Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Please note: The SABR office will be closed for the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4. Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of July 1, 2022:
Attendees at this summer’s SABR’s 50th annual convention — scheduled for August 17-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor hotel in Baltimore — will enjoy hearing a special panel discussion on baseball broadcasters, hosted by SABR’s Baseball and the Media Committee.
On Friday, August 19, from 4:00-5:00 p.m., Baltimore Orioles TV play-by-play voice Kevin Brown and Boston Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione, the longest tenured broadcaster in franchise history, will talk about life behind the microphone in a panel moderated by Chuck Hildebrandt, visiting chair of SABR’s Media Committee.
Early registration discounts are now available for SABR 50, but only through July 15. Click here for complete details on the SABR 50 All-Inclusive Package, Regular Registration, and other optional sessions.
To learn more about SABR 50, or to register, visit SABR.org/convention.
Please note: All speakers are subject to change due to availability.
We’re offering a special All-Inclusive Package for the 2022 SABR convention in Baltimore. SABR members can pay $335 for the All-Inclusive Package; for this discounted price, you will receive:
- Full registration to SABR 50 in Baltimore (regular registration: $275 for SABR members or $305 for non-members)
- 1 seated ticket in the Eutaw Street Bleachers (sections 94-98) to the Orioles vs. Red Sox game on Friday, August 19 at Camden Yards ($27 value)
- 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Thursday, August 18 ($75 value)
- 1 ticket to the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, August 17
- 1 exclusive lapel pin with the SABR 50 convention logo
The deadline to register with the All-Inclusive Package is Friday, July 15, 2022. Click here for complete details on the SABR 50 All-Inclusive Package, Regular Registration, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 50.
Learn more about the 2022 SABR convention in Baltimore below:
- Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor of $199/night plus tax (single/double occupancy) is only available to registered convention attendees. After you register for the SABR 50 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. There are a limited number of rooms in our group block, so be sure to register for SABR 50 early!
- Schedule: Click here to find the full daily schedule for SABR 50.
- Speakers: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.
- Presentations: Click here for the lineup of SABR 50 research presentations.
- Posters: Click here to learn more about SABR 50 poster presentations.
- Committee Meetings: Click here to learn more about SABR 50 committee meetings.
- Exhibitors Room: Click here to learn more about our SABR 50 Exhibitors Room.
We have an All-Star lineup of featured speakers and exciting events planned for SABR 50, including:
- Keynote address by Tim Kurkjian, winner of the BBWAA’s 2022 Career Excellence Award
- Opening Remarks by Sig Mejdal, Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Analytics, Baltimore Orioles
- One-on-One with Baltimore Orioles legend Boog Powell, interviewed by Dan Connolly of The Athletic
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards panel with Bill Stetka (Orioles Team Historian), Greg Bader (Orioles Senior Vice President, Administration & Experience), and Joe Spear (founder of Populous)
- Women in Leadership panel with Orioles executives Eve Rosenbaum (Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations), Nicole Sherry (Director, Field Operations), Jennifer Grondahl (Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications), and Lisa Tolson (Senior Vice President, Human Resources)
- SABR Ballparks panel with former Orioles president Larry Lucchino and acclaimed ballpark design director Janet Marie Smith
- Babe Ruth panel with authors Jane Leavy (The Big Fella), Bill Jenkinson (The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs), and Mike Gibbons, Director Emeritus and Historian for the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum
- Historic Ballparks Bus Tour on Thursday, August 18
- Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox game on Friday, August 19
Please note: All speakers are subject to change due to availability.
Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more or to register.
Happy Canada Day! Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:
Our Game, Too: Influential Figures and Milestones in Canadian Baseball
Edited by Andrew North
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-81-3, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-82-0, $34.95 US / $44.99 CDN
8.5″ x 11″, 459 pages
Canadian baseball has a rich, diverse, and deeply rooted history, one that spans fully two centuries. As was true in the United States, the stories reflect the competitive and entrepreneurial spirits of a rapidly changing time. Baseball’s development north of the border was shaped by the same social and economic influences, and at roughly the same times, as it was to the south. Arranged chronologically, the essays in his volume tell the tales of the influential figures and milestone events that defined and directed the game’s growth in Canada. The articles shine a spotlight on the movers and shakers, the pioneers, the leagues and games and tournaments, and the regions all across the country that hosted them.
Crowds as large as 10,000 viewed matches between London and Guelph in the 1870s, at a time when the combined population of the two cities was less than 27,000. Thousands flocked to Vancouver’s Powell Street Grounds in the 1920s and 1930s to watch their local heroes, the Asahi, a team of Japanese Canadians. The Toronto Maple Leafs baseball team played their first game in 1895. Almost 100 years later, over four million people would spin the turnstiles to see the Toronto Blue Jays. Canadians played in the Negro Leagues and in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGBPL), and Canada has been home to both affiliated minor leagues and “outlaw” leagues.
This book is an initiative of the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research and SABR’s Hanlan’s Point Chapter in Toronto. It is the collaborative effort of more than 30 SABR members, almost all of them Canadian.
