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This Week in SABR: February 17, 2023

This Week in SABR: February 17, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, February 17, 2023. Please note: The SABR office will be closed on Monday, February 20 for the Presidents Day’ holiday. Click here to view this newsletter on the web.

Top Headlines

Vote now in special election for proposed changes to SABR By-Laws
Gietschier, Rucker, Whiting selected as Henry Chadwick Award recipients
Check out full schedule for 2023 SABR Analytics Conference
Announcing recipients of 2023 SABR Local Grants
Registration now open for SABR 51 in Chicago

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

2023 Henry Chadwick Award recipients: Steve Gietschier, Mark Rucker, Robert Whiting

Gietschier, Rucker, Whiting selected as 2023 Henry Chadwick Award recipients

SABR is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the Henry Chadwick Award, established to honor the game’s great researchers — historians, statisticians, annalists, and archivists — for their invaluable contributions to making baseball the game that links America’s present with its past:

  • Steve Gietschier, editor, author, and developer of The Sporting News Research Center
  • Mark Rucker, photographic historian and founder of Transcendental Graphics and The Rucker Archive
  • Robert Whiting, writer and journalist with a focus on Japanese baseball and culture

By honoring individuals for the length and breadth of their contribution to the study and enjoyment of baseball, the Chadwick Award will educate the baseball community about sometimes little known but vastly important contributions from the game’s past and thus encourage the next generation of researchers.

Click here to learn more about the 2023 Chadwick Award recipients.

2023 SABR Analytics Conference featured speakers

Check out the full schedule for the 2023 SABR Analytics Conference

SABR is excited to unveil the complete schedule for the 2023 SABR Analytics Conference. The conference, which is open to all baseball fans, is scheduled for March 10-12, 2023, at the Beus Center for Law and Society on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in Phoenix, Arizona.

Our featured speakers will include a panel on “Players We Love For 2023” with Hannah Keyser of Yahoo! Sports, Ben Clemens of FanGraphs, and former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro. A special virtual session for student attendees on Thursday, March 9 will include Sean Lahman of SABR, Shanna Shi of Major League Baseball, Jonah Gardner of Sports Reference, Nick Wan of the Cincinnati Reds, and David Hyland of Xavier University.

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

Visit to learn more or to register.

2023 Local Grant recipient: SABR Baseball Memories reminiscence program

Announcing the recipients of 2023 SABR Local Grants

SABR is pleased to announce the recipients of Local Grants in 2023:

  • SABR Baseball Memories:
    Growth and operations of SABR’s local reminiscence programs
  • Connie Mack-Dick Allen Chapter (Philadelphia, PA)
    The Negro Leagues in Philadelphia exhibit
  • Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter (Baltimore, MD)
    Union Park Historical Marker
  • Cliff Kachline Chapter (Cooperstown, NY)
    Island Park Historical Marker
  • Schott-Pelican Chapter (New Orleans, LA)
    Jesuit High School Scholarship Award

Click here to learn more about each of these projects.

The SABR Local Grants program provides an opportunity for chapters, research committees, and chartered communities to apply for funding for their projects under SABR’s Four Pillars: Research, Scholarship, Preservation, and Future of the Game. In total, more than $10,000 in SABR Local Grants will be awarded in 2023. Visit to learn more or to apply for a future grant.

SABR 51: Call for presentations

Early registration now open for SABR 51 in Chicago

Join us in Chicago this summer for SABR’s 51st annual convention! Conference and hotel registration for SABR 51 — scheduled for July 5-9, 2023, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago — is now available.

The annual SABR convention, which is open to all baseball fans, includes featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, journalists, historians, and analysts — innovative panel discussions, groundbreaking research presentations, ballgames, the SABR Trivia Contest, the Awards Banquet, and most of all, the opportunity to make and renew baseball friendships over the course of this exciting and memorable event.

Stay tuned for more featured speakers and the complete schedule to be announced in the coming months. Visit to learn more.

SABR's Ballpark Figures on March 2 will include special guests Jordan Shusterman and Jake Mintz

Sign up for Ballpark Figures on March 2

Join us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members. On Thursday, March 2, our guests are Jordan Shusterman and Jake Mintz of Cespedes Family BBQ and Fox Sports.

To learn more, or watch previous episodes of Ballpark Figures, visit

Vote now in special election on proposed changes to SABR By-Laws

The SABR Board of Directors recommends adoption of three proposed changes to the By-Laws in a special election that began on Wednesday, February 15.

The changes are intended to increase member participation in SABR governance, add new voices to Board discussion, allow for more turnover in Board membership, and provide safeguards to ensure that the four Officers have some prior Board experience.

An online voting ballot was sent out from to all eligible SABR voters on Wednesday, February 15. The voting period will remain open until March 1, 2023. If you did not receive a ballot, please contact to have it re-sent to your email.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Register now for the 2023 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference

Registration is now open for the 14th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, which will be held on April 28-29, 2023, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to register for this special event.

