This Week in SABR: December 6, 2019

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 6, 2019:

Are you coming to 2019 Baseball Winter Meetings? Let us know

2019 Winter Meetings logoSABR will have a booth at the 119th annual Baseball Winter Meetings, December 8-12, 2019, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Stop by our booth #305 and say hello!

Are you a SABR member who is planning to attend the Winter Meetings? Let us know at

For more information on the Winter Meetings, visit


Please consider joining SABR Director Tyrone Brooks and the Baseball Industry Network at the annual Baseball Industry Network Baseball Winter Meetings Morning Meet-Up on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. We will meet in the Marina Room on the lobby level. Come on out, grab a coffee and mingle with fellow members of the Baseball Industry Network. As in past years, representatives from various major-league and minor league organizations will also be in attendance to network and screen potential candidates for various openings (full-time, internships, etc.) If you are someone looking for that big break, definitely be sure to stop through.

For convenience and because space is limited, please click here to RSVP in advance.

Click here for more details at

Last call for papers: 2020 The National Pastime

SABR 50 logoSABR’s 50th national convention will take place on July 15-19, 2020, in Baltimore. To coincide with the convention, the summer 2020 issue of The National Pastime will focus on baseball in the Charm City and around the state of Maryland. Research articles may be historical, biographical, or analytical (stats welcome), but please avoid personal narrative.

Publications director Cecilia Tan will be taking queries and abstracts until December 10, 2019, and will make assignments no later than January 1, 2020. First drafts of articles will be due no later than March 1 and rewrites (if needed) will be due by April 15.

To query, email with the subject line “TNP Query:” and a key word or two about your subject.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Call for papers: 2020 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceThe SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, June 11-13, 2020, in Birmingham, Alabama, welcomes proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields. Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars.

Presentations may focus on any topic related to the Negro League centennial, black baseball in Birmingham, or other related topics, especially the Negro Southern League. Some possibilities include: Rube Foster; the 1920 season; the formation of the NSL, the formation of the NNL, the original eight teams, and so much more.

Please email your proposal as a Word attachment to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at before March 6, 2020.

Click here for more details at

Read all articles from the Fall 2019 Baseball Research Journal online

Fall 2019 Baseball Research JournalGood news! The Fall 2019 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. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered on November 18.

To read more articles from the BRJ archives, click here. To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.

We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2019 Baseball Research Journal!

The SABR Bookshelf: Fall 2019

SABR BookshelfPeriodically throughout the year, publishes The SABR Bookshelf, a listing of new books that are received at the SABR office. Here are The SABR Bookshelf listings for Fall 2019:

Click on the link above for more detailed information on each of these books:

  • The Babe, edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks
  • Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox, edited by Don Zminda
  • The Base Ball Palace of the World: Comiskey Park, edited by Gregory H. Wolf
  • San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval, Punk Rock and a Third-Place Baseball Team, by Lincoln Mitchell
  • The Blake Street Bombers, by Manny Randhawa
  • The Workingman’s Game: Waverly, New York, the Twin Tiers and the Making of Modern Baseball, 1887-1898, by William H. Brewster
  • Bases to Bleachers: A Collection of Personal Baseball Stories from the Stands and Beyond, by Eric Gray
  • Mike Hargrove and the Cleveland Indians: A Baseball Life, by Jim Ingraham
  • Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player, by Jeremy Beer
  • Baseball in Europe: A Country by Country History, Second Edition, by Josh Chetwynd
  • Building the Brewers: Bud Selig and the Return of Major League Baseball to Milwaukee, by Chris Zantow
  • James T. Farrell & Baseball: Dream & Realism on Chicago’s South Side, by Charles DeMotte
  • Curveball: How I Discovered True Fulfillment After Chasing Fortune and Fame, by Barry Zito with Robert Noland
  • Sixty-One in ’61: Roger Maris Home Runs Game by Game, by Robert M. Gorman
  • Ballpark: Baseball in the American City, by Paul Goldberger

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.

It’s time to renew your membership for 2020

For those of you 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 conferences, chapter meetings, and events — 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.

  • Pay online: Click here to renew your SABR membership for 2020!
  • 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.
  • 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.)

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

Join the Friends of SABR and support baseball research

As we wrap up 2019, we want to thank you for your continuing support of SABR. Thanks to your dedication and generosity, SABR is stronger today than ever, with a vast array of capabilities.

We also want to invite you to join the Friends of SABR, a circle of members who are committed to using their financial support to improve our baseball community and our efforts to increase the understanding of the game we love. None of these accomplishments would have been possible without your generosity — which is why we hope you will continue and even increase your support today!

