Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” — our 500th edition as SABR celebrates its 50th anniversary this year! Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of January 8, 2021:
SABR commemorates its 50th anniversary in 2021 and will launch its year-long celebration with SABR Day on Saturday, January 30. SABR Day will be hosted virtually around the globe for the first time, giving baseball fans a chance to come together — wherever they live — to share their love of the game.
The program will include conversations with broadcasting legend Bob Costas of MLB Network and National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum President Tim Mead.
“We are honored and thrilled to have Bob Costas and Tim Mead join us for the first-ever virtual SABR Day,” SABR CEO Scott Bush said. “There is not a better way to lead off our Golden Anniversary and we excitedly look forward to sharing SABR with the entire baseball community.”
SABR Day registration will be free for SABR members. A $10 donation will be requested of non-members. Click here to register online. The virtual SABR Day program will run from 2:00-4:00 p.m. EST on January 30.
SABR and the American Baseball Biomechanics Society are pleased to announce the Biomechanics in MLB: The Next Competitive Edge in Analytics panel on Friday, March 12 at the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.
The SABR Analytics Conference will be held online from March 11-14, 2021. The conference is open to all baseball fans — the early-bird registration discount is available only through January 31. Register today to join us!
The Biomechanics in MLB panel is expected to include:
- Dr. John De Witt, Senior Biomechanist with the Chicago Cubs
- Dr. Ben Hansen, Senior Biomechanical Engineer with the Chicago White Sox
- Dr. Mike McNally, Biomechanist with the Tampa Bay Rays
- Moderator: Dr. Glenn Fleisig, Research Director of the American Sports Medicine Institute and the Founding President of the American Baseball Biomechanics Society
Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.
Stay tuned as we announce more speakers and panelists for the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference! For more information, visit SABR.org/analytics.
Early registration is open only through January 31 for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over four days in online sessions from March 11-14, 2021. 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!
Programming will run on Thursday and Friday evening from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Eastern, all day Saturday from 12:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern, and Sunday afternoon from 1:00-5:00 p.m. EDT.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2021 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) through January 31, 2021. Students should email Scott Carter with a photo of their student ID to receive the discounted registration link.
- Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition: Register your team or learn more about the 2021 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition.
- Research Awards: Stay tuned for more information on the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards.
Stay tuned for more details on guest speakers, panelists, and presenters! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
The 2021 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition will be held online from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 12, 2021, as part of the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.
- Register: Click here to register your team for the 2021 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition. Registration is $995 per team, which includes admission to all SABR Virtual Analytics Conference sessions and a one-year SABR membership for each participants. Please include your school name, along with names and contact information for up to 5 participants.
- Questions: Please contact Vince Gennaro with any questions about participating.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/case to learn more.
Registration is now open for the 11th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, which will be held virtually on April 22-24, 2021. All baseball fans are welcome to register for this special online event.
The 2021 virtual 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 Jim Gates on the “Penny Marshall Sheet Music Collection” at the Baseball Hall of Fame; a Member Spotlight interview of Tom Gilbert by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations.
- Registration: Click here to register online. The cost is $35 per person. Each attendee must register separately in order to receive the Zoom meeting information.
- Schedule: Click here to view the full schedule for the 2021 Ivor-Campbell Conference. Online sessions will be held from 8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 22; 12:00-5:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 23; and 12:00-5:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 24. Registration provides access to all panels and presentations for each day.
For questions, please contact Peter Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the conference, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c
- Related link: Join us on Tuesday, January 12 for a 19th Century Speaker Series monthly presentation by Tom Shieber on “Around the World with A.G. Spalding: The Mystery of an 1888-89 Tourist’s Diary.” Click here to learn more.
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: On Saturday, January 9 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. EST, the Detroit Chapter will host a Hank Greenberg 100th Birthday Symposium with featured guests Steve Greenberg, filmmaker Aviva Kempner, and authors John Rosengren and Herm Krabbenhoft. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Click here for the full schedule or click here to register online for this free Zoom meeting.
- Live Transcripts in Zoom meetings: To enhance the accessibility of SABR’s virtual events, attendees for all online meetings that use SABR’s Zoom account now have access to live closed-caption transcripts through Rev.com. Just click on the Live Transcript button in the Zoom control panel at the bottom of your screen and choose between on-screen subtitles or a full transcript window. After you turn on the closed captioning, a text file with the transcript will automatically download to your computer after you exit the Zoom meeting. Closed-caption transcripts for selected video recordings will be available on request from the SABR office.
