This Week in SABR: December 16, 2016
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 16, 2016:
Just two weeks left to help us reach our donation-drive goal in 2016
This has been a banner year for SABR, and your year-end charitable gift can help us bring 2016 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 New York City 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.
Don’t forget: It’s time to renew your SABR membership!
For those of you whose SABR memberships expire by December 31 — you can check your current membership status here — it’s now 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 2017.
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: $65 for one year or $175 for three years, with discounts available to anyone under 30 or over the age of 65.
For one low price, 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 (New York City in 2017), the SABR Analytics Conference, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, and the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference; 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.
Early registration now open for 2017 SABR Analytics Conference
Early registration is now open for the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference on March 9-11, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. We hope you’ll join us next spring in Arizona, 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.
Our guest speakers and panelists are expected to include Jessica Mendoza, ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst; Brian Kenny, MLB Network host; Vince Gennaro, SABR President; Eno Sarris, FanGraphs staff writer; and many more still to be announced.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click a link below for more information:
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference; early registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $350 for students (includes one-year membership).
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $188/night (plus tax). Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference.
- Research Presentations: Click here to learn more about presenting your research at the SABR Analytics Conference; the submission deadline for 2017 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts was November 23, 2016.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference; all applications must be sent to Jeff Schatzki at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 31, 2016.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2017 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: We’re seeking nominations for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards; click here to learn more.
SABR has a long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics. SABR’s long history in this area of baseball research, coupled with our mission of advancing the understanding and knowledge of baseball, makes us the perfect choice to coordinate and host this ground-breaking event.
The Analytics Conference schedule consists 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.
For more information on the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
SABR Digital Library: Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957
Warm up by the hot stove with the newest e-book from SABR Digital Library:
Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957 (Volume One)
Edited by Steve Weingarden and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Marshall Adesman and Len Levin
Foreword by Roland Hemond
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1637-8
ISBN (e-book) 978-1-9438-1636-1
390 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
“I treasured going to the Winter Meetings. You don’t see people for a whole year and then here you are, face to face, and trying to make a deal.” — Roland Hemond (Winter Meetings attendee since 1952)
This new SABR book about the history of the Winter Meetings contains stories and hidden treasures that may help resolve moments of wonder that have periodically crossed your mind as a baseball fan or as a scholar.
So much of baseball history happened at the Winter Meetings. This book provides you with a historical answer to the business of baseball over many of the early years of the minor leagues, the National League, and the American League, and even features a chapter on the Eastern Colored League Winter Meetings. Important philosophies regarding chosen identity, reactions to societal trends, agreements on how to operate, approval of new members, and player transactions emerged from the discussions and decisions made at the winter meetings.
This book represents the first of two volumes to cover the history of Baseball’s Winter Meetings. Volume One covers the years 1901 through 1957, and Volume Two (to be published in 2017) covers the years 1958 through 2016. The first volume covers the years of twentieth century baseball from the first year there were two “major leagues” — the American League having begun as a major league in 1901 — and running through the final year before expansion to the West Coast. The second volume brings coverage of the Winter Meetings through the 2016 gathering in Washington, D.C.
Volume One comprises the collective work of a team of 38 SABR researchers and editors. The overall project was initiated by SABR’s Business of Baseball Committee, the brainchild of editor Steve Weingarden. Volume Two will comprise the work of a number of the same authors and editors, but more than two dozen others. All in all, well over 60 SABR members will have contributed to this effort, including Abigail Miskowiec, Aimee Gonzalez, Andy Bokser, Bill Felber, Bill Nowlin, Bob LeMoine, Chris Jones, Christopher Matthews, Dale Voiss, Dennis Pajot, Ely Sussman, Eric Frost, Frederick C. Bush, Gary Levy, Gregory H. Wolf, Jacob Pomrenke, Jason C. Long, Jeremy Green, Jerry Nechal, Jim Howlenhaus, Jim Overmyer, Joe Marren, Marshall Adesman, Mike Lynch, Nick Klopsis, Nick Waddell, Paul Hensler, R.J. Lesch, Rich Bogovich, Roland Hemond, Silvio Sansano, Stephen R. Keeney, Steve Weingarden, Steven Bryant, Ted Leavengood, Travis Stern, and Zak Schmoll.
