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This Week in SABR: January 31, 2020

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 31, 2020:

Jeremy Beer’s Oscar Charleston wins 2020 SABR Seymour Medal

Oscar Charleston book coverOscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player, written by Jeremy Beer and published by the University of Nebraska Press, is the winner of the 2020 Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal, which honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year.

Beer will receive his award at the banquet of the 27th annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tempe, Arizona.

The banquet includes the Seymour Medal ceremony, dinner, and the NINE keynote address by Ron Rapoport, author of Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks. To register for the NINE conference, visit

Click here to read the full announcement at

2020 SABR Analytics speakers: Eno Sarris, Jay Jaffe, Mike Ferrin, MLB Statcast updates

2020 SABR Analytics Conference speakersWe are pleased to announce more of our featured speakers and panelists at the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

The SABR Analytics Conference will be held Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown. The conference is open to all baseball fans — the early-bird registration discount is available online only through January 20. Register today to join us!

Here is some more information about our featured speakers:

  • T.J. Barra, Senior Baseball Data Quality Analyst at Major League Baseball
  • Jason Bernard, Baseball Research Analyst at Major League Baseball
  • Greg Cain, Vice President of Baseball Data at Major League Baseball
  • Mike Ferrin, Arizona Diamondbacks and SiriusXM MLB Network Radio broadcaster
  • Jay Jaffe, Senior Writer at FanGraphs and author of The Cooperstown Casebook
  • Ben Jedlovec, Director of Engineering, Data Quality, at Major League Baseball
  • Clay Nunnally, Baseball Scientist at Major League Baseball
  • Eno Sarris, Staff Writer at The Athletic
  • Daren Willman, Director of Baseball Research and Development at Major League Baseball

They will join our featured speakers at the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference: Rob Arthur of Baseball Prospectus; John Baker, Coordinator of the Chicago Cubs’ Mental Skills Program and former major-league catcher; Vince Gennaro, former SABR Board President and host of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM; Rob Neyer, host of SABRcast with Rob Neyer, and author of Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game; Joan Ryan, award-winning journalist and author of Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry; Meredith Wills, Sports Data Scientist for SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT) and a contributing writer for The Athletic. Click here to learn more.

Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.

For more information, or to register for the SABR Analytics Conference, visit

Check out stories, photos, and highlights from the 11th annual SABR Day

SABR Day 2020More than 40 SABR chapters participated in SABR Day events in 2020, from Austin to Boston, Toronto to Tallahassee, and Louisville to Las Vegas.

SABR Day events on Saturday, January 25 included some premier guest speakers from around the baseball world, including New York Yankees historian Marty Appel, former Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum Director Mike Gibbons, author Bill Jenkinson, and SABR Director and MLB executive Tyrone Brooks in New York City; ESPN’s Buster Olney and Jon “Boog” Sciambi, and Los Angeles Dodgers Director of Player Personnel Galen Carr in Burlington, Vermont; longtime major-league umpire Tom Hallion in Louisville; former major-league players Broderick Perkins in San Diego, Rey Palacios in Rochester, and Willie Banks in Little Rock; Baseball Hall of Fame Librarian Jim Gates and Senior Curator Tom Shieber in Cooperstown; Indianapolis Indians broadcaster Howard Kellman and Dr. Alan Nathan of the MLB Home Run Committee in Indianapolis; Mississippi State University athletic director John Cohen in Starkville; and many more. 

Visit for highlights, stories, and photos from SABR Day events around the globe.

  • More SABR Day events tomorrow! Some chapters are holding their SABR Day meetings this weekend, due to venue or schedule availability. Don’t miss the upcoming SABR chapter meetings in Detroit, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Washington, DC on Saturday, February 1. Visit for complete details and schedule. Hope to see you there!

Vote now for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

Voting is now open to select the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award winners. Click here to cast your vote today.

The SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards will recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year. Nominations were solicited by representatives from SABR, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, The Hardball Times, and Beyond the Box Score.

Contemporary Baseball Analysis

Contemporary Baseball Commentary

Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary

Details and criteria for each category can be found here. Only one work per author was considered as a finalist.

