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 11, 2017:
SABR Digital Library: Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series
The newest publication from the SABR Digital Library focuses on the end of an era in black baseball:
Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-55-2, $21.95
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-943816-54-5, $9.99
8.5 x 11″, 438 pages
This book was inspired by the last Negro League World Series ever played and presents biographies of the players on the two contending teams in 1948 — the Birmingham Black Barons and the Homestead Grays — as well as the managers, the owners, and articles on the ballparks the teams called home.
Also included are articles that recap the season’s two East-West All-Star Games, the Negro National League and Negro American League playoff series, and the World Series itself. Additional context is provided in essays about the effects of Organized Baseball’s integration on the Negro Leagues, the exodus of Negro League players to Canada, and the signing away of top Negro League players, specifically Willie Mays.
The lack of detailed press coverage of the Negro Leagues, the fact that not every player was a star with a lengthy career, and gaps in public records of the era (especially in regard to African Americans) present a situation in which it is not possible to detail the life of every single player as fully as in other SABR publications. In the face of such challenges, the SABR researchers who have contributed player biographies and feature articles to this book have done utmost diligence to uncover every possible nugget of information that is currently available and, in many instances, new discoveries have been made. Many of the players’ lives and careers have been presented to a much greater extent than previously.
This book represents the collaborative efforts of 49 authors and editors from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Contributors include: Niall Adler, Jack Anderson, Brian Baughan, Ralph Berger, Richard Bogovich, Frederick C. Bush, Ralph Carhart, Alan Cohen, William Dahlberg, Dennis D. Degenhardt, Amy Essington, Charles F. Faber, James Forr, Dave Forrester, Charlie Fouche, Joseph Gerard, Irv Goldfarb, Margaret M. Gripshover, Tom Hawthorn, Leslie Heaphy, Jay Hurd, Bill Johnson, Thomas E. Kern, Norm King, John Klima, Japheth Knopp, Bob LeMoine, Michael Mattsey, Brian McKenna, Jack Morris, Justin Murphy, Rob Neyer, Skip Nipper, Bill Nowlin, Will Osgood, Mark Panuthos, Richard J. Puerzer, Chris Rainey, John Saccoman, John Schleppi, Curt Smith, Jeb Stewart, J.W. Stewart, Rick Swaine, Clarence Watkins, Steve West, and Dave Wilkie.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Bittersweet Goodbye for FREE at SABR.org. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI, and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Bittersweet Goodbye paperback edition for $10.95 (plus shipping) from CreateSpace.
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SABR members get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including e-book downloads for free. Find all SABR Digital Library books at SABR.org/ebooks.
SABR’s Board of Directors has approved the formation of a new international chapter.
The Bert Blyleven Chapter, led by Herbert Degens in the Netherlands, serves members in continental Europe. The Hall of Fame pitcher and Minnesota Twins broadcaster graciously allowed the use of his name for the new chapter. “It would be an honor,” he said. Blyleven, a Dutch native, is the only European-born player inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Learn more about Blyleven’s life and career at the SABR BioProject.
SABR’s 72 regional chapters cover 37 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.; plus international chapters in Canada (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia), Japan, South Korea, Nepal, Australia, Latin America (Venezuela, Dominican Republic), the United Kingdom, and Europe. For a list of all SABR chapters, visit SABR.org/chapters. A calendar of upcoming SABR meetings can be found at SABR.org/events.
To sign up for chapter email announcements and receive instant notification of upcoming SABR events in your area, click here to select from the list of chapters, then click “Join Group” at the top of the chapter page. All SABR members are eligible to sign up for announcements from any chapter or committee.
SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee has established the Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award — “The Dorothy” — named in honor of Dorothy Seymour Mills and her lifetime of contributions to promoting women’s baseball.
Eligible candidates include any person with a sustained involvement in women’s baseball or any woman with a longtime involvement in baseball in any fashion — player, umpire, writer, executive, team owner, scout, etc. Candidates do not have to be living; it can be awarded posthumously. Self-nominations are accepted.
