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 2, 2016:
SABR will have a booth at the 115th annual Baseball Winter Meetings, December 4-8, 2016, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Stop by Booth #739 and say hello to Baltimore Babe Ruth SABR Chapter president Bruce Brown and Bob Davids Chapter president David Raglin.
Are you a SABR member who is planning to attend the Winter Meetings? Let us know at email@example.com. For more information on the Winter Meetings, visit http://www.milb.com/milb/events/wintermeetings.jsp
And stay tuned next week for SABR’s new book detailing the history of baseball’s Winter Meetings, Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957 (Volume One), edited by Steve Weingarden and Bill Nowlin, and published by the SABR Digital Library! All SABR members can download our Digital Library publications for free or get a 50% discount off the paperback edition. Click here to read an excerpt from the new book, on the 1944 Winter Meetings, when baseball entered a new era during World War II following the death of Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
Click here for more information on the Sports Management Worldwide Baseball Career Conference on December 4-5 and the Baseball Industry Network’s Baseball Winter Meetings Morning Meet-Up on Tuesday, December 6.
For those of you whose SABR memberships expire by December 31 — you can check your current membership status here — it’s almost 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.
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.
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!
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. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
- 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 is 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.
Students: One month left to apply 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.
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.
The 2017 SABR national convention will take place in New York City from June 28 through July 2. To coincide with the convention, the summer 2017 issue of The National Pastime will focus on New York City and tri-state regional baseball.
Given just how much of baseball’s history is tied up with New York and environs, what we’ll be looking for in this issue are topics that are a little bit off the beaten path. Millions of words have already been written about the four major-league teams that have graced the city, as well as the Knickerbockers, Alexander Cartwright, and other popular topics. As such, we’re particularly looking for new or less traveled angles on the well-known subjects, and for subjects relating to baseball and New York City that aren’t perhaps as well known. The Negro Leagues, minor leagues, New York area scouts, collegiate baseball?
There’s plenty to explore and, ideally, we’ll have a wide variety of topics and articles. Research articles may be historical, biographical, or analytical, but please avoid personal narrative, oral histories, or interviews.
This issue of The National Pastime will be edited by SABR Publications Director Cecilia Tan. She will be taking queries and abstracts until December 15, 2016, and will make assignments no later than January 1, 2017. First drafts of articles will be due no later than March 1 and rewrites (if needed) will be due by April 1.
To be published in a SABR journal, your SABR membership must be current. (Click here to check your current membership status.) For full writers’ guidelines and details on how to prep your manuscript for submission, click here.
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.
Check back soon at SABR.org/sabrday for more information on a SABR Day meeting close to you. Chapter leaders, please be sure to send any details on your SABR meeting to Blane Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can update our SABR Day map.
For a complete recap of 2016 SABR Day activities, visit SABR.org/sabrday.
Periodically throughout the year, SABR.org publishes The SABR Bookshelf, a listing of new books that are received at the SABR office. Here are The SABR Bookshelf listings for Fall 2016:
Click on the link above for more detailed information on each of these books:
- Boston’s First Nine: The 1871-75 Boston Red Stockings, edited by Bob LeMoine and Bill Nowlin
- When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, edited by Bill Nowlin and Gregory H. Wolf
- Clearing the Bases: A Veteran Sportswriter on the National Pastime, by Jim Kaplan
- They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota, by Frank M. White
- The Life, Times, and Tragic Death of Pitcher Win Mercer: A Baseball Biography, by Jimmy Keenan
- The Passion of Baseball: A Journey to the Commissioner’s Office of Major League Baseball, by Bob Wirz
- Long Before The Miracle: The Making of the New York Mets, by Bill Sullivan
- Blue Hombres: The Life and Times of Major League Baseball’s Latino Umpires, by Phil Ross
- The Anatomy of Baseball Nicknames, by Ken Melley
- Major League Baseball Organizations: Team Performances and Financial Consequences, by Frank P. Jozsa Jr.