We have been busy in the last year at SABR HQ and will continue to pour our energy into notable projects in 2020. Members like you are helping us turn our shared vision into a reality.

You can join the Friends of SABR by making a gift of at least $100 at We will use your best gift of $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to bring more young people into the world of baseball; to publish groundbreaking books and articles; and to promote research, preservation, and scholarship. In addition, SABR HQ will also donate 10% of all member gifts back to the chapters each donor is affiliated with.

Baseball makes the world better! Thank you so much for believing that and for joining us in this endeavor.

— Scott Bush, SABR CEO

Friends of SABR for November 2019

Thanks to all of our supporters for helping SABR fulfill its mission! Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of November 2019:

Ernie Accorsi   Robert Lang
Jody Ackerman   Thomas Larwin
Alan Augenstein   Todd Lebowitz
Dennis Auger   Thomas Lee
Joseph Auslander   Lawrence Levine
John Azevedo   James Libbin
Jack Bales   Mike Luery
Bill Ballew   William Luzader
Ed Barbini   Charles McCarty
Stephen Barnes   Gary McIntosh
Jonah Beer   Thomas Merrick
Jeremy Beer   Gregory Metzger
Harvey Berger   Sheldon Miller
Phillip Bolda   Tad Myre
Mark Bonino   Nicholas Novosel
Gary Box   Trent O’brien
Steve Braccini   Jon Ohman
Bruce Brown   Gary Olson
Edward Brown   Dwight Oxley
Thomas Brown   John Pawlak
John Burbridge   Chris Petroff
Dan Busby   Allen Quimby
Scott Bush   Patrick Ray
Jeff Cain   Bruce Reznick
Bernie Campbell   Ned Ribback
Ken Carrano   James Rook
Anthony Cavender   Jonathan and Wendy Rose
Dennis Christensen   Benjamin Rose
Karl Cicitto   Michael Rosenwasser
Vincent Comparato   Harry Rothgerber
Peter Coolbaugh   Bob Russon
Ray Corio   Bob Rutishauser
Ryan Corry   Michael Sass Jr
Peter Craig   Robert Sawyer
Susan Dellinger   Steven Schmitt
Mark Dugo   Douglas Schoppert
Lewis Edgers   John Scott
Ed Edmonds   Jeffrey Self
Diane Firstman   Jack Selzer
Kenneth Fischer   Blake Sherry
Adam Foldes   Philip Sienko
John Gaffney   David Silverstein
Greg Gajus   William Simpson
Edward Gardner   Janet Smith
Robert Garratt   Hal Smith Jr.
Gregg Gaylord   John Stahl
Robert Godwin   Steve Steinberg
Steven Goldstein   Thomas Stone
Eugene Gomes   Henry Summer
John Graf   Buddy Thomas
Fred Grandchamp   Thomas Thompson
Ron Haas   Craig Thompson
Jeff Hauer   Don Thompson
Emily Hawks   Joseph Thompson
Daniel Helpingstine   John Thorn
Joseph Helyar   Stew Thornley
Peter Henrici   John Tierney
Brenda Himrich   Ralph Turner
Rockwell Hoffman   Erik Twist
James Holl   Thomas Wallace
David Hughes   Pete Walsh
Mark Johnson   Steve West
Rick Jones   Leanna White
Harry Keller   Charles Wilkins
Thomas Kern   John Williams
Larry Kieran   Robert Wilson
Matthew Kikkert   Peter Winske
Roger Kinney   Beach Wires
Roger Klein   Jeffrey Wood
Jeremy Krock   Robert Wright
Don Lagomarsino   Kalvin Zitterkob
Bill Lamb   Larry Zorn

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.

Give back to SABR through AmazonSmile

This holiday season, AmazonSmile is an easy way to give back to SABR through online purchases made on AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price of your eligible Amazon purchases to SABR.

Click here to learn more about supporting SABR through AmazonSmile.

Millions of Amazon products are eligible for donations and are marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile” on their product detail page. Remember, you must visit the AmazonSmile site ( first in order for your purchases to be eligible for donations.

Early registration now open for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix

Early registration is now open for the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference on March 13-15, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown 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. Register today to join us!

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.

Programming will begin on the afternoon of Friday, March 13 and will run through Sunday afternoon on March 15. A large block of rooms for SABR Analytics Conference attendees is available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Click here for highlights of the high-quality content from the 2019 conference.

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.

