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This Week in SABR: January 21, 2022

This Week in SABR: January 21, 2022

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 January 21, 2022:


Coming soon: SABR Analytics Certification program launches next week

Watch on YouTube: SABR Analytics Certification previewWe’re excited to announce that on Monday, January 24, we will launch the SABR Analytics Certification. This program is an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics. The curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.

Whether you are a student or professional looking to set yourself apart as you break into the ultra-competitive baseball industry, or a broadcaster, coach, scout, or fan interested in gaining a better understanding of the present state and future of the game, the SABR Analytics Certification was created with you in mind.

The first course — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — will be available online next week at SABR.org/analytics/certification. This introductory exploration of baseball data and analytics will include examination of historical eras of analytics, descriptive vs. predictive data, metrics vs. statistics, key hitting, pitching, and fielding terms as well as practical applications of each, and player comparisons.


SABR 50: Call for Presentations

SABR 50 logoSABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 50, the 2022 annual convention in Baltimore.

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 50: http://bit.ly/sabr50-submissions
    The submission deadline for SABR 50 abstracts is midnight PST on Friday, MARCH 4, 2022.

SABR 50 is scheduled to be held August 17-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Early registration rates and hotel information will be available soon at SABR.org/convention.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


Jessica Smyth joins SABR staff as Membership Services Manager

Jessica SmythSABR is pleased to welcome Jessica Smyth as its new Membership Services Manager beginning on January 24, 2022. In this role, she will lead SABR’s membership service efforts, including new member on-boarding, member communications, and membership transactions.

Smyth joins SABR after serving as a Digital Coordinator with Heritage Werks, where she managed and maintained digital archives for corporate clients and institutions. She has a master’s degree in public history from Middle Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of West Alabama.


Download your free copy of The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues book from SABR, Sports Reference

The Negro Leagues Are Major Leagues book coverWe hope you enjoy this significant collection of essays on the Negro Leagues, produced by SABR and Sports Reference:

The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues: Essays and Research for Overdue Recognition
Edited by Sean Forman and Cecilia M. Tan
Associate Editors: Scott Bush, Adam Darowski, Caitlin Moyer, Jacob Pomrenke
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-62-2, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-63-9, $19.99
8.5″ x 11″, 176 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at SABR.org.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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Join us on February 3 for the debut of Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor

Ballpark Figures with Shakeia TaylorSABR is excited to announce the launch of a new virtual event, Ballpark Figures, a monthly interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. The first live Zoom show — free for all baseball fans to attend — kicks off SABR Day festivities at 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 3.

Taylor is a Chicago-based baseball historian and freelance writer whose work has appeared at SB Nation, FanGraphs, Baseball Prospectus, MLB.com, Yahoo! Sports, and other outlets. She was a recipient of the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for historical baseball analysis/commentary.

The first guest on Ballpark Figures is Roger Cador, who won more than 900 games and two HBCU national championships as the baseball coach for 33 years at Southern University. He was inducted in 2021 to the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and in 2019 to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Ballpark Figures will be held on the first Thursday of each month; beginning in March, registration will be free and open to any active SABR member.


Save the date! SABR Day is Saturday, February 5

SABR Day 2022Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 5, 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.

Regional chapters are also encouraged to plan their own SABR Day events (virtually or in person, where it’s safe to do so) throughout the months of January or February to celebrate the start of a new baseball season.

We now have SABR Day events scheduled on Saturday, February 5 for the following chapters; click here to view full meeting details in our Events Calendar:

  • *Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
  • *Cleveland, OH (Jack Graney Chapter)
  • Columbus, OH (Hank Gowdy Chapter)
  • Cooperstown, NY (Cliff Kachline Chapter)
  • *Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
  • *Harrisburg, PA (Mathewson-Plank Chapter)
  • *Jersey City, NJ (Elysian Fields Chapter)
  • *Lexington, KY (Sweet Lou Johnson Chapter)
  • Los Angeles, CA (Allan Roth, CA)
  • Minneapolis, MN (Halsey Hall Chapter)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (Forbes Field Chapter)
  • *Rochester, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
  • Tallahassee, FL (Buck O’Neil Chapter)
  • *Toronto, ON (Hanlan’s Point Chapter)

