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 23, 2018:
SABR is pleased to announce the 2018 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.
The 2018 recipients of the Henry Chadwick Award are:
- Jefferson Burdick (1900-1963) was a pioneer baseball card collector whose invented classifications still govern the hobby; he donated his enormous collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it remains one of the most popular destinations for researchers. He created The American Card Catalog, the bible of the hobby, in 1939, and tribute is paid to his lifelong work any time one brings up T-206 or N-162 or other codes common in the hobby. Burdick was “a collector’s collector,” said Freyda Spira, the Met’s assistant curator in the drawings and prints department. “He didn’t collect cards because of their value but because of his interest in history.” As he wrote in 1948, he regarded his life’s work as “a national collection belonging to everybody.” His quiet joys were not in chasing value or celebrity, or in mere accumulation, but in his research and in the legacy he consciously built, through crippling arthritis, to his dying days.
- Bob McConnell (1925-2012) was an original SABR member from 1971 and a star researcher in whatever field to which his interest turned. His expertise was on brilliant and thorough display in biographical research, 19th century baseball, and perhaps most notably, the minor leagues. He revamped the John Tattersall Home Run Log, purchased by SABR from the latter’s estate in 1981, and kept it up to date until its publication in 1996 as SABR Presents The Home Run Encyclopedia, a register of every home run ever hit in major-league play. But perhaps McConnell’s greatest legacy is the three-volume Minor League Baseball Stars, which celebrated not only the anecdotes surrounding those second-tier greats, but also documented their statistical records, accurately for the first time. Along with Ray Nemec, Vern Luse, and Bob Davids, McConnell brought to life the golden age of the minor leagues, when many top-rank players preferred to stay closer to home, making salaries greater than they had made in their brief stays in the majors.
- Tom Shieber (1964 – ) has been one of baseball research’s leading lights for more than two decades. The founder of SABR’s Pictorial History Committee in 1994, he served as its chairman and newsletter editor for its first several years, and remains one of its top researchers. An expert in 19th-century baseball, among many other areas, he is responsible for locating and correctly identifying the oldest team photograph: that of the New York Gotham club of 1855. His Baseball Researcher blog, in its tenth year, is a delight for anyone interested in the microscopic details of baseball, especially as depicted in photography, imagery, or film. A native of Missouri and a one-time solar physicist at Mt. Wilson, California, since 1998 Tom has been a curator (now senior curator) at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Andrew Zimbalist (1947 – ) has been an economics professor at Smith College since 1974, but found time to make his mark as a leading voice in the field of sports economics. His 1992 book Baseball and Billions was a groundbreaking look at money in all aspects of the major and minor leagues. He followed that up with more than 20 other books, including several on baseball: May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy, In the Best Interests of Baseball? The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig, The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball. He is a frequent contributor to documentaries about the game.
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.
We hope you’ll join us for the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The SABR Analytics Conference will be held Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The conference is open to all baseball fans — click here to register!
Here is the list of research presentations to be delivered at the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference:
- Sean Forman and Hans Van Slooten, “WAR: We’ll Try to Resist all Puns and Still Tell You What It Is Good For”
- Vince Gennaro, “Differentiating Performance vs. Potential in Player Development”
- Brian Reiff, “Defense in PARTs: Splitting Positioning, Airballs, Range, and Throwing”
- Matt Swartz, “Knowledge and Evolution in the Free Agent Market”
- Rob Mains and Pete Palmer, “A Revised Look at Clutch Hitting”
- Glenn Healey and Shiyuan Zhao, “Modeling Batter Characteristics Using Hit-Tracking Data”
- Mark Simon, “Has the Shift Seen Its Day?”
