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 4, 2022:
Forty Years a Giant: The Life of Horace Stoneham, written by Steven Treder and published by the University of Nebraska Press, is the winner of the 2022 Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal, which honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year.
Treder, a SABR member since 1985 who has written for NINE, The Hardball Times, The National Pastime, and other publications, will receive his award during the 29th annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 5, 2022, in Tempe, Arizona. To register for the NINE conference, visit nineconference.com.
The other finalists for the 2022 Seymour Medal were:
- The Best Team Over There: The Untold Story of Grover Cleveland Alexander and the Great War, by Jim Leeke (University of Nebraska Press)
- Comeback Pitchers: The Remarkable Careers of Howard Ehmke & Jack Quinn, by Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg (University of Nebraska Press)
To see a list of previous Seymour Medal winners, click here.
Early registration is only open through 11:59 p.m. MST on Friday, February 4 for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over four days in online sessions from March 17-20, 2022. 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!
The Virtual Analytics Conference schedule consists of research presentations and guest speakers from throughout the baseball analytics community, career development sessions led by experienced sports professionals, and industry networking opportunities — all available online for any aspiring front office executive or baseball fan to attend from the comfort of home. Students will have opportunities for skill acquisition and development, including sessions on how to work with baseball-related data sets as well as databasing and SQL.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Early-bird registration is $75 for SABR members, $100 for non-members, and $50 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year SABR membership).
- Student Registration: Students should email Scott Carter with a photo of their student ID to receive a special link to register at a discounted rate.
Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
Join us on Saturday, February 5 for our annual SABR Day celebration! SABR Day is a way for all baseball fans to come together, regardless of where they live, and talk about the game we all love.
Our All-Star lineup of guest speakers for SABR Day includes a celebration of Frick Award-winning broadcaster Jack Graney in Cleveland, a star-studded event with ESPN Deportes analysts and broadcasters in the Dominican Republic, a tour of historic baseball sites in Atlanta, Reds manager of baseball operations Mark Edwards in Cincinnati, Yankee Stadium historian Tony Morante in Cooperstown, Rockies official scorer Jillian Geib and “Batting Stance Guy” Gar Ryness in Denver, Hall of Fame librarian Cassidy Lent in New Jersey, Dodgers broadcaster Tim Neverett in Los Angeles, Twins third base coach Tommy Watkins in Rochester (NY), former Dodgers GM and SABR Director Dan Evans in Mississippi, and many award-winning authors and presenters elsewhere.
Click here to view full meeting details for each SABR Day meeting in our Events Calendar:
- Atlanta, GA (Magnolia Chapter)
- *Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
- Cincinnati, OH (Hoyt-Allen Chapter)
Guest speakers: Mark Edwards, Dave Hyland, Clayton Trutor, John Kiesewetter, Paul Debono
- *Cleveland, OH (Jack Graney Chapter)
Guest speakers: Curt Smith, Scott Crawford, Barbara Gregorich, Perry Mudd Smith, Jeremy Feador
- *Columbus, OH (Hank Gowdy Chapter)
- Cooperstown, NY (Cliff Kachline Chapter)
Guest speakers: Tony Morante, Greg Kleine, Rene LeRoux, Jeff Katz
- *Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
Guest speakers: Jillian Geib, Gar Ryness
- *Detroit, MI (Southern Michigan Chapter)
Guest speakers: Dan D’Addona, Gary Gillette
- *Harrisburg, PA (Mathewson-Plank Chapter)
- Houston, TX (Larry Dierker Chapter)
- *Jersey City, NJ (Elysian Fields Chapter)
Guest speakers: Cassidy Lent, Russ McIver, Eve Mandel, Rolando Llanes, Jacob Pomrenke, Dave Jordan
- *Lexington, KY (Sweet Lou Johnson Chapter)
- Los Angeles, CA (Allan Roth Chapter)
Guest speakers: Tim Neverett, Jack Bales, Dan Joseph, Noel Hynd
- Middletown, CT (Smoky Joe Wood Chapter)
- Minneapolis, MN (Halsey Hall Chapter)
- *Nashville/Knoxville, TN (Rice-Russell and East Tennessee Chapters)
Guest speakers: Brian Purvis, Skip Nipper, Mark Aubrey
- Pittsburgh, PA (Forbes Field Chapter)
Guest speakers: Ron Backer, Brian Engelhardt, Craig Britcher
- *Rochester, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
Guest speaker: Tommy Watkins
- Santo Domingo, DOM (Juan Marichal Chapter and Luis Castro Chapters)
Guest speakers: Enrique Rojas, Dionisio Soldevila, Carlos José Lugo, Kevin Cabral, Natacha Peña, Leonte Landino
- *Starkville, MS (Cool Papa Bell Chapter)
Guest speaker: Dan Evans
- Tallahassee, FL (Buck O’Neil Chapter)
Guest speakers: Josh Weaver, Rick Swaine, Kent Putnam
- *Toronto, ON (Hanlan’s Point Chapter)
Guest speakers: Allen Tait, Andrew North, Adrian Fung
* indicates a virtual/Zoom meeting
In addition, these chapters have also scheduled SABR Day meetings in the coming weeks; all baseball fans are invited to attend:
- February 6: Tulsa, OK (Oklahoma Chapter)
- February 6: Fort Lauderdale, FL (South Florida Chapter)
- February 6: Des Moines, IA (Field of Dreams Chapter)
- February 7: Little Rock, AR (Robinson-Kell Chapter)
- February 19: Philadelphia, PA (Connie Mack-Dick Allen Chapter)
- February 19: Chicago, IL/Milwaukee, WI (Emil Rothe/Ken Keltner Chapters)
- February 19: Kansas City, MO (Monarchs Chapter)
- February 26: Louisville, KY (Pee Wee Reese Chapter)
Visit SABR.org/sabrday for more details.
