Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, January 20, 2023.
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Check out upcoming SABR Day events
Early registration ends soon for 2023 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix
New Spanish-language edition of Roberto Clemente book available
By-Laws changes proposed for special election beginning in February
Students, apply for a Spring 2023 internship with SABR
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 SABR.org/sabrday to find details on more than 25 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.
Early registration ends soon 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.
- Reminder: Early registration discounts end on Friday, February 17. Registration increases $150 after the early discount ends, so register today to join us!
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).
Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more or to register.
The year 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of Roberto Clemente’s final season in major-league baseball. ¡Arriba! The Heroic Life of Roberto Clemente celebrates his life and his baseball career. A new Spanish-language edition of this SABR Digital Library publication, translated by Tony Oliver Díaz, is now available in ebook and paperback formats.
Arriba! La Heróica Vida de Roberto Clemente, de la Biblioteca Digital Obtenga su copia del nuevo libro en español., fue publicada en el aniversario 50 de su trágica muerte tras su última temporada en las Grandes Ligas.
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 SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c to learn more or to register.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to all eligible SABR voters on February 15, 2023. The voting period will remain open until March 1, 2023.
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 email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. MST Friday, January 27, 2023.
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 SABR.org web projects.
Please send resume and cover letter to Jacob Pomrenke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
SABR has announced a new book project on the life and career of Sandy Koufax. As in our previous books about Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Roberto Clemente, there will be a mixture of essays and Games Project accounts. We’re aiming for a 2024 publication date. The editors of the book are Marc Z. Aaron, Bill Nowlin, and Glen Sparks.
Many significant Koufax games are already the subjects of Games Project articles, but there are a number of games and nice variety of essay ideas available. We are also open to any additional ideas you may have for chapters in this book. For a list of available essays and games, and any other questions, please contact Bill Nowlin.
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 #197 on Monday, January 16 featured Mike Capps, play-by-play voice of the Round Rock Express since 2000 and the co-author of Grinders: Baseball’s Intrepid Infantry. Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode or subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks.
Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.
- David Clyde, by Eric Vickrey
- Jimmy Cooney, by Ray Birch
- Peanuts Davis, by Donna L. Halper
- Jimmy Dee, by Bill Lamb
- Jorge Pasquel, by Vince Guerrieri
- Joe Tipton, by Joseph Wancho
Visit SABR.org/bioproject to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.
- August 7, 1965: Willie Mays homers twice, drives in 5 runs to spark Giants over Cardinals, by Gordon J. Gattie
- April 25, 1967: Tom Seaver pitches first complete game, drives in winning run in 10th, by Howard Rosenberg
- July 19, 1970: Rookie Jim Hutto’s pinch-hit grand slam lifts Phillies, by Kurt Blumenau
- April 15, 2000: Cal Ripken Jr. collects his 3,000th hit, by Douglas Jordan
- June 17, 2004: Derek Lowe throws seven shutout innings in his best game of the season, by Bill Nowlin
- June 9, 2014: Lonnie Chisenhall ties Cleveland club record with nine RBIs, by Joseph Wancho
- June 25, 2022: Cristian Javier and a pair of Houston relievers author first no-hitter at new Yankee Stadium, by Larry DeFillipo
Visit SABR.org/gamesproject to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.
In 2019, SABR published The Babe, edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks, with contributions from over 50 SABR members about memorable moments and highlights in the life and career of Babe Ruth. With an introduction by Seymour Medal-winning author Jane Leavy, this SABR Digital Library publication gives readers a fuller picture of baseball’s most fabled figure, a man still famous today and still revered in the game he loved.
- Read more: Find all essays from The Babe, now online in the SABR Research Collection
- Games Project: Find articles on Babe Ruth’s greatest games at the SABR Games Project
- Download the free ebook: Click here to download the free ebook or save 50% off the paperback of The Babe
Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1907-1958 (Vol. 1)
Edited by Robert K. Fitts, Bill Nowlin, and James Forr
Visit SABR.org/ebooks to download any SABR Digital Library e-book for free or save 50% off the paperback edition.
