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 11, 2022:
Early registration is now open for SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held on June 2-4, 2022, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
Hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. Since 1998, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of Black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and an annual art contest.
- Register: Click here to register online for the 2022 Malloy Conference. Full registration is $175 before April 29, $195 afterward. Students: $125 before April 29, $140 afterward. Single-day registration is also available for $75 for Friday or Saturday. Extra tickets can be purchased for the Rickwood Field bus tours, Thursday’s “meet and greet” reception, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Tour, or the awards banquet on Saturday night. All of these sessions are included in the full registration package.
- Hotel: Click here to book your room online at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel at the special group rate of $155/night (plus tax). Our host hotel is located at 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., North Birmingham, AL 35203. Call (205) 324-5000 for questions about your hotel reservation.
- Call for papers: We welcome proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields. 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. Please email your proposal as a Word attachment to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu before March 1, 2022. Click here for more details.
- COVID-19 policy: All attendees must supply proof of a negative test. Those who can provide proof of vaccination are exempt from this requirement. Attendees will be required to follow any additional local public health declarations, including mask mandates. Click here to learn more.
- Contact: For questions, email Larry Lester or Leslie Heaphy.
Visit SABR.org/malloy to learn more.
We’re excited to announce a new panel for the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, presented by Major League Baseball and Rawlings. The conference, which is open to all baseball fans, is scheduled for March 17-20, 2022. Register today to join us!
In the What is Biomechanics and How is it Used in Major League Baseball? panel, MLB team employees and American Baseball Biomechanics Society members will discuss one of the baseball’s newest analytical frontiers.
The Biomechanics panel is expected to include:
- Georgia Giblin, Director, Performance Science with the Detroit Tigers
- Bryson Nakamura, Director and Head Sport Scientist for the Stanford Baseball Science Core
- Ethan Stewart, Applied Biomechanist for the Cincinnati Reds
- Moderator: Megan Stewart, Integrative Sports Performance Analyst for the Milwaukee Brewers
Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.
Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more or to register.
Our 13th annual SABR Day celebration was held on Saturday, February 5. SABR Day is a way for all baseball fans to come together, regardless of where they live, and talk about the game we all love.
- Visit SABR.org/sabrday for video replays, plus highlights, photos, and stories from SABR Day events
Our All-Star lineup of guest speakers for SABR Day included a celebration of Frick Award-winning broadcaster Jack Graney in Cleveland, a star-studded event with ESPN Deportes analysts and broadcasters in the Dominican Republic, a tour of historic baseball sites in Atlanta, Reds manager of baseball operations Mark Edwards in Cincinnati, Yankee Stadium historian Tony Morante in Cooperstown, Rockies official scorer Jillian Geib and “Batting Stance Guy” Gar Ryness in Denver, Hall of Fame librarian Cassidy Lent in New Jersey, Dodgers broadcaster Tim Neverett in Los Angeles, Twins third base coach Tommy Watkins in Rochester (NY), former Dodgers GM and SABR Director Dan Evans in Mississippi, and many award-winning authors and presenters elsewhere.
Visit SABR.org/sabrday to learn more.
Registration is open now for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over four days in online sessions from March 17-20, 2022. We’ll bring together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate, and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. Register today to join us!
The Virtual Analytics Conference schedule consists of research presentations and guest speakers from throughout the baseball analytics community, career development sessions led by experienced sports professionals, and industry networking opportunities — all available online for any aspiring front office executive or baseball fan to attend from the comfort of home. Students will have opportunities for skill acquisition and development, including sessions on how to work with baseball-related data sets as well as databasing and SQL.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Registration is $100 for SABR members, $125 for non-members, and $50 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year SABR membership). Please note: The early-bird registration discount is no longer available.
- Student Registration: Students should email Scott Carter with a photo of their student ID to receive a special link to register at a discounted rate.
Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
It’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.
The SABR Analytics Certification program is an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics. The curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.
SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/certification to sign up today or learn more.
Join us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.
On Thursday, February 3, we heard from coach Roger Cador, who won more than 900 games and two HBCU national championships as the baseball coach for 33 years at Southern University. He was inducted in 2021 to the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and in 2019 to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Visit SABR.org/ballpark-figures to learn more.
Voting is now open to select the 2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards 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, and the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America.
SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 50, the 2022 annual convention in Baltimore.
- Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 50: http://bit.ly/sabr50-submissions
The submission deadline for SABR 50 abstracts is midnight PST on Friday, March 4, 2022.
SABR 50 is scheduled to be held August 17-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Early registration rates and hotel information will be available soon at SABR.org/convention.
The 2022 Diamond Dollars Case Competition will be held online beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday, March 18, 2022, as part of the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Four- to five-person student teams are asked to evaluate a baseball operations case problem. The student team presents their analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges that includes MLB front office executives.
- Register: Click here to register your team for the 2022 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition. Registration is $1,750 per team, which includes admission to all SABR Virtual Analytics Conference sessions and a one-year SABR membership for each participant.
- Questions: Please contact Vince Gennaro with any questions about participating.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/case to learn more.
The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues: Essays and Research for Overdue Recognition
Edited by Sean Forman and Cecilia M. Tan
Associate Editors: Scott Bush, Adam Darowski, Caitlin Moyer, Jacob Pomrenke
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SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues paperback edition from the SABR Store ($12.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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Registration is now open for the 13th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, which will be held on April 29-30, 2022, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to register for this special event.
The 2022 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from author Thomas Gilbert, along with a panel discussion on owner Chris Von Der Ahe with John Thorn, Tom Hetrick, Dennis Thiessen, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a special presentation by Jonathan Popovich on “A Game of Ball: Reconstructing The Elysian Fields, 1845-1865”; a Member Spotlight interview of Dixie Tourangeau by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations.
- Registration: Click here to download the registration form (PDF). Registrations can be accepted by mail only.
- Cost: Conference registration is $75 per person, including the Saturday luncheon. Tickets for the optional Friday evening Welcoming Dinner ($50) and Saturday’s Post-Conference Gathering ($40) at the historic Otesaga Hotel can also be purchased in advance for you or a guest.
- RSVP: Please mail your registration form no later than February 28. Registration is limited to the first 100 people to sign up, so please register early!
- Schedule: Click here to view the complete schedule for the 2022 Ivor-Campbell Conference.
- Contact: For questions, contact Peter Mancuso at email@example.com.
To learn more about the conference, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.
SABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at SABR.org, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
- Can’t-Miss Event: This month’s Talkin’ Baseball meeting, hosted by the SABR Bob Davids Chapter in Washington D.C., will be held via Zoom at 9:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, February 12. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Our guest will be Ralph Carhart, who will discuss his book The Hall Ball: One Fan’s Journey to Unite Cooperstown Immortals With a Single Baseball. To RSVP for this Zoom meeting, please contact Peter Cottrell.
- Video Replays: This week, we posted highlights from SABR Day events around the globe, and also heard from authors Monica Nucciarone (“Alexander Cartwright’s Life and Baseball Legacy”) and Andy Andres (“MLB’s Sticky Stuff Scandal”). Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.
Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:
- February 12: Hank Gowdy Columbus (OH) Chapter book club meeting with Jeremy Beer (9:00 a.m. EST)
- February 12: Talkin’ Baseball: Ralph Carhart (9:00 a.m. EST)
- February 16: New Member Experience meeting (8:00 p.m. EST)
- February 17: Larry Doby (SC) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
- February 19: Larry Lester: Black Baseball’s National Showcase: The East-West All-Star Game (12:00 p.m. EST)
- February 19: San Diego Ted Williams Chapter meeting with Jack Bales (10:00 a.m. PST)
- February 19: Ken Keltner/Emil Rothe Chapter SABR Day meeting with Ila Borders, Jasmine Dunston and Sara Sanchez (2:00 p.m. CST)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- February 12: West Texas Chapter meeting (San Angelo, TX)
- February 17: Magnolia Chapter meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- February 19: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
- February 19: Connie Mack-Dick Allen Chapter meeting (Philadelphia, PA)
- February 19: Monarchs Chapter meeting (Kansas City, MO)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
The Hoboken Historical Museum is the 2022 recipient of the SABR Russell Gabay Award, which honors entities or persons who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to baseball in New Jersey.
“The Hoboken Historical Museum has a strong connection to the National Pastime,” said David Krell, chair of SABR’s Elysian Fields Chapter in New Jersey. “Its website emphasizes the historic game between the New York Base Ball Club and the Knickerbockers, which set the template for Organized Baseball.”