- Maybe Next Year: Long-Suffering Sports Fans and the Teams that Never Deliver, by Greg Pearson
- Plié Ball! Baseball Meets Dance on Stage and Screen, by Jeffrey M. Katz
- Johnny Temple: All-Star Second Baseman, by William A. Cook
- J.L. Wilkinson and the Kansas City Monarchs: Trailblazers in Black Baseball, by William A. Young
- Ted Strong Jr.: The Untold Story of an Original Harlem Globetrotter and Negro Leagues All-Star, by Sherman L. Jenkins
- Will Big League Baseball Survive? Globalization, the End of Television, Youth Sports, and the Future of Major League Baseball, by Lincoln A. Mitchell
- Ossie & The Babe: Unlocking the Secrets Behind a Historical Baseball Photograph, by David Beattie
- Dizzy: Dean of Baseball and My Podnah, by Gene Kirby, with Bo Carter and Mark S. McDonald
- The Low Self-Esteem Club: The Stories Behind Baseball’s Most Unflattering Nicknames, by C. Terry Walters
- Pud Galvin: Baseball’s First 300-Game Winner, by Brian Martin
- Frick*: Baseball’s Third Commissioner, by John P. Carvalho
- Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s, by Jason Turbow
- Baseball’s Most Baffling MVP Ballots, by Jeremy Lehrman
- The Cubs and the A’s of 1910: One Dynasty Ends, Another Begins, by Richard Bressler
- Baseball in the Mining Camps: A Deadwood Baseball Book, by David Kemp and Michael Runge
- The Couch Potato’s Guide to Baseball Statistics, by Daniel Knoblach and Gerald D. Oster
Bolded names indicates that the author(s) is a SABR member. Click here for a list of publishers found in the SABR Bookshelf, along with their contact information.
To get your NEW book listed on The SABR Bookshelf, make sure a review copy is sent to: The SABR Bookshelf, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. An e-book file will also suffice; please send the e-book in PDF, EPUB or Kindle/MOBI format to email@example.com.
To ensure a listing in The Baseball Index — SABR’s online catalog of baseball research materials — make sure a review copy is sent to The Baseball Index, 4025 Beechwood Pl., Riverside, CA 92506.
For past listings at the SABR Bookshelf, click here.
The 20th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee, will be returning to its roots on July 27-30, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, site of the first Negro League conference in 1998. A registration packet and more information will be available in early 2017 at SABR.org/malloy.
The Malloy Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 19 years, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest.
The Negro Leagues Committee is one of SABR’s original committees, formed in 1971. It has continued to preserve and highlight the contributions of African-American players in baseball history. The committee published the landmark The Negro Leagues Book in 1994, which featured a complete register of more than 3,000 players, team rosters and in-depth histories from leagues of the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth.
The committee has also spawned the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project, which was started in 2003 by SABR member Jeremy Krock and has provided proper grave markers to the unmarked graves of more than 20 former Negro Leagues players around the country.
Check back soon at SABR.org/malloy for registration and hotel information on the 20th annual Malloy Conference in 2017. Hope to see you in Harrisburg!
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.
This week, the committee launched a new website. For articles and updates about baseball cards, check out our site at https://sabrbaseballcards.blog.
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.
Add a Family-friendly baseball book to your collection with the newest title from the SABR Digital Library:
When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: Russ Lake and Len Levin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1635-4, $19.95
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9438-1634-7, $9.99
372 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
The 1979 World Series champion Pirates are one of the most memorable teams in baseball history and helped define an era. One look at their pillbox caps—adorned with stars distributed by team captain Willie Stargell—or their typically garish uniforms, complete with striking yellow jerseys often worn with same-colored pants, and the viewer is transported back to the Steel City at the close of the 1970s.
When Pops Led the Family celebrates this team and its cast of characters, including Willie Stargell, Manny Sanguillen, John Candelaria, and Kent Tekulve. Featuring contributions from 39 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), this book includes biographies of all of the players, members of the coaching staff, and some of the the front office, an in-depth season summary, and detailed game accounts from some of the most pivotal games of the season and all of the postseason games. Essays on Three Rivers Stadium, manager Chuck Tanner’s use of his bullpen, and the “We Are Family” Song help round out the volume.
