Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of August 30, 2013:
The National Pastime, SABR’s annual convention journal, is now larger than ever — and while all SABR members can download the expanded e-edition for free in PDF, EPUB (iPad/Nook) or Kindle formats, you can now also purchase it in paperback form for $19.95 by clicking on the link below:
The expanded edition, which at 252 pages is more than twice the size of the souvenir print edition offered to SABR 43 attendees in Philadelphia, tells a comprehensive story of baseball in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley — the site of the 2013 SABR convention. SABR’s Connie Mack Chapter received well over 50 submissions in response to the call for papers, in addition to suggestions for reprints. The full electronic edition is over 160,000 words reflecting the strength and scope of the articles received.
In addition to the e-edition and print edition, you can also read articles from the full TNP online by clicking on the link below:
Starting this year, the print edition of the TNP — which does not include the extra articles in the expanded e-edition — is being offered as a souvenir to SABR members attending the annual convention as part of our expanded Publications program led by editor Cecilia Tan. By publishing larger versions of the TNP online and in e-book format, more SABR members will have a chance to have their work published and SABR members will have the opportunity to read more top-level articles every summer.
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.
For more coverage of SABR 43, visit SABR.org/convention.
SABR was in New York City for the 2013 MLB All-Star FanFest! SABR members participated in a variety of panels throughout All-Star Weekend last month at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York.
You can now watch our 2013 SABR panels at FanFest by clicking on the link below:
Here are the panels available for viewing online:
- Women in Baseball Panel: Amy Venuto, Perry Barber, Alexa Maldonado, Wendy Shotsky, moderator Leslie Heaphy
- SABR Statistical Analysis Panel: Bo Moon, Jay Jaffe, Ben Lindbergh, moderator Vince Gennaro
- Baseball in NYC through the Years: Lee Lowenfish, Matt Silverman, Tony Morante, moderator John Thorn
- Jackie Robinson, his impactful legacy and “42”: Joseph Dorinson, Lee Lowenfish, moderator Larry Lester
To learn more about the All-Star FanFest, held July 12-16, 2013, click here.
Periodically throughout the year, SABR.org publishes listings of new books that are received at the SABR office. This feature is called The SABR Bookshelf, continuing a popular section from the old SABR Bulletin.
Here are The SABR Bookshelf listings for Summer 2013:
Click the link above for more detailed information on each of these books:
- Nikkei Baseball: Japanese American Players from Immigration and Internment to the Major Leagues, by Samuel O. Regalado
- The Little Book of Yankees Evil, by Brook Zelcer
- Arriba Baseball!: A Collection of Latino/a Baseball Fiction, edited by Robert Paul Moreira
- Tough Guy, Gentle Heart, by Felix Millan with Jane Allen Quevedo
- The 1957 San Francisco Seals: End of an Era in the Pacific Coast League, by P.J. Dragseth
- The Shutout in Major League Baseball: A History, by Warren N. Wilbert
- Napoleon Lajoie: King of Ballplayers, by David L. Fleitz
- We Were the All-American Girls: Interviews with Players of the AAGPBL, 1943-1954, by Jim Sargent
- Baseball and the Bottom Line in World War II: Gunning for Profits on the Home Front, by Jeff Obermeyer
- When Baseball Isn’t White, Straight and Male: The Media and Difference in the National Pastime, by Lisa Doris Alexander
- Memories of Winter Ball: Interviews with Players in the Latin American Winter Leagues of the 1950s, by Lou Hernandez
- Spring Training Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Grapefruit and Cactus League Ballparks, Second Edition, by Josh Pahigian
- Baseball’s Creation Myth: Adam Ford, Abner Graves and the Cooperstown Story, by Brian Martin
- Pennant Hopes Dashed by the Homer in the Gloamin’: The Story of How the 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates Blew the National League Pennant, by Ronald T. Waldo
- Eyes on the Sporting Scene 1870-1930: Will and June Ranking, New York’s Sportswriting Brothers, by Pamela A. Bakker
- Burleigh Grimes: Baseball’s Last Legal Spitballer, by Joe Niese
- Base Ball Founders: The Clubs, Players and Cities of the Northeast that Established the Game, edited by Peter Morris, William J. Ryczek, Jan Finkel, Leonard Levin and Richard Malatzky
- Willie Stargell: A Life in Baseball, by Frank Garland
