This Week in SABR: July 1, 2016

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Please note: The SABR office will be closed for the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of July 1, 2016:

One month left until SABR 46 in Miami; register today to join us!

We’re just under a month away from SABR 46, and there’s still time to register for our 2016 national convention — July 27-31 at the Hyatt Regency Miami in downtown Miami, Florida.

Even if you can’t make it for the entire convention, single-day registration for SABR 46 is also available online for $99 per day in addition to the regular registration rate. Single-day rates are available for SABR 46 on Thursday, July 28 and/or Saturday, July 30. Registration includes admission to all convention panels, research presentations, and committee meetings at the Hyatt Regency Miami on those days. Single-day rates also will be available on-site at the Hyatt Regency Miami beginning on Wednesday, July 27. The daily rate can be purchased during normal registration hours via cash, check, or credit card (sorry, no American Express accepted.)

All baseball fans are welcome to attend. The full schedule for SABR 46 is now available online; click here to view a detailed schedule.

All SABR 46 attendees will also receive a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players and events in the Miami area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer. Visit to register for SABR 46.

Want to throw out the first pitch during SABR 46 at Marlins Park? Just two spots are left!

Want to throw out the first pitch at SABR 46? There’s only two spots left, so sign up today!

Thanks to the generosity of the Miami Marlins, anyone who makes a donation of $1,000 or more to the SABR General Fund will have the opportunity to go on the field for batting practice before the Marlins game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, July 29 at Marlins Park.

Participating donors will also be entered into a drawing to throw out the first pitch at the Marlins game on July 29. The drawing will be held during the Ross Adell Welcome Reception during SABR 46. This  special opportunity is only available for up to six SABR donors (or a guest of your choosing.)  

Following our SABR 46 ballpark session — highlighted by guest speakers Barry Bonds, Don Mattingly, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, and Eduardo Perez — SABR donors will be able to go on to the field during batting practice before the game. Each one-time donation is good for one on-field ticket.

In addition to the on-field opportunity at Marlins Park and the chance to throw out the first pitch, the SABR 46 donation package also includes two tickets to the SABR 46 Donors Breakfast, a SABR logo commemorative crystal baseball, and a one-year membership to SABR.

SABR is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If you are interested in the SABR 46 donation package, please contact Jeff Schatzki at

SABR 46: Transportation Tips

As you prepare for your trip to SABR 46 next month, members of the host South Florida Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in the Sunshine State. If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 46 volunteer for assistance.

Visit to view the SABR 46 Transportation Tips page, where you’ll find directions on how to get to the Hyatt Regency Miami from Miami International Airport or Fort Lauderdale Airport, information about getting around Miami, and learn more about area attractions.

For more on Miami’s award-winning restaurants and upcoming events, visit

2016 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference coming up next week in Kansas City

The 19th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference is coming up next week — July 7-9, 2016, in Kansas City, where we’ll celebrate “Barnstorming in the Negro Baseball Leagues.” Barnstorming has always been a central part of the life of Negro League ballplayers. All Negro Leaguers took part in barnstorming games across the country and in cities like Kansas City. Monarchs great Satchel Paige, whose 110th birthday is being celebrated during this conference, did his fair share of barnstorming. The conference is open to all baseball, history and sports fans of all ages.

Please note: Only single-day registration is still available; the full conference registration is now sold out. Single-day registration for Friday or Saturday is $85 for SABR members, $105 non-members. The Thursday education forum only is $20 for SABR members, $35 non-members. You can also purchase tickets to the Meet-and-Greet Reception on Thursday ($20) or the Awards Dinner on Saturday ($65). Kansas City Royals game tickets and Negro Leagues Museum tour tickets are now SOLD OUT!

  • To register: Click here to download a printable registration form and information packet (PDF); you can only register on-site during the conference at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center, 6100 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66211. Online registration is no longer available at
  • Book your hotel room: The Malloy Conference will be held at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center. Sorry, our special SABR block of rooms is no longer available. Call (866) 837-4214 to book your room.  
  • Schedule: Check out the complete Malloy Conference schedule by clicking here.

Visit for information on the 2016 Call for Papers, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Library Grant Program.

Join SABR in San Diego for MLB All-Star FanFest festivities next weekend

SABR will be in San Diego for the 2016 MLB All-Star FanFest!

SABR members will participate in a variety of panels during All-Star Weekend at the stage. To learn more about the All-Star FanFest, July 8-12, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center (111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101), click here.