Here are some SABR headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- SABR donates archives of founder Bob Davids to Library of Congress
- Bill Lamb honored with 2023 SABR Russell Gabay Award
- Jose Trevino, Nolan Arenado win 2022 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- Cliff Kachline Chapter unveils historical baseball exhibit in Gloversville, New York
- John Dewan Defensive Analytics Award to be honored beginning in 2023
- SABR Digital Library: From Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium
- Watch highlights from the 2022 SABR/IWBC Virtual Women in Baseball Conference
- Check out highlights, stories, and photos from SABR 50 in Baltimore
- Watch a preview of the Landmarks Committee’s new SABR Baseball Map
- Save the date! SABR 51 will be in Chicago in 2023
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at members.sabr.org or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
|Dirk Baker||Worcester, MA||Jamin Layton||Point Pleasant, WV|
|Chad Bakey||Pasadena, CA||Adam MacKinnon||Wilmington, DE|
|Michelle Barrie||Lexington, MA||Ivan Medina Molina||Miami, FL|
|Wally Bloomfield||Reston, VA||David Morris||Saratoga Springs, NY|
|Paul Bohannon||Norman, OK||Bob Prichard||Tiburon, CA|
|Venn Busby||Rockville, MD||Claire Quarterman||San Francisco, CA|
|Bill Cormalis Jr.||Montclair, CA||John Quinton||New Smyrna Beach, FL|
|George Counter||Cleveland, GA||Steve Rennie||Ottawa, ON|
|Jonathan Craig||Sutton Coldfield, ENG||Ron Richards||Burlington, WI|
|Jay Cuda||McHenry, IL||Mike Rosenwald||Olney, MD|
|Greg Dowdy||Roanoke, VA||Jimmy Scruggs||Fulshear, TX|
|Zebulon Duco-moore||Coaling, AL||Elizabeth Seay||Alpharetta, GA|
|Shelley Duncan||Tucson, AZ||Richard Steele||Studio City, CA|
|Joseph Engle Jr.||Millville, NJ||Alan Steinberg||Pittsburgh, PA|
|Todd Eschman||Swansea, IL||Jared Thompson||Blandon, PA|
|Tom Fitchette||Binghamton, NY||Thomas Van Wazer||McLean, VA|
|William Fyfe||Highland Heights, KY||William Vinson||Knoxville, TN|
|David Gauntt||Alton, IL||Chloe Walker||McHenry, IL|
|Troy Grimes||Del City, OK||Bryan Walko||Clifton, NJ|
|Rob Hamilton||Willis, TX||John Webster||St. Louis, MO|
|Joe Irwin||Riverside, CA||Jim Weissinger||Maple Shade, NJ|
|Sanghyun Kim||Newtown, AUS||Claudia Wolff||New York, NY|
|Erik Lagunas||Chicago, IL||Kristopher Ziskin||Hermosa Beach, CA|
- Events Calendar: Find complete details of all SABR events
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from Dave Wills, Tampa Bay Rays broadcaster; Clay Dreslough of Sports Mogul video games; and a Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting. Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.
Upcoming Virtual Meetings
- January 21: South Florida Chapter meeting with Paul Semendinger (6:00 p.m. EST)
- January 23: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CST)
- January 24: Northern New England Chapter meeting (6:00 p.m. EST)
- January 26: Central Illinois Chapter meeting with Paul Semendinger (7:00 p.m. CST)
- January 26: Hanlan’s Point (ON) Chapter SABR Day meeting with Rob Thomson and Justin Mckinney (8:00 p.m. EST)
- January 28: Schott-Pelican (LA) Chapter SABR Day meeting (10:30 a.m. CST)
Upcoming In-Person Meetings
- January 21: Magnolia Chapter at BravesFest (Atlanta, GA)
- January 21: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
- January 25: Baseball in Arizona’s Japanese American Incarceration Camps exhibit opening (Tempe, AZ)
- January 28: Bob Davids Chapter SABR Day meeting (Washington, DC)
- January 28: Pee Wee Reese Chapter SABR Day meeting (Louisville, KY)
- January 28: Chicago/Milwaukee Chapter joint SABR Day meeting (Kenosha, WI)
- January 28: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter SABR Day meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- January 28: Ted Williams Chapter SABR Day meeting (San Diego, CA)
- January 28: Luke Easter Chapter SABR Day meeting (Rochester, NY)
To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.
