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This Week in SABR: December 16, 2022

This Week in SABR: December 16, 2022

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Please note: The SABR office will be closed for the holidays on December 23-26 and December 30-January 2. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of December 16, 2022:

SABR accepting applications for Business Operations Manager position

SABR logoThe Society for American Baseball Research is in search of a highly skilled Business Operations Manager to help manage the organization’s continued growth. The Business Operations Manager will spearhead SABR’s administrative work while reporting to and partnering with the Chief Executive Officer. The ideal candidate will have a track record of outstanding management of day-to-day operations, including human resources and accounting processes. This person will be a motivated leader who thrives on creating and sustaining a climate of inclusion and trust. Ultimately, the business manager will be responsible for maintaining successful daily business practices and helping usher in a new era of growth.

Please send resume and cover letter to CEO Scott Bush at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Students, 2 weeks left to apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2023 SABR Analytics Conference

2023 SABR Analytics ConferenceWith generous funding from The Nanar and Anthony Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR Analytics Conference on March 10-12, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging fees associated with the conference up to a total value of $1,250. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2022.

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 the SABR 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 read the full announcement at

Help us Bring it Home and make 2022 a historic success for SABR

Bring it Home for SABR in 2022!As SABR continues toward our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball, it is gifts from members like you who sustain our organization, allowing us to produce wonderful baseball research and programming that reaches people everywhere.

You can support SABR’s end of year Bring it Home Campaign by making a gift of $150 or more today. We will use your best gift of $150, $300, $500, or $1,000 to boost SABR’s general operations.

Contributions from generous donors like you are vital in helping SABR maintain core mission programming, develop new initiatives, and ensure affordable membership access:

  • Support for Core Programming: Your donations help make SABR events possible and accessible, while fueling the productivity and development of our publishing efforts.
  • Support for New Initiatives: Your donations allow SABR to maintain its relevance and respectability in an ever-changing environment.
  • Support for Affordable Membership Access: Your donations are crucial to keeping SABR membership affordable for all, a critical aspect of fulfilling our vision to become the essential community for the world of baseball.

Visit to learn more.

Give the gift of SABR this holiday season!

Give the gift of SABR with a holiday gift membershipThis holiday season, it’s easy to share that passion for the game with friends and family. If you’re looking for a great gift for the baseball fan in your life, how about a SABR Gift Membership?

All baseball fans are welcome to join SABR.

Click here to learn more about how to sign up a family member or friend with a SABR Gift Membership in our latest Membership Benefit Spotlight video.

Visit to learn more.

SABR Digital Library: Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1907-1958

Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1907-1958 (Volume 1)Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1907-1958 (Volume 1)
Edited by Robert K. Fitts, Bill Nowlin, and James Forr
Associate editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Foreword by Allan H. “Bud” Selig
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-89-9, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-90-5, $32.95
8.5″ x 11″, 288 pages

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japanese baseball, the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is proud to publish Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan. Over 100 baseball teams from the United States and Hawaii have crossed the Pacific to play baseball in Japan. Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan is the first book written in English that focuses on these international tours. In this book, discover how:

  • The female Philadelphia Bobbies team tour ended in tragedy
  • Babe Ruth tried to prevent World War II
  • Lefty O’Doul helped reunite the US and Japan through baseball
  • A Native American baseball team was cheated and stranded 5000 miles from home
  • A Negro League team helped start Japanese professional baseball
  • Japanese Americans used baseball to build a bridge between the two cultures
  • Joe DiMaggio and Jackie Robinson finished their careers in Japan

These, and many other stories, introduce readers to the fascinating world of Japanese baseball.

Volume 1 focuses on tours between 1907 and 1958. During this time period, many of the sport’s greatest stars—including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson—played in the Land of the Rising Sun. These tours helped spread the game across the globe, spawned thousands of individual friendships, and helped bring nations together through the mutual love of baseball.

Contributors include: Adam Berenbak, Stephen D. Boren, Mark Brunke, Carter Cromwell, James E. Elfers, Robert K. Fitts, James Forr, Christopher Frey, John Harney, Tom Hawthorn, Len Levin, Satoshi Matsumiya, Yoichi Nagata, Roberta J. Newman, Joe Niese, Bill Nowlin, Ralph Pearce, Carl Riechers, Keith Spalding Robbins, C. Paul Rogers III, Allan H. “Bud” Selig, Yobun Shima, Dennis Snelling, Bill Staples Jr., Yusuke Suzumura, Steven K. Wisensale, and Kat Williams.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

Visit to download more free e-books from the SABR Digital Library.