To learn more about the legendary baseball historian Dorothy Seymour Mills, click here.
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 August 14, 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.
Save the date! Join us for the ninth annual SABR Arizona Fall League Experience on Thursday, November 2 to Saturday, November 4, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Registration information will be available at SABR.org/AFL later this summer.
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 eight 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, Billy Hamilton, and Gary Sanchez 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.
- Related link: Arizona Fall League releases 2017 schedule (MLB.com)
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.
SABR members can now read all articles from the 2017 convention journal, The National Pastime: New York, New York: Baseball in the Big Apple, online at SABR.org by clicking on the link below:
Click a link below to download the e-book edition of the 2017 convention journal.
- Kindle/MOBI: To download the MOBI/Kindle version of The National Pastime: New York, New York, click here (6.1 MB)
- EPUB: To download the EPUB file — for use on iBooks, iPads, Nook or Sony Reader — of The National Pastime: New York, New York, click here (2.8 MB)
- PDF: To download a PDF version of The National Pastime: New York, New York, click here (10.1 MB)
To purchase a copy of the print edition from the SABR Bookstore, click here.
If you weren’t able to attend the convention in New York, please enjoy this issue of The National Pastime as your virtual trip to the Big Apple. Happy reading!
To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.
— Cecilia M. Tan, Publications Director
Save the date! SABR will be returning to the Steel City for our 48th national convention on June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Registration information will be available at SABR.org/convention in early 2018. The convention location is contingent on a Pirates’ homestand that weekend.
The Wyndham Grand is conveniently located within walking distance from PNC Park and a light rail station, many downtown cultural amenities, and right across the street from the picturesque 36-acre Point State Park where the three rivers converge.
SABR 48 will be our second convention held in Pittsburgh and first since 1995. Our 25th annual convention that year featured a keynote speech from former Pirates manager Chuck Tanner and panel discussions commemorating the 1960 and 1971 World Series champions. Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.
SABR’s 2018 national convention will be our 48th annual gathering; the organization’s founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first.
For more information on the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
SABR is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award.
Michael Duffy, a rising senior at Bard College in New York, majoring in American Studies, was selected as the winner in the college division for his paper, “Babe Ruth: Changing Baseball and Changing America.” Click here to read the winning essay (PDF).
The Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award was established in 1999 by the Society for American Baseball Research in recognition of Kavanagh’s writing and research achievements and his contributions to SABR. Click here to learn more.
At 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 19 in Mount Morris, New York, a monument will be dedicated honoring baseball pioneer Ross Barnes. All baseball fans are invited.
The ceremony will be held at a small park in the village center. The Barnes memorial will be placed next to an old refurbished fountain which already has a memorial for Francis Bellamy, the author of the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Both Barnes and Bellamy are natives of Mount Morris. Immediately following the dedication, a vintage base ball game will be played, made up of players from the Rochester area.
Barnes was selected as SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Legend in 2013.
The Barnes monument is part of SABR member David Stalker’s Baseball Memorial Series. This series began in 2005, with Fred Merkle as the first honoree. It was followed with other players from the Deadball Era and a monument at Miller Park commemorating the AL beginning in Milwaukee and the 1901 Brewers.
All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a Research Presentation Proposal Abstract on any topic of 19th-century baseball for the 2018 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The 10th annual Ivor-Campbell Conference is scheduled for April 20-21, 2018.
The deadline for proposal Abstracts is October 31, 2017. Your abstract must be between 200-500 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 email@example.com.
A Student Group Affiliate Membership 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 advisor is an active SABR member (or registers to join.) The teacher/advisor will be listed as the group contact on the SABR website.
The teacher/advisor will be asked to collect the money, names and e-mail addresses for all students wishing to join, and submit those to the SABR office at one time. In addition, the advisor/instructor must be an active SABR member or sign up for a regular SABR membership; annual dues are $65, with discounts available for adults under the age of 30 or over 65.