- Biographical Research: December 2022 newsletter
Sign up for SABR research committee announcements at SABR.org/research/committees.
- Forbes Field Chapter: Please give a warm welcome to Mark Woods as the new chair of the Forbes Field Chapter in Pittsburgh. To learn more or to sign up for email announcements, click here.
- Rocky Mountain Chapter: Check out the newly designed chapter website at RMSABR.org (Denver, CO)
Sign up for SABR chapter announcements at SABR.org/chapters.
Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Rustin Dodd/Jayson Jenks: ‘The SNL of Sabermetrics’: How a group of message-board misfits changed baseball (The Athletic)
- Tyler Kepner: On the Hall of Fame Ballot, ‘None of the Above’ Could Prevail (New York Times)
- Jay Jaffe: JAWS and the 2023 Hall of Fame Ballot: Matt Cain (FanGraphs)
- Jayson Stark: My 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot — how I voted and why (The Athletic)
- Bob Elliott: Kevin Glew celebrates Baseball Canada award by writing and tweeting (Canadian Baseball Network)
- Lindsey Adler: The Physicals That Turned Carlos Correa Into Baseball’s Most Riveting Drama (Wall Street Journal)
- Derrick Goold: ‘Back to being Jack Flaherty’: Cardinals starter moved to near tears on importance of season (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Louis Keene: Is White Sox ace Dylan Cease Jewish? (Forward.com)
- Daniel Guerrero: Cardinals’ new minor league coaches include first uniformed female coach (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Kaitlyn McGrath: Blue Jays hire Ashley Stephenson, former women’s national team star, as minor-league coach (The Athletic)
- Rob Arthur: The Science of Spin: How Sticky Stuff Spikes RPM (Baseball Prospectus)
- Hannah Keyser: Is this the golden age of MLB shortstops or a trend that will continue? (Yahoo! Sports)
- Mark Simon: How Trea Turner Impacts The Phillies Defense (ACTA Sports)
- Russell A. Carleton: Is Bunting a Lost Art? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Michael Baumann: If Everybody Wants Elvis Andrus, Why Isn’t Anybody Calling? (FanGraphs)
- Daniel R. Epstein: Measuring Tags, One of Defense’s Data Voids (Baseball Prospectus)
- Steven Goldman: Position Oversights, Undersights, and Gaslights (Baseball Prospectus)
- David Laurila: Talented But Raw, Canada’s Owen Caissie Aspires To Be a Cub (FanGraphs)
- Dan Schlossberg: If He Wins MVP Honors, Michael Harris II Will Join Elite Company (IBWAA)
- Stephen J. Nesbitt: MLB expansion: Montreal has lots of nostalgia. But is that enough? (The Athletic)
- Gordon Edes: American MLB stars ‘willing to do anything to help us win’ at World Baseball Classic (Bally Sports)
- Oliver Kodner: More Research Leads to Incredibly Comprehensive St. Louis Cardinals Uni/Logo Database (Uni Watch)
- James McManus: Uncle Sam’s Gain (Baseball Prospectus)
- Sam Gazdziak: Obituary: Ted Savage (1937-2023) (RIP Baseball)
- Evan Katz: Team Dream: Dario Pizzano Aims For WBC Team Italy (Baseball By The Sea)
- Nick Vossbrink: Interview with Garrett Prentice (SABR Baseball Cards)
- Ryan Woodward: Northern Kentucky’s Mound Ace, Pat Scott (SABR Landmarks)
- Tom Nahigian: Strat-O-Matic Baseball 365 (SABR Baseball Gaming)
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.
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Originally published: January 20, 2023. Last Updated: January 20, 2023.