Happy Pitchers & Catchers Report Day, and welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Please note: The SABR office will be closed on Monday, February 17. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of February 14, 2014:
The Next Frontier of Baseball Analytics, presented by SABR, will be the 2014 baseball analytics panel at the eighth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
The panel will take place at 9 a.m. EST on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, visit sloansportsconference.com.
“With our experience in bringing together the top minds of the baseball analytics community, we’re excited to be presenting The Next Frontier of Baseball Analytics at the MIT Sloan Conference this year,” SABR Executive Director Marc Appleman said. “It’s a great opportunity for baseball fans to experience a taste of the insightful panel discussions that we present every year at the SABR Analytics Conference.”
The 2014 SABR Analytics Conference will take place March 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Find a complete schedule and registration information at SABR.org/analytics.
Here are the scheduled speakers for The Next Frontier of Baseball Analytics, presented by SABR, on March 1: Vince Gennaro, President, SABR; Brian Kenny, Host, MLB Network; Jeff Luhnow, General Manager, Houston Astros; Rob Neyer, Senior Baseball Editor, FoxSports.com; Nate Silver, Founder, FiveThirtyEight; and Bill Squadron, Head of Bloomberg Sports.
For more information on the Next Frontier of Baseball Analytics panel, click here.
To learn more about the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, visit sloansportsconference.com.
A legendary collection of baseball material, including invaluable research, printed materials and historic literature dating back to the 1870s, has found a new home in the San Diego Central Library’s Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center.
The donation enhances San Diego’s position as holding the most comprehensive assemblage of baseball research materials outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. The public is invited to a free presentation of select collection material on Saturday, Feb. 15.
The William J. Weiss Collection of baseball history was donated jointly to the San Diego Public Library and San Diego Ted Williams Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The collection, cultivated by Weiss, a well-respected baseball historian who worked with many minor league baseball teams, provides comprehensive player information equal to that available at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“We are proud and honored to be the recipient of this remarkable collection,” said Dan Boyle, president of SABR’s San Diego Ted Williams Chapter. “We’re certain that baseball fans of all ages from San Diego and beyond will treasure this priceless collection for generations to come.”
The public is invited to learn from baseball historians about select collection artifacts during the next SABR chapter meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 15 in the San Diego Public Library auditorium. Padres/Fox San Diego broadcaster Mark Grant will headline the free public event.
To read the full announcement, and learn more about the Bill Weiss Collection, click here.
- Related link: New baseball collection to be unveiled at San Diego’s Central Library (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Here’s your final chance to vote for the 2014 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, The Hardball Times, and Beyond the Box Score.
Voting will remain open until 12:00 a.m. MST on Monday, February 17, 2014. Details and criteria for each category can be found here. Only one work per author was considered as a finalist.
Results will be announced and presented at the third annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 13-15, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more or register for the conference at SABR.org/analytics.
SABR is once again teaming up with the Baseball Industry Network for the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference Welcome/Networking Reception, which will feature food, drinks and great opportunities to network with baseball professionals and other attendees from the conference.
The reception will be held from 7:30-10:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Admission to the welcome reception is included in your 2014 SABR Analytics Conference registration.
Members of the Baseball Industry Network can attend the reception separately for $30. To sign up, click here.
The Baseball Industry Network now features more than 21,000 members and you can join us on LinkedIn or at www.baseballindustrynetwork.com. You can also follow the Baseball Industry Network on Twitter at @tybbnet.
- SABR Analytics Conference registration is available now at the SABR Store. Click here to register. The conference is open to all baseball fans.
For more details on the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference, including a complete schedule and list of speakers, visit SABR.org/analytics.
The due date to submit your research presentation abstracts for SABR 44 in Houston has been revised. The new deadline is 12 a.m. PST on SUNDAY, MARCH 2.
In addition, we are issuing a Call for Reviewers. These volunteers will read and evaluate approximately 10 de-identified abstracts during March. Members who submit abstracts may also act as reviewers (you won’t review your own submissions). To volunteer as a reviewer, send a note to either of the email addresses below.
SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 44, the 2014 annual convention in Houston, Texas. 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.
For more details on submission criteria and guidelines, click here.
Questions regarding the submission, review, and evaluation procedures should also be sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org address.
SABR 44 will be held at the Royal Sonesta in Houston, Texas, from July 30-August 3, 2014. (Registration and hotel information will be available soon at SABR.org/convention.)