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: 1901-1957 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: 1901-1957 paperback edition for $10.97 (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 can download all SABR Digital Library publications for free and get 50% off the paperback edition. Find all current and past titles at SABR.org/ebooks.
Students: Apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend 2017 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 2017 SABR Analytics Conference. This scholarship will pay for registration, air transportation and lodging up to a total value of $1,250. All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than December 31, 2016.
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.
Click here to learn more or to download the 2017 Yoseloff Scholarship application.
Register now for the 2017 Diamond Dollars Case Competition at SABR Analytics
The SABR Analytics Conference is pleased to host the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Click here for more details.
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. More than a dozen alumni from the first five Diamond Dollars Case Competitions have secured internships or permanent positions within Major League Baseball.
For more information on the 2017 Diamond Dollars Case Competition, please contact SABR President Vince Gennaro or click here for rules and entry requirements.
Read articles from the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal online
Good news! The Fall 2016 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 last week.
- Click here to download the e-book edition of the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal.
- Click here to purchase a copy of the print edition of the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal.
- All articles from the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal are now available to read online at SABR.org.
As editor Cecilia M. Tan writes, this issue includes articles on “obscure” topics that are often the most fascinating, and the most painstakingly researched. She calls them rabbit holes, and the researcher who dives down them pulls us, Alice-like, right into Wonderland with them. In this BRJ, we get a deep dive on the life of Violet Popovich, the show girl who famously shot Billy Jurges of the Chicago Cubs, the offseason trap shooting career of Chief Bender, and a light shined on a baseball league that has nearly been forgotten by history, the International Girls Baseball League. Sometimes a researcher goes down a rabbit hole and after their article is published, they keep going: Bryan Soderholm-Difatte published a paper previously demonstrating that George Stallings employed platooning with the 1914 “Miracle” Braves. He’s back this time with a look at 1913, and while he was working on the paper, play by play information for 1912 and 1911 became available. The result is the meaty, delicious conclusion that pinpoints 1913 as the beginning of platooning as we know it. Another researcher who has been going down a rabbit hole is Tom Thress in his pursuit of the ultimate baseball statistic, Player Won-Lost records. He presents here a follow-up to his previous paper on the topic.
And that’s just a fraction of what’s in this issue. Click here to read all articles online at SABR.org.
To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.
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We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal!
Save the date! SABR Day is coming up on January 28, 2017
Just a reminder to all that the eighth annual SABR Day will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017. We’re starting to compile details now on 2017 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 28, 2017, in the following cities:
- Columbus, OH (Hank Gowdy Chapter)
- Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
- Houston, TX (Larry Dierker Chapter)
- Kenosha, WI (joint meeting of Emil Rothe/Chicago and Ken Keltner Badger State Chapters)
- Louisville, KY (Pee Wee Reese Chapter)
- New Orleans, LA (Schott-Pelican Chapter)
- New York, NY (Casey Stengel Chapter)
- Philadelphia, PA (Connie Mack Chapter)
- Rochester, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
- St. Louis, MO (Bob Broeg Chapter)
- San Francisco, CA (Lefty O’Doul Chapter)
- More events TBA soon!
Click here for complete details on all events on our 2017 SABR Day map (or click here to view details on a spreadsheet).
In addition, SABR Day meetings will also be held on these dates due to schedule or venue availability. Click on a link below to learn more:
- January 14: Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
- January 21: Kansas City, MO (Monarchs Chapter)
- January 21: Baltimore, MD (Babe Ruth Chapter)
- February 4: Washington, DC (Bob Davids Chapter)
- February 4: Atlanta, GA (Magnolia Chapter)
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 at SABR.org/sabrday.
