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This Week in SABR: January 13, 2023

This Week in SABR: January 13, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, January 13, 2023.
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Top Headlines

Coming soon: Rucker Archive historical baseball photographs
Last chance to apply for a 2023 Local Grant
Early registration open for 2023 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix
Watch a replay of Ballpark Figures with ESPN’s Jeff Passan
By-Laws changes proposed for special election beginning in February

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

Willie Mays in spring training 1952 (SABR-Rucker Archive)

Coming soon: Rucker Archive historical baseball photographs

In 2019, SABR acquired The Rucker Archive, one of the world’s most extensive private collections of historical baseball photographs, spanning more than a century of baseball history, with nearly 80,000 unique images from the roots of baseball in the 19th century up to current major league teams and players. That donation created numerous opportunities for SABR to consider.

Since then, we have invested significant time vetting out the best path forward as well as how to ensure that the organization has the resources to support this collection for many years to come. I’m excited to share the details of how the SABR/The Rucker Archive will soon become accessible to the public as well as a living research project for our members.

— Scott Bush

Click here to read the full announcement at

Kelly Field historical marker in Daytona Beach, Florida

Last chance to apply for a SABR Local Grant in 2023

The SABR Local Grants program provides an opportunity for chapters, research committees, and chartered communities to apply for funding for their projects under SABR’s Four Pillars: Research, Scholarship, Preservation, and Future of the Game. Applications are now open for a 2023 SABR Local Grant at

Submissions will be accepted until January 16, 2023. All SABR chapters, chartered communities, and research committees are eligible to apply.

Click here to read the full announcement at

2023 SABR Analytics Conference

Early registration open for 2023 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix

Early registration is now open for the SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held in person from March 10-12, 2023, at the Beus Center for Law and Society on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in Phoenix, Arizona. 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.

Students will have two registration options, virtual or in-person, with both including access to the General Session on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12, and a student-only virtual session on Thursday, March 9. All student registrations also include a complimentary one-year SABR membership ($25 value) and a complimentary Rapsodo certification course ($395 value).

Register today to join us!

SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference

Register now for the 2023 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference

Registration is now open for the 14th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, which will be held on April 28-29, 2023, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to register for this special event.

The 2023 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from author Jonathan Popovich, along with a panel discussion on baseball’s 19th-century color line with Richard Hershberger, Peter Mancuso, Brian Sheehy, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a 19th-century artifact session with Robert Mayer, Gary Passamonte, and Popovich; a Member Spotlight interview of Robert Mayer by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations and a Sunday morning vintage baseball game at Doubleday Field.

Visit to learn more or to register.

Ballpark Figures with Jeff Passan

Watch a replay of Ballpark Figures with Jeff Passan

SABR’s Ballpark Figures is a monthly interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. On Thursday, January 5, our guest was Jeff Passan, Senior MLB Insider at ESPN and best-selling author of The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports.

Click here to watch a replay of Ballpark Figures with Jeff Passan.

To learn more, visit

By-Laws changes proposed for special election beginning on February 15

The SABR Board of Directors recommends adoption of three proposed changes to the By-Laws in a special election that will begin on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.

The changes are intended to increase member participation in SABR governance, add new voices to Board discussion, allow for more turnover in Board membership, and provide safeguards to ensure that the four Officers have some prior Board experience.

An online voting ballot will be sent out from to all eligible SABR voters on February 15, 2023. The voting period will remain open until March 1, 2023.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Students, apply for a Spring 2023 internship with SABR

The Society for American Baseball Research is seeking remote interns to work during the Spring 2023 semester. The internship is an educational opportunity that may count toward college credit, covering 15-20 hours per week with a flexible schedule. The internship will be for a fixed period of time and is designed to provide the intern with skills and training that may be applicable to working in a nonprofit research environment or in other research-based organizations.

Please send a resume and cover letter in PDF form to by 5:00 p.m. MST Friday, January 27, 2023.

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR accepting applications for Editorial Assistant position

SABR is now accepting applications for a part-time, remote position as an Editorial Assistant. This position will be responsible for helping to organize, curate, and maintain editorial content on all SABR platforms, including writing, editing, graphics, audio, video, and photography. You will also have the opportunity to manage and lead editorial projects, including assistance with SABR Digital Library publications (books, journals, and ebooks) and web projects.

