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 17, 2021:
Ten years ago this month, the SABR Digital Library launched a new publishing program with our first title: Can He Play? A Look at Baseball Scouts and Their Profession, edited by Jim Sandoval and Bill Nowlin. This original book on baseball scouts collected the contributions of 26 SABR members with biographies and historical essays on the men and women who have scoured the world to discover and sign the best baseball players.
Since December 2011, under the leadership of Publications Director Cecilia Tan, the SABR Digital Library has published 85 baseball books on subjects as wide-ranging and diverse as umpires, Cuban baseball legends, and the 1969 Miracle Mets.
One of the many benefits of becoming a SABR member is that any member can download — for free — each and every one of our Digital Library titles as e-book editions, or save 50% off the purchase of the paperback editions.
Several of the books in the Digital Library are re-publications of earlier books, titles that SABR itself had previously published or were in collaboration with other publishers such as Maple Street Press and Rounder Books, including The Fenway Project (2013); Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox (2019); and Green Cathedrals (2020). Work went into updating and offering those books again. But the lion’s share of the books are brand-new projects created by SABR members over the past 10 years, including:
- Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century (2013)
- Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox (2015)
- Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos (2016)
- The Pride of Smoketown: The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords (2020)
- Jackie Robinson: Perspectives on 42 (2021)
More than 975 SABR members have contributed to a SABR Digital Library publication over the past decade, as authors, editors, fact-checkers, designers, or in other valuable roles. Want to get involved? Click here to learn more about our publishing opportunities for SABR members.
When longtime SABR member Roland Hemond was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011 with the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, Hemond memorably unveiled a long list of names that stretched across half the stage — all the people he wished to thank for his success. The list of people who could give thanks to him was exponentially longer. During Hemond’s seven decades in the game, there was hardly a single person working in baseball whose life and career was not influenced in some way by the soft-spoken front-office executive and ambassador who never forgot a name.
Hemond drafted Hank Aaron’s first contract when he was the assistant farm director for the Milwaukee Braves; as general manager of the Chicago White Sox, he tabbed Tony La Russa for his first managerial job; and he was a key architect in building the expansion Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks from scratch, nearly 40 years apart. As a three-time recipient of MLB’s Executive of the Year Award (1972, ’83, and ’89), Hemond established innovations in front-office strategy as the game moved into the free-agency era and beyond. He was also the creator of the successful Arizona Fall League, baseball’s “graduate school” for top prospects in the minors.
The “family tree” of executives hired or mentored by Hemond included some of baseball’s most successful and significant figures: David Dombrowski, Walt Jocketty, Doug Melvin, Derrick Hall, Dan Evans, Joe Garagiola Jr., Ken Williams, Tim Purpura, and Bill Smith Jr.; plus Jerry Krause, who first worked under Hemond as a White Sox scout before switching sports to build one of basketball’s most dominant dynasties as general manager of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls.
Through it all, Hemond was a man of enduring kindness and integrity, always willing to lend a helping hand or offer advice to anyone who asked for his respected guidance. He died at age 92 of natural causes on Sunday, December 12, survived by his wife, Margo; five children, Susan, Tere, Robert, Jay, and Ryan, four grandchildren; and baseball friends and protégés in every organization.
This 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 SABR.org/gift-membership to learn more.
In the summer of 1987, SABR placed a grave marker at the previously unmarked grave of John W. Jackson, known in the baseball world as Bud Fowler.
Fowler was a Black baseball pioneer who played, managed, and promoted teams during the late 19th century. The dedication ceremony at Oak View Cemetery in Frankfort, New York — about 30 miles north of Cooperstown — drew a crowd of more than 200 people, including Negro Leagues veterans Buck O’Neil, Monte Irvin, Larry Kimbrough, Bill Cash, and Gene Benson.
SABR founder Bob Davids published a 12-page booklet on Fowler’s life and career, which was handed out to all attendees. John Thorn and Lloyd Johnson recently uncovered a copy of the booklet, and we have now republished it online at SABR.org.
Fowler and O’Neil were both posthumously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on December 5 as part of the Class of 2022.
Early registration is now open for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over three days in online sessions from March 18-20, 2022. We’ll bring together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate, and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. Register today to join us!
The Virtual Analytics Conference schedule consists of research presentations and guest speakers from throughout the baseball analytics community, career development sessions led by experienced sports professionals, and industry networking opportunities — all available online for any aspiring front office executive or baseball fan to attend from the comfort of home. Students will have opportunities for skill acquisition and development, including sessions on how to work with baseball-related data sets as well as databasing and SQL.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Early-bird registration is $75 for SABR members, $100 for non-members, and $50 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year SABR membership).