Six new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,641 published biographies. Here are the new bios:
- Charles A. Prince, by Charlie Bevis
- Games Project: September 28, 1938, Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, by James Forr
- Games Project: September 28, 1941 (Game 1), Boston at Philadelphia A’s, by Bill Nowlin
- Games Project: September 28, 1941 (Game 2), Boston at Philadelphia A’s, by Jack Zerby
- Games Project: September 9, 1977, Detroit at Boston, by Scott Ferkovich
- Games Project: June 23, 1984, St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, by Scott Ferkovich
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
You can find the SABR BioProject at SABR.org/BioProject.
Bios on more than just ballplayers: The ambitious goal of the SABR Baseball Biography Project is to publish a full-life biography of every major league player in history. But SABR members write about a lot more than just ballplayers. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires and a lot more on the BioProject website. You can browse all of these categories at http://sabr.org/bioproj/browse. So if you’ve ever thought, “Hey, that person (or ballpark) should get the full BioProject treatment” — write the story and we’ll publish it!
Get involved! If you’d like to help contribute to the SABR BioProject, visit our BioProject Resources page or read the FAQs section to get started. We’re also looking to expand the BioProject to include all “encyclopedic” articles on baseball-related subjects from past SABR publications or committee newsletters. If you come across an article you think should be included in the SABR “baseball repository” at the BioProject, send a copy or link to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re pleased to congratulate SABR member Herschel Cobb, author of Heart of a Tiger: Growing up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb (ECW Press), as the winner of the 2013 CASEY Award, awarded for the Best Baseball Book of the Year by Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine. An excerpt from the press release at SpitballMag.com:
The searing, sometimes horrifying, story about how Ty Cobb rescued his grandson from Herschel’s abusive father becomes in the hands of the author an inspiring and beautifully-told memoir. The book received first, second, and third place votes to win the 31st CASEY Award by two points over the closest rival.
Judge C. Paul Rogers III said, “No one who reads Heart of a Tiger will ever view Ty Cobb quite the same again. In a beautifully conceived and written memoir, fashioned without apology and set in the backdrop of a dysfunctional family for which Ty Cobb was undoubtedly to blame, his grandson shows the loving, caring, and giving side of a Cobb who is trying to make amends for his earlier failings as a parent. It is a compelling book which is hard to set aside and which stuck with me long after I closed the covers.”
Cobb is scheduled to receive his award at the 31st annual CASEY Awards Banquet, 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Crosley’s Sports Bar & Eatery, 4910 Vine Street, St. in Bernard, Ohio.
Other finalists for the CASEY Award included SABR members Tom Dunkel for Color Blind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball’s Color Line; Mike Lackey for Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing; Edward Achorn for The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Race Made Baseball America’s Game; and Robert Weintraub for The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age.
For more information, visit SpitballMag.com.
The SABR Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for the Spring 2014 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, 2014. 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, 2014.
The offices to be filled:
- Vice-President (2-year term; currently Bill Nowlin)
- 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 a member of the Nominating Committee: chair R.J. Lesch (email@example.com), Rick Schabowski (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Barry Deutsch (email@example.com).
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 2014. 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 2014 edition of the Baseball Research Journal, plus discounts on registration to the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference and SABR 44 in Houston, and a lot more!
We MUST receive your dues by February 28, 2014, in order for you to receive the upcoming Spring 2014 BRJ.
- Renew your membership for 1 year or 3 years online — or select our new 5-year, digital-only membership rate — at the SABR Store; by phone at (602) 343-6450; or by mailing this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the SABR office at 4455 E. Camelback Road, Ste. D-140, Phoenix, AZ 85018.
We’re excited about the upcoming year ahead of us and we hope you’ll take advantage of all the membership benefits offered to SABR members in 2014 and beyond.
All real baseball men know that Cincinnati is the home of the first truly great professional baseball team. In 1869, the “Red Stockings” won sixty-five games while losing NONE, still the greatest feat any team has ever accomplished.
Almost six decades on, Cincinnati will earn yet another distinction: that of host of the 1928 All Star Game taking place on Tuesday, July 10 at Redland Field, aka “The Old Boomerang”, at the corner of Findlay & Western. It is a marvelous palace, a fit setting for the most marvelous game of the summer!
And you, the Knowing Fan, will alone be responsible for which of the Greatest Stars of today will be on the field for the first pitch of that game! Will that coterie include The Babe? Rajah? Ol’ Stubblebeard? Big Poison or Little Poison? Only YOU can say!
The games will be played using Out of the Park 14, and the game account and box score will be posted over at Seamheads.com.
- Vote for the 1928 All-Star starters and pitchers here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ASG1928
Voting will be open until 3:00 a.m. ET on February 28, 2014. At that time, we will count up the votes, put together the rosters, and sim the game.