This week, we heard from Jacob Pomrenke, who provided a tour of the SABR.org website’s extensive Research Collection and resources for SABR members.
Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:
- January 9: Rogers Hornsby (Texas) Chapter winter meeting with Ross Ohlendorf and Tony Kemp (9:00 a.m. CST)
- January 9: Detroit Chapter: Hank Greenberg Symposium with Steve Greenberg, Aviva Kempner, Herm Krabbenhoft, and John Rosengren (1:00 p.m. EST)
- January 11: Elysian Fields (N.J.) Chapter meeting with Tim Wiles and Olivia Garvey (9:00 p.m. EST)
- January 12: 19th Century Speaker Series with Tom Shieber (8:00 p.m. EST)
- January 16: Babe ‘n’ Bob (Md.) Chapter Breakfast (9:00 a.m. EST)
- January 16: Hank Gowdy (Ohio) Chapter meeting with Randy Mobley (9:30 a.m. EST)
- January 16: Jack Graney (Ohio) Chapter meeting with Ken Rosenthal, Zack Meisel, and Clint Longenecker (1:00 p.m. EST)
- January 16: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with Ralph Carhart (3:00 p.m. EST)
Find more upcoming virtual meetings on our SABR Events Calendar page.
Click here to view replays of hundreds of recorded SABR virtual events.
Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of December 2020:
|Ben Abel||Timothy Liljeberg|
|Harry Adamo||Ed Lockett|
|Mark Anderson||Charles Mackey|
|Rich Arpi||Robert Mains|
|Dennis Auger||John Maloney|
|Robert Axelrod||David Mamuscia|
|Patricia Aylsworth||Peter Mancuso|
|Bob Bailey||Richard Maniglia|
|Jack Bales||William Markel|
|Bill Ballew||Alex Marks|
|Perry Barber||T. Wayne Marshall|
|Charles Barlow||Bill Marston|
|Stephen Barnes||Daniel Massey|
|Robert Barrier||Richard Masson|
|Robert Beaty||Jack McCarthy|
|Travis Becker||Andy McCue|
|Paul Bennett||Jim McCurdy|
|David Biesel||Todd McDorman|
|Dick Bily||David McEllis|
|Thomas Blankley||Justin McKinney|
|Kurt Blumenau||Roberta Mendonca|
|Robert Bluthardt||Thomas Merrick|
|Richard Bogovich||Donald Meyer|
|Phillip Bolda||Ron Meyer|
|Jean Booth||Joseph Mielke|
|Maurice Bouchard||Noel Milan|
|Gary Box||Ernestine Miller|
|Thomas Bradley||Marilyn Miller|
|Stephen Bratkovich||Collin Miller|
|Ian Braun||John Mitchell|
|Scott Brickwood||Alan Mooneyham|
|Ron Brown||Robert Morris|
|D. Bruce Brown||Thomas Mullen|
|Sue Bryant- Still||Matthew Mullin|
|Stephen Buckner||John Murphy|
|Bob Buege||Steve Murphy|
|John Burbridge III||Tad Myre|
|Allan Burdick||Tom Naylor|
|Paul Canavan||Rob Nee|
|Ralph Carhart||Roderic Nelson|
|Ken Carrano||Anna Newton|
|Angel Castillo||Andrew North|
|William Christensen||Bill Nowlin|
|Bill Chuck||Jon Ohman|
|Jonathan Clemente||Gary Olson|
|Rodger Coauette||Gene Oppenheim|
|Philip Cola||Jeff Orner|
|Robert Cole||Eduardo Ortega|
|Fred Collignon||Karl Orth|
|Leander Collin||James Overfield|
|Peter Coolbaugh||Michael Pagano|
|Ray Corio||Robert Parham|
|Jerrod Cotosman||Brian Parme|
|Peter Cottrell||Gary Passamonte|
|Jim Cox||David Pearson|
|Alfred Davis||Laura Peebles|
|Carlos de Armas-Kendall||Peter Pepper|
|Robert Dean||Gregg Pericich|
|Dennis Degenhardt||Todd Peterson|