* indicates a virtual/Zoom meeting

In addition, these chapters have also scheduled SABR Day meetings on other days; all baseball fans are invited to attend:

  • January 29: Fort Wayne, IN (Kekionga Chapter)
  • January 29: St. Louis, MO (Bob Broeg Chapter)
  • January 29: Washington, DC (Bob Davids Chapter)
  • January 29: Williamsport, PA (Sebring-Stovey Chapter)
  • February 6: Tulsa, OK (Oklahoma Chapter)
  • February 6: Fort Lauderdale, FL (South Florida Chapter)
  • February 19: Philadelphia, PA (Connie Mack-Dick Allen Chapter)
  • February 19: Chicago, IL/Milwaukee, WI (Emil Rothe/Ken Keltner Chapters)

Chapter leaders, please email Jacob Pomrenke as you finalize your SABR Day plans so we can update our schedule of events.


Students, apply for a Spring 2022 internship with SABR

The Society for American Baseball Research is seeking remote interns to work during the Spring 2022 semester. An internship with SABR will involve responsibilities across a variety of disciplines, possibly including:

  • Working with the Director of Editorial Content or Publications Director to help publish and/or produce content for our website at SABR.org
  • Working during an online SABR event
  • Working with other SABR staff members on organizational duties, membership renewal drives, customer service

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 jpomrenke@sabr.org by 5:00 p.m. MST Monday, January 31, 2022.

Visit SABR.org/internships to learn more.


Early registration now open for 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceEarly registration is now open for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over four days in online sessions from March 17-20, 2022. 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. Register today to join us!

The Virtual Analytics Conference schedule consists of research presentations and guest speakers from throughout the baseball analytics community, career development sessions led by experienced sports professionals, and industry networking opportunities — all available online for any aspiring front office executive or baseball fan to attend from the comfort of home. Students will have opportunities for skill acquisition and development, including sessions on how to work with baseball-related data sets as well as databasing and SQL.

  • Registration: Click here to register for the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Early-bird registration is $75 for SABR members, $100 for non-members, and $50 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year SABR membership).
  • Student Registration: Students should email Scott Carter with a photo of their student ID to receive a special link to register at a discounted rate.

Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.


Apply now to participate in the 2022 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition

2020 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners: Virginia TechThe 2022 Diamond Dollars Case Competition will be held online beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday, March 18, 2022, as part of the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. 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.

Visit SABR.org/analytics/case to learn more.


1 week left to apply for a SABR Local Grant in 2022

While we continue to celebrate SABR’s 50th anniversary this year, we are keeping a keen eye on our organization’s future and have so many exciting projects on deck. In 2022, we will deliver the SABR Local Grants program. This initiative will provide 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. In total, $10,000 in SABR Local Grants will be awarded in 2022!

All SABR chapters, chartered communities, and research committees are now eligible to apply, until January 30, 2022. Individual SABR members and non-SABR groups are not eligible, so if you have an individual idea for a program grant, please follow up with your local chapter leadership or appropriate research committee to discuss an application.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


Bring It Home donation campaign exceeds $80,000 goal

Bring It Home in 2021!With SABR’s 50th year in the books, we are thrilled to announce we were able to exceed our $80,000 fundraising goal during the end of year Bring it Home Campaign! Generous SABR members from across our international membership have helped to sustain our mission and ensure our shared vision of SABR’s future becomes a reality.

By helping to support ground-breaking baseball research, programming, and new member resources, by furthering the reach of our world-class committees, chapters, and conferences, by strengthening our commitment to preserve, honor, and commemorate baseball history, and by improving our ability to connect and engage with the next generation of passionate baseball fans, your contributions fuel SABR in our endeavor to become the essential community for the world of baseball.

