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This Week in SABR: December 18, 2020

This Week in SABR: December 18, 2020

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 18, 2020:

SABR establishes task force to consider Negro Leagues as major leagues

Satchel Paige (TRANSCENDENTAL GRAPHICS)SABR has established a task force to evaluate how to better integrate Negro Leagues records, stats, and stories into SABR’s publications, databases, and future research projects.

On Wednesday, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that Major League Baseball is officially recognizing the major-league status of the Negro Leagues.

“We are thrilled that Major League Baseball has taken this step,” SABR Chief Executive Officer Scott Bush said. “This acknowledgment is consistent with the tremendous work done by many researchers who have championed the study of Black baseball and helped shine a light on these deserving players and teams from the Negro Leagues.”

The task force is chaired by Mark Armour, president of SABR’s Board of Directors, and includes representatives from SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee, Baseball Records Committee, Biographical Research Committee, and other influential members of the baseball research community. Before Jackie Robinson made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, no Black players had played in the National League or other major leagues since white baseball officials established a racial color barrier in 1887.

Click here to learn more about SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee, which dates back to the organization’s founding in 1971.

It’s time to renew your membership for 2021

SABR 50th Anniversary logoWhile most of you are now enrolled in our automatic renewal program, for anyone 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 virtual chapter and committee meetings — 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 at

  • Pay online: Click here to renew your SABR membership for 2021!
  • Pay by phone: To process your credit-card payment over the phone, please call the SABR office at (602) 496-1460 during regular business hours. (We accept Visa, Mastercard, or Discover Card.)
  • 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.

Thank you for your support of SABR as we continue to strive to make SABR membership a great experience and a great value!

Register now to join us for a virtual SABR Day event on January 30

2021 SABR Day speakers: Bob Costas, Tim MeadSABR commemorates its 50th anniversary in 2021 and will launch its year-long celebration with SABR Day on Saturday, January 30. SABR Day will be hosted virtually around the globe for the first time, giving baseball fans a chance to come together — wherever they live — to share their love of the game.

The program will include conversations with broadcasting legend Bob Costas of MLB Network and National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum President Tim Mead.

“We are honored and thrilled to have Bob Costas and Tim Mead join us for the first-ever virtual SABR Day,” SABR CEO Scott Bush said. “There is not a better way to lead off our Golden Anniversary and we excitedly look forward to sharing SABR with the entire baseball community.”

SABR Day registration will be free for SABR members. A $10 donation will be requested of non-members. Click here to register online. The virtual SABR Day program will run from 2:00-4:00 p.m. EST on January 30.

Early registration now open for 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceEarly registration is now open for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over four days in online sessions from March 11-14, 2021. 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!

Programming will run on Thursday and Friday evening from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Eastern, all day Saturday from 12:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern, and Sunday afternoon from 1:00-5:00 p.m. EDT.

Stay tuned for more details on guest speakers, panelists, and presenters! Visit to learn more.

Join SABR’s Golden Lineup to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary!

Join SABR's Golden LineupWith the holiday season upon us and our Golden Anniversary around the corner, we want to thank you for your continuing support of SABR. Gifts from members like you make it possible to sustain and grow SABR into the future.

All donors joining SABR’s Golden Lineup with a $100 gift or more will receive a copy of From Rube to Robinson, our anthology of research celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Negro Leagues. Donors supporting SABR with a gift of $500 or more will also receive a miniature Rawlings Gold Glove Award replica and be entered to win the SABR Golden Ticket. The winner of the SABR Golden Ticket will receive:

  • Lifetime membership to SABR
  • All expenses paid to a SABR conference of their choice
  • Attend the 2021 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Banquet in New York City

To learn more, or to join SABR’s Golden Lineup, visit

Apply now to participate in the 2021 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition

2020 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners: Virginia TechThe 2021 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition will be held online from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 12, 2021, as part of the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.

Visit to learn more.

Students, two weeks left to apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

2020 SABR Analytics Yoseloff ScholarsWith generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to eight scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference on March 11-14, 2021. This scholarship will pay for all registration fees and expenses associated with the conference.

The deadline to apply is December 31, 2020. 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.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Stay Home With SABRSABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

This week, we heard from Sean Gibson of the Josh Gibson Foundation and a panel on baseball’s new Pioneer League with Chris Phillips, Ryan Spillborghs, Chris Moyer, and Dan Evans.

