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This Week in SABR: January 7, 2022

This Week in SABR: January 7, 2022

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of January 7, 2022:


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

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

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

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

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


SABR member Bill Humber appointed as a member of the Order of Canada

Bill HumberLongtime SABR member and baseball historian Bill Humber has been appointed a member of the Order of Canada, one of 93 Canadians to receive that appointment from Governor General Mary Simon on Tuesday, December 28.

Established in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. Those appointed to the Order are deemed to have changed Canada’s “measure of success and, through the sum of their accomplishments, have helped us build a better Canada.”

Humber was honored for “his contributions as Canada’s premier baseball historian, who has highlighted the key ways in which the sport’s history is linked to our nation.”

On top of the countless presentations about Canadian baseball history that he has done across North America, Humber has also authored several groundbreaking books on the topic, including Cheering for the Home Team (1983), Let’s Play Ball: Inside the Perfect Game (1989), The Baseball Book and Trophy (1993) and Diamonds of the North: A Concise History of Baseball in Canada (1995). He was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.


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

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

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

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


Early registration now open for 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceEarly registration is now open for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over four days in online sessions from March 17-20, 2022. We’ll bring together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate, and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. Register today to join us!

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

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

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


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

2020 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners: Virginia TechThe 2022 Diamond Dollars Case Competition will be held online beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday, March 18, 2022, as part of the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Four- to five-person student teams are asked to evaluate a baseball operations case problem. The student team presents their analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges that includes MLB front office executives.

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


3 weeks left to apply for a SABR Local Grant in 2022

While we continue to celebrate SABR’s 50th anniversary this year, we are keeping a keen eye on our organization’s future and have so many exciting projects on deck. In 2022, we will deliver the SABR Local Grants program. This initiative will provide an opportunity for chapters, research committees, and chartered communities to apply for funding for their projects under SABR’s Four Pillars: Research, Scholarship, Preservation, and Future of the Game. In total, $10,000 in SABR Local Grants will be awarded in 2022!

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

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


Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2022

Rube Foster (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in its 14th annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2022. 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 on a link below to learn more about each scholarship or to download an application. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2022.

The Jimmie Crutchfield Memorial Scholarship will honor one high school senior with a $1,000 prize and give out one $500 award for special recognition. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2022.

Visit SABR.org/malloy to learn more.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

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

  • Can’t-Miss Event: The 16th annual SABR Rogers Hornsby Chapter Winter Meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. CST on Saturday, January 8. We’ve once again assembled a Hall of Fame lineup of baseball speakers and presenters for your viewing and listening pleasure. This year features former executives, trailblazing pioneers, and good old fashioned baseball talk, including former Houston Astros GM Tal Smith, umpire Perry Barber, Round Rock Express GM Tim Jackson, Round Rock Express broadcaster Mike Capps, with presentations from chapter members Dan Walsh, Jim Baker, and Jan Larson. Click here to pre-register for this free Zoom meeting or visit SABRHornsby.org for more details.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from author Dan Joseph (Baseball’s Greatest What If). Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.

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

  • January 8: Rogers Hornsby (TX) Chapter Winter Meeting (9:00 a.m. CST)
  • January 8: Talkin’ Baseball: Jay Jaffe (10:00 a.m. EST)
  • January 8: John Thorn: “Two-Platoon Baseball: Faceless Heroes in the Age of Substitution” (3:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 9: Robinson-Kell (AR) Chapter meeting with Fred Worth (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • January 10: Ottawa Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 10: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Stu Shostak (7:30 p.m. EST)
  • January 11: SABR 19th Century Speaker Series with Alan Cohen (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 13: Pee Wee Reese (KY) Chapter meeting with Jay Jaffe (5:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 13: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Marcus Hanel (7:30 p.m. CST)
  • January 15: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter book club meeting (9:00 a.m. EST)
  • January 15: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting with Clayton Trutor (1:00 p.m. EST)
  • January 15: SABR Baseball Memories meeting (4:00 p.m. EST)

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

  • January 8: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • January 10: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
  • January 15: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Jeff Neuman

SABRcast #143: Jeff NeumanBaseball 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 #143 on Monday, January 3 featured Jeff Neuman, a prolific editor of many baseball books for the past four decades, including the fifth and sixth editions of Macmillan’s The Baseball Encyclopedia. He served as Vice President and Director of Sports Books at Simon & Schuster for 15 years. He is the co-author of A Disorderly Compendium of Golf and Just Hit It. Since 2014, he has worked as Managing Editor of the Metropolitan Golf Association‘s magazine, The Met Golfer, and has been a contributor to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The A Position, and RealClearSports.