Contributors include: Richard Armstrong, Robert K. Barney, Gary Belleville, Warren Campbell, Patrick Carpentier, Stephen Dame, Marcel Dugas, Eric Frost, Larry Gerlach, Gary Gillette, Tom Hawthorn, Martin Healy Jr., Colin Howell, William Humber, Heidi LM Jacobs, Sean Kane, Maxwell Kates, Martin Lacoste, Bill Lamb, Len Levin, Brian “Chip” Martin, David Matchett, Andy McCue, David McDonald, Peter Morris, Andrew North, Bill Nowlin, Riley Nowokowski, Bill Pruden, Carl Riechers, David Siegel, Paul Sinclair, Allen Tait, Dennis Thiessen, Christian Trudeau, Max Weder, and Daniel Wyatt.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Our Game, Too for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Our Game, Too paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
Having trouble downloading our e-books? To view PDF files on your computer, click here to download the free Adobe Reader software. Having trouble downloading e-books to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.
Visit SABR.org/ebooks for more titles from the SABR Digital Library.
Join us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.
At 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 6, we’ll be joined by Randy Wilkins, a three-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and editor from the Bronx. His latest effort is directing The Captain, a seven-episode docuseries on New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter that premieres this month on ESPN. He also directed episodes of Dear … featuring Spike Lee and The Me You Can’t See, the Oprah and Prince Harry show on mental health, both for Apple+. His commercial work includes the Jackie Robinson Day spot for Major League Baseball and the Pepsi Holiday Give Back. Outside of directing, Randy has served as Lead Editor on numerous Spike Lee joints, including She’s Gotta Have It and Rodney King for Netflix.
Please note: The original date for this Zoom event has changed.
Visit SABR.org/ballpark-figures to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.
SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee, Lajoie-Start Chapter, and the Rhode Island College’s Department of History present the Southern New England 19cBB Interdisciplinary Symposium, which will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022, in Providence, Rhode Island.
The event will be held at Rhode Island College’s John Lincoln Alger Hall, 600 Library Road, Providence, RI 02908.
The symposium will be highlighted by a welcome address from author Ed Achorn (Fifty-Nine in ’84), a keynote address from Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, an interdisciplinary talk by Elizabeth Williams of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, plus research presentations by Robert Cvornyek, Howard Chudacoff, Lauren Tuiskula, and Rick Harris.
- How to Register: Click here to register online at SABR.org. Please note: Due to space limitations, we can only allow up to 80 registrants for this event.
- Schedule: Click here to download the full schedule (PDF)
- Cost: SABR members and up to two (2) guests can register for the symposium at $45 per person, which includes Continental breakfast, buffet lunch and AM & PM refreshments.
- Parking and Directions: Click here for directions to the campus and how to secure a parking permit.
The 2022 Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will be the sixth in our city-specific series. Previous symposiums were held in New York City (2014), Philadelphia (2016), Cleveland (2018), Minneapolis (2019), and Brooklyn (2021).
SABR’s 2022 Annual Report has been posted on the website and can be downloaded below:
On the Annual Reports page, you can download a copy of 2022 Chapter Reports, Committee Reports, and Chartered Communities Reports in the Appendix files on that page.
All previous SABR Annual Reports can also be found on the Annual Reports page.
It’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.
The SABR Analytics Certification program is an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics. The curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.
SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/certification to sign up today or 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: SABR’s Bud Metheny / Virginia Eastern Shore Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 5. All baseball fans are invited to attend. We will be joined by Tidewater author Patrick Montgomery, who will be discussing his new book The Baseball Miracle of the Splendid 6 and Towny Townsend: Heartbreak, Inspiration, and how Baseball Can Be, on a group of talented players that includes Michael Cuddyer, David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Reynolds, and B.J. and Justin Upton. Click here to register in advance for this Zoom meeting.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from Arlene Lassin on the 1970s Phillies Hot Pants Patrol. 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:
- July 5: Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter meeting with Dale Scott (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- July 5: Bud Metheny/Virginia Eastern Shore Chapter meeting with Patrick Montgomery (7:30 p.m. EDT)
- July 6: Central Florida Chapter meeting (7:00 px.m. EDT)
- July 6: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- July 6: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Craig Calcaterra (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- July 6: Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Randy Wilkins (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- July 9: Talkin’ Baseball: Bill Nowlin (9:00 a.m. EDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- July 6: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter fellowship meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- July 6: Kersey Field historical marker dedication ceremony (West Stockbridge, MA)
- July 9: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
- July 9: Central Illinois Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Springfield, IL)
- July 9: Rogers Hornsby Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Austin, TX)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project:
- Frank Bowerman, by Michael Harrison
- Jim Devlin, by Bill Lamb
- Manny Jiménez, by Malcolm Allen
- Bob Lawrence, by Larry DeFillipo
- Lizzie Murphy, by Bill Nowlin
- Herm Winningham, by Bill Nowlin
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.