Voting for the winners will be conducted until 11:59 p.m. MST on Monday, February 10 at,,,, and, with results weighted equally at 20%.

Results will be announced and presented at the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 13-15, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more or register for the conference at

Regular registration discount ends February 21 for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference

You still have time to register for the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference on March 13-15, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown 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. Regular registration is available until 11:59 p.m. MST on Friday, February 21, so register now 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.

Programming will begin on the afternoon of Friday, March 13 and will run through Sunday afternoon on March 15. A large block of rooms for SABR Analytics Conference attendees is available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

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.

For more information on the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference, or to register, visit

Call for nominations: 2020 SABR Board of Directors election

The SABR Nominating Committee is now seeking nominations for candidates for the 2020 elections. To be eligible for the Board of Directors, candidates must have been members of the Society for at least the preceding four years. The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2020.

The offices to be filled:

  • Vice President (2-year term; currently Leslie Heaphy)
  • Treasurer (3-year term; currently F.X. Flinn)
  • Director (3-year term; currently Emily Hawks)

Nominees must prepare a Candidate Statement Form following guidelines that will be available from any Nominating Committee member and must be received by the Nominating Committee chair no later than March 27, 2020.

Self-nominations are welcome. If you would like to nominate yourself or another candidate or suggest a question for the candidates, contact Nominating Committee chair Anthony Salazar at

Submit your creative writing for SABR’s Turnstyle baseball arts journal

Turnstyle, Vol. 1SABR’s Baseball and the Arts Committee looks forward to presenting the second edition of Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts, an offering of baseball art and literature, before the SABR 50 convention this summer in Baltimore.

The deadline for submissions for Volume 2 is June 30, 2020. We’re seeking any form of creative baseball writing: poems, short stories, articles.

Submit your baseball masterpiece to the Turnstyle editors:

Click here to download your free e-book edition or get 50% off the paperback edition of Turnstyle, Volume 1. updates Negro Leagues Database with 1932 stats

Satchel PaigeFrom SABR member Gary Ashwill at on January 30:

In time for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro National League next month, we’re happy to announce that we have achieved full coverage of all the traditional major Negro leagues from 1920 through 1948.

The latest addition to the DB is the 1932 Negro Southern League, the only year that circuit was considered “major league,” as well as games between NSL teams and other Negro league teams—most notably the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Kansas City Monarchs. The 1932 NSL statistics are based on the work of Larry Lester, Wayne Stivers, and the Negro League Researchers and Authors Group, with some additions and auditing by us. It joins the work we’ve already done on the 1932 East-West League.

To view the award-winning Seamheads Negro Leagues Database, visit

Click here to read the full announcement at

Registration now open for 2020 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference

The 11th annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference will be held April 24-25, 2020, 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 28. Registration is limited to the first 100 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 2020 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from Major League Baseball’s Official Historian John Thorn, along with a panel discussion on National League president William Hulbert with Jack Bales, Richard Hershberger, Bill Lamb, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a special presentation by David Block on “Baseball’s Origins: A Progress Report”; a Member Spotlight interview of Tom Gilbert by Bob Bailey; plus book signings, research presentations, and a welcome dinner.

For more information, or to register, visit

SABR Digital Library: The Glorious Beaneaters of the 1890s

Glorious Beaneaters coverAdd a championship book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

The Glorious Beaneaters of the 1890s
Edited by Bob LeMoine and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editor: Len Levin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5918-9, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5919-6, $29.99
8.5″ x 11″, 437 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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Register now for the 2020 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Birmingham

Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceRegistration is now open for the SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference on June 11-13, 2020, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

One hundred years ago, the Negro National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (NNL) was established as a viable option for professional Black athletes barred from the all-White major leagues to showcase their talents. In 2020, SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee will celebrate their pleasure, passion, and purpose-driven path to athletic glory and honor with a centennial celebration at the annual Malloy Conference in Birmingham.

