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 12, 2022:
We are excited to welcome Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Mike Bordick as a featured speaker at SABR 50 in Baltimore.
Bordick will be interviewed by John McMurray during the Oral History Committee meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 19 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor.
Bordick spent 14 years as a shortstop in the major leagues from 1990 to 2003 and he was elected to the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame in 2011. While playing for the Orioles from 1997 to 2002, he was one of the best defensive players in club history, setting records for most consecutive error-less games and chances at shortstop, and making the American League All-Star team in 2000.
Following his retirement, he spent nine seasons as an Orioles broadcaster with MASN and graduated with a degree in physical education and kinesiology from the University of Maine, where he led the Bears to two College World Series berths in the 1980s. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for League of Dreams, a Maryland nonprofit that provides sports programs to people of all ages with special needs.
Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.
We’re just one week away from SABR 50 on August 17-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore! All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Regular and single-day registration is open to all baseball fans on-site at the Hyatt Regency throughout the convention.
SABR 50 will be highlighted by these interesting featured panels:
- Opening Remarks: Sig Mejdal — the Baltimore Orioles Vice President and Assistant GM will be on hand to deliver the opening remarks at SABR 50. (9:00 a.m., Thursday, August 18)
- Babe Ruth Panel — with authors Jane Leavy (The Big Fella), Bill Jenkinson (The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs), and Mike Gibbons, Director Emeritus and Historian for the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. (10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 18)
- Keynote address: Tim Kurkjian — the longtime ESPN writer, Maryland native, and winner of the BBWAA’s 2022 Career Excellence Award will give the keynote address during the SABR 50 Awards Luncheon. (1:15 p.m., Thursday, August 18)
- One-on-One: Boog Powell — the Baltimore Orioles legend and barbecue entrepreneur will be interviewed by Dan Connolly of The Athletic. (11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 20)
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards Panel — with Bill Stetka, Orioles Team Historian; Greg Bader, Orioles Senior Vice President, Administration & Experience; and Joe Spear, founder of Populous. (10:00 a.m., Friday, August 19)
- Women in Leadership Panel — with Orioles executives Eve Rosenbaum, Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations; Nicole Sherry, Director, Field Operations; Jennifer Grondahl, Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications; and Lisa Tolson, Senior Vice President, Human Resources. (11:00 a.m., Friday, August 19)
- SABR Oral History interview — with Orioles Hall of Famer Mike Bordick (2:00 p.m., Friday, August 19)
- SABR Media Panel — with broadcasters Joe Castiglione of the Boston Red Sox and Kevin Brown of the Baltimore Orioles. (4:00 p.m., Friday, August 19)
- Flood v. Kuhn: Fifty Years Later — with Judy Pace Flood, widow of Curt Flood; Mark Armour, award-winning historian; Brad Snyder, author of A Well-Paid Slave; and moderator Shakeia Taylor of the Chicago Tribune. (1:30 p.m., Saturday, August 20)
- SABR Ballparks Panel — with former Orioles president Larry Lucchino, acclaimed ballpark design director Janet Marie Smith, and longtime baseball executive Charles Steinberg. (2:30 p.m., Saturday, August 20)
Please note: All speakers are subject to change due to availability.
Attendees also have the opportunity to catch a Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards; tour the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum; and take a bus tour of historic ballpark sites around Baltimore.
There will be 32 groundbreaking research presentations — including studies of all aspects of baseball past and present, such as the Orioles’ dynasty years of the 1960s and ’70s, baseball’s sabermetric pioneers, the future of ballpark design; and more — as well as special guest speakers and presenters at research committee meetings throughout the week.
Find the full schedule and details on the 2022 SABR convention in Baltimore at SABR.org/convention.
The National Pastime serves 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.
Next week, we’re finally heading to Baltimore for the long awaited, highly anticipated SABR 50 convention! For the 2022 edition of The National Pastime, we decided to focus on the history and evolution of minor league baseball, with a special cover illustration by artist Andy Brown.