For more information on the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference, or to register, visit

Save the date! Join us for SABR Day on January 25, 2020

SABR Day 2020The 11th annual SABR Day will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020. We’re starting to compile details now on 2020 SABR Day chapter meetings around the country. We’ll post them as soon as we get them at  

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.

Chapter leaders, please be sure to send any details on your SABR meeting to Jacob Pomrenke at so we can update our SABR Day map.

Visit to learn more.

Students: Apply for a Spring 2020 internship with SABR

SABR is seeking Spring 2020 interns to work in our office in Phoenix, Arizona. An internship with SABR will involve responsibilities across a variety of disciplines, possibly including:

  • Working on-site at a local SABR conference, such as the SABR Analytics Conference
  • Working with our Membership Director or Director of Development on organizational duties, membership renewal drives, customer service
  • Working with our Director of Editorial Content to help publish and/or produce content for our website at

The internship is an educational opportunity that may count toward college credit, covering 15-20 hours per week (flexible schedule), at the SABR office in Phoenix, Arizona. Please send a resume and cover letter in PDF form to by 5:00 p.m. MST Friday, January 3, 2020.

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with MLB Official Historian John Thorn

John ThornListen to a new episode of SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer — which is now available on your favorite podcast streaming services!

Visit to listen to Episode #36 — our guest this week is John Thorn, the noted author of The Hidden Game of Baseball (with Pete Palmer), Baseball in the Garden of Eden, and many other baseball books; former editor and publisher of Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball; an incomparable scholar of the origins of the game through his lively and entertaining Our Game blog at, and today the Official Historian of Major League Baseball.

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. Every week, SABRcast will feature insights and analysis of what’s happening in modern baseball on and off the field, plus compelling interviews with figures from around the game — and music from The Baseball Project.

To learn more, visit

32 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Wrigley Field book coverThirty-two new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

These articles were published in Wrigley Field: The Friendly Confines at Clark and Addison (SABR, 2019), edited by Gregory H. Wolf. To read more stories from this book online, click here.

New Games Project stories can be found at Find all published Games Project articles 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.
  • Read all stories from Met-rospectives book online: In Met-rospectives: A Collection of the Greatest Games in New York Mets History, edited by Brian Wright and Bill Nowlin and published in 2018, we offered Mets fans a chance to soak in some Amazin’ memories with dozens of game stories on the most memorable moments in franchise history. From Tom Terrific and the Miracle Mets to the triumphant 1986 World Series champions and beyond, all of the game summaries from our Met-rospectives book can now be read online at the SABR Games Project. Click here to download your free e-book or get 50% off the paperback edition at

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

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back for the Hot Stove offseason at a new time! Listen to a new episode at 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.

This week’s guests are Ben Clemens of FanGraphs and MLB Network Radio host and Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Mike Ferrin.

You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio app. Click here to learn more.

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

  • Seymour Medal, due 12/31/2019: 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 2019 publication date, contact Andy Andres at by December 31, 2019.
  • Larry Ritter Award, due 12/31/2019: 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 2019 publication date, contact Doug Skipper at by December 31, 2019.
  • Ron Gabriel Award, due 12/31/2019: 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 2020 awards, please send a copy of your work to Gary Sarnoff at by December 31, 2019.
  • SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2020: 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 2020 awards, please contact Bill Felber at
  • McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2020: 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 2020 awards, please contact Len Levin at

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

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:

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
Venkataraman Balasubramanian Malvern, PA     Joseph Midgett Quitman, GA
James Caudill Arlington, VA     Stuart Orr-Reek Grand Rapids, MI
John Dietrich Charlotte, NC     Edward Price New York, NY
Ken Dodd Stratford, ON     Sam Roffman Brookline, MA
Matthew Dunford Denver, CO     Sophia Scanlan Cambridge, MA
Will Flanders Cudahy, WI     James Snowden Knoxville, TN
Chris Jackson Bee Cave, TX     Matthew Sturino Oakville, ON
John Jansons Colorado Springs, CO     John Walters Pompton Plains, NJ
Wayne Kessler Camp Hill, PA     Larry Wilensky Long Island, NY
Stephen Levy Tallahassee, FL        


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 updates this week:

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:

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

Around the Web

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

Read these articles and more at

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

Have trouble reading this e-mail? Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web.

Are you receiving our e-mails? “This Week in SABR” goes out by e-mail to all members on Friday afternoons. If they’re not showing up, try adding “” to your contact list to ensure they show up in your inbox (and not the spam folder.)


Follow us:

Contact us:

More info:


Originally published: December 6, 2019. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.