- 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.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Deadline: December 31, 2021.
- Research Awards: We’re seeking nominations for the 2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards. Deadline: December 31, 2021.
Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
Students, two weeks left to apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to six scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference on March 18-20, 2022. This scholarship will pay for all registration fees and expenses associated with the conference.
- Download an application form: Click here to apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference
All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Leslie Heaphy at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 31, 2021.
The 2022 Diamond Dollars Case Competition will be held online beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday, March 18, 2022, as part of the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. 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.
- Register: Click here to register your team for the 2022 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition. Registration is $1,750 per team, which includes admission to all SABR Virtual Analytics Conference sessions and a one-year SABR membership for each participant.
- Questions: Please contact Vince Gennaro with any questions about participating.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/case to learn more.
We’re now seeking applications for a new full-time position as Membership Services Manager to lead SABR’s membership service efforts, including new member on-boarding, member communications, and membership transactions. As our Membership Services Manager, you will be responsible for membership retention and helping chapters develop their membership. An integral part of ensuring the success of our baseball community, this position will help drive SABR’s future growth and support the organization’s vision.
Please send resume and cover letter to CEO Scott Bush at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
While we continue to celebrate SABR’s 50th anniversary this year, we are keeping a keen eye on our organization’s future and have so many exciting projects on deck. In 2022, we will deliver the SABR Local Grants program. This initiative will provide 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. In total, $10,000 in SABR Local Grants will be awarded in 2022!
All SABR chapters, chartered communities, and research committees are now eligible to apply, until January 30, 2022. 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.
SABR’s 50th year has been a historic one. We have commemorated our history and looked forward to our shared vision of the organization’s future. As 2021 comes to a close, we need your support to BRING IT HOME and ensure that vision turns into a reality.
Gifts from members like you are integral to SABR’s existence and we are hopeful you will consider a donation to sustain and grow our wonderful baseball community.
You can support SABR’s Bring it Home Campaign by making a gift of at least $100 by December 31, 2021. We will use your best gift of $100, $300, $500, or $1,000 to boost initiatives in several key areas of SABR’s mission:
- Research: continued support for groundbreaking baseball-related research, books, articles, and new member resources
- Scholarship: furthering the reach and impact of SABR’s world-class committees, chapters, and conferences
- Preservation: committing to preserve, honor, and commemorate baseball history
- Future of the Game: improving SABR’s ability to engage with a younger and more diverse constituency, including high school and college students, through baseball research
Visit SABR.org/donate/2021 to learn more.
SABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at SABR.org, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from former major-leaguer Cody Decker, umpire Perry Barber, and author Marcel Dugas (“The Montreal Royals”). Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.
Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:
- December 27: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with with Perry Barber and Peter Golenbock (7:00 p.m. EST)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- December 18: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
- December 18: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter holiday party (Rocky Hill, CT)
- December 18: Rogers Hornsby Chapter monthly luncheon (Austin, TX)
- December 21: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Episode #141 on Monday, December 13 featured Richard Lally, who has written numerous popular books on baseball and other subjects, including four editions of Baseball For Dummies with Hall of Famer Joe Morgan; Have Glove, Will Travel and The Wrong Stuff, both with pitcher Bill Lee; Bombers: An Oral History of the New York Yankees and Pinstriped Summers: Memories of Yankee Seasons Past.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
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- Bobby Cargo, by Vincent T. Ciaramella
- Rucker Ginn, by Bill Lamb
- Bubba Morton, by Eric Vickrey
- John Otten, by Michael Tow
- Fred Roat, by John Racanelli
- Harvey Shank, by Eric Vickrey
- Miguel Tejada, by Zac Petrillo
- Ralph Terry, by Monty Nielsen
- Frank Thompson, by Terry Bohn
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
Five new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- August 2, 1947: Red Sox win on Bobby Doerr Day at Fenway Park, by Bill Nowlin
- May 25, 1959: Dodgers’ Johnny Podres blanks Giants 8-0 with two-hitter, by David Krell
- June 25, 1966: Charlie Hough gets a rough greeting in first professional game, by Kurt Blumenau
- September 21, 1970: A’s rookie Vida Blue no-hits Twins, drinks their champagne, by Laura H. Peebles
- August 18, 2021: Braves’ Freddie Freeman hits for his second career cycle, by Mike Huber
New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject.
- 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.
