This Week in SABR: January 18, 2019

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 21 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of January 18, 2019:

Early registration is now open for SABR 49 in San Diego

We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 49 convention this summer in San Diego. Conference and hotel registration is now available at

Click here for more information on the SABR 49 All-Inclusive Package, Early-Bird Registration, and optional sessions. Click here to register for SABR 49.

The Manchester Grand Hyatt is conveniently located within walking distance from Petco Park; our host hotel, a frequent host of baseball’s Winter Meetings, features a spectacular waterfront resort-like setting with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues in abundance at the nearby Gaslamp Quarter. The San Diego Central Library’s Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center, just a few blocks away, is home to the spectacular SABR Collection curated by our host chapter, the San Diego Ted Williams Chapter.

Our special SABR 49 convention logo, by acclaimed designer and longtime SABR member Todd Radom, invokes the historic Mission-style architecture found throughout the San Diego area and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Padres as a major-league team. Anyone who registers for the SABR 49 all-inclusive package will receive an exclusive lapel pin with the SABR 49 convention logo, along with a ticket to the Padres vs. Cardinals game on June 28, a ticket to the SABR 49 Awards Luncheon, and two complimentary Continental breakfasts on Thursday and Friday mornings.

  • Registration: Click here for complete information on the SABR 49 All-Inclusive Package, Early-Bird Registration, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 49! We’re again offering a special All-Inclusive Package for the annual SABR convention. For the $369 all-inclusive rate, SABR members can get:
    — Full registration to SABR 49 in San Diego (early-bird: $289; regular rate: $319)
    — 1 ticket in the Upper Infield Reserved (1B) section to the Padres vs. Cardinals game on Friday, June 28 at Petco Park ($24 value)
    — 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 28 ($70 value)
    — 1 exclusive SABR 49 convention logo lapel pin
    — 2 complimentary Continental breakfasts on Thursday and Friday mornings*
    *The Continental breakfast benefit is only available when you register for the All-Inclusive Package.
    Non-members can pay $399 for the All-Inclusive Package; the deadline to register is Monday, May 6, 2019.
  • Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego of $224/night (single rate) or $254/night (double rate) is only available to registered convention attendees. After you register for the SABR 49 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. If you do not receive your confirmation email after registering, please contact Deb Jayne at There are a limited number of rooms in our group block, so be sure to register for SABR 49 early!
  • Awards Luncheon: SABR will host a special Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 28 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The Awards Luncheon, which includes a 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 $70 when you register for SABR 49.
  • Research presentations: SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 49. The deadline to submit your abstract is Sunday, February 24, 2019. Click here for complete details and application form.
  • Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 49 in San Diego. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29, 2019.

Visit to learn more.

Register now for the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference

Join us for the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference on Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 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. Register today to join us!

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 2019 SABR Analytics Conference, visit

SABR 49: Call for presentations

SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 49, the 2019 annual convention in San Diego.

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.

The submission deadline for SABR 49 abstracts is midnight PST on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

Click here for complete details and submission criteria.

Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 49 in San Diego

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 49 on June 26-30, 2019, in San Diego. 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.

All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at no later than Friday, March 29, 2019.

Click here for complete details and submission criteria.

Join us for SABR Day on Saturday, January 26

The 10th annual SABR Day will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019. More than 40 meetings are scheduled for SABR Day around the globe. 

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. Check out for more information on a SABR Day meeting close to you.

Chapter leaders, please be sure to send any details on your SABR meeting to Jacob Pomrenke at so we can update our SABR Day map.

SABR Day meetings are now scheduled for Saturday, January 26 in the following cities:

  • Arlington, TX (Banks-Bragan Chapter)
  • Atlanta, GA (Magnolia Chapter)
  • Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
  • Birmingham, AL (Rickwood Field Chapter)
  • Boston, MA (Boston Chapter)
  • Burlington, VT (Gardner-Waterman Chapter)
  • Cherry Hill, NJ (Goose Goslin Chapter)
  • Cincinnati, OH (Hoyt-Allen Chapter)
  • Columbus, OH (Hank Gowdy Chapter)
  • Cooperstown, NY (Cliff Kachline Chapter)
  • Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
  • Hoboken, NJ (Elysian Fields Chapter)
  • Houston, TX (Larry Dierker Chapter)
  • Indianapolis, IN (Oscar Charleston Chapter)
  • Knoxville, TN (East Tennessee Chapter)
  • Las Vegas, NV (Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter)
  • Lexington, KY (Sweet Lou Johnson Chapter)
  • Little Rock, AR (Robinson-Kell Chapter)
  • Los Angeles, CA (Allan Roth Chapter)
  • Milwaukee, WI (Ken Keltner Badger State 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)
  • Phoenix, AZ (Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter)
  • Rochester, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
  • San Diego, CA (Ted Williams Chapter)
  • Seattle, WA (Northwest Chapter)
  • Tallahassee, FL (Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter)
  • Toledo, OH (Bresnahan-Mud Hens Chapter)
  • Toronto, ON (Hanlan’s Point Chapter)
  • Victoria, BC (Northwest Chapter)
  • Washington, DC (Bob Davids Chapter)

