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This Week in SABR: February 12, 2021

This Week in SABR: February 12, 2021

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of February 12, 2021:


SABR Negro Leagues Task Force issues recommendations on major-league status

Satchel Paige (THE RUCKER ARCHIVE)SABR’s Negro Leagues Task Force has made a series of recommendations on which Black leagues from baseball’s segregated era should be recognized as major leagues, and to advise how SABR should change its internal workings to reflect this determination.

The task force, chaired by SABR Board President Mark Armour, acknowledged that the following Black baseball leagues were full major leagues and should be treated as such by all groups or publications under SABR’s purview:

  • Negro National League I, 1920–1931
  • Negro National League II, 1933–1948
  • Negro American League, 1937–1948
  • Eastern Colored League, 1923–1928
  • American Negro League, 1929
  • East-West League, 1932
  • Negro Southern League, 1932

“SABR and its members are committed to the preservation and accurate telling of all of baseball’s history,” SABR CEO Scott Bush said. “While the skill of Negro Leaguers has never been in question, this change helps ensure these players are aligned with their rightful peers and provides guidance on how to better tell the story of segregated baseball.”

SABR is also working with Seamheads.com to license the biographical data from its award-winning Negro Leagues Database. These data will be integrated into SABR’s own biographical database, which forms the backbone of the SABR BioProject. The Biographical Research Committee will continue its efforts to correct and update biographical information for non-Negro Leagues players, as well.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


SABR 50 at 50: The Evolution of Baseball Analytics

SABR 50 at 50As part of the SABR 50 at 50 project to commemorate the organization’s fiftieth anniversary, SABR offers 50 moments in the evolution of baseball analytics for the past 50 years.

The history of baseball analytics, or sabermetrics, is long and complicated and is filled with many important contributions from analysts, writers, popularizers, books, websites and corporations. The 50 selected moments, or events, are ones we thought would best tell the story of the past half century in this ever-changing field since SABR’s founding in 1971. The next 50 years promises to be just as busy.

We invite you to visit SABR.org/50at50/analytics to read the list and the short description for each of the entries. Click on the title to read stories from the SABR Research Collection archives or other baseball authors about these moments.

— Mark Armour


Join us next Friday for a Minor League Baseball Discussion with Scott Bush and J.J. Cooper

2021 Minor League Baseball Discussion: Scott Bush and J.J. CooperJoin us for a one-on-one conversation on Zoom covering the new Minor League Baseball landscape with SABR CEO Scott Bush and J.J. Cooper, Executive Editor of Baseball America. They will cover all aspects of the changes in Minor League Baseball and how we arrived at this point.

Minor League Baseball Discussion with Scott Bush and J.J. Cooper
2:00-3:00 p.m. EST
Friday, February 19, 2021

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


SABR Analytics: Use of Analytics in Contract Negotiations Panel

2021 SABR Analytics Conference speakersSABR is excited to announce the Use of Analytics in Contract Negotiations panel on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which is open to all baseball fans. Register today to join us!

The Use of Analytics in Contract Negotiations panel is expected to include:

  • Lonnie Murray, President and CEO of Sports Management Partners
  • Burton Rocks, founder of C.L. Rocks Corporation sports agency, author, social media entrepreneur, and sports attorney
  • Jay Sartori, Senior Director of Baseball Analytics & Operations with the Detroit Tigers
  • Moderator: Brian Kenny, MLB Network host

Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.

Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more or to register.


Register now to join us at 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceAll baseball fans are welcome to join us for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over four days in online sessions from March 11-14, 2021. 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!

Programming will run on Thursday and Friday evening from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Eastern, all day Saturday from 12:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern, and Sunday afternoon from 1:00-5:00 p.m. EDT.

Stay tuned for more details on guest speakers, panelists, and presenters! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.


Last call: Vote for winners of the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

Vote now for 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research AwardsHere’s your chance to vote for the 2021 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.

Voting for the winners will be conducted online through 11:59 p.m. MST on Friday, February 12 at SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com, and IBWAA.com, with results weighted equally at 25%.

Results will be announced and presented at the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, March 11-14, 2021. Learn more or register for the conference at SABR.org/analytics.


Call for papers: 2021 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

International Women's Baseball CenterSABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the third annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled for September 10-12, 2021, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

This year’s conference theme is “Breaking Barriers: Women in Baseball Around the World.” All topics related to women’s baseball are welcome for individual oral and poster presentations. Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by July 5, 2021, to Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.

All notifications will be made by August 2. In the event the conference cannot be held in person, we will proceed with online presentations, panel discussions, and other demonstrations of baseball scholarship.

For coverage of the 2020 virtual conference, visit SABR.org/women-in-baseball-conference.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Emil Rothe-Ken Keltner Chapter SABR Day Negro Leagues panelSABR 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.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:

  • February 13: Hank Gowdy (OH) Chapter meeting (9:30 a.m. EST)
  • February 13: Ken Keltner-Emil Rothe joint chapter meeting with Scott Bush, Mark Armour, Larry Lester, Scott Simkus, Sean Gibson, Bill Pearch, and Jason Schwartz (11:30 a.m. CST)
  • February 13: Baseball Reminiscence / Women in Baseball meeting (1:30 p.m. EST)
  • February 13: Pacific Northwest Chapter Meeting with Bart Waldman, Mark Armour, Rob Neyer, John Choiniere, and Eric Sallee (1:00 p.m. PST)
  • February 15: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with Thomas Gilbert and Brian McTaggart (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • February 16: IBWAA: Now Batting with Gabrielle Starr (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 17: Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting (2:00 p.m. MST)
  • February 17: Central Florida Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 18: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter meeting with Aaron Gaberman and Neil Scherer (6:30 p.m. EST)
  • February 18: Magnolia (GA) Chapter meeting (7:30 p.m. EST)
  • February 19: Minor League Baseball Discussion with Scott Bush and J.J. Cooper (2:00 p.m. EST)

Find more upcoming virtual meetings on our SABR Events Calendar page.


