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This Week in SABR: July 10, 2020

This Week in SABR: July 10, 2020

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of July 10, 2020:


Join us this weekend for more SABR Virtual panels and presentations

SABR Virtual Convention 2020We hope you’re excited for the start of SABR Virtual! Visit SABR.org/virtual-meetings to register now for our free online Zoom events through July 26, featuring online presentations, chats, and panel discussions with authors, scholars, and figures from around the game.

The SABR Virtual events kicked off Thursday with presentations by Mark Kanter, John Burbridge, and Paul Scimonelli. Click here to watch the replay of Day 1 on YouTube.

This weekend, we’ll also have a one-on-one interview with MLB’s Cory Schwartz, hosted by Dan Evans; and a panel discussion on “Half a Century in Half an Hour: SABR’s 50 at 50 Project” with Leslie Heaphy, John Thorn, Jason Schwartz; along with presentations by Tom Thress, David W. Smith, Mark Pankin, Lindsay J. Bell, Andy McCue, Jerry Amernic, Mike Haupert, and Herm Krabbenhoft.

Visit SABR.org/virtual-meetings to find the full schedule and register for each session.


Enter the SABR Virtual Raffle to win baseball memorabilia prizes

Lou Gehrig Montage First Edition PrintEnter the SABR Virtual Raffle for a chance to win a lineup card autographed by Tony Gwynn and other baseball memorabilia prizes!

Winners will be announced during a SABR Virtual session on July 26. Each raffle ticket entitles the participant to a chance to win one individual memorabilia item, which will be drawn at random.

The prizes include: Tony Gwynn Autographed Lineup Card; Bill James Bobblehead and SABR Thumb Drive; Hank Aaron Hartland Vintage Figurine; Lou Gehrig Montage First Edition Print; Bud Selig Autographed Baseball; Old Yankee Stadium Framed Print; 1957 MIlwaukee Braves World Series Mounted Team Photo. Click here to learn more.

The raffle is open to all SABR members. You do not have to be registered for a SABR Virtual session in order to win. Winners will be notified by e-mail after the random drawing on July 26, 2020, and prizes will be shipped via US Mail following the conference.


Submit questions for Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, July 11

As part of the SABR Virtual online conference, SABR will hold its Annual Business Meeting from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

In addition to updates from SABR CEO Scott Bush, Board President Mark Armour, and Treasurer F.X. Flinn, the Annual Business Meeting will also include the announcement of the 2020 Bob Davids Award, SABR’s highest honor.

SABR’s Board of Directors welcomes any questions from members during the Annual Business Meeting; please fill out our online form to submit a question in advance.

Each SABR Virtual session is limited to the first 100 SABR members who sign up. The Annual Business Meeting will also be livestreamed on SABR’s Facebook page for any SABR members to watch online.

For more information, visit SABR.org/virtual-meetings.


Take a 40% discount on University of Nebraska Press baseball books during SABR Virtual

SABR 50 at 50 book coverDuring SABR Virtual, the University of Nebraska Press is offering its usual convention discount of 40% off and free shipping through August 15, 2020, including SABR’s upcoming 50th anniversary anthology.

To save 40%, enter the code 6ASAB2 in the promotion code field of your shopping cart and click “Add Promotion Code.” Offer is good for US and Canadian shipments only.

Baseball has seen many changes in the last 50 years, and SABR’s upcoming 50th anniversary provides an opportunity to highlight the most memorable players, teams, and events from the game’s glorious past. SABR 50 at 50: The Society for American Baseball Research’s Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game, edited by Bill Nowlin and now available for pre-order from the University of Nebraska Press, celebrates and highlights SABR’s wide-ranging contributions to baseball history. Click here to learn more about this book.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Stay Home With SABRSABR 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.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online:

  • July 10: SABR Virtual: Day 2 with Tom Thress, David W. Smith, Mark Pankin, and a One-on-One interview with Cory Schwartz, hosted by Dan Evans (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 11: Talkin’ Baseball: Maxwell Kates (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • July 11: Jack Graney-Hank Gowdy (Ohio) joint chapter meeting (9:30 a.m. EDT)
  • July 11: SABR Virtual: Day 3 with Lindsay J. Bell, Andy McCue, the Annual Business Meeting, and presentation of 2020 SABR Bob Davids Award (3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 12: SABR Virtual: Day 4 with Jerry Amernic, Michael Haupert, Herm Krabbenhoft, and “Half a Century in Half an Hour: SABR’s 50 at 50 Project” with Leslie Heaphy, John Thorn, and Jason Schwartz (3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 12: Robinson-Kell Chapter meeting with Joe Gallagher (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • July 13: SABR Board of Directors conference call (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 14: Dusty Baker-Sacramento and Lefty O’Doul Chapter joint meeting with author Chris Epting (7:00 p.m. PDT)
  • July 15: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with author Bill Nowlin (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 15: Baseball Cards Committee award ceremony with Mike Aronstein (9:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 16: Elysian Fields Chapter meeting with authors Joshua Prager and Gregory H. Wolf (1:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 16: SABR Virtual: Day 5 with Mark Armour, Perry Barber, Roberta J. Newman, and Civil Rights and Baseball: Perception and Reality with Dr. Louis Moore and Emily Hawks (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 17: SABR Virtual: Day 6 with Todd Peterson, Bernard McKenna, Brian Engelhardt, and Greg Gajus (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 18: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (11:00 a.m. CDT)
  • July 18: SABR Virtual: Day 7 with Mitchell Nathanson, Karen DeLuca Stephens, David Paulson, and Baseball Then and Now: Arnold Hano’s 94 Years in the Bleachers, with Arnold Hano, Jon Leonoudakis, and Jean Ardell (3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 19: SABR Virtual: Day 8 with Curt Smith, Rob Fitts, Alan Cohen, and Keith Spalding Robbins (3:00 p.m. EDT)

Find more upcoming virtual meetings and watch replays of past events on our SABR Virtual Calendar page.


Read all articles from the Spring 2020 Baseball Research Journal online

Spring 2020 Baseball Research JournalGood news! The Spring 2020 edition of the Baseball Research Journal is now available to read online:

Click here to read the Spring 2020 Baseball Research Journal at SABR.org

Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next few weeks. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered to your inboxes on June 24.

To read more articles from the BRJ archives, our flagship publication for nearly the past half-century, click here.

To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.

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


SABR Digital Library: Harvey’s Wallbangers: The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers

Harvey's Wallbangers: The 1982 Milwaukee BrewersAdd a pennant-winning baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Harvey’s Wallbangers: The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-27-1, $34.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-970159-26-4, $9.99
8.5” x 11”, 407 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at SABR.org.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

SABR members can download all Digital Library e-books for free or get 50% off the paperback editions. Find past titles at SABR.org/ebooks.

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.


Friends of SABR: June 2020

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of June 2020. Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.

Name NAME
Dean Abelon Richard Macaluso
Jack Anderson John McMurray
Steven Berke Barry Mednick
Lowell Blaisdell Geoff Mills
Billy Broadbent Richard Moraski
Alan Brokos John Munns
D. Bruce Brown William Nowlin
Edward Brown Jon Ohman
Thomas Brown Gregg Pericich
John Burbridge III Todd Peterson
Scott Bush David Raglin
Ken Carrano Laura Leigh Rampey
Peter Coolbaugh Ben Rose
Jim Cox Michael Rosenwasser
Paul DeFonzo Charles Roussel
Mike Dickerman Bob Russon
Joseph Favano Robert Sawyer
Diane Firstman Douglas Schoppert
F. X. Flinn David Scott
Adam Foldes Bruce Slutsky
Elizabeth Gray Courtney Smith
Steve Greanias Thomas Stone
John Gregory Wesley Story
Richard Hansen Joseph Thompson
Mike Haupert John Thorn
Leslie Heaphy Neal Traven
Thomas Heebink Jay Walker
Rock Hoffman Steve West
Thomas Hufford Chris Williams
David Hughes Jeffrey Wood
Herm Krabbenhoft Jeremiah Woolsey
Steven Landau Robert Yahr
William Larson Don Zminda
Thomas Lee  


Last call for papers: 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

Call for papers: 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball ConferenceSABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the second annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled for September 11-13, 2020, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

This year’s conference theme is celebrating African American women in baseball. All topics related to women’s baseball and the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues are welcome for individual oral and poster presentations.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by July 15, 2020, to Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.

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


Download 2020 SABR Annual Report

SABR’s 2020 Annual Report has been posted on the website and can be downloaded below:

On the Annual Reports page, you can download a copy of 2020 Chapter Reports, Committee Reports, Friends of SABR Report, and the Membership Ambassadors Report in the Appendix files on that page.

All previous SABR Annual Reports can also be found on the Annual Reports page.


