Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of February 20, 2015:
We’re less than a month away from the fourth annual SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held March 12-14, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.
The SABR Analytics Conference will consist 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.
Here is more information on our featured panels:
Thursday, March 12
- Opening Remarks: Brian Kenny – the MLB Network host will open the conference with a talk on the state of baseball analytics.
- Player Panel – with former major-leaguers Curt Schilling, John Kruk, and Doug Glanville of ESPN. Moderator: Brian Kenny, MLB Network.
- Analytics in the Broadcast Booth – with Jon Sciambi, ESPN; Steve Berthiaume, Arizona Diamondbacks; Victor Rojas, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Moderator: Joe Block, Milwaukee Brewers.
Friday, March 13
- One on One: Larry Baer – an exclusive interview with the President/CEO of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Moderator: Vince Gennaro, SABR President.
- One on One: Tony La Russa – an exclusive interview with the Hall of Fame manager who is now Chief Baseball Officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Moderator: Ken Rosenthal, MLB Network/FoxSports.com.
- General Managers Panel – with Dave Stewart, Arizona Diamondbacks; Jeff Bridich, Colorado Rockies; more TBA. Moderator: Brian Kenny, MLB Network.
- Origins of Baseball Analytics – with John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s Official Historian; Pete Palmer, co-editor of Total Baseball; John Dewan, owner of Baseball Info Solutions; Dick Cramer, co-founder of STATS LLC. Moderator: John Walsh, former Executive Vice President and Executive Editor, ESPN.
- Impact of Analytics on the Field – with ESPN analysts Eric Wedge and Eduardo Perez. Moderator: Buster Olney, ESPN.com.
Saturday, March 14
- Baseball Operations Panel – with front-office executives Sam Grossman, Cincinnati Reds; T.J. Barra, New York Mets; Zack Rosenthal, Colorado Rockies. Moderator: Jon Sciambi, ESPN.
- Business of Baseball Panel – an inside look into how team’s front offices are using analytics and data to progressively drive incremental revenue growth. Speakers TBA. Moderator: Dan Migala, Founding Partner, Property Consulting Group.
- The Future of International Prospects – with Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com; and John Barr, Vice President/Assistant GM, San Francisco Giants. Moderator: Rob Neyer, FoxSports.com.
The SABR Analytics Conference is open to all baseball fans. Once again, we’re bringing together the top minds of the baseball analytic community under one roof at the SABR Analytics Conference to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball.
Find more information on the 2015 SABR Analytics Conference below:
- Schedule: Click here for the complete schedule.
- Speakers: Click here for bios of all the featured speakers and panelists, including Larry Baer (San Francisco Giants President/CEO); Tony La Russa (Arizona Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer and Hall of Fame manager); Jeff Bridich (Colorado Rockies GM); Dave Stewart (Arizona Diamondbacks GM); Curt Schilling, John Kruk, and Doug Glanville (ESPN analysts); Brian Kenny (MLB Network host); and many more.
- Research presentations: Click here for presentation abstracts and presenter bios.
- Digital program: coming soon!
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Click here for more information.
- SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards: Click here to read the finalists for this year’s awards.
- Sponsors: Click here for a list of Analytics Conference sponsors.
- Hotel: Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Please note: Our exclusive SABR Analytics block of rooms is now sold out. Click here to visit the hotel’s website and reserve your room. Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference.
- Registration: Registration is available online at the SABR Store through 11:59 p.m. MST on Sunday, March 8. On-site registration will be available in the Regency Ballroom Foyer (first floor) of the Hyatt beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 12 and continuing through the conference. Please note: The early registration rate is no longer available.
Visit SABR.org/analytics for more information or to register.
This week’s episode of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a new radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, will focus on “What’s different about the postseason?”
Baseball SABR Style made its debut last weekend. The show — focused on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today — will air 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. (The show will also be available afterward in the “on-demand” section of the app.)
For more information, click here.
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 2015. 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 2015 edition of the Baseball Research Journal, plus discounts on registration to the 2015 SABR Analytics Conference and SABR 45 in Chicago, and a lot more! Please note: We MUST receive your dues by February 28, 2015, 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) 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.