In addition, SABR Day meetings will also be held on the following dates due to venue or chapter availability. Click on a link below for more information:

For a complete recap of 2018 SABR Day activities, visit

Check out more SABR chapter events scheduled for this weekend

SABR Day is coming early for some baseball fans! This weekend, check out these great SABR Day events organized by local SABR chapters:

  • On Saturday, January 19, the Pee Wee Reese Chapter will be holding its annual SABR Day meeting from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Kentucky. Guest speakers include Doug Wilson, author of Let’s Play Two: The Life and Times of Ernie Banks; Cory Ritterbusch and Glen Sparks with presentations on the chapter’s namesake, Hall of Fame shortstop Pee Wee Reese; Harry Rothgerber on the history of SABR in Kentucky; plus a trivia contest, door prizes, and more. Click here for more details.
  • On Saturday, January 19, the Oklahoma Chapter will gather for SABR Day from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Gaylord College building, Room 3160, on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Oklahoma. Our program will include a panel on Minor League Baseball with former Durham Bulls executive Glenn Leshner, Oklahoma City Dodgers media relations executive Lisa Johnson, broadcaster Jim Byers, and writer and statistical guru Kevin Johnson. We’ll also have presentations on old-time baseball cards with Jesse Asbury III and OU reporter Collin Kennedy on his 2018 College World Series trip. Click here for more details.
  • On Sunday, January 20, the Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter will hold its fourth annual meeting for SABR Day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Peabody Heights Brewery in Baltimore, Maryland. Guest speakers include former Orioles Ron Hansen and Larry Haney; Jane Leavy, author of The Big Fella; SABR Treasurer F.X. Flinn; past SABR president and former “bodyguard to the stars” Cappy Gagnon; Warren Grill, former Washington Nationals team chef; plus research presentations by Charlie Vascellaro, John Burbridge, Ken Mars, and Dave Stinson. Admission: $39 per person, including lunch catered by Mission Barbeque. Click here for more details.
  • On Monday, January 21, the Boston Chapter will hold its annual MLK Day meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at GameOn at Fenway Park. Former Red Sox manager Joe Morgan and Boston College coach Mike Gambino are among the guests, with a whole program of baseball-related themes on the docket. Presentations will also be made by SABR members Bill Nowlin, Saul Wisnia, Bill Ballou, Gordon Edes, and other special guests. Admission: $25 for SABR members, $30 for the general public. Lunch is included in the admission price. Register online in advance at Click here for more details

To learn more about upcoming SABR events, visit

SABR Digital Library: 1995 Cleveland Indians: The Sleeping Giant Awakes

Add a new baseball book to your collection with the newest title from the SABR Digital Library:

1995 Cleveland Indians: The Sleeping Giant Awakes
Edited by Joseph Wancho
Associate Editors: Rick Huhn, Len Levin, and Bill Nowlin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-943816-94-1, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-95-8, $21.95
410 pages, 8.5″ x 11″

After almost 40 years of sub-500 baseball, the Sleeping Giant woke in 1995, the first season the Indians spent in their new home of Jacobs Field.

The Indians ruled Cleveland from 1994 through 2001, winning two pennants and making five playoff appearances. In 1995, the Cleveland Browns had left town and were putting down roots in Baltimore. The Cleveland Cavaliers, while competitive, were usually ousted in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Indians were the best ticket in town, and 455 consecutive sellouts — from June 12, 1995 through April 2, 2001 — are a testament to their popularity.

While the Indians made it to the brink of baseball nirvana in both 1997 and 2016, losing in Game Seven of both those World Series, it is the 1995 team that fans remember the most fondly. Perhaps this is because they were the first to break through since 1954 and make the postseason. Maybe it’s because of the different characters and personalities who made up that team, which included Jim Thome, Eddie Murray, Manny Ramirez, Kenny Lofton, Orel Hershiser, and Sandy Alomar Jr. They had an All-Star seemingly at every position.

As you leaf through the pages of this book, presented here by 40 SABR authors and editors, you will be transported back in time to 1995. The biographies of all the players, coaches, and broadcasters will evoke that glorious era once again for Tribe fans. The volume is also sprinkled with personal perspectives, as well as game stores from key matchups during the 1995 season, information about Jacobs Field, and other writing of interest on the historic season.

