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 9, 2018:
We are pleased to announce more of our featured speakers and panelists at the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
The SABR Analytics Conference will be held Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The conference is open to all baseball fans — early-bird registration discounts are available online only through February 15. Click here to register!
Here is some more information about our featured speakers:
- Dr. Lorena Martin, Director of High Performance with the Seattle Mariners
- Ehsan Bokhari, Senior Analyst in Baseball Research & Development with the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Philip Cho, Senior Analyst in Baseball Research & Development with the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Emilee Fragapane, Baseball Operations Coordinator with the Los Angeles Dodgers
They will join Brian Kenny of MLB Network, ESPN’s Jon “Boog” Sciambi and Eduardo Perez, Arizona Diamondbacks Sr. Vice President/Assistant GM Amiel Sawdaye, longtime major-league pitching coach Rick Peterson, MLB Advanced Media’s Tom Tango, Mike Petriello, and Daren Willman, Chicago White Sox executive Chris Getz, Seattle Mariners executive Andy McKay, Monsterful VR CEO/founder Jarett Sims, baseball writer Eno Sarris, SABR President Vince Gennaro, New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series CEO Jeremy Booth, Genius Sports Special Counsel Bill Squadron, and more as featured speakers and panelists at the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference. Stay tuned as we announce more!
Click here to learn more about our speakers and panelists. All speakers are subject to change based on availability.
Early registration is still open for the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference on Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, but you must register before February 15 to take advantage of the early registration discounted rate.
Our special group rate at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, which is set to expire on February 15, is now sold out. Please contact Deb Jayne at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 496-1463 for updates on our hotel block availability.
We hope you’ll join us this spring in Arizona, where 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. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click a link below for more information:
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference. Early registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $350 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year SABR membership). Registration includes lunch on Friday and Saturday afternoons and the networking reception on Saturday evening. Early registration ends February 15, 2018.
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $229/night (plus tax). Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference. Complimentary wireless Internet is available in all rooms booked under the SABR block. The cutoff date to book your room is February 15, 2018. If you have any problems booking your room online, please contact Deb Jayne at email@example.com or (602) 496-1463.
- Speakers: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.
- Research Presentations: Click here to learn more about presenting your research at the SABR Analytics Conference; abstracts are no longer being accepted.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2018 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: Click here to vote for the winners for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards.
- Sponsors: Click here to learn more about the SABR Analytics Conference sponsors.
This year’s conference will feature the high-quality content you’ve always enjoyed at the SABR Analytics Conference and the same number of featured panels and research presentations, but there will be a few changes to the usual schedule: We will begin programming early Friday afternoon on March 9 and will run through Sunday afternoon on March 11. The change in schedule is due to the availability at our host hotel this year. However, we have a large block of rooms for SABR Analytics Conference attendees on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
In addition, the Diamond Dollars Case Competition will start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening and the networking reception will be held on Saturday evening, March 10 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Lunch, which is included in your conference registration, will be served at noon on Friday — before the regular programming begins — and also on Saturday between the morning and afternoon sessions.
Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more or to sign up today.
Here’s your chance to vote for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award 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, The Hardball Times, and Beyond the Box Score. To read any of the finalists, click on the article link below.
Contemporary Baseball Analysis
- Glenn Healey, “The New Moneyball: How Ballpark Sensors Are Changing Baseball,” Proceedings of the IEEE (Vol. 105, No. 11), November 2017.
- Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman, “The Juiced Ball is Back,” The Ringer, June 14, 2017.
- Harry Pavlidis, Jonathan Judge, and Jeff Long, “Introducing Pitch Tunnels,” Baseball Prospectus, January 24, 2017.
- Travis Sawchik, “Dictating the Action with Joey Votto,” FanGraphs, May 31, 2017.
- Stephanie Springer, “Get a Grip,” The Hardball Times, October 25, 2017.
Contemporary Baseball Commentary
- R.J. Anderson, “The Year of Catcher Concussions and MLB’s Battle to Do Better With Head Trauma,” CBS Sports, September 28, 2017.
- Emma Baccellieri, “Major League Baseball’s Statcast Can Break Sabermetrics,” Deadspin, December 18, 2017.
- Sam Miller, “Forget the Ninth Inning — Andrew Miller is Here to Save the Game,” ESPN The Magazine, March 30, 2017.
- Jeff Passan, “The Home Run is the King of Baseball. Is That a Good Thing?” Yahoo! Sports, September 19, 2017.
- Eno Sarris, “Matt Cain: The Giants’ Horse That Changed Baseball Stats … Twice,” The Athletic, September 27, 2017.
