Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of July 12, 2013:
SABR is in New York City this week for the 2013 MLB All-Star FanFest!
Stop by the MLB.com booth all week, as SABR members are scheduled to participate in a variety of panels throughout All-Star Weekend. For details on attending the All-Star FanFest, July 12-16, 2013, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York (655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001), visit http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2013/index.jsp?content=asg_fanfest.
We’ll be hosting five panels at the MLB.com booth during 2013 All-Star FanFest at the Javits Center:
- Women in Baseball Panel
Amy Venuto, Perry Barber, Alexa Maldonado, Wendy Shotsky, moderator: Leslie Heaphy
- SABR Statistical Analysis Panel
Bo Moon, Jay Jaffe, Ben Lindbergh, moderator: Vince Gennaro
- Baseball in NYC through the Years
Lee Lowenfish, Matt Silverman, Tony Morante, moderator: John Thorn
- Jackie Robinson, his impactful legacy and “42”
Joseph Dorinson, Lee Lowenfish, moderator: Larry Lester
- SABR Trivia
Host: Cory Schwartz
For details and times, click here: http://sabr.org/latest/watch-sabr-panels-2013-mlb-all-star-fanfest. We hope to post the videos online at SABR.org soon after FanFest.
If you want a room at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown for the SABR 43 convention, you should book your room now. (Don’t forget to register for the convention, too!) SABR’s special group rate of $139/night (plus tax) expires on Tuesday, July 16.
Click here to book your room online or call (877) 212-5752. The hotel’s website is www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phldt-philadelphia-marriott-downtown. Please note that our block of rooms is only available for the nights of July 30 to August 4, 2013.
The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is at 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall , Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks.
For more information on SABR 43 or to register, visit SABR.org/convention.
Here’s an update from SABR 43 Committee Co-Chair Seamus Kearney:
YO! I’d like to clue you folks in who are coming to Philly for SABR 43 (July 31-August 4 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown), I will give you a bunch of links that will focus on the food, attractions and history of this great city.
If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 43 volunteer for assistance (they’ll be in the royal blue shirts throughout the convention!) The Connie Mack Chapter will have an information table near our registration area at the Marriott to help point you in the right direction.
This week, we’ve added a list of restaurant recommendations near the Marriott at 1201 Market Street, including at Reading Terminal Market, Chinatown and on South 13th Street. We have vegetarian options and high-end choices, for those of you who are interested. Check out the list at: http://sabr.org/convention/sabr43-plannerstips
Also be sure to check out our SABR 43 Transportation Tips page to help you as you travel into the city and to the hotel.
We’re pleased to welcome singer/songwriter Kevin Kane to perform at the SABR 43 Awards Luncheon on Friday, August 2 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.
His new performance piece, Breaking the Line with the Mudville Nine, first presented at The Baseball Hall of Fame in May, gives Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s Casey at the Bat a new hero: a Negro Leaguer who breaks into the Mudville lineup sixty-eight years before Jackie Robinson broke into the Major Leagues.
To attend the SABR 43 Awards Luncheon, click here to register. The keynote speaker at the banquet is scheduled to be Rob Manfred, MLB’s Executive Vice President of Economics & League Affairs.
Kane is a singer/songwriter and playwright from New York City. His play “A Love of the Game” was first produced at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He performs often in the tri-state area, and has had plays produced off-Broadway and in many regional theaters.
For more information on SABR 43, visit SABR.org/convention.
On-site judges are needed for SABR 43 research presentations. Each judge will be responsible for viewing and evaluating oral and poster presentations during SABR 43 in Philadelphia.
Potential judges need not be “experts” in particular topics. They may choose which oral presentations they wish to evaluate, but are requested to judge all oral presentations they attend.
The SABR Black Sox Scandal Committee will host a panel discussion at SABR 43 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Eight Men Out, which was written by Eliot Asinof and first published in 1963. We’ve learned a great deal more about the Black Sox Scandal in the last half-century, and we’ll go over some of that new information and how it affects our understanding of the story popularized by Asinof’s landmark book, which introduced so many of us to the fixed 1919 World Series.