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 author Bill Nowlin

SABRcast #67: Bill NowlinBaseball 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 #67 on Monday, July 6 featured Bill Nowlin, a prolific historian of the Boston Red Sox and a member of SABR’s Board of Directors since 2004. He is the author of Working a “Perfect Game”: Conversations With Umpires and more than 75 other baseball books, including dozens published by the SABR Digital Library. He has contributed hundreds of articles to SABR’s BioProject. He is also one of three founders of Rounder Records, one of America’s most successful independent record labels and a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. He was the 2011 winner of the Bob Davids Award, SABR’s highest honor.

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

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, 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

Dick Ricketts (THE TOPPS COMPANY)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


7 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Jorge Soler (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Seven 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.

Listen to recent episodes of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

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. Click here to learn more.

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.


Survey: American fans’ perception of the Korea Baseball Organization

While we are all anxiously awaiting the return of Major League Baseball, SABR member Jon Nachtigal, Min Jung Kim, and Min Hyun Kim, students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, would like to know your perspectives on the Korea Baseball Organization.

Your responses to this survey are completely anonymous and will help us better understand the interest of U.S. baseball fans in the KBO. The survey should take less than five minutes.

We greatly appreciate your input.


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: 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.

NameHometown  NameHometown
Jim AlexanderMoreno Valley, CA  David LeederOakville, ON
Jamie ArmataWauwatosa, WI  Jorge LoretoSanto Domingo, DOM
David ArtemiwToronto, ON  Ted MakarickSt. James, NY
Martin AxelSeal Beach, CA  Jin MizushimaTokyo, JPN
Thomas BillingSpringfield, OH  Jeffrey PetrucciSouth Abington, PA
Brian BlackwoodSpokane, WA  Peter PhillipsKingston, MA
Kellan DaleyBuffalo, NY  Michael RamosMernda, AUS
Jim FisherReston, VA  Lawrence RoopEpping, NH
Cory HareColumbia, SC  Timothy TangenWestfield, IN
John HarringtonNewton, MA  Tom TuckerMiami, FL
Brad HayesAtlanta, GA  Joe TursiGarden City, NY
Lonnie HessBaton Rouge, LA  David WatersMemphis, TN
Mike HoenigmannSt. James, NY  Henry WellsShingle Springs, CA
David JordanCream Ridge, NJ  Mike WesolowskiNew York, NY
Grayson KirkhamColleyville, TX  Terry WheelandWinter Garden, FL

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.


SABR Virtual Events Calendar

Here are the upcoming virtual events on the SABR calendar:

  • July 10: SABR Virtual: Day 2 with Tom Thress, David W. Smith, Mark Pankin, and a One-on-One interview with Cory Schwartz, hosted by Dan Evans (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 11: Talkin’ Baseball: Maxwell Kates (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • July 11: Jack Graney-Hank Gowdy (Ohio) joint chapter meeting (9:30 a.m. EDT)
  • July 11: SABR Virtual: Day 3 with Lindsay J. Bell, Andy McCue, the Annual Business Meeting, and presentation of 2020 SABR Bob Davids Award (3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 12: SABR Virtual: Day 4 with Jerry Amernic, Michael Haupert, Herm Krabbenhoft, and “Half a Century in Half an Hour: SABR’s 50 at 50 Project” with Leslie Heaphy, John Thorn, and Jason Schwartz (3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 12: Robinson-Kell Chapter meeting with Joe Gallagher (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • July 13: SABR Board of Directors conference call (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 14: Dusty Baker-Sacramento and Lefty O’Doul Chapter joint meeting with author Chris Epting (7:00 p.m. PDT)
  • July 15: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with author Bill Nowlin (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 15: Baseball Cards Committee award ceremony with Mike Aronstein (9:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 16: Elysian Fields Chapter meeting with authors Joshua Prager and Gregory H. Wolf (1:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 16: SABR Virtual: Day 5 with Mark Armour, Perry Barber, Roberta J. Newman, and Civil Rights and Baseball: Perception and Reality with Dr. Louis Moore and Emily Hawks (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 17: SABR Virtual: Day 6 with Todd Peterson, Bernard McKenna, Brian Engelhardt, and Greg Gajus (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 18: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (11:00 a.m. CDT)
  • July 18: SABR Virtual: Day 7 with Mitchell Nathanson, Karen DeLuca Stephens, David Paulson, and Baseball Then and Now: Arnold Hano’s 94 Years in the Bleachers, with Arnold Hano, Jon Leonoudakis, and Jean Ardell (3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 19: SABR Virtual: Day 8 with Curt Smith, Rob Fitts, Alan Cohen, and Keith Spalding Robbins (3:00 p.m. EDT)

Find more virtual meetings on our SABR Virtual Events Calendar page.


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: July 10, 2020. Last Updated: July 10, 2020.

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