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This Week in SABR: August 5, 2022

This Week in SABR: August 5, 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 5, 2022:

SABR 50: Charles Steinberg to join Ballparks Committee panel with Larry Lucchino, Janet Marie Smith

SABR 50 Ballparks Panel: Larry Lucchino, Janet Marie Smith, Charles SteinbergAttendees at this summer’s SABR’s 50th annual convention — scheduled for August 17-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor hotel in Baltimore — will enjoy hearing a special SABR Ballparks Committee panel discussion on Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

On Saturday, August 20, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., former Baltimore Orioles president Larry Lucchino, acclaimed ballpark design director Janet Marie Smith, and longtime baseball executive Charles Steinberg will talk about the construction and design of Camden Yards, which set the standard for a new wave of ballparks after its opening in 1992.

Click here to learn more about our Featured Speakers at SABR 50.

To learn more about SABR 50, or to register, visit

SABR 50: Two weeks left to register for 2022 Baltimore convention!

SABR 50 logoThere’s still time left to sign up for SABR 50, scheduled for August 17-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore! Click here for complete details on the SABR 50 Regular Registration, Single-Day Registration, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 50.

Learn more about the 2022 SABR convention in Baltimore below:

We have an All-Star lineup of featured speakers and exciting events planned for SABR 50, including:

  • Keynote address by Tim Kurkjian, winner of the BBWAA’s 2022 Career Excellence Award.
  • Opening Remarks by Sig Mejdal, Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Analytics, Baltimore Orioles.
  • One-on-One with Baltimore Orioles legend Boog Powell, interviewed by Dan Connolly of The Athletic.
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards panel with Bill Stetka (Orioles Team Historian), Greg Bader (Orioles Senior Vice President, Administration & Experience), and Joe Spear (founder of Populous).
  • Women in Leadership panel with Orioles executives Eve Rosenbaum (Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations), Nicole Sherry (Director, Field Operations), Jennifer Grondahl (Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications), and Lisa Tolson (Senior Vice President, Human Resources).
  • SABR Ballparks panel with former Orioles president Larry Lucchino, acclaimed ballpark design director Janet Marie Smith, and longtime baseball executive Charles Steinberg.
  • Flood v. Kuhn: Fifty Years Later panel with Judy Pace Flood, widow of Curt Flood; award-winning historian Mark Armour, A Well-Paid Slave author Brad Snyder, and moderator Shakeia Taylor of the Chicago Tribune.
  • Babe Ruth panel with authors Jane Leavy (The Big Fella), Bill Jenkinson (The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs), and Mike Gibbons, Director Emeritus and Historian for the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.
  • Baseball Broadcasting panel with Joe Castiglione, play-by-play voice of the Boston Red Sox Radio Network, and Kevin Brown, Baltimore Orioles primary television play-by-play announcer for MASN.
  • Historic Ballparks Bus Tour on Thursday, August 18.
  • Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox game on Friday, August 19.

Please note: All speakers are subject to change due to availability.

Visit to learn more or to register.

Students, 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.

In Memoriam: Vin Scully

Vin Scully (LOS ANGELES DODGERS)Chances are if one were to poll SABR members about the greatest left-hander in the history of the Dodgers franchise, the most frequent response might be Sandy Koufax or Clayton Kershaw. But they would be incorrect. Without a doubt, the honor of greatest southpaw in organizational history belongs to Vincent Edward Scully, the legendary broadcaster who died at the age of 94 on Tuesday, August 2.

The principal announcer, the team’s “voice,’’ is the embodiment of the link between the team and its loyal fans. No one is a better illustration of that nexus than the Dodgers’ Vin Scully, whose professional work for the organization spanned two coasts and sixty-seven consecutive years. Scully’s remarkable career with the Dodgers began in 1950, eight years before the team pulled up stakes in Brooklyn and headed west. No one called the play-by-play for one team longer.

Scully’s constant presence in the tapestry of Dodgers baseball history extends into the various eras and themes that run through its history. Scully was there to call each season from the 1950s Boys of Summer, the Koufax-Drysdale era of the 1960s, the team’s record-setting infield of the 1970s, Fernando-mania and Kirk Gibson’s iconic home run in the 1980s, and on into the 21st century until his retirement after the 2016 season.

Scully’s signature was an easy-going, golden-throated delivery, displaying a great command of the English language, deployed in a manner that has been called nothing short of an art form.

Click here to read Vin Scully’s full SABR biography at

— Greg King

SABR 50: Special ticket offers for Bowie Baysox, Aberdeen Ironbirds minor league games

SABR 50: Aberdeen Ironbirds and Bowie BaysoxSABR 50 attendees can take advantage of special offers to attend Minor League Baseball games during this summer’s convention in Baltimore.