Six new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:
- August 25, 1888: Mike Tiernan becomes first player in Giants history to hit for the cycle, by Mike Huber
- July 5, 1940: Another Brooklyn-Boston marathon ends in 20-inning Dodger win, by Kurt Blumenau
- August 29, 1966: Pitching for the Cubs, Robin Roberts records his 286th and final victory, by Russ Walsh
- July 4, 1976: Mets win 10th game in a row, beat Cubs 9-4, by David Krell
- June 12, 1980: ‘Hit Man’ Mike Easler’s cycle leads Pirates over Reds, by John Fredland
- May 9, 2016: Strasburg signs extension; Clint Robinson hits a walk-off homer but doesn’t realize it, by Laura H. Peebles
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.
Episode #168 on Monday, June 27 featured Danny Peary, a sports and pop culture historian who has published more than two dozen books, including Cult Baseball Players, 1,001 Reasons to Love Baseball, Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero, and collaborations with broadcasters Tim McCarver and Ralph Kiner. His three-volume book series on cult movies remains beloved by film fans. He is the New York correspondent for the Australian magazine FilmInk and his articles and interviews have appeared in such publications as TV Guide, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Sports Collectors Digest, and other outlets.
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.
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 for the regular season. Listen to new episodes at 8:00-9:00 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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- SABR Defensive Index rankings released through games of June 19
- Check out highlights, photos from 2022 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
- Read all articles from the Spring 2022 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR Digital Library: The First Negro League Champion: The 1920 Chicago American Giants
- Interviews with sabermetric pioneers added to SABR Oral History Collection
- Leslie Heaphy, Bill Nowlin, Allison Levin re-elected to SABR Board of Directors in 2022
- Dan Joseph’s Pete Reiser biography wins 2022 SABR Ron Gabriel Award
- SABR BioProject reaches milestone with 6,000th baseball biography
- Member Benefit Spotlight: Register now for SABR 50 convention in Baltimore
- Watch our latest Ballpark Figures episode with Shakeia Taylor and Todd Radom
- Check out SABR’s new Jackie Robinson 75th anniversary web project
- SABR adds Clifford Evans radio interviews to Oral History Collection
- Seven baseball projects to receive SABR Local Grants in 2022
- 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: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
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|Jose Cuevas||Woodbridge, VA||Andy Murphree||Troy, AL|
|Mike Duncan||Black Earth, WI||Mike Murphy||Louisville, KY|
|Alex Durbin||Solon, OH||Jeffrey Pellegrini||Spanaway, WA|
|Rob Gividen||Louisville, KY||Ryan Raffensperger||Gettysburg, PA|
|David J. Higgins||Nahant, MA||Alan Rawls||Knoxville, TN|
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|Arturo Marcano||Toronto, ON||Leonardo Toglia||Caracas, VEN|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- BioProject: June 2022 newsletter
- Black Sox Scandal: June 2022 newsletter
- Collegiate Baseball: Spring/Summer 2022 newsletter (and Excel supplement)
- Nineteenth Century: Summer 2022 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Halsey Hall Chapter: July 2022 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Larry Dierker Chapter: June 20 meeting recap (Houston, TX)
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Dave Heller: Brewers’ Peterson, Renfroe among top glovemen in initial 2022 SABR Defensive Index (Bally Sports Wisconsin)
- Scott Allen: Nationals fan Jeff Kabacinski developed a stat to track pitchers’ poor starts (Washington Post)
- Shakeia Taylor: Rockford Peaches live on in new series, baseball center (Chicago Tribune)
- Tyler Kepner: With Relief Room, a Fan Pays Tribute to Phillies Relievers (New York Times)
- Russell A. Carleton: A Solution to the Strikeout Problem? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Ben Clemens: Expanding the Strike Zone for Fun and Profit (FanGraphs)
- Andrew Leahey: Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption: A Brief Primer (Baseball Prospectus)
- Pat Ellington Jr.: Josh Naylor, Triston McKenzie discuss Jamaican heritage (MLB.com)
- Derrick Goold: Cardinals’ trade pursuits restricted by their data-driven aversion to risk (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Kelsie Heneghan: Mark Appel’s long path to Phillies bullpen (MLB.com)
- Chelsea Janes: Kelsie at the bat (Washington Post)
- Jay Jaffe: Jesse Winker’s Showing More Punch Lately (FanGraphs)
- Marc Normandin: The Rest of the League Should Copy the Orioles (Baseball Prospectus)
- Ethan Moore: Baseball’s Next Defining Innovation is Hiding in Plain Sight (Medium.com)
- David Laurila: Jordan Lyles Knows What it’s Like to Lose (FanGraphs)
- John Thorn: Baseball in 25 Objects: Eddie Gaedel’s Uniform (Our Game)
- Nicholas DiGrispino: Dream On: New Cooperstown artifacts from Field of Dreams Game (BaseballHall.org)
- Evan Gerike: Jim Bouton’s World Series ring (BaseballHall.org)
- Jeff Cohen: Baseball and BBQ interview with author Bill Chuck (Baseball and BBQ)
- Jason Schwartz: Cardboard Crosswalk: 1981 Fleer cards and stickers (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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: June 29, 2022. Last Updated: June 29, 2022.