- Download the e-book: Click here to download a free e-book edition of The National Pastime at the SABR Store.
- Purchase the print edition: Click here to pre-order the print edition of The National Pastime from Amazon.com.
- Note: All articles from The National Pastime: Major Research on the Minor Leagues will be available to read online at SABR.org soon.
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One hundred years ago, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Federal Baseball Club v. National League on May 29, 1922 — a ruling that granted Major League Baseball exemption from the antitrust laws of the United States. MLB is the only professional sports league in North America that continues to hold blanket immunity, although others enjoy limited immunity in regard to television rights.
Since 1922, MLB’s antitrust exemption has been upheld twice by the Supreme Court: in Toolson v. New York Yankees, Inc. (1953) and Flood v. Kuhn (1972). Fifty years ago, Curt Flood’s landmark case — in which he challenged the reserve clause system that tied players to their original team forever — helped set in motion the establishment of free agency for all major leaguers in the 1970s.
At SABR.org, we are excited to unveil Baseball and the Supreme Court, edited by SABR Century Committee chair Sharon Hamilton with section introductions by award-winning historians Michael Haupert, Daniel R. Levitt, and Robert Elias.
On these pages we will dive into the SABR Research Collection archives and draw on the contributions of nearly 30 SABR authors to tell the story of baseball’s milestone cases before America’s highest court. Listen to Curt Flood’s story in his own words from our SABR Oral History Collection interview and view primary source documents from the Federal League’s lawsuit against Organized Baseball, which was overseen by federal judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis — soon to become baseball’s first commissioner.
Visit SABR.org/supreme-court to learn more.
Next week, the annual SABR convention will return to Baltimore for the first time in 40 years. The SABR convention has grown tremendously since our last visit to Baltimore for the 12th annual convention, held on the campus of Towson University on June 25-27, 1982.
A lively SABR convention that summer saw an explosion in attendance to 227, “by far the biggest event the Society has participated in during its 11 years,” as founder Bob Davids reported in the SABR Bulletin. The Orioles generously provided hundreds of free tickets to Saturday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers — No. 24 in rookie Cal Ripken Jr.’s record-setting streak that began just four weeks earlier on May 30, 1982.
At the SABR convention, Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell delivered the invocation at the Saturday banquet and then introduced the keynote speaker, manager Sparky Anderson, who offered “a testimonial of his … good fortune of going from a .218 hitter to a World Champion manager (with the Cincinnati Reds).”
Click here for a multimedia look back at SABR convention history.
The Society for American Baseball Research is seeking remote interns to work during the Fall 2022 semester. An internship with SABR will involve responsibilities across a variety of disciplines, possibly including:
- Working with the Director of Editorial Content or Publications Director to help publish and/or produce content for our website at SABR.org
- Working during an online SABR event
- Working with other SABR staff members on organizational duties, membership renewal drives, customer service
The internship is an educational opportunity that may count toward college credit, covering 15-20 hours per week with a flexible schedule. Please send a resume and cover letter in PDF form to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. MST Monday, August 29, 2022.
SABR 50 attendees can take advantage of special offers to attend Minor League Baseball games during next week’s convention in Baltimore.
On Sunday, August 21, the Bowie Baysox — Class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles — host the Somerset Patriots at Prince George’s Stadium, which is about 30 miles from our host hotel in downtown Baltimore. A special $40 SABR package includes both a game ticket and bus transportation to and from Prince George’s Stadium. Buses will arrive at Prince George’s Stadium at approximately 11:00 a.m. for a pre-game discussion with Baysox broadcasters, exclusively for SABR 50 attendees. This is an optional event for SABR 50 attendees, and ticket purchases will be made directly through the team. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit groupmatics.events/event/SABR.
