Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Please note: The SABR office will be closed on Monday, January 16 for the MLK Day holiday. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of January 13, 2017:
Forty years after Bill James first published his annual Baseball Abstract, revolutionizing the world of baseball statistics, SABR is pleased to announce that the sabermetric pioneer will return as a featured panelist at the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix.
The SABR Analytics Conference will be held Thursday, March 9 to Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The conference is open to all baseball fans, and early registration is now available online. Click here to register!
We’re also excited to announce more featured speakers and panelists at the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference:
- Jon “Boog” Sciambi, Announcer, ESPN
- Dan Migala, Chief Innovation Officer, PCG & SportsDesk Media
- Daniel M. Laby, MD, FAAO, Associate Clinical Professor, State University of New York College of Optometry
Our all-star lineup of speakers and panelists will also include: Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto, Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen, ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza, MLB Network host Brian Kenny and analyst Eric Byrnes, SABR President Vince Gennaro, FanGraphs writer Eno Sarris, Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Mike Ferrin, deCervo co-founder Jordan Muraskin, and many more. Click here to learn more about our speakers.
Stay tuned as we announce more featured speakers and panelists at the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference! Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.
For more information, visit SABR.org/analytics.
Early registration is still open for the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference on March 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona, but you should register before February 15 to take advantage of the early registration discounted rate. Our special group rate at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix also expires on February 15, 2017.
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 2017 SABR Analytics Conference; early registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $350 for students (includes one-year membership). Early registration ends February 15, 2017.
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $188/night (plus tax). Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference. The cutoff date to book your room at the SABR rate is February 15, 2017.
- 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.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, learn more about the Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2017 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: We’re seeking nominations for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards; click here to learn more.
SABR has a long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics. SABR’s long history in this area of baseball research, coupled with our mission of advancing the understanding and knowledge of baseball, makes us the perfect choice to coordinate and host this ground-breaking event.
The Analytics Conference schedule consists of a combination of Guest Speakers, Panels, and Research Presentations — plus the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition, in which undergraduate, graduate and law school students from across the country analyze and present a real baseball operations decision.
For more information on the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
The SABR Analytics Conference is pleased to host the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Click here for more details.
In the Diamond Dollars Case Competition, undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from colleges and universities across the country compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a baseball operations decision — the type of decision a team’s GM and his staff is faced with over the course of a season. The cases are developed by SABR President Vince Gennaro, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, and consultant to MLB teams. The Diamond Dollars Case Competition is the first national competition to be based solely on baseball operations issues.
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. More than a dozen alumni from the first five Diamond Dollars Case Competitions have secured internships or permanent positions within Major League Baseball.
We hope you’ll join us for the eighth annual SABR Day, scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2017. We’re compiling details now on 2017 SABR Day chapter meetings around the country. We’ll post them as soon as we get them at SABR.org/sabrday.
Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans and are usually free to attend, so bring a friend! Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.
SABR Day events are scheduled for Saturday, January 28 in the following cities:
- Birmingham, AL (Rickwood Field Chapter)
- Columbus, OH (Hank Gowdy Chapter)
- Cooperstown, NY (Cliff Kachline Chapter)
- Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
- Fort Wayne, IN (Kekionga Chapter)
- Indianapolis, IN (Oscar Charleston Chapter)
- Kenosha, WI (joint meeting of Emil Rothe/Chicago and Ken Keltner Badger State Chapters)
- Knoxville, TN (East Tennessee Chapter)
- Las Vegas, NV (Maddux Brothers-Las Vegas Chapter)
- Little Rock, AR (Robinson-Kell Chapter)
- Los Angeles, CA (Allan Roth Chapter)
- Louisville, KY (Pee Wee Reese Chapter)
- Minneapolis, MN (Halsey Hall Chapter)
- Montreal, QC (Quebec Chapter)
- Nashville, TN (Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter)
- New Orleans, LA (Schott-Pelican Chapter)
- New York, NY (Casey Stengel Chapter)
- Philadelphia, PA (Connie Mack Chapter)
- Phoenix, AZ (Flame Delhi Chapter)
- Pittsburgh, PA (Forbes Field Chapter)
- Rochester, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
- St. Louis, MO (Bob Broeg Chapter)
- San Diego, CA (Ted Williams Chapter)
- San Francisco, CA (Lefty O’Doul Chapter)
- Tallahassee, FL (Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter)
- Toronto, ON (Hanlan’s Point Chapter)
- More meetings TBA soon!
