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 15, 2017:
We are pleased to announce some of our featured speakers and panelists at the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
The SABR Analytics Conference will be held Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The conference is open to all baseball fans, and early registration is now available online. Click here to register!
Here is some more information about our featured speakers:
- Mike Ferrin, Arizona Diamondbacks radio broadcaster and host of Power Alley on SiriusXM MLB Network Radio.
- Vince Gennaro, President of SABR’s Board of Directors, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, and host of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM
- Brian Kenny, MLB Network host and author of Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution
- Eduardo Perez, ESPN analyst and broadcaster, and former major-league infielder
- Eno Sarris, staff writer for FanGraphs and a contributing writer for The Athletic Bay Area
- Jon “Boog” Sciambi, Broadcaster for ESPN “Wednesday Night Baseball” telecasts and ESPN Radio
In its first six years, the SABR Analytics Conference has brought together many of 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. Stay tuned as we announce more featured speakers and panelists at the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference! Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.
For more information, visit SABR.org/analytics.
The end of this calendar year is quickly approaching! We’re less than $20,000 away from our goal and your charitable gift will help put us over the top. Please help us close another outstanding year for SABR and look ahead to a successful 2018.
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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Thank you for your support of SABR as we continue to strive to make SABR membership a great experience and a great value!
Students, two weeks left to apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference
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.
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 11:59 p.m. MST tonight, 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 email@example.com with the subject line “TNP Query:” and a key word or two on your subject. For example: “TNP Query: Germantown and Baseball”.
Just in time for the 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 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!
The Baseball Hall of Fame’s Modern Era Committee — which included SABR members Jayson Stark, Bob Elliott, and Steve Hirdt — announced last Sunday that former Detroit Tigers teammates Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were elected to the Hall of Fame. They will be honored during Induction Weekend in July 2018 at Cooperstown, New York.
Trammell was a star shortstop with the Tigers for 20 seasons, winning MVP honors in the 1984 World Series, four Gold Glove awards, and recording more than 2,300 hits. Click here to read his SABR biography by John Milner.
Morris won 254 games over 18 seasons with the Tigers, Minnesota Twins, and Toronto Blue Jays, helping each team win a World Series championship. Click here to read his SABR biography by Stew Thornley.
Eight-time All-Star catcher Ted Simmons, who had more than 2,400 hits with the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Atlanta Braves in the 1970s and ’80s, finished one vote shy of induction.
Read more SABR biographies of Hall of Fame inductees at the SABR BioProject below:
The baseball writers will announce their voting results for the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 on January 24. Click here to read all published SABR biographies of 2018 HOF candidates.
The hot stove is heating up, so settle in and add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:
Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1958-2016 (Volume Two)
Edited by Steve Weingarden and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Marshall Adesman and Len Levin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-63-7, $19.95
ISBN (e-book) 978-1-943816-62-0, $9.99
468 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
The Winter Meetings have been Organized Baseball’s annual offseason ritual since the early days of the game. This is SABR’s second volume on the history of the winter meetings, covering the years 1958 through 2016, and including a special section on the Negro Leagues winter meetings. (Click here to get your e-book or paperback copy about Volume One.) The latter years of the 20th century included many monumental changes in the business of baseball. This volume covers the time period of multiple rounds of expansion, the advent of free agency, several work stoppages, collusion among the owners, and the eventual elimination of the American and National League presidents’ offices and consolidation of the two leagues as a single business entity.
Contributors include: Abigail Miskowiec, Andy Bokser, Bob Whelan, Chad Hagan, Charles H. Martin, Chip Greene, Chris Jones, Christopher Matthews, Clayton Trutor, Dan Levitt, Darren Munk, David M. Kritzler and Alan P. Henry, Donald G. Frank, Duke Goldman, Gregory H. Wolf, Hawkins DuBois, Jason C. Long, Jason Myers, Jeff Barto, Jerry Swenson, Jessica Frank, John Bauer, John Burbridge, Kent Henderson, Luca Rossi, Mark Armour, Mark S. Sternman, Michael Huber, Mike Lynch, Paul D. Brown, Paul Hensler, Robert K. Whelan, Rodger A. Payne, Ross E. Davies, Steve Cardullo, Steve Weingarden, Steve West, Tim Rask, Tom Cuggino, Wayne G. McDonnell, Jr.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1958-2016 for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1958-2016 paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 includes shipping/tax).