- Grant Brisbee, “Why Baseball Games Are So Damned Long,” SB Nation, March 28, 2017.
- Jay Jaffe, “Analyzing the ‘Giant’ Controversy Surrounding the Indians’ 22-Game Winning Streak,” Sports Illustrated, September 15, 2017.
- John LaRue, “The Homogenization of Ballparks,” The Hardball Times, February 13, 2017.
- Rob Mains, “One Entire Season of Baseball from the 1960s”, Baseball Prospectus, September 11-14, 2017, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
- Stew Thornley and Bob Tholkes, “From Recorder to Judge: The Evolution of the Scorer in the Nineteenth Century,” SABR Baseball Research Journal, Fall 2017.
Voting will be open through 11:59 p.m. MST on Monday, February 12. Details and criteria for each category can be found here. Only one work per author was considered as a finalist.
Results will be announced and presented at the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 9-11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more or register for the conference at SABR.org/analytics.
SABR’s Maddux Brothers-Las Vegas Chapter honored 7-year-old Hailey Dawson, whose story captivated baseball in 2017 and took her all the way to the World Series, with its inaugural Las Vegas Baseball Ambassador Award recently.
Dawson, from Henderson, Nevada, was born without a right pectoral muscle due to a condition called Poland syndrome, resulting in the loss of her three middle fingers and an underdeveloped thumb and pinky finger. An avid baseball fan, she threw out the first pitch before Game Four of the 2017 World Series using a 3D-printed robotic hand developed by engineers at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
She has set a goal to throw out a first pitch at every major-league stadium. Her quest began in 2015 when she threw out a first pitch before a Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards; she was also invited to do the same at a Washington Nationals game last season, when she met her favorite player, Las Vegas native Bryce Harper.
SABR chapter leader Rick Swift said the chapter established the award to help promote baseball in the Las Vegas region.
Periodically throughout the year, SABR.org publishes The SABR Bookshelf, a listing of new books that are received at the SABR office. Here are the SABR Bookshelf listings for Winter 2018:
Click on the link above for more detailed information on each of these books:
- The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant: The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies, edited By C. Paul Rogers III and Bill Nowlin
- Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1958-2016, edited By Steve Weingarden and Bill Nowlin
- The Call to the Hall: When Baseball’s Highest Honor Came to 31 Legends of the Sport, by Kevin Warneke and David C. Ogden
- The Half-Game Pennant of 1908, by Charles C. Alexander
- The Los Angeles Dodgers Encyclopedia, by Richard J. Shmelter
- Connie Mack’s First Dynasty: The Philadelphia Athletics, 1910-1914, by Lew Freedman
- Tom Yawkey: Patriarch of the Boston Red Sox, by Bill Nowlin
- Blacks in the Adirondacks: A History (New York State Series) , by Sally E. Svenson
- Blue Monday: The Expos, The Dodgers and the Home Run That Changed Everything, by Danny Gallagher
- When Baseball Met Big Bill Haywood, by Scott C. Roper and Stephanie A. Roper
- Tom Gamboa: My Life in Baseball, by Tom Gamboa with David Russell
- The Detroit Wolverines: The Rise and Wreck of a National League Champion, 1881–1888, by Brian “Chip” Martin
- Roy Sievers, by Paul Scimonelli
- Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance, by Mark Whitaker
- Wopper: How Babe Ruth Lost His Father and Won the 1918 World Series Against the Cubs (Volume 3), by Frank Amoroso
- The Hometown Team, by Steve Babineau
- Baseball Italian Style, by Lawrence Baldassaro
- Teaching Statistics Using Baseball, by Jim Albert
- The Cornfield Boys, by Douglas Quinn
- After the Cheering Stops: A Retirement Game Plan for Elite Athletes and Baby Boomer Career Professionals Seeking a New Future, by Alan Spector
Bolded names indicates that the author(s) is a SABR member. Click here for a list of publishers found in the SABR Bookshelf, along with their contact information.
Add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:
The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant: The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies
Edited by C. Paul Rogers III and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Foreword by Curt Simmons
Special Contribution by Dr. Bobby Brown
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-31-6, $19.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-943816-30-9, $9.99
366 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Createspace can take up to 4-6 weeks. For quicker delivery, please order at Amazon.com.)
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including all e-books for free. To find past SABR Digital Library publications, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
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.
For those of you whose memberships expired recently, there’s still a little time left to renew and be a part of the SABR community again in 2018. If you’ve already renewed, we thank you for your support and look forward to another exciting year ahead.