In addition, the Aberdeen Ironbirds, Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are also offering a 50% discount for tickets to any home game in July or August 2022. Click here to purchase single-game tickets at MiLB.com and use the promo code SABR50 to receive the discount.
To learn more about SABR 50, or to register, visit SABR.org/convention.
Members of the host Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in Baltimore. If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 50 volunteer for assistance.
For more information on Baltimore’s award-winning restaurants, upcoming events, and other attractions, go to baltimore.org.
Judges of oral and poster presentations are sought for SABR 50 in Baltimore. Winners of the Doug Pappas Award for oral presentations and the Best Poster Award will be determined based on the on-site judges’ evaluations.
You’ll submit scores for whichever presentations you choose to attend/view, using forms that will be provided. (If you’re presenting a poster, you can still judge oral presentations and vice versa.) After evaluations for all presentations have been completed, a judges’ meeting will review the outcomes and make the final decisions.
To volunteer to be a presentation judge at SABR 50, or if you have any questions, please contact Neal Traven.
After registering, you may upload a photo or digital copy of your vaccination record to expedite your conference check-in. These records will be stored securely and privately by SABR staff. If a record is not shared via email prior to the event, a copy of your vaccination record MUST be presented in person in order to gain access to the event.
If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Smyth.
Registration is now open for the fourth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, which will be held virtually on September 16-18, 2022. All baseball fans are welcome to attend!
This year’s conference — co-sponsored by SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center, and hosted by Rockford University — will be a virtual event centered around the theme “Title IX and Women’s Baseball: Where We’ve Been and Where We are Headed.” Presentations and panels will take place on Zoom.
- Register now: Click here to register for this event at SABR.org. Early registration is $50, and includes Zoom access to all presentations and panels, awards ceremony, and virtual social hour. After September 7, regular registration is $60.
- Schedule: Stay tuned for the full schedule of panels and presentations. Zoom sessions will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16; 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m., and 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, and 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. (All times listed are in the Eastern Time Zone.)
If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Heaphy at email@example.com.
Visit SABR.org/women-in-baseball-conference to learn more.
Retrosheet is pleased to announce its semi-annual update at Retrosheet.org. In addition to being the first update since I succeeded David W. Smith as President, it is also the first update to include updates to both AL/NL and Negro League games.
Special thanks to all of our volunteers including Alan Cohen, Dean Esgrow, Dave Lamoureaux, and Wes Tervo. And, of course, special thanks to Tom Ruane and Dave Smith for their continued work in preparing this update.
— Tom Thress
SABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at SABR.org, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
- Can’t-Miss Event: The Bob Davids Chapter invites all SABR 50 attendees who are in town early for the convention to its monthly Maryland Hot Stove Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16. The location is Mi Rancho, a Tex-Mex restaurant at 8701 Ramsey Ave. in Silver Spring, Maryland, about 30 miles south (and 45 minutes by car) from the Hyatt Regency hotel in Baltimore. You pay for your own eats and drinks, and masks are required when not actively eating or drinking. Please RSVP to Mark Pattison if you plan to attend or check the Events Calendar for full details.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from author Dan Levitt (Intentional Balk). Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.
Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:
- August 15: Bob Broeg St. Louis (MO) Chapter meeting (6:30 p.m. CDT)
- August 17: Goose Goslin (NJ) Chapter meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 18: Larry Doby (SC) Chapter meeting with Mike Chibarro (7:00 p.m. EDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- August 13: Hank Gowdy Columbus Chapter book club meeting (Hilliard, OH)
- August 13: Kekionga Chapter of Fort Wayne meeting (Fort Wayne, IN)
- August 13: Central Florida Chapter ballgame/meeting (Daytona Beach, FL)
- August 14: Field of Dreams Chapter ballgame/meeting (Des Moines, IA)
- August 16: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- August 17-21: SABR 50 (Baltimore, MD)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Seven new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project:
- Steve Bechler, by Malcolm Allen
- Todd Benzinger, by Bill Nowlin
- Shovel Hodge, by Darren Gibson
- Bill Lennon, by Jeffrey S. Anderson (first-time author)
- Allan Ramirez, by Malcolm Allen
- Tom Veryzer, by Rory Costello
- Maple Leaf Stadium (Toronto, ON), by Kurt Blumenau
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
Eight new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:
- August 23, 1902: With three stars banned, Cleveland falters in front of AL-record crowd in Philadelphia, by Andrew Harner
- August 23, 1902: Banned from Pennsylvania, Cleveland’s Nap Lajoie returns home to Rhode Island for exhibition, by Andrew Harner
- August 16, 1922: Chicago American Giants outlast New York Bacharach Giants in 20-inning pitchers’ duel, by James Overmyer
- June 14, 1949: Braves’ attempt to trade for Westlake fails after Wally hits for second career cycle, by Mike Huber
- May 27, 1984: Cey it ain’t so! Reds and Cubs brawl over disputed home run call, by David Krell
- August 11, 1992: Angels win in extras for ‘interim interim’ manager Marcel Lachemann, by Kurt Blumenau
- August 6, 2001: Boston’s Scott Hatteberg hits into a triple play, then a grand slam, by Bill Nowlin
- July 26, 2015: Rockies’ Ben Paulsen, Carlos González lead mile-high power stroke, by Alexander Harriman
In addition, the following stories from Baltimore Baseball, edited by Bill Nowlin and published by SABR in 2021, were also posted online:
- September 11, 1959: Orioles’ Jerry Walker throws a masterpiece with 16-inning shutout, by Dave Moniz (first-time author)
- August 28, 1960: Umpire’s timeout call nullifies Ted Kluszewski’s apparent 3-run home run, by Bob Brown
- October 5, 1969: Dave McNally tosses 11-inning masterpiece in ALCS, by Brian Frank
- June 22, 1979: Orioles Magic is born, by Austin Gisriel
- October 1, 1982: Orioles sweep Brewers to extend Earl Weaver’s final pennant race, by Rich Ottone
- May 2, 1988: Orioles return home for Fantastic Fan Night after snapping 21-game losing streak, by Alan Cohen
- May 30, 1997: Mike Mussina retires 25 straight batters while firing brilliant 1-hitter, by Gordon Gattie
- May 10, 2012: Orioles lead off game with three consecutive home runs, by Bob Brown
- August 18, 2017: Manny Machado’s 3 homers, including a walk-off grand slam, propel Orioles past Angels, by Peter Seidel
New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject.
- 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.
- Social media: Follow the SABR Games Project on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with new stories and updates.
Episode #174 on Monday, August 8 featured Jim Coffman, who has been a coach and scout in the Oakland A’s organization for more than two decades. He served as a minor-league pitching coach with the A’s from 2000 to 2007 and an area scout in the Northwest since 2007. His signings include future major-leaguers Seth Brown, Ryon Healy, and Brandon Bailey. He was honored as 2019 Scout of the Year by the Pacific Northwest Professional Baseball Scouts Association.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
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 for the regular season. Listen to new episodes at 8:00-9:00 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.
