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 16, 2019:
All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a research presentation proposal abstract on any topic related to women in baseball for the SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience on Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 12, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona.
This conference is focused on women in baseball, co-hosted by the International Women’s Baseball Center, and held in conjunction with the Arizona Fall League (MLB.com/AFL), baseball’s premier player development league. In past years, 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, Peter Alonso, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Ronald Acuña Jr. before they hit the big leagues.
To apply: Please send a 150-200 word abstract to Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu by September 2, 2019. Please include full contact information and a short bio. Please note: You must be registered for the conference in order to give a presentation.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend the SABR Arizona Fall League Experience.
- Registration: Click here to register online. Registration is $199 for all SABR members and guests; $219 for non-members. Single-day rates are available for $90 on Friday (includes breakfast and game ticket) or $110 on Saturday (including breakfast, lunch, and game ticket).
- Hotel: SABR’s recommended hotel is The Saguaro (4000 North Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251) in Old Town Scottsdale. Please e-mail Ally Bascom at email@example.com or call 480-385-4800 and mention “SABR” to book your room at our special group rate of $189/night (plus tax).
Visit SABR.org/AFL for registration information and complete details.
SABR is pleased to announce that the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference will be held Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown is at 100 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Conference registration and hotel information for the 2020 conference will be available beginning in October 2019 at SABR.org/analytics.
The SABR Analytics Conference brings together industry insiders from the baseball community, data innovators, thought leaders, members of the media and college students who will participate in the popular Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
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.
The SABR 49 convention took place this summer in San Diego, and we have dedicated the theme of The National Pastime to baseball on the Pacific Coast. 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 received a souvenir print edition in their goody bags.
All articles from the 2019 convention journal, The National Pastime: Pacific Ghosts, can now be read online at SABR.org:
Click a link below to download the e-book edition or purchase a paperback edition of the 2019 convention journal, The National Pastime: Pacific Ghosts.
- Kindle/MOBI: To download the MOBI/Kindle version of The National Pastime: Pacific Ghosts, click here (8.4 MB)
- EPUB: To download the EPUB file — for use on iBooks, iPads, Nook or Sony Reader — of The National Pastime: Pacific Ghosts, click here (3.8 MB)
- PDF: To download a PDF version of The National Pastime: Pacific Ghosts, click here (2.2 MB)
- Paperback: To purchase a copy of the print edition from Amazon.com, click here
If you weren’t able to attend the convention in San Diego, please enjoy this issue of The National Pastime as your virtual trip to SABR 49. Happy reading!
Add a soaring baseball book to your collection with our newest title from the SABR Digital Library:
The Newark Eagles Take Flight: The Story of the 1946 Negro League Champions
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Rich Applegate and Len Levin
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9701-5906-6, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5907-3, $29.99
8.5″ x 11″, 230 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of The Newark Eagles Take Flight for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the The Newark Eagles Take Flight paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
Listen to a new episode of SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer — which is now available on your favorite podcast streaming services! Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to Episode #20 — our guest this week is Paul Dickson, acclaimed author and baseball historian whose newest book is The Hidden Language of Baseball: How Signs and Sign-Stealing Have Influenced the Course of Our National Pastime. Paul is best known in the baseball research community for The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, now in its third edition, and he was honored with SABR’s Henry Chadwick Award in 2013.
Every week, SABRcast will feature insights and analysis of what’s happening in modern baseball on and off the field, plus compelling interviews with figures from around the game — and music from The Baseball Project.
To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
Member Engagement Associates — a part-time seasonal position based at the SABR office in Phoenix, Arizona — will assist SABR’s membership efforts while reporting to and partnering with the Chief Executive Officer.
A new position in the organization, Associates will be tasked with outreach to members who need to renew their membership and members who have allowed their membership to lapse. As an Associate you will be responsible for logging member and lapsed member feedback which will allow us to better serve our baseball community.
SABR is seeking Fall 2019 interns to work in our office in Phoenix, Arizona.
An internship with SABR will involve responsibilities across a variety of disciplines, possibly including:
- Working on-site at a local SABR conference, such as the SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience
- Working with our Membership Director or Director of Operations on organizational duties, membership renewal drives, customer service
- Working with our Director of Editorial Content to help publish and/or produce content for our website at SABR.org
The internship is an educational opportunity that may count toward college credit, covering 15-20 hours per week (flexible schedule), at the SABR office in Phoenix, Arizona.