8 new SABR biographies published
Eight new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,953 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Jerry Denny, by Chris Rainey
- Jim French, by Paul Hofmann
- Ron LeFlore, by Paul Hofmann
- Johnny Lipon, by Bill Nowlin
- Jeff Kent, by J.P. Garrett (first-time author)
- George Schmees, by Bill Nowlin
- Tim Wakefield, by Bill Nowlin
- Archie Wilson, by Bill Nowlin
All new biographies can be found here: http://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.
Van Lingle Mungo biographies now posted online
In SABR’s Van Lingle Mungo: The Man, The Song, The Players, edited by Bill Nowlin and published by SABR in 2014, we paid tribute to an iconic baseball song with lyrics made up entirely of player names from the 1930s and ’40s.
Just as 1930s and 1940s Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants pitcher Van Lingle Mungo was surprised that Dave Frishberg wrote a song around his name back in 1969, so he might have been surprised to come across this book all these years later. Frishberg’s song “Van Lingle Mungo” (which you can listen to on YouTube here) listed 37 ballplayers in the lyrics. A different version contained three different names. That’s a total of 40, and all 40 are represented with biographies in this book, including John Antonelli and Frankie Crosetti, Ferris Fain and Johnny Sain, and Bobby Estalella and Art Passarella.
The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in Van Lingle Mungo can now be read online at: http://sabr.org/category/completed-book-projects/van-lingle-mungo
You can also purchase the book or download the e-book by clicking here. SABR members can download all SABR Digital Library e-books for free at SABR.org/ebooks.
6 new stories published by the SABR Games Project
Six new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- May 18, 1940: Young Roy Campanella clouts two home runs for Baltimore Elite Giants, by Stephen V. Rice
- June 1, 1941: Chuck Aleno’s rookie record hitting streak ends, by Jack Zerby
- July 23, 1957: Mantle hits for cycle; homer nearly leaves Yankee Stadium, by Mike Huber
- July 12, 1963: Koufax fans 13, hands Mets 13th loss in a row, by Steven C. Weiner
- October 1, 1967: Tigers drop season finale to give Red Sox the AL pennant, by Mark Armour
- May 21, 2013: Angels’ Mike Trout becomes youngest player in AL history to hit for cycle, by Mike Huber
New Games Project stories can be found here: http://sabr.org/gamesproject/recent. Find all published Games Project articles at SABR.org/GamesProject.
- 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.
- Still seeking a Chief Editor: For those of you who have reached out offering to edit or fact-check games over the past few weeks: Thank you! Thanks to numerous responses, we are now sufficiently staffed in this area to more quickly process game articles toward publication. However, we are still seeking a Chief Editor to help coordinate the editing for all Games Project stories. This is a crucial role that is necessary to keep the project running smoothly. If you are interested, please contact Greg Erion or Bruce Slutsky for more information.
Interested in baseball cards? Join SABR’s Baseball Cards Research Committee
Want to learn more about the history and evolution of baseball cards? SABR’s newly revived Baseball Cards Research Committee is seeking new members. Last week, Mark Armour and Chris Dial were approved as the committee co-chairs by the SABR Board of Directors.
The committee has launched a new website at https://sabrbaseballcards.blog; check out all the great content that has been posted this week:
- 1953 Topps and Race Relations, by Robert Sanzone
- “The Baseball Card Song”, by Mark Armour
- Yeah, Topps Supers really are, by Rob Neyer
- Natalie Wood and Ron Swoboda, by Mark Armour
- 2013 Bowman Inception, by Jeremy Schmidt
- “BO”: The History of the Perfect Junk Wax Card, by Matthew J. Prigge
- One Man’s Garbage, by Kevin Graham
- Topps “Now” Card Program, by Alan Reifman
- What Condition My Condition Was In, by Jeff Katz
The committee’s purpose is to encourage more interactive knowledge sharing about the history and importance of baseball cards as a representation of the game itself and to research the history of the relationship between statistics and baseball cards. The committee also provides a forum for discussion on other important aspects of the baseball card industry, such as memorable, important and famous series designs; the influx of new card sets and limited-edition inserts in the 1980s and ’90s; documentation on all of the major card companies and important figures in the evolution of the baseball card industry; and research into the evolution of the game as viewed through the lens of baseball cards (batting gloves, player/managers, the DH, record-setting achievements, the steroids era, etc.)