Renew now to receive the Spring 2018 edition of the Baseball Research Journal, plus discounts on registration to the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference and SABR 48 in Pittsburgh, and a lot more! Please note: We MUST receive your dues by February 28, 2018, in order for you to receive the upcoming BRJ.
- Here’s how to renew: You can renew your membership for 1 year or 3 years online at the SABR Store; by phone at (602) 496-1463; or by mailing this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the SABR office at Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Dues are the same as they have been in recent years: $65 for an annual membership or $45 for anyone under 30 or over 65. Click here for a full list of SABR membership benefits.
We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 48 convention on June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Early registration is now available at SABR.org/convention; all baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here for more information on SABR 48 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 48.
The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh is conveniently located within walking distance from PNC Park and a light rail station, many downtown cultural amenities, and right across the street from the picturesque 36-acre Point State Park where the three rivers converge.
Click on a link below for more information about SABR 48.
- Registration: We’re again offering a special all-inclusive rate for the annual SABR convention. For $319, a savings of $30 off the regular rate, SABR members can get:
— Full registration to SABR 48 in Pittsburgh (early-bird: $249; regular rate: $279)
— 1 ticket in the Corner Box (LF) section to the Pirates vs. Diamondbacks game on Friday, June 22 — includes special “A Day at the Ballpark” pregame session at PNC Park ($40 value)
— 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 22 ($60 value)
Non-members can pay $394 for the all-inclusive rate. The deadline to register with the all-inclusive rate is Friday, May 18, 2018. Click here for complete information on SABR 48 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 48!
- Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh of $149/night (plus tax) is only available to registered convention attendees for the nights of Wednesday, June 20 through Saturday, June 23. After you register for the SABR 48 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. There are a limited number of rooms in our group block, so be sure to register for SABR 48 early! The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh is located at 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
- Awards Luncheon: SABR will host a special Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 22 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. The Awards Luncheon, which includes a full meal, will feature the announcement of SABR’s annual awards — including the Bob Davids Award, our highest honor. One ticket to the Awards Luncheon is included in the all-inclusive package or guest tickets are available for $60 when you register for SABR 48.
- A Day at the Ballpark: For the third year in a row and fourth time in five years, SABR will present “A Day at the Ballpark” before the Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, June 22 at PNC Park. Special thanks to the Pirates for this great opportunity and for offering us a large block of tickets in the Corner Box (LF) section at an affordable price of $40 for SABR members ($45 for non-members). Purchase of SABR 48 conference registration AND a game ticket will be required to attend this special session. Guests and spouses can get in the ballpark early with purchase of a special SABR 48 Ballpark Session pass ($25) and a Pirates game ticket. Click here for more details.
- Roberto Clemente Museum tours: The Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh has a special offer for SABR 48 attendees: The museum will host four tours (maximum of 20 people per tour) at $20 per person on Wednesday, June 20. Space is extremely limited, and reservations will only be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call the museum at (412) 621-1268, Ext. 2, to reserve your space. No reservations can be made online; payment is due on-site when you arrive for the tour. Tours last about 1.5 hours and the start times on Wednesday, June 20 are as follows (subject to availability): 10:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Click here for more details.
- Research presentations: SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 48. The deadline to submit your abstract is Sunday, February 25, 2018. Click here for complete details and application form.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 48 in Pittsburgh. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 30, 2018.
All SABR 48 attendees will also receive a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players and events in the Pittsburgh area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer.
Stay tuned for more featured speakers and the complete schedule to be announced in the coming months. Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.
We hope to see you this summer in Pittsburgh!
SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 48, which will be held June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. Early registration is now available at SABR.org/convention.
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. Through on-site judging, the most highly-regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for best poster presentation.
- Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 48: http://bit.ly/sabr48-presentations
The submission deadline for SABR 48 abstracts is midnight PST, Sunday, FEBRUARY 25, 2018. Click here for complete details and application form.
Please note: If your abstract is accepted and you intend to make a research presentation, you must register to attend the SABR 48 convention. Early registration details are now available at SABR.org/convention.
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school or college students to attend SABR 48 on June 20-24, 2018, in Pittsburgh. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250.
The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage high school and college-level student engagement with baseball research and to engender an active interest in baseball and SABR. The Yoseloff scholarship is to assist young researchers who want to attend SABR’s annual convention and to introduce them to fellow SABR members. Through this fund, SABR hopes to inspire future baseball research, expose students to high-quality research and build the research capability of interested students.
- Download an application form: Click here to download a Yoseloff Scholarship form to attend SABR 48 in Pittsburgh
All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018.
2018 is here and it’s time to start the ball rolling as we choose our Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend of the year.