Contributors include: Phillip Bolda, Frederick C. (Rick) Bush, Alan Cohen, Warren Corbett, Rory Costello, Tom Crist, Dan Fields, James Forr, Gordon J. Gattie, Paul Geisler, Paul Hofmann, Rock Hoffman, Mike Huber, Bob Hurte, Michael Jaffe, Maxwell Kates, Norm King, Russ Lake, Len Levin, Mark Miller, Rod Nelson, Bill Nowlin, Carole Olshavsky, J.G. Preston, Richard J. Puerzer, Richard Riis, Eric Robinson, Thomas E. Schott, Richard L. Shook, Matthew Silverman, David E. Skelton, George Skornickel, Jon Springer, Wayne Strumpfer, Clayton Trutor, Nick Waddell, Joseph Wancho, Steve West, and Gregory H. Wolf.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates paperback edition for $10.00 (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 will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. To find more SABR Digital Library books, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
Five new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,936 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Zeke Bonura, by David E. Skelton
- Phil Hennigan, by David E. Skelton
- Lynn McGlothen, by David E. Skelton
- Gus Niarhos, by Bill Nowlin
- Jack Remsen, by Chris Rainey
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.
The full 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was released last week, and you can find all published SABR biographies of 2017 HOF candidates (including Today’s Game Era finalists) at the SABR BioProject. Visit the link below to read bios on Hall of Fame candidates Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Tim Raines, Edgar Martinez, and more:
As part of our BioProject Hall of Fame Ballot initiative, we are still seeking authors for the following players: Mike Cameron, Derrek Lee, Edgar Renteria, and Jason Varitek. Ideally, we would like to have the bios written, edited, and fact-checked by the end of 2016 so we can post them on the BioProject website and on social media before the election announcements. Please contact Emily Hawks at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in writing about one of these players.
Find more SABR biographies at SABR.org/BioProject.
Six new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- July 9, 1902: Rube Waddell fans 16 batters in 17-inning marathon, by Stephen V. Rice
- July 25, 1956: Dodgers win on Snider walkoff home run in Jersey City, by Steven C. Weiner (first-time author)
- October 16, 1969: Miracle Mets become first expansion team to win a World Series, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- May 17, 1973: Graig Nettles’ walkoff homer lifts Yankees in 11 innings, by Stew Thornley
- June 12, 1977: Tom Seaver wins his final game for Mets, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- September 21, 2001: Piazza homer leads Mets in New York City’s first baseball game after 9/11, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- 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.
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.
Please note: There will be no show this week because of baseball’s Winter Meetings, but you can listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
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.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM focuses on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today. It airs weekly throughout the year on MLB Network Radio, available to subscribers nationwide on XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209, and on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
SABR will be returning to the 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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
- 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
- Blane Ferguson joins SABR as new Manager of Chapter/Partner Relations
- New SABR resource: Near Major Leaguers and the ‘Bill Sharman Society’
- 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
- SABR Digital Library: Boston’s First Nine: The 1871-75 Boston Red Stockings
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
For more information, click here.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
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|Bill Axness||Minneapolis, MN||Matthew Prigge||Milwaukee, WI|
|Lynsey Barron||Atlanta, GA||Bob Quintus||Bismarck, ND|
|Michael Bodman||Estes Park, CO||Tim Rogers||Safety Harbor, FL|
|Gord Carley||Peterborough, ON||AJ Schrier||Yorba Linda, CA|
|Alexis Collins||Richmond, VA||Earl Sease||Portage, PA|
|Steven G. Farrell||Greenville, SC||Eric Stephen||Covina, CA|
|Andrew Fraker||Chicago, IL||Ryan Tedards||Stockton, CA|
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|Ken Hastings||Tyngsboro, MA||Mark Trexler||Timonium, MD|
|Jonathan Kerr||Northfield, MN||Michael Wasta||Bristol, CT|
|Hitoshi Morita||Narashino, JPN||Rob Willer||Chicago, IL|
|David Morris||Jamestown, RI||Chris Williams||Abbottstown, PA|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
- Baseball and the Arts: Fall 2016 newsletter
- Baseball Cards: The newly revived Baseball Cards Research Committee launched a new website this week. Check more articles and updates at https://sabrbaseballcards.blog.