SABR’s mission is to foster the study, discussion, and understanding of all aspects of baseball. In order to fulfill this mission, we rely not only on member dues but also gifts from our generous supporters. You can become a Friend of SABR by giving as little as $10 per month. When you do so, you will be inducted into a community of passionate baseball fans dedicated to supporting SABR’s work.
Get in the SABR On-Deck Circle, and help SABR become the essential community for the world of baseball. Your support will build capacity around all things SABR, including publications, website content, podcast development, and community growth.
A monthly gift is deducted from your bank account or charged to a credit card until you tell us to stop. No more email, mail, or phone reminders.
Baseball Digest is pleased to announce the launch of the Baseball Digest Archive.
Every regular print issue of Baseball Digest from 1942 through March/April 2019 is viewable and searchable online at BaseballDigestArchive.com.
The SABR Minnesota 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Minneapolis Public Library, 300 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The day-long Saturday symposium will be devoted to 19th-century baseball as it was played and evolved in Minnesota and the greater Midwest region. The event is a joint project of the SABR Nineteenth Century Committee, SABR’s Halsey Hall Chapter, and the Hennepin County Library.
- Register: Click here to register online for the symposium. You may also download the registration form and mail a check made out to “SABR” to Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Road, New Hope, PA 18938. The deadline to register is November 8, 2019.
- Cost: $40 per person. Fee includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and afternoon beverages and snacks.
- Schedule: Click here to download the full schedule and registration details (PDF)
Guest speakers are expected to include John Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian; Larry Millett, longtime St. Paul Pioneer Press architecture critic and author of more than 10 books, including The Curve of the Arch and Lost Twin Cities; Stew Thornley, author of Baseball in Minnesota: A Definitive History and other books; Dan Levitt, author of Paths to Glory: How Great Baseball Teams Got That Way and other books; Mike Haupert, Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; Kristin Anderson, art and architecture professor and author of an upcoming book on the history of sports facilities in the Twin Cities; Frank White, author of They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota; Brian Madigan, SABR member and associate librarian for Hennepin County Libraries; and more.
For more information, contact event organizers at sabrMN19c@gmail.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 2019.
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.”
- Click here to download the 2019 SABR Women in Baseball Scholarship application and style guidelines (PDF)
All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by August 16, 2019, and sent to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.
Register now to join us for the SABR Black Sox Scandal Centennial Symposium on September 27-29, 2019, in Chicago. The SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee will host this once-in-a-century event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1919 World Series.
The event — which is open to all baseball fans — will be highlighted by a research symposium on Saturday, September 28 at the Chicago History Museum.
Please note: There are only a handful of rooms left in our courtesy room block at the Palmer House Hilton. If you want to take advantage of our special discounted rate of $179/night there, register for the Black Sox symposium now to receive the booking link. Sorry, our White Sox ticket block is now closed.
Two new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,978 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.
Nine new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- October 2, 1908: Otis Clymer hits for the cycle, leads Senators to rout over Highlanders, by Mike Huber
- October 6, 1911: Cy Young pitches his final game, by Thomas E. Merrick
- August 14, 1919: Babe Ruth hits 17th home run to set new American League single-season record, by Jacob Pomrenke
- August 28, 1924: Babe Ruth homers twice, but Goose Goslin’s cycle leads Senators to win, by Mike Huber
- July 31, 1935: Kitty Burke comes to bat in Cincinnati, by Steven Wyder (first-time author)
- April 21, 1939: Bob Feller makes his first Opening Day start in front of Judy Garland, by Vince Guerrieri
- August 19, 1945: Jimmie Foxx records five strikeouts and a win in his first start as pitcher, by Mike Lackey
- September 3, 1965: Jim Hickman becomes first Met to hit three home runs in a game, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- August 1, 1986: Twins’ Bert Blyleven notches 3,000th strikeout, Kirby Puckett hits for cycle, by Mike Huber
- 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.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, will air this season at a new time. Listen in from 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. 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.
Periodically, we like to offer some helpful hints on how to get the most out of the SABR.org website. Today, we’re highlighting our Research Resources page, which includes many online resources that can help you do better baseball research.
The Research Resources page at SABR.org includes a variety of tools and information sources from around the Internet. Some of these sources, including the resources page itself, are only available with a SABR membership — such as our partnership with Paper of Record which gives you complete access to The Sporting News archives dating back to 1886 or a discounted subscription for the Baseball Digest archive. This follows SABR’s longstanding mission to facilitate the dissemination of baseball research information.