Click here for complete details on all events on our interactive 2017 SABR Day map (or click here to view details on a spreadsheet).
In addition, SABR Day meetings will also be held on these dates due to schedule or venue availability. Click on a link below to learn more:
- January 14: Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
- January 16: Boston, MA (Boston Chapter)
- January 21: Baltimore, MD (Babe Ruth Chapter)
- January 21: Dallas, TX (Banks-Bragan Chapter)
- January 21: Fort Lauderdale, FL (South Florida Chapter)
- January 21: Houston, TX (Larry Dierker Chapter)
- January 21: Kansas City, MO (Monarchs Chapter)
- January 21: Middletown, CT (Smoky Joe Wood Chapter)
- January 21: Stillwater, OK (Oklahoma Chapter)
- January 29: Seattle, WA (Northwest Chapter)
- February 4: Atlanta, GA (Magnolia Chapter)
- February 4: Cleveland, OH (Jack Graney Chapter)
- February 4: Detroit, MI (Detroit Chapter)
- February 4: Washington, DC (Bob Davids Chapter)
SABR’s Rogers Hornsby Chapter will hold its 11th annual Winter Meeting from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 14. The meeting will be held on the third floor of the Old Main Building at Texas State University-San Marcos (601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666).
Our guest speakers are expected to include Dr. Bobby Brown, former New York Yankees infielder and American League president; Gene Watson, Director of Professional Scouting, Kansas City Royals; Mike Acosta, Authentication Manager, Houston Astros; Mike Capps, Director of Broadcasting, Round Rock Express; and Mark Saccomanno, former Houston Astros first baseman. We’ll also feature a trivia contest, memorabilia, mock Hall-of-Fame voting, and much more.
The meeting is open to all baseball fans and is free to attend. Lunch is optional ($10; cash only); you can register upon arrival and sign up for your lunch choices before 10 a.m. to have them delivered to us.
- Boston Chapter MLK Day meeting on Monday: The SABR Boston Chapter will hold its annual MLK Day meeting from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 16. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. A donation of $10 is humbly requested to defray the expense of location, lights and levity. We’ll meet at The Baseball Tavern (1270 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215), where an optional lunch buffet will be available for an additional $10. Our featured speaker will be Dave Wallace, former pitching coach for the 2004 Boston Red Sox and also the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Houston Astros, and most recently the Baltimore Orioles. He also pitched parts of three seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays. We’ll also hear from Boston Red Sox team historian Gordon Edes, as we did last year, and hear what’s up at Fenway Park. Clayton Trutor will speak about the Tony Conigliaro Award winners, subject of a new SABR publication that’s out this month. Donna Halper, interesting and informative as always, will talk about “Honoring Black Baseball Writers,” and Bob Brady and Mark Kanter have a lot to say about baseball in Cuba. Kara Jackman will speak about Boston University, Martin Luther King Jr., race, and baseball. David Kaiser will also present on “The Unluckiest Pitchers: Won-Lost Records and Selection to the Hall of Fame. Dixie Tourangeau will have a lot to say about a lot of things.
SABR will be returning to the Big Apple for our 47th national convention on June 28-July 2, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt New York. Registration and hotel information will be available beginning next week at SABR.org/convention, along with a call for presentation abstracts and the SABR 47 Yoseloff Scholarship application. The New York Mets are scheduled to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series at Citi Field during SABR 47.
The Grand Hyatt New York, one of the city’s most historic and luxurious hotels, is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan just steps from Grand Central Terminal and within walking distance of many major attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the New York Public Library. The Grand Hyatt is also easily accessible to all forms of transportation: planes, trains, automobiles (including car services), and more.
SABR 47, which is open to all baseball fans, will include top featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, writers and analysts.
SABR’s 2017 national convention will be our 47th annual gathering; the organization’s founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first. Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.
For more information on the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
The ninth annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference will be held April 21-22, 2017, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to attend, but space is limited so RSVP today!
- Registration: Registration is $55 per person for the full conference, and includes a buffet luncheon on Saturday. Optional Friday welcome dinner ($46) and Saturday evening banquet ($32) are also available. Click here to download a registration form (PDF). Make out a check for “SABR” with a memo line of “Fred 19cBB” and send payment and completed form to: Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Road, New Hope, PA 18938, before February 7, 2017.