Dues are the same as they have been in recent years: for this, 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 (Chicago 2015), the SABR Analytics Conference, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, and the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference; discounts to MLB.TV; and much, much more.
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.
Once again, SABR is offering its members the opportunity to opt out of receiving the printed version of the Spring 2015 Baseball Research Journal. We’ll deliver the e-book version of the BRJ in the format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI/Kindle or PDF) straight to your inbox around Opening Day 2015. Click here to learn more about receiving the e-book edition of the BRJ.
Opt out of receiving the printed edition by February 28, 2015, in order to get early access to all the great content in the BRJ in e-book format and online at SABR.org.
- To opt out of receiving the printed version of the Baseball Research Journal: Click here to edit your membership profile. Scroll to the bottom and select “Receive publications electronically.” Then save your changes.
Please note: If you do nothing, you will continue to receive two print editions of the Baseball Research Journal every year by mail.
If you’ve never read a Baseball Research Journal in e-book form, click here to try it out with the Fall 2014 edition. The Baseball Research Journal, and all SABR e-books, are available in EPUB, MOBI/Kindle or PDF formats.
Coming soon: MLB.TV discount for 2015 season
SABR members, you’ll soon have the opportunity to take advantage of a special offer from MLB Advanced Media for the 2015 season.
SABR members will be able to get a 20% discount off a MLB.TV Premium Monthly subscription. This discount is valid for each month of the 2015 season.
More information will be available soon.
With MLB.TV, you can watch every 2015 Regular Season out-of-market game LIVE or on-demand in HD Quality. Choose home or away broadcasts. MLB.TV is on your favorite devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation and more. Watch up to four games at once with Mosaic. DVR functionality lets you pause or rewind live games. PLUS, watch select 2015 Spring Training games LIVE online.
Periodically throughout the year, SABR.org publishes listings of new books that are received at the SABR office. This feature is called The SABR Bookshelf, continuing a popular section from the old SABR Bulletin.
- The Real McCoy: My Half-Century with the Cincinnati Reds, by Hal McCoy
- The Minnesota Twins Through Memorabilia, by Clyde Doepner, Stew Thornley, and Jerry Stebbins
- Winning on the North Side: The 1929 Chicago Cubs, edited by Gregory H. Wolf
- The National Pastime: Premiere Issue (Replica Edition), edited by John Thorn
- Detroit the Unconquerable: The 1935 World Champion Tigers, edited by Scott Ferkovich
- Painting the Corners Again: Off-Center Baseball Fiction, by Bob Weintraub
- Baseball: It’s More Than Just a Game, by Greg Lucas
- Out Of The Blue: The Kansas City Royals’ Historic 2014 Season, by Matt Fulks
- 512, by Ralph Peluso
- From the Babe to the Beards: The Boston Red Sox in the World Series, by Bill Nowlin and Jim Prime
- Earned Wins, by Andre Lower
- Sports Metric Forecasting: Guides to Beating the Spreads in Major League Baseball, Basketball, and Football Games, by William Mallios
- Picker’s Pocket Guide: Baseball Memorabilia, How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro, by Jeff Figler
- Pinstripes and Penance: The Life Story Of John Malangone, by Michael Harrison
- Joe Black: More than a Dodger, by Martha Joe Black and Chuck Schoffner
- Gil Hodges: A Hall of Fame Life, by Mort Zachter
- Big Sam Thompson: Baseball’s Greatest Clutch Hitter, by Roy Kerr
- The Tecumsehs of the International Association: Canada’s First Major League Baseball Champions, by Brian Martin
- Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story, by Joe Niese
- Before the Ivy: The Cubs’ Golden Age in Pre-Wrigley Chicago, by Laurent Pernot
- Marvin Miller, Baseball Revolutionary, by Robert F. Burk
- Portrait of a Franchise: An Intimate Look at Cleveland Indians Baseball in the Rockin’ Sixties, by Doug Kurkul
To get your NEW book listed on The SABR Bookshelf, make sure a review copy is sent to: The SABR Bookshelf, Society for American Baseball Research, 4455 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. D-140, Phoenix, AZ 85018. An e-book file will also suffice; please send the e-book in PDF, EPUB or Kindle/MOBI format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ensure a listing in The Baseball Index — SABR’s online catalog of baseball research materials at www.baseballindex.org — make sure a review copy is sent to The Baseball Index, 4025 Beechwood Pl., Riverside, CA 92506.