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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- SABR Research Collection celebrates Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022
- 19th-century baseball star Hick Carpenter receives grave marker in San Diego
- Register now for 2022 SABR Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
- Watch a preview of the Landmarks Committee’s new SABR Baseball Map
- Sign up now for SABR Analytics Certification online course
- SABR Digital Library: Our Game, Too: Influential Figures and Milestones in Canadian Baseball
- Download 2022 SABR Annual Report
- SABR Latino Baseball Committee welcomes new Cuban Baseball Research Group
- Watch: Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and filmmaker Randy Wilkins
- SABR Defensive Index rankings released through first half of 2022 MLB season
- Seven baseball projects to receive SABR Local Grants in 2022
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
|Zeke Becerra||Cypress, TX||Bo Macreery||Alexandria, VA|
|Ron Cobb||Marietta, GA||Thomas Magnuson||Omaha, NE|
|Bob Cooper||Toronto, ON||Joshua Pops||Portland, OR|
|Peter Goldstein||Huntingdon, PA||Jason Stanfill||Mukilteo, WA|
|Jason Keil||Parma Hts, OH||Soraira Urquiza||Altadena, CA|
|Mark Lombard||Colchester, VT||German Villalongo||Canovanas, PRI|
|Christian Lundin||San Francisco, CA|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Bob Davids Chapter: August 2022 newsletter (Washington, DC)
- San Diego Ted Williams Chapter: Click here to read the Hick Carpenter grave marker ceremony report (San Diego, CA)
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Rob Terranova: Cardinals minor leaguer Chandler Redmond achieves rare ‘home run cycle’ (MLB.com)
- C. Trent Rosecrans: For so many of us who yearn to just ‘have a catch,’ Field of Dreams game hits home (The Athletic)
- Frederic J. Frommer: It’s been 50 years since Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard made Hall of Fame history (Washington Post)
- Shakeia Taylor: How Black, grassroots efforts developed top MLB picks (Chicago Tribune)
- Clinton Yates: The state of Black baseball slowly shifting from acceptance to belonging (Andscape)
- Derrick Goold: Cardinals’ Nolan Arenado has contending team he craved, teammate he could not imagine (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Ben Clemens: The Giants and the Anti-Shift (FanGraphs)
- Helene Elliott: ‘A League of Their Own’ reboot reveals Maybelle Blair’s truth (Los Angeles Times)
- Scott Miller: MLB’s PitchCom System Draws Mixed Reactions (New York Times)
- Jayson Stark: How MLB’s new rule led to a slew of position players pitching — but could help fix baseball (The Athletic)
- Jay Jaffe: Justin Verlander’s Incredible Post-Tommy John Surgery Season Continues (FanGraphs)
- Emma Baccellieri: Is Nationals Starter Patrick Corbin Having the Worst Pitching Season Ever? (Sports Illustrated)
- Paul Guggenheimer: Josh Gibson Heritage Park opens in Station Square (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
- Sylvia Rhor Samaniego: How a Pittsburgh foundation is giving Negro League players overdue recognition (Pittsburgh City Paper)
- Ashlie D. Stevens: Field of greens: The curious history of ballparks doubling as edible gardens (Salon.com)
- Russell A. Carleton: What if Contact is the #NewMoneyball? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mark Simon: Aaron Judge’s Amazing Stretch … And Season (ACTA Sports)
- Rob Mains: Understanding the Padres’ Business Model (Baseball Prospectus)
- Grant Brisbee: The Giants don’t need more wins to make the postseason. They need fewer losses. (The Athletic)
- John Liepa: A brief history of the Blue Sox and Bunnies (MiLB.com)
- David Laurila: Spencer Strider Analyzes an Overpowering Outing (FanGraphs)
- James Walker/Judith R. Hiltner: How Vin Scully scored his Dodgers gig at 22 years old (The Conversation)
- Anne R. Keene: ‘Rally like a tiger’ – Vin Scully’s words to live by (Houston Chronicle)
- Tommy Birch: How Iowan Red Faber could have swung the 1919 ‘Black Sox’ World Series (Des Moines Register)
- Clayton Trutor: Mike Murphy, Creator of “Grandma’s Scorebook” (Down the Drive)
- Tommy Kopetskie: Mark Cryan’s new article focuses on textile league baseball history (Elon.edu)
- Sam Gazdziak: Grave Story: George Halas (1895-1983) (RIP Baseball)
- Jeff Katz: Cups No Longer Runnething Over, or How I Finally Got a Grip My Slurpee Cup Collection (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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Originally published: August 12, 2022. Last Updated: August 12, 2022.