- Ballplayers in the Great War: Newspaper Accounts of Major Leaguers in World War I Military Service, compiled and edited by Jim Leeke
- Baseball’s New Frontier: A History of Expansion, 1961-1998, by Fran Zimniuch
- The Forgotten Marlins: A Tribute to the 1956-1960 Original Miami Marlins, by Sam Zygner
- Pitching for the Stars: My Seasons Across the Color Line, by Jerry Craft and Kathleen Sullivan
- America’s Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation, by Joshua Kendall
- You Can’t Beat the Hours: Umpires in the Deadball Era from 1901-1909, by David W. Anderson
- Research Notes for Women at Play, Volume 2, by Barbara Gregorich
- The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History, by Robert W. Cohen
- Conversations with Coach Wooden: On Baseball, Heroes, and Life, by Gary Adams
- Put It In the Book! A Half-Century of Mets Mania, by Howie Rose with Phil Pepe
- 100 Things Angels Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, by Joe Haakenson
- Pops: The Willie Stargell Story, by Richard “Pete” Peterson
- “Then Bowa Said to Schmidt. . .”: The Greatest Phillies Stories Ever Told, by Robert Gordon
- The Mouth That Roared: My Six Outspoken Decades in Baseball, by Dallas Green
- Speak English! The Rise of Latinos in Baseball, by Rafael Hermoso
- Cleveland Indians Legends, by Russell J. Schneider
- Diamond Madness: Classic Episodes of Rowdyism, Racism and Violence in Major League Baseball, by William A. Cook
- Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century, edited by Bill Felber
- The Year of the Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies, edited by Mel Marmer and Bill Nowlin
- So Many Seasons in the Sun: A Century and More of Conversation with Baseball’s Greatest Clubhouse Managers, by Larry Hogan
- Bud Fowler: Baseball’s First Black Professional, by Jeffrey Michael Laing
- Relentless Pursuit: Pete Rose’s Self-Serving Quest for the All-Time Hits Record – 1983-1986, by Kerry Keene
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.
To ensure a listing in The Baseball Index — SABR’s online catalog of baseball research materials at www.baseballindex.org — make sure a review copy is sent to The Baseball Index, 4025 Beechwood Pl., Riverside, CA 92506.
Bolded names indicates that the author(s) is a SABR member. Click here for a list of publishers found in the SABR Bookshelf, along with their contact information.
To see previous listings in the SABR Bookshelf, click here.
The Society for American Baseball Research is seeking Fall 2013 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 Arizona Fall League Conference
- Working with our Membership Director or Director of Operations on organizational duties, membership renewal drives, customer service
- Working with our Web Editor to help publish and/or produce content for our website at SABR.org
Interested candidates should be able to demonstrate basic office-related computer skills. HTML knowledge is a plus.
A working knowledge of baseball — and an awareness of the game’s general history and basic statistics — is required.
The internship is an unpaid educational opportunity, covering 15-20 hours per week (flexible schedule), at the SABR office in Phoenix, Arizona. 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. No housing assistance will be provided. Internships may count toward college credit.
From Weldon B. Johnson at the Arizona Republic on August 27 on SABR member Bill Staples Jr.:
A project with the goal of telling the story of Japanese-American baseball is being recognized by the Arizona Parks & Recreation Association next week.
During an Oakland A’s spring-training game last March, the Nisei Baseball Research Project commemorated the Japanese-American baseball league at the Gila River Internment Camp during World War II. That ceremony, which included three surviving players, was chosen Best Cultural Program by the parks association. The award will be presented at the association’s annual awards banquet Thursday.
Author and baseball historian Bill Staples, a Chandler resident, helped organize the commemoration. Staples also heads the Society for American Baseball Research’s Asian baseball-research committee and is a member of Chandler’s Parks and Recreation Board.
“From what they told me, it’s the first time a group other than a city group has won (the award),” Staples said. “We look at it as another opportunity to keep the story alive and let people know about what we did and honor the Japaneses-Americans and their baseball.”
More than 13,000 Japanese-Americans were held at the camp just south of Chandler during World War II. Baseball was one of the ways some people there coped with the confinement.
