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 7, 2020:
Registration is now open for the second annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference on September 11-13, 2020. 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 “Celebrating African American Women in Baseball.” Presentations and panels will take place on Zoom.
In addition to learning about topics such as the Dolly Vardens, Maud Nelson, Tillie Ford, the Hagerstown Mollys, and much more, there will also be a celebration of the Negro Leagues Centennial on Saturday night, with a special design unveiling for an outdoor pylon.
- Register now: Click here to register for this event at SABR.org. The All-Inclusive Package is $50, and includes access to all presentations and panels, Negro Leagues Centennial Celebration on Saturday night, 2 raffle tickets, and a commemorative program booklet. Regular registration is $25 for all baseball fans.
- Schedule: Click here to view the complete schedule, along with presenter bios and abstracts.
- Raffle: Purchase a raffle ticket ($5 each) when you register for a chance to win baseball memorabilia prizes, including autographed baseballs, caps, and books from IWBC authors, SPoRT Makeup kits, Rockford Peaches apparel, and the grand prize — a personal phone call from AAGPBL legend and IWBC founder Maybelle Blair!
If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Heaphy at email@example.com.
Visit SABR.org/women-in-baseball-conference to learn more.
Thanks to everyone who joined us throughout the month of July 2020 for SABR Virtual, a series of online presentations, chats, and panel discussions featuring authors, scholars, and figures from around the game.
SABR Virtual sessions were held each weekend from July 9 to July 26. Recordings are now available for all baseball fans to view online at SABR.org/virtual-meetings and on our SABR Virtual playlist on YouTube.
Click on a link below to watch highlights of these featured panels on YouTube:
- Half a Century in Half an Hour: SABR’s 50 at 50 Project, with Leslie Heaphy, John Thorn, and Jason Schwartz
- Evaluating Baseball Art: Storytelling in a Digital Age, with Graig Kreindler, Anika Orrock, Dick Perez, and Anthony Salazar
- Civil Rights and Baseball: Perception and Reality, with Dr. Louis Moore and Emily Hawks
- Baseball Then and Now: Arnold Hano’s 94 Years in the Bleachers, with Jon Leonoudakis, Mark Armour, and Jean Ardell. (Click here to watch the film on Amazon Prime.)
- MLB Diversity Initiatives and Social Justice Resources, with Tyrone Brooks and Corey Smith
- One on One: MLB’s Cory Schwartz, interviewed by Dan Evans
Visit SABR.org/virtual-meetings to view nearly 40 more baseball presentations that were delivered during SABR Virtual.
For the past 50 years, SABR’s mission has always been to publish and promote member research. That research has taken many forms, from the early days of committee newsletters and pamphlets to today’s collaborative model of printed and electronic books, themed research journals, and multimedia web projects.
Since the SABR Digital Library program was established in 2011, SABR has published more than 70 original books, averaging nearly one book per month in recent years. It has become clear that members will always have more ideas and more research than we can keep up with publishing in our current model. Committees, chapters, and members are working on more projects now than at any other time in SABR’s history. The newly redesigned SABR.org website, with a growing audience of nearly 2.5 million annual visitors, affords members even more opportunities to publish their work online and take advantage of digital publishing technologies.
SABR’s new Editorial Board — which includes Scott Bush, Christina Kahrl, Bill Nowlin, Jacob Pomrenke, Anthony Salazar, Cecilia Tan, and Sarah Wexler — was established to evaluate proposals for publication. The Board welcomes new project proposals from members to be considered for publication through the Digital Library, SABR.org, or any other multimedia formats. We strongly encourage new proposals that have no intention of being published as a book.
- Visit https://bit.ly/sabr-editorial-board-proposals to submit a SABR project proposal online
Proposals will be graded using the following criteria: Significance, Interest, Marketability, Intersectionality, Originality, and Likelihood of Completion. SABR seeks to publish about four web-based multimedia projects and 6-8 books per year. Book projects should be of a scope that can fit in a single volume, typically between 100,000 and 200,000 total words. Two sample project proposals can be downloaded by clicking here.
During SABR Virtual, the University of Nebraska Press is offering its usual convention discount of 40% off and free shipping through August 15, 2020, including SABR’s upcoming 50th anniversary anthology.
To save 40%, enter the code 6ASAB2 in the promotion code field of your shopping cart and click “Add Promotion Code.” Offer is good for US and Canadian shipments only.
