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This Week in SABR: February 24, 2023

This Week in SABR: February 24, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, February 24, 2023.
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Top Headlines

1 week left to vote in SABR By-Laws special election
Learn more about 2023 SABR Analytics Conference research presentations
Deadline extended to submit SABR 51 presentation abstracts
Submit your entry for 2023 Women on the Diamond art competition
Listen to new SABR Oral History interview with Curtis Granderson

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

2023 SABR Analytics Conference

2023 SABR Analytics Conference research presentations

We’re just two weeks away from 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 research presentations will include representatives from Sports Info Solutions, Baseball Prospectus, Rapsodo, BaseballCloud, and more. Talks are scheduled to be presented by Arnel AguinaldoAndy Andres, John Asel and Jeremy Losak, Rebekah Callari-KaczmarczykJohn GarrettGlenn Healey, Jeff Jin and Chris Zexin Chen, Taylor LaSalleRob Mains, Alexander Oppel, Emily-Anne Patt and James Stockton, Ryan Reinsel, and Kyle Wasserberger and Alex Caravan. Click here to learn more.

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

Visit to learn more or to register.

SABR 51: Call for presentations

Deadline extended for SABR 51 research presentation abstracts

SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 51, the 2023 annual convention, on July 5-9, 2023, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 51

The submission deadline for SABR 51 abstracts has been extended until 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, March 5, 2023.

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. Click here for more details.

Conference and hotel registration for SABR 51 is now available at

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 Thursday, 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

Sandy Koufax (SABR/The Rucker Archive)

Writing opportunity: Contribute to upcoming Sandy Koufax book

SABR has announced a new book project on the life and career of Sandy Koufax. As in our previous books about Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Roberto Clemente, there will be a mixture of essays and Games Project accounts. We’re aiming for a 2024 publication date. The editors of the book are Marc Z. Aaron, Bill Nowlin, and Glen Sparks.

Many significant Koufax games are already the subjects of Games Project articles, but there are a number of game stories still available. For a list of available essays and games, and any other questions, please contact Bill Nowlin.

1 week left to vote 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 will conclude on Wednesday, March 1.

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 February 15 and a reminder email was sent on February 22. 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

Submit your entry for 2023 Women on the Diamond art competition

SABR’s Women in Baseball Research Committee is teaming up with the International Women’s Baseball Center to sponsor the 2023 Women on the Diamond art competition.

The winning entry and runner-up in each category, professional and amateur, will have their art displayed at an IWBC event in 2023. The winning entries in the professional and amateur category will also receive a $100 prize. Photos of the winning entries and runners-up will also be included in an upcoming issue of SABR’s Women in Baseball newsletter. Deadline for all entries to be received is July 31, 2023.

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 #202: Emma Tiedemann

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 #202 on Monday, February 20 featured Emma Tiedemann, play-by-play broadcaster with the Portland Sea Dogs. 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: Mariano Duncan, Curtis Granderson, Rube Foster

New Oral History interview: Curtis Granderson

  • Curtis Granderson, All-Star outfielder, Roberto Clemente Award winner, and TV analyst
    Recorded February 22, 2023, by Nicholas Digrispino

Visit to find more interviews from the SABR Oral History Collection.

6 new stories published at the SABR BioProject

Visit to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.

Read all biographies from 1920 Chicago American Giants book

In 2022, SABR published The First Negro League Champion: The 1920 Chicago American Giants, edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin, telling the story of a historic championship team in the Negro National League’s inaugural season. Players on the team included Hall of Famer Cristóbal Torriente, as well as early Blackball stalwarts Dave “Lefty” Brown, Bingo DeMoss, Judy Gans, Dave Malarcher, Frank Warfield, and Frank Wickware.

All of the biographies from the 1920 Chicago American Giants book can now be found online in the SABR BioProject.

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

10 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
Norman Bender Woodbridge, CT     Sean Kukoleck Chagrin Falls, OH
Alex Berger Philadelphia, PA     Mark Losagio Easton, PA
Craig Bradley Crestwood, KY     Shane McKeon Chicago, IL
Jacob Burcenski Lexington, IL     Bennett McLaughlin Brick, NJ
Marina Clarke Schulte Sugar Land, TX     Christopher Montgomery Scottsdale, AZ
Nic Doherty Winchester, VA     Connie Murphy Medford, MA
James Eble Phoenix, AZ     Cathleen Murphy Medford, MA
Sean Farrell Hattiesburg, MS     Ryan Omark West Chester, PA
Mickey Feliciano Pasadena, CA     Russ Speiller Montgomery, OH
Andrew Fusco New York, NY     Glen Stanton Murrells Inlet, SC
Hector Garcia Overland Park, KS     John Stasko McKees Rocks, PA
Nicolas Gonzalez Wellington, FL     Lowell Straw Lafayette, IN
Tim Healey Houston, TX     George Towers Columbus, IN
Phil Hecker Fort Worth, TX     Joseph Votoupal Alton, IL
James Ivancic University Heights, OH     Michael Walsh Burbank, IL
Thomas Johnston West Creek, NJ     Pat Williams Orlando, FL
Kate Jordan-Downs Columbus, OH        

SABR Events Calendar

SABR’s Elysian Fields Chapter in Northern New Jersey will have its next Zoom chapter meeting on Monday, February 27 at 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET.   Our guest speakers are Judith R. Hiltner and James R. Walker, authors of Red Barber: The Life and Legacy of a Broadcasting Legend.  SABR members wishing to receive the Zoom access information should email

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • February 25: Josh Gibson Foundation webinar series: Ted Knorr (12:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 27: Northern New England Chapter and Gardner-Waterman (VT) Chapter meeting with Justin Mckinney (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 27: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Judith R. Hiltner and James R. Walker (7:30 p.m. EST)
  • March 1: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Barry Sparks (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 1: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter meeting with Bob DiBiasio and Joe Noga (8:00 p.m. EST)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • February 25: Kekionga Chapter of Fort Wayne meeting (Fort Wayne, IN)
  • March 1: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
  • March 1: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter fellowship meeting (St. Louis, MO)
  • March 1-4: NINE Spring Training Conference (Tempe, AZ)

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

Research Committee news

  • Deadball Era: February 2023 newsletter
  • Nineteenth Century: Committee members should keep an eye out for an update soon about the Overlooked 19th Century Legend primary election, which begins Monday, February 27. Learn more about the Overlooked 19th Century Legend project by clicking here. To sign up for all future committee announcements, click here.

Sign up for SABR research committee announcements at

Regional Chapter news

Sign up for SABR chapter announcements at

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 24, 2023. Last Updated: February 24, 2023.