On Sunday, August 21, the Bowie Baysox — Class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles — host the Somerset Patriots at Prince George’s Stadium, which is about 30 miles from our host hotel in downtown Baltimore. A special $40 SABR package includes both a game ticket and bus transportation to and from Prince George’s Stadium. Buses will arrive at Prince George’s Stadium at approximately 11:00 a.m. for a pre-game discussion with Baysox broadcasters, exclusively for SABR 50 attendees. This is an optional event for SABR 50 attendees, and ticket purchases will be made directly through the team. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit

In addition, the Aberdeen Ironbirds, Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are also offering a 50% discount for tickets to any home game in July or August 2022. Click here to purchase single-game tickets at and use the promo code SABR50 to receive the discount.

To learn more about SABR 50, or to register, visit

SABR 50: Transportation Tips and Area Attractions

SABR 50: Transportation Tips and Area AttractionsMembers of the host Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in Baltimore. If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 50 volunteer for assistance.

For more information on Baltimore’s award-winning restaurants, upcoming events, and other attractions, go to

SABR 50: Seeking research presentation judges in Baltimore

Judges of oral and poster presentations are sought for SABR 50 in Baltimore. Winners of the Doug Pappas Award for oral presentations and the Best Poster Award will be determined based on the on-site judges’ evaluations.

You’ll submit scores for whichever presentations you choose to attend/view, using forms that will be provided. (If you’re presenting a poster, you can still judge oral presentations and vice versa.) After evaluations for all presentations have been completed, a judges’ meeting will review the outcomes and make the final decisions.

To volunteer to be a presentation judge at SABR 50, or if you have any questions, please contact Neal Traven.

SABR 50 vaccination policy reminder

All attendees for the SABR 50 convention in Baltimore must provide official documentation of COVID-19 vaccination. Please refer to the CDC’s guidance on accepted vaccines and dosages.

After registering, you may upload a photo or digital copy of your vaccination record to expedite your conference check-in. These records will be stored securely and privately by SABR staff. If a record is not shared via email prior to the event, a copy of your vaccination record MUST be presented in person in order to gain access to the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Smyth.

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.

19th-century baseball star Hick Carpenter receives grave marker in San Diego

Hick Carpenter grave marker at Mt. Hope Cemetery in San Diego (COURTESY OF TOM LARWIN)SABR’s San Diego Ted Williams Chapter and the 19th Century Grave Marker Project honored 19th-century baseball star Warren “Hick” Carpenter, one of the game’s top third basemen of his era with the Cincinnati Reds and a rarity as a left-handed fielder, with a graveside dedication ceremony on Thursday, August 4 at Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego, California.

Since the 19th Century Grave Marker project was established in 2015, new grave markers have been installed for seven baseball pioneers. Carpenter’s marker was the Project’s eighth, and the first where it has collaborated with a local SABR chapter for a grave marker.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Register now for 2022 SABR Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium

1882 Providence Grays (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee, Lajoie-Start Chapter, and the Rhode Island College’s Department of History present the Southern New England 19cBB Interdisciplinary Symposium, which will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island.

The symposium will be highlighted by a welcome address from author Ed Achorn (Fifty-Nine in ’84), a keynote address from Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, an interdisciplinary talk by Elizabeth Williams of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, plus research presentations by Robert Cvornyek, Howard Chudacoff, Lauren Tuiskula, and Rick Harris.

Click here to learn more at

Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Pete Weber (NASHVILLE PREDATORS)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 Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 6, 2022. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Our guest speakers are Pete Weber, longtime Nashville Predators and minor-league baseball broadcaster; author Willie Steele (Going the Distance on W.P. Kinsella); and Mark Jent of Simply A Fan sports tours. For a link to the Zoom meeting, please contact Skip Nipper.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from authors Mark Armour and Dan Levitt (Intentional Balk: Baseball’s Thin Line Between Innovation and Cheating) and Dan Taylor (Walking Alone: The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington). Click here to view more 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 6: Talkin’ Baseball: Dan Levitt (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • August 6: Rice-Russell Nashville (TN) Chapter meeting with Pete Weber, Willie Steele, and Mark Jent (10:00 a.m. CDT)
  • August 11: Baseball Think Factory meeting (8:30 p.m. EDT)
  • August 15: Bob Broeg St. Louis (MO) Chapter meeting (6:30 p.m. CDT)
  • August 17: Goose Goslin (NJ) Chapter meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • August 18: Larry Doby (SC) Chapter meeting with Mike Chibarro (7:00 p.m. EDT)

