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 February 1, 2019:
The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, written by Jane Leavy and published by HarperCollins, is the winner of the 2019 Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal, which honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year.
Leavy will receive her award at the banquet of the 26th annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tempe, Arizona.
The banquet includes the Seymour Medal ceremony, dinner, and the NINE keynote address by SABR member Curt Smith, the author of many baseball books, including most recently The Presidents and the Pastime: The History of Baseball and the White House, and a former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush. To register for the NINE conference, visit nineconference.com.
Leavy, a SABR member since 2000, is the author of the New York Times best-sellers The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood and Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy, and the comic baseball novel, Squeeze Play. In The Big Fella, she set out to capture Ruth at the apex of his fame and to fill in gaps about his personal life and cultural legacy.
“There was an audacity to Babe Ruth that was astonishing,” Leavy said. “America in the 1920s was a crazy time and he was an embodiment of recklessness and clout of the world at that time. He was a revolutionary and a genius, an inadvertent one, but with the help of [his agent] Christy Walsh. There will be someone else to come along who will figure out a way to change the game and do something different, but nobody else will be the first.”
We are pleased to announce more of our featured speakers and panelists at the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference, presented by MLB and KinaTrax in Phoenix, Arizona.
The SABR Analytics Conference will be held Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The conference is open to all baseball fans — regular registration discounts are available online only through February 14. Click here to register!
Here is some more information about our featured speakers:
- Jason Benetti, Chicago White Sox television play-by-play announcer
- Steve Berthiaume, Arizona Diamondbacks television play-by-play announcer
- Kyle Boddy, founder and owner of Driveline Baseball
- Eduardo Perez, ESPN baseball analyst and former major-league player for 13 seasons
- Dr. Lee Picariello, owner and operator of Mindful Athlete Training
They will join our other featured speakers, who are expected to include: John Dewan, owner of Baseball Info Solutions; Mike Ferrin, Arizona Diamondbacks and SiriusXM MLB Network Radio broadcaster; Vince Gennaro, SABR President, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, and host of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM; Rob Neyer, author of Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game and host of the new weekly podcast, SABRcast with Rob Neyer; Carlos Peña, MLB Network analyst and an All-Star first baseman for 14 seasons in the major leagues; Eno Sarris, staff writer for The Athletic.
Click here to learn more about our speakers and panelists. Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.
For more information, visit SABR.org/analytics.
Here’s your chance to vote for the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award winners, which will recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year.
Contemporary Baseball Analysis
- Wayne Boyle, Sean O’Rourke, Jeff Long, and Harry Pavlidis, “Robo Strike Zone: It’s Not as Simple as You Think,” Baseball Prospectus, January 29, 2018.
- Jonathan Judge, “The Performance Case for DRC+,” Baseball Prospectus, December 3, 2018.
- Travis Sawchik, “Baseball Positions Are Starting to Lose Their Meaning,” FiveThirtyEight, August 28, 2018.
- Jeff Sullivan, “Banning the Shift Is a Solution in Search of a Problem,” FanGraphs, December 5, 2018.
- Meredith Wills, “How One Tiny Change to the Baseball May Have Led to Both the Home Run Surge and the Rise in Pitcher Blisters,” The Athletic, June 6, 2018.
Contemporary Baseball Commentary
- Patrick Dubuque, “A Hymn for the Index Stat,” Baseball Prospectus, December 3, 2018.
- Jeff Passan, “Here’s Why Baseball’s Economic System Might Be Broken,” Yahoo! Sports, January 16, 2018.
- Sheryl Ring, “The Human Side of the Cubs’ Addison Russell Decision,” FanGraphs, December 6, 2018.
- Eno Sarris, “The Next ‘Moneyball’ is Already Happening All Around Us, in the Wild West of Player Development,” The Athletic, December 7, 2018.
- Neil Weinberg, “Building Better Statistical Incentives,” The Hardball Times Annual 2018, January 25, 2018.
