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This Week in SABR: January 6, 2023

This Week in SABR: January 6, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, January 6, 2023.
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Top Headlines

2 weeks left to apply for a 2023 Local Grant
Bob Davids archives donated to Library of Congress
Early registration open for 2023 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix
Registration now open for 2023 Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference
Seeking volunteers to help organize Rucker Archive photos

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama, a 2022 SABR Local Grant recipient

2 weeks left to apply for a SABR Local Grant in 2023

The SABR Local Grants program provides 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. Applications are now open for a 2023 SABR Local Grant at

Submissions will be accepted until January 16, 2023. All SABR chapters, chartered communities, and research committees are eligible to apply.

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR donates Bob Davids archives to Library of Congress

SABR donates archives of founder Bob Davids to Library of Congress

SABR is pleased to announce the donation of the L. Robert “Bob” Davids Papers to the Library of Congress. More than 25,000 items from the estate of SABR’s original founder, including documents from the organization’s founding and early operations, are in the collection.

The collection, which spans the years from 1958 until Davids’ death in 2002, was organized and delivered to the Library of Congress by leaders from SABR’s Bob Davids Chapter in Washington, DC, and the Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter. It includes correspondence, meeting minutes, interviews, self-published manuscripts, baseball manuals, reports, agendas, programs, newsletters, printed matter, photographs, and other papers. The Library of Congress Manuscript Division anticipates that the collection will be cataloged in approximately 18 to 24 months, and later will be available to future researchers.

Click here to read the full announcement at

2023 SABR Analytics Conference

Early registration open for 2023 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix

Early registration is now open for the SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held in person from March 10-12, 2023, at the Beus Center for Law and Society on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in Phoenix, Arizona. We’ll bring together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate, and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball.

Students will have two registration options, virtual or in-person, with both including access to the General Session on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12, and a student-only virtual session on Thursday, March 9. All student registrations also include a complimentary one-year SABR membership ($25 value) and a complimentary Rapsodo certification course ($395 value).

Register today to join us!

SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference

Register now for the 2023 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference

Registration is now open for the 14th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, which will be held on April 28-29, 2023, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to register for this special event.

The 2023 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from author Jonathan Popovich, along with a panel discussion on baseball’s 19th-century color line with Richard Hershberger, Peter Mancuso, Brian Sheehy, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a 19th-century artifact session with Robert Mayer, Gary Passamonte, and Popovich; a Member Spotlight interview of Robert Mayer by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations and a Sunday morning vintage baseball game at Doubleday Field.

Visit to learn more or to register.


Seeking volunteers to help organize Rucker Archive photos

SABR recently acquired The Rucker Archive, one of the world’s most extensive private collections of historical baseball photographs, spanning more than a century of baseball history.

We are now looking for volunteers to help us review and tag the photos with metadata (e.g., date, team, location) that will improve search capabilities of the archive for SABR members and the public. Our initial push will focus on ten Hall of Famers, with a goal of completion by Opening Day. If you would like to be among the first group of researchers to work with these incredible baseball images, SABR Chicago member and Rucker Archive project co-lead Jason Schwartz has created a signup sheet.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Bill Lamb honored with 2023 SABR Russell Gabay Award

Author Bill Lamb is the 2023 recipient of the SABR Russell Gabay Award, which honors entities or persons who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to baseball in New Jersey.

“Bill is one of the most productive contributors to the SABR website with articles about New Jersey baseball topics,” said David Krell, chair of SABR’s Elysian Fields Chapter in New Jersey.

Lamb’s research on New Jersey baseball includes articles on the Newark Peppers of the Federal League, Harrison Park in Harrison, Sprague Field in Bloomfield, and Wiedenmayer’s Park in Newark.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Students, apply for a Spring 2023 internship with SABR

The Society for American Baseball Research is seeking remote interns to work during the Spring 2023 semester. The internship is an educational opportunity that may count toward college credit, covering 15-20 hours per week with a flexible schedule. The internship will be for a fixed period of time and is designed to provide the intern with skills and training that may be applicable to working in a nonprofit research environment or in other research-based organizations.

Please send a resume and cover letter in PDF form to by 5:00 p.m. MST Friday, January 27, 2023.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Bring It Home 2022: Thanks for your support!

Thank you so much for your support of SABR during our annual Bring it Home campaign. Thanks to all of our donors, we were able to exceed our $125,000 fundraising goal for this campaign in 2022!

These important contributions will help SABR maintain core mission programming, develop new initiatives, and ensure affordable membership access as we continue to grow towards our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball.

We’d like to thank all SABR members for your support of the organization, and most especially those who participated in 2022’s Bring it Home campaign.

Click here to view the full list at

Join us for Rogers Hornsby Chapter annual winter meeting on Saturday

SABR’s Rogers Hornsby Chapter in Central Texas will hold its 17th annual Bill Gilbert Winter Meeting from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Old Main on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos. Our guest speakers are expected to include Round Rock Express general manager Tim Jackson and broadcaster and chapter member Mike Capps, athletic trainer Rocky Galindo, along with presentations from Nancy Finley, David Vaught, Mike Bryan, Jerry Miller, and Bailey Hall.

