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 5, 2021:
To commemorate SABR’s 50th anniversary in 2021, SABR Day on Saturday, January 30 was hosted virtually around the globe for the first time, giving baseball fans a chance to come together — wherever they live — to share their love of the game.
Visit SABR.org/sabrday to watch a replay of the SABR Day program.
Headlining our virtual program on Zoom was a conversation with broadcasting legend Bob Costas of MLB Network. The 2018 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame brought his renowned passion and knowledge of baseball in a special session for SABR Day attendees. Costas’s interview was moderated by Marty Appel, author and longtime New York Yankees public relations director.
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum President Tim Mead was also featured during this special event. Mead spent nearly four decades in the Los Angeles Angels organization, including 22 years as Vice President of Communications, before assuming oversight of the Hall of Fame’s operations in 2019. Mead’s interview was moderated by Bruce Markusen, Manager of Digital and Outreach Learning at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
You can also watch our SABR Day video tributes from Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield, Eddie Murray, Steve Garvey, Bill James, Bob Kendrick, Heidi Watney, Keith Olbermann, and more. Visit SABR.org/sabrday to view them all!
All 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.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Regular registration is $99 for SABR members and $125 for non-members.
- Student Registration: Currently enrolled high school or college students are eligible to attend for a special $50 registration fee. Student registration includes a one-year SABR membership ($25 value) and a complimentary Rapsodo certification course ($395 value). Students should email Scott Carter with a photo of their student ID to receive the discounted registration link. Access to Rapsodo online certification course will be delivered after conclusion of the conference.
- Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition: Register your team or learn more about the 2021 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition.
- Research Awards: Vote now for the winners of the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards.
Stay tuned for more details on guest speakers, panelists, and presenters! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
Here’s your chance to vote for the 2021 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.
Results will be announced and presented at the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, March 11-14, 2021. Learn more or register for the conference at SABR.org/analytics.
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.
- Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s Boston Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 7:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 10 with Boston Red Sox radio broadcaster Joe Castiglione, who will talk with us about Dustin Pedroia, the upcoming season, pandemic play-by-play, and more. We hope you’ll join us for this special event! Click here to register for the Zoom details.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from R.J. Lesch on the 1911-13 New York Giants; plus you can go back and rewatch the Field of Dreams (Iowa) Chapter’s SABR Day meeting; the Oscar Charleston (Indianapolis) Chapter’s SABR Day meeting with Howard Kellman, Kimberly Parkhurst, and Andrew Heckroth; and the Southern Michigan Chapter celebrated SABR Day with a 1970s Tigers panel with Gary Gillette, Chuck Klonke, and Larry Paladino; and a 1990s Tigers panel with Roger Castillo, Jason Beck, and Evan Woodberry. 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 6: Talkin’ Baseball: Thomas Wolf (9:00 a.m. EST)
- February 6: Quebec Chapter meeting with Jack Anderson (10:00 a.m. EST)
- February 6: Halsey Hall (Minn.) Chapter book club meeting (9:30 a.m. CST)
- February 6: Lajoie-Start (Rhode Island) Chapter meeting with Dixie Tourangeau, Steve Glassman, and Bill Nowlin (2:00 p.m. EST)
- February 8: Halsey Hall (Minn.) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CST)
- February 8: Elysian Fields (N.J.) Chapter Meeting with Dan Schlossberg (9:00 p.m. EST)
- February 9: Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter meeting with Dan Taylor (7:30 p.m. EST)
- February 9: 19th Century Speaker Series: Don Jensen (8:00 p.m. EST)
- February 10: Boston Chapter meeting with Joe Castiglione (7:00 p.m. EST)
- February 10: Ken Keltner (Wis.) Chapter book club meeting with Bob Buege (7:00 p.m. CST)
- February 11: South Florida Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
- February 13: Hank Gowdy (Ohio) Chapter meeting (9:30 a.m. EST)
- February 13: Ken Keltner-Emil Rothe joint chapter meeting with Scott Bush, Mark Armour, Larry Lester, Scott Simkus, Sean Gibson, Bill Pearch, and Jason Schwartz (11:30 a.m. CST)
- February 13: Baseball Reminiscence / Women in Baseball meeting (1:30 p.m. EST)
- February 13: Pacific Northwest Chapter Meeting with Bart Waldman (1:00 p.m. PST)
Find more upcoming virtual meetings on our SABR Events Calendar page.