It’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.
The SABR Analytics Certification program is an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics. The curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.
SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/certification to sign up today or learn more.
Voting is now open to select the 2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards winners.
The SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards will recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year. Nominations were solicited by representatives from SABR, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, and the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America.
SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 50, the 2022 annual convention in Baltimore.
- Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 50: http://bit.ly/sabr50-submissions
The submission deadline for SABR 50 abstracts is midnight PST on Friday, MARCH 4, 2022.
SABR 50 is scheduled to be held August 17-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Early registration rates and hotel information will be available soon at SABR.org/convention.
The 2022 Diamond Dollars Case Competition will be held online beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday, March 18, 2022, as part of the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Four- to five-person student teams are asked to evaluate a baseball operations case problem. The student team presents their analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges that includes MLB front office executives.
- Register: Click here to register your team for the 2022 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition. Registration is $1,750 per team, which includes admission to all SABR Virtual Analytics Conference sessions and a one-year SABR membership for each participant.
- Questions: Please contact Vince Gennaro with any questions about participating.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/case to learn more.
The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues: Essays and Research for Overdue Recognition
Edited by Sean Forman and Cecilia M. Tan
Associate Editors: Scott Bush, Adam Darowski, Caitlin Moyer, Jacob Pomrenke
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-62-2, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-63-9, $19.99
8.5″ x 11″, 176 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues paperback edition from the SABR Store ($12.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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Registration is now open for the 13th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, which will be held on April 29-30, 2022, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to register for this special event.
The 2022 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from author Thomas Gilbert, along with a panel discussion on owner Chris Von Der Ahe with John Thorn, Tom Hetrick, Dennis Thiessen, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a special presentation by Jonathan Popovich on “A Game of Ball: Reconstructing The Elysian Fields, 1845-1865”; a Member Spotlight interview of Dixie Tourangeau by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations.
- Registration: Click here to download the registration form (PDF). Registrations can be accepted by mail only.
- Cost: Conference registration is $75 per person, including the Saturday luncheon. Tickets for the optional Friday evening Welcoming Dinner ($50) and Saturday’s Post-Conference Gathering ($40) at the historic Otesaga Hotel can also be purchased in advance for you or a guest.
- RSVP: Please mail your registration form no later than February 28. Registration is limited to the first 100 people to sign up, so please register early!
- Schedule: Click here to view the complete schedule for the 2022 Ivor-Campbell Conference.
- Contact: For questions, contact Peter Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the conference, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.