Last year, Bob Caruthers (pictured at right) joined previous winners Pete Browning (2009), Hall of Famer Deacon White (2010), Harry Stovey (2011), Bill Dahlen (2012), Ross Barnes (2013), Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams (2014), Tony Mullane (2015), and Jack Glasscock (2016) as SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends.
The preliminary voting process, which we call the Overlooked Primary Election, will consist of each voter selecting 10 names from the list of 26 candidates. The top 10 will be presented to the SABR membership in May 2018, when all members will be able to vote in the final election. The winner will be announced at the SABR 48 convention this summer in Pittsburgh.
Below is a PDF with the 26 candidates for 2018 and a brief explanation of their baseball accomplishments and/or contributions to our national pastime. You can download the PDF by clicking on the link below:
The voting in the Overlooked Primary Election will end at 11:59 p.m. MST on Monday, February 12, 2018.
The SABR Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for the Spring 2018 elections. All candidates for the Board of Directors must have been members of the Society for at least the preceding four years to be eligible for election. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2018. Nominees must prepare a Candidate Statement Form following guidelines that will be available from any Nominating Committee member.
The Candidate Statement Form must be received by the Nominating Committee chair no later than March 16, 2018.
The offices to be filled:
- Vice President (2-year term; currently Leslie Heaphy)
- Secretary (3-year term; currently Todd Lebowitz)
- Director (3-year term; currently Ty Waterman)
The Nominating Committee also seeks your input. Members are asked to submit office-specific questions for each of the offices open in this election. We also seek input on general questions for every nominee. Candidates will answer selected questions on the Candidate Statement Form. Regional Chapter leaders and Research Committee Chairs are especially encouraged to pass on this request to their respective members to better address member needs.
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 Neal Traven at email@example.com.
Five new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,403 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Al Blanche, by Bob LeMoine
- Graham McNamee, by Cort Vitty
- Ed Moriarty, by Bob LeMoine
- Paul Schaal, by David E. Skelton
- Johnnie Tyler, by Bob LeMoine
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproj/recent
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
In SABR’s Overcoming Adversity: Baseball’s Tony Conigliaro Award, edited by Bill Nowlin and Clayton Trutor and published in 2017, we told the stories of MLB players who had overcome an obstacle and adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Tony Conigliaro, the Boston Red Sox slugger whose career was altered after he was hit by a pitch in the face.
All biographies of non-active players that appeared in Overcoming Adversity can now be read online at the SABR BioProject.
Eight new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- September 17, 1968: Unlikely heroes Sparma, Wert clinch AL pennant for Tigers, by Jeff Samoray
- October 4, 1970: Orioles’ bats blast Twins to take 2-0 ALCS lead, by Stew Thornley
- October 2, 1972: Lolich fans 15 as Tigers take over first place, by Doug Lehman
- October 11, 1972: Northrup’s wallop wins it for Tigers in ALCS Game 4, by Ray Buzenski
- July 15, 1973: Nolan Ryan tosses second no-hitter of season for Angels, by Gregory H. Wolf
- May 7, 1974: LaGrow knuckles under to Wilbur Wood in classic pitchers duel, by Will Bennett (first-time author)
- May 22, 2015: Nationals’ Max Scherzer earns a win, scores winning run, by Laura H. Peebles
- May 29, 2017: Hunter Strickland drills Bryce Harper three years after playoff home run, by Laura H. Peebles
Most of these articles appeared in Tigers By The Tale: Great Games at Michigan and Trumbull (SABR, 2016), edited by Scott Ferkovich. To read more articles from this book at the SABR Games Project, click here.
If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Mike Huber. To request an assignment, please contact Steven C. Weiner. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors’ Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story started toward publication.
- 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.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2018: The McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award honors the authors of the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year. To submit a nomination for the 2018 awards, please contact Len Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the Hot Stove League offseason at a new time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
This week’s guests are SABR member Zack Meisel of The Athletic and Bryan Grosnick of Baseball Prospectus.
You can listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, and you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com.
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.