Bolded names indicates that the author(s) is a SABR member. Click here for a list of publishers found in the SABR Bookshelf, along with their contact information.
To see previous listings in the SABR Bookshelf, click here.
From Tim Warsinskey at The Plain Dealer on February 18, on SABR founding member Joe Simenic:
Baseball loves history, and nearly every major-league player has had his biography researched by those who love the game as much as anyone.
But what of the historians? Longtime Clevelander Joe Simenic toiled in relative obscurity, except among baseball researchers and writers, who revered him, and now mourn his passing. Simenic died Feb. 7 in Westerville, Ohio. He was 91.
He was “one of the true giants of baseball research,” baseball historian Peter Morris wrote in a biographical essay.
His passion for baseball research predated SABR by a quarter century and he would spend parts of seven decades in the research trenches. The main trench, in this case, was a full basement library he built in his Euclid ranch home, complete with a microfilm machine and baseball yearbooks that dated back to the 1800s, as well as hundreds of books.
Read the full article here: http://www.cleveland.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/02/sabr_co-founder_joe_simenic_wa.html
- In Memoriam: Read the SABR.org obituary of founding member Joe Simenic
- BioProject: Read Peter Morris’ profile of Joe Simenic for the SABR Baseball Biography Project
- About the founders: Learn more about the “Cooperstown 16”, SABR’s founding members
SABR is once again teaming up with the Baseball Industry Network for the 2015 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 12, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Admission to the welcome reception is included in your 2015 SABR Analytics Conference registration. A special welcome will be given before the reception by Laurel Prieb, Major League Baseball’s Vice President of Western Operations.
Members of the Baseball Industry Network can attend the reception separately for $30. For more information or to sign up, click here.
We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 45 convention, June 24-28, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois.
Hotel and conference registration for the 2015 convention is now available. Click here for complete information on SABR 45 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 45. More details on guest speakers, panelists, and presenters will be announced soon.
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Palmer House Hilton online. The deadline to book your room at the SABR group rate of $189/night (plus tax) is 11:59 p.m. MST Friday, May 15, 2015. The Palmer House Hilton is at 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603, in the heart of the downtown Loop, right next to two CTA stops (Blue Line at Adams/Wabash or Red Line at Monroe.) If you have any questions about your reservation, please call the hotel at (312) 726-7500.
- Conference registration: Click here for complete information on SABR 45 registration rates. Once again, we’re offering a discounted all-inclusive package for the annual SABR convention. For a savings of $44 off the regular rate, SABR members can get:
— 1 full conference registration (regular rate: $199)
— Choose: 1 Upper Deck Box ticket to the Cubs game on Thursday, June 25 (regular: $48) OR 1 Terrace Reserved ticket (regular: $38)
— 1 round-trip ticket on the CTA Red Line train to and from Wrigley Field (regular: $6)
— 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 26 (regular: $50)
The all-inclusive package is available to SABR members for $259 with an Upper Deck Box ticket or $249 with a Terrace Reserved ticket to the Cubs game instead, plus all of the above amenities. Please note: The all-inclusive packages are only available until May 15, 2015. Click here to register for SABR 45.
- Cubs ballgame: At SABR 45, we’ll be attending the Cubs-Dodgers game on Thursday afternoon, June 25, at Wrigley Field. The SABR block of tickets is available in two sections when you register: Upper Deck Box-Outfield ($48) or Terrace Reserved-Outfield ($38). This game is expected to sell out and our ticket block is only available on a first-come, first-serve basis through Friday, May 15, 2015. Game tickets in the SABR block will NOT be available for purchase on-site at the convention. Please note: Your purchase of a SABR 45 all-inclusive package includes round-trip transportation to and from Wrigley Field on the CTA Red Line train. (Purchasing a game ticket as part of regular/a la carte registration does NOT include transportation.) Click here for more details on SABR 45 registration.
- The Baseball Project concert: On Thursday evening, June 25, SABR 45 attendees will have a special opportunity to see The Baseball Project in concert in the Grand Ballroom at the Palmer House Hilton. Advance presale tickets are available for $25 members/$40 non-members when you register for SABR 45 before May 15, 2015. Tickets will be $40 online after May 15 or until the concert venue reaches capacity. Click here for more details.