Here are the scheduled speakers for the SABR panels:

1984 Padres NL Championship Panel
1:00-1:45 p.m., Saturday, July 9

  • Jack Morris: Detroit Tigers ace who went 19-11 with a 3.60 ERA in 1984, leading Tigers to the World Series  
  • More speakers TBA
  • Moderator: Barry M. Bloom: columnist and veteran beat writer who covered the Padres in 1984

SABR Statistical Analysis Panel
2:00-2:45 p.m., Sunday, July 10

  • Mike Petriello: Analyst for and host of the Statcast podcast  
  • Cory Schwartz: Vice President of Statistics for MLB Advanced Media and a 2014 Henry Chadwick Award recipient
  • Moderator: Vince Gennaro: SABR President, host of “Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM”

To learn more about the 2016 All-Star FanFest, click here.

Click here to watch more SABR panels from recent All-Star FanFests since 2011.

  • Join us for Talking Baseball on July 9 in San Diego: From 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, SABR’s Ted Williams Chapter will present Talking Baseball at the San Diego Central Library’s Neil Morgan Library Auditorium. This free public event is sponsored by PostalAnnex, Elite Services, and Hunt Auctions. Tickets and reservations are NOT required. This event will provide an eclectic assortment of baseball speakers, singers, documentary, and a no-hitter. The library is located in downtown San Diego at 330 Park Boulevard, next to Petco Park. Click here for the lineup of speakers and more details. The San Diego Central Library includes the spectacular Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center, home of the SABR Collection, which can be viewed on the eighth floor of the library during regular business hours.

SABR Digital Library: From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium

The newest publication from the SABR Digital Library focuses on memorable moments from the heart of the Badger State:

From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate editors: James Forr, Len Levin, Bill Nowlin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9438-1622-4, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1623-1, $19.95

This book rekindles memories of Milwaukee’s County Stadium through detailed summaries of 72 games played there, and insightful feature essays about the history of the ballpark. The process to select games was agonizing, yet deliberate. The book could have easily been filled with memorable games by just Hank Aaron or Warren Spahn.

About half of the games are dedicated to the Braves; the other half to the Brewers. Some of the summaries chronicle games that were memorable and historic when they occurred, such as Jim Wilson tossing the first no-hitter in County Stadium in 1954, the 1955 All-Star Game, the World Series contests of 1957, 1958, and 1982, and Robin Yount collecting his 3,000th hit in 1992. Other summaries recall great performances long forgotten, such as Bob Buhl’s 14-inning complete-game victory in 1953 and the Brewers’ two grand slams in one inning in an 18-1 rout of the Boston Red Sox in 1980.

The games highlight the accomplishments and heroics of not just readily recognizable stars, like Aaron, Spahn, Eddie Mathews, Cecil Cooper, Paul Molitor, and Yount, but also revive memories of players like Gene Conley, Del Crandall, and Wade Blasingame of the Braves and Bob Coluccio, Dale Sveum, and Steve Woodard of the Brewers. Also included are great performances by the Braves’ and Brewers’ opponents, like Willie Mays’ four homers in 1961 and Nolan Ryan’s 300th victory in 1990. Twelve feature essays round out the volume and provide context for the stadium’s history. Topics include the stadium’s construction, the Braves’ move to and departure from Milwaukee, the Chicago White Sox’ home games at County Stadium, the Seattle Pilots’ relocation to Milwaukee, and the stadium’s demolition.

Members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) researched and wrote all of the essays in this volume. These uncompensated volunteers are united by their shared interest in baseball history and resolute commitment to preserving its history. Without their unwavering dedication this volume would not have been possible.

Contributors include: Alan Cohen, Bill Nowlin, Bob Buege, Brian P. Wood, Chip Greene, Dan Fields, Dennis D. Degenhardt, Dennis Van Langen, Doug Welch, Frederick C. Bush, Greg Erion, Gregg Hoffmann, Gregory H. Wolf, J.G. Preston, Jeff Findley, Joe Schuster, Joel Rippel, John Bauer, John Bauer, Joseph Wancho, Lee Kluck, Mark Miller, Mark Pestana, Mark S. Sternman, Mike Huber, Mike Lynch, Norm King, Phillip Bolda, Richard “Dixie” Tourangeau, Richard Riis, Rick Schabowski, Robert C. Trumpbour, Ron Briley, Saul Wisnia, Scott Ferkovich, Stephen D. Boren, Steve West, Steven Kuehl, Stew Thornley, Tom Mason, and Tom Rathkamp.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. Find all past titles at

Register now for 2016 SABR Philadelphia 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium

The Philadelphia 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium, co-hosted by SABR’s Nineteenth Century Research Committee and the Connie Mack/Philadelphia Chapter, will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Maggiano’s Restaurant, 1201 Filbert St. in the Center City of Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia symposium will include a welcoming address by MLB Official Historian John Thorn; a buffet lunch with special luncheon speakers Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin; research presentations by Ralph Carhart, Jerrold Casway, Richard Hershberger, and John Schiffert; a panel discussion on “Philadelphia’s 19th Century Baseball Movers & Shakers;” book signings and more. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

For more information, please contact Peter Mancuso at

SABR BioProject reaches 3,800 published biographies

Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which reached another milestone with its 3,800th published bio. This brings us to a total of 3,801 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

  • Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit 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:
  • Authors needed for 1972 Rangers book: The following players still need biographers for our upcoming 1972 Texas Rangers book project: Vic Harris, Jim Panther, Mike Paul, Tom Ragland, coach George Susce Sr., and future GM Joe Burke. If you are interested in writing any of these SABR bios and having your article published in the book, please contact editor Steve West at

1972-74 Oakland A’s biographies now posted online

In SABR’s Mustaches and Mayhem: Charlie O’s Three Time Champions: The Oakland Athletics: 1972-74, edited by Chip Greene and published in 2015, we examined the only one not named the New York Yankees to ever win three consecutive World Series.

The 1972-74 Oakland Athletics were led by such superstars as future Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Rollie Fingers in the final years before free agency and the movement of players from one team to another forever changed the game. Mustaches and Mayhem includes their stories, along with biographies of enigmatic owner Charlie Finley (and his mule!), managers Alvin Dark and Dick Williams, and stalwarts Joe Rudi, Bert Campaneris, Gene Tenace, and Sal Bando.

The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in Mustaches and Mayhem can now be read online at:

You can also purchase the book or download the e-book by clicking here. SABR members can download all SABR Digital Library e-books for free at

4 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Four new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

All new Games Project stories can be found here:

From the SABR archives: The Tri-Cornered War Bond Game

As the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins prepare for a historic regular-season game at Fort Bragg in North Carolina this weekend, we take a look back through the SABR archives at another unusual event involving the National Pastime and the armed services.

Twenty days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, on June 26, 1944, a special baseball game took place in New York City. The world was focused on the Pacific and European battlefronts, but on the American home front the War Loans Sports Committee was developing a series of events to sell War Bonds. One of these events was baseball’s ultimate subway series, also known as the Tri-Cornered Game between the New York Yankees, New York Giants, and Brooklyn Dodgers.

In this fantastic fray, the three New York City teams played in the same game at the Polo Grounds to a crowd of 50,000 fans. One baseball game with three different teams all fielding, hitting, scoring (at least in the case of the Dodgers and the Yankees), and trying to win the title of New York’s best. Read the full story by Mike Huber and Rachel Hamelers at the SABR Games Project.

Earlier this week, SABR member and MLB Official Historian John Thorn wrote, “The upcoming Major League Baseball game at Fort Bragg — the first regular-season game of a professional sport ever played on an active military basegives rise to thoughts about baseball’s long relationship with our armed services. Indeed, our national pastime’s origin, once thought to be the brainstorm of a boy who grew up to become a hero in battle, goes even farther back, beyond Abner Doubleday to … George Washington!” Read the full story at Our Game.

Listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Sunday nights

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, will air this weekend at its regular time, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.

This week’s guests are Tyler Kepner, New York Times national baseball writer, and Daren Willman, MLB Advanced Media’s Director of Baseball Research and Development.

Now, you can also watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on and you can also listen to all recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.

Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from

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.

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

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:

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here:

For more information, click here.

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 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
Stephen Alexander Gaithersburg, MD     Benji Craddock San Antonio, TX
Richard Armstrong Guelph, ON     Alan Greenwood Nashua, NH
M. Charles Bakst Providence, RI     Jeffrey Leroux Fountain Valley, CA
Caleb Benoit Kankakee, IL     John Thacik McMurray, PA


Research Committee news

Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

  • Larry Dierker Chapter meeting recap (June 27; Houston, TX)
  • Halsey Hall Chapter June 2016 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Connie Mack/Philadelphia Chapter: The Connie Mack/Philadelphia Chapter is co-hosting the Philadelphia 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at Maggiano’s Restaurant in Center City. Registration is now available and space is limited. Click here to learn more.
  • Wally Pipp Chapter: Member Douglas Redford is interested in reviving the Wally Pipp Chapter in West Michigan. If you would like to participate or help organize local SABR-related meetings and activities, please contact
  • Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, download the new Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook, compiled by SABR staffer Marisa Elliot, on the Admin Tools page at The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:

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

Around the Web

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

Read these articles and more at

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Originally published: July 1, 2016. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.