We’ve heard your feedback: Some of you have said you look forward to “This Week in SABR” every Friday, but sometimes there are just
too many compelling articles and announcements to read every week. We’re not complaining — hey, keep up the great work! — but we know the feeling. So in an effort to make the length of this newsletter more manageable to read, we’ll summarize some of the repeating/recurring announcements in a special “In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)” section of “This Week in SABR”.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Jerald Podair’s City of Dreams wins 2018 SABR Seymour Medal
- Check out highlights, recaps, and photos from 2018 SABR Day
- SABR member Bill Humber to be inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
- Announcing finalists for inaugural Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new SABR Store @ CafePress
- 2018 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference is now sold out
- Apply now for SABR Negro Leagues essay contest and school library grants
- SABR Little League Home Runs Database updated through 2017
- Read articles from the Fall 2017 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR Digital Library: Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1958-2016
- Click here to read new articles from the SABR Team Ownership Histories Project
- Nolan Arenado, Byron Buxton win 2017 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- Check out complete coverage and highlights from SABR 47 in New York City
- Listen to a new episode from the SABR Media Committee’s Baseball Buffet podcast
- Read all articles from The National Pastime: New York, New York at SABR.org
- Learn more about the SABR Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: /content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
For more information, click here.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Cindy Cobb||Sag Harbor, NY||John McLaughlin||Rocky River, OH|
|Eric Haist||Carrollton, TX||Joe Pritchard||Waunakee, WI|
|John Hennessy||Dunellen, NJ||Ronald Thompson||Highlands Ranch, CO|
|Christopher Horgen||St. Paul, MN||Bruce Thompson||Terryville, CT|
|Don Kladstrup||Paris, FRA||Kenny Wagner||Chicago, IL|
|Mike Maddox||Birmingham, AL||John Walter||Richmond, VA|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Nineteenth Century: Vote now in the Primary Election for the 2018 Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter: February 2018 newsletter (Phoenix, AZ)
- Maddux Brothers-Las Vegas Chapter: SABR Las Vegas chapter honors Hailey Dawson with ambassador award
- SABR Day highlights: Check out more recaps and photos from 2018 SABR Day at SABR.org/sabrday.
- Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, you can download the updated Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook on the Admin Tools page at admin.sabr.org. The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- February 10: Magnolia Chapter meeting (Atlanta, GA)
- February 10: Hank Gowdy Chapter book club meeting (Columbus, OH)
- February 10: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter breakfast (Cromwell, CT)
- February 10: Kerry Yo Nakagawa: “Desert Diamonds Behind Barbed Wire” (Pasadena, CA)
- February 12: Halsey Hall Chapter online research tools workshop (Brooklyn Center, MN)
- February 15: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
- February 17: Northwest Chapter winter meeting (Tualatin, OR)
- February 17: Emil Rothe Chapter monthly lunch (Naperville, IL)
- February 19: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- February 20: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter monthly meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- February 20: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- February 21: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- February 21: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly lunch (Baltimore, MD)
- February 24: Byron Motley: “From Monarchs to Barons” (Pasadena, CA)
- February 28: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
All SABR meetings and events are open to the public. Feel free to bring a baseball-loving friend … and make many new ones! Check out the SABR Events Calendar at SABR.org/events.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Alexandria Neason: How Tom Tryniski digitized nearly 50 million newspaper pages in his living room (Columbia Journalism Review)
- Sam Miller: Why no one will ever hit .400 again (ESPN.com)
- Zack Meisel: The life of a baseball scout, long drives and little sleep (The Athletic)
- Rob Mains: Maybe we’ve taken this whole anti-bunting thing too far (Baseball Prospectus)
- Frank Jackson: The ultimate die-hard Cubs fan, John Dillinger (The Hardball Times)
- J.P. Hoornstra: Dodgers great Pedro Guerrero still has ‘things to do’ after near-death experience (L.A. Daily News)
- Sarah Wexler: Memories from the game’s faded pages (The Hardball Times)
- Steven Marcus: Negro Leagues star John Donaldson is the best pitcher you’ve never heard of (Newsday)
- Bill Nowlin: The kind of year that could have killed baseball in Boston (The National Pastime Museum)
- Clayton Trutor: SABR member Danny Gallagher’s new book highlights 1981 Expos (Down the Drive)
- Ashley MacLennan: The case of the disappearing franchise player (The Hardball Times)
- Ryan Whirty: Buck Leonard and a return to Rocky Mount (Home Plate Don’t Move)
- Steven Goldman: Four-finger Ernie Nevel, a baseball Van Gogh (The Hardball Times)
- Michael Bates/Bill Parker: The kidnapping of Chris von der Ahe (This Week in Baseball History podcast)
- David Kronheim: 2017 MLB preliminary attendance summary (NumberTamer.com)
- Mario Phillips: Dodgers could follow sixth-starter trend this season (Dodgers Way)
- Paul Ember: Topps 1963 All-Star Rookie Cup Team: Part 1 – the Cards (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Tim Jenkins: Tom Terrific and Ted Who? (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: Ticketron Legacy (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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Originally published: February 9, 2018. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.