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 11, 2015:
A SABR membership makes a great gift for the baseball fan in your life! All baseball fans are welcome to join SABR. Gift memberships are $65/year (with discounts available for anyone under 30 or over 65), and members receive all the benefits of a standard membership.
Here are some benefits of membership:
- Two issues of the Baseball Research Journal, which includes articles on history, biography, statistics, personalities, book reviews, and other aspects of the game.
- Expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime, our convention journal which focuses on baseball in the region where that year’s national convention is held (in 2016, it’s Miami)
- “This Week in SABR” e-newsletters every Fridays, with the latest goings-on in SABR and highlighting SABR members’ research
- New e-books we publish through the SABR Digital Library — free to all SABR members
- Regional chapter meetings, which can include guest speakers, presentations and trips to ballgames
- Online access to back issues of The Sporting News and other periodicals through Paper of Record
- Access to SABR’s lending library and other research resources
- Online member directory to connect you with an international network of passionate baseball experts and fans
- Discount on registration to our annual conferences and National Convention
- Access to SABR-L, an e-mail discussion list of baseball questions and answers that many feel is worth the cost of membership itself
- The opportunity to be part of a passionate international community of baseball fans
Click here for a complete list of Member Benefits and what you receive for your annual dues. Want more details? Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about getting the most out of your SABR membership.
SABR membership is on a “rolling” calendar system; that means your membership lasts 365 days no matter when you sign up!
Please note: If you are an active SABR member and wish to purchase a gift membership for someone else, you must log out of the website first before you can proceed with your order. If you have any questions, please call (602) 496-1460 for details.
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! We’re excited about the upcoming year ahead of us and we hope you’ll take advantage of all the great membership benefits offered to SABR members in 2016. Here’s a short list:
You can renew your membership for 1 year or 3 years online at the SABR Store; by phone at (602) 496-1460; or by mailing this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the office at: SABR, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Dues are the same as they have been in recent years: for this, you get two editions of the Baseball Research Journal, the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime; 8-10 free e-books published by the SABR Digital Library; “This Week in SABR” every Friday; access to research resources such as Paper of Record (with complete archives of The Sporting News); discounts to all SABR conferences such as the National Convention (Miami 2016), the SABR Analytics Conference, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, and the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference; discounts to MLB.TV; and much, much more.
We believe SABR has something for everyone, from the active researcher to someone passionate about baseball. We hope you’ll invite your friends, colleagues and family members to join at store.sabr.org.
- Add a family member for $15: Any SABR member can add a family member in the same household for $15 per year; they will receive all electronic member benefits and access to the website, but no printed publications. To add a new family member, please contact Membership Director Deb Jayne. Note: In order to renew your existing family membership, you must log in to the SABR website under the family member’s username/e-mail address, not your own.
This has been a banner year for SABR, and you can help us bring 2015 to an even more successful close by making a charitable contribution to our year-end donation drive.
If you’ve already made a contribution to SABR this year, we are grateful for your generous donation.
SABR depends upon the volunteer work of members to mount our exciting events like the SABR Convention, the Analytics Conference, and the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference; to produce groundbreaking research through the SABR Digital Library e-book program, 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.
Add a pennant-winning book to your collection with the newest e-book from SABR Digital Library:
The Team That Time Won’t Forget: The 1951 New York Giants
Edited by Bill Nowlin and C. Paul Rogers III
Associate editors: Clem Comly and Len Levin
Contributing editors: James Forr and Carl Riechers
Foreword by Monte Irvin
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9335-9998-4
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9335-9999-1
Because of Bobby Thomson’s dramatic “Shot Heard ’Round the World” in the bottom of the ninth of the decisive playoff game against the Brooklyn Dodgers, the team will forever be in baseball public’s consciousness.
But of course there is much more to the story of that famous team than a dramatic home run (albeit the most famous and probably the most dramatic home run in baseball history) and sign stealing. After all, the team started the year 2-12 and found itself 13 games out of first place with a little more than six weeks left in the season. They soon peeled off 16 wins in a row and went 37-7 down the stretch to force the famous playoff. The ’51 Giants did win 97 games other than the game everyone remembers.
The team is also of historic significance because of its role in the integration of baseball. It was the year Willie Mays first showed his brilliance to major-league audiences, in late May joining black teammates Monte Irvin, Hank Thompson, and Ray Noble. At the time, the Dodgers and Giants had most of the smattering of African-American players in the big leagues, and it is no surprise that those two teams battled down to the wire for the National League pennant.