Our most popular tools for research can be found on the resources page, starting with How to Do Baseball Research, an ongoing project with tips on research techniques, interviewing, geneaology, finding images, and using libraries. You can also find links on the resources pages to other SABR tools such as The Baseball Index, a catalog of 250,000+ citations on baseball literature; nearly five decades of articles from the SABR Baseball Research Journal; more than 500 audio interviews in the SABR Oral History Collection; Protoball, on the evolution of early baseball games; our Guide to Sabermetric Research; Bob McConnell’s Going for the Fences: The Minor League Home Run Record Book; the SABR Triple Plays Database; and the SABR Spring Training Database; and the SABR/Baseball-Reference Encyclopedia.
Some members have made their specialized research available on the resources page, as well. This includes Bill James’ Baseball Analyst archives from 1982-89; the Business of Baseball Committee’s 1915 Federal League case files; Chuck McGill’s comprehensive list of Minor League No-Hitters; Bill Hickman’s research on Near Major Leaguers; Ken Mars’s guide to the 1887 National Colored League, a precursor to the Negro Leagues; Gene Carney’s Black Sox “Notes” columns; and Chuck Hildebrandt’s Little League Home Runs Database.
The resources page also includes links to non-SABR tools and websites that serve as invaluable sources for every baseball researcher, including the popular statistical websites Baseball Prospectus, Baseball-Reference.com, BrooksBaseball.net, FanGraphs, The Hardball Times, Retrosheet, and more. You can also find subscription newspaper archive sites such as Newspapers.com, Chronicling America, Ancestry.com, Fulton History, and Genealogy Bank; as well as tools such as the Lahman Baseball Database, the Index of Online Baseball Guides (1860-2014), the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database, and the Dressed to the Nines MLB uniform database.
Whatever baseball-related subject you have an interest in, we have a helpful resource for you on the Research Resources page. We hope you’ll check it out! If there’s a tool not listed there that you like to use in your own research, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know so we can add it to the page.
Are you a SABR member with book design experience? As our Publications Program grows, so does our need for folks who can handle book layout and ebook creation duties. QuarkXPress or InDesign preferred.
If you’d like more information or to throw your hat into the ring, please email your resume and book design samples to Cecilia Tan at PubDir@sabr.org.
In Memoriam: John Gabcik
- SABR member John Gabcik, 76, died on August 2, 2019, at his home in Brevard, North Carolina, from complications of oral cancer. He joined SABR in 2009 and wrote 10 biographies for the BioProject, concentrating on White Sox pitchers he had seen in action over the years. John also wrote the bio of Lew Fonseca published in SABR’s 2018 book on baseball and the movies. He was a familiar face at the SABR national convention and an active volunteer with Retrosheet.org. John Francis Gabcik was born April 17, 1943, in Chicago and educated in Chicago parochial schools before graduating from Loyola University Chicago, where he was student manager on the 1963 Ramblers men’s basketball team which started four African American players and won the NCAA championship. A lifetime resident of the Chicago area until his retirement in 2007, John worked as an inner-city school English teacher, an insurance agent and financial planner, and later as a certified drug and alcohol addiction counselor. He is survived by his wife Edwina (Edie), with whom he celebrated his 50th anniversary in April, and son Joe and wife Nicole, of Rutland, Vermont. Another son, Larry, predeceased. He was a member of the United Universalists of Transylvania County congregation in Brevard. A service celebrating his life was held there on August 12. Click here to read the full obituary online.
