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 13, 2021:
Fifty years ago this week, on August 10, 1971, SABR held its first meeting at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown, New York. The first meeting took place just one day after Satchel Paige’s historic induction as the first primary Negro Leagues player elected and a few hours before Harmon Killebrew joined the 500 Home Run club in Minnesota. From our original 16 “statistorians” to nearly 7,000 members around the world today, thank you all for being part of our baseball community!
SABR Board President Mark Armour, along with Jeanne Armour, Cooperstown chapter leader Michael Hauser, and Tom Shieber, Cassidy Lent, and Bill Francis from the Baseball Hall of Fame gathered on Tuesday, August 10 at the Hall of Fame Library to commemorate our 50th anniversary.
You can find all 50 years of SABR’s flagship publications online in the Research Collection — including the complete archives of the Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime, plus more than 7,500 published stories from the Baseball Biography Project and the Games Project. Most SABR convention journals are also available now in our multimedia Convention History page, too.
Thanks for making our golden anniversary so special; we look forward to what all is to come over the next 50 years!
SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have opened registration for the third annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, which will be held virtually on September 10-12, 2021.
The conference will be highlighted by keynote speaker Dana Bookman, founder and CEO of Canadian Girls Baseball and the founding Vice President of American Girls Baseball; a presentation about an upcoming documentary film, Her Game is Hardball, with director/producer Mark Durand and writer/producer Selena Roberts; a virtual awards ceremony and pylon unveiling; panel discussions on international umpires, with Lisa Turbitt Baker, Sophiyah Liu, Eva Moo, and Perry Barber; researching women’s baseball with Cecilia Tan and Kate Haines; and personal stories, with Laura Hirai and Suzie Hunter; and more insightful research presentations.
Attendees can also participate in the SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Raffle. Prizes include a Rockford Peaches jigsaw puzzle; Phil Niekro signed baseball; Bob Feller signed baseball; Colorado Silver Bullets baseball cards; AAGPBL bobblehead; and more.
This year’s conference theme is “Breaking Barriers: Women in Baseball Around the World.”
- Register: Click here to register online. The conference is open to all baseball fans.
- Cost: Virtual attendance is $50 per person, and includes access to all panels and presentations, pylon unveiling, a digital program, and 1 raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets are $5 apiece.
- Schedule: Click here for complete details on panels and presentations.
- Contact: For questions, please contact Leslie Heaphy or Kat Williams.
For more details, visit SABR.org/women-in-baseball-conference.
As part of SABR’s 50th anniversary in 2021, all baseball fans are invited to join us online this weekend for the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series, presented by Major League Baseball and Baseball-Reference.com.
Join us on Friday, August 13 for a panel on baseball labor relations with Anthony Gonella and Glenn Wong; a discussion on Curt Flood and the reserve clause with Lee Lowenfish, Ed Edmonds, Nathaniel Grow, and Daniel R. Levitt; and a presentation on Flood’s Hall of Fame case from the Baltimore City College sports analytics program.
On Saturday, August 14, we’ll host a panel on SABR’s 1921 Century Project with Donna L. Halper, Steve Steinberg, John Fredland, and Sharon Hamilton; a panel on the Black Sox Scandal trial with Don Zminda, Bill Lamb, Bruce Allardice, and Jacob Pomrenke; and a special presentation with a 1921 World Series simulation between the New York Giants and Chicago American Giants with Phil S. Dixon, Ted Knorr, and John Odell.
- Registration: Click here to register for the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series. Registration is $35 for SABR members and $50 for non-members. Note: If you already registered in June or July, there is no need to register again. The single registration fee will provide access to the entirety of the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series, including every session on June 25-27, July 23-25, and August 10, 13-14. That’s NINE incredible virtual sessions, including the full Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, for just one registration price.
- Contact: Please e-mail Scott Carter with any other questions about your registration.
- Schedule: Click here for more details on the panels and presentations to be delivered at the Summer of SABR sessions in August.
Visit SABR.org/summer to register today or for more information.
In 2022, the United States will mark the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the groundbreaking civil rights legislation that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions receiving federal funds. Although the law was not specifically aimed at athletics, it had wide-reaching effects in sports for women and girls, particularly in increasing opportunities and participation. In the past few years, women in baseball have seen big leaps forward, but in addition to the milestones of the current moment, there is still much to uncover about the history of women and girls participating in the game, not just in the US but worldwide.