Any SABR member can sign up for announcements or contribute to future committe newsletters. Click here to learn more.
For more information on all 30 SABR research committees, click here.
Listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Sundays
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 SABR member David Kagan, physics professor from California State University at Chico, and Craig Edwards of FanGraphs.
You can also 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. You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM focuses on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today. It airs weekly throughout the year on MLB Network Radio, available to subscribers nationwide on XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209, and on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
Save the date: SABR 47 will be in New York City in 2017
SABR will be returning to the Big Apple for our 47th national convention on June 28-July 2, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt New York. Registration information will be available at SABR.org/convention in early 2017. The New York Mets are scheduled to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series at Citi Field during SABR 47.
The Grand Hyatt New York, one of the city’s most historic and luxurious hotels, is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan just steps from Grand Central Terminal and within walking distance of many major attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the New York Public Library. The Grand Hyatt is also easily accessible to all forms of transportation: planes, trains, automobiles (including car services), and more.
SABR 47, which is open to all baseball fans, will include top featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, writers and analysts. More details will be announced in early 2017 at SABR.org/convention.
SABR’s 2017 national convention will be our 47th 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.
For more information on the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
Call for SABR award nominations
- Seymour Medal, due 12/31/2016: 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 2016 publication date, contact Trey Strecker at email@example.com by December 31, 2016.
- Larry Ritter Award, due 12/31/2016: 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 2016 publication date, contact Doug Skipper at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2016.
- Ron Gabriel Award, due 12/31/2016: 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 2017 awards, please send a copy of your work to Gary Sarnoff at email@example.com by December 31, 2016.
- SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2017: 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 2017 awards, please contact Bill Felber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2017: 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 2017 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.
ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR
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:
- ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza, MLB Network’s Brian Kenny to speak at 2017 SABR Analytics Conference
- Anthony Rizzo, Francisco Lindor win 2016 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- SABR 46: Check out complete multimedia highlights from our Miami convention
- Download your free e-book copy of The National Pastime: Baseball in the Sunshine State
- Roland Hemond: Treasuring my memories of the Winter Meetings
- Seamheads relaunches award-winning Negro Leagues Database
- Retrosheet announces Fall 2016 updates
- The SABR Bookshelf: Fall 2016
- 2017 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference returning to Harrisburg
- Interested in baseball cards? Join SABR’s Baseball Cards Research Committee
- SABR Digital Library: When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
- Highlights and photos from SABR Philadelphia 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
- Q&A with award-winning SABR authors Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg
- Read all biographies from our 1986 Mets book online at the SABR BioProject
- Learn more about new SABR Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Check out highlights and photos from the 2016 SABR Arizona Fall League Experience
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Call for papers: 2017 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference
- Stew Thornley is the 2016 recipient of the Bob Davids Award
- View highlights and photos from 2016 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Kansas City
- Watch SABR panels from the 2016 MLB All-Star FanFest in San Diego
- 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.
Welcome, new members!
We’d like to welcome all of our new SABR members who have joined this week. You can find all Members-Only resources at members.sabr.org and the Membership Handbook can be downloaded here.