- Baseball Records: December 2016 newsletter
- Negro Leagues: December 2016 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Southern New England Lajoie-Start Chapter meeting recap (November 26; Greenville, RI)
- Halsey Hall Chapter December 2016 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- 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.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- December 2: Yogi Berra Museum: “An Evening with Joe Maddon” (Montclair, NJ)
- December 3: SABR Board of Directors meeting (Rye, NY)
- December 3: Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club meeting (Roseville, MN)
- December 3: Jack Graney Chapter meeting (Cleveland, OH)
- December 3: Connie Mack Chapter Hot Stove meeting (Philadelphia, PA)
- December 3: Sherman Jenkins: “Ted Strong Jr.: Negro Leagues star and Harlem Globetrotter” (Aurora, IL)
- December 3: Talkin’ Baseball: Jerome Nelson (Columbia, MD)
- December 4: Johnny Tallant’s Hot Stove League meeting (Cumming, GA)
- December 4-8: 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings (National Harbor, MD)
- December 6: Baseball Industry Network Winter Meetings Meet-Up (National Harbor, MD)
- December 11: Luke Easter Chapter Baseball Book Club meeting (Rochester, NY)
- December 13: Brian Kenny: “Ahead of the Curve” book signing (Montclair, NJ)
- December 14: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- December 14: Yogi Berra Museum: “Enriching the Youth Sports Experience” (Montclair, NJ)
- December 14: Johnny Tallant’s Hot Stove League meeting (Cumming, GA)
- December 15: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- December 15: Banks-Bragan DFW Chapter meeting (Arlington, TX)
- December 17: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter holiday party (West Hartford, CT)
- December 17: Hank Gowdy Chapter Hot Stove Talks (Columbus, OH)
- 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)
- December 28: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
All SABR meetings and events are open to the public. Feel free to bring a baseball-loving friend … and make many new ones! Check out the SABR Events Calendar at SABR.org/events.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Nathaniel Grow: Assessing what we know about the new CBA (FanGraphs)
- R.J. Anderson: Analytics guru Jonathan Judge and a revolutionary new defensive stat (CBS Sports)
- Dale Shrull: SABR member Larry Gerlach donates baseball book collection to Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
- Bill Deane: 2017 Hall of Fame election forecast (WordPress)
- Dave Bangert: Peter C. Bjarkman recalls Fidel Castro’s call to the dugout (Lafayette Journal & Courier)
- Christina Kahrl: Never forget Castro’s legacy in Cuba, on and off the diamond (ESPN.com)
- Adrian Burgos Jr.: No, Castro wasn’t nearly a New York Yankee (NPR’s Morning Edition)
- Blake Sebring: Indiana baseball group wants monument on historical game site (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)
- Reynaldo Cruz: An interview with MLB historian John Thorn (Our Game)
- John Thorn: The color of sport (Our Game)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: The 2016 Flat Bat Award (ACTA Sports)
- Ross Carey: Replacement Level Podcast with Nathaniel Grow (Replacement Level Podcast)
- Paul Swydan: The 10-day disabled list is a beautiful thing (FanGraphs)
- Don Drooker: The basics of baseball card collecting (Rotissierie Duck)
- Bill Ryczek: Major-league baseball: baseball in the 1870s (The National Pastime Museum)
- Nick Diunte: What if Roberto Clemente had stayed with the Brooklyn Dodgers? (The Sports Post)
- Bryan Soderholm-Difatte: Why Ralph Branca? Assessing Charlie Dressen’s options in 1951 (Seamheads)
- Lincoln Mitchell: Looking at the past to see MLB’s future (Temple University Press)
- Rob Mains: The World Series of coin flipping (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jim Kaplan: Five changes for the fans (Seamheads)
- Bill Felber: The Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Spiders (The National Pastime Museum)
- Tim Wendel: The best World Series of all time (The National Pastime Museum)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: December 2, 2016. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.