To mark the anniversary of Title IX, the Spring 2022 issue of SABR’s Baseball Research Journal is seeking research articles on women and girls in baseball. All topics and eras are welcome, from 19th-century Bloomer Girls teams through statistical analysis of 21st-century collegiate women. A specific tie to Title IX is not necessary.
Please pitch abstracts or synopses to Publications Director Cecilia Tan at email@example.com before August 15, 2021.
The 1921 season was a pivotal one in baseball history. SABR’s Century Committee invites you to join us on a journey back in time to learn more about baseball during the Jazz Age one hundred years ago with our 1921 Century Project, featuring stories, games, and highlights with contributions from more than 70 SABR members.
Led by Babe Ruth’s record-setting 59 home runs, the New York Yankees began establishing a dynasty that would span most of the twentieth century by winning their first American League pennant, setting up an epic all-New York City matchup in the World Series with the rival Giants of John McGraw. The Negro National League celebrated its second season of play in 1921, led by stars like Triple Crown winner Oscar Charleston and two-way phenom Bullet Rogan. And baseball at all levels saw a growing trend toward home run-happy offenses as the game entered the Lively Ball Era.
The sport also became more widely accessible in the early 1920s to fans who were able to follow along from their homes by tuning in to games on the radio. Finally, American culture still reverberates with the ruling made by baseball’s newly hired commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, banning eight disgraced Black Sox players for life after they were caught fixing the 1919 World Series.
The Society for American Baseball Research is seeking remote interns to work during the Fall 2021 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
Interested candidates should be able to demonstrate basic office-related computer skills and have a reliable Internet connection for remote working. Experience with WordPress (or other content management systems) and Zoom (or other virtual-conference platforms) is a plus. A working knowledge of baseball — and an awareness of the game’s general history and basic statistics — is required.
The internship is an educational opportunity that may count toward college credit, covering 15-20 hours per week with a flexible schedule. The internship will be for a fixed period of time and is designed to provide the intern with skills and training that may be applicable to working in a nonprofit research environment or in other research-based organizations.
Please send a resume and cover letter in PDF form to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. MST Monday, August 30, 2021.
All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a Research Presentation Proposal Abstract on any topic of 19th-century baseball for the 2021 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The 13th annual Ivor-Campbell Conference is scheduled for April 29-30, 2022.
The deadline for proposal Abstracts is October 31, 2021. 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 email@example.com.
Anyone submitting an abstract will be informed individually by November 30 if their proposed presentation received enough of a collective ranking to be one of the presentations in 2022, and they will have until December 10 to confirm that they will register for the two-day 2022 Ivor-Campbell Conference and present their research topic.
For any questions, please contact Peter Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:
When the Monarchs Reigned: Kansas City’s 1942 Negro League Champions
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5952-3, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5953-0, $29.95
8.5″ x 11″, 268 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of When the Monarchs Reigned for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the When the Monarchs Reigned paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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.
The SABR 50 convention in Baltimore, Maryland, has been rescheduled for August 17-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor. The Baltimore Orioles are scheduled to be home against the Boston Red Sox that weekend, leading to a change in SABR’s planned convention dates by one week.
The Hyatt Regency hotel sits on the waterfront at the majestic Inner Harbor and is conveniently located within walking distance from Camden Yards. Our host hotel is also close to many area museums, historic landmarks, and other attractions like the National Aquarium.
Registration and hotel information will be available at SABR.org/convention in early 2022.
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: SABR’s Jack Graney Chapter in Cleveland will hold a virtual Zoom meeting from 7:30-9:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 17. All baseball fans are invited to attend. We’ll hear from author Christopher Phillips (Scouting and Scoring); and Sam Giller, Assistant Director of Baseball Operations for the Cleveland Indians and Clint Longenecker, Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting for the Cleveland Indians with a recap of the team’s 2021 amateur draft. Click here to register in advance for this meeting and receive the Zoom meeting details.