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

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


New SABR Oral History interview: Pirates broadcaster Joe Block

Joe Block (COURTESY OF THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES)Last fall, we launched the newly expanded SABR Oral History Collection online at sabr.org/oralhistory, where you can find audio interviews with some of the most interesting figures in baseball history. Here is a new oral history interview added to our collection this week:

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

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

If you are interested in contributing to SABR’s Oral History Collection, the committee offers guidelines for conducting effective oral history interviews or contact Jacob Pomrenke to learn more about donating your own audio recordings. Many SABR members use Oral History interviews as a launching point to write that person’s biography for the SABR BioProject.


6 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Shawn Green (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:

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


12 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Henry Aaron (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Twelve new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject.

  • Get involved: Have memories of a game you attended? Or a game you watched that caught your interest? Write about it! Writing for the Games Project is an easy way to get involved as a SABR member. Find out how by reading the Games Project FAQs section or checking out the Authors’ Guidelines. We have editors and fact checkers who are willing to help you write your first article.
  • Social media: Follow the SABR Games Project on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with new stories and updates.
  • Read more from Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games online: In 2020, the SABR Digital Library published Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games, edited by Bill Nowlin, with more than 125 accounts of the most lopsided games in major-league baseball history, including postseason games and the top four for all 30 MLB franchises. All of the stories from the Blowouts book can now be found online as part of the SABR Games Project.

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

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

You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio app.

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM focuses on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today. It airs weekly throughout the year on MLB Network Radio, available to subscribers nationwide on XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209, and on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.


Friends of SABR: December 2021

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of December 2021:

NAME   NAME
Dean Abelon   Thomas Love
Harry Adamo   Susan Lundstrom
Matthew Albertson   Robert Mains
John Alcamo   Nick Malian
Dennis Auger   Peter Mancuso
Sandy Barlow   Richard Maniglia
Robert Barrier   Alex Marks
Jeff Barto   Daniel Massey
Benjamin Baschinsky   Rob McBride
John Bauer   Lawrence McCray
Lynn Bevill   Barry Mednick
Andrew Blume   Tom Miller
Milton & Brittany Bowens   Dave Mona
D. Bruce Brown   Brad Moody
Ron Brown   Chad Moody
John Burbridge III   Frank Mooney
Allan Burdick   Alan Morris
Arthur Cantu   Thomas Mullen
Ken Carrano   Matthew Mullin
Angel Castillo   Andrew North
Ralph Christian   Bill Nowlin
Karl Cicitto   Jon Ohman
Ken Clawson   Ralph Olliges Jr
Andrew Clem   Dwight Oxley
Rodger Coauette   Rodney Page
Robert Cole   Robert Parham
Angel Colon   Melyssa Paulson
Peter Coolbaugh   Wayne Pedersen
Jim Cox   Laura Peebles
E. Stephen Cunerd   Gregg Pericich
Jon Daniels   Greg Petty
Dennis Duquette   Terry Phelps
Vernona Elms   Barry Posin
Steven Elsberry   John Rall
Joseph Favano   Alan Raylesberg
Robert Fenili   David Rockoff
Rebecca Fields   Stephen Roney
David Firstman   J. Scott Rose
Matthew Flesch   Michael Rosenwasser
Adam Foldes   Charles Roussel
Kent Fredrickson   Bob Russon
Steve Friedman   Michael Sass Jr
Gary Frownfelter   Robert Sawyer
Vince Gennaro   Richard Schabowski
Jeanne Glazer   Michael Schell
Roger Godin   Jason Scheller
Don Gomes   Douglas Schoppert
Gerard Goulet   John Schwarz
Earnie Granville   Joseph Seliga
Lawrence Grasso   John Shaffer
Michael Green   Punch Shaw
Stephen Greyser   Rob Sheinkopf
Mary Griswold   Lynda Singer
David Guslani   Linda Skory
Roger Hammond   Janet Marie Smith
Timothy Harner   Mikel Smith
Roxann Hassett   Mike Sparks
Leslie Heaphy   Tony Stahl
Julie Hedden   Mark Stangl
Paul Hensler   Steve Steinberg
Tim Herlich   Joel Sternberg
Rockwell Hoffman   Thomas Stone
James Holl   Wesley Story
Tom Howell   Dennis Strobel
Perry Huang   David Studenmund
Thomas Hufford   Stephen Suknaic
David Hughes   Henry Summer
Jim Hughes   Larry Taylor
Noel Hynd   Joseph Thompson
Jeff Jaech   John Thorn
Kirk Jenkins   Stew Thornley
Donald Jensen   Neal Traven
Rick Jones   Ralph Turner
Christopher Kaempfer   Stephen Turner
Evan Katz   Hoyt Wallace
Lloyd Kepple   Ronald Weaver
Michael Klingensmith   Steve West
Michael Klitsch   Gary Williams
Stephen Krevisky   Beach Wires
Jeffrey Kutler   Thomas Wolf
Christopher Lanski   Jeffrey Wood
Lewis Levey   Tony Yoseloff
Daniel Levitt   Don Zminda
Henry Levy    

Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.


