Welcome to the 300th edition of “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 10, 2017:
Members of the Chicago Cubs front office will share stories on the evolution of the franchise from a struggling team with a poor farm system to a World Series championship in 2016 at the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
The SABR Analytics Conference will be held Thursday, March 9 to Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The conference is open to all baseball fans. Early registration is only available through February 15, so click here to register!
Here are the panelists for The Chicago Cubs’ Five-Year Journey to the World Series panel, which is scheduled for Friday morning, March 10 at the SABR Analytics Conference:
- Jed Hoyer, Executive Vice President/General Manager, Chicago Cubs
- Jason McLeod, Senior Vice President of Scouting/Player Development, Chicago Cubs
- Scott Harris, Director of Baseball Operations, Chicago Cubs
- Moderator: Dan Migala, co-founder of PCG and SportsDesk Media
Our all-star lineup of speakers and panelists at the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference is also expected to include: Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, postseason legend Luis Gonzalez, sabermetric pioneer Bill James, Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto, Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen, ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza and broadcaster Jon “Boog” Sciambi, MLB Network host Brian Kenny and analyst Eric Byrnes, MLB Advanced Media’s Tom Tango, Mike Petriello, and Daren Willman, SABR President Vince Gennaro, FanGraphs writer Eno Sarris, Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Mike Ferrin, Chicago Cubs broadcaster Jim Deshaies, deCervo co-founder Jordan Muraskin, Dan Migala of PCG & SportsDesk Media, sports ophthalmologist Daniel M. Laby, Brian Murphy of StriVR, and many more. Click here to learn more about our speakers. Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.
For more information, or to register for the SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
Early registration is still open for the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference on March 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona, but you should register before Wednesday, February 15 to take advantage of the early registration discounted rate at SABR.org/analytics.
Our special group rate at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix also expires on Wednesday, February 15. Click here to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $188/night (plus tax).
We hope you’ll join us this spring in Arizona, where we’ll bring together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
Click a link below for more information:
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference; early registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $350 for students (includes one-year membership). Early registration ends February 15, 2017. The regular rate after February 15 is $595 for SABR members and $695 for non-members, so sign up today!
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $188/night (plus tax). Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference. The cutoff date to book your room at the SABR rate is February 15, 2017.
- Speakers: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.
- Research Presentations: Click here for the list of presenters at the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, learn more about the Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2017 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: Vote now for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award winners.
SABR has a long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics. SABR’s long history in this area of baseball research, coupled with our mission of advancing the understanding and knowledge of baseball, makes us the perfect choice to coordinate and host this ground-breaking event.
The Analytics Conference schedule consists of a combination of Guest Speakers, Panels, and Research Presentations — plus the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition, in which undergraduate, graduate and law school students from across the country analyze and present a real baseball operations decision.
For more information on the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
Here’s your final chance to vote for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award winners.
The SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards will recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year. Nominations were solicited by representatives from SABR, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, The Hardball Times, and Beyond the Box Score.
To read any of the finalists, and to cast your vote for the winners, click on the link below:
Voting will be open through 11:59 p.m. MST on Monday, February 13, 2017. Details and criteria for each category can be found here. Only one work per author was considered as a finalist.
The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Life of Houston’s Iconic Astrodome, written by Robert C. Trumpbour and Kenneth Womack and published by University of Nebraska Press, is the winner of the 2017 Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal, which honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year.
Trumpbour and Womack will receive their award at the banquet of the 24th annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tempe, Arizona.
The banquet includes the Seymour Medal ceremony with Dorothy Seymour Mills, dinner, and the NINE keynote address by SABR member Adrian Burgos Jr., an acclaimed author and historian of Latino baseball and the Negro Leagues. To register for the NINE conference, visit nineregistration.com.
The other finalists for the 2017 Seymour Medal were:
- God Almighty Hisself: The Life and Legacy of Dick Allen, by Mitchell Nathanson (University of Pennsylvania Press)
- Terror in the City of Champions: Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society that Shocked Depression-Era Detroit, by Tom Stanton (Lyons Press)
- The Selling of the Babe: The Deal that Changed Baseball and Created a Legend, by Glenn Stout (Thomas Dunne Books)
The Seymour Medal, named in honor of Dr. Harold Seymour and Mrs. Dorothy (Seymour) Mills, was first awarded by SABR in 1996. To be considered for the medal, a work must be the product of original research or analysis. The winning book shall significantly advance our knowledge of baseball and shall be characterized by understanding, factual accuracy, profound insight and distinguished writing.