- Video Replays: 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 13: Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 14: Talkin’ Baseball: Stephen Bratkovich (9:00 a.m. EDT)
- August 14: Rice-Russell Nashville (TN) Chapter meeting with Clayton Trutor, Pete Weber, Clarence Watkins, and Harriet Kimbro-Hamilton (10:45 a.m. CDT)
- August 14: Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series (3:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 16: Bob Broeg St. Louis (MO) Chapter meeting (5:15 p.m. CDT)
- August 16: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Paul Hensler (7:30 p.m. EDT)
- August 17: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter meeting with Christopher Phillips, Sam Giller, and Clint Longenecker (7:30 p.m. EDT)
- August 18: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Greg Larson (12:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 18: Roush-Lopez Gulf Coast (FL) Chapter meeting with Marty Appel (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 18: New Member Experience with Scott Carter (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 19: Larry Doby (SC) Chapter meeting with Willie Steele (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 19: Bud Metheny (VA) Chapter meeting with Jack Bales (7:30 p.m. EDT)
- August 21: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting (1:00 p.m. EDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- August 14: Larry Dierker Chapter ballgame/meeting (Sugar Land, TX)
- August 14: Dayton Chapter meeting (Dayton, OH)
- August 14: Robinson-Kell Chapter meeting (Bryant, AR)
- August 14: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter book club meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
- August 14: Central Florida Chapter: Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Museum event (Daytona Beach, FL)
- August 14: Pee Wee Reese Chapter ballgame/meeting (Bowling Green, KY)
- August 17: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- August 19: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- August 19: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- August 21: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
- August 21: Hank Gowdy Chapter book club (Hilliard, OH)
- August 21: Jimmy Sebring-George Stovey Williamsport Chapter meeting (Williamsport, PA)
- August 21: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Episode #123 on Monday, August 9 featured Ken Levine, an Emmy Award-winning writer, director, producer, and former baseball broadcaster for the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, and San Diego Padres. In his 30-year television career, he has worked on beloved shows such as M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, and The Simpsons, and has co-created three series. His play Going, Going, Gone, set in a major-league baseball press box, premiered in 2016. For more than a decade, Ken has written a daily blog, By Ken Levine. He also hosts the weekly podcast Hollywood & Levine.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:
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.
- Read all SABR bios from 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords book: In Pride of Smoketown: The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords, edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin and published in 2020, we told the story of one of the Negro Leagues’ most dominant teams, which boasted four Hall of Fame players. All of the biographies from Pride of Smoketown are now available to read online at the SABR BioProject. Visit SABR.org/ebooks to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback.
Ten new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- September 23, 1921: Athletics’ Fred Heimach shuts out White Sox for his first career win, by Thomas E. Merrick
- September 26, 1921: Giants near pennant as Art Nehf wins 20th game, by Bob Whelan
- May 6, 1947: Pitching to Ted Williams, two Browns pitchers fail to follow Jack Kramer’s advice, by Bill Nowlin
- September 14, 1951: Dodgers’ Preacher Roe beats former Pirates teammates for 20th victory, by Steven C. Weiner
- August 13, 1953: Bob Trice hurls two-hitter for Ottawa Athletics on Bob Trice Night, by Gary Belleville
- September 30, 1971: Tom Seaver strikes out 13 Cardinals, wins 20th game on final day of the season, by David Krell
- April 15, 1977: After 64 years, Holyoke gets a rough welcome back to the minors, by Kurt Blumenau
- September 12, 1982: Terry Felton’s futility finds finality with 16th consecutive loss, by Andrew Harner
- October 5, 2001: Barry Bonds hits 71st home run to set new single-season record, by Alexander Harriman
- September 16, 2020: Luis García, baseball’s youngest player, wins one for the Nationals, by Laura H. Peebles
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.
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:
- Dan Evans appointed to SABR Board of Directors
- Read articles from The National Pastime: The Future According to Baseball online
- Watch an inspiring short film about SABR’s Baseball Memories program
- Member Benefit Spotlight: BioProject and Games Project
- Historic Hamtramck Stadium in Detroit approved for $850,000 grant to restore Negro Leagues ballpark
- Vince Gennaro selected as 2021 Bob Davids Award winner
- Baseball Reference dramatically expands stat coverage of the Negro Leagues
- SABR Defensive Index rankings released through first half of 2021 season
- New grave marker dedicated for Latin American baseball pioneer Luis Castro in New York
- Register now for the 2021 SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
- Find all 50 years of Baseball Research Journals and The National Pastimes online now at SABR.org
- Get free access to Newspapers.com World Collection online archives with your SABR membership
- Check out the complete SABR 50 at 50 series as we look back at baseball over the past 50 years
- Check out videos and highlights from the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference
- SABR Digital Library: Jackie: Perspectives on 42
- SABR 50, Jerry Malloy conferences rescheduled for 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.
