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This Week in SABR: August 25, 2023

This Week in SABR: August 25, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, August 25, 2023.
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Top Headlines

40,000 rare images now available in SABR-Rucker Archive
Registration now open for 2023 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
Join us on August 31 for a SABR x Baseball Connect live Q&A
New from SABR Digital Library: 1934 Philadelphia Stars
Join us on September 7 for Ballpark Figures with Bianca Smith
Students, apply for a Fall 2023 internship with SABR

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

SABR-Rucker Archive (clockwise from top-left): Memphis Red Sox, Lou Gehrig, Minnie Miñoso, Ernestine Petras

40,000 rare images now available in SABR-Rucker Archive

More than 40,000 baseball images from the SABR-Rucker Archive are now available online at The Rucker Archive is one of the most extensive collections of baseball imagery in North America, covering the roots of baseball in the 19th century up to current major league teams and players.

Recently uploaded images — which were donated by longtime SABR member and photo archivist Mark Rucker — include rare photos of baseball greats Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, and Minnie Miñoso; spring training during World War II; reproductions of early baseball cards; along with photos from World Series games, the Negro Leagues, and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The first batch of 10,000 Rucker Archive images was uploaded to earlier this year.

We are now in the process of cataloging in order to make all of the images available as part of the search engine on Please click here to sign up as a catalog volunteer.

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logo

Register now for the 2023 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

Join us for the fifth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, which will be held virtually on September 29-October 1, 2023. 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 — is a virtual event with the theme “Through the Lens of Baseball.” The conference will feature research presentations, panels, pylon unveiling, presentation of the Dorothy Award and keynote speaker Melissa Ludtke. Stay tuned for the full schedule to be released soon.

Visit for complete details. Hope to see you there!

Join us on August 31 for a SABR x Baseball Connect live Q&A

Baseball fans, join us on Thursday, August 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET for a SABR x Baseball Connect Live Q&A on Twitter Spaces!

Featuring Dan Kaplan and Mike Tampellini from Baseball Connect as well as SABR’s Rob Arthur, the SABR-hosted event will give attendees insight into both the Baseball Connect platform and SABR’s Analytics Certification program and how each can help expand knowledge of the game while developing professional skills and a portfolio for a career in baseball.

Follow @SABR on Twitter for details and the link to the Twitter Spaces session on August 31.

The Stars Shone on Philadelphia: The 1934 Negro National League Champions, edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin

SABR Digital Library: The Stars Shone on Philadelphia: The 1934 Negro National League Champions

Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library: The Stars Shone on Philadelphia: The 1934 Negro National League Champions, edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin, tells the story of one of Black baseball’s most underrated great teams.

Led by future Hall of Famers Raleigh “Biz” Mackey and Jud Wilson, and dynamic owner Ed Bolden off the field, the Stars claimed the Negro National League’s second-half championship over the Pittsburgh Crawfords and defeated the first-half champion Chicago American Giants to claim their first league crown. The biographies of each Stars player, accounts of key games, and a timeline of their championship team are included here.

SABR members can download the e-book edition for free or save 50% off the purchase of the paperback edition at

Ballpark Figures with Bianca Smith

Join us on September 7 for Ballpark Figures with Bianca Smith

Join us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.

On Thursday, September 7, we’ll hear from Bianca Smith, who in 2020 became the first African-American woman to serve as a professional baseball coach when she was hired by the Boston Red Sox. She now works in Japan as a Sports Exchange Advisor with the JET Program.

Visit to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.

Bob Bailey at the 2023 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference in Cooperstown (Photo: Dixie Tourangeau)

Call for papers: 2024 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference

All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a Research Presentation Proposal Abstract on any topic of 19th-century baseball for the 2024 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The 15th annual Ivor-Campbell Conference is scheduled for April 19-20, 2024.

The deadline for proposal Abstracts is October 31, 2023. 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

Click here to read the full announcement at

Second course in SABR Analytics Certification program now available

In 2022, we launched the SABR Analytics Certification program, an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics.

The second course in the program, Level Two – Advanced Analytics in Baseball, is now available!

SABR members save $55 on both available courses (and future courses), so we hope you’ll check out these exciting opportunities at

Last call: Students, apply for a Fall 2023 internship with SABR

The Society for American Baseball Research is seeking student interns to work during the Fall 2023 semester. The remote 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 by 5:00 p.m. MST on August 28, 2023.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Writing opportunities: upcoming SABR book projects

A few opportunities have opened up for new authors who are interested in contributing topical essays and Games Project articles for three forthcoming SABR books: Dodger Stadium greatest games, Stan Musial, and Sandy Koufax.

If you are interested in contributing to any of these upcoming projects as a writer, editor, fact-checker, etc., please contact Bill Nowlin.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #228: Donna Muscarella

Baseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer. Episode #228 on Monday, August 20 featured Donna Muscarella, a SABR member, fourth-generation baseball enthusiast, and visual artist whose work includes photography and mixed media projects. Visit to listen to the full episode or subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks.

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: Bo Jackson, Chet Brewer, Rafael Furcal

2 new biographies published at the SABR BioProject

Visit to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.

6 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

The National Pastime: Heart of the Midwest (2023)

The National Pastime: Heart of the Midwest
Edited by Cecilia M. Tan

Visit to download the free e-book edition of The National Pastime or read articles online.

Recent Highlights

Here are some SABR headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Zach Baker Tiffin, OH     Jason Hallmark Xenia, OH
Greg Battersby Westport, CT     Stephen Hefler Hoboken, NJ
John Bruckmeier Hoover, AL     Bryan Herr Eagan, MN
Jay Castor Wichita, KS     Rebecca Lambert Staten Island, NY
Jeremy Cerone Williamstown, NJ     Ian O’Dougherty Englewood, CO
John Cox Myrtle Beach, SC     Daniel Ryan St. Louis, MO
Jesse Elicker Dillsburg, PA     Steve Zinram Westlake, OH
Jim Gilstrap St. Louis, MO        

SABR Events Calendar

SABR's Rocky Mountain Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 6:00 p.m. MDT on Sunday, August 27, 2023. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Our guest will be author Joe Posnanski to discuss his new book, "Why We Love Baseball."

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • August 26: Oklahoma Chapter meeting with Jesse Asbury and Fred Worth (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • August 27: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with Mark Millikin (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • August 27: Rocky Mountain (CO) Chapter meeting with Joe Posnanski (6:00 p.m. MDT)
  • August 28: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with Hugo Mojica and Paula Harris (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • August 28: Deadball Era Book Talk: Steve Steinberg (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • August 28: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • August 31: Games and Simulations Committee meeting with Matt McKeever (8:00 p.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • August 25: Hack Wilson historical marker dedication ceremony (Ellwood City, PA)
  • August 26: Ted Williams Chapter meeting (San Diego, CA)
  • August 26: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Baltimore, MD)
  • August 26: Mathewson-Plank Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Harrisburg, PA)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

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Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

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Originally published: August 25, 2023. Last Updated: August 25, 2023.