To see a list of previous Seymour Medal winners, click here.
We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 47 convention, June 28-July 2, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt New York. Conference and hotel registration is now available. Click here for more information on SABR 47 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 47.
This year’s SABR National Convention will combine some familiar SABR traditions along with a number of new events. For the second year in a row and third time in four years, SABR will present “A Day at the Ballpark” before the New York Mets game on Friday, June 30 at Citi Field. Special thanks to the Mets staff for this great opportunity and for offering us a large block of tickets in the Big Apple Reserved section at an affordable price. A special ballpark session will be held at Citi Field on Friday afternoon, followed by the game that night between the Mets and the Phillies. More details on the guest speakers will be announced soon, but you can be sure we will have an All-Star lineup.
The Grand Hyatt New York, one of the city’s most historic and luxurious hotels, is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan just steps from Grand Central Terminal and within walking distance of many major attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the New York Public Library.
Click on a link below for more information about SABR 47.
- Registration: Click here for complete information on SABR 47 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 47! We’re again offering a special all-inclusive rate for the annual SABR convention. For $319, a savings of $39 off the regular rate, SABR members can get:
— Full registration to SABR 47 in New York (regular rate: $269)
— 1 ticket in the Big Apple Reserved section to the Mets vs. Phillies game on Friday, June 30 — includes special “A Day at the Ballpark” pregame session at Citi Field and round-trip subway transportation ($50 value)
— 1 ticket to the Awards Reception on Thursday, June 29 ($69 value)
Non-members can pay $394 for the all-inclusive rate. The deadline to register with the all-inclusive rate is Monday, May 1, 2017.
- Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Grand Hyatt New York of $199/night (plus tax) is only available to registered convention attendees. After you register for the SABR 47 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. There are a limited number of rooms in our group block and it will be virtually impossible to find a comparable rate at a top NYC hotel in the Midtown area, so be sure to register for SABR 47 early!
- Awards Reception: SABR will host a special Awards Reception in the early evening on Thursday, June 29 at the Grand Hyatt New York. The Awards Reception will feature the announcement of SABR’s annual awards — including the Bob Davids Award, our highest honor — plus an array of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The reception will be held this year in place of the Awards Luncheon. One ticket to the Awards Reception is included in the all-inclusive package or guest tickets are available for $69 when you register for SABR 47.
- Research presentations: SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 47. The deadline to submit your abstract is Sunday, February 26, 2017. Click here for complete details and application form.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 47 in New York City.
We hope you’ll join us this summer in New York City! Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.
For a multimedia look at every SABR convention since 1971, click here.
SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 47, which will be held June 28-July 2, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan. Early registration rates and hotel information are now available at SABR.org/convention.
Oral presentations are expected to last 20 minutes, followed by a five minute question-and-answer period. Posters will be presented, with the author on-hand to discuss the work, during a poster session of 90 or so minutes, and will probably remain on display throughout the convention.
- Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 47: http://bit.ly/sabr47-presentations
The submission deadline for SABR 47 abstracts is midnight PST, Sunday, FEBRUARY 26, 2017.
Click here for complete details and criteria. Please note: If your abstract is accepted and you intend to make a research presentation, you must register to attend the SABR 47 convention. Registration details are now available at SABR.org/convention.
SABR is pleased to announce that the prologue focusing on the Brooklyn Dodgers in Bill Sullivan’s Long Before the Miracle: The Making of the New York Mets, published by CreateSpace, has been selected as the winner of the Ron Gabriel Award in 2017.
Sullivan, a SABR member from Alexandria, Virginia, is a longtime sports journalist who now teaches landscape design. He will be honored at the SABR 47 convention, June 28-July 2, 2017, in New York City.
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. Eligible works include but are not limited to magazine and journal articles, previously unpublished chapters or articles in anthologies or other books with multiple authors, unpublished research papers, written versions of oral presentations, books, databases and websites.
Honorable mention was given to the following article:
- Lyle Spatz, “Ed Head,” SABR Baseball Biography Project
The award subcommittee included: Gary Sarnoff (chair), Rich Applegate, and Gary Cieradkowski.