Baseball has seen many changes in the last 50 years, and SABR’s upcoming 50th anniversary provides an opportunity to highlight the most memorable players, teams, and events from the game’s glorious past. SABR 50 at 50: The Society for American Baseball Research’s Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game, edited by Bill Nowlin and now available for pre-order from the University of Nebraska Press, celebrates and highlights SABR’s wide-ranging contributions to baseball history. Click here to learn more about this book.
SABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at SABR.org, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
This week, we heard from Adam Darowski and Joe Williams on SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend: Bud Fowler, and The Baltimore Black Sox author Bernard McKenna.
Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online:
- August 9: Robinson-Kell (Ark.) Chapter meeting with John Thorn (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- August 10: Casey Stengel (NYC) Chapter meeting with Tom Stone (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 10: SABR Board of Directors conference call (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 10: Elysian Fields (N.J.) Chapter meeting with Joshua Prager (9:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 15: Latino Baseball Committee meeting with Lou Hernández (11:30 a.m. PDT)
- August 15: Educational Resources Committee meeting (4:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 16: Century Committee: Ray Chapman 100th anniversary panel discussion with Mike Sowell, Don Jensen, Kevin Trusty, and Sharon Hamilton (12:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 17: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting with Jacob Pomrenke (6:30 p.m. CDT)
- August 17: Larry Dierker (Houston) Chapter meeting (8:00 p.m. CDT)
- August 18: Sacramento / Bay Area Chapter joint meeting with John Shea and Marty Lurie (7:00 p.m. PDT)
- August 19: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Frank Amoroso (12:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 19: Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting with Todd Zolecki (12:00 p.m. MDT)
- August 20: Goose Goslin (N.J.) Chapter meeting with John Thorn (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- August 20: Ken Keltner (Wis.) Chapter meeting with Maxwell Kates (7:00 p.m. CDT)
Find more upcoming virtual meetings and watch replays of past events on our SABR Virtual Calendar page.
SABR’s Century Committee will host a special panel discussion on the 100th anniversary of the death of Ray Chapman at 12:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 16, 2020. All SABR members are invited to attend this free virtual event on Zoom.
Our guest speakers are expected to include: Mike Sowell, author of The Pitch That Killed; Don Jensen, editor of Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game; Kevin Trusty, who writes on baseball history at RadbournsRevenant.com; and moderator Sharon Hamilton, co-chair of SABR’s Century Committee.
Chapman, the popular Cleveland Indians shortstop, suffered a fatal blow after he was hit in the head by a pitch from New York’s Carl Mays on August 16, 1920. He died hours later from his injuries. Chapman’s death remains the only on-field fatality in major-league history.
Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of July 2020. 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.
|Perry Barber||Peter Mancuso|
|D. Bruce Brown||Geoff Mills|
|John Burbridge III||Bill Nowlin|
|Ken Carrano||James Odenkirk|
|Peter Coolbaugh||Virgilio Partida|
|Jim Cox||Gregg Pericich|
|Charles Crutchfield III||Michael Rosenwasser|
|Richard Cuicchi||Charles Roussel|
|Mike Dickerman||Bob Russon|
|Steven Elsberry||Robert Sawyer|
|Joseph Favano||Douglas Schoppert|
|Diane Firstman||Jeff Self|
|F.X. Flinn||Thomas Stone|
|Adam Foldes||Wesley Story|
|Leslie Heaphy||Joseph Thompson|
|Chuck Hildebrandt||John Thorn|
|Rockwell Hoffman||Richard B Tourangeau|
|David Holtz||Neal Traven|
|David Hughes||Steve West|
|Thomas Lee||Jeffrey Wood|
|Charles Levihn||Don Zminda|
Visit SABR.org/donate to learn more.
Two of SABR’s signature events will switch dates in the summer of 2021 to enhance the experience for everyone involved. The SABR 50 convention will now take place on June 16-20, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. The Malloy Conference will be held on July 29-31, 2021, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.
“The Jerry Malloy Negro League Committee has decided to trade conference dates with SABR’s 50th National Convention in Baltimore next season,” said Larry Lester, chair of SABR’s Negro League Committee. “The trade will provide us with more time to develop incoming rookies as the Malloy Conference reboots after a three-year hiatus. We promise to put a solid team of presenters at the podium en route to another championship season.”
The switch also ensures SABR 50 attendees will be able to attend a Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards. The Orioles are scheduled to play the Toronto Blue Jays in a weekend series at home on June 18-20, 2021.
