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 18, 2017:
SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project is pleased to announce dedication ceremonies for their two latest installations, honoring Andy Leonard of early Cincinnati and Boston baseball fame and Hall of Famer James Francis “Pud” Galvin.
On Saturday, September 9 at New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan, Massachusetts, join a band of 19th-century history buffs, baseball fans, and family members of one of baseball’s “First Boys of Summer,” Andy Leonard. A star left fielder of the undefeated Cincinnati Red Stockings, he subsequently joined Boston’s first league “dynasty” champions of the 1870s. Ireland’s National Baseball League crowns its seasonal best player with the Andy Leonard Most Valuable Player Award developed to honor this Irish-born athlete. Click here for complete details.
On Saturday, September 23, we celebrate the life of Hall of Famer Pud Galvin. Following the SABR Forbes Field Chapter meeting at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, interested guests will meet at Calvary Cemetery (718 Hazelwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA) at 4:00 p.m. Galvin is the third grave marked by the SABR 19th Century Grave Baseball Marker Project. The dedication ceremony will feature a bio of Galvin, prepared by his biographer Chip Martin, as well as other baseball notables and members of the Galvin family.
With the help of donations from SABR members as well as a generous grant from Major League Baseball, the Project attempts to provide the honor these players were denied at the times of their deaths. Their first stone was laid in May 2016 at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn for James Whyte Davis, member and officer of the New York Knickerbockers.
For more information, contact Ralph Carhart at email@example.com.
- Donate online: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to the SABR 19th Century Grave Marker Project
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
SABR member Ken Mars, with contributions from Mark Aubrey and John Thorn, has put together a new collection of articles about the first African American professional baseball league: the National Colored League in 1887. SABR members can now access the guide on the Research Resources page at SABR.org or by downloading the PDF at the link below:
The guide includes Mars’s presentation, “Early Black Baseball in Baltimore: 1865-1887,” from the 2017 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, 1887 NCL standings and a day-by-day guide, plus notes on the NCL organization’s formation, the season, and its aftermath.
As Mars writes:
1887 was a pivotal, destructive year for black baseball. Cap Anson protested a game versus Moses Fleetwood Walker and George Stovey, the St. Louis Browns refused to play the Cuban Giants, the Sporting News declared the “color line” had been drawn, and the majors had their “gentleman’s agreement” not to hire any more black players. All of these stories are quite well known, while right in the middle of it was the first professional league founded by African Americans, and there was very, very little written about it in books or modern articles. This is really important stuff. Not just for baseball history buffs, but the cultural history of America. We need to know more. … I compiled this document with hope that others in SABR, and beyond, can further explore by providing a solid starting point.
Visit SABR.org/research/resources to view a comprehensive list of Research Resources available to all SABR members.
We want to highlight a feature that’s one of our favorite benefits of SABR membership: research committee newsletters.
SABR members have a variety of interests, and this is reflected in the diversity of our more than two dozen research committees — from Baseball and the Arts, to Statistical Analysis, to the Deadball Era, to Women in Baseball.
All SABR members are eligible to sign up for — or contribute to — newsletters from any research committee. Committee newsletters are another outlet SABR offers for publication of your research articles, and also a respository for news and notes, pertinent announcements, and updates about committee goings-on.
The publication schedule varies by committee. Some newsletters come out once a month while most are published quarterly or bi-annually. So while you’re waiting for the next Baseball Research Journal or SABR Digital Library publication to drop, these newsletters are a great source to read new baseball research from SABR members.
Here are some examples of original articles from our committee newsletters:
- “Discovery of a ‘New’ Major-League Player: Frank Shaffer/Schiffhauer,” by Peter Morris (Biographical Research, June 2017)
- “Pinch Running: Each Era Tells a Different Story,” by Samuel P. Anthony (Statistical Analysis, July 2017)
- “College Baseball Games in MLB Parks,” by Alan Reifman (Collegiate Baseball, June 2017)
- “Jay Hughes: An Exercise in Biographical Review and Revision,” by Bill Lamb (Deadball Era, June 2017)
- “An Opening Day Ovation for the Exiled Eddie Cicotte in Detroit,” by Jacob Pomrenke (Black Sox Scandal, June 2017)
- “Nineteenth Century Sabermetrics: Range Factor,” by Richard Hershberger (Official Scoring, June 2017)
- “The Unkindest Cut: Taking a Knife to Your Words before Your Editor Does, by Andrea Long (BioProject, June 2017)
- “Chris Von der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns,” by J. Thomas Hetrick (Nineteenth Century, Summer 2017)
You can view all past committee newsletters by going to any Research Committee’s page and selecting “Newsletters.”
To sign up to receive a committee’s newsletter, just go to members.sabr.org and select the “Join a committee” button.
And most importantly: To contribute an article to any committee newsletter, because none of these newsletters could be published without your efforts, contact a committee leader to discuss your ideas and learn how to submit a story.
Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,179 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Harry Coyle, by Warren Corbett
- Bob Moose, by Floyd Johnson (first-time author)
- Tommy Thevenow, by Warren Corbett
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.