The panelists will include:
- Dr. David Fletcher, founder and president of the Chicago Baseball Museum
- Bill Lamb, a retired New Jersey prosecutor and author of Black Sox in the Courtroom: The Grand Jury, Criminal Trial and Civil Litigation
- Moderator: Jacob Pomrenke, chair of the SABR Black Sox Scandal Committee
- And our special guest of honor: Patricia Anderson, niece and surrogate daughter of Buck Weaver. She and her sister, the late Bette Scanlon, were raised by Buck and Helen Weaver in Chicago for 16 years after their father died in 1931.
The panel is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 2 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.
Register for SABR 43 at SABR.org/convention.
We hope you’ll join us for SABR 43, July 31-August 4, 2013, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall, Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
You can register online at the SABR Store or on-site at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown during the convention. Registration includes access to all panel discussions, research presentations, committee meetings and other on-site events.
Please note that our block of Phillies ballgame tickets and the discounted all-inclusive rates are no longer available.
- Hotel: SABR has secured an exclusive group rate of $139/night (plus tax) for SABR 43. This is a very low rate for a major hotel in downtown Philadelphia during that time of year. The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is at 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall , Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks. Click here to book your room online or call (877) 212-5752. The hotel’s website is www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phldt-philadelphia-marriott-downtown. Please note that our block of rooms is only available for the nights of July 30 to August 4, 2013. Book your room today; our room block usually goes quickly!
- Ballgame: Braves at Phillies, Friday, August 2. Please note that our block of Phillies ballgame tickets is now sold out. If you wish to purchase Phillies tickets on your own, visit Phillies.com.
- Registration: SABR members: $199. Non-members: $252. Click here to register for SABR 43.
- Scholarships: Scholarship applications are no longer being accepted for SABR 43. Click here to learn more about the Yoseloff Scholarship to attend future SABR conferences.
- Schedule: Click here for a full day-by-day schedule of SABR 43 events.
- Speakers: MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred and Phillies President/CEO David Montgomery highlight our list of featured speakers at SABR 43; click here for more details.
- Research presentations: Click here for the schedule of research presentations at SABR 43, including abstracts and presenter bios.
- Poster presentations: Click here for abstracts of the research posters that will be on display all week at SABR 43.
- Committee meetings: Click here for the schedule of research and functional meetings at SABR 43.
- Transportation tips: Click here for more details on getting to Philadelphia and getting around when you’re in town.
- Vendors Room: Click here to visit our SABR 43 digital vendors room; come visit our supporters in Philadelphia, too.
- Host chapter: Learn more about the Philadelphia/Connie Mack Chapter here or click here to “like” the chapter page on Facebook.
- Contact: For more information on SABR 43, contact convention committee co-chairs Seamus Kearney or Dick Rosen.
What we’re reading today: This poignant profile by SABR member Steve Wulf on former Phillies great Johnny Callison at ESPN.com:
He looks almost embarrassed.
There, in the middle of a mob that includes eight future Hall of Famers, is the hero of the All-Star Game. No. 6 is the smallest man among them, but his ninth-inning, three-run homer off the intimidating Dick Radatz just gave the National League a 7-4 victory at then-gleaming Shea Stadium on July 7, 1964 — the last time the Mets hosted the Midsummer Classic.
Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente are there to greet him at home plate, as is the man who loaned him his bat, Billy Willliams. Somewhere in there, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Ron Santo, Walter Alston and even Casey Stengel are trying to get a piece of him. At this moment, in this photograph, you can see why the 1964 Phillies yearbook called him “a true ballplayer’s ballplayer.”
And you can begin to understand the bittersweet life of Johnny Callison, a life that mirrored the star-crossed season of his ’64 Phils. A life worth remembering.
Stay tuned! Our new BioProject book, The Year of the Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies, edited by Mel Marmer and Bill Nowlin, is almost complete. It will be available soon at SABR.org/ebooks and limited paperback copies will be on sale at SABR 43.
SABR 43: For more stories on Philadelphia baseball history, join us for the SABR 43 convention, July 31-August 4 at the Philly Downtown Marriott. See SABR.org/convention for details.