Please send resume and cover letter to Jacob Pomrenke at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Join us for SABR Day events on Saturday, February 4

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 4, 2023, when we will hold our annual SABR Day celebration! SABR Day is a way for all baseball fans to come together, regardless of where they live, and talk about the game we all love.

  • Visit to find details on more than 20 SABR Day events planned so far, from Atlanta to San Diego, Boston to Phoenix, and Louisville to Williamsport.

Regional chapters are encouraged to plan their own SABR Day events (virtually or in person) throughout the months of January or February to celebrate the start of a new baseball season.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #196: John McLaren

Baseball 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 #196 on Monday, January 9 featured former major-league manager and coach John McLaren, who managed the Chinese national team in the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classics. Visit to listen to the full episode or subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks.

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: Rod Carew, Norm Charlton, Shohei OhtaniSABR Research Collection: Brad Lidge, Cal Raleigh, George Bechtel

3 new biographies published at SABR BioProject

Visit to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.

10 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1907-1958 (Volume 1)

Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1907-1958 (Vol. 1)
Edited by Robert K. Fitts, Bill Nowlin, and James Forr

Visit to download any SABR Digital Library e-book for free or save 50% off the paperback edition.

Recent Highlights

Here are some SABR headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Luis Anda Lancaster, OH     Kevin Kreiner Endicott, NY
Kyle Andrews State College, PA     Ken Kuzmiak Branchville, NY
Jeffrey Beck Palmyra, PA     Matt LaDuke Canton, MI
Kenneth Birrell Rockville, MD     Lawrence Leib Farmington Hills, MI
Jordan Boitnott Sharpsville, PA     Chris Leupold Gibsonville, NC
Robert Bowling Fishers, IN     Joseph Lombardo Montclair, NJ
Loren Broaddus Springfield, MO     Leonard Lumbers Toronto, ON
Doug Brown Thousand Oaks, CA     Jason Maddox Fayetteville, NY
Vito Calise Long Island City, NY     Keith Mars Austin, TX
Matthew Carter Huntsville, AL     Anthony Mastandrea Ramsey, NJ
Robert Catalano Flushing, NY     Les Masterson North Reading, MA
Chris Conlon Baltimore, MD     Brendan McGair Warwick, RI
Chris Cooney Burlington, ON     Steven Miller Rio Vista, CA
Paul Craig Madison, AL     Frank Mulville Philadelphia, PA
Michaael Dauphinais West Melbourne, FL     Barry Neeb Berlin, MD
John de Sousa Toronto, ON     Alex Newton Savannah, GA
Matthew DiBiase Philadelphia, PA     Bryan Peabody Louisville, KY
Ian Duran San Francisco, CA     Cregg Peterson Tampa, FL
Koby Farries Dickinson, TX     Eduardo Peynetti Nantes, FRA
Karl Gierach Southfield, MI     Greg Randolph The Woodlands, TX
Michael Giganti Rockville Centre, NY     Jonathan Richter Hartford, CT
Rafael Giraud San Juan, PRI     Peter Riehl Colorado Springs, CO
Larry Harris Northville, MI     Rich Russell Marvin, NC
Jen Hayes Easthampton, MA     Mike Ryan Lakewood, CO
Se Hyeon Heo Yongin-si, KOR     Clemente Sosa Highland Lakes, NJ
Matt Hicks Carmel, IN     Benjamin Spotswood Mobile, AL
Mike Hoben Gulfport, FL     Michelle Taylor Tampa, FL
Austin Hogue Redmond, OR     Thom Tracy West Pittston, PA
Dennis Jennings Lake Forest, IL     Phillip Tutor Anniston, AL
Skip Jennings Savannah, GA     Tracy Tymko Huntersville, NC
Steven Jones Alameda, CA     Peter VanBenthuysen Denver, CO
Will Kenneally Alexandria, VA     Chris Vargas Long Beach, CA
Thomas Kerrigan Bethpage, NY     Jennifer Weld State College, PA
Steve Klein Fontana, CA     Ian Wilson Calgary, AB
PK Komar Spring Lake, MI     John Wright Harper Woods, MI
John Koziol Boston, MA     Albert Yang Davis, CA

Friends of SABR

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of December 2022:

John Alviti   Henry Levy
Steve Ames   Don LoCrasto
Richard Arpi   John Lord
Patricia Aylsworth   Linda Luca
Jack Bales   Mitchell Lutzke
Perry Barber   Peter Mancuso
Ed Barbini   Peter Marcus
Keith Barnes   Daniel Massey
James Beck   Kenneth Mayer
Jake Bell   Bruce McClure
Paul Bennett   Andy McCue
Harvey Berger   Paul McGee
Michael Berry   Thomas McKenna
William Bordonaro   Barry Mednick
David Boyle   Roberta Mendonca
Thomas Bradley   Thomas Merrick
D. Bruce Brown   Stephen Milman
Bob Brown   Frank Mooney
Paul Browne   Christopher Moyer
Richard Butler   David Neft
Arthur Cantu   Monty Nielsen
Ralph Caola   Bill Nowlin
Ken Carrano   Dwight Oxley
Louis Charlip   Peter Pepper
Dennis Christensen   Gregg Pericich
Ralph Christian   Zachary Petrillo
Karl Cicitto   John Rall
Marina Clarke   Alan Raylesberg
Rodger Coauette   David Rockoff
Vincent Comparato   Michael Rosenwasser
Gary Coon   Kenneth Ross
Dick Cramer   Harry Rothgerber
E. Stephen Cunerd   Charles Roussel
Tom DiGiandomenico   Chuck Rusinek
Helen Edwards   Bob Russon
Vernona Elms   Robert Ruzzo
Steven Elsberry   William Ryczek
Daniel Evans   Michael Sass Jr
John Fain   Jason Scheller
Michael Fandal   Steven Schmitt
David Firstman   Dan Schoenholz
Kenneth Fischer   Douglas Schoppert
Jack Fitzpatrick   John Schwarz
Adam Foldes   Jeff Self
Donald Frank   Rob Sheinkopf
Gordon and Lisa Gattie   Linda Skory
Jeanne Glazer   Curt Smith
Roger Godin   Janet Marie Smith
John Gottko   Paul Soltysiak
Gerard Goulet   Mike Sparks
Stephen Greyser   Art Springsteen
David Guslani   Tony Stahl
Robert Hagerman   Joel Sternberg
Roger Hammond   W.B. Steverson
Leslie Heaphy   Thomas Stone
Tim Herlich   Wesley Story
Rockwell Hoffman   David Studenmund
Thomas Hufford   Henry Summer
David Hughes   Joseph Thompson
Jim Hughes   Joyce Thompson
Noel Hynd   Crofty Thorp
Donald Jensen   Neal Traven
Scott Jensen   David Vaught
Lloyd Kepple   M J Volkovitsch
David Kimball   Ronald Weaver
Michael Klitsch   David Weihman
Sean Lahman   Robert Welborn
Steven Landau   Steve West
Dave Lande   Charles Wilkins
William Larson   Beach Wires
Todd Lebowitz   Jeffrey Wood
Lewis Levey   Tony Yoseloff
Daniel Levitt   Don Zminda

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.

SABR Events Calendar

SABR's Larry Dierker Chapter will hold a hybrid meeting at 7:00 p.m. CST on Monday, January 16, 2023. Our special guest is Alyson Footer of Contact Joe Thompson at for Zoom details.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • January 14: Hank Gowdy Columbus (OH) Chapter book club meeting with Curt Smith (9:30 a.m. EST)
  • January 14: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting with Dan Taylor (1:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 16: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with Alyson Footer (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • January 16: Ottawa (ON) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 17: Games and Simulations Committee meeting with Clay Dreslough (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 18: New Member Experience with Jessica Smyth (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 19: Central Virginia Chapter meeting with Tim Wendel (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 21: South Florida Chapter meeting with Paul Semendinger (6:00 p.m. EST)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • January 14: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • January 14: Roush-Lopez Gulf Coast Chapter meet-up (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • January 18: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
  • January 19: Larry Doby Chapter meeting (Lexington, SC)
  • January 19: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
  • January 21: Magnolia Chapter at BravesFest (Atlanta, GA)
  • January 21: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter breakfast (Edgewater, MD)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Peter Cottrell.

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

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Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

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 To find past editions of TWIS, click here.

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Originally published: January 12, 2023. Last Updated: January 13, 2023.