- Schedule: Click here to view a complete schedule for the 2017 Ivor-Campbell Conference
The 2017 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Bill Lamb, along with a panel discussion on SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legends Project with Adam Darowski, Michael Haupert, Joe Williams, and moderator John Thorn; a special presentation of the documentary film “Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball” by Dorothy Seymour Mills and Mark Honer; a Member Spotlight interview of Joanne Hulbert by Tom Simon; plus book signings, research presentations, and a welcome dinner.
For more information, or to register, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.
The 20th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee, will be returning to its roots on July 27-30, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, site of the first Negro League conference in 1998. A registration packet and more information will be available in early 2017 at SABR.org/malloy.
Each year, SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee raises money to donate books to schools or libraries; for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest through the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference.
Click a link below for more information on the 2017 call for papers, high school scholarships and essay contest, art contest, and library grants.
- Call for Papers: The SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference welcomes proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields. Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, “Black Baseball in Harrisburg,” or other Negro Leagues issues. Some possibilities include: the 1920s Harrisburg Giants, Spottswood Poles, Rap Dixon, the 1954 Harrisburg Giants, Monrovian Club of 1867, 1903 Colored World Series, and so much more. Please email your proposal as a Word attachment to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu before March 27, 2017. Click here for complete details and criteria.
- High School Essay Contest: SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to two high school seniors in its ninth annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2017. Students must write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships. Click here to download the Jimmie Crutchfield Memorial Scholarship application or click here to download the Normal “Tweed” Webb Scholarship application. The deadline to apply is March 27, 2017.
- Dick Clark Memorial Library Grants: SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee will award two $500 Dick Clark Memorial Library Grants for 2016-17. School and community libraries from across the country are invited to submit grant proposals centering on educating students and the community about black baseball and American history. Click here to download the PDF application for eligibility requirements, submission criteria, and style guidelines. The deadline is May 8, 2017.
- Art Contest: SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee’s will hold its eighth annual Art Contest in 2017. The theme is “Black Baseball History.” For professionals and amateurs: Click here to download the PDF application for eligibility requirements, submission criteria, and style guidelines. The entry fee is $30 and the deadline for submission is May 29, 2017. For the youth contest: Click here to download the youth art contest PDF application. The entry fee is $10 (per three entries) and the deadline for submission is May 22, 2017.
For more information, visit SABR.org/malloy.
SABR member Marjorie Adams has had some extraordinary times since December 2015. Her great-grandfather, Daniel “Doc” Adams, author of the “Laws of Base Ball” in 1857, narrowly missed induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The “Laws of Base Ball” sold for $3.26 million in April 2016 and in the process Marjorie was able to hold and inspect the Laws in an emotional meeting with the seller. There have been satisfying and disappointing times in her five-year effort to have Doc Adams inducted.
Karl Cicitto interviewed Marjorie for an article in the SABR Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter’s Winter 2017 newsletter that was published this week.
Read the full interview with Marjorie Adams at SABR.org/latest/delayed-not-defeated-marjorie-adams-doc-adams-and-hall-fame.
For more information on the chapter, visit SmokyJoeWood.com.
Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 SABR Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award.
The Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award was established in 1999 by the Society for American Baseball Research in recognition of Kavanagh’s writing and research achievements and his contributions to SABR. The Kavanagh Award may be presented each year for either a research presentation given at the SABR National Convention (papers must accompany any oral presentation), or for a research paper that is submitted to the awards committee by a researcher in grades 6-8 (middle school category), grades 9-12 (high school category), or undergraduates age 22 and under (College Category). The winners will receive a plaque honoring their achievement, a $200 prize, and a one-year membership to SABR.
All entries must be submitted to committee chair Dr. Leslie Heaphy, postmarked or e-mailed by May 29, 2017. Email entries can be sent to email@example.com and mail in papers can be sent to Dr. Leslie Heaphy, KSU at Stark, 6000 Frank Rd., North Canton, OH 44720.
Five new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,971 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Cal Ermer, by David E. Skelton
- Jerry Mallett, by Bill Nowlin
- Stover McIlwain, by Josh Sullivan (first-time author)
- Frank Skaff, by David E. Skelton
- Perry Werden, by Stephen V. Rice
All new biographies can be found here: /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.