|Thomas Drake||Zac Petrillo|
|Dennis Duquette||Larry Phillips|
|Stanley Dziurgot||Steven Phillips|
|Ed Edmonds||Peter Pierce|
|Maximilian Effgen||Mel Poplock|
|Gary Eller||Laurel Prieb|
|Ron Elliott||Bill Pruden|
|Steven Elsberry||Richard Puerzer|
|Bob Emling||John Rall|
|Donald Etheridge||Alan Raylesberg|
|John Ezell||Carl Rogan|
|Ren Farley||Stephen Roney|
|Jerry Feitelberg||James Rook|
|Jan Finkel||Steven Roscoe|
|Diane Firstman||Michael Roselli|
|Ken Fischer||Greg Rosenbaum|
|Adam Foldes||Michael Rosenwasser|
|Sean Forman||Charles Roussel|
|Richard Frank||Thomas Ruane|
|John Fredland||Charlie Rubin|
|Kent Fredrickson||Bob Russon|
|Steve Friedman||William Ryczek|
|Greg Gajus||Ruth Sadler|
|Michael Gallichio||Marideth Sandler|
|James Gangawere||Michael Sass Jr|
|Gabriella Garr||Elliot Satinoff|
|James Gates||Charlie Sawyer|
|Gordon Gattie||Jason Scheller|
|Vince Gennaro||Douglas Schoppert|
|Gary Gillette||Tom Schott|
|Sol Gittleman||John Schwarz|
|Carl Goldberg||Jonathan Schwebel|
|Steven Goldstein||John Scott|
|Rob Gonzales||Anthony Segreti|
|Peter Gordon||Daniel Seklecki|
|Tom Hall||Jeff Self|
|Steve Hall||David Senkow|
|Roger Hammond||Arnold Serotsky|
|Michael Hanks||Jeff Shames|
|Steven Hannigan||Andrew Sharp|
|Tom Hanrahan||Mary Shea|
|Timothy Harner||Robert Shelton|
|Bruce Harris||Blake Sherry|
|Michael Harvey||Dan Shirley|
|Mike Haupert||Brent Shyer|
|Leslie Heaphy||Warren Simpson|
|Andrew Heckroth||Mike Skoog|
|John Heer||Curt Smith|
|John Heiselman||John Smith|
|Peter Henrici||Tony Stahl|
|Paul Hensler||Steve Steinberg|
|Richard Hershberger||Sumner Steinfeldt|
|Lon Hildreth||Joel Sternberg|
|Aaron Hill||Thomas Stone|
|Rockwell Hoffman||Wesley Story|
|James Holl||Dennis Strobel|
|David Holtz||David Studenmund|
|Dick Huebner||Stephen Suknaic|
|Jim Hughes||Timothy Szczesny|
|David Hughes||Brian Teague|
|Rick Huhn||Andrew Terrick|
|Joanne Hulbert||Dennis Thiessen|
|Noel Hynd||David Thomas|
|Martin Jatlow||Eric Thompson|
|Tim Jenkins||Joseph Thompson|
|Scott Jennings||John Thorn|
|Donald Jensen||Robert Tiemann|
|Steven Jeremko||Richard B Tourangeau|
|Stephen Johnson||Neal Traven|
|Christopher Kaempfer||Chuck Traxler|
|Chad Kahl||Eric Van|
|Louis Kaufman||Paul Vastola|
|Joseph Keaney||Marlene Vogelsang|
|Matthew Keelean||M J Volkovitsch|
|Kostya Kennedy||Warren Waldron|
|Roger Klein||Joseph Wancho|
|Tom Kleinworth||Thomas Watson|
|Michael Klitsch||Ronald Weaver|
|Steve Klugman||Mike Webber|
|Ted Knorr||Mark Wendling|
|Sean Lahman||Brian Werner|
|Russ Lake||Steve West|
|Bill Lamb||Thomas Wheeler|
|William Lamberty||Eric White|
|Dirk Lammers||Matthew Whitehorn|
|Thomas Larwin||Robert Wilson|
|Thomas Lee||Jeffrey Wood|
|Joe Leisek||Steve Wulf|
|Bill Leisenring||Jack Yabroff|
|Bob LeMoine||Peter Yee|
|Allison Levin||Tony Yoseloff|
|Leonard Levin||Jack Zerby|
|Mark Levinthal||Don Zminda|
|Henry Levy||Larry Zorn|
|Robert Lewis||Rick Zucker|
|James Libbin||Joe Zureick|
After a year in which the baseball world experienced immeasurable losses, two more Hall of Famers passed away recently.