The Russell Gabay Award was established by SABR’s New Jersey-based Elysian Fields Chapter and Goose Goslin Chapter.
Episode #148 on Monday, February 7 featured Katherine Walden, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on the intersection of sport and culture, including professional baseball labor issues. She has previously worked at the Iowa Women’s Archives, Library of Congress, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and Grinnell College in Iowa. She received a Ph.D. in American Studies-Sport Studies at the University of Iowa, where she also earned master’s degree in Library and Information Science, with a Certificate in Public Digital Humanities.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
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- Sparky Adams, by John J. Watkins
- Brady Anderson, by Malcolm Allen
- Ed Bouchee, by Russ Walsh
- Scott Cooper, by Bill Nowlin
- Bobby Darwin, by Paul Motyka and Ryan O’Connor
- Jack Enright, by Darren Gibson
- Jimmy Johnston, by Mark S. Sternman
- Norm Larker, by Marc Z. Aaron
- Tom McCarthy, by Bill Nowlin
- Elmer Rieger, by Darren Gibson
- Hunky Shaw, by Eric Vickrey
- U.L. Washington, by Malcolm Allen
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
Eight new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- October 8, 1904: Clark Griffith rolls the dice and Chesbro loses to Boston on no rest, by Jerrod Cotosman
- September 9-17, 1922: Turkey Stearnes and Memphis Red Sox defeat Dallas Black Giants in Dixie Series, by Stephen V. Rice
- September 8, 1933: Mel Almada becomes the first Mexican native to play in a major-league baseball game, by Bill Nowlin
- August 18, 1947: Dottie Kamenshek goes 5-for-5 with two homers, chases second straight batting title, by Gary Belleville
- October 2, 1948: Ted Williams’s home run knocks Yankees out of the AL pennant race, by Bill Nowlin
- June 11, 1959: Dodgers dominate Phillies 11-0 as Johnny Podres throws 2-hitter, by David Krell
- August 15, 1966: Pittsfield’s Ed Connolly dominates in unique ‘cross-state’ shutout at Fenway Park, by Kurt Blumenau
- August 29, 1976: Mark Fidrych entertains Oakland crowd with a complete-game gem, but loses in 12th, by Dan Schoenholz
New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject.
- Get involved: Have memories of a game you attended? Or a game you watched that caught your interest? Write about it! Writing for the Games Project is an easy way to get involved as a SABR member. Find out how by reading the Games Project FAQs section or checking out the Authors’ Guidelines. We have editors and fact checkers who are willing to help you write your first article.
- Social media: Follow the SABR Games Project on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with new stories and updates.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time. Listen to new episodes at 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.
You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio app.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM focuses on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today. It airs weekly throughout the year on MLB Network Radio, available to subscribers nationwide on XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209, and on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award (best history/biography articles; deadline: 2/15/2022)
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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Steven Treder’s Horace Stoneham biography wins 2022 SABR Seymour Medal
- SABR member Bill Humber appointed as a member of the Order of Canada
- SABR member Tal Smith elected to Houston Astros Hall of Fame
- Jessica Smyth joins SABR staff as Membership Services Manager
- Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2022
- SABR Digital Library celebrates 10 years of new baseball books
- Longtime SABR member Tim Kurkjian wins 2022 BBWAA Career Excellence Award
- Read all articles from SABR’s 3-volume series on history of the Winter Meetings online
- SABR 50 convention in Baltimore rescheduled for August 17-21, 2022
- Check out the complete SABR 50 at 50 series as we look back at baseball over the past 50 years
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
|Brian Alcott||Tomball, TX||Gilberto Pina||Wesley Chapel, FL|