“I didn’t expect SABR to make a trade before Jerry Dipoto this summer, but we’re receiving tremendous value from the Malloy Conference in the month of June,” SABR CEO Scott Bush said. “We are excited for the return of our National Convention in 2021!”
Stay tuned for more information on registration and hotel availability for SABR 50 and the Malloy Conference in early 2021 at SABR.org/events.
Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:
Pride of Smoketown: The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors Len Levin and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-25-7, $34.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-970159-24-0, $9.99
8.5” x 11”, 349 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Pride of Smoketown for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Pride of Smoketown paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
SABR members can download all Digital Library e-books for free or save 50% off the paperback editions. To find all titles, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
Having trouble downloading our e-books? To view PDF files on your computer, click here to download the free Adobe Reader software. Having trouble downloading e-books to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.
The SABR office, housed at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, has been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Staff members will work remotely until it is advisable to resume normal operations on-site.
Please contact a member of the SABR staff by email or phone with any questions.
Episode #71 on Monday, August 3 featured Jon Pessah, the best-selling author of Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask, a biography of New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra. Jon’s first book, The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers, was a critically acclaimed examination of the power brokers who built Major League Baseball into a multi-billion dollar business. He is a founding editor of ESPN The Magazine, where he ran the investigative team, and he has also managed the sports departments for Newsday and the Hartford Courant during a four-decade career in sports journalism.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
Four new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Gil Coan, by Jack Zerby
- Bill Cooney, by Mike Cooney
- Rick Reed, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- Bert Thiel, by Dennis Degenhardt and Thomas Van Hyning
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
- April 20, 1886: The triumphant return of Tony Mullane, by Bill Lamb
- April 27, 1897: Amos Rusie returns from a year away with dominant start for Giants, by Gregory H. Wolf
- September 22, 1911: Boston’s Cy Young blanks Pirates in Forbes Field for 511th career win, by Thomas E. Merrick
- September 30, 1951: Giants defeat Braves to set up playoff for NL pennant, by John Burbridge
- April 23, 1952: Browns’ Bob Cain beats Bob Feller in a battle of one-hitters, by Joseph Wancho
- April 12, 1955: Connie Mack, Harry Truman see Athletics win in Kansas City debut, by Stephen V. Rice
- October 5, 1961: Underdog Reds win first World Series game in 21 years, by Tim Otto
- August 3, 1969: Fan favorite Chico Fernandez survives near-fatal beaning in minors, by Kurt Blumenau
- September 18, 1985: Roger Craig wins debut as Giants manager, by Tom Schott
- October 28, 1989: Oakland A’s sweep Giants in World Series interrupted by earthquake, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- September 18, 2001: Yankees return to the field for first game after 9/11, by Alan Cohen
- October 11, 2003: Aramis Ramirez’s grand slam powers Cubs to the brink of a World Series berth, by Cosme Vivanco
- September 26, 2016: Dee Gordon homers in Marlins’ first game after Jose Fernandez’s death, by Laura H. Peebles
- September 15, 2017: Rays drop first home game after Hurricane Irma, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- April 28, 2019: Washington Nationals youngsters Soto, Robles, Kieboom set home run record, by Laura H. Peebles
New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject.
- 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.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time. Listen to new episodes at 5:00-6:00 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.