Phil Niekro was born in Blaine, Ohio, on April Fools’ Day — April 1, 1939. That was appropriate, for he spent much of his career fooling batters with a pitch that most other pitchers wanted no part of. The knuckleball specialist spent 24 seasons in the major leagues from 1964 to 1987, mostly with the Atlanta Braves, winning 318 games and induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame a decade later. He died at the age of 81 following a battle with cancer on December 26, 2020. Phil and his younger brother Joe — who combined to win more games (539) than any other siblings in major-league history. Click here to read Phil Niekro’s biography, by SABR founding member Tom Hufford.
Tommy Lasorda, the gregarious manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers for 21 seasons from 1976 to 1996, died of a heart attack on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at the age of 93. Lasorda spent seven decades in the Dodgers organization as a pitcher, coach, scout, executive, and all-around ambassador for the game, spanning the franchise’s history from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. He pitched for parts of three seasons in the majors, including Brooklyn’s first World Series winner in 1955. Lasorda took over for fellow Hall of Famer Walter Alston as Dodgers manager and immediately captured two National League pennants in 1977 and ’78, then led the team to World Series titles in 1981 and 1988. “I bleed Dodger blue and when I die, I’m going to the big Dodger in the sky,” he often liked to say.
Good news! The Fall 2020 edition of the Baseball Research Journal was recently mailed out to all SABR members. This issue includes a special illustrated cover of Hall of Fame catcher and Negro Leagues legend Josh Gibson by SABR member Gary Cieradkowski. Click here to learn more about Gary’s design for the new BRJ cover.
Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next two to four weeks. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered on December 21.
- All articles from the Fall 2020 Baseball Research Journal can now be read online at SABR.org.
- Click here to download the e-book edition of the Fall 2020 Baseball Research Journal.
- Click here to order a copy of the print edition of the Fall 2020 Baseball Research Journal from Amazon.com.
We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2020 Baseball Research Journal!
The National Pastime is SABR’s annual summer journal, which since 2009 has been themed to the location of the SABR national convention. Last year’s theme was Baltimore, but the 2020 convention was pushed forward to 2021 due to the global pandemic — meaning that in 2021 we were free to explore a new thematic direction. We are taking advantage of this unique opportunity to expand and challenge our thinking and become Baseball Futurists.
The 2021 issue of The National Pastime will focus on the future through the lens of baseball. Just as baseball and its history is a reflection of the culture and society of the past and present, it can also serve as input, context, and/or predictor of plausible futures for sports in the United States and other countries. Tentatively subtitled The Future According to Baseball, this issue of The National Pastime will collect thought-provoking articles from a variety of disciplines.
This issue of The National Pastime will be co-edited by Marty Resnick and Cecilia Tan. Marty will be taking queries and abstracts until January 15, 2021, and will make assignments no later than January 30. First drafts of articles will be due no later than March 8 and rewrites (if needed) will be due by April 15. To query, send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “TNP Query” and a key word or two on your subject.
SABR is excited to announce a new research project focused on the history, evolution, and future of baseball tickets. Led by Sacramento-Dusty Baker Chapter member Tony Oliver, the project will weave an investigation on how and when each ticket element originated, analysis on design changes throughout the eras of the sport, and how industry advances drove adoption of technology.
Tony is seeking volunteers to help with the research, writing, and editing, as well as anyone wishing to share stories about their ticket collections and the meaning behind the tickets they’ve saved.
Interested in helping out? Contact Tony Oliver for more details.
The SABR office, housed at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, has been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Staff members will work remotely until it is advisable to resume normal operations on-site.
Please contact a member of the SABR staff by email or phone with any questions.