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 2017. 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 2017 edition of the Baseball Research Journal, plus discounts on registration to the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference and SABR 47 in New York City, and a lot more! Please note: We MUST receive your dues by February 28, 2017, 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) 496-1460; 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. For this low price, you get two editions of the Baseball Research Journal, the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime; 8-10 free e-books published by the SABR Digital Library; “This Week in SABR” every Friday; access to research resources such as Paper of Record (with complete archives of The Sporting News); discounts to all SABR conferences such as the National Convention (NYC 2017), the SABR Analytics Conference, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, and the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference; and much, much more. Click here for a list of SABR membership benefits.
We believe SABR has something for everyone, from the active researcher to someone passionate about baseball. We hope you’ll invite your friends, colleagues and family members to join at store.sabr.org.
The SABR Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for the Spring 2017 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 27, 2017. 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 18, 2017.
The offices to be filled:
- President (2-year term; currently Vince Gennaro)
- Treasurer (3-year term; currently F.X. Flinn)
- Director (3-year term; currently Emily Hawks)
The Nominating Committee also seeks your input. Members are asked to submit office-specific questions for each of the offices open in this election. We also seek input on general questions for every nominee. Candidates will answer selected questions on the Candidate Statement Form. Regional Chapter leaders and Research Committee Chairs are especially encouraged to pass on this request to their respective members to better address member needs.
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.
Add the newest e-book from the SABR Digital Library to your baseball collection:
Overcoming Adversity: Baseball’s Tony Conigliaro Award
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Clayton Trutor
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1643-9, $14.95
ISBN (e-book) 978-1-943816-42-2, $6.99
211 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
The Tony Conigliaro Award is given each year to the MLB player who “overcomes an obstacle and adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Tony Conigliaro.” Conigliaro was hit in the face by a pitch in 1967. His injuries were so severe that he did not return to the playing field until 1969, homering on Opening Day. Despite his dramatic return, Conigliaro continued to be plagued with vision problems and was forced to retire at age 30. Instituted in 1990 by the Red Sox to honor Conigliaro after his death, the award has been given to 29 players including Rocco Baldelli, Dickie Thon, Jim Abbott, Curtis Pride, and R.A. Dickey. The life stories of these players have been gathered in this book through the collective efforts of 27 authors and editors who are members of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research.
Professional athletes perform seemingly superhuman feats at work every day. While they possess extraordinary skills, they, too, must persevere through human struggles, both physical and personal. Many MLB players have overcome significant adversity, obstacles, and disabilities to achieve their dreams on the diamond. The 29 athletes who have been presented with the Tony Conigliaro Award offer inspirational examples of ballplayers who have overcome significant adversity to enable them to pursue their professional careers.
Contributors include: Rich Bogovich, Ryan Brecker, Mark Brunke, Alan Cohen, Rory Costello, Gordon Edes, Greg Erion, Charles F. Faber, Eric Frost, Joy Hackenmueller, Donna L. Halper, Mike Huber, Norm King, Susan Lantz, David Laurila, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Scot Johnson, Skip Nipper, Bill Nowlin, Joel Rippel, David E. Skelton, Mark S. Sternman, Rick Swaine, Clayton Trutor, Saul Wisnia, and Gregory H. Wolf.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Overcoming Adversity: Baseball’s Tony Conigliaro Award for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on Overcoming Adversity: Baseball’s Tony Conigliaro Award paperback edition for $8.95 (plus shipping) from CreateSpace.
Having trouble downloading our e-books? To view PDF files on your computer, click here to download the free Adobe Reader software. Having trouble downloading e-books to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. If you’re not a member, click here to join SABR.
For past titles from the SABR Digital Library, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
This article originally appeared in the SABR Deadball Era Committee’s February 2017 newsletter.
In early 1961, nearly 44 years after the event, Al Laney recalled Ernie Shore’s unique pitching achievement against the Washington Senators with a memorable opening line in the New York Herald Tribune: “On a Saturday in the summer of 1917 at Fenway Park in Boston, a tall, slim handsome young man settled down on the end of the Red Sox bench prepared for a long afternoon of idleness. A double header with Washington was on but it was not Shore’s turn to pitch.”