Fueled by Giants manager Leo Durocher, who had previously managed the Dodgers, the two teams simply did not like each other and they showed it. Beanballs, flashing spikes, and brawls and near brawls were the order of the day. It is, of course, a rivalry that endures today, with both clubs having moved to the West Coast in 1958.
For any number of reasons, the ’51 Giants truly are the team that time won’t forget. It is the aim of this book to assure that to be true by providing an in depth look at and future resource about that historic team.
Includes a foreword by Giants outfielder Monte Irvin, as well as biographies of all players, coaches, executives, and broadcasters. Also included are chapters on the Polo Grounds, recaps of notable games, the integration of the Giants, sign-stealing, the 1951 All Star Game, World Series, and more.
Contributors: Eric Aron, Thomas Ayers, Matt Bohn, Terry Bohn, Maurice Bouchard, Bo Carter, Alan Cohen, Rory Costello, Nicholas Diunte, Alexander Edelman, James E. Elfers, Greg Erion, Charles F. Faber, Scott Ferkovich, Dan Fields, Jeff Findley, James Forr, Rob Garratt, Peter M. Gordon, Don Harrison, Tom Hawthorn, Dr. Lawrence Hogan, Monte Irvin, Bill Johnson, Jimmy Keenan, David H. Lippman, Jeffrey Marlett, Brian McKenna, Rob Neyer, Skip Nipper, Armand Peterson, Janice A. Petterchak, Joe Phillips, C. Paul Rogers III, John T. Saccoman, Curt Smith, David W. Smith, Lyle Spatz, Mark S. Sternman, Andy Sturgill, Rick Swaine, Judith Testa, Stew Thornley, Steve Treder, Clayton Trutor, Gregory H. Wolf.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of The Team That Time Won’t Forget: The 1951 New York Giants for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on The Team That Time Won’t Forget: The 1951 New York Giants paperback edition for $9.95 (plus shipping) from CreateSpace.
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.
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. Find all past publications at SABR.org/ebooks.
Good news! The Fall 2015 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 hear many have already arrived. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered to your inboxes on November 4.
- Click here to read all articles online at SABR.org from the Fall 2015 Baseball Research Journal.
- Click here to download the e-book edition of the Fall 2015 Baseball Research Journal.
- Click here to purchase a copy of the print edition of the Fall 2015 Baseball Research Journal.
To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.
We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2015 Baseball Research Journal!
SABR has a long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics. While SABR is a multi-faceted organization involved in virtually every aspect of baseball, we continue to build on our legacy by producing and hosting the fifth annual SABR Analytics Conference.
Once again, we’re bringing together the top minds of the baseball analytic community under one roof to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball.
The schedule will consist of a combination of Guest Speakers, Panels and Research Presentations — plus the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition, in which undergraduate, graduate, and law school students from across the country analyze and present a real baseball operations decision.
- Conference registration is available now at the SABR Store. Click here to register! The conference is open to all baseball fans. The early registration rate is $395 for SABR members and $495 for nonmembers, or $350 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year membership to SABR).
- Book your hotel room: The 2016 SABR Analytics Conference will be held Thursday, March 10 through Saturday, March 12 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Click here to book your hotel room at the special SABR group rate of $179/night (plus tax) for double occupancy. Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference.
Check back soon at SABR.org/analytics as we announce some of our featured speakers, panels and presentations for the 2016 SABR Analytics Conference!
- 2016 SABR Analytics: Submit your research presentation abstract
- Nominate an article for 2016 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
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 2016 SABR Analytics Conference on March 10-12, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona. This scholarship will pay for registration, air transportation and lodging up to a total value of $1,250.
The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage student engagement with baseball analytics, and to engender an active interest in baseball research and SABR. 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.
Students must be currently enrolled in a high school, college undergraduate or graduate program, and be between 18 and 29 years of age at the time of the conference. Some form of age verification (photocopy of driver’s license, passport, etc.) must be attached to your application. All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than December 31, 2015.
The SABR Analytics Conference brings together the leading minds in baseball analytics to discuss and debate topics relevant to the quantitative analysis of the game of baseball, including aspects of innovation and technology. Past conferences have been attended by representatives from 27 MLB teams.
We are now accepting abstracts for oral presentations for the fifth annual SABR Analytics Conference Conference, scheduled for March 10-12, 2016, at the Hyatt Phoenix Downtown.