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 Defensive Index rankings released through first half of 2019 season
- Bill Lamb selected as Bob Davids Award winner
- Tyrone Brooks appointed to SABR Board of Directors
- SABR member Jayson Stark honored in Cooperstown with 2019 J.G. Taylor Spink Award
- Save the date! SABR 50 will be in Baltimore in 2020
- Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts inaugural issue released
- Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center honored with 2019 SABR Russell Gabay Award
- TCU’s Jake Guenther honored by SABR Dallas-Fort Worth chapter
- SABR’s The Baseball Index announces midseason 2019 updates
- SABR Digital Library: Kansas City Royals: A Royal Tradition
- Read all articles from Spring 2019 Baseball Research Journal online at SABR.org
- Give back to SABR through AmazonSmile
- Check out highlights and photos from the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference
- View SABR’s Eight Myths Out project on misconceptions about the Black Sox Scandal
- SABR Media Committee’s Baseball Buffet podcast now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
- Check out new articles from the SABR Team Ownership Histories Project
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new 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: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Michael Beardslee||Howell, MI||Rodger McKelvey||Bloomington, MN|
|Brian Bolduc||Leominster, MA||Paul Rice||Sacramento, CA|
|Alan Brown||Martinez, GA||Laurier Shank||Orleans, ON|
|Ty Daubert||Pottsville, PA||Arthur Sharp||Sun City Center, FL|
|Jim Easton||London, ON||Larry Strickling||Chicago, IL|
|Chris Giraud||Hoover, AL||Alexander Thompson||Etna, OH|
|Richard Hughes||Asbury, NJ||Jun Hyun Yun||Ithaca, NY|
|Zachary Kleiman||Vero Beach, FL||Thomas Zabel||Mico, TX|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Business of Baseball: Seeking volunteers for MLB Team Employee Directory project
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Elysian Fields/Goose Goslin Chapters: Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center honored with 2019 SABR Russell Gabay Award (Montclair, NJ)
- Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter: August 2019 newsletter (Chicago, IL)
- Field of Dreams Chapter: August 10 meeting recap (Waterloo, IA)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- August 16: “Eight Myths Out and the 1919 World Series” panel discussion (Cincinnati, OH)
- August 17: Dusty Baker-Sacramento Chapter lunch meeting (Folsom, CA)
- August 17: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter monthly breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
- August 18: Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter book club meeting (Burlington, VT)
- August 18: Rogers Hornsby Chapter monthly lunch meeting (Austin, TX)
- August 18: Bob Davids Chapter: SABR Day at the Nats (Washington, DC)
- August 19: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- August 19: Chris Donnelly: “Doc, Donnie, the Kid, and Billy Brawl” book signing (New York, NY)
- August 20: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- August 21: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- August 21: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- August 24: Babe Ruth/Connie Mack Chapter joint meeting/ballgame (Wilmington, DE)
- August 24: Quebec Chapter summer meeting (Quebec City, QC)
- August 26: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- August 28: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
- August 31: Lefty O’Doul Chapter meeting (San Francisco, 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:
- Corey Brock: King for a day: Writer-turned-commissioner Rob Neyer embraces latest chapter of his baseball life (The Athletic)
- Jayson Stark: The robots are coming! Examining big leaguers’ biggest fears about their future electronic overlords (The Athletic)
- Rick Wolff/Ken Samelson: Whatever happened to The Baseball Encyclopedia? (Baseball America)
- Craig Calcaterra: The 1994-95 baseball strike began 25 years ago this week (NBC Sports)
- Jay Jaffe: The rarity of Walker Buehler (FanGraphs)
- Craig Goldstein: Stop ignoring Clayton Kershaw’s season (Baseball Prospectus)
- Rob Mains: The best of Chris Sale (Baseball Prospectus)
- Eno Sarris: What makes a slider good? (The Athletic)
- Mark Simon: Infield shifts are up this season, and pitchers can see the value in Shift Runs Saved (The Athletic)
- Miriam Zuo: Under pressure: the psychology of clutch (The Hardball Times)
- Daniel R. Epstein: The stop-and-start history of women’s baseball (The Hardball Times)
- Jim Caple: The 100-year legacy of Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson (Sports Press Northwest)
- Anthony Castrovince: The crazy story behind MLB’s last forfeited game (MLB.com)
- Edward McClelland: Should the White Sox leave Chicago? (Chicago Magazine)
- Gary Cieradkowski: Jose Mendez, beating the Reds black and blue (Studio Gary C)
- Gary Ashwill: A look at Cuban baseball guides (Agate Type)
- Chris Wimmer: Infamous America podcast: The 1919 White Sox’s ‘turbulent year’ (Black Barrel Media)
- Ryan Whirty: Life lessons from Sammy the Jet (Home Plate Don’t Move)
- Tom Joyce: Big in Japan: When Major League nobodies become NPB somebodies (The Hardball Times)
- Chris Weikel: Proven Closers: Further Debunking of a Worn-out Narrative (SABR Statistical Analysis Blog)
- Jeff Katz: Angel in Cooperstown (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jason Schwartz: A wholly needless analysis of the 1987 Kraft “Home Plate Heroes” numbering scheme (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Tim Jenkins: Accessorizing with Tony Horton (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Tim Jenkins: Mac ‘n cards (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jason Schwartz: Dodger-Giant double-agents (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: August 16, 2019. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.