Please give these new members a warm welcome and help them make the most of their membership by giving them the opportunity to get involved in their local chapter or a research committee.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|James Albany||Brighton, CO||Jordan Liff||Chagrin Falls, OH|
|Danny Althoff||Williamston, MI||Mark Schremmer||Mission, KS|
|Greg Bailey||Gadsden, AL||Nic Martino||Oaklyn, NJ|
|Robert Boyer||New Castle, DE||Harvey Meiselman||Boynton Beach, FL|
|Stephen B. Bromley||Hobe Sound, FL||Fred Mistretta||Montvale, NJ|
|A.J. Bruhn||Miami Lakes, FL||Robert Mutert||Algonquin, IL|
|David Chapin||Lebanon, NH||Peter Myers||San Antonio, TX|
|Ray Cherry||Dallas, TX||Daniel Orr||San Antonio, TX|
|Timothy H. Clemens||Shoreham, VT||Nicholas Pascal||Germantown, TN|
|Andrew Cohen||New York, NY||Angel Lluis Pujol||Altafulla, ESP|
|Marcel Dugas||Montreal, QC||Scot Reader||Boulder, CO|
|Mark Harris||Clinton, IL||Gloria Rubac||Houston, TX|
|David Hornish||Lindenhurst, NY||Robert Sanzone||Boston, MA|
|Linus Huang||Berkeley, CA||Dominic Theofan||Ponte Vedra Beach, FL|
|Dave Jerome||Fullerton, CA||Josh Wilker||Chicago, IL|
|David Kantor||University Heights, OH||Craig Witt||Fredericksburg, VA|
|Deborah Kennedy||Washington, DC||Mike Wuest||Cayce, SC|
|Dan Kriner||Cinnaminson, NJ|
Research Committee news
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
- Baseball Cards: The newly revived Baseball Cards Research Committee has launched a new website. Check out more articles and updates at https://sabrbaseballcards.blog.
- BioProject: December 2016 newsletter (Special Festivus Edition)
- Oral History: Joe Moeller pitched with the Los Angeles Dodgers for parts of eight seasons from 1962 to 1971. He was interviewed by Mark Collatz on August 11 for the SABR Oral History Collection. Listen to or download the Joe Moeller interview here by clicking here (MP3) or read the transcript by clicking here (PDF). To read more about Moeller, read his SABR biography written by David E. Skelton.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Regional Chapter news
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Chapter websites/social media: Chapter leaders, all chapters are encouraged to have a presence online to help raise awareness of SABR and bring extra attention to our research, events, and activities. Click here if your chapter is interested in learning more about creating a new chapter website or social media accounts, and for a complete list of chapter sites and social media accounts.
- Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, download the new 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.
SABR Events Calendar
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- December 17: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter holiday party (West Hartford, CT)
- December 17: Hank Gowdy Chapter Hot Stove Talks (Columbus, OH)
- December 17: Rogers Hornsby Chapter monthly meeting (Austin, TX)
- December 19: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- December 19: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter monthly meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- December 20: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- December 21: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- December 21: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
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.
Around the Web
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Robert Sanzone: 1953 Topps and race relations (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: What condition my (baseball card) condition was in (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Alan Reifman: Topps Now card program enhances fan experience (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Dan Levitt: Ranking the top GMs in baseball history on “MLB Now” (MLB Network)
- Monte Cely: Looking ahead to the 2017 Serie del Caribe (SABRHornsby.org)
- Rob Mains: What does it take to make the Hall of Fame as a compiler? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Graham Womack: Veterans committee should review players separately for Hall of Fame (The Sporting News)
- Michael Baumann: The 25 worst contracts in baseball (The Ringer)
- Shakeia Taylor: The case for bringing back Ladies’ Day (The Hardball Times)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Yoan Moncada’s 12 Ks in 19 at-bats (ACTA Sports)
- Benjamin Hill: Graphic artist Todd Radom has made logo mark in sports world (MiLB.com)
- Bill Ryczek: War and rebellion: baseball in the 1890s (The National Pastime Museum)
- John Thorn: The functions of each defensive player, in 1860 (Our Game)
- David Laurila: Q&A with Bryan Price on developing, but not babying, pitchers (FanGraphs)
- Hudson Belinsky: How the new CBA changes the amateur draft (Baseball America)
- Henry Druschel: There’s no such thing as a small-market team (Beyond the Box Score)
- Scott Ferkovich: Teams with four 20-game winners (The National Pastime Museum)
- Russell Carleton: The questions we can’t answer (Baseball Prospectus)
- Tim Wendel: Lolich and McLain and the ’68 Tigers (The National Pastime Museum)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: December 16, 2016. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.