- Alex Vigderman, “Synthetic Statcast Data”
- Dorion Liston, et al, “Visual Tracking: An Indicator of Health and Performance”
Our featured speakers are expected to include Brian Kenny of MLB Network, ESPN’s Jon “Boog” Sciambi and Eduardo Perez, Arizona Diamondbacks Sr. Vice President/Assistant GM Amiel Sawdaye, Seattle Mariners Director of High Performance Dr. Lorena Martin, MLB Advanced Media’s Tom Tango, Mike Petriello, and Daren Willman, former National League Cy Young Award winner and Texas Rangers coach Eric Gagné, Los Angeles Dodgers executives Ehsan Bokhari, Philip Cho, and Emilee Fragapane, Chicago White Sox executive Chris Getz, Seattle Mariners executive Andy McKay, Monsterful VR CEO/founder Jarett Sims, baseball writer Eno Sarris, SABR President Vince Gennaro, New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series CEO Jeremy Booth, Genius Sports Special Counsel Bill Squadron, Power Alley Analytics operator Matt Reiland, and more as featured speakers and panelists at the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference.
Click here to learn more about our speakers and panelists. All speakers are subject to change based on availability.
Registration is still open for the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference on Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, but the early-bird registration discount and our special SABR hotel room rate are no longer available.
We hope you’ll join us this spring in Arizona, where 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. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click a link below for more information:
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference. Regular registration is $595 for SABR members, $695 for non-members, and $350 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year SABR membership). Registration includes lunch on Friday and Saturday afternoons and the networking reception on Saturday evening.
- Hotel: Our special SABR group rate of $229/night at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix (122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004) is no longer available. Visit phoenix.hyatt.com or call (602) 252-1234 to find out if regular rooms are still available during the SABR Analytics Conference.
- Schedule: Click here to view the full schedule for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference.
- Speakers: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.
- Research Presentations: Click here to learn more about the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference research presentations, including abstracts and bios.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2018 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: Click here to learn more about the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards.
- Sponsors: Click here to learn more about the SABR Analytics Conference sponsors.
This year’s conference will feature the high-quality content you’ve always enjoyed at the SABR Analytics Conference and the same number of featured panels and research presentations, but there will be a few changes to the usual schedule: We will begin programming early Friday afternoon on March 9 and will run through Sunday afternoon on March 11. The change in schedule is due to the availability at our host hotel this year.
In addition, the Diamond Dollars Case Competition will start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening and the networking reception will be held on Saturday evening, March 10 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Lunch, which is included in your conference registration, will be served at noon on Friday — before the regular programming begins — and also on Saturday between the morning and afternoon sessions.
Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more or to sign up today.
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 2018. 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 2018 edition of the Baseball Research Journal, plus discounts on registration to the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference and SABR 48 in Pittsburgh, and a lot more! Please note: We MUST receive your dues by February 28, 2018, 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) 496-1463; or by mailing this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the SABR office at Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Dues are the same as they have been in recent years: $65 for an annual membership or $45 for anyone under 30 or over 65. Click here for a full list of SABR membership benefits.
We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 48 convention on June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Early registration is now available at SABR.org/convention; all baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here for more information on SABR 48 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 48.
The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh is conveniently located within walking distance from PNC Park and a light rail station, many downtown cultural amenities, and right across the street from the picturesque 36-acre Point State Park where the three rivers converge.
Click on a link below for more information about SABR 48.
- Registration: We’re again offering a special all-inclusive rate for the annual SABR convention. For $319, a savings of $30 off the regular rate, SABR members can get:
— Full registration to SABR 48 in Pittsburgh (early-bird: $249; regular rate: $279)
— 1 ticket in the Corner Box (LF) section to the Pirates vs. Diamondbacks game on Friday, June 22 — includes special “A Day at the Ballpark” pregame session at PNC Park ($40 value)
— 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 22 ($60 value)
Non-members can pay $394 for the all-inclusive rate. The deadline to register with the all-inclusive rate is Friday, May 18, 2018. Click here for complete information on SABR 48 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 48!
- Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh of $149/night (plus tax) is only available to registered convention attendees for the nights of Wednesday, June 20 through Saturday, June 23. After you register for the SABR 48 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. There are a limited number of rooms in our group block, so be sure to register for SABR 48 early! The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh is located at 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
- Awards Luncheon: SABR will host a special Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 22 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. The Awards Luncheon, which includes a full meal, will feature the announcement of SABR’s annual awards — including the Bob Davids Award, our highest honor. One ticket to the Awards Luncheon is included in the all-inclusive package or guest tickets are available for $60 when you register for SABR 48.