- Britni de la Cretaz, “The Hidden Queer History Behind ‘A League of Their Own,’ ” Narratively, May 30, 2018.
- Steven Goldman, “Placeboball: When Baseball Proves Itself Nonessential,” The Hardball Times, June 7, 2018.
- Ben Lindbergh, “The Sabermetric Movement’s Forgotten Foremother,” The Ringer, February 20, 2018.
- Rachael McDaniel, “Doug Ault and the Triumph of Joy,” Baseball Prospectus, January 11, 2018.
- Dayn Perry, “The White Sox Ballpark in Chicago That Never Was and Could Have Changed History,” CBS Sports, April 10, 2018.
Details and criteria for each category can be found here. Only one work per author was considered as a finalist.
Voting for the winners will be conducted until 11:59 p.m. MST on Monday, February 11 at SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com, HardballTimes.com, and BeyondtheBoxScore.com, with results weighted equally at 20%.
Results will be announced and presented at the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference, presented by MLB and KinaTrax, March 8-10, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more or register for the conference at SABR.org/analytics.
Join us for the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference, presented by MLB and KinaTrax, on Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 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.
The regular registration discount ends on Thursday, February 14, so 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.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference; SABR members: $445 regular registration (until February 14, 2019); $595 afterward. Students: $350; includes one-year membership to SABR.
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $229/night (plus tax). Please note: Rooms are also available under the SABR group block for the nights of Wednesday, March 6; Thursday, March 7; and Sunday, March 10. If you are visiting Arizona for spring training, please contact Deb Jayne to check on availability.
- Speakers: Click here for a list of featured speakers.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2019 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Click here to learn more about the Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference.
- Research Awards: Cast your vote now for the winners of the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards.
- Research presentations: Stay tuned for more news on 2019 SABR Analytics Conference research presentations. Click here to learn more about submitting an abstract.
- Sponsors: Click here to learn more about our sponsors.
For more information on the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
More than 45 SABR chapters participated in SABR Day events in 2019, from Austin to Boston, Toronto to Tallahassee, and Lexington to Las Vegas.
SABR Day events on Saturday, January 26 included some premier guest speakers from around the baseball world, including Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson and Pulitzer Prize-winning sports writer Ira Berkow at the Casey Stengel Chapter meeting in New York City; professional umpire Perry Barber and authors Ron Kaplan, Lincoln Mitchell, and Howard Megdal at the Elysian Fields Chapter meeting in Hoboken, New Jersey; Brewers broadcaster Lane Grindle at the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter in Milwaukee; baseball uniform designer and artist Wayland Moore at the Magnolia Chapter meeting in Atlanta; Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame director Scott Crawford and Phillies coach Rob Thomson at the Hanlan’s Point Chapter meeting in Toronto; and many more.
Visit SABR.org/sabrday for highlights, stories, and photos from SABR Day events around the globe.
More SABR Day events tomorrow! Some chapters are holding their SABR Day meetings this weekend, due to venue or schedule availability. Don’t miss the upcoming SABR chapter meetings in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis on Saturday, February 2. Visit SABR.org/sabrday for complete details and schedule. Hope to see you there!
We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 49 convention this summer in San Diego. Conference and hotel registration is now available at SABR.org/convention.
- Registration: Click here for complete information on the SABR 49 All-Inclusive Package, Early-Bird Registration, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 49! We’re again offering a special All-Inclusive Package for the annual SABR convention. For the $369 all-inclusive rate, SABR members can get:
— Full registration to SABR 49 in San Diego (early-bird: $289; regular rate: $319)
— 1 ticket in the Upper Infield Reserved (1B) section to the Padres vs. Cardinals game on Friday, June 28 at Petco Park ($24 value)
— 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 28 ($70 value)
— 1 exclusive SABR 49 convention logo lapel pin
— 2 complimentary Continental breakfasts on Thursday and Friday mornings*
*The Continental breakfast benefit is only available when you register for the All-Inclusive Package.