Three players from that league, Tets Furukawa, Masao Iriyama and Kenso “Howard” Zenimura, were honored at an Oakland A’s spring game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The ceremony made news in Japan.
We’re excited to pass along this update today from SABR member Sean Forman, founder of Baseball-Reference.com:
We are very pleased to announce that we have added complete Nippon Professional Baseball stats back to the start of professional baseball in Japan in 1936. This work was compiled from existing sources by Ted Turocy (creator of the Chadwick Baseball Bureau). These stats are updated daily, so you can track Wladimir Balentien’s chase of Sadaharu Oh.
This data was also incorporated into our MLB players pages. So if you go to Ichiro’s page, you will now see a “Show NPB/Minors” link above his batting stats and clicking on that will show you his NPB stats along with his mlb stats.
You can view the Japanese league and player stats at http://www.baseball-reference.com/japan/.
The 12th annual Cubaball Tour, organized by SABR member Kit Krieger, is scheduled for January 17-25, 2014. The 9-day and 8-night program will feature 5 or 6 National Series games in various ballparks in western Cuba with the locales awaiting the publication of the Cuban schedule. In addition to attending games, tour participants will visit a baseball academy, visit the baseball monuments in Havana’s Cristobal Colon cemetery and La Tropical Stadium, home of the Cuban Winter League teams from 1930-1946.
Cubaballistas saw Yasiel Puig in Cienfuegos, Kendry Morales with the Industriales and Alexei Ramierez with Pinar del Rio. They meet with players past and present, highlighted by a memorable visit with 102-year old Connie Marrero.
The tour package includes:
- 8 nights accommodation at historic 4- to 5-star hotels in Havana and 3- to 4-star hotels in outlying cities, with daily breakfast, as determined by the baseball schedule
- The final itinerary will be set upon release of the 2013/14 Cuban National Series baseball schedule
- Best seats for all National Series games
- All activities, speakers, meetings and admissions as specified in the itinerary
- Expert Cuban and English-speaking tour guide
- Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
- Airport transfers as available
The registration window is a short one and the tour is limited to 25 people.
Visit www.prime-travel.com, call (604) 880-4512 or send an e-mail at email@example.com for more information. More than 100 SABR members have enjoyed the Cubaball experience since 2001 and rank it among the most memorable baseball and travel experiences of their lives.
Four new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,539 published biographies. Here are the new bios:
- Amos Booth, by Chris Rainey
- Paul Doyle, by Thomas Van Hyning
- Lane Field (San Diego), by Scott Ferkovich
- Lon Warneke, by Don Duren (first-time author)
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
You can find the SABR BioProject at SABR.org/BioProject.
Bios on more than just ballplayers: The ambitious goal of the SABR Baseball Biography Project is to publish a full-life biography of every major league player in history. But SABR members write about a lot more than just ballplayers. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires and a lot more on the BioProject website. You can browse all of these categories at http://sabr.org/bioproj/browse. So if you’ve ever thought, “Hey, that person (or ballpark) should get the full BioProject treatment” — write the story and we’ll publish it!
Check out the Baseball Ballparks Project: The SABR Baseball Biography Project has been accepting/publishing “biographies” of Ballparks for a few years, and we have 39 of them on our website at http://sabr.org/bioproj/parks. However, this thing just got real. Ballparks are now its very own PROJECT — the Baseball Ballparks Project, our first official spin-off. The project leader is Scott Ferkovich, who is now in charge of recruiting ballparks articles and publicizing them. Learn more by clicking here.
Get involved! If you’d like to help contribute to the SABR BioProject, visit our BioProject Resources page or read the FAQs section to get started. We’re also looking to expand the BioProject to include all “encyclopedic” articles on baseball-related subjects from past SABR publications or committee newsletters. If you come across an article you think should be included in the SABR “baseball repository” at the BioProject, send a copy or link to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Minutes from the Board of Directors meetings at SABR 43 on July 31 and August 4, 2013, and the Annual Business Meeting on August 1, 2013, have now been posted on the SABR website.
You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by going to the page below:
Or you can go to the Members’ Info page and click on “Org. files”, then “Board Minutes” to view the minutes.