- A Day at the Ballpark: For the third year in a row and fourth time in five years, SABR will present “A Day at the Ballpark” before the Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, June 22 at PNC Park. Special thanks to the Pirates for this great opportunity and for offering us a large block of tickets in the Corner Box (LF) section at an affordable price of $40 for SABR members ($45 for non-members). Purchase of SABR 48 conference registration AND a game ticket will be required to attend this special session. Guests and spouses can get in the ballpark early with purchase of a special SABR 48 Ballpark Session pass ($25) and a Pirates game ticket. Click here for more details.
- Roberto Clemente Museum tours: The Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh has a special offer for SABR 48 attendees: The museum will host four tours (maximum of 20 people per tour) at $20 per person on Wednesday, June 20. Space is extremely limited, and reservations will only be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call the museum at (412) 621-1268, Ext. 2, to reserve your space. No reservations can be made online; payment is due on-site when you arrive for the tour. Tours last about 1.5 hours and the start times on Wednesday, June 20 are as follows (subject to availability): 10:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Click here for more details.
- Research presentations: SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 48. The deadline to submit your abstract is Sunday, February 25, 2018. Click here for complete details and application form.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 48 in Pittsburgh. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 30, 2018.
All SABR 48 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 Pittsburgh area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer.
Stay tuned for more featured speakers and the complete schedule to be announced in the coming months. Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.
We hope to see you this summer in Pittsburgh!
SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 48, which will be held June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. Early registration is now available at SABR.org/convention.
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 60 minutes and they will remain on display throughout the convention. Through on-site judging, the most highly-regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for best poster presentation.
- Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 48: http://bit.ly/sabr48-presentations
The submission deadline for SABR 48 abstracts is midnight PST, Sunday, FEBRUARY 25, 2018. Click here for complete details and application form.
Please note: If your abstract is accepted and you intend to make a research presentation, you must register to attend the SABR 48 convention. Early registration details are now available at SABR.org/convention.
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school or college students to attend SABR 48 on June 20-24, 2018, in Pittsburgh. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250.
The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage high school and college-level student engagement with baseball research and to engender an active interest in baseball and SABR. The Yoseloff scholarship is to assist young researchers who want to attend SABR’s annual convention and to introduce them to fellow SABR members. Through this fund, SABR hopes to inspire future baseball research, expose students to high-quality research and build the research capability of interested students.
- Download an application form: Click here to download a Yoseloff Scholarship form to attend SABR 48 in Pittsburgh
All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018.
The SABR Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for the Spring 2018 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, 2018. 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 16, 2018.
The offices to be filled:
- Vice President (2-year term; currently Leslie Heaphy)
- 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 Nominating Committee chair Neal Traven at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, SABR is offering its members the opportunity to opt out of receiving the printed version of the Spring 2018 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 2018. Click here to learn more about receiving the e-book edition of the BRJ.
Opt out of receiving the printed edition by February 28, 2018, 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 Spring 2017 edition. The Baseball Research Journal, and all SABR e-books, are available in EPUB, MOBI/Kindle or PDF formats.
Add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:
The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant: The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies
Edited by C. Paul Rogers III and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Foreword by Curt Simmons
Special Contribution by Dr. Bobby Brown
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-31-6, $19.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-943816-30-9, $9.99
366 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Createspace can take up to 4-6 weeks. For quicker delivery, please order at Amazon.com.)
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including all e-books for free. To find past SABR Digital Library 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.