Non-members can pay $399 for the All-Inclusive Package; the deadline to register is Monday, May 6, 2019.
- Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego of $224/night (single rate) or $254/night (double rate) is only available to registered convention attendees. After you register for the SABR 49 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. If you do not receive your confirmation email after registering, please contact Deb Jayne at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are a limited number of rooms in our group block, so be sure to register for SABR 49 early!
- Awards Luncheon: SABR will host a special Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 28 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The Awards Luncheon, which includes a meal, will feature the announcement of SABR’s annual awards — including the Bob Davids Award, our highest honor. One ticket to the Awards Luncheon is included in the all-inclusive package or guest tickets are available for $70 when you register for SABR 49.
- Research presentations: SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 49. The deadline to submit your abstract is Sunday, February 24, 2019. Click here for complete details and application form.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 49 in San Diego. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29, 2019.
Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more or to register for the SABR 49 convention.
SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 49, the 2019 annual convention in San Diego.
Through on-site judging, the most highly-regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for best poster presentation.
- Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 49: http://bit.ly/sabr49-presentations
The submission deadline for SABR 49 abstracts is midnight PST on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school or college students to attend SABR 49 on June 26-30, 2019, in San Diego. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250.
The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage high school and college-level student engagement with baseball research and to engender an active interest in baseball and SABR.
- Download an application form: Click here to download a Yoseloff Scholarship form to attend SABR 49 in San Diego
All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than Friday, March 29, 2019.
The SABR Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for the 2019 elections. All candidates for the Board of Directors must have been members of the Society for at least the preceding four years to be eligible for election. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2019. Nominees must prepare a Candidate Statement Form following guidelines that will be available from any Nominating Committee member. The Candidate Statement Form must be received by the Nominating Committee chair no later than March 15.
The offices to be filled:
- President (2-year term; currently Vince Gennaro)
- Director (3-year term; currently Chris Dial)
- Director (3-year term; currently Bill Nowlin)
Self-nominations are welcome. If you would like to nominate yourself or another candidate or suggest a question for the candidates, contact Nominating Committee chair Neal Traven at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer.
SABRcast, which will launch around Opening Day in the spring of 2019, 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.
Add a new baseball book to your collection with the newest title from the SABR Digital Library:
1995 Cleveland Indians: The Sleeping Giant Awakes
Edited by Joseph Wancho
Associate Editors: Rick Huhn, Len Levin, and Bill Nowlin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-943816-94-1, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-95-8, $21.95
410 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of 1995 Cleveland Indians for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the 1995 Cleveland Indians paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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.
The 11th annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference will be held April 26-27, 2019, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Note: Space is extremely limited and some research presentations will be double-tracked. On the final page of your registration form, please indicate your preferred choice of Research Presentation for each of the six pairs that are double-tracked.
- Registration: Click here to download the registration form (PDF). Registrations can be accepted by mail only: send BOTH completed 19th Century Base Ball Conference registration forms to: Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Road, New Hope, PA 18938. Enclose your personal check for the appropriate amount and make payable to “SABR,” with “Fred 19cBB Conference” written on the check’s memo line.
- Cost: Conference registration is $65 per person, including the Saturday luncheon. Tickets for the optional Friday evening Welcoming Dinner ($45) at Templeton Hall and Saturday evening Post-Conference Gathering ($35) at the historic Otesaga Hotel can also be purchased in advance for you or a guest. Anyone who wishes to purchase an extra ticket for a guest to attend the Saturday luncheon only ($35) can also do so.
- RSVP: Please mail your registration form no later than February 6. Registration is limited to the first 80 people to sign up, so please register early!
- Contact: For questions, or if you miss the registration mailing deadline, contact Peter Mancuso at email@example.com to see if space is still available.