The Southern California-based Baseball Reliquary, led by SABR member Terry Cannon, will present the 2013 Induction Day ceremony for its fifteenth class of electees to the Shrine of the Eternals on Sunday, July 21, 2013, beginning at 2:00 p.m., at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium in the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, California.
Admission is open to the public and free of charge. Please note that seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once seating capacity has been reached, we will have to turn people away at the door. We encourage attendees to arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. when the auditorium doors open.
The inductees will be Lefty O’Doul, Eddie Feigner, and Manny Mota. The keynote address will be delivered by Dave Zirin. In addition, the Baseball Reliquary will honor the recipients of the 2013 Hilda Award, SABR member Emma Amaya, and the 2013 Tony Salin Memorial Award, Steve Bandura.
The festivities will commence with an Induction Day tradition, the ceremonial bell ringing in honor of the late Brooklyn Dodgers fan Hilda Chester; everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a bell to ring for the occasion.
For further information, contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or by e-mail at email@example.com. The 2013 Induction Day is co-sponsored by the Pasadena Public Library and is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
For more information, visit BaseballReliquary.org.
Six new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,474 published biographies. Can we reach 2,500 before the SABR 43 convention in Philadelphia? Here are the new bios:
- Charlie French, by Bill Nowlin
- Pedro Guerrero, by Frank Morris (first-time author)
- Truck Hannah, by Terry Bohn
- Sadaharu Oh, by Peter C. Bjarkman
- Robb Quinlan, by Joel Rippel
- Julie Wera, by J.G. Preston (first-time author)
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
You can find the SABR BioProject at SABR.org/BioProject.
1912 Boston Red Sox bios now online: Last year, we commemorated the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest teams in baseball history with Opening Fenway Park With Style: The 1912 World Champion Red Sox, edited by Bill Nowlin, with Dan Desrochers, Len Levin and Maurice Bouchard. The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in the book — from Tris Speaker to Smoky Joe Wood, from Bill Carrigan to Harry Hooper, from Neal Ball to Charley “Sea Lion” Hall — can now be read online at: http://sabr.org/category/completed-book-projects/1912-boston-red-sox. SABR members can download the e-book in PDF, EPUB or MOBI/Kindle formats for FREE by clicking here. Or click here to get the paperback edition for the special members-only price of $10.00 at Createspace.com. The book is also available for purchase at the SABR Bookstore.
Bios on more than just ballplayers: The ambitious goal of the SABR Baseball Biography Project is to publish a full-life biography of every major league player in history. But SABR members write about a lot more than just ballplayers. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires and a lot more on the BioProject website. You can browse all of these categories at http://sabr.org/bioproj/browse. So if you’ve ever thought, “Hey, that person (or ballpark) should get the full BioProject treatment” — write the story and we’ll publish it!
Check out the Baseball Ballparks Project: The SABR Baseball Biography Project has been accepting/publishing “biographies” of Ballparks for a few years, and we have 39 of them on our website at http://sabr.org/bioproj/parks. However, this thing just got real. Ballparks are now its very own PROJECT — the Baseball Ballparks Project, our first official spin-off. The project leader is Scott Ferkovich, who is now in charge of recruiting ballparks articles and publicizing them. Learn more by clicking here.
