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This Week in SABR: February 26, 2021

This Week in SABR: February 26, 2021

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 26, 2021:


Eric Nusbaum’s Stealing Home wins 2021 SABR Seymour Medal

Stealing Home, by Eric NusbaumStealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between, written by Eric Nusbaum and published by PublicAffairs, is the winner of the 2021 Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal, which honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year.

Nusbaum will receive his award during the 28th annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 20, 2021. The NINE Conference will be held virtually over three weekends in March. To register for the NINE conference, visit nineconference.com.

The other finalists for the 2021 Seymour Medal were:

  • How Baseball Happened: Outrageous Lies Exposed! The True Story Revealed, by Thomas W. Gilbert (David R. Godine)
  • Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original, by Mitchell Nathanson (University of Nebraska Press)
  • The Called Shot: Babe Ruth, the Chicago Cubs, and the Unforgettable Major League Baseball Season of 1932, by Thomas Wolf (University of Nebraska Press)

To see a list of previous Seymour Medal winners, click here.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


2021 SABR Analytics panel: Analyze This: The Varying Roles and Skillsets of Baseball Analysts

2021 SABR Analytics speakers: Ehsan Bokhari, Maggie O'Hara, Josh Ruffin, Eduardo PerezWe are pleased to announce the Analyze This: The Varying Roles and Skillsets of Baseball Analysts panel on Saturday, March 13 at the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.

The SABR Analytics Conference will be held online from March 11-14, 2021. The conference is open to all baseball fans; register today to join us!

The Analyze This panel is expected to include:

  • Ehsan Bokhari, Senior Director of Player Evaluation, Houston Astros
  • Maggie O’Hara, Senior Analyst in Baseball Operations, Detroit Tigers
  • Josh Ruffin, Advanced Scouting Analyst, Minnesota Twins
  • Moderator: Eduardo Perez, ESPN analyst and former major-league infielder for 13 seasons

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

Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.


Doug McWilliams wins 2021 SABR Jefferson Burdick Award

Doug McWilliams, 2021 Jefferson Burdick Award winner (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)Baseball card photographer Doug McWilliams was selected as the winner of the 2021 Jefferson Burdick Award, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the baseball card hobby, by SABR’s Baseball Cards Research Committee.

McWilliams was a photographer for The Topps Company from 1971 to 1994, and his images graced thousands of baseball cards throughout an era of monumental changes in the hobby. His association with Topps began after he produced color postcards for Oakland A’s pitcher Vida Blue and then was hired by the card company to take photographs at spring training in Arizona. A native of Berkeley, California, McWilliams was based on the West Coast, photographing players at their Cactus League training camps and during the season in Oakland and San Francisco. In 2010, McWilliams donated a collection of 10,000 color negatives to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

“Doug’s willingness to pull back the curtain and show us the process of how photographs end up on cards provide a treasure trove of information about what kinds of photos Topps wanted and the technical requirements they had,” said SABR Baseball Cards Committee co-chair Nick Vossbrink. “Cards are essentially cheap, mass-produced photos, which makes them a visual record of photographic technology. Being able to read about what kind of film, cameras, and lenses he used is invaluable in grounding our understanding of cards as part of that visual record.”

Click here to read more about McWilliams’s career and legacy at the SABR Baseball Cards Blog.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


Two weeks left to register for 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceAll baseball fans are welcome to join us for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over four days in online sessions from March 11-14, 2021. 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. Register today to join us!

Programming will run on Thursday and Friday evening from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Eastern, all day Saturday from 12:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern, and Sunday afternoon from 1:00-5:00 p.m. EDT.