Contributors include: Rick Balazs, Richard Bogovich, Augusto Cárdenas, Alan Cohen, Philip A. Cola, Rory Costello, Richard Cuicchi, Charles F. Faber, Dan Fields, Chip Greene, Edward Gruver, Mark Hodermarsky, Paul Hofmann, Rick Huhn, Jay Hurd, Jimmy Keenan, Ted Leavengood, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Stephanie Liscio, Gary Livacari, John McMurray, Jeanne M. Mallett, Wynn Montgomery, Bill Nowlin, Gregg Omoth, Anna Pohlod, Joel Rippel, Kelly Boyer Sagert, Rick Schabowski, Harry Schoger, Blake W. Sherry, David E. Skelton, Doug Skipper, Mark S. Sternman, Andy Sturgill, Clayton Trutor, Nick Waddell, Joseph Wancho, Tom Wancho, Steve West, Christopher Williamson, and Gregory H. Wolf.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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Sign up today for the 2019 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference

The 11th annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference will be held April 26-27, 2019, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Note: Space is extremely limited and some research presentations will be double-tracked. On the final page of your registration form, please indicate your preferred choice of Research Presentation for each of the six pairs that are double-tracked.

  • Registration: Click here to download the registration form (PDF). Registrations can be accepted by mail only: send BOTH completed 19th Century Base Ball Conference registration forms to: Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Road, New Hope, PA 18938. Enclose your personal check for the appropriate amount and make payable to “SABR,” with “Fred 19cBB Conference” written on the check’s memo line.
  • Cost: Conference registration is $65 per person, including the Saturday luncheon. Tickets for the optional Friday evening Welcoming Dinner ($45) at Templeton Hall and Saturday evening Post-Conference Gathering ($35) at the historic Otesaga Hotel can also be purchased in advance for you or a guest. Anyone who wishes to purchase an extra ticket for a guest to attend the Saturday luncheon only ($35) can also do so.
  • RSVP: Please mail your registration form no later than February 6. Registration is limited to the first 80 people to sign up, so please register early!
  • Contact: For questions, or if you miss the registration mailing deadline, contact Peter Mancuso at to see if space is still available.

The 2019 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Joanne Hulbert, along with a panel discussion on “The Birth of Baseball Cards” with John Thorn, Peter Devereaux, Tom Shieber, and Jeff Katz; a special presentation by Richard Hershberger on “The Evolution of Baseball Rules”; a Member Spotlight interview of Priscilla Astifan by Bob Bailey; plus book signings, research presentations, and a welcome dinner.

For more information, or to register, visit

6 new SABR biographies published

Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,701 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

Read all bios from From Spring Training to Screen Test book online

In From Spring Training to Screen Test: Baseball Players Turned Actors, published by SABR in 2018 and edited by Rob Edelman and Bill Nowlin, we told the stories of the stars and supporting players on baseball diamonds who also became stars and supporting players in the movies, on Broadway, in vaudeville and, eventually, on television and in concert halls. Included are biographies of selected individuals from the famous (Gene Autry, Joe DiMaggio, Jim Thorpe, Bernie Williams …) to the forgotten (Al Gettel, Lou Stringer, Wally Hebert, Wally Hood …)

All of the biographies from From Spring Training to Screen Test are now available to be read online at the SABR BioProject:

Click here to download a free e-book edition or get 50% off the paperback edition of From Spring Training to Screen Test.

To find all titles in the SABR Digital Library, visit

7 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Seven 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 Find all published Games Project articles at

Listen to a new episode of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM

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 Jay Jaffe of FanGraphs and Jared Wyllys of Forbes.

You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App. Click here to learn more. 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

  • SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2019: 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 2019 awards, please contact Bill Felber at
  • McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2019: 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 2019 awards, please contact Len Levin at

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

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:

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here:

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 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
Dan Barnard II Spencerport, NY     Justin McGuire Hendersonville, NC
Kevin Burke Gastonia, NC     Jeff Schwartz Fargo, ND
Joe Carriero Littleton, CO     Stephen Sikora West Hartford, CT
Johannes Deny Munich, GER     Copley Stephen N. Little Rock, AR
Larry Foster Cumming, GA     Daniel Vermilya Gettysburg, PA
Greg Harris Scituate, MA     Dave Webster Lenexa, KS
Karl Hasselbarth Westminster, MD     Mark Wendling Prince George, BC
Brittany Howell Athens, PA     Chris Witt Madison, WI
Corinne Landrey Philadelphia, PA     Charles Yahr Pittsburgh, PA
Jerry Manheim Edgewater, MD     Joshua Yahr Los Angeles, CA


Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:

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

Around the Web

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

Read these articles and more at

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

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Originally published: January 18, 2019. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.