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 6, 2017:
We are pleased to announce more featured speakers and panelists at the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
The SABR Analytics Conference will be held Thursday, March 9 to Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The conference is open to all baseball fans, and early registration is now available online. Click here to register!
- Jerry Dipoto, Executive Vice President/General Manager, Seattle Mariners
- Mike Hazen, Executive Vice President/General Manager, Arizona Diamondbacks
- Eric Byrnes, MLB Network analyst, former MLB outfielder
- Mike Ferrin, Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster, SiriusXM MLB Network Radio host
- Jordan Muraskin, Ph.D., co-founder, deCervo
They will join ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza, MLB Network host Brian Kenny, FanGraphs writer Eno Sarris, and SABR President Vince Gennaro among the featured speakers and panelists at the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference. Click here to learn more about our speakers.
Stay tuned as we announce more featured speakers and panelists at the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference! Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.
For more information, visit SABR.org/analytics.
Early registration is still open for the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference on March 9-11, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. We hope you’ll join us next spring 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.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click a link below for more information:
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference; early registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $350 for students (includes one-year membership).
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $188/night (plus tax). Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference.
- Research Presentations: Click here to learn more about presenting your research at the SABR Analytics Conference.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, learn more about the Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2017 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: We’re seeking nominations for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards; click here to learn more.
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.
The Analytics Conference schedule consists of a combination of Guest Speakers, Panels, and Research Presentations — plus the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition, in which undergraduate, graduate and law school students from across the country analyze and present a real baseball operations decision.
For more information on the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
What are the best baseball analytics articles you read in 2016?
We’re seeking nominations for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, which recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year in the following categories:
- Contemporary Baseball Analysis: Honoring the best analysis focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
- Contemporary Baseball Commentary: Honoring the best commentary focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
- Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary: Honoring the best original analysis or commentary focusing on a subject related to a game(s), team(s) or player(s) throughout baseball history.
Please send all nominations via e-mail to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 9, 2017. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable). Click here for complete details and category criteria.
Voting for the winners will be conducted online in January-February 2017 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 sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 9-11, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more at SABR.org/analytics.
To view past award winners and finalists, click here.
The SABR Analytics Conference is pleased to host the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Click here for more details.
In the Diamond Dollars Case Competition, undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from colleges and universities across the country compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a baseball operations decision — the type of decision a team’s GM and his staff is faced with over the course of a season. The cases are developed by SABR President Vince Gennaro, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, and consultant to MLB teams. The Diamond Dollars Case Competition is the first national competition to be based solely on baseball operations issues.
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. More than a dozen alumni from the first five Diamond Dollars Case Competitions have secured internships or permanent positions within Major League Baseball.
Thanks to your generous support, SABR’s 2016 year-end donation drive was a big success! We were able to raise $66,619 to help fulfill our mission. By making a contribution, you help SABR increase the impact of our baseball analysis and historical study.
The Society for American Baseball Research is an organization driven by individuals with a passion for baseball. Our organization wouldn’t exist without all the time, effort, and financial support provided to SABR by our members and nonmembers alike.
SABR depends upon the volunteer work of members to mount our exciting events like the SABR Convention, the Analytics Conference, and the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference; to produce groundbreaking research through the SABR Digital Library e-book program, the Baseball Research Journal, and The National Pastime; and to expand the online resources of the research committees, regional chapters, the BioProject, the Games Project, and much more. SABR continues to offer unparalleled opportunities for involvement and benefits for members around the world.
As a 501(c)3 organization, tax-deductible donations allow SABR to expand member opportunities and to become an even larger voice in the baseball community. Many members have already become donors, and you can join them at any time throughout the year by making your gift online at SABR.org/donate.
All of us at SABR appreciate your support of our great organization and the game we love.
To learn more, visit SABR.org/donate.
We hope you’ll join us for the eighth annual SABR Day, scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2017. We’re compiling details now on 2017 SABR Day chapter meetings around the country. We’ll post them as soon as we get them at SABR.org/sabrday.
Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans and are usually free to attend, so bring a friend! Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.