Stay tuned for more details on guest speakers, panelists, and presenters! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Andrea Williams and Dr. Sabrina A. BrinsonSABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at SABR.org, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • Can’t-Miss Event: At 7:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 26, SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee will host a special discussion on Black women in baseball with authors Andrea Williams (Baseball’s Leading Lady on Effa Manley) and Dr. Sabrina A. Brinson (Meet the Philadelphia Dolly Vardens). Click here to register for this free Zoom event.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from J.J. Cooper and Scott Bush on the Changing Minor League Baseball Landscape; Meredith Wills on “What has Happened to Our Baseball?”; Gary Belleville on Cleveland’s Long Lost First No Hitter”; Mike Lynch and Gary Ashwill on the Seamheads Negro Leagues Historical Database”; Mark Armour on SABR’s Negro Leagues Task Force; Rochester Red Wings photographers BJ Germano and Joe Territo; and Dan Taylor on the Hollywood Stars. Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:

  • February 26: Women in Baseball Committee meeting with Andrea Williams and Sabrina A. Brinson (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 27: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter meeting with Phil Miller and Dan Hayes (9:00 a.m. CST)
  • February 27: Bud Metheny (VA) Chapter meeting with Travis Sawchik (10:00 a.m. EST)
  • February 27: Pee Wee Reese (KY) Chapter meeting with Vic Gregovitz (10:00 a.m. EST)
  • February 27: Allan Roth (CA) Chapter meeting with Jacob Pomrenke, Dan Taylor, Jarol Manheim, and Stephen Bratkovich (10:00 a.m. PST)
  • February 28: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting with Mark Armour, Rob Neyer, John Choiniere, and Bart Waldman (1:00 p.m. PST)
  • February 28: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 2: IBWAA: Retired Numbers with Brian Harl (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 2: Sacramento/Bay Area joint chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. PST)
  • March 3: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter Baseball Fellowship Meeting (5:30 p.m. CST)
  • March 3: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Stephen Bratkovich (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 3: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting with Sam Zygner (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 4: Goose Goslin (NJ) Chapter meeting with Mitchell Nathanson (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 4: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter meeting with Jason Schwartz (6:00 p.m. CST)
  • March 6: Talkin’ Baseball: Greg Pryor (9:00 a.m. EST)
  • March 6: Carolina Chapter meeting (12:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 6: Ballparks Committee meeting with Brian Frank (3:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 6: Latino Baseball Committee meeting with Chanel Zapata (12:30 p.m. PST)
  • March 6: Baseball Reminiscence meeting (1:00 p.m. PST)

In addition, the following meeting will be held in person; visit SABR.org/events for complete details:

  • March 6: Rickwood Field Chapter meeting (Birmingham, AL)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


Last call for nominations: 2021 SABR Board of Directors election

The SABR Nominating Committee is now seeking nominations for candidates for the 2021 elections. To be eligible for the Board of Directors, candidates must have been members of the Society for at least the preceding four years. The deadline for nominations is February 26, 2021.

The offices to be filled:

  • President (2-year term; currently Mark Armour)
  • Secretary (3-year term; currently Todd Lebowitz)
  • Director (3-year term; currently Tyrone Brooks)

Nominees must prepare a Candidate Statement Form following guidelines that will be available from any Nominating Committee member and must be received by the Nominating Committee chair no later than March 26, 2021. 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 Anthony Salazar at salazar8017@yahoo.com.


SABR Digital Library: From Rube to Robinson: SABR’s Best Articles on Black Baseball

From Rube to Robinson: SABR’s Best Articles on Black BaseballAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

From Rube to Robinson: SABR’s Best Articles on Black Baseball
Edited by John Graf

Associate editors: Duke Goldman and Larry Lester
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5941-7, $24.95
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5940-0, $9.99
8.5″ x 11″, 218 pages

From Rube to Robinson brings together the best Negro League baseball scholarship that SABR has ever produced, pulled from its journals, Biography Project, and award-winning essays. The book includes a star-studded list of scholars and historians, from the late Jerry Malloy and Jules Tygiel, to award winners Larry Lester, Geri Strecker, and Jeremy Beer, and a host of other talented writers. The essays cover topics ranging over nearly a century, from 1866 and the earliest known Black baseball championship, to 1962 and the end of the Negro American League.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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.

Visit SABR.org/ebooks to find more SABR Digital Library titles.


Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2021

Rube Foster (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in its 13th annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2021. Students must write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships.

Click here to learn more about each scholarship or to download an application. All applications must be sent or postmarked no later than April 15, 2021, and emailed to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.

Eligible applicants must be 1) a current high school senior, 2) anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application, 3) planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution, and 4) carrying a minimum 2.5 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.