Four new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- August 24, 1919: Ray Caldwell struck by lightning, sparks Indians to win, by Chad Osborne
- August 23, 1936: Bob Feller wins first career start for Cleveland Indians, by Joseph Wancho
- October 12, 1969: Koosman leads Mets to first World Series win in Game Two, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- June 16, 1978: Tom Terrific! Seaver tosses only no-hitter, by Gregory H. Wolf
- Get involved: 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.
- Still seeking a Chief Editor: For those of you who have reached out offering to edit or fact-check games over the past few weeks: Thank you! Thanks to numerous responses, we are now sufficiently staffed in this area to more quickly process game articles toward publication. However, we are still seeking a Chief Editor to help coordinate the editing for all Games Project stories. This is a crucial role that is necessary to keep the project running smoothly. If you are interested, please contact Greg Erion or Bruce Slutsky for more information.
The committee has launched a new website at https://sabrbaseballcards.blog; check out all the great content that has been posted this week:
- Hispanic Heroes: A Seattle Mariners promo card set, by Anthony Salazar
- More T206 Goodness, by Kevin Graham
- Absolutely Free! The players of the T206 Sporting Life ads, by Mark Aubrey
- Bell Brand Sandy Koufax Cards: All That And A Bag Of Chips, by Ross Uitts
- A tribute to Bob Lemke, by Rich Klein
- Using a Black Light in Baseball Card Authentication, by David Cycleback
- In Praise of Corsairs and Belters, by Mark Armour
- Split Season sets (or, how writing a book invariably led to more cards), by Jeff Katz
- Mother’s Cookies Were Cool, by Richard Bergstrom
Any SABR member can sign up for announcements or contribute to future committee newsletters. Click here to learn more.
For more information on all 30 SABR research committees, 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 guest is Eno Sarris of FanGraphs.
- Video highlights: Sweeny Murti of WFAN discusses expectations for Yankees’ Gary Sanchez in 2017 (MLB.com)
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. 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.
- SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2017: The SABR Baseball Research Award (formerly the Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award) honors those whose outstanding research projects completed during the preceding calendar year have significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball. To submit a nomination for the 2017 awards, please contact Bill Felber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2017: 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 2017 awards, please contact Len Levin at email@example.com.
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.
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:
- Early registration discount expires February 15 for 2017 SABR Analytics Conference
- Essays from The Year of the Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies books now available at SABR.org
- Read articles from the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR Digital Library celebrates five years of publications
- Entries now accepted for 2017 Women on the Diamond art competition
- Anthony Rizzo, Francisco Lindor win 2016 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- SABR 46: Check out complete multimedia highlights from our Miami convention
- Download your free e-book copy of The National Pastime: Baseball in the Sunshine State
- SABR Digital Library: Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957
- Roland Hemond: Treasuring my memories of the Winter Meetings
- 2017 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference returning to Harrisburg
- Interested in baseball cards? Join SABR’s Baseball Cards Research Committee
- Q&A with award-winning SABR authors Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg
- Read all biographies from our 1986 Mets book online at the SABR BioProject
- Learn more about new 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).
|Rafael Amanau||Philadelphia, PA||Ryan Keeler||Denver, CO|
|Steve Bollier||Fort Wayne, IN||Simon Kim||Commerce, TX|
|Tom Crittenden||Oklahoma City, OK||Al Kwiatkowski||Carefree, AZ|
|Mark Davis||Brantley, AL||Lloyd Matt||Andover, MN|
|Tad Deja||Naperville, IL||Bruce McClure||W. Hartford, CT|
|David Doeling||Los Angeles, CA||Mike Mayes||Nixa, MO|
|Edward Fong||San Pedro, CA||Masahiro Nanbu||Tokyo, JPN|
|Keith Gaddie||Norman, OK||Hideshi Okada||Gifu, JPN|
|Gregory Gay||Watertown, NY||Lorraine Padden||San Diego, CA|
|Jon Giles||Charlotte, NC||Clay Parker||W. Monroe, LA|
|Jason Hillman||Charlotte, NC||Shane Katz||Sutton, MA|
|Moreau Hunt||Cedar Key, FL||Jason Winders||London, ON|
|Jonathan Judge||Chicago, IL||Michio Yorifuji||Sagamihara, JPN|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
- Baseball and the Arts: The Baseball and the Arts Committee has announced plans for a new SABR publication focused on baseball and the arts, including poetry, music, essays, fiction, and visual art. First, we need a couple of motivated, interested souls to join an editorial board to review the deluge expected from SABR members. If you have an interest in serving as an editor or future contributor, please contact Joanne Hulbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- BioProject: New BioProject co-chairs Rory Costello and Gregory H. Wolf have announced that the committee has launched new social media accounts to help promote the project, led by J.G. Preston. On Twitter, BioProject updates can now be found at @SABRBioProject and on Facebook, click here for the BioProject group page. To learn more about the BioProject or to get involved, visit SABR.org/BioProject.