SABR 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.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from the Bob Davids Chapter SABR Day event, highlighted by Frank Howard, along with authors Roger Snell (Root for the Cubs), Barry Hyman (“Overall Offensive Performance”), and Rob Bauer (“The Demise of the American Association”). 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 5: SABR Day
- February 6: Field of Dreams (IA) Chapter meeting (2:00 p.m. CST)
- February 6: Oklahoma Chapter meeting (2:00 p.m. CST)
- February 6: South Florida Chapter meeting with Jack Bales (7:00 p.m. EST)
- February 7: Robinson-Kell (AR) Chapter meeting with David Jerome (7:00 p.m. CST)
- February 8: SABR 19th Century Speaker Series with Monica Nucciarone (8:00 p.m. EST)
- February 10: Boston (MA) Chapter meeting with Andy Andres (8:00 p.m. EST)
- February 12: Hank Gowdy Columbus (OH) Chapter book club meeting with Jeremy Beer (9:00 a.m. EST)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- February 5: SABR Day
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Episode #147 on Monday, January 31 featured Jake Stone, Director of Operations & Player Development at Penn State University. He is the instructor for the first course in SABR’s new Analytics Certification program, an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities. Stone has worked for the Baltimore Orioles and previously served as the head student manager at the University of Iowa. He is also the creator of the popular website and YouTube channel Simple Sabermetrics.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
One new interview was posted this week at the SABR Oral History Collection website. Here is the new interview:
- Stew Thornley, Minnesota baseball historian, MLB official scorer, and 2016 Bob Davids Award winner
Recorded January 29, 2022, by Dan Levitt
The SABR Oral History Collection now includes more than 650 audio files of interviews conducted with ballplayers (Major Leagues, Minor Leagues, Negro Leagues, AAGPBL), executives, scouts, authors, writers, broadcasters, and other figures of historical baseball significance. These interviews, some of which date back nearly 60 years, were conducted by members of SABR’s Oral History Research Committee; many of these recordings were digitized through a collaboration with the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library.
If you are interested in contributing to SABR’s Oral History Collection, the committee offers guidelines for conducting effective oral history interviews or contact Jacob Pomrenke to learn more about donating your own audio recordings.
Three new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- April 16, 2004: Barry Bonds wins the battle against Eric Gagné, but Giants lose to Dodgers, by Alexander Harriman
- March 9, 2017: Mexico had something to prove, but Italy prevails with 5-run rally in World Baseball Classic pool play, by Brenda Himrich
- September 19, 2021: Braves’ Eddie Rosario hits for the cycle on four consecutive pitches, by Mike Huber
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.
Behind 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.
Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of January 2022:
|Benjamin Baschinsky||Peter Mancuso|
|Jeremy Beer||Sheldon Miller|
|Paul Bennett||Bill Nowlin|
|D. Bruce Brown||Gene Oppenheim|
|John Burbridge III||Gregg Pericich|
|Ken Carrano||John Rall|
|Scott Carter||John Rosenfelder|
|Karl Cicitto||Michael Rosenwasser|
|Jim Cox||Charles Roussel|
|John Cullinane||Bob Russon|
|Steven Elsberry||Jason Scheller|
|Dan Evans||Douglas Schoppert|
|David Firstman||Steve Shaiman|
|Kenneth Fischer||Rob Sheinkopf|
|Adam Foldes||Mike Sparks|
|Andrew Freeman||Thomas Stone|
|Robert Godwin||Wesley Story|
|Jeff Hauer||Joseph Thompson|
|Leslie Heaphy||John Thorn|
|Robert Hebden||Neal Traven|
|Tim Herlich||Jeffrey Watson|
|Rockwell Hoffman||Steve West|
|David Hughes||J. R. Wildridge|
|Donald Jensen||Robert Wilson|
|Robert Kenney||Beach Wires|
|Jamin Layton||Jeffrey Wood|
|Henry Levy||Adam Wright|
|John Liepa||Don Zminda|
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award (best history/biography articles; deadline: 2/15/2022)
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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- SABR member Bill Humber appointed as a member of the Order of Canada
- SABR member Tal Smith elected to Houston Astros Hall of Fame
- Jessica Smyth joins SABR staff as Membership Services Manager
- Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2022
- SABR Digital Library celebrates 10 years of new baseball books
- Longtime SABR member Tim Kurkjian wins 2022 BBWAA Career Excellence Award
- In Memoriam: Roland Hemond
- Read articles from the Fall 2021 Baseball Research Journal online at SABR.org
- Peter Cottrell joins SABR team as chapter liaison
