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This Week in SABR: December 21, 2022

This Week in SABR: December 21, 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. The next newsletter will be sent on Friday, January 6, 2023. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of December 21, 2022:

Thank you in 2022!SABR 2022: Year in Review

From the long-awaited SABR 50 convention in Baltimore to a record high of 7,300 members to the launch of our new Local Grants and Analytics Certification programs, SABR has enjoyed a banner year in 2022. Thanks to all of our chapter and committee leaders, donors, writers, editors, volunteers, and contributors who have helped make the SABR community such a rewarding experience for so many baseball fans around the world!

This year, we published more than 1,200 articles online in the SABR Research Collection, including special collections from the Biography Project and Games Project. We launched a new monthly interview series, Ballpark Figures, with Shakeia Taylor, and held more than 170 virtual events online with authors, former players, and other guest speakers.

Thousands of SABR members enjoyed meeting new and old friends by attending the SABR Analytics Conference, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, the Women in Baseball Conference, and the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference.

New books from the SABR Digital Library included titles on Roberto Clemente, Canadian baseball history, and the first Negro National League champions. The Century Committee published web projects on Baseball and the Supreme Court and the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut. The Landmarks Committee unveiled its new interactive Baseball Map, the Oral History Committee posted dozens of new interviews with significant baseball figures, and we relaunched The Baseball Index with more robust search features.

Thanks again for a spectacular 2022, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for SABR in 2023!

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 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, 1 week 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

Last chance to help SABR Bring it Home in 2022

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.

With our Bring it Home Campaign wrapping up on December 31, this is your last chance to join SABR’s end of year fundraising drive by making a gift of $150 or more.

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.

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

Click here for a full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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

Last 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

Read all essays from SABR’s ¡Arriba! The Heroic Life of Roberto Clemente

Arriba! The Heroic Life of Roberto ClementeThe year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Roberto Clemente’s final year in major-league baseball. ¡Arriba! The Heroic Life of Roberto Clemente, edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks and published by SABR earlier this year, celebrates his life and his baseball career.

The first universally acknowledged Latino inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Clemente played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, reaching the 3,000-hit milestone on the season’s last day in 1972. He was the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1966 and won two World Series with the Pirates in 1960 and 1971. Off the baseball diamond, Clemente was known for his charitable work. He lost his life on the final day of 1972 while working to provide relief for victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua.

Click here to read essays on Clemente’s life and legacy, on and off the field, from ¡Arriba! at

Join us for Ballpark Figures on January 5 with ESPN’s Jeff Passan

Jeff Passan (ESPN Images)Join 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, January 5, 2023, we’ll hear from Jeff Passan, Senior MLB Insider at ESPN and best-selling author of The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports.

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 soon. 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.

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

SABR Events Calendar

"The Grandest Stage," by Tyler KepnerSABR 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 Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter will hold its next meeting at 6:00 p.m. CST on Monday, January 9, 2023. This will be a hybrid in-person/Zoom meeting. Our guest is Tyler Kepner, New York Times baseball columnist and author of the critically acclaimed book The Grandest Stage: A History of the World Series. Any SABR member who wishes to attend via Zoom should contact Allison Levin for the meeting link.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from David Laurila of FanGraphs. 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:

  • January 3: Gardner-Waterman/Northern New England Chapters meeting with Paul Semendinger (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 4: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with Michael Ortman (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 5: Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Jeff Passan (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 9: Bob Broeg St. Louis (MO) Chapter meeting with Tyler Kepner (6:00 p.m. CST)
  • January 9: Northern New England (NH/ME) Chapter meeting with Eric Poulin (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 11: Northern New England (NH/ME) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 11: Ken Keltner Badger State (WI) Chapter meeting with Adam McCalvy (7:00 p.m. CST)

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

  • January 4: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
  • January 5: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter fellowship meeting (St. Louis, MO)
  • January 14: Hank Gowdy Columbus Chapter book club meeting (Columbus, OH)
  • January 14: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • January 14: Roush-Lopez Gulf Coast Chapter meet-up (St. Petersburg, FL)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.

10 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Anthony Santander (Trading Card DB)Ten 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 Bob Valvano

SABRcast #193: Bob ValvanoBaseball 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 #193 on Monday, December 19 featured Bob Valvano, a college basketball analyst and radio host at ESPN since 1998. He is the author of The Gifts of Jimmy V: A Coach’s Legacy, about his late brother, Jim Valvano, and serves on the Board of Directors of the V Foundation for Cancer Research. He is also a television and radio analyst for the University of Louisville men’s basketball team. He coached basketball for 19 seasons before entering broadcasting.

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.

Last call for SABR award nominations

For more information on SABR Awards, click here.

November 19-20 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the Board of Directors meeting on November 19-20, 2022, in St. Paul, Minnesota, have now been posted on the SABR website.

You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by clicking on the link below:

Or you can go to the Members’ Info page and click on “Org Files”, then “Board Minutes” to view the minutes.

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
Paul Bohannon Norman, OK     Nina-Grace Montes Eugene, OR
Chip Bomyea Duanesburg, NY     Jonathan Moore Malden, MA
Chris Borowiecki Kanata, ON     Amy Ross West Palm Beach, FL
Neil Burnett Banchory, SCO     Bill Sparrow Crozier, VA
Gerard Cariffe New York, NY     Jeff Sparrow Crozier, VA
Barry Cohen Virginia Beach, VA     Greg Sparrow Mechanicsville, VA
Jeff Ducker Boynton Beach, FL     Paula Swain Houston, TX
Pete Fadde West Lafayette, IN     David Tanenhaus Las Vegas, NV
Dave Greisen Le Sueur, MN     Tim Taylor Vancouver, WA
Scott Jensen Fenton, MO     Mark Terpstra Havertown, PA
Thomas Lafond Montreal, QC     Joel Wallace Williamston, MI
Paul Lee Columbia, MD     Steve Yaver Carleton Place, ON
Luke Mitchell West Perth, AUS        

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 21, 2022. Last Updated: January 4, 2023.