SABR 50, Jerry Malloy conferences rescheduled for 2022

With travel restrictions and public health measures still in place due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the SABR 50 convention in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, have been rescheduled for the summer of 2022.

The SABR 50 convention is now scheduled for August 10-14, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore. The next in-person Malloy Conference will be held on June 2-4, 2022, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham.

Any members who requested a roll-over from their 2020 registrations will have their fees automatically refunded to their credit card on file. Please contact the SABR office with any questions.


Join us online for Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series

Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration SeriesAs part of SABR’s 50th anniversary this year, all baseball fans are invited to join us online for the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series, a series of presentations, chats, and panel discussions featuring authors, scholars, and figures from around the game.

“We look forward to gathering in person again when it is safe for as many of us to do so as possible,” SABR CEO Scott Bush said. “Until then, we are excited for this year’s Summer of SABR and the continuing celebration of our Golden Anniversary.”

The Summer of SABR online sessions will be held on the weekends of June 25-27, July 23-25, and August 13-14. More details about registration, along with featured speakers and panelists, will be announced soon at SABR.org/summer.


Become a SABR Membership Ambassador!

Would you like to volunteer as a SABR Membership Ambassador? We’re looking for anyone who has a passion for SABR, who loves meeting new people, and who enjoys establishing authentic connections to help welcome new members into our baseball community.

Our Membership Ambassadors will be asked to send a personalized email to new members each week, help promote SABR via word of mouth and/or social media, represent the member ambassador team in at least one New Member Experience online session during the calendar year, and attend a quarterly virtual Zoom meeting with our Community Engagement Manager and other Ambassadors to discuss and review their efforts.

If you are interested in becoming a SABR Membership Ambassador, please email Chanel Zapata at czapata@sabr.org.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with renowned chemist Dr. Lawrence Rocks

SABRcast #99: Dr. Lawrence RocksBaseball 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 #99 on Monday, February 22 featured Dr. Lawrence Rocks, a renowned analytical and theoretical chemist who recently worked with Paul DeJong of the St. Louis Cardinals to study the effect of heat on a baseball and to promote Project #WeatherStationMoon to combat climate change. Their work was featured on a Topps Now baseball card in January 2021. Dr. Rocks is the author of The Energy Crisis in 1972 and he was influential in the creation of the US Department of Energy. He received his master’s degree in chemistry from Purdue University and his doctorate from Technische Hochschule Vienna in Austria.

Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.


8 new SABR biographies published

Bob Watson (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Eight new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject


18 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Christian Yelich (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Eighteen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject.

  • 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.
  • Social media: Follow the SABR Games Project on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with new stories and updates.

Listen to a new episode of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroBehind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time. Listen to new episodes at 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.

You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio app.

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.


ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

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

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.


Welcome, new members!

We’d like to welcome all of our new SABR members who have joined this week. You can find all Members-Only resources at members.sabr.org and the Membership Handbook can be downloaded here.

Please give these new members a warm welcome and help them make the most of their membership by giving them the opportunity to get involved in their local chapter or a research committee.

You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Tony Armas La Mesa, CA     Daniel McNeal Cincinnati, OH
Tom Brune Takoma Park, MD     Terry Metter Cleveland, OH
Matt Chan Pasadena, CA     Jay Minielly London, ON
Bruce Coleman Madison, MS     Barry Newman East Meadow, NY
Chris Cothern Fayetteville, AR     Don Nichols Irvine, CA
Sean Denby St. Augustine, FL     Richard Pearson Moultrie, GA
Christian Dolce Jamestown, NY     Brandon Phegley Sugar Land, TX
William Flanders Cudhay, WI     Vincent Ramirez Chicago, IL
Kevin Fontenot Sugar Land, TX     Luc Rieffel New York, NY
Steve Gonzales Oakland, CA     Kimber Rockey Nashville, TN
David Harrill Morris, IL     John Rumler Portland, OR
Steven Haugh Seattle, WA     Paul Trudeau Pawtucket, RI
Ryan Isaac Carlsbad, CA     Neal Wilson Williamstown, WV
Derrick Mauldin Sanford, NC     Scott Yardley Henderson, NV

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.


Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:

Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.


Around the Web

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 jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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Originally published: February 26, 2021. Last Updated: February 26, 2021.

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