Call for papers: 2023 The National Pastime

SABR 51 convention logoThe next SABR convention will be held on July 5-9, 2023, in Chicago, and we are seeking articles for our annual convention journal, The National Pastime, on teams, figures, and events around Chicago, Illinois, and other areas of the Midwest.

If you have an idea for an engaging, impeccably researched article on any aspect of baseball in the Midwest, including people, players, teams, stadiums, leagues, championships, and more, please email an abstract or article topic description, along with expected word count length and information on how you plan to research the topic, with email subject line “TNP: 2023” to by Friday, December 30, 2022. First drafts will be due in March 2023, with final drafts needed by the end of April 2023.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Save the date! SABR Day is February 4, 2023

SABR Day 2023Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 4, 2023, when we will hold our annual SABR Day celebration! SABR Day is a way for all baseball fans to come together, regardless of where they live, and talk about the game we all love.

Regional chapters are also encouraged to plan their own SABR Day events (virtually or in person, where it’s safe to do so) throughout the months of January or February to celebrate the start of a new baseball season.

Chapter leaders, please email Jacob Pomrenke and Peter Cottrell as you finalize your SABR Day plans so we can update our comprehensive schedule of events, which will be posted online soon at

Watch a replay of Ballpark Figures with Craig Goldstein

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

On Thursday, December 8, we heard from Craig Goldstein, editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus.

Visit to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.

Apply now for a SABR Local Grant in 2023

The SABR Local Grants program provides an opportunity for chapters, research committees, and chartered communities to apply for funding for their projects under SABR’s Four Pillars: Research, Scholarship, Preservation, and Future of the Game. Applications are now open for a 2023 SABR Local Grant at Submissions will be accepted until January 16, 2023.

All SABR chapters, chartered communities, and research committees are eligible to apply. Individual SABR members and non-SABR groups are not eligible, so if you have an individual idea for a program grant, please follow up with your local chapter leadership or appropriate research committee to discuss an application.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Early registration open for 2023 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix

Early registration is now open for the SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held in person from March 10-12, 2023, at the Beus Center for Law and Society on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in Phoenix, Arizona. Register today to join us!

Students will have two registration options, virtual or in-person, with both including access to the General Session on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12, and a student-only virtual session on Thursday, March 9.

  • Registration: Click here to register for the 2023 SABR Analytics Conference. Early-bird registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $150 for currently enrolled high school or college students. Student-only virtual registration is $50.
  • Student Registration: Students should email Scott Carter with a photo of their student ID to receive a special link to register at a discounted rate laden with extra benefits. Students have the option of choosing virtual ($50) or in-person ($150) registration. All student registrations also include a complimentary one-year SABR membership ($25 value) and a complimentary Rapsodo certification course ($395 value).

Visit to learn more.

Read articles from Fall 2022 Baseball Research Journal online

Fall 2022 Baseball Research JournalThe Fall 2022 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members. This issue includes a special illustrated cover of Hank Greenberg by SABR member Gary Cieradkowski.

Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next two to four weeks. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered on Monday, November 28.

We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2022 Baseball Research Journal!

Sign up now for SABR Analytics Certification online course

Watch on YouTube: SABR Analytics Certification previewIt’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.

The SABR Analytics Certification program is an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics. The curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.

SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price. Visit to sign up today or learn more.

Retrosheet announces Fall 2022 updates

Retrosheet is pleased to announce its semi-annual update at

With the release of event files for all AL/NL games for the 2022, 1921, and 1922 seasons (including some deduced games in the latter two), Retrosheet has now passed the century mark with play-by-play accounts for all AL and NL games played over the past 102 years. In addition, Negro League box scores for the 1942 and 1943 seasons have also been added.

This will be the final Retrosheet release for which Tom Ruane will put together the web pages. Retrosheet and the entire baseball community owe Tom a tremendous debt of gratitude for his extraordinary contributions to the world of baseball statistics and baseball research. Continuing thanks are also due to Dave Smith who has stepped back but continues to provide critical guidance to this project.

