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This Week in SABR: August 26, 2022

This Week in SABR: August 26, 2022

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 26, 2022:

SABR 50: Listen to highlights from Tim Kurkjian’s keynote address

Tim Kurkjian at SABR 50 in BaltimoreAt SABR 50 in Baltimore, longtime SABR member and ESPN contributor Tim Kurkjian delivered the keynote address at the Awards Luncheon on Thursday, August 18 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor.

Kurkjian was recently honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown during Induction Weekend as the 2022 BBWAA Career Excellence Award Winner.

Click here to listen to highlights from Tim Kurkjian’s keynote address at

SABR 50: Listen to highlights from Boog Powell’s one-on-one interview with Dan Connolly

Baltimore Orioles legend Boog Powell at SABR 50 in BaltimoreAt SABR 50 in Baltimore, Orioles legend Boog Powell was a featured speaker in a one-on-one interview with Dan Connolly of The Athletic on Saturday, August 20 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor.

Powell is one of the most beloved Baltimore Orioles players in the team’s storied history. He played first base and outfield for 17 major-league seasons from 1961 to 1977, winning two World Series championships with the O’s in 1966 and ’70. He earned American League MVP honors in 1970 and finished his career with 339 home runs. Since 1992, when the Orioles began playing at Camden Yards, he has operated Boog’s BBQ on Eutaw Street, a must-visit attraction for any baseball fan.

Click here to listen to highlights from Boog Powell’s one-on-one interview with Dan Connolly at

SABR 50: Listen to highlights from Mike Bordick’s Oral History interview with Mike Gibbons

Mike Bordick at SABR 50 in BaltimoreAt SABR 50, Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Mike Bordick participated in a live Oral History interview with Mike Gibbons of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum on Friday, August 19 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor.

Bordick spent 14 years as a shortstop in the major leagues from 1990 to 2003 and he was elected to the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame in 2011. While playing for the Orioles from 1997 to 2002, he was one of the best defensive players in club history, setting records for most consecutive error-less games and chances at shortstop, and making the American League All-Star team in 2000.

Click here to listen to highlights from Mike Bordick’s oral history interview with Mike Gibbons at

SABR 50: Founding member Tom Hufford honored by Orioles in pregame ceremony

SABR founding member Tom Hufford on the field at Camden Yards before the Orioles ballgame on August 19, 2022Tom Hufford, SABR’s last surviving founding member, was honored during SABR 50 before the Baltimore Orioles game on Friday, August 19 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

In an on-field ceremony before the Orioles game against the Boston Red Sox, Hufford, 72, from Marietta, Georgia, accompanied by his wife Nan, was recognized on the center field scoreboard at Camden Yards and received the team’s Heavy Hitter Award along with a Cedric Mullins autographed baseball.

Hufford was a 21-year-old college student at Virginia Tech when he traveled to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, as one of 16 original founding members at SABR’s first organizational meeting on August 10, 1971. He was elected as the organization’s secretary in 1976 and also served on the Board of Directors from 2004 to 2012.

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR 50: John Asel, Bill Marston win 2022 convention presentation awards

John Asel, SABR 50 Doug Pappas Award winnerJohn Asel was selected as the winner of the 2022 Doug Pappas Award for the best oral research presentation and Bill Marston won the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for the best poster presentation at SABR 50 in Baltimore.

Asel, a rising senior at Syracuse University, won the Pappas Award for his presentation, “Meta Pitch Tracking: How The Changes In Pitch Tracking Technologies Should Change How We Look At The Data They Collect,” which he delivered Saturday, August 20 during SABR 50 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor hotel in Baltimore.

Marston, a lifelong math teacher and avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, won the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for his poster, “I’ll Do It Myself – The Stories Behind Unassisted Triple Plays.”

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR 50: Bill Carle wins record 5th Trivia Contest; Pennsylvanians take team title

Bill Carle, SABR 50 trivia championA three-year hiatus couldn’t stop Bill Carle from repeating as SABR Trivia Contest champion on Saturday, August 20 at SABR 50 in Baltimore.

Carle, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, won his fifth individual title, defeating R.J. Lesch of Carlisle, Pennsylania, in the finals. Meanwhile, Dan Massey, Jesse Marquart, Ted Knorr, and Marc Wise — a team of members with Pennsylvania ties calling themselves “PA-PA-Pact” — captured the team title over “The Quaternions” of Mark Simon, Cary Smith, Elliot Hines, and Steve Krevisky.