Episode #92 on Monday, January 4 featured John Shea, award-winning national baseball columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle and co-author with Willie Mays of 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid. He has written several books, including the autobiography of Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, Off Base: Confessions of a Thief. He is seen regularly on MLB Network and NBC Sports Bay Area and has contributed to ESPN.com, The Sporting News, and USA Today.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
Five new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Johnny Bates, by Chris Rainey
- Nino Espinosa, by Malcolm Allen
- Reid Nichols, by Matthew Perry
- George Shuba, by Vince Guerrieri
- Ed Wheeler, by Terry Bohn
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
- Seeking authors for 2021 Hall of Fame candidates: As part of our BioProject Hall of Fame Ballot initiative, we are still seeking authors for all of the first-time players on this year’s ballot, including Tim Hudson, A.J. Burnett, Nick Swisher, and Shane Victorino. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in writing about one of these players.
Five new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- September 23, 1890: Browns teenager George Nicol tosses 7-inning no-hitter in debut, by Gregory H. Wolf
- April 26, 1913: Chicago’s Reb Russell earns a walk-off first win thanks to Shano Collins, by Thomas E. Merrick
- July 22, 1999: Manny Mix-Up: Reversed Ramírezes lead to AL pitcher batting at home, by Laura H. Peebles
- July 18, 2011: Despite Ortiz’s absence, Red Sox offense erupts in Baltimore, by Bill Pruden
- August 11, 2020: Big-league baseball returns to Buffalo more than 100 years later in Blue Jays win, by Gordon Gattie
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 all stories from Babe Ruth greatest games book: Click here to read all stories from The Babe (SABR, 2019), edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks, online at the SABR Games Project.
Behind 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.
- SABR Baseball Research Award (outstanding research articles/projects; deadline: 1/31/2021)
- Jefferson Burdick Award (significant contributions to baseball card hobby; deadline: 1/31/2021)
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award (best history/biography articles; deadline: 2/15/2021)
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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- SABR establishes task force to consider Negro Leagues as major leagues
- SABR unveils 50th Anniversary logo for 2021
- ‘Lost’ no-hitter by Cleveland’s Pete Dowling in 1901 now recognized as first in American League history
- SABR 50 at 50: Baseball Cards
- Alex Gordon, Nolan Arenado win 2020 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- Watch highlights from SABR Century Committee panel on 1920 World Series
- Save the date: Celebrate SABR Day on January 30, 2021!
- Watch more highlights from the 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
- SABR Digital Library: Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games
- Download your free copy of Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts, Volume 2
- Take a tour of the newly redesigned SABR.org website
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the 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.
|Anastasia Adams-Giron||Alexandria, LA||Matthew Krewer||Temecula, CA|
|Todd Andrlik||Naperville, IL||Ken Krsolovic||Concord Twp, OH|
|Jaime Barta||Ashland, WI||Mark Lewers||Spotsylvania, VA|
|Dan Blewett||Washington, DC||Dean Lollis||Hodges, SC|
|Warren Brown||Cincinnati, OH||Jim Maher||Marshall, MI|
|Felisa Cardenas||Temple, TX||James Mason||Springfield, MO|
|Scott Came||Olympia, WA||John Mika||Conroe, TX|
|Ken Camp||Garland, TX||Joseph Monteleone||Farmingdale, NY|
|Jared Cardinal||Garrettsville, OH||Khari Mosley||Pittsburgh, PA|
|Mark Carfagno||Philadelphia, PA||Zach Neumeyer||Brooklyn, NY|
|Samuel Cattau||Park Ridge, IL||Matthew Oudsema||Lansing, MI|
|Mark Cherpack||Nashville, TN||Brian Patterson||Rochester, NY|
|Marco Cicchino||Bloomfield, NJ||Joseph Payne||Mechanicsville, VA|
|Perry Ciccotelli||Monroe Twp, NJ||Bill Porter||Charlottesville, VA|
|Ryan Collins||Mt. Prospect, IL||Rock Ray||Blythewood, SC|
|Coop Daley||Evanston, IL||Anju Reejhsinghani||Madison, WI|
|Cliff Davidson||Conroe, TX||Shaun Rodgers||Dearborn Heights, MI|
|Russell Dawley||Suffolk, VA||Thomas Schulz||Fayetteville, AR|
|Pat Deken||Allentown, PA||Charlie Sciabarra||Ellicott City, MD|
|Douglas Dinsmoor||Lakewood, CO||Dan Soderberg||Mount Wolf, PA|
|Kelly Fitzgerald||Green Bay, WI||Francis Sullivan||Palo Alto, CA|
|Graham Fogle||Naperville, IL||Jimmy Sutman||Youngstown, OH|
|Rob Gardner||Canal Winchester, OH||Jason Tabrys||Marlton, NJ|
|Dan Hamilton||Atlanta, GA||Aaron Tallent||Alexandria, VA|
|Barry Harding||Georgetown, TX||Jed Thorn||Rhinebeck, NY|
|Daniel Haxall||State College, PA||Blake Timm||Forest Grove, OR|
|Jonathan Hilbun||Gulfport, MS||David Tomatani||Honolulu, HI|
|Joshua Hook||Fort Wayne, IN||Alfonso Tusa||Maracaibo, VEN|
|Jeff Jamele||Thetford, VT||Chris Williams||Sylvania, OH|
|Derek Katz||Santa Barbara, CA||Marc Wise||Vernon, CT|
|Cole Kehrberg||Golden Valley, MN||Michael Wolff||Lorton, VA|
|David King||Louisville, KY||Michael Zangri||Chicago, IL|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Ballparks: December 2020 newsletter
- Baseball Cards: Call for nominations: 2021 Jefferson Burdick Award
- BioProject: We are seeking additional volunteers to serve as fact-checkers for future BioProject submissions. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Alan Cohen.