Two of our afternoon presentations (Tim Jackson at 2:00 p.m. CST and David Vaught at 3:15 p.m.) will be conducted via Zoom, and all SABR members are invited to join us for those two presentations. The rest of the meeting will not be available via Zoom. For those who plan to join us via Zoom, use this link to register.

Click here for lunch details, directions to Old Main, and parking on campus.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #195: Graig Kreindler

Baseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer. Episode #195 on Monday, January 2 featured Graig Kreindler, a renowned sports artist best known for his oil paintings depicting vintage, historical baseball scenes. His series of 200 Negro Leagues portraits is featured in a new book, Black Baseball in Living Color: The Artwork of Graig Kreindler, by Jay Caldwell. Visit to listen to the full episode or subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks.

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: Rod Carew, Norm Charlton, Shohei Ohtani

3 new biographies published at SABR BioProject

Visit to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.

8 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Find all stories from Metropolitan Stadium book online

New stories from SABR’s Metropolitan Stadium: Memorable Games at Minnesota’s Diamond on the Prairie were posted online this week:

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1907-1958 (Volume 1)

Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1907-1958 (Vol. 1)
Edited by Robert K. Fitts, Bill Nowlin, and James Forr

Visit to download any SABR Digital Library e-book for free or save 50% off the paperback edition.

Recent Highlights

Here are some SABR headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Juliette Barasch Philadelphia, PA     Johnny Kao Jericho, NY
Scott Beekman Athens, OH     Kent Knutson Littleton, CO
Daniel Bergman St. Louis, MO     Kris Kueker Wildwood, MO
Russell Berry Gurnee, IL     Robert Lane Delta, CA
Timothy Beyrer Rockville Centre, NY     Ben Laytin Chicago, IL
Peter Bogert Center Valley, PA     Hugh Lockwood Karori, NZL
Jacek Bonneville Cottondale, AL     Eric Luckwald Porter Ranch, CA
Nicholas Burns Spokane, WA     Jeffrey Martin Lacey, WA
Nick Carter Chestertown, MD     Tony Melodia Greensburg, PA
Nayan Chawla San Carlos, CA     Sean Murphy Ottawa, ON
Barbara Chmiel South Bend, IN     Thomas Nygren Upper Arlington, OH
Nick Clarke Houston, TX     Brian Oatman Woodland, CA
Mason Colborn Bellingham, WA     Andrew Orcutt Centennial, CO
Jared Consiglio St. Petersburg, FL     Anjali Palondikar Lakemoor, IL
Reilly Cotter New York, NY     Jean Patrick Mitchell, SD
James Davenport Macomb, MI     Howell Posner Braddock Heights, MD
Oscar De Soto Arlington, VA     Cody Priest Longmont, CO
Neal De Vos Salinas, CA     Kelley Rybak Rock Hill, SC
Matthew DeCapua Worcester, MA     Peter Scheibner Stony Point, NY
Kurt Desoto Fairfax, VA     Jake Schmidt Wauwatosa, WI
Melvin Epstein Brooklyn, NY     Gerard Schoenacher Brooklyn, NY
Jonathan Farrell Pawling, NY     Ezra Stollman Merion Station, PA
Russ Golden Chatham, MA     Scott Warmka Burnsville, MN
Matt Gurule Petaluma, CA     Simon Watkins Sparks, NV
Amanda Haworth Spokane, WA     Ed Wikoff Jenkintown, PA
Richard Heinick Mechanicsburg, PA     Kristen Woerdeman Los Angeles, CA
Will Joseph New Orleans, LA     Mark Woods Wexford, PA
Kei Kanazawa Tokyo, JPN        

SABR Events Calendar

Tyler Kepner, author of "The Grandest Stage," will speak via Zoom to the SABR Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter at 6:00 p.m. Central on Monday, January 9

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • January 7: Talkin’ Baseball: Jay Jaffe (9:00 a.m. EST)
  • January 9: Bob Broeg St. Louis (MO) Chapter meeting with Tyler Kepner (6:00 p.m. CST)
  • January 9: Northern New England (NH/ME) Chapter meeting with Eric Poulin (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 10: 19th Century Monthly Speaker Series: Jonathan Popovich (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 11: Northern New England (NH/ME) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 11: Ken Keltner Badger State (WI) Chapter meeting with Adam McCalvy (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • January 14: Hank Gowdy Columbus (OH) Chapter book club meeting with Curt Smith (9:30 a.m. EST)
  • January 14: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting with Dan Taylor (1:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 16: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with Alyson Footer (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • January 17: Games and Simulations Committee meeting with Clay Dreslough (8:00 p.m. EST)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • January 7: Rogers Hornsby Chapter Winter Meeting (San Marcos, TX)
  • January 7: Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter meeting (Las Vegas, NV)
  • January 14: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • January 14: Roush-Lopez Gulf Coast Chapter meet-up (St. Petersburg, FL)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Peter Cottrell.

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

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Around the Web headlines

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

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This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article, or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail To find past editions of TWIS, click here.

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Originally published: January 6, 2023. Last Updated: January 10, 2023.