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

  • August 6: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Roseville, MN)
  • August 6: Larry Dierker Chapter ballgame/meeting (Sugar Land, TX)
  • August 13: Hank Gowdy Columbus Chapter book club meeting (Hilliard, OH)
  • August 13: Kekionga Chapter of Fort Wayne meeting (Fort Wayne, IN)
  • August 13: Central Florida Chapter ballgame/meeting (Daytona Beach, FL)
  • August 14: Field of Dreams Chapter ballgame/meeting (Des Moines, IA)
  • August 16: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
  • August 17-21: SABR 50 (Baltimore, MD)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.

5 new SABR Oral History interviews posted online

Eddie Pérez (COURTESY OF THE ATLANTA BRAVES)Five new interviews were posted this week at the SABR Oral History Collection website. Here are the new interviews:

  • Cory Aldridge, who recorded his only major-league hit in 2010, nine years after his MLB debut
    Recorded August 29, 2019, by Tony Oliver
  • Ramón Hernández, All-Star catcher for the Oakland A’s and five other teams from 1999-2013
    Recorded June 1, 2022, by Tony Oliver (in Spanish)
  • Eddie Perez, Atlanta Braves catcher from 1995-2005 and current catching coach
    Recorded January 29, 2019, by Tony Oliver (in Spanish)
  • Dana Williams, who appeared in eight games with the Boston Red Sox in 1989
    Recorded September 5, 2019, by Tony Oliver
  • Tracy Woodson, backup infielder for the 1988 Dodgers World Series team
    Recorded July 29, 2022, by John McMurray

Visit to listen to more interviews from the SABR Oral History Collection.

If you are interested in contributing, the Oral History Committee offers guidelines for conducting effective oral history interviews or contact Jacob Pomrenke to learn more about donating your own audio recordings.

11 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Gerrit Cole (TRADING CARD DB)Eleven new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:

In addition, the following stories from Baltimore Baseball, edited by Bill Nowlin and published by SABR in 2021, were also posted online:

New Games Project stories can be found at

  • 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 broadcaster Curt Bloom

SABRcast #173: Curt BloomBaseball 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 #173 on Monday, August 1 featured Curt Bloom, the longest tenured radio broadcaster in Birmingham Barons history. He has been calling baseball, basketball, and football games for more than three decades and joined the Barons’ radio booth in 1992. He called every game of Michael Jordan’s minor-league baseball career in 1994 and is known for his “Gonzo!” home run calls.

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.

Friends of SABR: July 2022

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of July 2022:

Thomas Baird   Karl Knickrehm
Louis Bartoshesky   Thomas Larwin
Jake Bell   Henry Levy
Dick Bily   Tom Lippman
Andrew Brown   Peter Mancuso
D. Bruce Brown   Bill Nowlin
Ken Carrano   Gregg Pericich
Scott Carter   John Rall
Angel Castillo   John Reynolds
Karl Cicitto   Michael Rosenwasser
Rodger Coauette   Charles Roussel
Helen Edwards   Bob Russon
Steven Elsberry   Jason Scheller
Daniel Evans   Douglas Schoppert
David Firstman   Jeff Self
Adam Foldes   Deb Seymour
James Gangawere   James Sheehy
Steven Glassman   Rob Sheinkopf
Duke Goldman   Mike Sparks
Robert Hagerman   Thomas Stone
John Hanley   Wesley Story
Leslie Heaphy   Joseph Thompson
Tim Herlich   Neal Traven
Rockwell Hoffman   Steve West
David Hughes   Beach Wires
Donald Jensen   Jeffrey Wood
James Kittilsby   Don Zminda

Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.

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
Deron Andre Suamico, WI     Glenn Renick Eagan, MN
Mary Asel Falls Church, VA     Dennis Riswold Chandler, AZ
Andrew Bonkosky Pinckney, MI     Benny Rodriguez Charlotte, NC
Richard Ernst Delmar, NY     Brenden Rolens Oak Park, IL
J. Gary Fox Princeton Junction, NJ     Jim Schmidt Richmond, VA
Les Kernan Macedon, NY     Thomas Spadafora Pelham, NY
Ryan McLaren New Orleans, LA     Ishaan Tipirneni Lexington, MA
Raul Padilla Youngstown, OH     Steph Tomazin Bartlett, IL
Ken Paulson Old Hickory, TN     Brett Weeks Savanna, OK

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 5, 2022. Last Updated: August 5, 2022.