- Nineteenth Century: Winter 2021 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Boston Chapter: Read a new “Dispatches From the Mudville Bureau,” by Joanne Hulbert (Boston, MA)
- Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter: January 2021 newsletter (Chicago, IL)
- Halsey Hall Chapter: January 2021 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter: January 2021 newsletter (Milwaukee, WI)
- Larry Doby Chapter: Our South Carolina chapter has a new website! Check out updates from the Larry Doby Chapter at larrydobychapter.com.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Jen McCaffrey: Red Sox are next step on Bianca Smith’s pioneering path (The Athletic)
- Michael Lee: For the Negro Leagues Museum, a ‘merger’ with Major League Baseball is a win (Washington Post)
- Edward McClelland: How a Chicago Data Geek Helped the MLB Sleuth Negro League Stats (Chicago Magazine)
- Jayson Stark: The Strange But True Feats of 2020 (The Athletic)
- Craig Edwards: Did Payroll Matter in 2020? (FanGraphs)
- Eno Sarris: Why missing in-game video meant a poor season for Christian Yelich (and others) (The Athletic)
- David Laurila: Reds coach Eric Jagers talks pitching (FanGraphs)
- Matt Gelb: How Sam Fuld made a data-driven leap from MLB player to Phillies GM in 4 years (The Athletic)
- Gabe Zaldivar: Justine Siegal and Baseball for All Are Making America’s Pastime Available to Everyone (Sports Illustrated)
- Rob Mains: Defining Baseball’s “Biblical” Losses in 2020 (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jay Jaffe: JAWS and the 2021 Hall of Fame Ballot: A.J. Burnett (FanGraphs)
- Alex Coffey: Why Dick Allen wore ‘Wampum’ on the back of his A’s jersey in his 1977 farewell (The Athletic)
- Steve Wulf: Clyde Sukeforth, the man who discovered Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente, is the Forrest Gump of baseball (ESPN.com)
- Roger Cormier: The Almost Unbelievable True Story of Steve Christmas (Baseball Prospectus)
- Kaitlyn McGrath: As the Blue Jays exit Lansing, they leave a legacy of stars and relationships (The Athletic)
- Bruce Allardice: The First Baseball Game (and Baseball Club) in Mexico (Our Game)
- Ralph Carhart: Interviews with Negro Leagues Researchers Gary Ashwill, Bob Kendrick, Larry Lester, Scott Simkus (The Hall Ball)
- Jeff Cohen: Baseball and BBQ interview with ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian (Baseball and BBQ)
- M. Shawn Hennessy: A Combat and Baseball Story Uncovered: Discovery From a Lone Name on a Photo (Chevrons and Diamonds)
- Benjamin Sabin: A Midsummer Classic Recision (Last Word on Sports)
- Alan Reifman: Topps “Bunt 20” (E-Card) Year in Review (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jason Schwartz: Overanalyzing 1933 Goudey, part seven (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Dylan Brennan: My collecting story (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Michael Kane: Is Bob Oldis the Answer to a Baseball Card Trivia Question? (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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Originally published: January 8, 2021. Last Updated: January 8, 2021.