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 December 1, 2017:
This has been a banner year for SABR, and your year-end charitable gift can help us bring 2017 to an even more successful close.
SABR continues to offer unparalleled opportunities for involvement and benefits for members around the world. We depend upon the volunteer work of members to mount our exciting events like the SABR Convention (in Pittsburgh next summer), the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, and the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference; to produce groundbreaking research through the SABR Digital Library e-book program (with 8-10 free e-books provided to members each year), the Baseball Research Journal, and The National Pastime; and to expand the online resources of the research committees, regional chapters, the BioProject, the Games Project, and much more. SABR continues to offer unparalleled opportunities for involvement and benefits for members around the world.
As a 501(c)3 organization, tax-deductible donations allow SABR to expand member opportunities and to become an even larger voice in the baseball community. Many members have already become donors, and you can join them right now by making your gift online at SABR.org/donate. Please help us reach our donation drive goal!
You can also send your donation by check to: SABR, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
All of us at SABR appreciate your support of our great organization and the game we love.
To learn more, visit SABR.org/donate.
For those of you whose SABR memberships expire by December 31 — you can check your current membership status here — it’s time for you to renew!
From the Baseball Research Journal and the SABR Digital Library to “This Week in SABR” and our extensive list of research resources — and, of course, all the memorable conferences, chapter meetings, and events — we hope you enjoyed the many benefits of SABR membership this past year.
We hope you please continue your support by renewing your SABR membership today.
- Pay online: Click here to renew your SABR membership for 2018!
- Renew by mail: To pay by check or money order, mail this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the office at SABR, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
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Dues are the same as they have been in recent years: $65 for one year or $175 for three years, with discounts available to anyone under 30 or over the age of 65.
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Thank you for your support of SABR as we continue to strive to make SABR membership a great experience and a great value!
Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, the SABR Store @ CafePress is a new online shop for members and friends to purchase SABR-logo apparel and gifts for themselves or the baseball fans in their life.
Items will feature the full-color SABR logo and will be available for purchase throughout the year. Shirts are available in men’s and women’s sizes in a variety of colors and styles. Mugs, stickers, and other collector’s items are also on sale now.
Check out the SABR Store today!
Good news! The Fall 2017 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members.
Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next two to four weeks, although we’ve heard reports that some have already arrived. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered to your inboxes last week.
- Click here to download the e-book edition of the Fall 2017 Baseball Research Journal.
- Click here to order a copy of the print edition of the Fall 2017 Baseball Research Journal from Amazon.com.
- All articles from the Fall 2017 Baseball Research Journal are now available to read online at SABR.org.
As editor Cecilia M. Tan writes, this issue includes Stew Thornley and Bob Tholkes’s article on the evolution of the official scorer; Paul Doutrich’s recap of the 1885 postseason series between Chicago and St. Louis, a precursor of the World Series; an exhaustive study by Herm Krabbenhoft of former President George H.W. Bush’s collegiate baseball career; Rich Arpi’s inside look at a 1914 prison in Minnesota to see the birth of the “Sisal Sox”; Bob LeMoine has the story of Cy Young’s barnstorming tour when he was 67 years old; a research team led by Jose Luis Lopez prove beyond much doubt that Andres Galarraga did indeed hit a homer well over 500 feet at Pro Player Stadium; Lori Livingston and Susan Forbes challenge the notion that amateur umpires quit because of negativity and verbal abuse; and Krabbenhoft is back with a list of all the rare “quasi-cycles” (like a cycle but replace the single with an extra-base hit). And that’s just a fraction of what’s in this issue. Click here to read more from the Fall 2017 BRJ.
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We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2017 Baseball Research Journal!
From Gorgeous George and the Gashouse Gang to Stan the Man and Gibby, add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:
Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis:
Home to the Browns and Cardinals at Grand and Dodier
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: James Forr, Len Levin, Bill Nowlin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-61-3, $19.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-943816-60-6, $9.99
8.5″ x 11″, 391 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI, and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 includes shipping/tax).
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including the e-book editions for free. To find more SABR Digital Library books, 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 2018 SABR national convention will take place in Pittsburgh from June 20-24. To coincide with the convention, the summer 2018 issue of The National Pastime will focus on baseball in Pittsburgh and the immediate environs.
Pittsburgh has ample baseball history, dating from the 19th century to the present, from the 1882 Allegheny club to today’s Pirates, who count 11 Hall of Famers among their number. Pittsburgh was the site of important Negro Leagues history as well, and home to both the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords. The legacies of Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell are referenced regularly in Major League Baseball today. And then there are the minor leagues, colleges, scouts, umpires, women in baseball, and more with Pittsburgh connections that could be explored.
