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This Week in SABR: January 8, 2021

This Week in SABR: January 8, 2021

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:


Register now to join us for virtual SABR Day on January 30

2021 SABR Day speakers: Bob Costas, Tim MeadSABR 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.


2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference: Biomechanics in MLB Panel

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.

2021 SABR Virtual Analytics: Biomechanics PanelThe 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 discount expires soon for 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceEarly 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.

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


Apply now to participate in the 2021 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition

2020 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners: Virginia TechThe 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.

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


Register now for the virtual SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference in 2021

SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference (ERIC MIKLICH)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.

For questions, please contact Peter Mancuso at peterplus4@earthlink.net.

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


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

SABR Detroit: Hank Greenberg SymposiumSABR 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.


Friends of SABR: December 2020

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of December 2020:

NAME   NAME
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
John Liepa  

Robert Zwissig

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In Memoriam: Phil Niekro and Tommy Lasorda

In Memoriam: Phil Niekro and Tommy LasordaAfter 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.


Read articles from the Fall 2020 Baseball Research Journal online

Baseball Research Journal, Fall 2020Good 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.

We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2020 Baseball Research Journal!


Call for papers: 2021 The National Pastime

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 marty@teamresnick.com with the subject line “TNP Query” and a key word or two on your subject.

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


New SABR project on baseball tickets seeking contributors

Baseball ticketsSABR 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.


SABR office continuing to work remotely

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.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with Willie Mays co-author John Shea

SABRcast #92: John SheaBaseball 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 #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.


5 new SABR biographies published

George Shuba (Courtesy of Mike Shuba)Five 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


5 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Bo Bichette (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Five 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 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.

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.


Call for 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: https://sabr.org/content/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
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

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 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.


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 jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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Originally published: January 8, 2021. Last Updated: January 8, 2021.

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