Click here to view replays of hundreds of recorded SABR virtual events.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of January 2021:
|John Alcamo||William McMahon|
|James Beck||Ted Meyer|
|Jeremy Beer||Frank Mooney|
|D. Bruce Brown||John Murphy|
|John Burbridge III||Roderic Nelson|
|Arthur Cantu||Bill Nowlin|
|Blanche Capilos||Gregg Pericich|
|Ken Carrano||Robert Phelan|
|Peter Coolbaugh||Terry Phelps|
|Jim Cox||John Rall|
|Jon Daniels||Jon Reynolds|
|Richard Dempsey||Gregory Rhodes|
|Edward Dramin||Robert Rives|
|Kimi Ego||C. Paul Rogers III|
|Steven Elsberry||Michael Rosenwasser|
|Vern Engbar||Charles Roussel|
|Diane Firstman||Bob Russon|
|Shaun Fitzpatrick||Richard Schabowski|
|Adam Foldes||Jason Scheller|
|Andrew Freeman||Douglas Schoppert|
|John Gaffney||Mark Stangl|
|Jeanne Glazer||Thomas Stone|
|Roger Godin||Wesley Story|
|Emily Hawks||Larry Taylor|
|Leslie Heaphy||Joseph Thompson|
|Tim Herlich||John Thorn|
|Rockwell Hoffman||Neal Traven|
|Richard Hollow||Fay Vincent|
|Tony Hoover||Steve West|
|Dick Huebner||Robert Whelan|
|Thomas Hufford||J. R. Wildridge|
|David Hughes||Tom Wolf|
|Jeff Jaech||Jeffrey Wood|
|Donald Jensen||Mike Worley|
|Henry Levy||Mark Yecies|
|Peter Mancuso||Don Zminda|
Registration is now open for the 11th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, which will be held virtually on April 22-24, 2021. All baseball fans are welcome to register for this special online event.
The 2021 virtual conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from Major League Baseball’s Official Historian John Thorn, along with a panel discussion on National League president William Hulbert with Jack Bales, Richard Hershberger, Bill Lamb, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a special presentation by Jim Gates on the “Penny Marshall Sheet Music Collection” at the Baseball Hall of Fame; a Member Spotlight interview of Tom Gilbert by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations.
- Registration: Click here to register online. The cost is $35 per person. Each attendee must register separately in order to receive the Zoom meeting information.
- Schedule: Click here to view the full schedule for the 2021 Ivor-Campbell Conference. Online sessions will be held from 8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 22; 12:00-5:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 23; and 12:00-5:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 24. Registration provides access to all panels and presentations for each day.
For questions, please contact Peter Mancuso at email@example.com.
To learn more about the conference, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.
The Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium organization is the 2021 recipient of the SABR Russell Gabay Award, which honors entities or persons who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to baseball in New Jersey.
“This group has done a yeoman’s job in spearheading the efforts to refurbish the Paterson, New Jersey ballpark that saw many Negro League teams play in their heyday. The stadium debuted in 1932. This year, it’s expected to undergo massive massive refurbishment and restoration to former glory,” said David Krell, chair of SABR’s Elysian Fields Chapter in New Jersey.
The Russell Gabay Award was established by SABR’s New Jersey-based Elysian Fields Chapter and Goose Goslin Chapter.
Episode #96 on Monday, February 1 featured Susan Slusser, award-winning San Francisco Giants beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, where she has covered baseball since 1996. She covered the Oakland A’s full-time from 1999 to 2020 until moving to the Giants beat for the upcoming season. She has been a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America since 1993 and in 2012 became the only woman to be elected president in the organization’s history. She has authored two books, 100 Things A’s Fans Need to Know and Do Before They Die (2014) and If These Walls Could Talk, Tales from the Oakland A’s Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box (2019, with Ken Korach).
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.
Eleven new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Jason Bay, by Steve Sisto
- Tony Boeckel, by Steve Hatcher
- Justin Fitzgerald, by Niall Adler
- Dick Fowler, by Gary Belleville
- Billy Geer, by Bill Carle
- Bobby J. Jones, by Mark Simon
- Cuddles Marshall, by Eric Vickrey
- Joey Meyer, by Rory Costello
- Ridgewood Park (New York), by Bill Lamb
- Sherry Smith, by Jim Leeke
- Doc Wiley, by Tim Hagerty
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
Ten new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- July 30, 1889: Hazleton’s Jacob White Eyes competes in pitchers’ duel in Harrisburg, by Stephen V. Rice
- May 13, 1911: Ty Cobb’s 5 RBIs not enough to withstand Red Sox comeback, by Bill Nowlin
- June 8, 1937: Red Sox record 7 hits in succession to spell doom for Cleveland’s first-place hopes, by Bill Nowlin
- September 11, 1949: Four Senators pitchers set major-league record with 11 walks in one inning, by Bruce Harris
- September 18, 1971: Masterful performance by Rick Wise propels Phillies to victory, by Steve Ginader
- August 4, 1986: Eckersley, Cey lead Cubs past first-place Mets, by Madison McEntire
- October 11, 1999: Pedro Martinez’s six no-hit innings in relief lifts Red Sox to ALDS comeback, by Ray Danner
- June 7, 2003: Hee-Seop Choi’s injury overshadows Wood-Clemens pitching duel at Wrigley, by Chuck Hildebrandt
- May 25, 2013: Pedroia, Red Sox mount comeback for holiday weekend win over Cleveland, by Bill Pruden
- June 28, 2019: Fernando Rodney, Aníbal Sánchez reach milestones in Nationals’ win over Tigers, by Laura H. Peebles
New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject.
With the recent addition of Negro Leagues box scores at Retrosheet.org, many SABR Games Project stories on the Negro Leagues now include play-by-play details on the exploits of Black baseball greats such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Buck Leonard.