Abstracts of proposed research presentations should be no more than 500 words in length, and must include the abstract’s title, review of previous work on the subject, a summary of the research methodology and anticipated results, and the expected contribution to the field of baseball analytics offered by this work. Please send all abstracts to this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The submission deadline for 2016 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. PST, Thursday, December 31, 2015. Please note: If your presentation abstract is accepted, you will be required to register for the conference in order to qualify for a presentation slot.
No candidates were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Pre-Integration Era Committee this week.
Baseball pioneer Doc Adams received votes on 10 of the 16 ballots for a percentage of 62.5, while 19th-century players Bill Dahlen and Harry Stovey each received votes on eight of the 16 ballots (50 percent). To earn election, candidates needed to be named on at least 75 percent of all ballots cast.
All three of the top vote-getters were selected as SABR Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legends in recent years, with Adams voted as the Overlooked Legend for 2014; Dahlen in 2012 and Stovey in 2011. SABR’s Overlooked Legend in 2010, Deacon White, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2013 by the Pre-Integration Era Committee.
The 2016 ballot featured six former players, three executives, and one of baseball’s earliest organizers. The other finalists — Sam Breadon, Wes Ferrell, Garry Herrmann, Marty Marion, Frank McCormick, Chris von der Ahe, and Bucky Walters — received three or fewer votes from the Pre-Integration Era Committee.
The 16-person voting committee included SABR members Pat Gillick, Steve Hirdt, Gary Hughes, Peter Morris, Tal Smith, and Tim Wendel, along with Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Bobby Cox, and Phil Niekro; major league executives Chuck Armstrong and Bill DeWitt; and veteran media members Jack O’Connell, Claire Smith, Tim Sullivan, T.R. Sullivan, and Gary Thorne.
- Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy wins 2016 J.G. Taylor Spink Award
- Radio pioneer Graham McNamee wins 2016 Ford C. Frick Award
- Jay Jaffe: Pre-Integration vote shows flaws in HOF process (Sports Illustrated)
- Ryan Whirty: Injustice lives on for ignored pre-integration Negro Leaguers (Home Plate Don’t Move)
Just a reminder to all that the seventh annual SABR Day will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016. We’re starting to compile details now on 2016 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.
SABR Day events are scheduled for Saturday, January 30, 2016, in the following cities:
- Las Vegas, NV (Maddux Brothers-Las Vegas Chapter)
- Little Rock, AR (Robinson-Kell Chapter)
- Louisville, KY (Pee Wee Reese Chapter)
- New York, NY (Casey Stengel Chapter)
- Rochester, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
Click here for complete details on all events on our 2016 SABR Day map (or click here to view details on a spreadsheet).
In addition, some chapters are holding their SABR Day meetings on a different day, due to venue or schedule availability. Click on a link below or see the Events Calendar for details on each of these meetings, as well:
For a complete recap of 2015 SABR Day activities, visit SABR.org/sabrday/2015.
Under the auspices of SABR’s Deadball Era Committee, Steve Steinberg and Tom Simon are editing a book on the World Series of the Deadball Era. The drama of the national pastime during that bygone time is captured through the photographs and words of the men who reported the drama for the nation’s newspapers, when they were the only medium around. Sportswriters of the time wrote with a lyrical prose, more descriptive than newspaper accounts of the past 50 years.
Never before has the story of the early World Series been told in their words, accompanied by terrific visual images — many of them rare and not seen for years — in this book. Together through the lens and pens of yesteryear, the reader gets an intimate view of baseball’s championships of the early 20th century.
This book will be published in the spring of 2017 by St. Johann Press, a small, quality New Jersey publisher that has done a number of niche sports books. Members of the Deadball Era Committee have served as editors of individual World Series chapters; they have chosen vivid accounts that take the reader back in time. Around 200 evocative high-quality photos, drawn from public archives and private collectors, will accompany the text.
Because the approval of this book predates the establishment of the SABR Digital Library publishing program, and because it will include so many high-quality photos from different sources, we are seeking contributions to help cover the excess cost over a typical SABR team book.
If you want to help: Checks can be made out to SABR and mailed to Steve Steinberg at the address below:
Orcas Business Park
5700 Sixth Ave. South #214
Seattle, WA 98108
SABR is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consider making a donation before December 31; we would like to have the fundraising completed by March 31, 2016.
If you donate $100 or more, you will get a free copy of the book, and if you are a major contributor of $200 or more, your name will be mentioned in the book as a Deadball Era Defender. All donations, no matter how small, will make a difference and be greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions, please contact Steve at email@example.com. Thank you.
— John McMurray
Chair, SABR Deadball Era Committee
SABR member Dennis Pajot, an expert in the early history of Milwaukee baseball, has offered to share a series of manuscripts that he has prepared on the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association.