Four new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,414 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Larry Bearnarth, by David E. Skelton
- Bernie Neis, by Chris Rainey
- Ken Sanders, by Bill Nowlin
- Specs Toporcer, by Chris Rainey
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproj/recent
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
- Read bios from the SABR Book of Umpires and Umpiring: In The SABR Book of Umpires and Umpiring, edited by Larry Gerlach and Bill Nowlin and published in 2017, we told the stories of all the umpires in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and other notable arbiters, plus essays about professional female umpires, umpiring in the Negro Leagues, explorations of the baseball rules, umpire equipment, and much more. All biographies of umpires — from Hall of Famers such as Bill Klem and Doug Harvey to pioneers such as Amanda Clement and Emmett Ashford — that appeared in The SABR Book of Umpires and Umpiring can now be read online at the SABR BioProject. You can also download the e-book for free or purchase the paperback edition at 50% off by clicking here.
Seventeen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- July 16, 1913: Oh, you Brewers! Squeeze play ends 19-inning battle, by Stephen V. Rice
- July 7, 1933: Ageless spitballer Jack Quinn finally runs dry at 50, by Mike Lackey
- October 3, 1970: Controversial slam, errors, give Orioles playoff opener, by Stew Thornley
- October 1, 1974: Pete Mackanin saves official scorer’s dilemma, by Stew Thornley
- May 19, 1986: Red Sox win on a walk-off for second game in a row, by Mike Huber
- May 20, 1986: Wade Boggs collects five hits for the Red Sox, by Doug Skipper
- August 21, 1986: Red Sox offense unleashes ‘havoc and devastation’ on Cleveland, by Bill Nowlin
- October 7, 1986: Angels roar to win in ALCS opener, by Allan Wood
- October 8, 1986: Sun shines on Red Sox in ALCS Game Two, by Allan Wood
- October 10, 1986: Late rally lifts Angels to Game Three win over Red Sox, by Allan Wood
- October 11, 1986: Angels move one win closer to World Series, by Allan Wood
- October 12, 1986: Dave Henderson’s homer keeps Red Sox hopes alive in Game Five, by Allan Wood
- October 14, 1986: Barrett continues hot streak as Red Sox roll in Game Six, by Allan Wood
- October 15, 1986: Red Sox complete epic ALCS comeback over Angels, by Allan Wood
- May 7, 2008: Minnesota’s Carlos Gomez hits for reverse natural cycle, by Mike Huber
- May 12, 2008: Asdrúbal Cabrera turns unassisted triple play, by Laura H. Peebles
- May 8, 2016: Nationals’ Bryce Harper reaches base seven times without an official at-bat, but Cubs win, by Mike Huber
Many of these articles appeared in SABR’s The 1986 Boston Red Sox: There Was More Than Game Six, edited by Leslie Heaphy and Bill Nowlin and published in 2016. Read more game stories from the book at the SABR Games Project by clicking here.
If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Mike Huber. To request an assignment, please contact Steven C. Weiner. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors’ Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story started toward publication.
- 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.
On December 29, 2017, SABR member Greg Erion, 70, who had taken on the brunt of necessary reorganization of the SABR Games Project, died of cancer diagnosed just a few weeks earlier. Despite treatments, Greg worked tirelessly to assure a smooth transition for everyone involved with the Games Project.
Some members closely involved with the Games Project have already made donations to SABR honoring Greg’s memory as a friend and colleague. We ask that others who knew and worked with Greg consider doing the same to honor his leadership, sense of easy cooperation, and tireless work for the advancement of an important SABR initiative.
Not only will a donation in Greg’s name honor him, but it will advance SABR’s continuing work on all fronts and serve the collaborative spirit of the organization.
You can give a memorial tribute by visiting SABR.org/donate and adding Greg Erion’s name in the “Tribute Information” section when you make your contribution.