SABR Day events are scheduled for Saturday, January 28 in the following cities:
- Columbus, OH (Hank Gowdy Chapter)
- Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
- Fort Wayne, IN (Kekionga Chapter)
- Kenosha, WI (joint meeting of Emil Rothe/Chicago and Ken Keltner Badger State Chapters)
- Knoxville, TN (East Tennessee Chapter)
- Las Vegas, NV (Maddux Brothers-Las Vegas Chapter)
- Little Rock, AR (Robinson-Kell Chapter)
- Louisville, KY (Pee Wee Reese Chapter)
- Minneapolis, MN (Halsey Hall Chapter)
- New Orleans, LA (Schott-Pelican Chapter)
- New York, NY (Casey Stengel Chapter)
- Philadelphia, PA (Connie Mack Chapter)
- Pittsburgh, PA (Forbes Field Chapter)
- Rochester, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
- St. Louis, MO (Bob Broeg Chapter)
- San Diego, CA (Ted Williams Chapter)
- San Francisco, CA (Lefty O’Doul Chapter)
- Tallahassee, FL (Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter)
- More meetings TBA soon!
Click here for complete details on all events on our interactive 2017 SABR Day map (or click here to view details on a spreadsheet).
In addition, SABR Day meetings will also be held on these dates due to schedule or venue availability. Click on a link below to learn more:
- January 14: Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
- January 16: Boston, MA (Boston Chapter)
- January 21: Kansas City, MO (Monarchs Chapter)
- January 21: Baltimore, MD (Babe Ruth Chapter)
- January 21: Fort Lauderdale, FL (South Florida Chapter)
- January 21: Houston, TX (Larry Dierker Chapter)
- January 21: Middletown, CT (Smoky Joe Wood Chapter)
- January 29: Seattle, WA (Northwest Chapter)
- February 4: Washington, DC (Bob Davids Chapter)
- February 4: Atlanta, GA (Magnolia Chapter)
SABR’s Rogers Hornsby Chapter will hold its 11th annual Winter Meeting from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 14. The meeting will be held on the third floor of the Old Main Building at Texas State University-San Marcos (601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666).
Our guest speakers are expected to include Dr. Bobby Brown, former New York Yankees infielder and American League president; Gene Watson, Director of Professional Scouting, Kansas City Royals; Mike Acosta, Authentication Manager, Houston Astros; Mike Capps, Director of Broadcasting, Round Rock Express; and Mark Saccomanno, former Houston Astros first baseman. We’ll also feature a trivia contest, memorabilia, mock Hall-of-Fame voting, and much more.
The meeting is open to all baseball fans and is free to attend. Lunch is optional ($10; cash only); you can register upon arrival and sign up for your lunch choices before 10 a.m. to have them delivered to us.
SABR will be returning to the Big Apple for our 47th national convention on June 28-July 2, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt New York. Registration information will be available at SABR.org/convention in mid-January. The New York Mets are scheduled to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series at Citi Field during SABR 47.
The Grand Hyatt New York, one of the city’s most historic and luxurious hotels, is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan just steps from Grand Central Terminal and within walking distance of many major attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the New York Public Library. The Grand Hyatt is also easily accessible to all forms of transportation: planes, trains, automobiles (including car services), and more.
SABR 47, which is open to all baseball fans, will include top featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, writers and analysts. More details will be announced in early 2017 at SABR.org/convention.
SABR’s 2017 national convention will be our 47th annual gathering; the organization’s founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first. Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.
For more information on the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
The ninth annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference will be held April 21-22, 2017, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to attend, but space is limited so RSVP today!
- Registration: Registration is $55 per person for the full conference, and includes a buffet luncheon on Saturday. Optional Friday welcome dinner ($46) and Saturday evening banquet ($32) are also available. Click here to download a registration form (PDF). Make out a check for “SABR” with a memo line of “Fred 19cBB” and send payment and completed form to: Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Road, New Hope, PA 18938, before February 7, 2017.
- Schedule: Click here to view a complete schedule for the 2017 Ivor-Campbell Conference
The 2017 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Bill Lamb, along with a panel discussion on SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legends Project with Adam Darowski, Michael Haupert, Joe Williams, and moderator John Thorn; a special presentation of the documentary film “Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball” by Dorothy Seymour Mills and Mark Honer; a Member Spotlight interview of Joanne Hulbert by Tom Simon; plus book signings, research presentations, and a welcome dinner.
For more information, or to register, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.
Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference 2017 scholarship, art contest, library grant applications now available
Each year, SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee raises money to donate books to schools or libraries; for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest through the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference.
Click a link below for more information on the 2017 scholarships, art contest, and library grants.
- High School Essay Contest: SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to two high school seniors in its ninth annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2017. Students must write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships. Click here to download the Jimmie Crutchfield Memorial Scholarship application or click here to download the Normal “Tweed” Webb Scholarship application. The deadline to apply is March 27, 2017.