|Ryan Beckman||Clearwater, FL||Jim Pryles||Hanover, MA|
|Trent Bennett||Veneta, OR||Josh Rawitch||Cooperstown, NY|
|Liam Delehanty||Chicago, IL||Robyn Ritchie||Vancouver, BC|
|Steven DiNobile||Lakeland, MI||Jason Robinson||Chicago, IL|
|William Ecenbarger||Hummelstown, PA||Walter Roettger||Oswego, NY|
|Charles Euchner||Hamden, CT||Jake Schoenholz||Walnut Creek, CA|
|Anthony Garzilli||Savannah, GA||Mark Simons||College Park, MD|
|Daniel Gill||Norfolk, VA||Thomas Smith||Heath, TX|
|Jeffery Hertzog||Dysart, PA||Dan Speer||Waterbury, CT|
|William Ivimey||Kingston, ON||Mark Speicher||Phoenix, AZ|
|Eksin Kitnites||Berkeley, CA||Justin Stofferahn||White Bear Twp, MN|
|ChunKai Lin||College Station, TX||Taishi Terashima||Sapporo, JPN|
|Bennett McLaughlin||South River, NJ|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Baseball Landmarks: Seeking volunteers to help with baseball landmarks mapping project
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Bob Davids Chapter: February 2022 newsletter (Washington, DC)
- Elysian Fields/Goose Goslin Chapters: Hoboken Historical Museum honored with 2022 SABR Russell Gabay Award
- Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter: February 2022 newsletter (Milwaukee, WI)
- SABR Day highlights: Click here to watch replays of 2022 SABR Day meetings
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Registration is now open for 2022 NINE Conference during spring training in Arizona (NineConference.com)
- Jayson Stark/Ken Rosenthal: ‘Absolute insanity’: Why baseball is bracing for The Wildest Spring Training Ever when the lockout ends (The Athletic)
- Tyler Kepner: As Baseball Fights Over the Short Term, Long-Term Problems Loom (New York Times)
- Jack Baer: MLB wants to use WAR to decide bonuses. The people who calculate it aren’t thrilled (Yahoo! Sports)
- Craig Goldstein: Call It What It Is (Baseball Prospectus)
- Hannah Keyser: Rob Manfred refuses to concede spring training delay as scheduled report date approaches (Yahoo! Sports)
- Emma Baccellieri: Don’t Be Silly. This Isn’t Rob Manfred’s Fault, Says Rob Manfred. (Sports Illustrated)
- Adam Platt: MLB Lockout Throws Twins Spring Training a Wild Pitch (Twin Cities Business)
- Russell A. Carleton: Why We’re Going to Get the Universal DH (Baseball Prospectus)
- Grant Brisbee: The rankings for the Giants’ farm system are all over the place. Here’s why (The Athletic)
- Mark Simon: How Far Is Jarred Kelenic From Being an Average Defensive CF? (Sports Info Solutions)
- Jay Jaffe: Cooperstown Notebook: Some Insights from the Spreadsheets (FanGraphs)
- Noah Frank: MLB’s Big, Long, Quiet China Gambit (Baseball Prospectus)
- Eno Sarris: Four pitchers showed intriguing, fundamental differences late last season. Can they carry over? (The Athletic)
- Kelly Candaele/Peter Dreier: Baseball Players Can’t Live on “a Cup of Coffee” (The Nation)
- David Laurila: The Crime Dog’s Equal, Carlos Delgado Deserves Another Look (FanGraphs)
- Manny Randhawa: It was billed as an all-time heist. The real story of Griffey to the Reds (MLB.com)
- Alex Speier: ‘The opportunity of a lifetime.’ How Pete Fatse made it from Wilbraham to the Red Sox dugout (Boston Globe)
- Matt Monagan: The Cuban star who outslugged the Babe (MLB.com)
- Jason Mackey: Grays legend Vic Harris might be Pittsburgh’s most under-appreciated Negro Leagues star (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
- Breya Jones: Meet the Louisville Unions: the city’s little-known Black baseball team from 1908 (WFPL.org)
- Terry Sloope: Tragedy in Atlanta: The Southern League’s Inaugural Season Brings Death to the Peach State (Magnolia SABR)
- Stephanie Sheehan: Lansing Lugnuts honor dominant Page Fence Giants (MiLB.com)
- Barbara McIntyre: Joseph Wancho’s ‘Hebrew Hammer’ is comprehensive examination of Al Rosen’s career (Akron Beacon Journal)
- Steven Goldman: New Jersey, Baseball, and You—Perfect Together (Baseball Prospectus)
- Michael Clair: Hollywood Stars beat White Sox to shorts (MLB.com)
- Benjamin Hill: Explore Daytona Beach’s Jackie Robinson Ballpark (MiLB.com)
- Jeff Cohen: Baseball and BBQ interview with author Dan Joseph (Baseball and BBQ)
- F. Scott Wilkinson: Topps in 1972, Part 6 (SABR Baseball Cards Committee)
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Originally published: February 11, 2022. Last Updated: February 11, 2022.