These research files — one PDF for each season — include more than 1,600 pages of original research on the Milwaukee Brewers from their beginnings in 1902 until the end of the Deadball Era in 1919. The Brewers rosters in those years included some of the most interesting characters in the game, including Hall of Famer Ray Schalk, his Black Sox teammate Happy Felsch, baseball clown Germany Schaefer, Olympic star Jim Thorpe, Cy Slapnicka (who later scouted Bob Feller), and manager Joe Cantillon (who later signed Walter Johnson.)
For a comprehensive list of SABR research resources, click here.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a new radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, returns this Sunday night on MLB Network Radio. Please note the show will air at its original timeslot of 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET this week.
Baseball SABR Style 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.
For more information, click here.
Five new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which — with the publication of our new e-book on the 1951 New York Giants, The Team That Time Won’t Forget — brings us to a total of 3,550 published biographies. Here are the new bios:
- Sandy Alomar Sr., by Irv Goldfarb
- Bill Conroy, by Bill Nowlin
- Lester German, by Bill Lamb
- Andy Gilbert, by Bill Nowlin
- Curt Schilling, by Bill Nowlin
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
- Help us write 2016 Hall of Fame biographies: SABR Director Emily Hawks has launched a new BioProject initiative for biographies of players who are on the 2016 Hall of Fame ballot later this year, and a few players still need biographers. If you are interested in writing a SABR biography for one of these players, please contact Emily Hawks at firstname.lastname@example.org: Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Jeff Kent, Jason Kendall, Jim Edmonds.
- 1957 Milwaukee Braves bios posted online: In Thar’s Joy in Braveland! The 1957 Milwaukee Braves, edited by Gregory H. Wolf and published by SABR in 2014, we celebrated the Milwaukee Braves’ historic 1957 World Series championship season. The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in that book can now be read online. Click here to read all 1957 Braves bios.
Two new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- September 6, 1898: Chicago’s Danny Green struggles in Cincinnati’s sun field, by Stephen V. Rice
- October 8, 1966: Wally Bunker shuts out Dodgers in Game Three of World Series, by Austin Gisriel
All new Games Project stories can be found here: http://sabr.org/gamesproject/recent
- Get involved: 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.
MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, is seeking stats stringers to cover these clubs in 2016 and beyond:
- Baltimore/Washington DC
- Los Angeles (both clubs)
- Oakland/San Francisco
Stats stringers are responsible for digitally scoring games from the MLB ballparks, which provides the data used in the live content applications on MLB.com, including At-Bat, Gameday and MLB.TV, real-time highlights and text alerts, and by our business partners. This is a perfect part-time job for a responsible, computer-savvy person who happens to be a big baseball fan.
Those interested in applying should apply online, here: http://mlb.theresumator.com/apply/oHAhlE/Stats-Stringers. ONLY those who apply online will be considered, and due to volume, we may be unable to respond to all applicants.
For more information on qualifications and responsibilities, click here.
Our friends at Retrosheet have announced their update for December 2015:
All of the 2015 event files are now available, along with updated game logs and transaction data. There are hundreds of new games that have been added to the previously released event files from 1925 to 1970. The Most Wanted list has been updated to reflect our progress. Much work went into completing the discrepancy files for 1952-1955 and the rest of that decade is under active review.
The most significant addition to older seasons is the box score files for 1913. Tom Ruane did a considerable amount work on this season and oversaw the project.
Other contributors (a partial list, to be sure) were Dave Lamoureaux, Mike Grahek, Ron Weaver, Wayne Voltz, Kevin Wesley, John Proulx, Herm Krabbenhoft, Dixie Tourangeau, and Dave Newman, as well as Greg Hilton of the St. Louis County Library.
— David W. Smith
Learn more at Retrosheet.org.
- Seymour Medal, due 12/31/2015: 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 2015 publication date, contact Michael Haupert at email@example.com by December 31, 2015.
- Larry Ritter Award, due 12/31/2015: 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 2015 publication date, contact Doug Skipper at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2015.
- Ron Gabriel Award, due 12/31/2015: 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 2016 awards, please send a copy of your work to Gary Sarnoff at email@example.com by December 31, 2015.
- SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2016: 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 2016 awards, please contact Bill Felber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2016: 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 2016 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.