— Tom Thress

Click here to read the full article at

SABR Events Calendar

Spitter, by David VaughtSABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at

  • Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s Larry Dierker Chapter will hold a hybrid meeting at 7:00 p.m. CST on Monday, December 19 at the Spaghetti Western restaurant in Houston, Texas. All baseball fans are invited to attend. We will also have Zoom capability for those out of town; please contact Joe Thompson for details. Our guest speakers are Tony Adams, Astros fan and creator of the award-winning Sign Stealing Scandal website, and David Vaught, professor of history at Texas A&M and author of a new book, Spitter: Baseball’s Notorious Gaylord Perry.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from Seattle Mariners reporter Ryan Divish, author Justin Mckinney (Baseball’s Union Association), Adam Korengold (“2023 baseball rule changes”), and Dan Linnenberg (“Long John Reilly: Ballplayer and Artist”). Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events all members can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:

  • December 19: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • December 19: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with Tony Adams and David Vaught (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • January 3: Gardner-Waterman/Northern New England Chapters meeting with Paul Semendinger (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 5: Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Jeff Passan (8:00 p.m. EST)

In addition, the following events will be held in person:

  • December 17: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • December 17: Hank Gowdy Columbus Chapter meeting (Columbus, OH)
  • December 17: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter holiday party (Berlin, CT)
  • December 18: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Austin, TX)
  • December 20: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
  • January 4: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.

5 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Jim Leyland (Trading Card DB)Five new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project:

All new biographies can be found here:

6 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Miguel Cabrera (Trading Card DB)Six new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:

In addition, these stories from Metropolitan Stadium: Memorable Games at Minnesota’s Diamond on the Prairie were posted online this week:

New Games Project stories can be found at

  • 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.
  • Social media: Follow the SABR Games Project on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with new stories and updates.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with Lindsay Berra

SABRcast #192: Lindsay BerraBaseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer.

Episode #192 on Monday, December 12 featured Lindsay Berra, a freelance sports journalist whose work has appeared at ESPN,, Mustard, and many other outlets. Her work at from 2013 to 2018 established her as an authority on baseball fitness and injuries. She is the oldest grandchild of Yogi and Carmen Berra and is a board member at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, New Jersey.

Visit to listen to the full episode.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit

Listen to archives of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroDuring the MLB offseason, you can listen to archives of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, 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.

Call for SABR award nominations

For more information on SABR Awards, click here.

ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

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

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found 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 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.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown  
Derek Allen Nacogdoches, TX     Brian Hooper Gates Mills, OH Ohio
Kyle Andrews State College, PA     Lauren Key Liberty, NC North Carolina
Foster Beach Rock Hall, MD     Michael Kiral Hammond, LA Louisiana
Brad Best Storm Lake, IA     Eric Levin Cinnaminson, NJ New Jersey
Luke Bolger Altadena, CA     Nathan Maciborski Mountain Lakes, NJ New Jersey
Ben Brigandi S. Williamsport, PA     Tom Manning Peoria, AZ Arizona
Greg Brown Charlotte, NC     David Molnar Bridgewater, NJ New Jersey
Curt Burner Gainesville, VA     Eli Morris St. Louis Park, MN Minnesota
Daniela Carannante North Wales, PA     Amanda Muirhead Langley, BC Metro Vancouver
A.A. Carrasco Hempstead, NY     Michael Negron Guilford, CT Connecticut
James Chaffin Melbourne, FL     Chris Novak St. Charles, MO Missouri
Dominick D’Antonio Evanston, IL     John Pohlmann Purcellville, VA Virginia
Kim Drechsel Dwight, IL     Jeffrey Pollock Furlong, PA Pennsylvania
Thomas Duclos Haverhill, MA     Steve Prozorowski Wildwood, MO Missouri
Joseph W. Engle Jr. Millville, NJ     Greg Randolph The Woodlands, TX Texas
Koby Farries Dickinson, TX     Maxwell Schoenstein New York, NY New York
Magnus Gorham Bexhill on Sea, ENG     Clemente Sosa Highland Lakes, NJ New Jersey
Daniel Harrington Bothell, WA     Jacob Vose-Cutaia Needham, MA Massachusetts
Cole Harris Iowa City, IA     Craig Wieczorkiewicz Madison, WI Wisconsin
Chris Holly Tucson, AZ          

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:

Click here for more information on SABR regional chapters. Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

Please note: Some articles may require a separate subscription to view online. SABR does not endorse, and is not responsible or liable for, any content that appears on a third-party website.

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Originally published: December 16, 2022. Last Updated: December 16, 2022.