Carle’s fifth individual title moves him one ahead of Mike Caragliano for the all-time SABR record. Carle also took home the top spot at the most recent SABR convention held in 2019 in San Diego.

Click here to read the full announcement at

More highlights from SABR 50

Couldn’t make it to Baltimore for SABR 50? Check out more coverage of our 2022 convention from the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor online:

For more coverage of SABR 50, visit

Save the date! SABR 51 will be in Chicago in 2023

The lobby of the Palmer House Hilton hotel in Chicago (Photo: Jacob Pomrenke)Save the date! SABR will be returning to Chicago for our 51st annual convention on July 5-9, 2023, at the Palmer House Hilton hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Registration information for SABR 51 and our special hotel room block will be available at in early 2023.

This will be SABR’s fifth convention held in the Windy City, and the first since SABR 45 in 2015.

Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.

SABR Digital Library: We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays

We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue JaysAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays
Edited by Adrian Fung and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Forewords by Buck Martinez and Dave Winfield
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-83-7, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-84-4, $34.95 US / $41.95 CDN
8.5″ x 11″, 394 pages

The 1992 Toronto Blue Jays will always be remembered as the first World Series-winning club based outside the United States and the first from Canada. Before that memorable season, the Blue Jays were respected as consistent contenders, the team never seemed able to win a championship. After winning the division in 1991, the 1992 club confidently adopted “We Are, We Can, We Will” as their team motto, indicative of their unshakable belief that they were capable of winning the American League pennant and then the World Series.

They were right. When Joe Carter caught the final out of the World Series in Atlanta, he touched off a celebration in Toronto and across Canada for baseball fans who had waited many years for the Blue Jays to finally hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy.

We Are, We Can, We Will features biographies of every player who played for the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays including Hall of Famers Dave Winfield, Jack Morris, and Roberto Alomar. Manager Cito Gaston, Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick, and radio broadcaster Tom Cheek are also included, as well as a “ballpark biography” of SkyDome, Toronto’s home ballpark. Ten reports describe significant games from the 1992 season illustrating Toronto’s championship journey from Opening Day to the last game of the World Series. The book concludes with an essay on the Blue Jays celebratory visits to Washington, DC, and Ottawa, and an article on how team management deftly reshaped the roster in the winter to prepare Toronto for another successful championship drive in 1993. This book is the result of a collaborative effort by 53 SABR members, many from the Hanlan’s Point (Toronto) SABR Chapter.

Contributors include: Sean Addis, Malcolm Allen, Mark Armour, Rich Bogovich, Thomas J. Brown Jr., Frederick C. Bush, Warren Campbell, Alan Cohen, Rory Costello, Joe Cox, Mark Davis, F. Timothy Deeth, Brian Frank, David Fuller, Adrian Fung, J.P. Garrett, Sam Gazdziak, Tim Hannan, Tom Hawthorn, Paul Hofmann, Bob Hurte, Chris Jones, John Kennedy, Norm King, Tara Krieger, Justin Krueger, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Dan Levitt, Nick Malian, Joe Marren, Les Masterson, David Matchett, Bill Nowlin, Carl Riechers, Joel Rippel, Harry Schoger, Paul Sinclair, Steve Sisto, Tim Sitar, David E. Skelton, Doug Skipper, Curt Smith, Mark S. Sternman, Allen Tait, Joe Thompson, Stew Thornley, Alfonso Tusa, Eric Vickrey, David Vincent, Joseph Wancho, and Bob Webster.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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  • Note for Kindle users: Beginning in August 2022, Amazon will no longer allow Kindle users to send new MOBI files to their Kindle library. EPUB files are now a compatible format for your Kindle library. Click here to learn more.

Read all stories from The National Pastime: Major Research on the Minor Leagues online

The National Pastime: Major Research on the Minor Leagues (2022)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.

In 2020, we published a Baltimore-themed edition of The National Pastime while the convention shifted to a virtual event. Last year, the TNP theme was on the Future According to Baseball.

For the 2022 edition of The National Pastime, we decided to focus on the history and evolution of minor league baseball, with a special cover illustration by artist Andy Brown.

Having trouble downloading our e-books? Having trouble downloading SABR e-books or transferring them to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.

Students, 3 days left to apply for a Fall 2022 internship with SABR

SABR logoThe Society for American Baseball Research is seeking remote interns to work during the Fall 2022 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
  • Working during an online SABR event
  • Working with other SABR staff members on organizational duties, membership renewal drives, customer service

The internship is an educational opportunity that may count toward college credit, covering 15-20 hours per week with a flexible schedule. Please send a resume and cover letter in PDF form to by 5:00 p.m. MST Monday, August 29, 2022.