To sign up for a Student Group Affiliate Membership, or if you have any questions about how it might work for your group or class, please contact Blane Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,176 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
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.
Three new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- April 20, 1937: Detroit’s Gee Walker hits for the cycle on Opening Day, by Mike Huber
- October 9, 1948: Gromek, Doby give Indians 3-1 lead in World Series, by Joseph Wancho
- October 10, 1948: Bob Elliott homers twice as Braves extend World Series in Game 5, by Joseph Wancho
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 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.
- 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.
All articles from Braves Field: Memorable Moments at Boston’s Lost Diamond, (SABR, 2015), edited by Bill Nowlin and Bob Brady, can now be found online at the SABR Games Project. To read more articles from this book, click here.
Here is a sampling:
- October 7, 1916: Red Sox win a home game — a mile away from home, by Bill Nowlin
- May 1, 1920: An extreme exercise in futility: Braves, Dodgers play 26 innings to no decision, by Warren Corbett
- October 9, 1926: Red Grange returns to Boston with upstart pro football league, by Chip Greene
- May 5, 1929: Senior Circuit debuts Sunday baseball at Braves Field, by Eric Aron
- July 13, 1930: Thou shalt not … Cubs rally scrubbed by Boston’s Sunday law, by Mike Richard
- September 23, 1931: Charity begins at home plate: Red Sox, Braves team up for benefit game, by Tom Hufford
- October 9, 1932: NFL’s Boston Braves return pro football to Beantown, by Chip Greene
- April 16, 1935: The Babe returns to Boston as a Brave, by Scott Ferkovich
- April 27, 1944: ‘Old Ironsides’ Jim Tobin tosses no-hitter and wallops home run for Boston Braves, by Gregory H. Wolf
- July 6, 1945: Tommy Holmes’s greatest day and greatest season, by W.G. Nicholson
- May 23, 1948: Boston Braves win two for Jimmy Fund, by Saul Wisnia
- April 21, 1950: A barrier partially falls: Sam Jethroe’s first game in Boston, by Bill Nowlin
- July 10, 1950: Pugilism at the ballpark: Marciano, DeMarco win boxing bouts at Braves Field, by Bob Brady
To download your free e-book copy of the Braves Field book or to get 50% off the paperback edition, click here.
This week’s guests are Craig Edwards of Fangraphs and Cleveland Indians broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus.
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.
Minutes from the Board of Directors meetings from the SABR 47 convention in New York City have now been posted on the SABR website.
You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by going to the page below:
Or you can go to the Members’ Info page and click on “Org. files”, then “Board Minutes” to view the minutes.
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 coverage and highlights from SABR 47 in New York City
- Find photos and highlights from the 2017 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
- SABR 47: Larry Lester selected as Bob Davids Award winner
- SABR Defensive Index rankings released through first half of 2017 season
- Watch SABR panels from 2017 All-Star FanFest in Miami with Tony Perez, Eduardo Perez, Brian Kenny, and Vince Gennaro
- Read SABR biographies about the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017
- In Memoriam: David Vincent
- Check out complete highlights from the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference
- SABR Digital Library: Puerto Rico and Baseball
- SABR Digital Library: The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox
- The Baseball Index website relaunched; find more than 250,000 baseball articles and bibliographic sources listed
- 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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|David Bilmes||Southbury, CT||Karen Penn||West Chester, PA|
|James De Broux||Aurora, OH||Steve Peterson||Camarillo, CA|
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|Judy Kamilhor||Brooklyn, NY||Emily Rutter||Indianapolis, IN|
|Brian Klett||Tampa, FL||Christopher Schaefer||Kimberly, WI|
|Terry Martin||Dayton, OH||Zachary Schonfeld||Blairstown, NJ|
|Leonard Martin||Gibsonia, PA||Forest Stulting||Greenville, SC|
|Phyllis Mira||Missouri City, TX|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- SABR welcomes new European chapter named for Bert Blyleven
- Lefty O’Doul Chapter: The Lefty O’Doul Chapter in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area has launched a new chapter website at leftyodoulsabr.wordpress.com. The Lefty O’Doul Chapter has been meeting and enjoying baseball since 1983. Our chapter welcomes everyone who is passionate about any aspect of the great game—whether that’s stats, stories, ballparks, history, collecting, or a particular era, team or league. Click here to learn more.