The 2019 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Joanne Hulbert, along with a panel discussion on “The Birth of Baseball Cards” with John Thorn, Peter Devereaux, Tom Shieber, and Jeff Katz; a special presentation by Richard Hershberger on “The Evolution of Baseball Rules”; a Member Spotlight interview of Priscilla Astifan by Bob Bailey; plus book signings, research presentations, and a welcome dinner.
For more information, or to register, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.
For those of you whose memberships expired recently, there’s still a little time left to renew and be a part of the SABR community again in 2019. If you’ve already renewed, we thank you for your support and look forward to another exciting year ahead.
Renew now to receive the Spring 2019 edition of the Baseball Research Journal, plus discounts on registration to the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference and SABR 49 in San Diego, and a lot more! Please note: We MUST receive your dues by February 28, 2019, in order for you to receive the upcoming BRJ.
- Here’s how to renew: You can renew your membership for 1 year or 3 years online at the SABR Store; by phone at (602) 496-1463; or by mailing this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the SABR office at 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 an annual membership or $45 for anyone under 30 or over 65. Click here for a full list of SABR membership benefits.
Two new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which — after the publication of our new book on the 1995 Cleveland Indians — brings us to a total of 4,780 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
All new biographies can be found here: 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.
- Read all bios from From Spring Training to Screen Test book online: In From Spring Training to Screen Test: Baseball Players Turned Actors, published by SABR in 2018 and edited by Rob Edelman and Bill Nowlin, we told the stories of the stars and supporting players on baseball diamonds who also became stars and supporting players in the movies, on Broadway, in vaudeville and, eventually, on television and in concert halls. All of the biographies in From Spring Training to Screen Test are now available to be read online at the SABR BioProject. Click here to download a free e-book edition or get 50% off the paperback edition of From Spring Training to Screen Test.
Two new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- August 16, 1889: Integrated baseball in Pennsylvania: Cuban Giants defeat Lebanon Grays, by Stephen V. Rice
- October 26, 1999: Chad Curtis whacks a World Series walk-off home run for Yankees, by David H. Lippman
In addition, these game stories from Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates (SABR, 2018), edited by Jorge Iber and Bill Nowlin, were also posted online:
- July 18, 1957: Luis Arroyo’s final victory for Pittsburgh, by Robert E. Bionaz
- May 1, 1958: Frank Thomas has a big day for Pirates, by Matt Keelean
- August 6, 1960: ‘We Had ’em All The Way’: Vern Law tosses 10 innings en route to emotional Pirates victory, by Alan Cohen
- October 13, 1960: Bill Mazeroski’s heroic homer brings World Series championship to Pittsburgh, by Mike Huber
- April 15, 1961: Bob Friend bests Don Drysdale in a record-setting game, by Robert E. Bionaz
- September 21, 1963: Pirates’ Gene Baker becomes first African-American to manage in the major leagues, by Jorge Iber
- July 22, 1964: Mazeroski, Lynch, and Stargell lead Pirates’ rout of Cardinals, by Mike Huber
- June 1, 1965: Pirates’ Bob Veale strikes out 16 in shutout of Phillies, by Blake Sherry
- October 2, 1966: Pirates’ Matty Alou claims the 1966 NL batting title, by Jorge Iber
- May 15, 1967: Clemente blasts three homers and knocks in all seven runs in Bucs’ loss, by Gregory H. Wolf
- June 28, 1970: ‘Human Locusts Have Their Day’: Pirates play final game at Forbes Field, by Jeff Barto
- August 23, 1971: Al Oliver ignites ‘Lumber Company’ Pirates with 2-homer game, by Blake Sherry
- April 6, 1973: Something’s missing: No Clemente in right field for Pirates, by Gregory H. Wolf
- June 13, 1973: Pirates’ Steve Blass loses control, by Rich Puerzer
- September 16, 1975: Rennie Stennett leads Pirates rout with a record seven hits, by Doug Feldmann
- September 25, 1976: Bob Moose makes final appearance for Pirates before tragic death, by Robert E. Bionaz
To read more stories from the Pittsburgh Pirates greatest games book at the SABR Games Project, click here.