For this issue of The National Pastime, we are looking for research articles on a variety of topics. Articles may be historical, biographical, or analytical, but please avoid personal narrative, oral histories, or interviews. No reprints: new articles only. Purely biographical articles should be coordinated with the BioProject, while those with unique takes or analysis are welcome.
Publications Director Cecilia Tan will be taking queries and abstracts until December 15, 2017, and will make assignments no later than January 1. First drafts of articles will be due no later than March 1 and rewrites (if needed) will be due by April 1. To query, email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “TNP Query:” and a key word or two on your subject. For example: “TNP Query: Germantown and Baseball”.
The full 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was released last week, and you can find all published SABR biographies of 2018 HOF candidates (including Modern Era finalists) at the SABR BioProject. Visit the link below to read bios on Hall of Fame candidates Trevor Hoffman, Edgar Martinez, Jamie Moyer, and more:
As part of our BioProject Hall of Fame Ballot initiative, we are still seeking authors for the following players: Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, Scott Rolen, Johan Santana, Johnny Damon, and others. Please contact Emily Hawks at email@example.com if you are interested in writing about one of these players.
Find more SABR biographies at SABR.org/BioProject.
It is with great pleasure that I announce the semiannual update to the Retrosheet website for Fall 2017. This is always a happy occasion for users of our data, but this fall we have something of a bonanza of new items. It is hard for me to decide which to list first!
Box scores for the 1908 and 1909 seasons have been completed and proofed. Tom Ruane led this effort as usual along with help from Jonathan Frankel, Dave Lamoureaux, Tom Bradley, Gary Frownfelter, Ron Weaver, Carl Schweisthal, Steve Vetere, Larry Defillipo and Bill Nowlin. Thanks to the efforts of this crew, we now have full box scores for the last 110 seasons. Go to http://www.retrosheet.org/game.htm and look for Regular Season Box Score Event Files.
In response to a request from a user of our site, Tom has added fielding splits for players along with our traditional batting and pitching splits. This was a large amount of work, but Tom accomplished it while updating all the player, coach, and umpire pages. Tom has received help from the folks at Baseball-Reference.com as he updated the transaction portion of our site.
For several years, we have prepared play by play accounts of missing games by careful use of newspapers, especially the detailed games stories that were once so common. This time we release 1941, adding to the front of our contiguous block of play by play as usual so that we now have full play by play of every game for the last 77 seasons.
The 2017 data have been processed and proofed and have been released as well.
We have also completed the proofing of play by play files from 1926 and 1929 with an enormous effort from Wayne Townsend who also did the bulk of the work on 1925. Although these seasons are still missing some games which will eventually be deduced, I think it is valuable to get the information we have available as soon as possible.
— David W. Smith
We hope you’ll join us for the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference on Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, where we’ll bring together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
Early registration is now open at SABR.org/analytics. Sign up today to join us!
This year’s conference will feature the high-quality content you’ve always enjoyed at the SABR Analytics Conference and the same number of featured panels and research presentations, but there will be a few changes to the usual schedule: We will begin programming early Friday afternoon on March 9 and will run through Sunday afternoon on March 11. The change in schedule is due to the availability at our host hotel this year. However, we have a large block of rooms for SABR Analytics Conference attendees on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
In addition, the Diamond Dollars Case Competition will start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening and the networking reception will be held on Saturday evening, March 10 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Lunch, which is included in your conference registration, will be served at noon on Friday — before the regular programming begins — and also on Saturday between the morning and afternoon sessions.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference. Early registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $350 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year SABR membership). Registration includes lunch on Friday and Saturday afternoons and the networking reception on Saturday evening.
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $229/night (plus tax). Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference. Complimentary wireless Internet is available in all rooms booked under the SABR block. The cutoff date to book your room is February 15, 2018.
- Research Presentations: Click here to learn more about presenting your research at the SABR Analytics Conference; abstracts are no longer being accepted.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference; the deadline to apply is December 31, 2017.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2018 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: We’re seeking nominations for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards; click here to learn more.
Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
The SABR Analytics Conference is pleased to host the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition on Friday evening, March 9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Arizona.
In the Diamond Dollars Case Competition, undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from colleges and universities across the country compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a baseball operations decision — the type of decision a team’s GM and his staff is faced with over the course of a season. The cases are developed by SABR President Vince Gennaro, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, and consultant to MLB teams. The Diamond Dollars Case Competition is the first national competition to be based solely on baseball operations issues.
Four- to five-person student teams are asked to evaluate a baseball operations case problem. The student team presents their analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges that includes MLB front office executives.