- Dick Clark Memorial Library Grants: SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee will award two $500 Dick Clark Memorial Library Grants for 2016-17. School and community libraries from across the country are invited to submit grant proposals centering on educating students and the community about black baseball and American history. Click here to download the PDF application for eligibility requirements, submission criteria, and style guidelines. The deadline is May 8, 2017.
- Art Contest: SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee’s will hold its eighth annual Art Contest in 2017. The theme is “Black Baseball History.” For professionals and amateurs: Click here to download the PDF application for eligibility requirements, submission criteria, and style guidelines. The entry fee is $30 and the deadline for submission is May 29, 2017. For the youth contest: Click here to download the youth art contest PDF application. The entry fee is $10 (per three entries) and the deadline for submission is May 22, 2017.
The 20th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be returning to its roots on July 27-30, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, site of the first Negro League conference in 1998. A registration packet and more information will be available in early 2017 at SABR.org/malloy.
Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,966 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Steve Bilko, by Warren Corbett
- Billy Earle, by David Nemec
- John Gamble, by Chad Moody
- Tom Herrin, by Bill Nowlin
- Kid Mohler, by Stephen V. Rice
- Bob “Riverboat” Smith, by Bill Nowlin
All new biographies can be found here: http://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.
More articles from The Year of the Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies (SABR, 2013), edited by Mel Marmer and Bill Nowlin, were published this week at SABR.org.
- 1964 Phillies: Building the not-quite-perfect beast, by Jim Sweetman
- 1964 Phillies: What to do with two Gold Glove shortstops?, by Rory Costello
- 1964 Phillies: The Amaro Chronicles, by Rory Costello
- 1964 Phillies: The Pennant Was Stolen!, by Clem Comly
- 1964 Phillies: Jim Bunning’s perfect game, by James Lincoln Ray
- 1964 Phillies: Johnny Callison’s All-Star Game home run, by Mel Marmer
- 1964 Phillies: In defense of Chico Ruiz’s ‘Mad Dash’, by Rory Costello
- 1964 Phillies: Epilogue, by Clem Comly
- Beyond Bunning and Short Rest: An Analysis of Managerial Decisions That Led to the Phillies’ Epic Collapse of 1964, by Bryan Soderholm-Difatte
Click here to read all player biographies that appeared in The Year of the Blue Snow at the SABR BioProject.
Get your free copy of the 1964 Phillies e-book, or 50% off the paperback edition, at SABR.org.
Visit SABR.org/ebooks for free downloads of all SABR Digital Library e-books or 50% off the paperback editions.
Four new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- May 3, 1917: Cubs get revenge after double no-hitter on Cueto misplay, by Gary Sarnoff
- August 4, 1945: Pirates rookie Salkeld hits for cycle, sets two records, by Mike Huber
- October 4, 1969: Mets and Braves play first NL Championship Series game, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- April 16, 1972: Dave Kingman’s first four hits of season result in a cycle, by Mike Huber
In addition, more articles from our SABR Digital Library book The 1986 New York Mets: There Was More Than Game Six, edited by Leslie Heaphy and Bill Nowlin, can now be found at the SABR Games Project website:
- April 30, 1986: Mets extend winning streak to 11 despite Gooden’s ‘worst game’, by Irv Goldfarb
- May 27, 1986: Darling whiffs 12 as Mets brawl with Dodgers, by Gregory H. Wolf
- July 11, 1986: Mets brawl, bash Braves behind Gary Carter’s two homers, by Gregory H. Wolf
- September 4, 1986: Mets, Red Sox play charity game in World Series preview, by Saul Wisnia
- September 28, 1986: Strawberry delivers with 11th-inning homer to beat Bucs, by Jack Zerby
Read more game stories from the 1986 Mets book at the SABR Games Project by clicking here.
- Get involved: 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.
- Still seeking a Chief Editor: For those of you who have reached out offering to edit or fact-check games over the past few weeks: Thank you! Thanks to numerous responses, we are now sufficiently staffed in this area to more quickly process game articles toward publication. However, we are still seeking a Chief Editor to help coordinate the editing for all Games Project stories. This is a crucial role that is necessary to keep the project running smoothly. If you are interested, please contact Greg Erion or Bruce Slutsky for more information.