Download your free copy of Preston D. Orem’s Baseball From the Newspaper Accounts (1882-1891)

Preston Orem's Baseball From the Newspaper Accounts (1882-1891)An invaluable research collection on 19th-century baseball is now available for all SABR members to download on the Research Resources page.

Historian Preston D. Orem’s Baseball (1882-1891) From the Newspaper Accounts, ten original volumes of exhaustive research from contemporary newspapers covering professional baseball for each season from 1882 to 1891, is now available as a free PDF download. The 714-page volume at SABR.org includes a new foreword by John Thorn and a preface by Bob Bailey.

Orem’s previous Newspaper Accounts book, self-published in 1961, covered the 1845 to 1881 seasons and has long been used as a source by writers and researchers on 19th-century baseball. This title, originally released in 1966-67, is much harder to find.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


Call for nominations: 2021 SABR Board of Directors election

The SABR Nominating Committee is now seeking nominations for candidates for the 2021 elections. To be eligible for the Board of Directors, candidates must have been members of the Society for at least the preceding four years. The deadline for nominations is February 26, 2021.

The offices to be filled:

  • President (2-year term; currently Mark Armour)
  • Secretary (3-year term; currently Todd Lebowitz)
  • Director (3-year term; currently Tyrone Brooks)

Nominees must prepare a Candidate Statement Form following guidelines that will be available from any Nominating Committee member and must be received by the Nominating Committee chair no later than March 26, 2021. 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 Anthony Salazar at salazar8017@yahoo.com.


Register now for the virtual SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference in 2021

SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference (ERIC MIKLICH)Registration is now open for the 11th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, which will be held virtually on April 22-24, 2021. All baseball fans are welcome to register for this special online event.

The 2021 virtual conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from Major League Baseball’s Official Historian John Thorn, along with a panel discussion on National League president William Hulbert with Jack Bales, Richard Hershberger, Bill Lamb, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a special presentation by Jim Gates on the “Penny Marshall Sheet Music Collection” at the Baseball Hall of Fame; a Member Spotlight interview of Tom Gilbert by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations.

For questions, please contact Peter Mancuso at peterplus4@earthlink.net.

To learn more about the conference, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Marty Appel

SABRcast #97: Marty AppelBaseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer.

Episode #97 on Monday, February 8 featured Marty Appel, who became the youngest public relations director in baseball history when George Steinbrenner elevated him to the New York Yankees post in 1973. He is the author or co-author of numerous sports books, including the New York Times-bestselling Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain; Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss; and most recently Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character, winner of the aptly named CASEY Award in 2017. He resides in New York City.

Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.

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


14 new SABR biographies published

Willie McGee (TRADING CARD DB)Fourteen new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject


7 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

James Paxton (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Seven new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject.

With the recent addition of Negro Leagues box scores at Retrosheet.org, many SABR Games Project stories on the Negro Leagues now include play-by-play details on the exploits of Black baseball greats such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Buck Leonard.

  • Get involved: Have memories of a game you attended? Or a game you watched that caught your interest? Write about it! Writing for the Games Project is an easy way to get involved as a SABR member. Find out how by reading the Games Project FAQs section or checking out the Authors’ Guidelines. We have editors and fact checkers who are willing to help you write your first article.
  • Social media: Follow the SABR Games Project on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with new stories and updates.

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

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroBehind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time. Listen to new episodes at 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.

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

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM focuses on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today. It airs weekly throughout the year on MLB Network Radio, available to subscribers nationwide on XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209, and on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.


Call for SABR award nominations

Please note: Only ONE entry per nomination will be considered (do not submit multiple nominations for the same award). For more information on SABR Awards, click here.


ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.


Welcome, new members!

We’d like to welcome all of our new SABR members who have joined this week. You can find all Members-Only resources at members.sabr.org and the Membership Handbook can be downloaded here.

Please give these new members a warm welcome and help them make the most of their membership by giving them the opportunity to get involved in their local chapter or a research committee.

You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Jerry Arena Tucson, AZ     Andrew Mims Bagley, WI
Steve Berry Fort Worth, TX     Riley Nowokowski London, ON
Ken Bikoff Ellettsville, IN     Jennifer Olivares Diamond Bar, CA
Jeff Copeland Cedar Falls, IA     Winston Perez Los Angeles, CA
Matthew Dignan Somerville, MA     Elisaul Pimentel Louisville, KY
Tom Fesolowich Farmingdale, NY     Tim Ponisciak Granger, IN
Sam Galea Ottawa, ON     Dennis Publow Aurora, CO
Kara Godsey Lewis Center, OH     Larry Reilly Doylestown, PA
James Heslep Bridgeport, WV     Clifford Ross Atlanta, GA
Stephon Johnson Queens, NY     Tatiana Snedeker Manhasset, NY
Martin Kessler Chicago, IL     Tina Terry Sacramento, CA
Bill Klink Sun City, AZ     Greg Thompson Exton, PA
Mark Kolier Norwalk, CT     Arthur Winkler Oak Harbor, OH
Stephen Lotterman Whitinsville, MA     Todd Wormuth Queensbury, NY
Bruce McClure West Hartford, CT     Sean Young Palo Alto, CA
Paul Miles Somerset, MA        

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.


Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:

Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.


Around the Web

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

Please note: Some articles may require a separate subscription to view online. SABR does not endorse, and is not responsible or liable for, any content that appears on a third-party website.


This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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Originally published: February 12, 2021. Last Updated: February 12, 2021.

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