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:
Oscar 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 nineconference.com.
We 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 SABR.org/analytics.
More 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 SABR.org/sabrday 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 SABR.org/sabrday for complete details and schedule. Hope to see you there!
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
- Robert Arthur, “The Baseball is Juiced (Again),” Baseball Prospectus, April 5, 2019.
- Craig Edwards, “Baseball’s Competitive Balance Problem,” FanGraphs, November 18, 2019.
- Sam Miller, “How is WAR Calculated, Really? Breaking Down a Single Play to Find Out,” ESPN.com, December 5, 2019.
- Jason Themanson, “Psychology of Walks and Singles,” The Hardball Times, June 19, 2019.
- Meredith Wills, “Yes, the Baseball is Different — Again. An Astrophysicist Examines This Year’s Baseballs and Breaks Down the Changes,” The Athletic, June 25, 2019.
Contemporary Baseball Commentary
- Daniel R. Epstein, “Don’t Let MLB Insult You,” Beyond the Box Score, December 23, 2019.
- Craig Goldstein, “Deep, But Playable: The Moral Hazard of Playing it Safe,” Baseball Prospectus, August 6, 2019.
- David Roth, “The Smartest Guys in the Clubhouse,” The New Republic, December 3, 2019.
- Shakeia Taylor, “Loss, For Words,” Baseball Prospectus, April 24, 2019.
- Emily Waldon, “I Can’t Afford to Play This Game: Minor Leaguers Open Up About the Realities of Their Pay and the Impact on Their Lives,” The Athletic, March 15, 2019.
Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary
- R.J. Anderson, “The Business Behind MLB Expansion: Portland, Montreal and Raleigh Taking Different Approaches to Landing a Team,” CBS Sports, July 17, 2019.
- Jay Jaffe, “Pitcher, Author, Everyman, Hero: Jim Bouton (1939-2019),” FanGraphs, July 11, 2019.
- Herm Krabbenhoft, “How Many Hits Did Ty Cobb Make in His Major League Career? What Is His Lifetime Batting Average?” SABR Baseball Research Journal, Spring 2019.
- Rachael McDaniel, “The Meaning of Ichiro,” FanGraphs, March 21, 2019.
- Marc Normandin, “MLB’s Luxury Tax Became A Salary Cap Because Of Decades Of Failures,” Deadspin, January 31, 2019.
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 SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com, HardballTimes.com, and BeyondtheBoxScore.com, 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 SABR.org/analytics.
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.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference. Regular registration is $495 for SABR members, $595 for non-members, and $350 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year SABR membership). Registration includes lunch on Friday and Saturday afternoons and the networking reception on Saturday evening. Note: Regular registration ends at 11:59 p.m. MST on Friday, February 21.
- Hotel: Click here to book your hotel room at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, 100 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. The special SABR group rate is $239/night (plus tax) for double occupancy. Or call (602) 333-0000 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference. The SABR group rate is only available for the nights of March 13 to March 15, 2020, based on availability. The cutoff date to book your room is February 11, 2020. If you wish to book a room at the SABR rate before or after those dates, please contact Deb Jayne at email@example.com for assistance.
- Speakers: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.
- Research Presentations: Click here to view the list of research presentations.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2020 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: Vote now for the winners of the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards.
- Sponsors: Click here to learn more about our conference sponsors.
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 SABR.org/analytics.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SABR’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.
From SABR member Gary Ashwill at Seamheads.com 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 Seamheads.com/NegroLgs/index.php
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 email@example.com 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.org/ivor-campbell19c.
Add 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
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of The Glorious Beaneaters of the 1890s for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on The Glorious Beaneaters of the 1890s paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
Having trouble downloading our e-books? To view PDF files on your computer, click here to download the free Adobe Reader software. Having trouble downloading e-books to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.
Registration 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 Lheaphy@kent.edu before March 6, 2020. Click here for more details.
- Contact: For questions, email Larry Lester at NTResearch@comcast.net or Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.
To learn more, visit SABR.org/malloy.
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 SABR.org/convention 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 SABR.org/convention.
Listen 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 SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to Episode #44 — our guest this week is Alyson Footer, a national correspondent and formerly a Houston Astros beat reporter for MLB.com 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 SABR.org/sabrcast.
Two 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: SABR.org/bioproj/recent
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
Three new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- April 14, 1978: Jim Rice gets impatient; Red Sox pull even on the young season, by Bill Nowlin
- October 10, 2012: Cardinals, down 6-0, beat Nationals in largest Game 5 comeback, by Billy Bugara (first-time author)
- October 1, 2019: Wild-card win launches Nationals’ run to World Series title, by Steven C. Weiner
- 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 SABR.org.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
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.
