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 4, 2017:
The 20th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee, returned to its roots last weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, site of the first Negro League conference in 1998.
Visit SABR.org/malloy to view photos and highlights from the Malloy Conference. Thanks to Louis McKinney Sr., D. Bruce Brown, Leslie Heaphy, John Wakelin, and Ryan Whirty for photos.
Click here to watch a video segment on the Malloy Conference from ABC-27, as Steelton, Pennsylvania, hosted a historic sites tour last Thursday and honored Negro Leagues great Rap Dixon.
The Malloy Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 19 years, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest.
Visit SABR.org/malloy to learn more about the 2017 Malloy Conference essay contest and scholarships, art competition, and school library grants.
Last weekend, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez, along with executive John Schuerholz and former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Bagwell, the unanimous 1994 NL MVP and star first baseman for the Houston Astros, received 86.2 percent of the 442 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in his seventh year on the ballot. He will join his longtime teammate and friend Craig Biggio, who was elected in 2015, in the Hall of Fame.
Raines, the Montreal Expos speedster with the fifth-highest total of stolen bases in baseball history, received 380 votes (86.0 percent) in his 10th and final year on the writers’ ballot. His campaign surged past the 75-percent threshold required for election after an initial total of 24.3 percent in 2008.
Rodriguez became the second catcher, along with Johnny Bench, to make it to the Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. He won 13 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and was named American League MVP in 1999. He received 336 votes (76 percent).
- Click here to read Jeff Bagwell’s SABR biography, written by Greg Erion
- Click here to read Tim Raines’s SABR biography, written by Norm King
- Click here to read Ivan Rodriguez’s SABR biography, written by Steve West
- Click here to read John Schuerholz’s SABR biography, written by Mark Armour and Daniel R. Levitt
- Want to write Bud Selig’s biography for the SABR BioProject? Click here to learn more.
Find all published SABR biographies for Baseball Hall of Fame inductees — including the Class of 2017 — by clicking here.
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.
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.
SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee will award one $500 scholarship to a high school senior in its inaugural Women in Baseball Essay Contest in 2017.
Students must write an essay of 1,500 words or less addressing the following question: “Choose one person or event in women’s baseball history that you believe has made a significant impact on the game and explain the importance.”
All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by August 14, 2017, and sent to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu or Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Rd., North Canton, OH 44720. The winner will be notified by July 1.
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.
Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,174 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Bob Cerv, by Warren Corbett
- Vedie Himsl, by Jeremy Watterson
- Charlie Jamieson, by Scott Pero (first-time author)
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.
Six new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- May 25, 1908: Cubs beat Giants in 10th on Joe Tinker’s walkoff hit, by Nathan Bierma
- August 11, 1926: Mutinous Pirates ousted after loss to Brooklyn, by Stephen V. Rice
- September 21, 1965: Cubs’ Ron Santo is one-man show with two-homer game, by Melissa Widel with Gregory H. Wolf
- June 18, 1998: Brant Brown blasts three home runs for Cubs, by Mark Mullane with Gregory H. Wolf
- September 28, 2014: Jordan Zimmermann no-hits Marlins to end regular season, by Steven C. Weiner
- September 7, 2016: Adam Lind grand slam keeps Mariners’ wild-card hopes alive, by Quentin Sallat (first-time author)
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.
- Contributor Release Form: As of January 1, 2017, all writers publishing articles (biographies, essays, game pieces, etc.) are being asked to sign a Contributor Release Form which can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy to SABR, 555 N. Central Ave., Suite #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The form only needs to be filed once for all future SABR publications. Click here to download the form.
- 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.
This week’s guests are SABR member Jayson Stark and Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs.
