Charles Alexander
Published by St. Johann Press
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-9379-4345-5, $45.00
306 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
This book is available for purchase from Amazon.com, your local bookstore, or directly from the publisher at St. Johann Press.
Buy the book:
- Amazon.com: Purchase the hardcover edition on Amazon.com
- St. Johann Press: Purchase the book from the publisher at StJohannPress.com
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 2018.
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 August 13, 2018, and sent to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.
Seven new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,613 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- John Curtis, by Joanne Hulbert
- Vic Janowicz, by Warren Corbett
- Billy Moran, by Corey Stolzenbach
- Ed Murphy, by Chris Rainey
- Sam Parrilla, by David Krell
- Joe Vitelli, by David Finoli
- Henry Yaik, by Mitch Lutzke
All new biographies can be found here: 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.
- Read bios from SABR’s No-Hitters book: In SABR’s No-Hitters, edited by Bill Nowlin and published in 2017, we focused on pitchers who threw no-hitters and the no-hitters they threw. All of the biographies — from Hall of Famers such as Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, and Randy Johnson to more obscure pitchers such as Larry Corcoran, Charlie Robertson, and Dallas Braden — that appeared in No-Hitters can now be read online at the SABR BioProject. More game summaries from the No-Hitters book will be posted at the SABR Games Project soon. You can also download the No-Hitters e-book for free or purchase the paperback edition at 50% off by clicking here.
The SABR Baseball Biography Project includes thousands of biographies on major-league players, managers, scouts, and umpires. But we also like to tell stories of people who had a notable impact on the world outside of the game we love, too — including politicians, business owners, lawyers, activists, actors, writers, and star athletes in other sports.
Now we have a page dedicated to these biographies at SABR.org:
Click the link above to find SABR biographies on such figures as U.S. Senator Jim Bunning, Olympic gold medalist Jim Thorpe, World War II codebreaker and LPGA co-founder Helen Dettweiler, College Football Hall of Famer Charlie Berry, the “Singing Cowboy” Gene Autry, comedian Lou Costello, University of Kentucky basketball legend Cotton Nash, Negro Leaguer and Hollywood actor Edgar “Blue” Washington … and, of course, catcher-turned-spy Moe Berg.
Three new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- September 22, 1948: Stan the Man swings five times, gets five hits, by Glen Sparks
- October 4, 1955: Brooklyn Dodgers win first World Series as ‘Next Year’ finally arrives, by Steven C. Weiner
- April 22, 1978: Cleveland’s Andre Thornton hits for the cycle, by Joseph Wancho
If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Mike Huber. To request an assignment, please contact Steven C. Weiner. 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 started 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.
- Read all articles from SABR book on greatest games at Milwaukee’s County Stadium: In SABR’s From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, edited by Gregory H. Wolf and published in 2016, we told the stories of memorable moments from the heart of the Badger State. All of the stories that appeared in this book are now available to be read online at the SABR Games Project by clicking here.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the 2018 season at its regular time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
There is no new show this week, but you can listen to recent highlights with Vince Gennaro from the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference.
You can 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.
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:
- SABR 48: Check out complete coverage from our 2018 convention in Pittsburgh
- SABR Defensive Index rankings released through first half of 2018 MLB season
- Read SABR biographies of Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2018 class
- Larry McCray selected as Bob Davids Award recipient
- SABR 48: Maddox, Firstman win 2018 convention presentation awards
- SABR 48: Dummy Hoy selected as Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2018
- SABR 48: ‘Four Strangers’ upset powerhouse team of ex-champs in Trivia Contest; Massey wins third title
- Perry Barber receives 2018 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
- SABR member Bill Humber inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
- Read all articles from the Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal online
- New SABR Oral History Collection website is now available
- Granberg named 2018 Collegiate Baseball Player of Year by SABR Dallas-Fort Worth chapter
- Maine student wins 2018 Lee Allen History of Baseball Award
- Seeking nominations for 2019 Russell Gabay Award for New Jersey baseball research
- 2018 SABR Annual Report has been posted online
- SABR Digital Library: Major League Baseball A Mile High: The First Quarter Century of the Colorado Rockies
- Check out new articles at the SABR Games and Simulations Committee website
- Heaphy, Lebowitz re-elected to Board; Armour elected as SABR Director
- Check out highlights and photos from the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference
- Check out new articles from the SABR Team Ownership Histories Project
- Listen to a new episode from the SABR Media Committee’s Baseball Buffet podcast
- Save the date! 2018 SABR Cleveland 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new SABR Store @ CafePress
- 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.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Matt Caddell||Glassboro, NJ||Jim LaFemina||Bowie, MD|
|Joshua Collums||Mountain View, AR||Peter Morales||Fair Lawn, NJ|
|Don Dancer||Raleigh, NC||Jose Perez||San Francisco, CA|
|Andrew Denson||Wake Forest, NC||Jim Pierce||Harrisville, PA|
|Matt Fox||Gulfport, FL||Jamin Ross||White Hall, AR|
|Gabriella Garr||New York, NY||Tim Scott||Highland Hts, KY|
|Christopher Hadorn||Midland, TX||Shaun Wishnevski||Warrenville, IL|
|Chris Jensen||San Jose, CA|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Statistical Analysis: Check out the new Statistical Analysis Committee website at sabrstatanalysis.blog or follow us on Twitter at @SabrStat for timely updates and discussion.