The events to follow have taken on the force of baseball legend. Boston starting pitcher Babe Ruth became agitated after walking Ray Morgan, Washington’s leadoff hitter; Ruth then confronted umpire Brick Owens about balls and strikes, suffering a swift ejection; Shore entered the game; and, after Morgan was caught stealing on the first pitch, Shore retired the next 26 batters consecutively, resulting in what would, for many years, be considered a perfect game.
Click here to read the full article at SABR.org: /latest/mcmurray-100-years-later-looking-back-ernie-shores-perfect-game
— John McMurray
2017 is here and it’s time to start the ball rolling as we choose our Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend of the year.
Last year, Jack Glasscock (pictured at right) joined previous winners Pete Browning (2009), Hall of Famer Deacon White (2010), Harry Stovey (2011), Bill Dahlen (2012), Ross Barnes (2013), Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams (2014), and Tony Mullane (2015) as SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends.
The preliminary voting process, which we call the Overlooked Primary Election, will consist of each voter selecting 10 names from the list of 25 candidates. The top 10 will be presented to the SABR membership in May 2017, when all members will be able to vote in the final election. The winner will be announced at the SABR 47 convention this summer in New York City.
Below is a PDF with the 25 candidates for 2017 and a brief explanation of their baseball accomplishments and/or contributions to our national pastime. You can download the PDF with biographies for the 25 candidates by clicking on the link below:
The voting in the Overlooked Primary Election will end at 11:59 p.m. MST on Monday, February 13, 2017.
The “Baseball Buffet,” a new monthly podcast from the SABR Baseball and the Media Committee, features a get-together and conversation about the latest news and hot-button issues in baseball, including media issues, from the perspective of four SABR members who by all rights should be too old to work this podcast thing:
- Jim Walker, Professor Emeritus of Communication at Saint Xavier University in Chicago and author of the seminal baseball media books Center Field Shot and Crack of the Bat, detailing the history of baseball as broadcast on television and radio, respectively.
- Thom Henninger, editor at Baseball Digest and author of Tony Oliva: The Life and Times of a Minnesota Twins Legend
- Stuart Shea, author of Wrigley Field: The Long Life and Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines and Calling the Game: Baseball Broadcasting from 1920 to the Present (the latter book is free for SABR members)
- Chuck Hildebrandt, award-winning baseball researcher, cataloguer of Little League Home Runs, and Chair of SABR’s Baseball and the Media Research Committee
Each podcast runs about 20-25 minutes, a length which fits quite nicely as a quick listen into your own lunch schedule.
Click here to listen to the first two episodes: http://sabrmedia.org/2017/02/03/the-baseball-buffet-is-on-the-air-2/
Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,997 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Floyd Baker, by Bill Nowlin
- John Conkey, by Charlie Bevis
- Ed Head, by Lyle Spatz
- Al Leiter, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- Charles Porter, by Charlie Bevis
- Les Tietje, by Gregory H. Wolf
All new biographies can be found here: /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.
- Cuban Baseball Legends biographies posted online: In SABR’s Cuban Baseball Legends: Baseball’s Alternative Universe, edited by Peter C. Bjarkman and Bill Nowlin and published in 2016, we focused on legendary ballplayers from Cuba’s rich baseball history. It was also SABR’s first bilingual publication. Minnie Minoso. Martin Dihigo. Luis Tiant and Luis Tiant Sr. Orlando “El Duque” and Livan Hernandez. These are only a few of the leading lights profiled in Cuban Baseball Legends: Baseball’s Alternative Universe. We also have essays on the Cuban League, Fidel Castro’s baseball career and legacy, and more. Click here to read them all.
More articles from Detroit the Unconquerable: The 1935 World Champion Detroit Tigers (SABR, 2014), edited by Scott Ferkovich, were published this week at SABR.org.
- A Sleeping Giant: Detroit in the Mid-1930s, by Gary Gillette
- The Mickey Cochrane Trade: The Babe’s Loss was Detroit’s Gain, by John Milner
- 1935 Tigers: Season in Review, by Greg Erion
- ‘Good Afternoon, Boys and Girls’: The 1935 Tigers on the Radio, by Matt Bohn
- A Mechanical Man, a Hammer, the Goose, and Black Mike: 1935 Detroit Tigers in the Hall of Fame, by Doug Lehman
- 1935 Detroit Tigers: City of Champions, by Larry Hilliard and Rob Hilliard
- The 1935 Chicago Cubs, by Gregory H. Wolf
- ‘I Thought I Never Would Get There’: The 1935 World Series, by Scott Ferkovich
Click here to read all player biographies that appeared in Detroit the Unconquerable at the SABR BioProject.