- Call for presentations: SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 45, the 2015 annual convention in Chicago. Through on-site judging, the most highly-regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the USA Today Sports Weekly Award for best poster presentation. Click here for details on submitting your presentation abstract. Please note: If your abstract is accepted and you intend to make a research presentation, you must register to attend the SABR 45 convention. Deadline to apply: Sunday, February 15, 2015.
Please note: The SABR 45 all-inclusive package includes 1 full conference registration; 1 ticket to the Cubs game on Thursday, June 25; 1 round-trip ticket on the CTA Red Line train; and 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 26. It does NOT include any other optional events such as the Downtown Baseball Walking Tour on Wednesday, June 24, The Baseball Project concert on Thursday, June 25, or the Historical Ballpark Sites Bus Tour on Sunday, June 28. Those tickets must be purchased separately.
All SABR 45 attendees will also receive a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players and events in the Chicago area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer. Click here to register for SABR 45.
For more information on SABR 45, visit SABR.org/convention.
The SABR Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for the Spring 2015 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, 2015. 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, 2015.
The offices to be filled:
- President (2-year term; currently Vince Gennaro)
- Secretary (3-year term; currently Todd Lebowitz)
- Director (3-year term; currently Ty Waterman)
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).
The Spring 2015 issue of the Baseball Research Journal is in typesetting now, and I thought this might be a good moment to remind folks that the BRJ is open to research by all SABR members.
The BRJ is interdisciplinary, meaning that we define “baseball research” very broadly. So everything from physics to physiology might find its way into our pages. Economics, history, sociology, game theory, etymology, architecture, psychology, records, biomechanics, meteorology: if it’s “research” we are open to being queried about it.
If you’re interested in writing for the Fall 2015 edition of the BRJ, a query is the simplest way to start: send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org describing your idea for an article, a few sentences about your topic, a rough idea of where you expect the investigation or analysis to go, and if possible give a guess as to the length. (BRJ articles are typically 2,000 to 6,000 words long, but this is not a hard limit by any means.) Please also include in your query how you became interested in the topic and any qualifications you have to research it, and what sources you might draw on to complete the research.
If you have a completed paper or near-completed manuscript, please write me for the writers guidelines which will give you more information on how to format the submission and where to email it (hint: JournalSubs@sabr.org).
The peer review process can take months to complete, so the sooner we receive a paper, the sooner we can start the process. There is no single firm “deadline” but I would expect most papers received before April 1 have a good chance to make it into the fall issue, whereas those arriving in May might be cutting it close, and by June the issue will likely be full or only have a few slots left.
— Cecilia M. Tan
SABR Publications Editor
- Related link: Click here for SABR.org’s Publications section, which includes the SABR Style Guide, Submission Guidelines, Tips for Prospective Authors, and more.
SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee will award two $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors in its seventh annual essay contest in 2014-15. Students are asked to write a 1,200-word essay answering one of the following questions: “Choose one figure from the Negro Leagues and explain why you believe they are significant” or “Explain who Effa Manley was and her significance to the Negro Leagues.”
Click here to download the PDF application to learn more about eligibility requirements, submission criteria and style guidelines. All applications must be postmarked no later than March 23, 2015.
Click here to learn more about the 2014 winners, Tiffany Bowman of Troy High School in California, and Abraham Griesbauer from Troy, Missouri.
For more information about the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, visit SABR.org/malloy.
Nine new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,068 published biographies. Here are the new bios:
- Ethan Allen, by Bernard Crowley (first-time author)
- Al Cihocki, by Terry Bohn
- George “Lefty” Craig, by Bill Lamb
- Florence Killilea, by Dennis Pajot
- William F. Kirk, by Phil Williams
- Frank O’Rourke, by Bill Nowlin
- Jack Russell, by Bill Nowlin
- Ira Thomas, by Phil Williams
- Pee Wee Wanninger, by Bill Nowlin
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, 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.
