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This Week in SABR: December 3, 2021

This Week in SABR: December 3, 2021

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 3, 2021:

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.

Read SABR biographies of Baseball Hall of Fame’s Early Baseball and Golden Days finalists

The results of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Early Baseball Era Committee vote and the Golden Days Era Committee vote will be announced live on MLB Network at 6:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 5.

The Early Baseball Era voting electorate includes SABR members Gary Ashwill, Adrian Burgos Jr., Leslie Heaphy, Justice Hill, Steve Hirdt, and John Thorn. Burgos and Hirdt are also part of the Golden Days Era voting electorate.

Seven Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues legends and three American League/National League stars comprise the 10-name Early Baseball Era ballot, which features candidates whose primary contribution to the game came prior to 1950. The Golden Days Era Committee considers candidates whose primary contribution to the game came from 1950-69.

The Early Baseball Era ballot includes Bill Dahlen, John Donaldson, Bud Fowler, Vic Harris, Grant “Home Run” Johnson, Lefty O’Doul, Buck O’Neil, Dick “Cannonball” Redding, Allie Reynolds, and George “Tubby” Scales.

The Golden Days Era ballot includes Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Roger Maris, Minnie Miñoso, Danny Murtaugh, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, and Maury Wills. Of this group, Kaat, Oliva and Wills are living.

Click on a link above to read SABR biographies for these players.

Call for papers: 2022 The National Pastime

Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa (SCOTT SAILOR/CREATIVE COMMONS)The summer 2022 issue of SABR’s convention journal, The National Pastime, will have a theme of the Minor Leagues. Open to all topics relating to the minors, including both affiliated and unaffiliated leagues/teams. The history of minor league baseball parallels that of the majors, stretching back into the 19th century. Before major-league expansion, the only baseball west of St. Louis was minor-league ball.

We are seeking engaging, impeccably researched articles on any aspect of minor league baseball, including people, players, teams, stadiums, leagues, between-inning entertainment, championships, and more. Personal essays and interviews will also be considered alongside research papers, but their slots will be limited.

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: Minor Leagues” to by Monday, December 6, 2021. First drafts will be due in February 2022, with final drafts needed by the end of April 2022.

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR dedicates John Dodge grave marker at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville

John Dodge grave marker at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, KentuckyOn Thursday, December 2, SABR’s Pee Wee Reese Chapter in Louisville, Kentucky, dedicated a memorial at Cave Hill Cemetery for John Lewis Dodge, a professional baseball player who died after being hit by a pitched ball in 1916. Thursday’s ceremony was part of a larger project planned in 2022 to celebrate the history of baseball in Louisville.

Dodge, an infielder for the Mobile Sea Gulls and a Louisville resident, was playing in a minor league game against the Nashville Vols when tragedy struck in the seventh inning.

The placement and unveiling of Dodge’s marker in Cave Hill Cemetery will be the kickoff for additional historical Louisville baseball activities.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Early registration now open for 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceEarly 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.

Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Visit to learn more.

Apply now to participate in the 2022 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition

2020 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners: Virginia TechThe 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.

Visit to learn more.

SABR accepting applications for Membership Services Manager position

SABR logoWe’re now seeking applications for a new full-time position based at the SABR office, located in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in downtown Phoenix.

The Membership Services Manager will 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 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Apply now for a SABR Local Grant in 2022

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.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Bring It Home in 2021 and support the future of SABR and baseball research

Bring It Home and support SABR today!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 to learn more.

2021 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference Art Contest winners announced

2021 Malloy Conference Art Contest winner: Brian Callaghan on Boojum WilsonThe 11th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference Art Contest attracted artwork from all over the nation. Art from the winners will be on display at the upcoming Jerry Malloy Conference, which will be held June 2-4, 2022, in Birmingham, Alabama. The winners are:

  • Amateur: Brian Callaghan, Richmond, VA
  • Youth: Gabrielle Davis, Moody, AL

The winning entry in the amateur category will receive a $150 prize and a certificate from the conference and the youth winner will receive $100 and a certificate from the conference.

Photos of the art will also be included in an upcoming issue of Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal, published by McFarland & Co.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Read articles from the Fall 2021 Baseball Research Journal online

Fall 2021 Baseball Research JournalGood news! The Fall 2021 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members. This issue includes a special illustrated cover of Ball Four author and knuckleball pitcher Jim Bouton by SABR member Gary Cieradkowski.

Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next two to four weeks. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered on Tuesday, November 9.

We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2021 Baseball Research Journal!

Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

MLB's Collective Bargaining Agreement: How We Got HereSABR 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.

  • Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s Luke Easter Chapter in Western New York presents a panel discussion on “Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement: Where We Are and How We Got Here” at 2:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 5. All baseball fans are invited to attend. We’ll be joined by authors Michael Haupert, Dan Levitt, and Jeff Katz from SABR’s Business of Baseball Committee. Click here to register in advance for this Zoom meeting.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from author Dan Joseph (Baseball’s Greatest What If: Pete Reiser) and Baltimore Orioles public-address announcer Adrienne Roberson. 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 4: Talkin’ Baseball: Jack Bales (9:00 a.m. EST)
  • December 4: Pee Wee Reese (KY) Chapter meeting with Joe Posnanski (10:00 a.m. EST)
  • December 5: Luke Easter (NY) Chapter meeting with with Michael Haupert, Dan Levitt, and Jeff Katz (2:00 p.m. EST)
  • December 6: Boston Chapter (MA) meeting with John Vampatella (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • December 7: Dusty Baker-Sacramento / Lefty O’Doul Chapter joint meeting with Jean Ardell and Jon Leonoudakis (7:00 p.m. PST)
  • December 8: Rocky Mountain (CO) Chapter meeting with Brian Drent (12:00 p.m. MST)
  • December 9: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Luke Epplin (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • December 10: Quebec Chapter meeting with Marcel Dugas (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • December 11: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting (1:00 p.m. EST)
  • December 11: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with Cody Decker (2:00 p.m. CST)

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

  • December 4: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Roseville, MN)
  • December 5: KC Hall of Fame Watch Party (Overland Park, KS)
  • December 11: Hank Gowdy Chapter meeting (Columbus, OH)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.

Friends of SABR: November 2021

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of November 2021:

Matthew Albertson   Allen Liebb
David Alvarez   Daniel Linnenberg
Mark Anderson   Walter Long
Bill Arata   Andrea Long
Richard Arpi   Charles Luppert
Joseph Auslander   William Macht
Robert Axelrod   Charles Mackey
Jack Bales   John Maloney
Ed Barbini   Peter Mancuso
Keith Barnes   Richard Masson
Mike Bell   Jim McCurdy
Barry Bengtsson   James McDermott
Paul Bennett   Thomas Merrick
Harvey Berger   Robert Merrilees
Jay Berman   Ted Meyer
Michael Berry   John Mitchell
John Beyers   Billy Moore
Thomas Biblewski   Paulette Morant
Dick Bily   Robert Morris
Randal Bjerke   Christopher Moyer
William Blair   Jim Mullany
Robert Bluthardt   John Murray
David Bohmer   Rob Neyer
Terry Bohn   Monty Nielsen
T. Christopher Bond   Bill Nowlin
Mark Bonino   James Odenkirk
Thomas Bradley   Gary Olson
Stephen Bratkovich   Jeff Orner
Edward Brown   James O’Shea
D. Bruce Brown   John Outland
John Burbridge III   Vic Pallos
John Burbridge, Jr.   Prisco Panza
Dan Busby   David Pearson
Scott Bush   Laura Peebles
Stanley Calderon   Heribert R. Perez
Ken Carrano   Gregg Pericich
Scott Carter   Steve Perry
Robert Carver   Zac Petrillo
Walter Chadwick   Victor Piacentile
William Christensen   Mark Pollak
Karl Cicitto   David Powell
Phil Coffin   Laurel Prieb
Leander Collin   Gregory Puchalski
Gary Coon   Edward Pulaski
Warren Corbett   Laura Purcell
Peter Cottrell   John Rall
Jim Cox   David Reynolds
Peter Craig   Carl Rhoads
Richard Cramer   James Rook
Harrington Crissey   Steven Roscoe
Mary Critchfield   Michael Rosenwasser
Carlos de Armas-Kendall   Harry Rothgerber
Robert Dean   Charles Roussel
Paul DeFonzo   Tom Ruane
Susan Dellinger   Stephen Russell
James Disch   Bob Russon
Peter Donhauser   William Ryczek
Joseph Dorinson   Gary Sarnoff
Bob Dorrill   Edward Scahill
Woody Eckard   Jason Scheller
Helen Edwards   Louis Schiff
Max Effgen   Steven Schmitt
Robert Elliott   Douglas Schoppert
Steven Elsberry   David Scott
Brian Engelhardt   Mike Segal
Bruce Enos   David Senkow
Bernard Enright   David Serota
Jan Finkel   Steve Shaiman
David Firstman   Jeff Shames
Ken Fischer   Rob Sheinkopf
Robert Fleishman   Robert Shelton
Adam Foldes   Blake Sherry
Michael Frank   Paul Short
Roy Gedat   Ira Siegel
Richard Giovanoni   Warren Simpson
David Girdany   Michael Skoog
Carl Goldberg   Richard Smiley
Duke Goldman   John Smirch
Dennis Goldstein   Kaye Smith
Gene Gomes   Mike Sparks
John Gottko   Alec Stais
Fred Grandchamp   Mark Stangl
John Green   Sumner Steinfeldt
Daryl Grigsby   Thomas Stone
Steve Hall   Wesley Story
Frank Hart   Richard Street
John Hatch   James Sweetman
Jeff Hauer   James Tackach
Leslie Heaphy   Cecilia Tan
Wayne Hebden   Timothy Tangen
Joseph Helyar   Andrew Terrick
Kent Henderson   Joseph Thompson
Peter Henrici   Don Thompson
Tim Herlich   John Thorn
Lon Hildreth   Stew Thornley
Brenda Himrich   Crofty Thorp
Rockwell Hoffman   Bill Tiedeman
Karen Holleran   Richard B. Tourangeau
Frank Houdek   Wayne Towers
Michael Huber   Neal Traven
Matt Hudson   Sam Treynor
David Hughes   Hayden Trubitt
Rick Huhn   Thomas Tuttle
Daniel Ingellis   Paul Vastola
Martin Jatlow   David Vaught
Donald Jensen   Marlene Vogelsang
Douglas Jordan   Joseph Wancho
Jim Kaplan   Donald Ward
Joe Keaney   Mike Webber
Duane Keilstrup   Steven Weiner
Kenneth Keller   Mark Wendling
Kostya Kennedy   Steve West
Eric Kephart   Robert Whelan
Steven Klugman   Eric White
Robert Komoroski   Susan White
Andrew Kraus   J. R. Wildridge
Robert Kravetz   Charles Wilkins
Keith Krewer   John Williams
Don Lagomarsino   Beach Wires
Bill Lamb   Jeffrey Wood
David Lande   Mark Yecies
William Larson   Don Zminda
Steven Lauer   Thomas Zocco
Todd Lebowitz   Larry Zorn
Brett Legner   Joe Zureick
Allison Levin   David Zweifel
Henry Levy    

Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.

Read all articles from SABR’s 3-volume series on history of the Winter Meetings

SABR Winter Meetings history booksThe Winter Meetings have been Organized Baseball’s annual offseason ritual since the early days of the game. SABR has published a three-volume book series on the history of the winter meetings, covering the years 1857 through 2016, including a special section on the Negro Leagues winter meetings.

All of the articles from the Winter Meetings history books can now be read online at Click on a link below to read more:

To download your free e-book edition or order the paperback edition at a 50% discount, visit

Retrosheet announces Fall 2021 updates

I am pleased to announce the Fall 2021 update of Retrosheet’s website. The highlights of the new release are as follows.

Deduced files have now been completed for 1925 and 1924 and are on our site along with games from 2021 season. Therefore, we now have play-by-play accounts for all American and National league games from 1924-2021, meaning the last 98 seasons.

Updates continue to be made in time of game and attendance data, along with ejections.

We plan to add game-level Negro League data to our site in the next few weeks. This large project has been managed by Tom Thress and there will be much detail announced at the appropriate time.

Click here to read the full announcement at

David W. Smith

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions

SABRcast #139: Mark SimonBaseball 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 #139 on Monday, November 29 featured Mark Simon, a researcher and writer at Sports Info Solutions. The longtime SABR member and baseball trivia expert is also the author of The Yankees Index, Every Number Tells A Story and host of The Journalism Salute podcast. Prior to SIS, he worked for nearly 16 years as a researcher at ESPN, including eight seasons on Baseball Tonight. He also has more than two decades of experience as a play-by-play broadcaster for a variety of college sports, including at his alma mater, The College of New Jersey.

Visit to listen to the full episode.

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

6 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Buddy Kerr (TRADING CARD DB)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:

16 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Terry Mulholland (TRADING CARD DB)Sixteen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project, including more articles from our Digital Library book, Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games. 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.

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
Theo Au-Yeung Burlingame, CA     Conor McDonough Barrington, RI
Eric Bergman Toronto, ON     Bradley Moore Redwood City, CA
Thomas Conlon Redmond, WA     Charles Norman Houston, TX
Edward Doyle Hockessin     Dale Peterson Denver, CO
Jeremy Frank Buffalo Grove, IL     Jon Reischel Maineville, OH
JD Haddon New York, NY     Reg Rowe Georgetown, TX
Marcus Halberstam Austin, TX     Michael Schneider Wilmington, DE
Andrew Hamilton Candia, NH     Earl Schurman LuthervilleTimonium, MD
Dan Kahan Guilford, CT     Lucas Seehafer Mankato, MN
Carter Kessinger New Haven, CT     Adam Wodon Langhorne, PA
Walt Koscinski Manassas, VA     Jerry Wolper Pittsburgh, PA

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:

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.

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Originally published: December 3, 2021. Last Updated: December 4, 2021.