SABR members, this is your last chance to take advantage of a special offer from MLB Advanced Media for the 2013 season:
With MLB.TV, you can watch every 2013 Regular Season out-of-market game LIVE or on-demand in HD Quality. Choose home or away broadcasts. MLB.TV is on your favorite devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation and more. Watch up to four games at once with Mosaic. DVR functionality lets you pause or rewind live games. PLUS watch select 2013 Spring Training games LIVE 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:
- New sabermetric component, SABR Defensive Index, revealed for Rawlings Gold Glove Award
- Full coverage of SABR 43 in Philadelphia at SABR.org/convention
- Dick Beverage selected as 2013 Bob Davids Award winner
- Chicago chosen as 2015 SABR convention site
- SABR Diamond Report for August 2013, by Vince Gennaro
- SABR Digital Library: Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century
- SABR Digital Library: The Year of the Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies
- Seeking nominations for the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library now available for free to members
- Save the date! 2013 SABR Arizona Fall League Conference is October 31-November 2
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
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|Gary Ballou||Gahanna, OH||Mike McGrath||Amherst, MA|
|Raylene Bohne||Gilbert, AZ||Richard Mester||Newtown Square, PA|
|Nancy Downey||New York, NY||John Mettler||Niagara Falls, NY|
|Steve Fishy||Houston, TX||Dennis Mulgannon||El Dorado Hills, CA|
|Joseph Fraioli||Bellerose, NY||Sean Patin||Minneapolis, MN|
|Terry Hamblin||Unadilla, NY||Martin Sylvain||South Lyon, MI|
|Eric Hornick||Syosset, NY||Brandon Veale||Houghton, MI|
|David Hubler||Annandale, VA||Jared Wexler||Hackensack, NJ|
|Stephanie Johns||Woodstock, ON|
Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:
- Biographical Research: July/August 2013
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new chapter meeting recaps published this week:
- Halsey Hall Chapter September 2013 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting recap (St. Louis, MO; August 20)
- Houston/Larry Dierker Chapter meeting recap (Houston, TX; August 24)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- August 31: Rocky Mountain Chapter summer meeting (Denver, CO)
- August 31: Kekionga Chapter meeting (Fort Wayne, IN)
- September 7: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Richfield, MN)
- September 8: SABR Board of Directors conference call
- September 10: Hanlan’s Point Chapter meeting (St. Catharines, ON)
- September 11: Bob Davids Chapter Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- September 12: Jeff Laing book signing (Santa Fe, NM)
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:
- Byron Buxton, Cubs quartet highlight 2013 Arizona Fall League rosters (MLB.com)
- A comeback for the Negro Leagues Museum (New York Times)
- Ben Lindbergh: The tragedy of Derek Jeter’s defense (Grantland.com)
- Jim Caple: Keeping score as baseball’s ultimate art form (ESPN.com)
- Mark Simon: Looking back at Orel Hershiser’s record-setting scoreless streak (ESPN.com)
- Wendy Thurm: On the Astros’ major league payroll and profitability (FanGraphs)
- Larry Granillo: The cost of baseball’s broadcast rights in 1961 (Baseball Nation)
- David Laurila to MLB players: Which offensive category would you rather lead the league in? (FanGraphs)
- Harry Pavlidis: What makes a good changeup? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Miguel Cabrera, Hank Greenberg linked as Detroit Tigers’ greatest sluggers (Detroit News)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Easy and tough saves (ACTA Sports)
- Colin Wyers: The overlooked uncertainty of offensive stats (Baseball Prospectus)
- Tyler Kepner: As game changes, science can lengthen a pitcher’s career (New York Times)
- Russell Carleton: Matt Harvey and the increased risk from extra innings (Baseball Prospectus)
- Dave Studeman: 1947, the year baseball changed — but not for the reasons you think (The Hardball Times)
- Nick Diunte: New Documentary makes Minnie Minoso more relevant than ever (LatinoSports.com)
- Sarah Johnson: Midwestern ballpark tours offer major fun in minor league venues (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
- Jacob Pomrenke: The 1917 Fenway Park gamblers riot (The National Pastime Museum)
- Researchers boost bid to put Ross Barnes in Hall of Fame (Livingston County News)
- Rob Neyer: Vin Scully’s coming back for his 65th year, but he’s not the only broadcaster working on a streak (Baseball Nation)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: August 30, 2013. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.