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference. This scholarship will pay for registration, air transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250. All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 31, 2017.
The Yoseloff scholarship is to assist young researchers who want to attend SABR’s Analytics Conference and to introduce them to fellow SABR members and professionals within the baseball community. Through this fund, SABR hopes to inspire future baseball research, expose students to high-quality research and build the research capability of interested students.
What are the best baseball analytics articles you’ve read in 2017?
We’re seeking nominations for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, which recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year in the following categories:
- Contemporary Baseball Analysis: Honoring the best analysis focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
- Contemporary Baseball Commentary: Honoring the best commentary focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
- Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary: Honoring the best original analysis or commentary focusing on a subject related to a game(s), team(s) or player(s) throughout baseball history.
Please send all nominations via e-mail to this address: email@example.com no later than January 5, 2018. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable). Click here for complete details and category criteria.
Voting for the winners will be conducted online in January-February 2018 at SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com, HardballTimes.com and BeyondtheBoxScore.com, with results weighted equally at 20%.
Results will be announced and presented at the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 9-11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more at SABR.org/analytics.
To view past award winners and finalists, click here.
Just a reminder to all that the ninth annual SABR Day will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018. We’re starting to compile details now on 2018 SABR Day chapter meetings around the country. We’ll post them as soon as we get them at SABR.org/sabrday.
Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans and are usually free to attend, so bring a friend! Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.
Check back soon at SABR.org/sabrday for more information on a SABR Day meeting close to you. Chapter leaders, please be sure to send any details on your SABR meeting to Blane Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can update our SABR Day map.
For a complete recap of 2017 SABR Day activities, visit SABR.org/sabrday/2017.
Over at the SABR Baseball Cards Blog, Anthony Salazar launched a project this week focused around the memorable set of cards put out in the 1990s using photographs by Charles M. Conlon. Here’s Anthony to explain:
At an estate sale late this summer, my wife’s uncle, who is in the antique business, came across a number of shoeboxes containing baseball cards. While the majority of the boxes contained Topps cards from the 1980s, one box contained 25 unopened packs from the 1991 Conlon Collection put out by MegaCards in conjunction with The Sporting News during that era.
The cards depict black and white photographs from photographs taken by noted baseball photographer, Charles M. Conlon. The cards in this set of 330 are organized by team, award, or Hall of Fame status.
Wanting to share in the riches, I reached out to the SABR Baseball Card community with a proposition. I offered one pack of cards to 24 of our SABR baseball card enthusiasts (keeping one for myself), and then asked each person that when they received their pack to select one card of interest and write a short piece of that card. I was particularly interested in the holistic value of the selection. Over the next couple of months, player names and stories trickled in. I am quite pleased to present our work.
To begin our project, I asked Steve Gietschier, who worked personally on the Conlon Collection for The Sporting News, to write a bit about his experiences. For the next several weeks, we will present a handful of stories for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
One new biography was posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,317 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Jim Thome, by Joseph Wancho
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.
Five new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- September 23, 1908: Giants, Cubs play to disputed tie in ‘Merkle Game’, by Norm King
- October 13, 1921: Giants beat Yankees 1-0 to clinch World Series championship over, by T.S. Flynn
- April 28, 1962: Mets earn franchise’s first home win at Polo Grounds, by Alan Cohen
- August 7, 1974: Nolan Ryan loses no-hitter, game in 9th to White Sox, by Ken Carrano
- May 1, 2006: Johnny Damon’s return to Fenway overshadowed by Doug Mirabelli trade, by Chuck McGill
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.
- 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, but any background working in Drupal, WordPress or other standard content management systems is a plus.
- Read all articles from Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos online: All articles from Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos” (SABR, 2016), edited by Norm King, can now be found online at the SABR Games Project. To read more articles from this book, click here. To download your free e-book copy of the Montreal Expos book or to get 50% off the paperback edition, click here.
- Seymour Medal, due 12/31/2017: The Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year. The award is presented during the Seymour Medal Banquet at the NINE Spring Training Conference every March. If you have a book to nominate with a 2017 publication date, contact Ken Fenster at email@example.com by December 31, 2017.
- Larry Ritter Award, due 12/31/2017: Each year, SABR’s Deadball Era Committee presents the Larry Ritter Book Award to recognize the best new book primarily set in the Deadball Era that was published during the previous calendar year. The award is presented during the committee’s meeting at the annual SABR convention. If you have a book to nominate with a 2017 publication date, contact Doug Skipper at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2017.