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:
- Thanks to all Friends of SABR for your support in 2019
- Read SABR biographies of Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2020 class
- SABR welcomes new chapters in Mississippi, South Carolina
- Chapman, Arenado win 2019 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- The Sporting News Baseball Player Contract Cards Collection is now online
- John G. Zinn honored with 2020 SABR Russell Gabay Award
- Read all articles from the Fall 2019 Baseball Research Journal online
- In Memoriam: Dorothy Seymour Mills, baseball’s first female historian
- 2020 SABR Jerry Malloy Conference in Birmingham to celebrate 100 years of the Negro Leagues
- SABR Digital Library: The Babe
- SABR to expand Diamond Dollars Case Competition in 2020
- Listen to highlights from the SABR Black Sox Scandal Centennial Symposium in Chicago
- SABR launches new SocialLink communication tool for members
- Read all stories from The National Pastime: Pacific Ghosts online
- Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts inaugural issue released
- Give back to SABR through AmazonSmile
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|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|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Baseball Cards: Seeking nominations for 2020 SABR Jefferson Burdick Award
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Halsey Hall Chapter: February 2020 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- SABR Day highlights: Visit SABR.org/sabrday for stories, photos, and highlights from our 2020 SABR Day celebration.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- January 31: South Carolina Chapter SABR Day meeting (Columbia, SC)
- February 1: Detroit Chapter SABR Day meeting (Detroit, MI)
- February 1: Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter SABR Day meeting (Phoenix, AZ)
- February 1: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter SABR Day meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- February 1: Bob Davids Chapter SABR Day meeting (Arlington, VA)
- February 1: Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club meeting (Roseville, MN)
- February 5: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter monthly meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
- February 5: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Peeps at the Peeb” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- February 5: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter: Baseball Fellowship meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- February 6: Sean Kane: “Baseball Portraits on Classic Era Gloves” (Guelph, ON)
- February 7-9: Friends of Doubleday Hot Stove Weekend (Cooperstown, NY)
- February 8: Hank Gowdy Chapter book club meeting (Columbus, OH)
- February 9: Elysian Fields Chapter monthly brunch meeting (Mountainside, NJ)
- February 10: Halsey Hall Chapter research committee meeting (Brooklyn Center, MN)
- February 12: Johnny Tallant’s Hot Stove League meeting (Cumming, GA)
- February 12: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
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 SABR.org/events.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Jayson Stark/Eno Sarris: Does electronic sign stealing work? The Astros’ numbers are eye-popping (The Athletic)
- Rob Arthur: The banging scheme hurt the Astros as much as it helped them (Baseball Prospectus)
- Marc Carig: How one angry Astros fan sought his own answers in the sign-stealing scandal (The Athletic)
- Stephen J. Nesbitt: The inside story of ‘Professor’ Ben Cherington’s semester at Columbia (The Athletic)
- Jay Jaffe: Dusty Baker is a fascinating, counterintuitive choice to manage Astros (FanGraphs)
- Grant Brisbee: Dusty Baker will manage the Astros in 2020, and he’ll probably manage them well (The Athletic)
- Bill Lucey: MLB suffers black eye, but not another Black Sox Scandal (Daily News Gems)
- Karen Given: ‘Kind hearts everywhere I went’: Roadtripping with the Baseball Brit (NPR’s Only A Game)
- Brendan Gawlowski: The Cardinals may have missed an opportunity (FanGraphs)
- Marc Topkin: These female baseball players were in a league of their own (Tampa Bay Times)
- John Paschal: The roof will set you free, sort of (The Hardball Times)
- Shane Tourtellotte: Retrospective MVP awards for the World Series (The Hardball Times)
- Tom Shieber: Zee-Nuts and Zee-Numbers (Baseball Researcher)
- Eno Sarris: Infrared saunas, DNA testing for diet, and MAT: Are baseball’s one-percenters paying for science, or pseudo-science? (The Athletic)
- Gary Cieradkowski: Roy Campanella: Race, opportunity and the 1942 pennant (Studio Gary C)
- Derek Bain: Retro computer baseball game review: Full Count Baseball (Baseball Analytics)
- Jason Schwartz: 1991 Topps Cracker Jack 4-in-1 panel decoder ring (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- John Racanelli: An Exhaustive List of the One-Off Team-Issued Commemorative Baseball Cards of Which the Author is Aware (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Ted Chastain: Hall of Fame plaque variations (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: January 31, 2020. Last Updated: June 17, 2020.