Winning on the North Side: The 1929 Chicago Cubs
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
$9.99 e-book, $19.95 paperback
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-933599-88-5
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-933599-89-2
“The best team I ever played on was McCarthy’s twenty-niners. It was strictly power all the way. No tricky baseball.” — Cubs first baseman Charlie Grimm
SABR’s newest e-book celebrates the 1929 Chicago Cubs, one of the most exciting teams in baseball history. Bashing their way to the pennant by crushing their opponents in a high-scoring era, skipper Joe McCarthy’s North Siders were an offensive juggernaut, leading the majors with 982 runs scored. Future Hall of Famers Hack Wilson, ’29 NL MVP Rogers Hornsby, and Kiki Cuyler, along with Riggs Stephenson formed one of the most potent quartets in baseball history, collectively scoring 493 runs and knocking in 520. As awe-inspiring as the Cubs offense was, their pitching was almost as good. Charlie Root, Guy Bush, and Pat Malone anchored a staff that finished second in team ERA and led the league in shutouts.
The Cubs’ magical season came to an ignominious conclusion when they faced Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series. Long before the “lovable loser” moniker was attached to the Cubs, Chicago’s crushing defeat in five games helped craft the narrative of fateful losses.
The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) invites you to read the life and baseball stories of all the roster players and the coaching staff and relive an important part of baseball history. Also included are biographies of club owner William Wrigley, visionary executive Bill Veeck Sr., and Margaret Donahue, the first female executive in baseball history. A summary of the regular season and World Series, as well as essays on the 1929 Athletics, Wrigley Field, Catalina Island, and fate of the Cubs after 1929 round out this volume. With contributions from 26 members of the SABR BioProject, this book is a riveting account of one of the most memorable teams in Chicago sports history.
Contributors include: Bob Buege, George Castle, Greg Erion, Scott Ferkovich, Dan Fields, David Fletcher, Ernie Fuhr, Joseph Gerard, Chip Greene, Nancy Snell Griffith, Zachary Michael Jack, William H. Johnson, Norm King, Russ Lake, Len Levin, Gary Livacari, John McMurray, Paul Mittermeyer, Jack Morris, Peter Morris, Bill Nowlin, James L. Ray, Paul Rogers, Tom Schott, Fred Taylor, and Gregory H. Wolf.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Winning on the North Side: The 1929 Chicago Cubs for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Winning on the North Side: The 1929 Chicago Cubs paperback edition for $9.95 (plus shipping) from CreateSpace.
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. To download our past publications, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
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.
- Ron Gabriel Award, due 3/1/2015: 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. To submit a nomination for the 2015 awards, please contact Craig Murden at email@example.com.
- Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award, due 6/1/2015: Students have until June 1, 2015, to submit entries for this year’s Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award, which offers a prize of up to $200 and a one-year SABR membership for researcher in grades 6-8 (middle school category), grades 9-12 (high school category), or undergraduates 22 and under (college category). All entries must have to do with baseball history and cannot be fictional pieces. Submission and formatting guidelines are available by clicking here. For more information, contact Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.
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:
- Announcing the 2015 Henry Chadwick Award recipients
- Andy McCue’s Walter O’Malley biography wins 2015 SABR Seymour Medal
- In Memoriam: Joe Simenic, SABR founding member
- Dorothy Seymour Mills: Reflections on a life in baseball research
- Check out finalists for the 2015 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award
- SABR 45: Join us for a special concert with The Baseball Project
- Students: Apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 45 in Chicago
- Seamheads.com updates Negro Leagues Database with 1931 Eastern Leagues stats
- SABR Executive Director Marc Appleman featured in last week’s SportsBusiness Journal
- Mark Armour and Dan Levitt: The best 25 GMs in baseball history
- SABR member Bob Elliott selected for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