- Ron Gabriel Award, due 12/31/2017: The Ron Gabriel Award annually honors the author(s) of the best research, published or unpublished, on the subject of the Brooklyn Dodgers completed during the preceding calendar year. To submit a nomination for the 2018 awards, please send a copy of your work to Gary Sarnoff at email@example.com by December 31, 2017.
- SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2018: The SABR Baseball Research Award (formerly the Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award) honors those whose outstanding research projects completed during the preceding calendar year have significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball. To submit a nomination for the 2018 awards, please contact Bill Felber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2018: The McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award honors the authors of the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year. To submit a nomination for the 2018 awards, please contact Len Levin at email@example.com.
Please note: Only ONE entry per nomination will be considered (do not submit multiple nominations for the same award). For more information on SABR Awards, click here.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the Hot Stove League offseason, at a new time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
This week’s guests are Max Gruber of Fangraphs and Zach Crizer of Baseball Prospectus.
You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, and you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com.
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.
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 Pirates are scheduled to play at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks 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’s 2018 national convention will be our 48th annual gathering; the organization’s founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first. Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.
- Richard Ulrich, 95, of McMinnville, Oregon, died on June 15, 2017. He was a SABR member since 1996 and an avid collector of baseball photos, which he recently donated to SABR’s Pictorial History Committee. Longtime committee chair Bill Hickman said Ulrich was the first collector he encountered who tried to acquire an image of every major-league player. “He certainly accomplished an enormous amount unassisted,” Hickman said. Richard William Ulrich was born November 20, 1921, in Linden, New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Army for four European campaigns during World War II and was among the soldiers who landed on Utah Beach at Normandy. He graduated from Valparaiso University and earned his Master’s degree from the University of Oregon. He taught history and political science in the Ventura Unified School District and at Ventura College. He and his wife Dorothy had five children, daughters Shirley (Newingham), Evelyn (Stevens), and Marianne (Angel), and sons Tom and Bill. After his retirement in 1983, he and Dorothy traveled the world, living in Wales for two years before moving to Oregon. He is survived by his five children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Interment was held at South Yamhill Cemetery in Yamhill, Oregon.
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:
- Nolan Arenado, Byron Buxton win 2017 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- Check out complete coverage and highlights from SABR 47 in New York City
- Find photos and highlights from the 2017 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
- SABR 47: Larry Lester selected as Bob Davids Award winner
- Check out the Fall 2017 listings of The SABR Bookshelf
- Listen to a new episode from the SABR Media Committee’s Baseball Buffet podcast
- Check out highlights from the 2017 SABR Arizona Fall League Experience
- SABR Digital Library: Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series
- Read all articles from The National Pastime: New York, New York at SABR.org
- Check out complete highlights from the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference
- The Baseball Index website relaunched; find more than 250,000 baseball articles and bibliographic sources listed
- 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
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
For more information, click here.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Jay Allschwang||Newton, MA||Jack Kent||Cypress, TX|
|Drew Carberry||Lutherville, MD||Justin Lewis||Seattle, WA|
|Dale Christenson||Elkhorn, NE||Noah Manning||Kennebunk, ME|
|Lara Curtis||Hadley, MA||Eric Mirlis||Plainview, NY|
|Steve Daly||Lowell, MA||Jake Parsons||Oklahoma City, OK|
|Wolfgang Daniel||Cape Coral, FL||Patrick Smith||Baltimore, MD|
|William DeLuca||Catskill, NY||Giselle Stancic||San Jose, CA|
|Peter Frisbie||Manassas, VA||Takanori Tanaka||Tokyo, JPN|
|Mark Gross||Falls Church, VA||Jean-Claude Trottier||Gatineau, QC|
|Nicholas Guarna||Norwalk, CT||James Walsh||Scituate, MA|
|T.H. Ha||Durham, NC||Jari Walzog||Oceanport, NJ|
In addition, please welcome our new Student Group Affiliate Members from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Check out the group’s website at msabr.com or follow them on Twitter at @michigansabr.
|Patrick Awtrey||Josh Lank|
|Max Baer||Theo Mackie|
|Patrick Barron||Erik McKeen|
|Sam Beenstolk||Griffin Murphy|
|Max Brill||Clayton Myers|
|Anthony Brown||Michael Resnick|
|Cam Cain||Joel Revo|
|Ryan Castellano||Alex Roude|
|Samuel Caufield||Danny Rubin|
|Alex Cohen||Hunter Satterthwaite|
|Alex Crane||Brij Singh|
|Noah Gershwin||Max Smith|
|Jack Gioffre||Conor Stemme|
|Zane Harding||Duncan Wallis|
|Ambria Hopfe||Brandon Whitmore|
|AJ Janetzke||Jared Wolff|
|Matthew Kikkert||Ryan Woock|
Educators, click here to learn more about having your classes join SABR with a Student Group Affiliate Membership.
