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This Week in SABR: February 5, 2021

This Week in SABR: February 5, 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 5, 2021:


Watch a replay of SABR Day with Bob Costas and Tim Mead

SABR Day 2021: Tim Mead and Bob CostasTo 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!


Register now to join us at 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.


Vote now for winners of the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

Vote now for 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research AwardsHere’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.

Voting for the winners will be conducted online through Friday, February 12 at SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com, and IBWAA.com, with results weighted equally at 25%.

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.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

SABR Boston Zoom meeting with Joe CastiglioneSABR 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.


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.


Friends of SABR: January 2021

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of January 2021:

NAME   NAME
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
Wayne McCombs    

Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.


Register now for the virtual SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference in 2021

SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference (ERIC MIKLICH)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.

For questions, please contact Peter Mancuso at peterplus4@earthlink.net.

To learn more about the conference, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.


Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium honored with 2021 SABR Russell Gabay Award

Hinchliffe Stadium (COURTESY OF FRIENDS OF HINCHLIFFE STADIUM)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.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with Giants beat writer Susan Slusser

SABRcast #96: Susan SlusserBaseball 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 #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.


11 new SABR biographies published

Jason Bay (TRADING CARD DB)Eleven 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


10 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Dustin Pedroia (TRADING CARD DB)Ten 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.

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.

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.


Call for SABR award nominations

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.


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
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

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 5, 2021. Last Updated: February 5, 2021.

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