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. To find a list of more published SABR 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 new SABR Team Ownership Histories Project, which launched last week at SABR.org, is a joint effort of SABR’s Business of Baseball Committee and the BioProject. The intention is to keep its essays up-to-date and to provide as much detail as possible about the organization and composition of ownership groups, franchise sales, relocations, stadiums, and other issues that provide the financial context for team success on the field. One new article was published this week:
- Boston Red Sox team ownership history, by Dan Levitt and Mark Armour
Click on a link below to read other Team Ownership History articles published recently:
- Arizona Diamondbacks team ownership history, by Clayton Trutor
- Boston Braves team ownership history, by Bob LeMoine
- Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers team ownership history, by Andy McCue
- New York Mets team ownership history, by Leslie Heaphy
- New York Yankees team ownership history, by Dan Levitt and Mark Armour
This project is a continuing effort. Some team articles have been assigned, but anyone who wishes to contribute is encouraged to contact Andy McCue at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to Len Levin for his work in copy editing all of these essays.
To find out which essays still need authors, or to read author guidelines, click here.
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 have received your BRJ by now, while the e-book edition was delivered to digital subscribers in early November.
- 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.
To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.
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.
We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2017 Baseball Research Journal!
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.
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.
SABR Day meetings are scheduled for Saturday, January 27 in the following cities:
- Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
- Columbus, OH (Hank Gowdy Chapter)
- Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
- Hoboken, NJ (Goose Goslin Chapter)
- Las Vegas, NV (Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter)
- Louisville, KY (Pee Wee Reese Chapter)
- Nashville, TN (Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter)
- New Orleans, LA (Schott-Pelican Chapter)
- New York, NY (Casey Stengel Chapter)
- Phoenix, AZ (Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter)
In addition, SABR Day meetings will also be held on the following dates due to venue or chapter availability. Click on a link below for more information:
- January 13: Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
- January 20: Chicago, IL (Emil Rothe Chapter)
- January 20: Washington, DC (Bob Davids Chapter)
- January 28: Baltimore, MD (Babe Ruth Chapter)
- January 28: San Francisco, CA (Lefty O’Doul Chapter)
- February 3: Little Rock, AR (Robinson-Kell Chapter)
- February 10: Atlanta, GA (Magnolia Chapter)
For a complete recap of 2017 SABR Day activities, visit SABR.org/sabrday/2017.
Six new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- April 20, 1912: Frank Navin’s field of dreams opens in Detroit , by Jim Wohlenhaus
- July 4, 1912: George Mullin tosses first Tigers no-hitter, by Mitch Lutzke
- September 20, 1912: Smoky Joe Wood foiled by Tigers after 16 straight wins, by Rich Bogovich
- April 4, 2005: Washington Nationals lose debut game to Phillies, by Steven C. Weiner
- April 30, 2017: Nationals trounce Mets, 23-5, behind Rendon’s six hits, by Laura H. Peebles
- June 27, 2017: Nationals’ Trea Turner steals four bases against Cubs, by Laura H. Peebles
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 former major-league player and analyst Doug Glanville and SABR member Jonathan Judge 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.