- 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 Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis online: In Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis: Home of the Browns and Cardinals at Grand and Dodier, edited by Gregory H. Wolf and published by SABR in 2017, we shared stories of 100 memorable games at the venerable ballpark which played host to the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns from 1909 through 1966. From Babe Ruth’s 3-homer World Series day to one-armed outfielder Pete Gray’s major-league debut to Eddie Gaedel’s pinch-hitting appearance to Bob Gibson’s Game 7 heroics, you can now find all game stories from the Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis book online at the SABR Games Project. Click here to read them all. Or click here to download a free e-book copy or get 50% off the paperback edition.
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.
This week’s guests are SABR Director and award-winning author Mark Armour and Matthew Trueblood of Baseball Prospectus.
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.
Minutes from the Board of Directors meeting on December 8-9, 2018, have now been posted on the SABR website.
You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by going to the page below:
Or you can go to the Members’ Info page and click on “Org. files”, then “Board Minutes” to view the minutes.
SABR’s Rickwood Field Chapter announces the 16th annual Southern Association Conference, which will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Southern Association and the history of baseball in the South, the conference will take place from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at historic Rickwood Field, located at 1137 2nd Avenue West, Birmingham, AL 35204.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2019: 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 2019 awards, please contact Len Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Read SABR biographies of the Hall of Fame Class of 2019
- SABR member Jayson Stark wins 2019 J.G. Taylor Spink Award
- SABR Digital Library: Base Ball’s 19th Century “Winter” Meetings, 1857-1900
- SABR Digital Library: Time for Expansion Baseball
- Craig Brown wins 2018 George Michael SABR Pictorial History Award
- SABR Media Committee’s Baseball Buffet podcast now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
- SABR Negro Leagues Committee awards $1,000 scholarships in 2018 essay contest
- Read articles from the Fall 2018 Baseball Research Journal online
- The Baseball Index adds 1,500 entries to baseball bibliography resource in 2018
- Seamheads.com updates Negro Leagues Database with 1927 stats
- SABR presents 2018 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards to Matt Chapman, Nolan Arenado
- Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2019
- 2019 SABR Black Sox Scandal symposium to be held in Chicago
- Listen to interviews at the SABR Oral History Collection website
- Check out new articles from the SABR Team Ownership Histories Project
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new SABR Store @ CafePress
- 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: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Chris Betsch||New Albany, IN||Wolff Kirsch||Redlands, CA|
|Thomas Breen||Prescott, WI||Steve Kuzmiak||Cooperstown, NY|
|Richard Campbell||Caddo Mills, TX||Rick Lopez||Erie, PA|
|Arthur Copeland||Tallahassee, FL||Richard Lowery||Houston, TX|
|Daniel Davoulas||Edmeston, NY||Philip Lowry||Minneapolis, MN|
|Paul De Rosa||East Walpole, MA||Brad Richards||Evans, GA|
|Terrence Dwyer||Cooperstown, NY||Grace Rieger||Cincinnati, OH|
|Dean Fenton||Davenport, FL||Steve Sisto||Ashland, MA|
|Zach Figard||Ocean Pines, MD||John Sommers||Chandler, AZ|
|Robert Gauer||Thornton, CO||Frank Spataro||Cincinnati, OH|
|Anthony Guerriero||Lynnfield, MA||Wesley Story||Richmond, TX|
|Jack Ireland||Toronto, ON||Justin Turner||Babylon, NY|
|Jacob Kerns||Des Moines, IA||Mike Warzin||Brooklyn, NY|
|Ken Kirk||Corning, NY|
There are no new research committee updates this week.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- SABR Day highlights! Check out stories and photos from SABR Day events around the globe at SABR.org/sabrday
- Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter: February 2019 newsletter (Chicago, IL)
- Juan Marichal Chapter: January 27 meeting recap (Santo Domingo, DOM)
- Magnolia Chapter: Follow along with updates from the Atlanta-based Magnolia Chapter on Twitter at @MagnoliaSABR. For a complete list of SABR chapters and committees on social media, click here.