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Baseball Records: December 2017 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Halsey Hall Chapter: December 2017 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Lajoie-Start Southern New England Chapter: November 25 meeting recap (Greenville, RI)
- 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:
- December 2: Quebec Chapter meeting (Montreal, QC)
- December 2: Allan Roth Chapter meeting (La Habra, CA)
- December 2: Talkin’ Baseball: Charlie Vascellaro (Columbia, MD)
- December 2-3: SABR Board of Directors meeting (Boston, MA)
- December 3: Johnny Tallant’s Hot Stove League meeting (Cumming, GA)
- December 6: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter “First Wednesday” meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- December 13: Baseball Industry Network Winter Meetings meet-up (Orlando, FL)
- December 13: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- December 13: Johnny Tallant’s Hot Stove League meeting (Cumming, GA)
- December 16: Hank Gowdy Chapter meeting (Columbus, OH)
- December 16: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter holiday party (Cromwell, CT)
- December 16: Emil Rothe/Chicago Chapter monthly lunch meeting (Naperville, IL)
- December 16: Connie Mack Chapter Hot Stove meeting (Philadelphia, PA)
- December 18: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter monthly meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- December 18: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- December 18: Halsey Hall Chapter research committee meeting (Edina, MN)
- December 19: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- December 20: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- December 20: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- December 21: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
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:
- Margie Chetney: Syracuse students place first at SABR case competition at NYU (Syracuse.edu)
- Jeff Passan: Four reasons why MLB’s hot stove is lukewarm (Yahoo! Sports)
- Gary Ashwill: Negro Leaguer Dave Brown’s wanted poster (Agate Type)
- Rany Jazayerli: The next battle in the war over WAR (The Ringer)
- Stolen Signs podcast: Wins Above Replacement discussion (Baseball Prospectus)
- Ross Carey: Replacement Level Podcast with Sean Forman (Replacement Level Podcast)
- Sam Miller: Was Julio Teheran any good this year? WAR says yes, no … and maybe (ESPN.com)
- Tom Tango: Why are strikeouts not costlier than other outs? (TangoTiger.com)
- Jay Jaffe: Chipper Jones is a lock for first-ballot Hall of Fame election (Sports Illustrated)
- Adam Darowski: The Hall of Fame case for Scott Rolen (Hall of Stats)
- Bill Deane: 2018 Hall of Fame election forecast (WordPress)
- Mark Armour: The 1967 Winter Meetings in Mexico City (The National Pastime Museum)
- Adrian Burgos Jr.: Minnie, Jungle Jim, and the Go-Go Sox (La Vida Baseball)
- Alex Remington: Ronald Acuña is Braves’ last, best, and only hope (The Hardball Times)
- David Laurila: Q&A with Peter Moylan on being from sports-mad Australia (FanGraphs)
- Tom Shieber: A rarer Honus Wagner card (BaseballHall.org)
- Luis Rodríguez Mayoral: Vic Power: Artful storyteller and first baseman (La Vida Baseball)
- Joseph Lemire: QuesTec’s legacy, 20 years later (SportTechie)
- David Kagan: The physics of the gyro pitch (The Hardball Times)
- Larry Canale: Paul Thompson’s pioneering baseball portraits (The National Pastime Museum)
- Effectively Wild podcast: The overlooked Negro Leagues legend, John Donaldson, with Peter Gorton (FanGraphs)
- 30 for 30 Podcasts: The Lights of Wrigleyville (ESPN)
- Steven Goldleaf: A visit with MLB historian John Thorn (Bill James Online)
- Rick Hummel: What’s causing the high turnover rate among pitching coaches? (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Rob Mains: The lost art of RBI guys (Baseball Prospectus)
- Zach Crizer: Joey Votto’s organized world of split-second decisions (Baseball Prospectus)
- Shane Tourtellotte: Looking back at the 2017 postseason (The Hardball Times)
- Gabriel Schechter: Ted Williams in 1942: Triple Crown winner, MVP loser (The National Pastime Museum)
- Michael Burich: Researcher unpacks county baseball mystery (Salem News)
- Richard Cuicchi: Family ties in baseball for the 2017 season (Baseball Relatives)
- Graham Womack: When Fred Lynn won MVP and Rookie of the Year (The National Pastime Museum)
- Jon Leonoudakis: My 50-year chase to complete the 1964 Topps Coin Set (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Nick Vossbrink: Baseball lifers and their baseball cards (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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Originally published: December 1, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.