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
- SABR Baseball Cards Blog: The Conlon Collection Project
- SABR welcomes new chapter in southern New Jersey
- Check out the Fall 2017 listings of The SABR Bookshelf
- Retrosheet announces Fall 2017 updates
- 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: Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis
- 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).
|Norman Booth||Longmont, CO||Jeff Hubbard||Tustin, CA|
|Alex Caporicci||Montreal, QC||Norman Johnson||Surprise, AZ|
|Doug Casler||Denver, CO||Jim Keener||Farmington, CT|
|Ted Chapman||Brantford, ON||Paul Mammino||Hoboken, NJ|
|Mike Dean||Grand Rapids, MI||John McDonald||Newport Beach, CA|
|Anne DeMaria||Dover, NH||Donald Meyer||Buffalo, NY|
|Jason DuHaime||Hoboken, NJ||Christopher Perry||Fullerton, CA|
|Heather Epstein||Piscataway, NJ||Kerry Roth||Peoria, IL|
|Theodore Graeser||Santa Fe, NM||Steve Salem||Baltimore, MD|
|Jennifer Greening||Deptford, NJ||Holden Thayer-Gladstone||Venice, CA|
|Brett Honeycutt||Matthews, NC|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Black Sox Scandal: December 2017 newsletter
- Deadball Era: December 2017 newsletter (click here for PDF appendix)
- Oral History: A new interview has been added this week to the SABR Oral History Collection. Matt Underwood has been a Cleveland Indians broadcaster for the last 18 seasons, first on the radio side from 2000-06 and as the television play-by-play voice since 2007. He was interviewed by John McMurray on October 31, 2017. Click here to listen to or download the interview (MP3)
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Goose Goslin Chapter: SABR welcomes new chapter in southern New Jersey
- 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 15: Bergino: “The Baseball Watercolors of James Fiorentino” (New York, NY)
- 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)
- December 27: Luis Castro Chapter: “Perspectivas del Béisbol” (Maracaibo, VEN)
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:
- Bob Costas wins 2018 Ford C. Frick Award (BaseballHall.org)
- Sheldon Ocker wins 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award (BaseballHall.org)
- Bill Felber: What if instant replay had existed in baseball way back when? (Our Game)
- Jeff Long: The case for long-form movement (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jim Turvey: Who killed the DH? (Beyond the Box Score)
- Sam Marchiano: The time is now for a woman to be MLB general manager (New York Times)
- Susan Slusser: Haley Alvarez becomes A’s first female talent evaluator (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Jay Jaffe: Scott Rolen presents a compelling Hall of Fame case (Sports Illustrated)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: The defensive value of this year’s free agents (ACTA Sports)
- Travis Sawchik: Shohei Ohtani is and always was an extreme health risk (FanGraphs)
- Rob Mains: What blowouts mean (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mike Lynch: New major-league baseball player discovered (Baseball-Reference.com)
- Russell Carleton: Slouching toward ‘bullpenning’ (Baseball Prospectus)
- Joe Schuster: One season of glory: World War II players filled the gap (The National Pastime Museum)
- Renee Prusi: AAGPBL veteran Karen Kunkel dies at 83 (The Mining Journal)
- Jacob Pomrenke: Losing teeth, losing games: Eddie Cicotte, Swede Risberg, and the 1922 Black Sox tour (WordPress)
- Joe Williams: Deacon White’s last games (Overlooked Legends)
- Alfonso Tusa: A special revenge for Luis Tiant (The Hardball Times)
- Mike Bates/Bill Parker: Ozzie Smith for Garry Templeton (This Week in Baseball History podcast)
- Justin McGuire: Clemente with author David Maraniss (Baseball by the Book podcast)
- Peter Gorton: Film to chronicle life of Negro Leagues great John Donaldson (MLBlogs.com)
- Paul Caputo: Uh-oh, it’s magic: The 2017 Winter Meetings logo (SportsLogos.net)
- Mark Armour: The 1969 Winter Meetings in south Florida (The National Pastime Museum)
- Karen Given: Retired contractor discovers rare 1890 Players’ League documents (WBUR)
- Anthony Salazar: The Conlon Collection Project: Part 2 (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Tim Jenkins: Talkin’ Baseball…Cards (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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Originally published: December 15, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.