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter: BasebALZ program celebrates Opening Day of 2019 season (Austin, TX)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- February 2: Luke Easter Chapter meeting (Buffalo, NY)
- February 2: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting (Chicago, IL)
- February 2: Jack Graney Chapter meeting (Cleveland, OH)
- February 2: Detroit Chapter meeting (Detroit, MI)
- February 2: Monarchs Chapter meeting (Kansas City, MO)
- February 2: Forbes Field Chapter meeting (Pittsburgh, PA)
- February 2: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- February 2: Talkin’ Baseball: Brian Wright (Columbia, MD)
- February 6: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Peeps at the Peeb” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- February 6: Johnny Tallant’s Hot Stove League meeting (Cumming, GA)
- February 6: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter monthly meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
- February 8: Babe Ruth Museum: Babe’s Birthday Bash (Baltimore, MD)
- February 9: Lefty O’Doul Chapter/Dusty Baker-Sacramento Chapter joint SABR Day meeting (San Leandro, CA)
- February 9: Hank Gowdy Chapter book club meeting (Columbus, OH)
- February 9: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Roseville, MN)
- February 9: Field of Dreams Chapter SABR Day meeting (Des Moines, IA)
- February 9: West Texas Chapter meeting and baseball talks (Fort Concho, TX)
- February 11: Halsey Hall Chapter research committee meeting (Brooklyn Center, MN)
- February 13: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- February 16: Northwest Chapter winter meeting (Tualatin, OR)
- February 16: South Florida Chapter meeting (Tamarac, FL)
- February 16: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter Strat-O-Matic Gameday event (Durham, CT)
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:
- Claire Smith: Jackie Robinson showed me how to fight on, not fight back (New York Times)
- Adrian Burgos Jr.: Jackie Robinson’s significance to Latino ballplayers and fans (La Vida Baseball)
- Josh Jackson: Jackie Robinson first made his mark in minor leagues (MiLB.com)
- Shane Tourtellotte: Which career metric predicts Hall of Famers best? (The Hardball Times)
- John Paschal: Once upon a time: when Hall of Famers go one and done (The Hardball Times)
- Barry Carter: This N.J. baseball field witnessed a piece of history, but there’s little recognition of it (NJ.com)
- John McMurray: Lawrence Ritter’s interviews with baseball pioneers (Library of Congress)
- Ken Rosenthal: Inside the frayed relations that could have MLB owners and players ‘walking off a cliff together’ (The Athletic)
- Jay Jaffe: Finding homes for the top remaining free agents (FanGraphs)
- Paul Moehringer: Roster movement is decreasing, and teams are becoming more homogeneous (The Hardball Times)
- Levi Weaver: David Clyde kept baseball in Arlington — and missed an MLB pension by 37 days (The Athletic)
- Sheryl Ring: The minor-league wage battle isn’t over after all (FanGraphs)
- Eno Sarris: Recent trends have flipped baseball’s conventional wisdom on first base and short (The Athletic)
- Aaron Gleeman: Running to a rebound (Baseball Prospectus)
- Zach Crizer: The remarkable Romo vs. Ohtani game (Baseball Prospectus)
- Gary Cieradkowski: Jesse Baker, the kid who got Cobbed (Studio Gary C)
- Jeff Kallman: Sale, no sale for Earl Averill (Throneberry Fields Forever)
- Josh Jackson: California League’s northern teams carry rich history into new year (MiLB.com)
- Rachael McDaniel: The mysterious origins of Bumpus Jones (Baseball Prospectus)
- David Kronheim: 2018 Minor League Baseball attendance analysis (NumberTamer.com)
- Tim Jenkins: The Babe Ruth of the Palm Tree Division (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: Food for Thought (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jason Schwartz: Waxing elegiac: a century of cards in memoriam (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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Originally published: February 1, 2019. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.