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This Week in SABR: December 1, 2023

This Week in SABR: December 1, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, December 1, 2023.
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Top Headlines

Register now for the 2024 SABR Analytics Conference
Help us Bring It Home for SABR in 2023
SABR Digital Library: Nichibei Yakyu, Volume 2
Apply now for a Local Grant in 2024
Join us on December 7 for Ballpark Figures with Vanessa Ivy Rose
Read SABR bios of Baseball Hall of Fame candidates

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

2024 SABR Analytics Conference

Register now to attend 2024 SABR Analytics Conference

Early registration is now open for the SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held in person from March 8-10, 2024, at the Beus Center for Law and Society on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in Phoenix, Arizona.

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. Register today to join us!

Visit to learn more:

Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Learn more at

Bring It Home for SABR in 2023!

Help us Bring it Home in 2023 and build a stronger future for SABR!

Much like circling the baseball diamond, SABR rounds the bases every year through guiding principles of research, participation, and community. At first base is the fundamental component of our mission: research. At second base is participation, through which we produce wonderful baseball research and programming that reaches people everywhere. We round third at community, as we strive towards our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball. Gifts from members like you will now help SABR BRING IT HOME, making 2023 a historic success while building for a bright future.

You can support SABR’s end of year Bring it Home Campaign by making a gift of $150 or more by December 31, 2023. We will use your best gift of $150, $300, $500, or $1,000 to boost SABR’s general operations. Contributions from generous donors like you are vital as SABR expands research, creates more pathways to participation, and builds a stronger baseball community.

Visit to learn more.

Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1960-2019 (Volume 2), edited by Robert K. Fitts, Bill Nowlin, and James Forr

SABR Digital Library: Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1960-2019 (Volume 2)

Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library: Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1960-2019 (Volume 2), edited by Robert K. Fitts, Bill Nowlin, and James Forr, celebrates the 150th anniversary of Japanese baseball. 

Over 100 baseball teams from the United States and Hawaii have crossed the Pacific to play baseball in Japan since 1906. Nichibei Yakyu, Volumes 1 and 2, are the first works in English that focus on these international tours. Volume 1 focused on early tours until 1958. Volume 2 focuses on the latter portion of the 20th century and the 21st.

Visit to download the e-book for free or save 50% off the purchase of a paperback edition.

2023 SABR Local Grants recipients in Philadelphia

Apply now for a SABR Local Grant in 2024

The SABR Local Grants program provides an opportunity for chapters, research committees, and chartered communities to apply for funding for their projects under SABR’s Four Pillars: Research, Scholarship, Preservation, and Future of the Game.

Applications are now open for a 2024 SABR Local Grant at Submissions will be accepted until January 19, 2024. A Grants Review Board will review all submissions and respond with their final determination in February 2024.

Visit to learn more or to apply.

Vanessa Ivy Rose

Join us on December 7 for Ballpark Figures with Vanessa Ivy Rose

Join us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.

On Thursday, December 7, our guest will be Vanessa Ivy Rose, the granddaughter of Baseball Hall of Famer and Negro Leagues great Turkey Stearnes; author of Hall of Fame DNA: The Legacy of Norman “Turkey” Stearnes; and host of the ABC News podcast Reclaimed: The Forgotten League.

Visit to learn more about upcoming shows or view past episodes.

National Baseball Hall of Fame (JACOB POMRENKE)

Read SABR bios of 2024 Hall of Fame candidates

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced the eight-player ballot that will be considered by its Contemporary Baseball Era Committee for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2024. The Contemporary Era Committee, which includes SABR member Sean Forman, will meet on Sunday, December 3 at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Contemporary Baseball Era Managers/Executives/Umpires ballot includes Cito Gaston, Davey Johnson, Jim Leyland, Ed Montague, Hank Peters, Lou Piniella, Joe West, and Bill White.

The results of the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee vote will be announced live on MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight” at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 3. Click on a link above to read the candidates’ SABR biographies.

SABR Analytics Certification: Sign up now for new Level 3 course

We’re excited to announce that the newest course in the SABR Analytics Certification program, Level Three – Introduction to Baseball Programming, is now available.

Taught by award-winning baseball writer and analyst Rob Arthur, the Level Three course provides an introduction to programming using a practical approach in its application for baseball and focusing on R (with a dash of SQL) as a programming language, the goal of this online, on-demand course is to give learners a foundational understanding of the technical skills necessary for a career in data science and baseball analytics.