- 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.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award (best history/biography articles; deadline: 2/15/2021)
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 Kazuo Sayama elected to Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame
- Read articles from the Fall 2020 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR welcomes new Baseball Necrology chartered community
- In Memoriam: Henry Aaron
- Call for papers: Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts
- SABR establishes task force to consider Negro Leagues as major leagues
- SABR unveils 50th Anniversary logo for 2021
- Watch highlights from SABR Detroit’s Hank Greenberg Birthday Symposium
- ‘Lost’ no-hitter by Cleveland’s Pete Dowling in 1901 now recognized as first in American League history
- SABR 50 at 50: Baseball Films and TV
- SABR Digital Library: Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games
- Take a tour of the newly redesigned SABR.org website
- 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: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
|Robert Bradley||Phoenix, AZ||Andrew McDaniel||Tempe, AZ|
|Rick Davies||Toronto, ON||Larry Meyers||Bay Village, OH|
|Phil DiPirro||Melrose, MA||John Moore||Rockford, MI|
|David Fuller||Toronto, ON||Dylan Olsonawski||Phoenix, AZ|
|Bruce Gooding||Scarborough, ON||Raj Padmanabhan||Boston, MA|
|Brandon Hoskins||Freeport, NY||Luke Saunders||Valdosta, GA|
|Yoshiaki Hosohata||Scottsdale, AZ||Andrew Schaefer||Wilmette, IL|
|Frank La Falce||San Diego, CA||Jeffrey Smith||St. Louis, MO|
|Chuck Lucas||Chicago, IL||Alan Spiwak||Mooresville, NC|
|Daniel Lynch||New York, NY||Jason Tupman||Sioux Falls, SD|
|Sean Mahon||Chicago, IL||William Weinbaum||Bronx, NY|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Women in Baseball: Call for nominations: 2021 Dorothy Seymour Mills Award
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Boston Chapter: Read a new “Dispatches From the Mudville Bureau,” by Joanne Hulbert (Boston, MA)
- Elysian Fields Chapter: Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium honored with 2021 SABR Russell Gabay Award
- Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter: February 2021 newsletter (Milwaukee, WI)
- Oscar Charleston Chapter: January 28 meeting recap (Indianapolis, IN)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Jeff Sanders: SABR turns 50: A history rooted in so much more than metrics (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Tom Gilbert’s How Baseball Happened wins CASEY Award (Spitball Magazine)
- Jonathan Judge: Introducing PECOTA 2021: Short Seasons, Variance, and Collaboration (Baseball Prospectus)
- Hannah Keyser: Sarah Thomas is set to officiate the Super Bowl. How long until a woman becomes an MLB umpire? (Yahoo! Sports)
- Jayson Stark: The Strange but True free-agent winter of 2020-21 (The Athletic)
- Rob Arthur: Japan Is Raiding MLB’s Free Agent Market Like Never Before (Baseball Prospectus)
- Marc Carig: The Rockies are oblivious to organizational failure (The Athletic)
- Mark Simon: What Makes Nolan Arenado a Great Defender? (ACTA Sports)
- Grant Brisbee: Giants fans should miss Nolan Arenado, even if he made their lives miserable (The Athletic)
- Rob Mains: Which League Won the Offseason? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Eno Sarris: Are the Cardinals favorites in the NL Central? Here’s who could help them over the top (The Athletic)
- Jay Jaffe: Changing Times: The Next Five Years of BBWAA Hall of Fame Elections (FanGraphs)
- Michael Clair: The amazing tale of Conrado Marrero, the 39-year-old rookie (MLB.com)
- Clinton Yates: The Difference Makers: How Black Athletes Have Made a Difference in Society and Our Lives (The Undefeated)
- Bill Ladson: ‘Candy Jim’ left his mark on Negro Leagues (MLB.com)
- Nick Diunte: Ernest Johnson, Last Surviving 1940s Kansas City Monarchs Player, Dies At 92 (Forbes.com)
- Anthony Castrovince: The player who no longer exists in the Majors: left-handed catchers (MLB.com)
- Alex Chamberlain: The Superlative Kyle Hendricks (FanGraphs)
- Emma Baccellieri: Yogi Berra’s Legacy Lives on With a 2021 Stamp (Sports Illustrated)
- Amanda Lane: Lanny Moss and the Women of the Portland Mavericks (Lookout Landing)
- David Laurila: A Conversation With Red Sox Top Prospect Jeter Downs (FanGraphs)
- Russell Eassom: The Psychology of the Infield Shift (Bat Flips & Nerds)
- Gary Cieradkowski: Country Brown: It felt like I was in the Major Leagues (Studio Gary C)
- Cameron Stuart: Forgotten Faces of Baseball: Waco and the Negro Leagues (KWKT-TV)
- Randy Robbins: Hollywood Stars Were in the Cards: Part 1 of Who Knows How Many? (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- New member Donna Muscarella honors Hinchliffe Stadium with card set (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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.
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Originally published: February 5, 2021. Last Updated: February 5, 2021.