To learn more about the Retroactive All-Star Project, visit SABR.org/retroactive-all-star-project/about.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2014: 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 2013 awards, please contact Len Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ron Gabriel Award, due 3/1/2014: The Ron Gabriel Award honors the author(s) of the best research, published or unpublished, on the subject of the Brooklyn Dodgers completed during the preceding calendar year. Nominations should be sent to a member of the nominating candidate no later than March 1, 2014: Paul Hirsch (chair), Craig Murden, or Gary Sarnoff.
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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:
- Announcing the 2014 Henry Chadwick Award recipients
- Full schedule posted online for 2014 SABR Analytics Conference
- Gerald C. Wood’s Smoky Joe Wood: The Biography of a Baseball Legend wins 2014 SABR Seymour Medal
- Primary election begins for Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend of 2014
- SABR 44: Panels to be held at Minute Maid Park in special ballpark session
- Seeking nominations for 2014 Greg Spira Baseball Research Award
- Registration now available for 2014 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference
- Call for Papers: 2014 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library now available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
|Shadi Abudayyeh||San Diego, CA||Eduardo Ortega||Chula Vista, CA|
|Lee Allen||Greenville, NC||Andrew Padyk||Massapequa Park, NY|
|Edward Armstrong||Tallahassee, FL||Gary Sawruk||Rochelle Park, NJ|
|Jay Arntson||Avondale, AZ||Roger Selin||Houston, TX|
|James Baker||Danville, CA||Todd Slavinsky||Arlington, TX|
|Emily Booth||Boulder, CO||Mark Soczek||St. Louis, MO|
|Christian Caflisch||Milwaukee, WI||Barry Stein||West Hartford, CT|
|Joey Chang||Encino, CA||Fred Van Lente||Brooklyn, NY|
|Bill Dabroski||Fort Myers, FL||Gary West||Kent, WA|
|Shoichiro Dainoson||Nanao City, JP||Mack Wilson||Houston, TX|
|Andrew Gillen||Brooklawn, NJ||Jonathan Wolff||Ridley Park, PA|
|Jake Hirshman||Scottsdale, AZ|
Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new chapter meeting recaps published this week:
- Houston/Larry Dierker Chapter meeting recap (Houston, TX; February 10)
- Quebec Chapter meeting recap (Montreal, QC; January 25)
- Bob Davids Chapter February 2014 newsletter (Washington, DC)
- Click here to find all SABR Day 2014 recaps and photos
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- February 15: Ted Williams Chapter meeting (San Diego, CA)
- February 15: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter meeting (Hamden, CT)
- February 15: Kekionga Chapter meeting (Fort Wayne, IN)
- February 16: Northwest Chapter meeting (Portland, OR)
- February 18: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- February 19: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- February 20: Rodney Johnson: Cactus League history (Tempe, AZ)
- February 20: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Atlanta, GA)
- February 22: Scottsdale Spring Training Festival (Scottsdale, AZ)
- February 22: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Lakeway, TX)
- February 22: Ted Williams Chapter memorabilia ‘garage sale’ (San Diego, CA)
- February 23: SABR Board of Directors conference call
- February 24: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- February 24: Play Ball film series: “Damn Yankees” (Silver Spring, MD)
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:
- Steven Goldman: Remembering Jim Fregosi’s lifetime in baseball (SB Nation)
- Paul Dickson: Celebrating Bill Veeck, on the 100th anniversary of his birth (The National Pastime Museum)
- Ryan P. Morrison: The best team in baseball? The team after the Red Sox (Beyond the Box Score)
- Blake Murphy: Infield defense changes with three true outcomes (The Hardball Times)
- Ashley Marshall: Studying ballpark effects in Triple-A (MiLB.com)
- Aaron Fischman: Former Tiger Jake Wood has never hung up his cleats (ATLXTV.com)
- Derek Jeter and the mostly barren history of Yankees shortstops (SB Nation)
- Dan Farnsworth: Ground balls: A hitter’s best friend? (The Hardball Times)
- Russell Carleton: When sabermetrics gets personal (Baseball Prospectus)
- Gary Cieradkowski: Dobie Moore: Not all cats land on their feet (The Infinite Baseball Card Set)
- Monte Cely: Final report from the 2014 Serie del Caribe in Isla Margarita, Venezuela (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
- Lewie Pollis: Barry Bonds, race, and public perception (Baseball Prospectus)
- David G. Temple: The unfortunate power of labels (The Hardball Times)
- Scott Lindholm: Major league attendance trends, 1950-2013 (Beyond the Box Score)
- George Case III: My favorite player, George Case Jr. (The National Pastime Museum)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: February 14, 2014. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.