The committee has launched a new website at https://sabrbaseballcards.blog; check out all the great content that has been posted this week:
- They Literally Don’t Make Cards the Way They Used To, by David Cycleback
- The 1967-68 Player Boycott of Topps, by Mark Armour
- Death & Baseball Cards, by Jon Leonoudakis
- A Billy Ripken Story for the Holidays, by Jeff Katz
- A valuable proposition, by Rich Klein
- Montreal Expos postcards, by Maxwell Kates
- Collecting Goals for 2016, by Jeremy Schmidt
- Dexter Press/Coca-Cola Cards 1966-68, by Keith Olbermann
- Elegance, thy name is … Circle K?, by Rob Neyer
Any SABR member can sign up for announcements or contribute to future committee newsletters. Click here to learn more.
For more information on all 30 SABR research committees, click here.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro is back for the Hot Stove League offseason, at a new time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
This week’s guests are SABR member Rob Mains of Baseball Prospectus and Simon Ferrer, Director of Operations for EON Sports VR.
You can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com. 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.
- SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2017: 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 2017 awards, please contact Bill Felber at email@example.com.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2017: 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 2017 awards, please contact Len Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza, MLB Network’s Brian Kenny to speak at 2017 SABR Analytics Conference
- Read articles from the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR Digital Library celebrates five years of publications
- Entries now accepted for 2017 Women on the Diamond art competition
- Anthony Rizzo, Francisco Lindor win 2016 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- SABR 46: Check out complete multimedia highlights from our Miami convention
- Download your free e-book copy of The National Pastime: Baseball in the Sunshine State
- SABR Digital Library: Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957
- Roland Hemond: Treasuring my memories of the Winter Meetings
- 2017 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference returning to Harrisburg
- Interested in baseball cards? Join SABR’s Baseball Cards Research Committee
- Q&A with award-winning SABR authors Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg
- Read all biographies from our 1986 Mets book online at the SABR BioProject
- Learn more about new SABR Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
For more information, click here.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Dominic Armato||Scottsdale, AZ||Robert Koors||Forest Park, IL|
|Anthony Arot||Marlton, NJ||Kyle Kumbier||Neenah, WI|
|John Barrow||Maryland Hts, MO||Elliot Lee||Fitchburg, WI|
|Nathan Bierma||Grand Rapids, MI||Anthony Manuzzi||Indianapolis, IN|
|John Blackburn||Sacramento, CA||Mark Mayes||Eaton Rapids, MI|
|Stephen Borelli||McLean, VA||Bob and Anne Marshall||Bridgehampton, NY|
|Michael Boyd||Victoria, TX||Brendan McCann||Toronto, ON|
|Edward Caiazzo||Staten Island, NY||Steven Mendelsohn||San Leandro, CA|
|Shane Carlson||Shoreview, MN||Tino Merianos||Woodbridge, ON|
|Kevin Chan||Altadena, CA||John C. Mettler||Niagara Falls, NY|
|Jason Constantine||Winston Salem, NC||Brian Mitchell||Castle Pines, CO|
|Craig Patterson||Edinburgh, SCT||Leo Norton||West Roxbury, MA|
|Kevin Cuddihy||Fairfax, VA||Tom O’Loughlin||Northfield, OH|
|David Cycleback||Seattle, WA||Joseph O’Brien||Easton, PA|
|David Doeling||Los Angeles, CA||Eric Peterson||Richmond, TX|
|Joe Farnham||Salisbury, MA||Joey Prebynski||Grand Prairie, TX|
|Marc Finlayson||Trent Woods, NC||John Price||Clearwater, FL|
|Josh Flowerman||Flanders, NJ||Dan Rivkin||Hudson, OH|
|Edward Fong||San Pedro, CA||Joshua Roth||Tualatin, OR|
|Eric McKInley||St. Paul, MN||Todd Rudis||Penacook, NH|
|Jon Giles||Charlotte, NC||Quentin Sallat||Cesson-Sevigne, FRA|
|Steve Gold||Brockton, MA||Andrew Salmon Jr.||Ewing, NJ|
|Phil Gregory||Cleveland Hts, OH||Andrew Sarazen||Saunderstown, RI|
|Tod Gross||Burlington, VT||Jeff Scott||San Francisco, CA|
|Murray Guttman||Columbus, OH||Richard Sloan||Evansville, IN|
|J. Donald Irwin||Peterborough, ON||Larry Thompson||Denver, CO|
|Eliot Karambelas||St. Louis, MO||Jack Werner||Golden Valley, MN|
|Thomas Knosby||Lee’s Summit, MO|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
- Baseball Cards: The newly revived Baseball Cards Research Committee has launched a new website. Check out more articles and updates at https://sabrbaseballcards.blog.