The 2023 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from author Jonathan Popovich, along with a panel discussion on baseball’s 19th-century color line with Richard Hershberger, Peter Mancuso, Brian Sheehy, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a 19th-century artifact session with Robert Mayer, Gary Passamonte, and Popovich; a Member Spotlight interview of Robert Mayer by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations and a Sunday morning vintage baseball game at Doubleday Field.

Visit to learn more or to register.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #201: Clint Hurdle

Baseball 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 #201 on Monday, February 13 featured Clint Hurdle, former major-league manager who led the Colorado Rockies to their first World Series and won more than 1,200 career games. Visit to listen to the full episode or subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks.

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: Tim McCarver, Jackie Robinson, Chandler Redmond

In Memoriam: Tim McCarver

“For those who saw Tim McCarver break in with the St. Louis Cardinals, it was probably a surprise that he became better known for his broadcasting career than for his days as a catcher,” as Dave Williams wrote for the SABR BioProject. “Not that he wasn’t always articulate and glib, and that his finding a home in the broadcast booth was a shock; it’s just that he was a pretty good ballplayer who was a major contributor on championship teams.”

McCarver, who died at the age of 81 on February 16, played for 21 seasons in the major leagues, winning two World Series with the Cardinals in the 1960s and as a veteran anchor for an emerging Philadelphia Phillies team in the 1970s. He was also a strong supporter of the early MLB Players Association off the field. He moved to the broadcast booth beginning with the New York Mets in 1983 and called more than 20 World Series as a national analyst for Fox Sports in an acclaimed second career that earned him the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Learn more about McCarver’s life and legacy by reading his SABR BioProject biography or by listening to his 1992 SABR Oral History interview with Gabriel Schechter.

Find essays from Not an Easy Tale to Tell on Jackie Robinson

In 2022, SABR published Not an Easy Tale to Tell: Jackie Robinson on the Page, Stage, and Screen, edited by Ralph Carhart, a look at the many creative representations of the baseball and civil rights pioneer in cinema, on television, in theater, and fictional books aimed at readers of all ages.

All of the essays from Not an Easy Tale to Tell can now be found online in the SABR Research Collection.

To download your free e-book edition, or save 50% off the paperback edition, click here.

14 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of the Baseball Arts, Volume 3

Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts (Vol. 3)
Edited by Joanne Hulbert and Jay Hurd

Visit to download any SABR Digital Library e-book for free or save 50% off the paperback edition.

Recent Highlights

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

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Forrest Allen Madison, WI     Zack Johnson Ely, IA
Geoffrey Beiermeister Sugar Land, TX     Ron Miller Stillwater, OK
Andrew Born Monterey, CA     William Neusidl Easton, PA
Dan Clemens Castle Rock, CO     Ian Oliver Houston, TX
Jess Cogan Athens, GA     Alex Painter Richmond, IN
James Cowan Overland Park, KS     Emily-Anne Patt Alexandria, VA
Dolores Maxwell Dillsburg, PA     Beverly Ramsey Greensboro, NC
Nancy Finley Georgetown, TX     Kevin Roderick Los Angeles, CA
Rick Graham Chestnut Hill, MA     Marcellus Savoie New Orleans, LA
Robert Grooms St. Louis, MO     Peter Spiewak Bayonne, NJ
Susan Husman Sylvania, OH     Scott Staley Winston-Salem, NC

SABR Events Calendar

SABR's Northern New England Chapter, in partnership with the Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter, will host a virtual Zoom meeting from 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 20, 2023. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Our guest speaker will be Tim Hagerty, author of "Tales from the Dugout: 1,001 Humorous, Inspirational & Wild Anecdotes from Minor League Baseball."

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • February 18: Bud Metheny (VA) Chapter meeting with Justin Mckinney and Paul Boren (11:00 a.m. EST)
  • February 18: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Noel Hynd (3:00 p.m. CST)
  • February 20: Northern New England Chapter meeting with Tim Hagerty (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 20: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • February 20: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with Dan Good (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • February 21: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting (6:30 p.m. PST)
  • February 22: Casey Stengel NYC Chapter SABR Day meeting with Lee Lowenfish and Barry Sparks (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 22: Quarterly Chapter Leaders Meeting (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 23: Boston (MA) Chapter meeting with Doug Gladstone (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 25: Josh Gibson Foundation webinar series: Ted Knorr (12:00 p.m. EST)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • February 18: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • February 20: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter SABR Day meeting (Baltimore, MD)
  • February 21: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
  • February 25: Kekionga Chapter of Fort Wayne meeting (Fort Wayne, IN)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.

Research Committee news

  • Games and Simulations: The Games and Simulations Committee is seeking new team owners to join its second annual fantasy baseball league in 2023. No entry fee required. The purpose of the league is enjoyment, competition and bragging rights — with potential to research or explore whether any particular team construction methods consistently out-perform others. Please contact Derek Bain for more details.

Sign up for SABR research committee announcements at

Regional Chapter news

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Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

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 To find past editions of TWIS, click here.

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Originally published: February 17, 2023. Last Updated: February 17, 2023.