- Read all articles from SABR’s 3-volume series on history of the Winter Meetings online
- SABR 50 convention in Baltimore rescheduled for August 17-21, 2022
- Check out the complete SABR 50 at 50 series as we look back at baseball over the past 50 years
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
|Joe Adona||Denver, CO||Joseph Moynahan||Cinnaminson, NJ|
|Benjamin Botham||Seminole, FL||David Mugmon||San Mateo, CA|
|Shawn Brinsfield||Seattle, WA||Rex Naylor Jr.||Lewistown, PA|
|Brian Brown||Manasquan, NJ||Chris Parilo||Sacramento, CA|
|John Buckeye||Minneapolis, MN||Robert Parsons||Ottawa, ON|
|Jake Chambliss||Gulfport, MS||Brett Penkul||Lynn, MA|
|Aaron Cumming||White Lake, MI||Jamie Quinn||Tallahassee, FL|
|Craig Estlinbaum||Bay City, TX||Clark Reamer||Dwight, IL|
|Mike Franco||Tacoma, WA||Melissa Rich||Indianapolis, IN|
|Greg Galiette||Louisville, KY||Matthew Riggs||Medicine Hat, AB|
|Mark Garner||Temecula, CA||Jonathan Rubin||Leominster, MA|
|Kathy Gregory||Ames, IA||Ray Salomone||Jersey City, NJ|
|Scott Hodges||Villa Rica, GA||Albert Smith||Gaithersburg, MD|
|Matthew Jones||North Canton, OH||Tom Steele||Sussex, WI|
|Benjamin Lee||Seattle, WA||James Sweeney||Olympia, WA|
|Bailey Mazik||Louisville, KY||Dee Thompson||Atlanta, GA|
|Mason Michlitsch||Lafayette, CA||Ryan Van Der Karr||Dwight, IL|
|Gary Mintz||Huntington Station, NY||Mark Vanney||Saint Paul, MN|
|Dan Morley||Pleasanton, CA|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Baseball Landmarks: Seeking volunteers to help with baseball landmarks mapping project
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Larry Dierker Chapter: February 2022 newsletter (Houston, TX)
- Ted Williams Chapter: February 2022 newsletter (San Diego, CA)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Registration is now open for 2022 NINE Conference during spring training in Arizona (NineConference.com)
- Hannah Keyser: A fight over this issue looms large as MLB lockout threatens spring training (Yahoo! Sports)
- Steven Goldman: Don’t Let “Ism”s Cloud Your Understanding of CBA Negotiations (Baseball Prospectus)
- Lindsey Adler/Eno Sarris: Which advanced metrics matter both to front offices and the general public? (The Athletic)
- Bradford Doolittle: What if Oscar Charleston is the best baseball player of all time — and why it’s so important to try to find out (ESPN.com)
- Roger Cormier: The Most Disrespected Baseball Player of All-Time (Baseball Prospectus)
- James Walsh: Longtime St. Paul coach Frank White is using retirement to keep old Rondo memories alive (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
- Lauren Moses: Why is the first African American major leaguer overlooked? (Bally Sports)
- Clinton Yates: Barry Bonds’ snub the latest confirmation of the Hall of Fame’s irrelevance (The Undefeated)
- Doug Glanville: Why I’m OK with Barry Bonds not being elected to the Hall of Fame (ESPN.com)
- Jay Jaffe: Dialing It Down a Notch: The Next Five Years of BBWAA Hall of Fame Elections (FanGraphs)
- Grant Brisbee: From MLB prospect to All-Star: The longest organizational droughts at every position (The Athletic)
- Alex Chamberlain: A Visualized Primer on Vertical Approach Angle (VAA) (FanGraphs)
- Russell A. Carleton: Sudden. Death. Baseball. (Baseball Prospectus)
- Rob Mains: I’m Running Hard, Just Not Fast (Baseball Prospectus)
- Gordon Edes: Helping minor leaguers still a major problem in baseball (Bally Sports)
- David Laurila: Pirates Prospect Nick Gonzales Hasn’t Changed, and That’s for the Better (FanGraphs)
- Lawrence D. Hogan: Was Babe Ruth a Negro Leaguer? (Our Game)
- Marty Niland: At 85, Frank Howard is still our hero (Federal Baseball)
- Brian Holmes: Boise family find hidden wall of baseball cards in their new home (KTVB.com)
- Sam Gazdziak: David Green, 1960-2022 (RIP Baseball)
- Gary Cieradkowski: Doc Sykes: Spitballs, Civil Rights and Dentistry (Studio Gary C)
- Michael Clair: Masanori Murakami, the overlooked trailblazer (MLB.com)
- Ryan Fagan: Replacing baseball legends: Stories you haven’t heard about six Hall of Famers’ final games (The Sporting News)
- Willie Weinbaum: ‘I was wrong’: Why MLB’s restructuring of the minors turned out mostly better than expected (ESPN.com)
- Matt Monagan: How did a mascot get ejected from a game? (MLB.com)
- Dan Cichalski: Visit Hillsboro’s Ron Tonkin Field (MLB.com)
- Nick Trujillo: Express help unlock Austin Black Senators’ history (MiLB.com)
- Tom Ruane: A Retro-Review of the 1930s (Retrosheet.org)
- David Kronheim: 2021 Minor League Baseball Attendance Analysis (NumberTamer.com)
- Jason Schwartz: Baseball cards of the Negro Leagues (SABR Baseball Cards Committee)
- Mark Armour: Tony C. (SABR Baseball Cards Committee)
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Originally published: February 4, 2022. Last Updated: February 4, 2022.