- Read more from Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games online: In 2020, the SABR Digital Library published Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games, edited by Bill Nowlin, with more than 125 accounts of the most lopsided games in major-league baseball history, including postseason games and the top four for all 30 MLB franchises. All of the stories from the Blowouts book can now be found online as part of the SABR Games Project.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time. Listen to new episodes at 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.
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.
- Seymour Medal (history/biography books; deadline: 12/31/2021)
- SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards (baseball analytics research; deadline: 12/31/2021)
- Larry Ritter Book Award (Deadball Era books; deadline: 12/31/2021)
- Ron Gabriel Award (Brooklyn Dodgers research; deadline: 12/31/2021)
- Russell Gabay Award (New Jersey baseball; deadline: 12/31/2021)
- SABR Baseball Research Award (outstanding research articles/projects: deadline: 1/31/2022)
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award (best history/biography articles; deadline: 2/15/2022)
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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Longtime SABR member Tim Kurkjian wins 2022 BBWAA Career Excellence Award
- Read articles from the Fall 2021 Baseball Research Journal online at SABR.org
- Carlos Correa, Nolan Arenado win 2021 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- The SABR Bookshelf: Fall 2021
- Peter Cottrell joins SABR team as chapter liaison
- Read all articles from SABR’s 3-volume series on history of the Winter Meetings online
- SABR dedicates John Dodge grave marker at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville
- Watch highlights from the SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
- Save the date: SABR Day is February 5, 2022
- SABR Digital Library: Baltimore Baseball
- Watch highlights from the 2021 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
- SABR Member Benefit Spotlight: Renewing Your Membership
- SABR 50 convention in Baltimore rescheduled for August 17-21, 2022
- Check out the complete SABR 50 at 50 series as we look back at baseball over the past 50 years
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
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|William Gregory||Flower Mound, TX||Bernard Schaper||St. Louis, MO|
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Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Business of Baseball: Fall 2021 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Larry Dierker Chapter: December 14 meeting recap (Houston, TX)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- 42 for 21 Committee releases Negro Leagues Hall of Fame ballot (42for21.org)
- Jim Margalus: Roland Hemond, 92, made massive impacts on White Sox, baseball (Sox Machine)
- Stephanie Apstein: MLB Is Not Even Trying to End the Lockout (Sports Illustrated)
- Ryan Fagan: MLB lockout blame game: Why fans usually side with owners during a labor dispute (The Sporting News)
- Daniel R. Epstein: Union Busting: What the MLB Lockout and Public Education Have in Common (Baseball Prospectus)
- Russell A. Carleton: Where Gameplay and Labor Negotiations Collide (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jay Jaffe: JAWS and the 2022 Hall of Fame Ballot: Scott Rolen (FanGraphs)
- Jay Redfern: New Baseball Hall of Famer was first pro Black player, and he played in Galesburg (Galesburg Register-Mail)
- Derrick Goold: Todd Radom, the artist behind the logo you’ll never forget (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Janey Murray: Lawrence Baldassaro interview collection details rich history of Italian Americans in baseball (BaseballHall.org)
- Jayson Stark: Tanks But No Tanks: How to solve MLB’s tanking problem? Reverse the draft order (The Athletic)
- Steven Goldman: Spring is Always Here (Baseball Prospectus)
- Eno Sarris: Corbin Burnes’ cutter and the other best pitches in baseball in 2021 (The Athletic)
- Rob Mains: Relievers Are As Good As They’ve Ever Been (Baseball Prospectus)
- Michael Clair: Louis Armstrong’s ‘Secret 9’ still a secret (MLB.com)
- David Laurila: A Conversation With Oakland A’s Prospect Logan Davidson (FanGraphs)
- Mark Simon: Appreciating Mark Buehrle & Tim Hudson (ACTA Sports)
- Stephen J. Nesbitt: Chris Rose opens up about his emotional MLB Network exit and how joining Jomboy Media reinvigorated him (The Athletic)
- Manny Randhawa: A look back at MLB Expansion Draft history (MLB.com)
- Matt Monagan: The intern who was ejected for ‘3 Blind Mice’ (MLB.com)
- Steve Wulf: K Is for Kilroy (Our Game)
- Wallace Thiel: In 1937, Kansas City Monarchs came to Sheboygan and put on a show (Sheboygan Press)
- Mike Bojanowski: Wrigley Field historical sleuthing: 1916-22 (Bleed Cubbie Blue)
- Jason Schwartz: The card that still haunts me (SABR Baseball Cards Committee)
- F. Scott Wilkinson: Topps in 1972 (SABR Baseball Cards Committee)
- Nick Vossbrink: Progress (SABR Baseball Cards Committee)
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 17, 2021. Last Updated: December 17, 2021.