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:
- Save the date! SABR 46 to be held July 27-31, 2016, in Miami
- Kiermaier, Molina win 2015 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners announced
- Check out the SABR Bookshelf listings for Fall 2015
- Fast Times at SABR High: Meet SABR’s two new high school student groups
- Hear SABR member Jesse Goldberg-Strassler call a modern re-created baseball game
- 2016 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference: Apply for high school essay contest, art contest, library grants
- SABR Digital Library: A Pennant for the Twin Cities: The 1965 Minnesota Twins
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- Seeking nominations for 2016 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
- SABR members, take 10% off your next order at the MLB.com Shop
- 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.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Abe Barnes||Piedmont, CA||John Muntean||Reno, NV|
|R. Conor Burke||Andover, MA||James O’Grady||Bronx, NY|
|Connor Callahan||Santa Rosa, CA||Richard Pate||Danville, IL|
|Vincent Cannato||Framingham, MA||Adam Penale||Lewiston, NY|
|Ed Comber||Muncie, IN||Jon Pessah||Smithtown, NY|
|Ritsuko Futagami||Kakamigahara, JPN||Roger Peterson||Duluth, MN|
|Ken Guest||San Bernardino, CA||Steven Pierpaoli||Williamsville, NY|
|Michael Harvey||Kennewick, WA||Aaron Rachels||Atlanta, GA|
|Frank Ittner||Alpharetta, GA||Rick Steinheiser||Gilbert, AZ|
|Kimiyoshi Kamada||Nagoya, JPN||Mike Wallace||Washington, DC|
|Thomas Lewis||Gulph Mills, PA||James Webb||Terrace, BC|
|Isaac Miller||Cherry Hill, NJ||Kyle Wisniewski||Glendale, MO|
|Rich Mueller||Evansville, IN|
There are no new SABR research committee updates this week.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Allan Roth Chapter meeting recap (December 5; Los Angeles, CA)
- Larry Dierker Chapter meeting recap (December 7; Houston, TX)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- December 12: Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter meeting (Nashville, TN)
- December 12: Baseball Heritage Museum: Storytelling event (Cleveland, OH)
- December 12: Connie Mack Chapter Hot Stove meeting (Philadelphia, PA)
- December 12: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Austin, TX)
- December 13: Korea Chapter meeting (Seoul, SK)
- December 14: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- December 15: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- December 16: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- December 17: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Atlanta, GA)
- December 18: Cesar Brioso: “Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson and the Cuban League” (Coral Gables, FL)
- December 19: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter holiday luncheon (Middletown, CT)
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:
- Chris McShane: Mets radio producer Chris Majkowski is backbone of the broadcast (SABRMedia.org)
- Justine Siegal: Call me coach (The Players’ Tribune)
- Frank Fitzpatrick: SABR member Norman Macht’s lifelong mission to tell Connie Mack’s story (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Graham Womack: Who are the 25 best players not in the Hall of Fame? (The Sporting News)
- Eno Sarris: Managers on the evolution of their role (FanGraphs)
- John Thorn: Bee’s knees and cat’s whiskers (Our Game)
- J.J. Cooper: Mariners hire Amanda Hopkins as full-time scout (Baseball America)
- Brad Balukjian: Royce Clayton’s pitch to change MLB’s at-bat music (Rolling Stone)
- Neil Paine: Does a good hitter make for a good hitting coach? (FiveThirtyEight)
- Michael Wenz: An analysis of MLB salaries from the ivory tower (Baseball Prospectus)
- Tim Wendel: The G.I. World Series of 1945 (The National Pastime Museum)
- Jared Diamond: Zack Greinke, the $1 million per start pitcher (Wall Street Journal)
- Benjamin Hill: Winter Meetings ‘whirlwind’ wraps up for Minor Leagues (MiLB.com)
- Dustin Palmateer: The season’s craziest second-half split (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mike Bojanowski: How much of original Wrigley Field will be left after renovations? (Bleed Cubbie Blue)
- Paul Dickson: The baseball book that changed my life, Veeck—As In Wreck (The National Pastime Museum)
- Mike Hannah: A history of trading former number one draft picks (Bluebird Banter)
- Rodger Sherman: 1884 St. Louis Maroons were the last sports team to start 20-0 (SB Nation)
- Scott Ferkovich: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the Los Angeles Browns!’ (The National Pastime Museum)
- Ronald Blum: MLB lobby trades disappear at Winter Meetings (Associated Press)
- Call for papers: 21st Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference (UPenn.edu)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have trouble reading this e-mail? Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web.
Are you receiving our e-mails? “This Week in SABR” goes out by e-mail to all members on Friday afternoons. If they’re not showing up, try adding “email@example.com” to your contact list to ensure they show up in your inbox (and not the spam folder.)
Originally published: December 11, 2015. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.