- Women in Baseball: Winter 2017 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter Winter 2017 newsletter (Hartford, CT)
- Pee Wee Reese Chapter: Our chapter in Louisville, Kentucky, now has a Facebook group to keep members informed of chapter goings-on, thanks to Ryan Schroer. His commitment to SABR and to the Pee Wee Reese Chapter members has been exceptional. Anyone can join the Pee Wee Reese Chapter Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/916677228469050.
- SABR Day is coming soon! Chapter leaders, please be sure to send any details on your SABR Day meeting to Blane Ferguson at email@example.com so we can update our interactive map at SABR.org/sabrday.
- Chapter websites/social media: Chapter leaders, all chapters are encouraged to have a presence online to help raise awareness of SABR and bring extra attention to our research, events, and activities. Click here if your chapter is interested in learning more about creating a new chapter website or social media accounts, and for a complete list of chapter sites and social media accounts.
- Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, download the new 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 SABR events:
- January 14: Rogers Hornsby Chapter 11th annual Winter Meeting (San Marcos, TX)
- January 16: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- January 16: Boston Chapter MLK Day meeting (Boston, MA)
- January 17: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- January 18: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- January 18: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- January 19: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- January 20: Yogi Berra Museum: “The Future of the National Pastime” panel (New York, NY)
- January 21: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter Strat-O-Matic Game Day (Middletown, CT)
- January 21: Monarchs Chapter SABR Day meeting (Kansas City, MO)
- January 21: South Florida Chapter SABR Day meeting (Tamarac, FL)
- January 21: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter SABR Day meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- January 21: Larry Dierker Chapter at Astros FanFest (Houston, TX)
- January 21: Oklahoma Chapter SABR Day meeting (Stillwater, OK)
- January 21: Banks-Bragan SABR Chapter at Texas Rangers FanFest (Arlington, TX)
- January 23: Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee meeting (Edina, MN)
- January 25: Smithsonian: “Ask Tom Boswell Anything” with Phil Hochberg (Washington, DC)
- January 25: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
- January 28: 2017 SABR Day
- January 29: SABR Board of Directors conference call
- January 29: Northwest Chapter SABR Day meeting (Seattle, WA)
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:
- Christine Ferretti: Negro League site in Hamtramck gets $50K parks grant (Detroit News)
- Jared Diamond: Cooperstown ballots are not so secret anymore (Wall Street Journal)
- Monte Cely: A preview of 2017 Serie del Caribe in Mexico (SABRHornsby.org)
- Craig Edwards: How much control do pitchers exert over exit velocity? (FanGraphs)
- Bill Ryczek: Hard times: Baseball in the 1930s (The National Pastime Museum)
- Nick Diunte: Negro Leaguer Art ‘Superman’ Pennington dies at 93 (Baseball Happenings)
- Ross Carey: Replacement Level Podcast with Nathaniel Rakich (Replacement Level Podcast)
- John LaRue: The kings of pain: Which team’s fans have suffered most? (The Hardball Times)
- John Swol: How Twins and other teams #1 draft picks have fared (Twins Trivia)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: The decline of an elite defender (ACTA Sports)
- Shane Tourtellotte: A good start: analyzing Rookie of the Year awards (The Hardball Times)
- Bill Felber: The Chicago Whales and the 1915 pennant race (The National Pastime Museum)
- Bruce Markusen: Talking baseball with Fastball John D’Acquisto (The Hardball Times)
- Tim Wendel: Glavine, Smoltz, and the Braves’ rise from worst to first (The National Pastime Museum)
- Scott Ferkovich: Whatever happened to the .300-hitting team? (The Hardball Times)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: January 13, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.