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:
- Take a tour of the newly redesigned SABR.org website
- Peter Mancuso selected as 2020 Bob Davids Award winner
- Read all articles from the Spring 2020 Baseball Research Journal online
- Bud Fowler Selected as SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend of 2020
- SABR Negro Leagues Committee awards $1,000 scholarships in 2020 essay contest
- Download 2020 SABR Annual Report
- SABR welcomes new Tampa Bay chapter and Century Research Committee
- SABR Digital Library: Harvey’s Wallbangers: The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers
- SABR 50 convention in Baltimore rescheduled for 2021
- SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference rescheduled for 2021
- Check out highlights and clips from the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference
- The SABR Bookshelf: Spring 2020
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
|Joe Book||Lombard, IL||Joe Leisek||Petaluma, CA|
|Charlie Brown||London, ENG||Suzanna Monahan||Arlington, VA|
|Vic DiEleanora||Elk Grove, CA||Patrick Montefusco||Oceanside, NY|
|Johnny Gangemi||Buffalo, NY||David Orlinsky||Pacific Palisades, CA|
|Donald Goldman||Morganton, NC||John Shiffert||Flourtown, PA|
|Robert Gritsavage||Endicott, NY||Bill Shkurti||Columbus, OH|
|Harriet Hamilton||Old Hickory, TN||Berta Tassinari||Hillsboro, OR|
|Peter Hand||Chicago, IL||Daniel Visser||Holland, MI|
|Steven Hyland||Valencia, CA||Jay Wolfe||Laguna Woods, CA|
|Audrey Kalman||Eugene, OR||Walter Woodie||Fort Smith, AR|
|Colin Kelly||Washington, DC|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Games Project: Check out the new First Games Back project
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter: Summer 2020 newsletter (Baltimore, MD)
- Boston Chapter: Read a new “Dispatches From the Mudville Bureau,” by Joanne Hulbert (Boston, MA)
- Detroit Chapter: July 26 meeting recap (Detroit, MI)
- Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter: August 2020 newsletter (Milwaukee, WI)
- Larry Dierker Chapter: Summer 2020 newsletter (Houston, TX)
- Oscar Charleston Chapter: July 25 meeting recap (Indianapolis, IN)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
- August 10: Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee meeting (St. Paul, MN)
- August 12: Northeast Florida Chapter monthly meeting (Jacksonville, FL)
- August 15: Hot Springs Baseball Weekend (Hot Springs, AR)
We strongly recommend that all SABR chapters follow CDC public health guidelines and your local/state government regulations when scheduling any in-person meetings and events.
Find details on all upcoming meetings on our SABR Events Calendar page.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Rob Arthur/Daniel R. Epstein: Why are there no Black catchers in baseball? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Marc Carig/Patrick Mooney: Road trip: Teams like Yankees, Cubs search for this season’s competitive advantage (The Athletic)
- Bill James: The 20-Mile Mark (Bill James Online)
- Doug Glanville: Why it’s so hard for baseball players to give up seeds and high-fives (The Athletic)
- Eddie Rivera: Baseball Reliquary Founder Terry Cannon Dies at 66 (Pasadena Now)
- John Schulian: Terry Cannon, The Great Enthusiast (The Stacks Reader)
- Hannah Keyser: What MLB should have learned from America’s botched pandemic response, but didn’t (Yahoo! Sports)
- Jayson Stark: Next up: The first two-time Rookie of the Year? (The Athletic)
- Jay Jaffe: Starting Pitcher Workloads Have Been Significantly Reduced in 2020 (FanGraphs)
- Eno Sarris: Seven pitchers throwing new pitches this year (The Athletic)
- Emma Baccellieri: The Confusing Logic Puzzle of Scheduling Pandemic Baseball (Sports Illustrated)
- Marc Bona: Who was Karl Spooner? Shane Bieber tied pitcher’s 2-game strikeout mark (Cleveland.com)
- Alex Coffey: The 1955 Mays-Newcombe All-Stars might be the best team you’ve never heard of (The Athletic)
- Frederic J. Frommer: Bert Shepard: WWII hero with one leg pitched one game for Washington Senators in 1945 (Washington Post)
- Dan Joseph: A Great Yankee’s Indian Summer: Did Lou Gehrig Experience a Temporary ALS Reversal While Playing in August 1938? (RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal)
- Cassidy Kendall: Baseball veterans to attend Majestic Park groundbreaking (Hot Springs Sentinel-Record)
- Mark Simon: The Best Mets Ejections I Know (Mark Simon Sports)
- Kevin Kernan: You Don’t Know Shoeless Joe (BallNine.com)
- John Paschal: Introducing the 1ABHR Club (FanGraphs)
- Rob Mains: The Best Base Stealers Should Steal Third More Often (Baseball Prospectus)
- Sarah R. Ingber/Davy Andrews/Roger Cormier: Too Far From Town: Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Baseball Prospectus)
- Matt Monagan: Yaz, Williams wanted no part of softball star Joan Joyce (MLB.com)
- Ryan Whirty: Friends and peers tip their caps for Negro Leagues Centennial (Home Plate Don’t Move)
- Pete Peterson: The Pirates’ First Great Rivalry: The Dreyfuss-McGraw Feud (Pittsburgh Quarterly)
- David A. Scott: 1920 Indians: The Squirrel Hunter Shines (Medium.com)
- Jeff Katz: An Unnecessary Premium (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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Originally published: August 7, 2020. Last Updated: August 7, 2020.