To sign up now, or to learn more about previous courses, visit

Call for papers: 2024 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference welcomes proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields for the upcoming conference on June 6-9, 2024, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, or other Black baseball topics. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, plus a brief biographical note with contact information. Deadline to apply: February 1, 2024.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Students, apply for a Spring 2024 internship with SABR

The Society for American Baseball Research is seeking remote interns to work during the Spring 2024 semester. The internship is an educational opportunity that may count toward college credit, covering 15-20 hours per week with a flexible schedule. The internship will be for a fixed period of time and is designed to provide the intern with skills and training that may be applicable to working in a nonprofit research environment or in other research-based organizations.

Please send a resume and cover letter in PDF form to by 5:00 p.m. MST Friday, January 26, 2024.

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #242: Jon Weisman

Baseball 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 #242 on Monday, November 27 featured Jon Weisman, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Vice President of Communications and author of The Catch: A Novel. Visit to listen to the full episode or subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks.

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: Fred McGriff and Wade Boggs, Willie Stargell, Dylan Leach

New Team Ownership History: Tampa Bay Rays

The ownership history of the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays, successful on the field and tumultuous in the owners box, is the latest addition to the Team Ownership History Project, a joint effort of BioProject and the Business of Baseball Committee.

While the project began to chronicle ownership of the current 30 major league franchises, it has been extended to the Negro Leagues, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball Leagues, and Federal League, as well as teams that disappeared in the 19th century. Opportunities are still available for the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, all editions of the Athletics, plus the other leagues mentioned above. Interested authors should contact Andy McCue to get involved.

7 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

Ebbets Field: Great, Historic, and Memorable Games in Brooklyn's Lost Ballpark

Ebbets Field: Great, Historic, and Memorable Games in Brooklyn’s Lost Ballpark
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf

Visit to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback edition of all Digital Library books.

Call for Award Nominations

All SABR members are encouraged to submit nominations for our annual research awards, for works published or completed in 2023. The deadline to nominate is December 31:

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.

Recent Highlights

Here are some SABR headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Trevor Browning Elmira, NY     Jonathan Klinger Humble, Texas
Luke Cady Seattle, WA     Gregg Nelson Maple Grove, MN
Joseph Callahan portland, OR     Mark Neuman Haddonfield, NJ
Robin Cowherd Norfolk, VA     James Ray Philadelphia, PA
David Curreri Beach Lake, PA     Nigel Sheppard Milton Keynes, ENG
John Davenport Bowie, MD     Ethen Sims Austin, TX
Ben Fairly Agoura Hills, CA     Patrick Stewart Mount Dora, FL
Faith Fehrman De Pere, WI     Scott Teehan Santa Clarita, CA
John Francia Tokorozawa, JPN     Christopher Thomas Hainesport, NJ
Steve Hild Oswego, IL     Mark Uyehara Derwood, MD
Joel Horn Phoenix, AZ     Burt Warren The Villages, FL
Max Horn Phoenix, AZ     Christopher Wilson Emeryville, CA
Earl Kalenith Burnaby, BC        

SABR Events Calendar

SABR's Central Illinois Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting on Monday, December 4, 2023, at 7:00 PM Central Time. All baseball fans are invited to attend. The meeting will be a presentation and then Q&A with sportswriter Dave Kindred, author of My Home Team: A Sportswriter’s Life and the Redemptive Power of Small-Town Girls Basketball.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • December 3: Southern Michigan Chapter book club meeting (7:30 p.m. EST)
  • December 4: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Steve Gietschier (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • December 4: Central Illinois Chapter Meeting with Dave Kindred (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • December 4: Quarterly Chapter Leaders meeting (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • December 5: Northern New England Chapter meeting with Donna Muscarella (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • December 5: Deadball Era Book Talk: Ronald T. Waldo (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • December 6: 19th Century Baseball Book Club (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • December 7: Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Vanessa Ivy Rose (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • December 7: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Lincoln Mitchell (7:00 p.m. CST)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • December 2: Williamsport Chapter meeting (Williamsport, PA)
  • December 6: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
  • December 6: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter fellowship meeting (St. Louis, MO)
  • December 9: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Roseville, MN)
  • December 9: Dusty Baker-Sacramento Chapter meeting (Folsom, CA)
  • December 9: Ken Keltner Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

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Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

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.

This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article, or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail To find past editions of TWIS, click here.

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Originally published: December 1, 2023. Last Updated: December 3, 2023.