We sincerely appreciate all of you for your support of this important donation drive, and especially those who participated in the Bring it Home campaign.


SABR Baseball Landmarks Committee seeks volunteers to help with mapping project

Hamtramck Stadium opened in 1930 and was home to several Negro League, semi-pro, high school and Little League teams throughout its history. (FRIENDS OF HISTORIC HAMTRAMCK STADIUM)Many baseball fans are drawn to out-of-the-way places to spy an old ballpark, visit a historical marker, or pay their respects at the grave of a late ballplayer. SABR’s Baseball Landmarks Committee is seeking volunteers to help us document the staggering array of baseball-related sites located across North America. With the help of SABR membership, our goal is to curate a comprehensive list or map of interesting baseball attractions. If you are interested in contributing to this project, please contact committee co-chair John Racanelli.

To sign up for email announcements from the Baseball Landmarks Committee, click here and then select Join Group (). All SABR members are eligible to sign up for announcements from any committee.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


Register now for the 2022 SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference

SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference (ERIC MIKLICH)Registration is now open for the 13th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, which will be held on April 29-30, 2022, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to register for this special event.

The 2022 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from author Thomas Gilbert, along with a panel discussion on owner Chris Von Der Ahe with John Thorn, Tom Hetrick, Dennis Thiessen, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a special presentation by Jonathan Popovich on “A Game of Ball: Reconstructing The Elysian Fields, 1845-1865”; a Member Spotlight interview of Dixie Tourangeau by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations.

To learn more about the conference, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Tim HagertySABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at SABR.org, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 6:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 25. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Our speaker will be Tim Hagerty, who was the Vermont Mountaineers’ first broadcaster. Tim will discuss his new SABR Games Project story on soon-to-be-Hall of Fame-inducted Bud Fowler and his first game in Montpelier in August 1887. To RSVP for this meeting, please contact Clayton Trutor.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from authors Jay Jaffe (The Cooperstown Casebook) and Kelly Park (Just Like Me), and the Jack Graney Chapter held its book club meeting. Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:

  • January 22: Bud Metheny (VA) Chapter meeting (11:00 a.m. EST)
  • January 22: Schott-Pelican (LA) Chapter meeting (10:00 a.m. CST)
  • January 24: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Mark Macrae and Andy McCue (7:30 p.m. EST)
  • January 25: Gardner-Waterman (VT) Chapter meeting with Tim Hagerty (6:15 p.m. EST)
  • January 29: Bob Davids (DC) Chapter Annual Meeting with Chad Cordero, John Thorn, Craig Fehrman, David W. Smith, Sydney Bergman, and Jarrett Seidler (9:30 a.m. EST)

In addition, the following events will be held in person:

  • January 22: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter lunch meeting (Elmhurst, IL)
  • January 22: “39 Seconds” John Donaldson film screening (Minneapolis, MN)
  • January 29: Williamsport (PA) Chapter meeting (Williamsport, PA)
  • January 29: Kekionga Chapter meeting (Fort Wayne, IN)
  • January 29: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter banquet (St. Louis, MO)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with ballhawk Zack Hample

SABRcast #145: Zack HampleBaseball 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 #145 on Monday, January 17 featured Zack Hample, a professional baseball fan and ballhawk who has attended games at more than 60 MLB stadiums and snagged more than 11,000 baseballs in the stands, including Mike Trout’s first home run and Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit. His YouTube channel has a half-million subscribers and he has authored four books, including The Baseball and Watching Baseball Smarter.

Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.


New SABR Oral History interview: Leslie Heaphy

Leslie HeaphyOne new interview was posted this week at the SABR Oral History Collection website. Here is the new interview:

  • Leslie Heaphy, SABR Vice President and award-winning historian of the Negro Leagues and women in baseball
    Recorded January 14, 2022, by Joe Shaw

The SABR Oral History Collection now includes more than 650 audio files of interviews conducted with ballplayers (Major Leagues, Minor Leagues, Negro Leagues, AAGPBL), executives, scouts, authors, writers, broadcasters, and other figures of historical baseball significance. These interviews, some of which date back nearly 60 years, were conducted by members of SABR’s Oral History Research Committee; many of these recordings were digitized through a collaboration with the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library.