Early registration is now open for the 2022 SABR/IWBC Virtual Women in Baseball Conference

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logoRegistration is now open for the fourth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, which will be held virtually on September 16-18, 2022. 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 — will be a virtual event centered around the theme “Title IX and Women’s Baseball: Where We’ve Been and Where We are Headed.” Presentations and panels will take place on Zoom.

  • Register now: Click here to register for this event at Early registration is $50, and includes Zoom access to all presentations and panels, awards ceremony, and virtual social hour. After September 7, regular registration is $60.
  • Schedule: Stay tuned for the full schedule of panels and presentations. Zoom sessions will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16; 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m., and 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, and 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. (All times listed are in the Eastern Time Zone.)

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Heaphy at

Visit to learn more.

Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Dr. James Beckett (TRADING CARD DB)SABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at, 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 Baseball Cards Committee is hosting a special virtual event honoring our 2022 Jefferson Burdick Award winner, Dr. James Beckett, at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 28. All SABR members are invited to attend. Click here to register for this free Zoom meeting. To learn more about Dr. James Beckett and the Burdick Award, click here.
  • Video Replays: Click here to view 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 28: 2022 SABR Jefferson Burdick Award Ceremony (3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • August 28: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • August 29: Northwest Ohio Chapter book club meeting (6:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 3: Talkin’ Baseball: Lawrence Knorr (9:00 a.m. EDT)

In addition, the following events will be held in person:

  • August 26-27: Hot Springs Baseball Weekend (Hot Springs, AR)
  • August 31: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter lunch meeting (Chicago, IL)
  • September 1: Felton Snow grave marker dedication ceremony (Louisville, KY)
  • September 1: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
  • September 4: Babe Ruth/Mack-Allen Chapter ballgame/meeting (Aberdeen, MD)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.

6 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Jeff Reardon (TRADING CARD DB)Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project:

All new biographies can be found here:

7 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

David Ortiz (TRADING CARD DB)Seven new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:

New Games Project stories can be found at

  • Read game stories from Baltimore Baseball: In 2021, Baltimore Baseball, edited by Bill Nowlin, was published at the SABR Digital Library. The book focused on the rich history of baseball in the Baltimore area, through recounts of 84 games from the major-league Orioles to the minor-league Orioles to the Negro Leagues. Click here to read all game stories from Baltimore Baseball online at the SABR Games Project.
  • 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.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with archivist David Eskenazi

SABRcast #176: David EskenaziBaseball 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 #176 on Monday, August 22 featured David Eskenazi, a Seattle-based historian and author with a renowned collection of historic photographs and artifacts related to sports in the Pacific Northwest. A SABR member since 1994, he has worked closely with the Seattle Mariners for many years and is on the Executive Committee of the Washington Sports Hall of Fame. His images are on display at T-Mobile Park, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and numerous other museums, historical societies, and community events. He has contributed to SABR’s 2006 convention journal, Rain Check, and many other books and articles.

Visit to listen to the full episode.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit

Listen to a new episode of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroBehind 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.

ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

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

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

Welcome, new members!

We’d like to welcome all of our new SABR members who have joined this week. You can find all Members-Only resources at and the Membership Handbook can be downloaded here.

Please give these new members a warm welcome and help them make the most of their membership by giving them the opportunity to get involved in their local chapter or a research committee.

You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Bill Berger Delray Beach, FL     John Philips Branchburg, NJ
Timothy Burke South Boston, MA     Bob Prichard Tiburon, CA
Shawn Campbell Chicago, IL     Steve Rennie Ottawa, ON
Mercedes Colbert Juneau, AK     Tony Russo Rohnert Park, CA
Amber Eby Alexandria, VA     Elizabeth Seay Alpharetta, GA
Brock Greenhalgh Kitchener, ON     Jerome Sebastyn National City, CA
Vern Losh Holladay, UT     Norman Slaten O’Fallon, MO
Molly McClure New London, NH     Michael Testa Orlando, FL
William McGinley Milwaukee, WI     Liz Thompson Clarksville, MD
Jeff Miller De Soto, TX     Ryan Trumble Toronto, ON
George Ogden New York, NY        

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:

Click here for more information on SABR regional chapters. Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web

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

Please note: Some articles may require a separate subscription to view online. SABR does not endorse, and is not responsible or liable for, any content that appears on a third-party website.

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Originally published: August 26, 2022. Last Updated: August 26, 2022.