SABR award nominations

Please note: Only ONE entry per nomination will be considered (do not submit multiple nominations for the same award). For more information on SABR Awards, click here.


ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

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

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.


Welcome, new members!

We’d like to welcome all of our new SABR members who have joined this week. You can find all Members-Only resources at members.sabr.org and the Membership Handbook can be downloaded here.

Please give these new members a warm welcome and help them make the most of their membership by giving them the opportunity to get involved in their local chapter or a research committee.

You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Jonathan Amato Leawood, KS     Steven Kresmery Washington, MI
Timothy Anderson Towson, MD     Carol Laube Reno, NV
Ryan Atkinson Roswell, GA     Jason Levin Santa Monica, CA
James Bach Shickshinny, PA     Ted Lewis Bethesda, MD
David Bagdade Indianapolis, IN     Matt Lutzke New York, NY
Thomas Bell Baltimore, MD     Greg Lutzke Brighton, MI
David Biesek Pasadena, CA     Michael Lyons Thiensville, WI
John Blake Grapevine, TX     Will MacLean Skokie, IL
Robert Bowling Fishers, IN     Michael Maltese Singapore, SGP
Garry Brown Wilbraham, MA     Rick McAuliffe East Greenwich, RI
Andrew Burdick Newton Square, PA     Brendan McGair Warwick, RI
Blake Burdick Phoenix, AZ     Jacob Nagel Louisville, KY
Eddie Byrd Memphis, TN     James Nahigian Pacific Palisades, CA
Glenn Cashion Middletown, NJ     Barry Neeb Berlin, MD
Chris Cesare Orange, CT     Enoc Nieves Santa Isabel, PRI
Christian Chase Fort Lauderdale, FL     Clint Nohavec Hobart, WA
Steven Cheskin Silver Spring, MD     Christopher Nowaczyk Philadelphia, PA
Tim Christian Burlingame, CA     Rich O’Malley New York, NY
Bill Corbin Boston, MA     Chris Pohore Brooklyn, NY
Daniel Cox Chicago, IL     Scott Ratzel South Euclid, OH
Jeff Curtis Plainfield, IN     Hendrix Reynolds Everett, WA
Antoine de Nobili Düdingen, SWI     Fred Richards Brockport, NY
John de Sousa Toronto, ON     Brian Rogers Austin, TX
Aidan Donnan Cabin John, MD     Ari Rubin East Williston, NY
Kyle Eidson Star, ID     Eve Schaenen Montclair, NJ
Bruce Einhorn Nipomo, CA     Andrew Slade Scottsdale, AZ
Jim Eisenhower Philadelphia, PA     Jake Smith Columbia Heights, MN
Vincent Fusaro Springfield, VA     Riley Sonz Palm Harbor, FL
Matthew Gentile Durham, NC     Dave Soyars Camarillo, CA
John Giannelli Forest Park, IL     Mark Stewart Mason, MI
Michael Giganti Rockville Centre, NY     Ian Thomas Kent, WA
Andrew Godfrey Deridder, LA     Jonas Thoms Morgantown, WV
Charles Gregory Nacogdoches, TX     Wyatt James VanDyke Lake Geneva, WI
Kevin Gruber Lombard, IL     Chris Vargas Long Beach, CA
Bailey Hall Austin, TX     Thomas Wachtel Carmel, IN
Jeffrey Haskins Palm Beach, FL     Sam Wallace Grayson, GA
Eugene Horowitz Red Bank, NJ     Adam Wright North Bend, WA
William Hyland Lisbon, ME     David Yamin Sarasota, FL
Susan Keiser Philadelphia, PA     Andy York Austin, TX

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

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


Regional Chapter news

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

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


Around the Web

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

Please note: Some articles may require a separate subscription to view online. SABR does not endorse, and is not responsible or liable for, any content that appears on a third-party website.


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Originally published: January 7, 2022. Last Updated: January 10, 2022.

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