- Sean Lahman to serve as SABR’s Data Manager
- Highlights and photos from 2015 SABR Day
- Register now for 2015 SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference
- Seeking nominations for 2015 Greg Spira Baseball Research Award
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library 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.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Niall Adler||Campbell, CA||Joe (McCoy) Lenti||Shelton, CT|
|Robert Berk||New York, NY||Peter Lisowski||Playa del Rey, CA|
|Marc Blitz||Oklahoma City, OK||Glen Lovedahl||Reno, NV|
|Jean Booth||Kent, OH||Robert Madar||Trumbull, CT|
|Bob Burris||Overland Park, KS||Miles Madorin||Denver, CO|
|Ryan Coomes||Plymouth, MN||Glen Martel||Worcester, MA|
|Robert Cunningham||Bonfield, ON||Lee Mendelowitz||Washington, DC|
|Adam Daily||Roseville, MN||Elena Mendez||Reno, NV|
|Larry Donovan||Alameda, CA||Danny Nelson||Chicago, IL|
|Tim Fortugno||Elk Grove, CA||Michael O’Callaghan||Canton, MI|
|Greg Gits||Glen Ellyn, IL||Robert Piasecki||Hanover Park, IL|
|Richard Grayson||Chicago, IL||John Polites||Long Beach, NY|
|Andrew Greenland||Elon, NC||Chet Riker||Eden, NY|
|Michael Griffin||Southaven, MS||Charlie Sawyer||Louisville, KY|
|Leland Hall||Lansing, MI||Linda Stidham||Arlington, TX|
|Justin Kern||Champaign, IL||John Szczygiel||Pequannock, NJ|
|Jesse Knowlden||Williamsport, PA||Josh Weinstock||Greensboro, NC|
|David Leiper||West Haven, CT||Kurt Wells||Littleton, CO|
There were no new SABR research committee newsletters published this week.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates published this week:
- Houston/Larry Dierker Chapter meeting recap (February 16; Houston, TX)
- Halsey Hall Chapter March 2015 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- SABR Day recaps/photos: View highlights from 2015 SABR Day events here
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- February 21: Bob Warrington: “The 1915 Phillies At Spring Training” (Ocean City, NJ)
- February 21: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter spring meeting (Hamden, CT)
- February 23: Halsey Hall Chapter research committee meeting (Edina, MN)
- February 23: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- February 25: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
- February 26: Rogers Hornsby Chapter 99th consecutive monthly meeting (Austin, TX)
- February 28: Off The Bench Baseball get-together (Washington, DC)
- February 28: 2015 Baseball Book Festival (Indianapolis, IN)
- March 7: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Richfield, MN)
- March 11-14: NINE Conference/Seymour Medal Banquet (Tempe, AZ)
- March 11: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- March 12-14: 2015 SABR Analytics Conference (Phoenix, AZ)
- March 14: Connie Mack Chapter meeting (Philadelphia, PA)
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:
- Alyson Footer: SABR member Justine Siegal lets girls know baseball is for all (MLB.com)
- Dan Levitt: Calvin Griffith, the last of MLB’s owner-operators (In Pursuit of Pennants)
- Chuck Hildebrandt: What is the role of television in the latest Little League scandal? (SABRMedia.org)
- Larry Lester: The greatest pitching duel in black baseball history (The National Pastime Museum)
- Jayson Stark: How to sum baseball’s busy winter (ESPN.com)
- Peter C. Bjarkman: U.S.-Cuba thaw is not so hot for MLB (The Daily Beast)
- John Thorn: Is the sky falling? Where are the baserunners? (Our Game)
- Ryan Whirty: Philadelphia’s Pythians made baseball history in 1800s (Philly.com)
- Lenny DiFranza: When the offseason meant job season for ballplayers (BaseballHall.org)
- Owen Watson: Testing the lasting effects of concussions in baseball (FanGraphs)
- Nathaniel Grow: Imagining an MLB concussion lawsuit (FanGraphs)
- David Kagan: The physics of fielding (The Hardball Times)
- Bill Francis: Monte Irvin looks back at his career (BaseballHall.org)
- Rob Neyer: How they taught pitch-framing in olden times (the 1980s) (FoxSports.com)
- Daniel Wyatt: Remembering the Gashouse Gang (The National Pastime Museum)
- Eno Sarris: Learning from the Japanese game (FoxSports.com)
- Lincoln Cushing: Black World War II shipyard workers and baseball (Kaiser Permanente)
- John Thorn: Who played for the Gotham Base Ball Club in New York? (Our Game)
- Joe Posnanski: Things I learned from Strat-o-Matic (JoePosnanski.com)
- Jeff Sullivan: Do more hitters or pitchers ‘surprise’ us? (FoxSports.com)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: February 20, 2015. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.