Five new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- April 8, 1969: Bienvenue to MLB: Montreal Expos win inaugural game, by Norm King
- April 14, 1969: Mack lays claim to Jonesville in Expos’ first home opener, by Norm King
- April 17, 1969: Expos’ Bill Stoneman sets record for fastest no-hitter by MLB team, by Adam J. Ulrey
- September 25, 1970: Mauch’s 70 in ’70 prediction comes true, by Norm King
- October 2, 1972: Bill Stoneman throws second no-hitter for Expos, by Norm King
These articles appeared in Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos (SABR, 2016), edited by Norm King. To read more articles from this book, click here.
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
- September 23, 1931: Charity begins at home plate: Red Sox, Braves team up for benefit game, by Tom Hufford
- 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
- 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
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 SABR member and author Mitchell Nathanson on Ball Four author Jim Bouton and David Aufhauser from Intel.
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.
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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
- 2017 SABR Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award winner announced
- 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.
For more information, click here.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
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|William Carron||Woodside, NY||Michael Murray||Picton, ON|
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|Juan Diaz||Hollidaysburg, PA||Kenneth Snell||Houston, TX|
|Steve Durham||Austin, TX||John Starzyk||Waukesha, WI|
|Brian Hotson||Dartmouth, NS||Gary Voelker||Riverside, CA|
|Ben Leaf||Chicago, IL||Scott Wallace||Chico, CA|
|Jim Lucey||Gaithersburg, MD||Kenneth Zigmond||Lisle, IL|
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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
- 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 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)
- September 2: Emil Rothe Chapter meeting (Chicago, IL)
- September 6: South Florida Chapter meeting (Miami, FL)
- September 6: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter “First Wednesday” meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- September 9: Andy Leonard grave marker dedication ceremony (Mattapan, MA)
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:
- Ryan Whirty: Jerry Malloy Conference: Unity in passion, strength in numbers (Home Plate Don’t Move)
- Bob Strickley: Reds super-scout Gene Bennett dies at 89 (Cincinnati Enquirer)
- Isabelle Minasian: Celebrating Women in Baseball Night at Safeco Field (The Hardball Times)
- Nick Diunte: Paul Casanova, 75, was everyone’s ‘hermano’ (La Vida Baseball)
- Hannah Keyser: When women played baseball: remembering the AAGPBL (Deadspin)
- Adrian Burgos Jr.: El Profe: Examining the pages of my own baseball history (La Vida Baseball)
- Joe Rivera: Inside ‘SABRcast’ and MLB Network’s quest to challenge baseball telecasts (The Sporting News)
- R.J. Anderson: How baseball agents are negotiating the information gap in MLB (CBS Sports)
- John Thorn: Spalding’s bluff: the game’s crucial moment (Our Game)
- Tim Booth: Mariners’ Amanda Hopkins is first full-time female scout in 50 years (Associated Press)
- Jim Turvey: What do pitchers do when they know the defense has their back? (Beyond the Box Score)
- Eno Sarris: How would we increase balls in play? (FanGraphs)
- Craig Edwards: What Statcast teaches us about pitchers and contact management (FanGraphs)
- Gabriel Schechter: The 1942 Dodgers: dress rehearsal for disaster (The National Pastime Museum)
- David Laurila: Q&A with Tigers prospect Anthony Castro on Venezuela (FanGraphs)
- Aaron Gleeman: Q&A with Minnesota Twins GM Thad Levine (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mike Oz: Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Pedro Martinez (Yahoo! Sports)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: The best and worst defensive players in 2017 (ACTA Sports)
- Jonathan Blitzer: The ephemeral perfection of the immaculate inning (The New Yorker)
- Sam Miller: ‘Skunk in the outfield’: How the most epic trick play in history broke baseball (ESPN.com)
- Michael Bates/Bill Parker: Mashi Murakami Mania with Rob Fitts (This Week in Baseball History podcast)
- Rob Mains: Double-switches and the Goldilocks convergence (Baseball Prospectus)
- Josh Weinreb: Summer wood-bat leagues undergo uneasy transition (New Hampshire Valley News)
- Ryan Swanson: Ballparks we miss: Shibe Park (The National Pastime Museum)
- Tony Blengino: The struggles of three shortstops (FanGraphs)
- Tom Shieber: A photograph in a photograph in the New York Times (Baseball Researcher)
- Tim Wendel: The American League pennant chase of 1967 (The National Pastime Museum)
- Anthony Rieber: Matt Harvey’s career corresponds to an odd mix of bedfellows (Newsday)
- Rich Westcott: Darren Daulton was a favorite on and off the field (Delaware County Times)
- Jeff Katz: Memory Almost Full (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Anthony Salazar: The 1951 Roberto Avila Bowman card (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Paul Ember: National Baseball Card Day and the Phillies’ Mike Lieberthal (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Ed Edmonds: Reusing Vintage Topps Cartoon Illustrations (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: August 18, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.