This Week in SABR: August 19, 2011

Here’s what we’ve been up to as of August 19, 2011:

“Endless Seasons: Baseball in Southern California” now online

Read articles  about Pacific Coast League ballparks, Vin Scully, Fernando Valenzuela, the “Home Run Derby” TV show and more in The National Pastime‘s online edition, Endless Seasons: Baseball in Southern California:

SABR members receive full online access to every article in TNP, published annually in conjunction with our national convention. If you’re not a SABR member, check out this special preview of TNP, “When the Angels and Stars Ruled Los Angeles”, by former SABR President and Pacific Coast League Historical Society founder Dick Beverage, then click here to join.

The SABR Bookshelf: Spring/Summer 2011

Periodically throughout the year, publishes listings of new books that are received at the SABR office. This feature is called The SABR Bookshelf, continuing a popular section in the old SABR Bulletin.

Here is The SABR Bookshelf for Spring/Summer 2011:

To get your NEW book listed on The SABR Bookshelf, make sure a review copy is sent to: The SABR Bookshelf, Society for American Baseball Research, 4455 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. D-140, Phoenix, AZ 85018.

In Memoriam: Bill Weiss

William J. “Bill” Weiss, 86, one of SABR’s earliest members and a longtime statistician/historian for professional baseball leagues, died of a heart attack on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, in San Mateo, California.

Weiss joined SABR on September 3, 1971, as member No. 34 less than one month after the organization’s founding. By then, he had already spent two decades preparing sketch books for minor and major leagues — with the help of his beloved wife of 56 years, Faye — which contained biographical information and career records for all players in the league.

“At one time, he must have been doing stats for nine different leagues,” said his friend Dick Beverage, former SABR President and founder of the Pacific Coast League Historical Society. “He was a remarkable man. A baseball man; that’s the only way to describe him.”

Read more about Weiss’ life and legacy in baseball here:

SABR 41 convention feedback survey

We hope you enjoyed our 41st annual national convention last month in Long Beach, California, along with all of our online coverage of the event at

If you attended SABR 41, we would appreciate if you took a moment to fill out this survey and shared your feedback with us on the registration, communication, programming and your overall experience of the convention:

Click the link above to start the survey. Thank you for your feedback.

Three new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, bringing us to a total of 1,651 published biographies:

All new biographies can be found here:

Writing a biography for the BioProject is an easy way to get involved as a SABR member. Find out how by visiting our BioProject Resources page or reading the FAQs section.

July 10 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the July 10, 2011, meeting of the SABR Board of Directors have now been posted on the SABR website.

You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by going to the Members’ Info page below:

Click on “Organizational Files”, then “Board Minutes” to view the minutes.

Chapter meeting recaps

(If you would like to include your chapter meeting recap in “This Week in SABR”, please e-mail a notice to Jacob Pomrenke.)

Upcoming SABR events:

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All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here.

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Originally published: August 19, 2011. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.