- BioProject: Founding director Mark Armour has announced a changing of the guard at the SABR Baseball Biography Project as he steps down after nearly 15 years at the helm. Formed in 2002, the BioProject has been SABR’s most ambitious and, perhaps, most productive research project yet. The BioProject is an ongoing effort to produce comprehensive, peer-reviewed biographical articles on every person who ever played or managed in the major leagues, as well as other subjects significant to baseball history. Nearly 4,000 biographies have been published, along with more than three dozen books, through the SABR BioProject. The new BioProject co-chairs are Rory Costello and Gregory H. Wolf, who are both longtime contributing editors to the project. We want to thank Mark for his generous service and his invaluable efforts over the years. To learn more about the BioProject or to get involved, visit SABR.org/BioProject.
- Nineteenth Century: Winter 2017 newsletter
- Official Scoring: January 2017 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- SABR Day is coming soon! Chapter leaders, please be sure to send any details on your SABR Day meeting to Blane Ferguson at email@example.com so we can update our interactive map at SABR.org/sabrday.
- Chapter websites/social media: Chapter leaders, all chapters are encouraged to have a presence online to help raise awareness of SABR and bring extra attention to our research, events, and activities. Click here if your chapter is interested in learning more about creating a new chapter website or social media accounts, and for a complete list of chapter sites and social media accounts.
- Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, download the new Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook on the Admin Tools page at admin.sabr.org. The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- January 7: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
- January 7: Talkin’ Baseball: Bruce Adams (Columbia, MD)
- January 11: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- January 11: Johnny Tallant’s Hot Stove League meeting (Cumming, GA)
- January 14: Rogers Hornsby Chapter 11th annual Winter Meeting (San Marcos, TX)
- January 16: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- January 16: Boston Chapter MLK Day meeting (Boston, MA)
- January 17: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- January 18: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- January 18: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- January 19: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- January 20: Yogi Berra Museum: “The Future of the National Pastime” panel (New York, NY)
- January 21: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter Strat-O-Matic Game Day (Middletown, CT)
- January 21: Monarchs Chapter SABR Day meeting (Kansas City, MO)
- January 21: South Florida Chapter SABR Day meeting (Tamarac, FL)
- January 21: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter SABR Day meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- January 21: Larry Dierker Chapter at Astros FanFest (Houston, TX)
- January 23: Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee meeting (Edina, MN)
- January 25: Smithsonian: “Ask Tom Boswell Anything” with Phil Hochberg (Washington, DC)
- January 25: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
- January 28: 2017 SABR Day
- January 29: SABR Board of Directors conference call
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:
- Frederick Ivor-Campbell: History, advocacy, and SABR (Our Game)
- Jayson Stark: Bartolo’s blast among strange but true feats that make MLB great (ESPN.com)
- Jeff Sullivan: Pitch framing was doomed from the start (The Hardball Times)
- Rob Mains: New Year’s resolutions: going the other way (Baseball Prospectus)
- Bill Ryczek: The Roaring Twenties: Baseball in the 1920s (The National Pastime Museum)
- Chris Landers: Why is a game 9 innings? The backstories behind baseball’s iconic rules (MLB’s Cut4)
- Nicholas Gerbis/Tracy Greer: At Mars site, NASA scientists used obscure baseball history to cover their bases (KJZZ)
- Nathaniel Grow: How Mike Trout could legally become a free agent (FanGraphs)
- Graham Womack: Black MLB players get little Hall of Fame help from Veterans Committee (The Sporting News)
- Paul Dickson: A tribute to Joe Garagiola in his own words (The National Pastime Museum)
- Tim Wendel: ‘Something bigger’: Willie Horton, Gates Brown, and the ’68 Tigers (The National Pastime Museum)
- Kate Preusser: ‘Til death do us part: the longest relationship in baseball (The Hardball Times)
- David Krell: The Hall of Fame case for Doc Adams (The Sports Post)
- Mark Simon: Legend of Vlad Guerrero goes way beyond his numbers (ESPN.com)
- Christine Ferretti: Historic Hamtramck Stadium’s offseason may finally end (Detroit News)
- Ryan Swanson: Ballparks we miss: Seattle Kingdome (The National Pastime Museum)
- Bill Ryczek: Competition, war, and scandal: Baseball in the 1910s (The National Pastime Museum)
- Patrick Reusse: Twins’ old spring home is gone, but won’t be forgotten (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
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Originally published: January 6, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.