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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
- 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
- In Memoriam: David Vincent
- Check out complete highlights from the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference
- SABR 47: Chuck Hildebrandt, Richard Macaluso win 2017 presentation awards
- SABR 47: Dan Massey, powerhouse team of past champs win SABR Trivia Contest in battle of heavyweights
- Bob Caruthers selected as Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2017
- SABR announces 2017 Henry Chadwick Award recipients
- Read all articles from Spring 2017 Baseball Research Journal at SABR.org
- 2017 SABR Annual Report has been posted online
- Ross Barnes to be honored with memorial in New York hometown in August
- 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
- Armour, Levitt update, expand landmark study on Baseball Demographics, 1947-2016
- Listen to the SABR Media Committee’s new “Baseball Buffet” podcast
- Students, submit your entries for 2017 SABR Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award
- Entries now accepted for 2017 Women on the Diamond art competition
- 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
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You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
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|Dan Barton||Milton, NY||Mike Hoppensack||Winnipeg, MB|
|John Bender||Yachats, OR||Matt Hudlow||Bellaire, TX|
|Jeffrey Bernstein||Ann Arbor, MI||Matthew Mullin||Panama City, FL|
|David Brauer||Sycamore, IL||Geoff Nelson||Lehi, UT|
|Mike Chamernik||Chicago, IL||Chethan Reddy||Chicago, IL|
|John Edwards||Virginia Beach, VA||Dan Reines||Westlake Village, CA|
|Scott Fox||Memphis, TN||Vernon Santos||Orlando, FL|
|Sam Fulliton||Nashville, TN||Luke Spallone||Metuchen, NJ|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
- Check out highlights and clips from the research committee meetings at SABR 47 in New York City
- Nineteenth Century: Are you interested in the early days of baseball? Give a “like” to the SABR Nineteenth Century Committee’s new Facebook page, SABR19thCC, where they will be sharing photos and stories from the national pastime in the 1800s. Click here to learn more.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Pee Wee Reese Chapter ballgame/meeting recap (July 22; Louisville, KY)
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter: BasebALZ enjoys Alzheimer’s Night at Dell Diamond (July 31; Round Rock, TX)
- Halsey Hall Chapter August 2017 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter Summer 2017 newsletter (Hartford, CT)
- Lefty O’Doul Chapter: The Lefty O’Doul Chapter in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area has launched a new chapter website at leftyodoulsabr.wordpress.com. The Lefty O’Doul Chapter has been meeting and enjoying baseball since 1983. Our chapter welcomes everyone who is passionate about any aspect of the great game—whether that’s stats, stories, ballparks, history, collecting, or a particular era, team or league. Click here to learn more.
- 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 5: Quebec Chapter summer meeting (Quebec City, QC)
- August 5: Robinson-Kell Chapter meeting (Little Rock, AR)
- August 5: Talkin’ Baseball: Fran Zimniuch (Columbia, MD)
- August 5-6: Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball seminar (Boston, MA)
- August 6: Lefty O’Doul Chapter meeting (San Lorenzo, CA)
- August 6: SABR Board of Directors conference call
- August 9: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- August 11: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter ballgame/meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- August 12: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
- August 12: Rio Grande Chapter meeting (Albuquerque, NM)
- August 15: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- August 16: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- August 16: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- August 17: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- 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)
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:
- Tony Miller: Cool maps of MLB teams’ radio networks now available (SABRMedia.org)
- Ben Reiter: The complicated life and death of Hideki Irabu (Sports Illustrated)
- Jonah Keri: Why this Hall of Fame ceremony brought more closure than ever before (CBS Sports)
- Filip Bondy: Claire Smith, a pioneer in sports writing, is honored at Cooperstown (New York Times)
- Richard Sandomir: When Cooperstown almost changed from museum to mausoleum (New York Times)
- Ben Lindbergh: Adrian Beltre’s excellence snuck up on everyone (The Ringer)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Adrian Beltre and the 3,000-hit club (ACTA Sports)
- Scott Spencer: Contours in batter comparisons: a trick up the sleeve (Baseball Prospectus)
- Michael Baumann: Three true outcomes have pushed baseball to its efficient extreme (The Ringer)
- Stew Thornley: Run-scoring triple plays (Twins Daily)
- Kenneth Best: Talking baseball assists aging adults with dementia (Medical Xpress)
- Paul Lukas: The exclusive, untold story behind the Astros’ rainbow uniforms (ESPN.com)
- Gabriel Schechter: Cubs won the 1908 World Series, but AL pennant race was better (The National Pastime Museum)
- Candice Williams: Hamtramck’s Negro League ballpark closer to rebirth (Detroit News)
- Karl Lindholm: Spot Poles, great player, great name, great time (Addison County Independent)
- Dave Kaplan: Elston Howard made the difference for ’67 Red Sox (The National Pastime Museum)
- Angela Accomando: ‘Killed by baseball’: SABR member Matthew Clifford honored for murder story (The Times of Ottawa, Illinois)
- Jen Mac Ramos: Baseball needs to do more about sexual violence (The Hardball Times)
- David Laurila: Q&A with Frank Herrmann on pitching in Japan (FanGraphs)
- Jason Turbow: When baseball went Commie: John Montgomery Ward and the Brotherhood (The National Pastime Museum)
- Michael Bates/Bill Parker: The final flight of Thurman Munson (This Week in Baseball History podcast)
- Mark Armour: A team by any other name (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Tim Jenkins: Cards with Balls (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Mike Kennewick: Paper Route Money (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: Plaques and Cards – An Induction 2017 Recap (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Nick Vossbrink: Mother’s Cookies (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: August 4, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.