You can now find links to most SABR Oral History interviews on each player’s page at the SABR BioProject and also by searching the Research Collection.

If you are interested in contributing to SABR’s Oral History Collection, the committee offers guidelines for conducting effective oral history interviews or contact Jacob Pomrenke to learn more about donating your own audio recordings.


9 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Larry Andersen (TRADING CARD DB)Nine new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject


10 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Dan Johnson (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Ten 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 SABR.org/gamesproject.

  • 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.
  • Social media: Follow the SABR Games Project on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with new stories and updates.

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

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroBehind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time. Listen to new episodes at 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.

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.


Writing opportunities for SABR members

  • A new SABR book project, Native American Ballplayers, co-edited by Rob Daugherty and Bill Nowlin, is seeking articles and essays on various aspects of Native American and Indigenous Peoples experience with baseball. We already have a full complement of player biographies, either previously written or currently under way. We welcome new essay ideas, such as one for Baseball and the Arts regarding the imagery used to depict Native Americans in baseball over the years, from logos to mascots and more. We are also looking for articles about boarding schools such as Haskell and Carlisle. This book will look at all of baseball history, from the 19th century to the present. To get involved or learn more, please contact Bill Nowlin.
  • We are seeking a new author for a planned essay on The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson film for an upcoming SABR publication on Jackie Robinson’s portrayals in pop culture. If you are interested in contributing — or if you have an extra copy of the film that you might be willing to lend to another SABR member — please contact Ralph Carhart.

SABR award nominations

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

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: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.


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 members.sabr.org 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
Isaac Aaron Fort Lauderdale, FL     Cole Greenberg Sandy Springs, GA
Casey Applesauce Orland Park, IL     Jason Greenfield Xenia, OH
Rob Bishop Ormond Beach, FL     Brian Hall Fairfax, VA
George Bovenizer Los Angeles     Scott Hughes Montclair, NJ
Michael Boyce Barling, AR     James Jordan Louisville, KY
Thomas Brown Westbury, NY     Brendon Kay Golden, CO
Aiden Brunetti Senatobia, MS     Sanghyun Kim Newtwon, AUS
Ken Camozzi San Jose, CA     Jamin Layton Point Pleasant, WV
Sidney Carlson White New Haven, CT     Michael Lilholt Rochester, NY
Patrick Carroll Rocky River, OH     Greg McMorrow Walpole, MA
Michael Clark Johnson City, TN     Scott McNatt Decatur, AL
Max Clifford Dorchester, MA     Rob Methven Seattle, WA
Ken Colburn Wickliffe, OH     Matthew Miller Portland, OR
Bruce Coleman Madison, MS     Don Nichols Irvine, CA
Keith Collins Meredith, NH     Ben Potenziano St. Petersburg, FL
Stephen Cooper North Salem, NY     Claire Quarterman San Francisco, CA
Bill Cormalis Jr Montclair, CA     Jim Reid Louisville, KY
Jay Cuda McHenry, IL     Jackson Scofield Downers Grove, IL
Mark De Luca Denton, MD     Michael Simon N. Caldwell, NJ
Greg Dowdy Roanoke, VA     Mike Slocum Bellingham, WA
Donald Draut Louisville, KY     Alan Steinberg Pittsburgh, PA
Shelley Duncan Tucson, AZ     Frank Thomason Alexandria, VA
Todd Eschman Swansea, IL     Sarah Walsh Charlottesville, VA
Glenn Evans Leichhardt, AUS     Alisha Wetzel Butler, PA
Noah Gill Beach City, OH     Claudia Wolff New York, NY

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.


Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:

Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.


Around the Web

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.


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Originally published: January 21, 2022. Last Updated: January 25, 2022.

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