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

  • December 19: Hank Gowdy (Ohio) Chapter meeting (9:30 a.m. EST)
  • December 19: Bud Metheny (Va.) Chapter book club meeting with Rob Fitts (10:00 a.m. EST)
  • December 19: Ken Keltner (Wis.) Chapter holiday party (6:00 p.m. CST)
  • December 22: Goose Goslin (N.J.) Chapter meeting with Sean Gibson (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • December 28: Elysian Fields (N.J.) Chapter meeting with Anne R. Keene (9:00 p.m. EST)

Find more upcoming virtual meetings on our SABR Events Calendar page.

Click here to view replays of any SABR virtual event in 2020.

SABR Women in Baseball Committee seeking volunteers for new timeline project

Toni Stone (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)The SABR Women in Baseball Committee would like to create a comprehensive timeline that includes all aspects of women playing, working in, or being involved in baseball. No event or person is too small to include.

Please click here to submit an entry for the timeline with as much or as little detail as you have.

For example, you could an entry as simple as “1883: Dolly Vardens played” or something more specific such as “September 11, 1875: game in Springfield, IL between the blondes and brunettes.”

Click here to learn more about SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee.

— Leslie Heaphy

SABR office continuing to work remotely

The SABR office, housed at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, has been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Staff members will work remotely until it is advisable to resume normal operations on-site.

Please contact a member of the SABR staff by email or phone with any questions.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with SABR CEO Scott Bush

SABRcast #90: Scott BushBaseball 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 #90 on Monday, December 14 featured Scott Bush, SABR’s Chief Executive Officer, who spoke with Rob to break down the realignment of the minor leagues. Scott formerly served as Senior Vice President for Business Development with the Goldklang Group and worked for five years as Assistant General Manager for the St. Paul Saints, where he played a key role in establishing CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Visit to listen to the full episode.

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

6 new SABR biographies published

Harold Baines (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

  • Find any SABR biography: You can visit 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.
  • Seeking authors for 2021 Hall of Fame candidates: As part of our BioProject Hall of Fame Ballot initiative, we are still seeking authors for all of the first-time players on this year’s ballot, including Tim Hudson, A.J. Burnett, Nick Swisher, and Shane Victorino. Please contact if you are interested in writing about one of these players.
  • Sign up to view Trello submission pipeline: Chief Editor Rory Costello has made the BioProject submission pipeline visible to project contributors using the signboard app Trello. If you would like to see the pipeline — to know where your story stands in the review process or how many articles we have in the system — e-mail Rory for an invitation to become an observer.

Read all stories from The Babe online at the SABR Games Project

The Babe book coverIn 2019, The Babe, edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks, was published by the SABR Digital Library. Articles on 50 notable games from Babe Ruth’s larger-than-life career were included in the book.

All of the game stories from The Babe can now be read online at the SABR Games Project. These new stories from the book were posted online this week:

Click here to download the e-book edition of The Babe for free or get 50% off the paperback edition.

5 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Anibal Sanchez (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Five new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

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.
  • Read all stories from Comiskey Park greatest games book: Click here to read all stories from The Base Ball Palace of the World: Comiskey Park (SABR, 2019), edited by Gregory H. Wolf, online at the SABR Games Project.

Listen to a new episode of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroBehind 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.

Call for SABR award nominations

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

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
Gary Ashman Las Vegas, NV     Adam Lazarus Dunwoody, GA
Tom Balsamo Glen Burnie, MD     Michael Lewis Portland, ME
Tami Bell Richmond, CA     Terry McGee Centreville, AL
Chris Derrick Media, PA     Matthew McLawhorn Hometown, IL
Bryan Dietzler Oxford, IA     Bob Messner Brookhaven, GA
AJ DiFillipo Peabody, MA     Joseph Miller Herndon, VA
Bob Ecklund Lake Villa, IL     Robert Pusateri Williamsville
Thompson Ford Lake Forest, IL     Jessica Quiroli Philadelphia, PA
Jeremy Gibbs St. Peters, MO     Thomas Renyak Bellerose, NY
Mike Grisz Herndon, VA     Mike Risley Louisville, KY
Charles Harm Franklin, TN     Joel Rohan Atlanta, GA
Mace Hibbard Snellville, GA     Scott Simkus Carol Stream, IL
Todd Hoppe Portland, OR     Erik Sjogren Elk River, MN
William Hutton Kansas City, KS     Nelson Tishcoff Mississauga, ON
Jeffrey Kraus Staten Island, NY     William Wormsley Pittsburgh, PA
Yanick Letourneau Quebec City, QC        

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

  • Baseball Records: December 2020 newsletter
  • BioProject: Please give a warm welcome to Alan Cohen as the new Chief Fact-Checker for the BioProject editing team. We are seeking additional volunteers to serve as fact-checkers for future BioProject submissions. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Alan.
  • Business of Baseball: Fall 2020 newsletter

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

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.

This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail

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Originally published: December 18, 2020. Last Updated: December 18, 2020.