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|Hillary Abbott||Lexington, KY||Ken Liss||Brookline, MA|
|Michael Bloom||Philadelphia, PA||Oscar Nach||Chicago, IL|
|Raymond Borowicz||Tampa, FL||Ed Nicolai||Saint Helens, OR|
|Andrew Bradjan||Alexandria, MN||Frankie Ottomanelli||Bellerose, NY|
|Michael Brennan||Burlington, NC||Randall Peters||Chandler, AZ|
|Julie Drahushuk||Wilmington, NC||Joe Sheehan||Dothan, AL|
|Corey French||Carmel, IN||Stuart Silverstein||Highland Park, IL|
|Akisa Fukuzawa||Columbus, OH||Jeremy Spears||Spotsylvania, VA|
|Allyson Lehere||Boardman, OH||Seth Tehan||Little Rock, AR|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Deadball Era: August 2021 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Pee Wee Reese Chapter: July 24 meeting recap (Louisville, KY)
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter: August 7 meeting recap (Round Rock, TX)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Clinton Yates: Tim Anderson makes magic at the Field of Dreams (The Undefeated)
- Tyler Kepner: In a Field in Iowa, the White Sox Delivered a Hollywood Ending (New York Times)
- Jay Jaffe: Upcoming Early Baseball Era Committee Ballot Will Give Negro Leagues Candidates Another Shot at Hall of Fame (FanGraphs)
- William Weinbaum: 50 years ago, Major League Baseball stumbled before inducting Satchel Paige into the Hall of Fame (The Undefeated)
- Emma Baccellieri: Meet the Metaphorical Mets: A Franchise Not Known for Subtlety Is Drowning in a Flood (Sports Illustrated)
- Alex Speier: ‘I’ve never seen anything like that’: Inside another bizarre quirk of Fenway Park (Boston Globe)
- Ty Schalter: A Sporting Past, Present and Future with The National Pastime (TySchalter.com)
- Hannah Keyser: A call to Shohei Ohtani and a gold medal: How Japan swelled with pride in baseball’s Olympic return (Yahoo! Sports)
- Stephanie Apstein: Baseball’s Eddy Alvarez Becomes Third American To Medal In Both Summer and Winter Olympics (Sports Illustrated)
- Joon Lee: $30,000 in beer? How cup snakes are bringing baseball fans back together (ESPN.com)
- Grant Brisbee: Fun facts about the homer-happy 2021 Giants, who might shatter franchise records (The Athletic)
- Alexis Brudnicki: Women In Baseball: Emilee Fragapane Helps Dodgers Players, Coaches Think Big (Baseball America)
- Stephen J. Nesbitt: A Tony La Russa bet, a 1,200-mile bike ride and $30,000 for charity; a Cespedes Family BBQ adventure (The Athletic)
- Max Rubin: Dave Raymond: The Mascot Whisperer (New York Times)
- David Laurila: Don Mattingly Talks Hitting (FanGraphs)
- Russell A. Carleton: How much would teams actually have to spend for adequate minor league pay? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jon Carolulis: Mike Huber Does The Math (BallNine.com)
- Anthony Castrovince: How baseball settled on 60 feet, 6 inches (MLB.com)
- Rob Mains: Mobility vs. Inequality: Setting the Stage (Baseball Prospectus)
- Corey Brock: Mariners statue unveiling emotional for Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez (The Athletic)
- Sean Lahman: Remembering Rochester’s ‘Mr. Baseball’ as Wings celebrate Joe Altobelli Night (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
- Gary Cieradkowski: Mickey Mantle: Got Those Kansas City Blues (Studio Gary C)
- Zach Buchanan: ‘This is going to get worse’: Smoke pollution concerns in Reno bring focus to a growing obstacle for baseball (The Athletic)
- Rob Arthur: Minor League Attendance Is Crashing (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mark Simon: Zack Wheeler’s Impressive 2021 (ACTA Sports)
- Mike Campbell: Renovation work begins on historic Hamtramck Stadium in Detroit (WWJ Radio)
- M. Shawn Hennessy: The Navy’s Little Colonel: Chief Athletic Specialist Harold “Pee Wee” Reese (Chevrons and Diamonds)
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Originally published: August 13, 2021. Last Updated: August 13, 2021.