  • Register: Click here to register online for the 2020 Malloy Conference. Full registration is $175 for SABR members, $210 non-members. Students: $125 for SABR members; $150 non-members. Single-day registration is also available for $75 SABR member/$110 non-member. Extra tickets can be purchased for the Rickwood Field tours, the “meet and greet” reception at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday night, the Birmingham Barons ballgame on Friday night, or the awards banquet on Saturday night. All of these sessions are included in the full registration package.
  • Hotel: Click here to book your room online at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel at the special group rate of $135/night (plus tax). Our host hotel is located at 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., North Birmingham, AL 35203. Call (205) 324-5000 for questions about your hotel reservation.
  • Call for papers: We welcome proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the Negro League centennial, black baseball in Birmingham, or other related topics, especially the Negro Southern League. Please email your proposal as a Word attachment to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at before March 6, 2020. Click here for more details.
  • Contact: For questions, email Larry Lester at or Leslie Heaphy at

To learn more, visit

Coming soon: SABR 50 registration will open soon

Save the date! SABR will be returning to Baltimore for our 50th national convention on July 15-19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor hotel in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. Registration information for SABR 50 and our special hotel room block will be available at soon.

The Hyatt Regency hotel sits on the waterfront at the majestic Inner Harbor and is conveniently located within walking distance from Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles. Our host hotel is also close to many area museums, historic landmarks, and other attractions like the National Aquarium.

SABR’s 2020 national convention will be our 50th annual gathering; the organization’s founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first.

For more information on the SABR convention, visit

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with’s Alyson Footer

Alyson FooterListen to a new episode of SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer — which is now available on your favorite podcast streaming services!

Visit to listen to Episode #44 — our guest this week is Alyson Footer, a national correspondent and formerly a Houston Astros beat reporter for since 2001. She has covered numerous All-Star Games and postseasons, including three World Series involving the Astros in 2005, 2017, and 2019.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. Every week, SABRcast will feature insights and analysis of what’s happening in modern baseball on and off the field, plus compelling interviews with figures from around the game — and music from The Baseball Project.

To learn more, visit

2 new SABR biographies published

George YantzTwo new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 5,077 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

3 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

2019 NationalsThree 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

  • 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.
  • Read all stories from Wrigley Field greatest games book online: In Wrigley Field: The Friendly Confines at Clark and Addison, edited by Gregory H. Wolf and published in 2019, we delivered an ode to that storied ballpark, evoking its history through detailed retellings of 100 games played there, including not only historic triumphs and defeats of the Chicago Cubs (and the Federal League Whales), but also Negro Leagues matchups, youth championships, and even games by the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. You can read all of the game stories from our Wrigley Field book online now at the SABR Games Project. Click here to download your free Wrigley Field e-book or get 50% off the paperback edition at


Listen to recent episodes of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back for the Hot Stove offseason at a new time! Listen to a new episode 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. 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.

Deadlines approaching for SABR award nominations

  • SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2020: 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 2020 awards, please contact Bill Felber at
  • McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2020: 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 2020 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
Andrew Agetstein Arlington, VA     Trey Huntsman Louisville, KY
Sandy Barlow Star, MS     David Jerome Ozark, MO
Frederick Brown Naples, FL     Mike Kaszuba Ponce Inlet, FL
William Burger Hemet, CA     Nick Malian Toronto, ON
Jason Cary Clifton Park, NY     Jenny Marsh Mt. Rainier, MD
Ryan Christiansen Fargo, ND     Augustin Munoz Chicago, IL
Sam Covington Church Hill, MD     Richard Phinney Greenville, SC
Marc Dufault Mississauga, ON     Chris Scheer San Antonio, TX
Joe Eaton Pryor, OK     Mark Silverman Gainesville, VA
Mark Felderman Polk City, IA     Minder Singh San Leandro, CA
Daniel Finney Des Moines, IA     James Swift Woodbridge, VA
Matthew Frey Arlington, VA     Nathan Ward Pittsburgh, PA
James Harris Rock Hill, SC     Timothy Watts Woodbridge, VA
Nikolas Holland Willow Spring, NC     Jeffrey Weiss Bodega Bay, CA
Jason Howard Hockessin, DE     Young Keun Yang Tampa, FL


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

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Originally published: January 31, 2020. Last Updated: June 17, 2020.