To download the e-book version of Detroit the Unconquerable for free or to get 50% off the paperback edition, click here.
Three new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- June 27, 1893: Chicago welcomes Brooklyn to World’s Fair and new ballpark, by Stephen V. Rice
- September 9, 1931: Al Capone turns out for Cubs-White Sox charity exhibition in Chicago, by Jack Zerby
- June 25, 1949: Gil Hodges hits for cycle as Dodgers, Pirates slug 9 home runs, by Mike Huber
If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Greg Erion. If you want to know if a game is available to write about, please contact Bruce Slutsky. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors’ Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story ready for toward publication.
- 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.
- Contributor Release Form: As of January 1, 2017, all writers publishing articles (biographies, essays, game pieces, etc.) are being asked to sign a Contributor Release Form which can be sent via email to email@example.com or hard copy to SABR, 555 N. Central Ave., Suite #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The form only needs to be filed once for all future SABR publications. Click here to download the form.
- Still seeking a Chief Editor: We are still seeking a Chief Editor to help coordinate the editing for all Games Project stories. This is a crucial role that is necessary to keep the project running smoothly. If you are interested, please contact Greg Erion for more information.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro is back for the Hot Stove League offseason, at a new time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
- Video highlights: Bill Petti talks about using Statcast to predict hits (MLB.com)
You can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com. 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.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2017: The McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award honors the authors of the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year. To submit a nomination for the 2017 awards, please contact Len Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award, due 5/29/2017: The Kavanagh Award may be presented each year for either a research presentation given at the SABR National Convention (papers must accompany any oral presentation), or for a research paper that is submitted to the awards committee by a researcher in grades 6-8 (middle school category), grades 9-12 (high school category), or undergraduates age 22 and under (College Category). All entries must be submitted to committee chair Dr. Leslie Heaphy at email@example.com.
Please note: Only ONE entry per nomination will be considered (do not submit multiple nominations for the same award). For more information on SABR Awards, click here.
We’ve heard your feedback: Some of you have said you look forward to “This Week in SABR” every Friday, but sometimes there are just too many compelling articles and announcements to read every week. We’re not complaining — hey, keep up the great work! — but we know the feeling. So in an effort to make the length of this newsletter more manageable to read, we’ll summarize some of the repeating/recurring announcements in a special “In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)” section of “This Week in SABR”.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Early registration discount expires February 15 for 2017 SABR Analytics Conference
- SABR 47: Early registration now open for 2017 national convention in New York City
- Check out highlights and photos from the 8th annual SABR Day
- Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017; read their SABR biographies
- Call for papers: 2017 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
- Students: Apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 47 in New York City
- Interested in baseball cards? Join SABR’s Baseball Cards Research Committee
- Essays from The Great Eight: The 1975 Cincinnati Reds book now available at SABR.org
- Delayed but not defeated: Marjorie Adams, Doc Adams, and the Hall of Fame
- Students, submit your entries for 2017 SABR Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award
- Read articles from the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR Digital Library celebrates five years of publications
- Entries now accepted for 2017 Women on the Diamond art competition
- Anthony Rizzo, Francisco Lindor win 2016 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- SABR 46: Check out complete multimedia highlights from our Miami convention
- SABR Digital Library: Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957
- Read all biographies from our 1986 Mets book online at the SABR BioProject
- Learn more about new SABR Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- 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: /content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
For more information, click here.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Jonah Bergstein||Silver Spring, MD||William Norton||Stamford, CT|
|Ben Berkon||Brooklyn, NY||Alan Papa||Hudson, OH|
|Rick Carter||Hudson, WI||Luis Rivera||Altadena, CA|
|Stephen Figueroa||Tampa, FL||AJ Sanson||Atlanta|
|Andrew Gillingham||Houston, TX||Nikolas Santana||River Edge, NJ|
|Stephen Goulding||St. John’s, NL||Bob Sellar||Pleasanton, CA|
|John Seubert||San Francisco, CA||Ron Seubert||Sammamish, WA|
|Mamiko Kato||Tokorozawa, JPN||Andrew Shealy||Macon, GA|
|Cathy Leogrande||Auburn, NY||Raymond Sikora||Burlington, CT|
|John Martick||Knoxville, TN||Derek Smart||River Forest, IL|
|Kevin McKinney||Chantilly, VA||Michael Weatherly||Houston, TX|
|Carl Moesche||Gresham, OR|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
- Baseball and the Arts: The Baseball and the Arts Committee has announced plans for a new SABR publication focused on baseball and the arts, including poetry, music, essays, fiction, and visual art. First, we need a couple of motivated, interested souls to join an editorial board to review the deluge expected from SABR members. If you have an interest in serving as an editor or future contributor, please contact Joanne Hulbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Deadball Era: February 2017 newsletter (click here for Herm Krabbenhoft supplement)
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- SABR Day highlights: Find highlights, stories, and photos from the 8th annual SABR Day at SABR.org/sabrday.
- Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, download the updated Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook on the Admin Tools page at admin.sabr.org. The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- February 11: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Roseville, MN)
- February 11: Seymour-Mills Chapter meeting (Naples, FL)
- February 11: Hank Gowdy Chapter book club meeting (Columbus, OH)
- February 11: “Speaking For League Park” book discussion (Cleveland, OH)
- February 11: Connie Mack Chapter Hot Stove meeting (Philadelphia, PA)
- February 11: Talkin’ Baseball: Charles Kupfer (Columbia, MD)
- February 15: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- February 15: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- February 16: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- February 18: Northwest Chapter winter meeting (Tulatin, OR)
- February 20: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter monthly meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- February 20: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- February 21: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- February 22: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
- February 26: Luke Easter Chapter baseball book club meeting (Rochester, NY)
- February 27: Halsey Hall Chapter research committee meeting (Edina, MN)
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:
- Mark Armour: 1964 Giants: Topps’ photo-graphic pinnacle (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: Shows, real and virtual (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jon Leonoudakis: Dream a Little Dream: the Day I Became a Baseball Card Manufacturer (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Anthony Salazar: “Chico” means little boy, not ballplayer! (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Snider: Future Stars: Seldom Stars, Sometimes Not Even Future (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Banished to the Pen: The best baseball research of the past year (Banished to the Pen)
- Marc Bona: Indians announcer addresses SABR group, talks 2017 season (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
- Aaron Gleeman: 2017 PECOTA projections released (Baseball Prospectus)
- Sam Crenshaw: Atlanta Braves to honor a black man who also helped lead team to greatness: Bill Lucas (The Undefeated)
- Steve Krah: Fort Wayne monument to memorialize baseball’s first pro league game (IndianaRBI.com)
- Gabriel Schechter: Eddie Rommel, making Plan B work (The National Pastime Museum)
- John Harper: Mets, Yankees shortstops seem good to the eye — but metrics say otherwise (New York Daily News)
- Rob Mains: Slaying the extra-innings dragon (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mark Tomasik: How Hoyt Wilhelm got traded to the Cardinals (RetroSimba)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Pirates’ new outfield configuration (ACTA Sports)
- David Laurila: Chase Headley, Ken Singleton on same-side switch-hitting (FanGraphs)
- Derek Bain: Park-neutral home runs (Seamheads)
- Ben Lindbergh: Baseball’s ever-expiring secrets (The Ringer)
- Dave Cameron: The devaluation of new ideas (FanGraphs)
- Jeffrey Flanagan: Historic Negro Leagues site in Kansas City nearly restored (MLB.com)
- Sam Miller: Robert Gsellman, the pitcher who could not swing but got a hit (ESPN.com)
- Paul Dickson: The tragic death of Addie Joss and MLB’s first collection of all-stars (The National Pastime Museum)
- Doug Wilson: Shoeless Joe Jackson, baseball’s most famous World War I slacker (Doug Wilson’s Baseball Bookshelf)
- Matthew Mata: A symphony of movement in four pitches (The Hardball Times)
- David Kronheim: 2016 Minor League Baseball attendance analysis (NumberTamer.com)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: February 10, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.