- Games Project: For more updates from the SABR Games Project, check out the committee’s revived page on Facebook. “Like” our page and contribute to the discussion at Facebook.com/SABRGames.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Juan Marichal Chapter: August 7 meeting recap (Santo Domingo, DOM)
- Pee Wee Reese Chapter: July 28 meeting recap (Louisville, KY)
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter: BasebALZ baseball reminiscence program wraps up Season 9 (Austin, TX)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- August 11: Larry Dierker Chapter meeting/ballgame (Houston, TX)
- August 15: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly lunch (Baltimore, MD)
- August 15: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- August 16: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- August 18: 2018 Pacific Coast League player and family reunion (San Leandro, CA)
- August 18: Hank Gowdy Chapter book club meeting (Columbus, OH)
- August 18: Field of Dreams Chapter ballgame/meeting (Davenport, IA)
- August 19: Oklahoma Chapter meeting (Tulsa, OK)
- August 20: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- August 21: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- August 22: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
- August 25: Paul Parker: “25 Years of Colorado Rockies Baseball” (Denver, CO)
- August 25: Allan Roth Chapter summer meeting (La Habra, CA)
- August 25: Rogers Hornsby Chapter monthly luncheon (Austin, TX)
- August 25: Robinson-Kell Chapter meeting (Little Rock, AR)
- August 25: Jack Graney Chapter meeting (Youngstown, OH)
- August 25: Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter monthly luncheon (Phoenix, AZ)
- August 26: Oscar Charleston Chapter meeting (Indianapolis, IN)
- August 30: Magnolia Chapter ballgame/meeting (Lawrenceville, GA)
- August 30: Ted Williams Chapter meeting (San Diego, CA)
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:
- Vahe Gregorian: Negro Leagues Museum sees outpouring of love after vandalism (Kansas City Star)
- Michael Clair: The single coolest Topps baseball card every year since 1951 (MLB.com)
- Sam Miller: MLB myth-buster: The shift isn’t curbing runs, it’s creating them (ESPN.com)
- Russell Carleton: Reimagining the defensive spectrum (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mark Simon: The Diamondbacks’ amazing defense (ACTA Sports)
- Stephanie Springer: An update on wearable technology in baseball (The Hardball Times)
- Ken Rosenthal: Alex Cora is managing Red Sox with blend of data, intuition, and his own confident vision (The Athletic)
- Jared Diamond/Andrew Beaton: The Mets are so bad they killed the win (Wall Street Journal)
- David Laurila: Manager’s perspective: Buck Showalter on the changing game (FanGraphs)
- Barry Bloom: MLB is on a record home run pace, but why? (Global Sport Matters)
- Jeff Sullivan: Alex Bregman, the Astros’ emerging superstar (FanGraphs)
- Adrian Burgos Jr.: The unique bond between Braves’ Albies, Acuña (La Vida Baseball)
- Grant Brisbee: Felix Hernandez is out of the Mariners rotation (SB Nation)
- Sheryl Ring: Angel Hernandez and how lawsuits impact baseball (FanGraphs)
- Ashley MacLennan: Can’t catch a break: Hall of Fame catchers (The Hardball Times)
- Brendan Savage: The complicated story of Gates Brown, the most clutch hitter on the 1968 Tigers (Detroit Free Press)
- Jayson Stark: History watch: five unheard-of feats we could see in 2018 (The Athletic)
- Steven Lee Myers: Taiwan baseball is ‘hot noisy’ and ingrained in national identity (New York Times)
- Rex Nelson: SABR member Jim Yeager keeps spirit alive in ‘the people’s game’ (NW Arkansas Democrat Gazette)
- John McMurray: What does an MLB bench coach really do? (The Sporting News)
- Mike Bates: Day at the ballpark: a brief history of ticket prices (The Hardball Times)
- Bryan Curtis: The Cape Cod finishing school for young broadcasters (The Ringer)
- Andy Terrick: Father and son (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Paul Ember: The Andy Warhol Triple Play “Pete Rose” (1985) Extra Innings (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: August 10, 2018. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.