— The SABR Games Project Leadership Team
In SABR’s Tigers by the Tale: Great Games at Michigan and Trumbull, edited by Scott Ferkovich and published in 2016, we told the stories of memorable moments at one of baseball’s most famous corners: Detroit’s Tiger Stadium. All of the stories that appeared in this book are now available to be read online at the SABR Games Project. Here is a sampling of articles:
- April 20, 1912: Frank Navin’s field of dreams opens in Detroit, by Jim Wohlenhaus
- May 10, 1927: Ty Cobb returns home to Detroit with Philadelphia A’s, by Richard Riis
- October 9, 1934: ‘A case for Judge Landis’: Medwick tossed in World Series melee as Cardinals win Game 7, by Brent Heutmaker
- October 7, 1935: Tigers’ Goose Goslin wins World Series with walk-off single, by Scott Ferkovich
- July 8, 1941: Ted Williams hits ‘most thrilling’ home run to win All-Star Game in Detroit, by Marc Lancaster
- July 1, 1945: Tigers’ Hank Greenberg returns to baseball, by Richard Riis
- May 15, 1952: Virgil Trucks’s first no-hitter ends with Tigers walk-off, by Gregory H. Wolf
- October 7, 1968: Jose Feliciano lights Tigers’ fire, by Scott Ferkovich
- July 13, 1971: Reggie Jackson hits the light tower in Detroit, by Scott Ferkovich
- June 28, 1976: The Bird is the Word: Mark Fidrych makes national TV debut, by Scott Ferkovich
- October 14, 1984: Gibby cooks the Goose, by David Raglin
- September 27, 1999: Tears and cheers: Tiger Stadium hosts final game, by Gregory H. Wolf
To read more articles from Tigers By The Tale at the SABR Games Project, click here.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the Hot Stove League offseason at a new time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
This week’s guests are SABR member David Kagan of California State University at Chico and Dan Szymborski of ESPN.
You can listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, and you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com.
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.
- SABR member Paul Fritz, 88, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, died on January 31, 2018, at Lancaster General Hospital. He joined SABR in 2002 and wrote four baseball books under the nom de plume Max Blue, including Philadelphia’s Phillies: Baseball Thrills in Three Centuries. Born May 17, 1929, in Belleville, Illinois, he was signed to a minor-league contract by the St. Louis Browns, and played two seasons as a catcher and third baseman for the Appleton Papermakers in the Wisconsin State League. After graduating from Washington University of St. Louis in 1951, he joined the US Navy and served during the Korean War aboard the destroyer U.S.S. John R. Craig, followed by three years in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant. Paul met and married Lydia, the love of his life, in Hong Kong while still in the Navy. They would have celebrated their 62nd anniversary in April. In 1962 he earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Auburn University, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Oak Ridge (Tennessee) National Laboratory. Thereafter, he began a career in academia, teaching and mentoring graduate students, first at Auburn University and at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and, starting in 1969, at the Hershey Medical Center of Pennsylvania State University, from which he retired in 1993. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg. Click here to read the full obituary online.
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:
- Jerald Podair’s City of Dreams wins 2018 SABR Seymour Medal
- Pete Palmer to be honored with 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2018 Larry Ritter Book Award nominees announced
- SABR welcomes new Sweet Lou Johnson Chapter in Lexington, Kentucky
- Check out highlights, recaps, and photos from 2018 SABR Day
- SABR member Bill Humber to be inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
- Announcing finalists for inaugural Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
- SABR Las Vegas chapter honors Hailey Dawson with ambassador award
- Check out the SABR Bookshelf listings for Winter 2018
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new SABR Store @ CafePress
- 2018 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference is now sold out
- Apply now for SABR Negro Leagues essay contest and school library grants
- SABR Little League Home Runs Database updated through 2017
- Read articles from the Fall 2017 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR Digital Library: Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1958-2016
- Click here to read new articles from the SABR Team Ownership Histories Project
- Nolan Arenado, Byron Buxton win 2017 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- Check out complete coverage and highlights from SABR 47 in New York City
- Listen to a new episode from the SABR Media Committee’s Baseball Buffet podcast
- Read all articles from The National Pastime: New York, New York at SABR.org
- Learn more about the SABR Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: /content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
For more information, click here.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Robert Bailey||Fenton, MO||John Koskinen||Madison, WI|
|Michael Brown||Chicago, IL||Chloe Kramer||San Diego, CA|
|Timothy Brownlee||Ocean Springs, MS||Clarence Kuhn||Maple Grove, MN|
|Joe Bruce||Omaha, NE||Edward Morley||New Canaan, CT|
|James Carroll||Frankfort, IL||Todd Prugar||Ridgway, PA|
|Eric Colby||New York, NY||Steven Rudner||Ardmore, PA|
|Doug Flynn||New York, NY||Laura Schreck||Richmond, CA|
|James Holden||Sacramento, CA||Mike Segal||Aventura, FL|
|Jayna Jones||South Jordan, UT||Steve Silverman||Montgomery, OH|
|Evan Katz||Swampscott, MA||Victor Small||Highland, NY|
There are no new research committee updates this week.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter: February 20 meeting recap (St. Louis, MO)
- Halsey Hall Chapter: March 2018 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Larry Dierker Chapter: February 19 meeting recap (Houston, TX)
- SABR Day highlights: Check out more recaps and photos from 2018 SABR Day at SABR.org/sabrday.
- Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, you can download the updated Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook on the Admin Tools page at admin.sabr.org. The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- February 24: Byron Motley: “From Monarchs to Barons” (Pasadena, CA)
- February 24: Oklahoma Chapter meeting (Binger, OK)
- February 24: Sherman Jenkins: “Ted Strong Jr.: An Untold Story” (Wheaton, IL)
- February 26: Panel: “Fleet Walker and Negro Leagues Baseball” (Toledo, OH)
- February 28: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- March 1: Bill Staples Jr.: “The Legacy of Japanese American Baseball” (Scottsdale, AZ)
- March 3: Seymour Medal Banquet at NINE Spring Training Conference (Temple, AZ)
- March 7: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter “First Wednesday” meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- March 9-11: 2018 SABR Analytics Conference (Phoenix, AZ)
- March 9: David Krell: “1962: Baseball, Hollywood, JFK, and the Beginning of America’s Future” (New Brunswick, NJ)
- March 10: Maddux Brothers-Las Vegas Chapter meeting (Las Vegas, NV)
- March 10: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington Chapter first meeting (Lexington, KY)
- March 15: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- March 17: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter spring meeting (Hamden, CT)
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:
- Ben Lindbergh: Sherri Nichols, the sabermetric movement’s forgotten foremother (The Ringer)
- Brenna Donnelly: Nearly forgotten to time, Negro Leagues pitcher Donaldson was a baseball star in Indianapolis (WISH-TV)
- Keith Williams: The geography of segregated baseball in New York (New York Times)
- Josh Jackson: The year after Jackie Robinson, John Ritchey integrated the PCL (MiLB.com)
- Adrian Burgos Jr.: The legend and influence of Horacio Martínez (La Vida Baseball)
- Joe Holleman: St. Louis Browns documentary hits TV next month (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Paul Dickson: A brief history of spring training: the beginning of World War II (The National Pastime Museum)
- Rachael McDaniel: Baseball as a business, a historical perspective (The Hardball Times)
- R.J. Anderson: Baseball believes in Jeff Mathis and the hidden value of catchers’ game-calling (CBS Sports)
- Diane Orson: Long-lost Babe Ruth interview discovered in prep school archives (NPR)
- Mark Armour and Dan Levitt: Important moments in team-building: free agent compensation draft (1982) (In Pursuit of Pennants)
- Patrick Dubuque: Rules aren’t meant to be broken (Baseball Prospectus)
- Rob Mains: Can a baseball team succeed without making money? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Bill Ryczek: William Hulbert and the formation of the National League (The National Pastime Museum)
- Russell Carleton: Replacing the replacement player (Baseball Prospectus)
- Kevin Glew: Plenty of Canadian baseball history in Chip Martin’s new book on Detroit Wolverines (Canadian Baseball Network)
- Warren Rogan: Sports’ Forgotten Heroes: Dave DeBusschere (Sports’ Forgotten Heroes)
- Anson Whaley: 1916 Tango Eggs card mysteries abound (Sports Collectors Daily)
- Tim Jenkins: Of Syndergaard and Sasquatch (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Paul Ember: Topps 1963 All-Star Rookie Cup Team: Part 2 (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: Getting Down with Upgrades (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: February 23, 2018. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.