- 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 events on the SABR calendar:
- August 11: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter ballgame/meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- August 12: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
- August 12: Rio Grande Chapter meeting (Albuquerque, NM)
- August 12: Saul Wisnia: “Saving Fenway” history tour (Boston, MA)
- August 15: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- August 16: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- August 16: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- August 17: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- August 19: 2017 Pacific Coast League family and player reunion (San Leandro, CA)
- August 19: Ross Barnes memorial plaque dedication ceremony (Mt. Morris, NY)
- August 19: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- August 23: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
- August 26: Bob Davids Chapter/Babe Ruth Chapter “SABR Day at the Nationals” ballgame (Washington, DC)
- August 26: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter 3rd annual Research Conference (St. Louis, MO)
- August 26: Hank Gowdy Chapter book club meeting (Columbus, OH)
- August 26: Rogers Hornsby Chapter monthly meeting (Austin, TX)
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:
- Tom Shieber: A portrait of Mickey Mantle in decline (Baseball Researcher)
- Rob Arthur/Greg Matthews: Baseball’s hot hand is real (FiveThirtyEight)
- John Thorn: Otis Shepard, baseball’s greatest graphic artist (Our Game)
- Eno Sarris: Joey Votto and the changing strike zone (FanGraphs)
- Tony Blengino: James Paxton, that other truly dominant starting pitcher (FanGraphs)
- Matt Albertson: Remembering former Phillies great Darren Daulton (Sports Talk Philly)
- Nick Diunte: Darren Daulton and Don Carman maintained a special relationship to the end (The Sports Post)
- Liz Roscher: All-girls baseball teams find a future of their own at national tournament (Yahoo! Sports)
- Ken Willis: Found heirlooms bring fond memories of Ty Cobb for grandson (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
- Gabriel Schechter: How the 1934 Giants blew the pennant (The National Pastime Museum)
- Jacob Pomrenke: An Opening Day ovation for Black Sox exile Eddie Cicotte (WordPress)
- Aaron Gleeman: Quadruple-A all-stars (Baseball Prospectus)
- Michael Baumann: Whit Merrifield looks like the next David Eckstein, but better (The Ringer)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Trading for Jonathan Lucroy (ACTA Sports)
- Don Drooker: Converting the old-school fan (Rotisserie Duck)
- Michael Bates/Bill Parker: Mark McGwire destroys the rookie HR record (This Week in Baseball History podcast)
- Rhiannon Walker: The day the Atlanta Braves signed Satchel Paige so he could get his MLB pension (The Undefeated)
- Dan D’Addona: John Hiller’s first win came during the 1967 Detroit riots (Detroit Athletic Co.)
- Paul Folkemer: Turning three: triple plays in Orioles’ history (BaltimoreBaseball.com)
- Graham Womack: Jay Jaffe’s ‘Cooperstown Casebook’ is a must-read for Hall of Fame fans (The Sporting News)
- Ross Carey: Replacement Level Podcast with Jay Jaffe (Replacement Level Podcast)
- Bill Deane: A polka-dotted all-star team (WordPress)
- Jason Foster: Looking back at the most recent forfeit in MLB history (The Sporting News)
- Bill Felber: Tragedy at the ball yard: Philadelphia, 1903 (The National Pastime Museum)
- Maxwell Kates: A brief history of the Washington Stars (Pecan Park Eagle)
- Russell Carleton: The case of the missing firemen (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jeff Katz: Apres 1996, le deluge (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Anthony Salazar: Dad’s Gifts Keep on Giving (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Ed Edmonds: My Favorite Card – Charley Rabe (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: August 11, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.