Get involved! If you’d like to help contribute to the SABR BioProject, visit our BioProject Resources page or read the FAQs section to get started. We’re also looking to expand the BioProject to include all “encyclopedic” articles on baseball-related subjects from past SABR publications or committee newsletters. If you come across an article you think should be included in the SABR “baseball repository” at the BioProject, send a copy or link to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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:
- SABR 43: Full daily schedule now available online
- 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers book wins 2013 Ron Gabriel Award
- Fireworks in Philadelphia on July 4, 1911
- SABR welcomes new chapters in Rochester, Fort Wayne
- Peter Mancuso: Planning for a 19th-century baseball annotation research project
- Tickets now available for 2013 Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball seminar
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library now available for free to members
- Get 25% discount on a new MLB.TV subscription for entire 2013 season
- Register for SABR 43, July 31-August 4 in Philadelphia, PA
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
|Michael Cave||Dallas, TX||Tom Pardo||Mount Prospect, IL|
|Bob Gallo||Selersville, PA||Kathryn Sapnas||Ardmore, AL|
|Bryan Horner||Chicago, IL||Scott Sholl||Tallahassee, FL|
|Chris M. Lantrip||Forney, TX||Nick Smith||Phoenix, AZ|
|David Leib||Evanston, IL||Kirk Sorensen||Vancouver, BC|
|Bob Lingle||Metropolis, IL||David Terevich||Wausau, WI|
|Burke Lyle||Athens, GA||William Walstrom||Santa Clara, CA|
|Frank Merlino||Plano, TX||Samuel Weiss||Fort Myers, FL|
Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
There were no new chapter meeting recaps published this week.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- July 12-16: SABR panels at 2013 MLB All-Star FanFest (New York, NY)
- July 12: Detroit Chapter meeting (Detroit, MI)
- July 13: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Richfield, MN)
- July 13: “Base Ball in the Time of Grace (Coolidge)” with Dick Leyden (Plymouth Notch, VT)
- July 13: Luke Easter Chapter meeting (Batavia, NY)
- July 13: Bergino: “All-Star Extravaganza” (New York, NY)
- July 14: Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter meeting (Nashville, TN)
- July 16: Bergino: “All-Star Game” event with Rich Ackerman (New York, NY)
- July 17: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- July 17: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly lunch (Denver, CO)
- July 17: Jack Graney Chapter meeting (Eastlake, OH)
- July 17: Bergino: “After Many A Summer” with Robert Murphy (New York, NY)
- July 20: South Florida Chapter meeting (Jupiter, FL)
- July 20: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Round Rock, TX)
- July 21: Baseball Prospectus Ballpark Tour (St. Louis, MO)
- July 21: Baseball Reliquary’s 2013 Shrine of the Eternals Induction Day (Pasadena, CA)
- July 22: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
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 SABR.org/events.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Maury Brown: The most important person in baseball you’ve never heard of (BizOfBaseball.com)
- Metropolitan Museum opens huge show of Deadball Era baseball cards (New York Times)
- The forgotten All-Star Game: Latino Legends in 1963 (New York Daily News)
- David Laurila: Bob Tewksbury’s hand-written notes on the 1992 Cubs (FanGraphs)
- Aaron Gleeman: Is Ron Gardenhire the rare manager who won’t get fired after three straight 90-loss seasons? (Hardball Talk)
- Richard Peterson: On Willie Stargell and racial discrimination in the minor leagues (The PostGame)
- Buster Posey batted out of turn last Saturday for the Giants; how many times has that happened in MLB history? (Retrosheet)
- New Jersey teachers have big plans for SABR Negro Leagues library grant (Randolph Reporter)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Edwin Encarnacion and defensive shifts (ACTA Sports)
- Peter J. Nash: How Red Foley cracked a Hall of Fame cold case (Hauls of Shame)
- Vince Gennaro: Which starting pitcher owns baseball’s best changeup? (Diamond Dollars)
- Dan Schlossberg: All-Star selections prove to be a crapshoot (USA Today)
- Jon Roegele: When starters face the same team twice in a row (Beyond the Box Score)
- Zachary Levine: Planning the best baseball road trip (Baseball Prospectus)
- Phenom pitcher who stayed in Japan doesn’t stay on mound (New York Times)
- Lessons learned from re-reading Moneyball 10 years later (Athletics Nation)
- John Thorn: Forgotten boxes, family, and remembering Henry Chadwick (Our Game)
- Kansas City Royals bat boy tells of his unknown role in Pine Tar Game, 30 years ago this month (Wall Street Journal)
- Matt Aber: Two trips to Cooperstown, 25 years in between (Seamheads)
- David Laurila: In depth with Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (FanGraphs)
- Kevin Kernan: Catching up with legendary flameout Steve Dalkowski, 74 (New York Post)
- John Holway: Interviewing Negro Leagues star Frank ‘Doc’ Sykes (The National Pastime Museum)
- Ryan Whirty: Negro Leagues star James Robinson fondly recalls college days (Raleigh News & Observer)
- Jeff Cochran: Phil Niekro and James Brown, godfathers of the knuckleball (Seamheads)
- Rob Neyer: On OBP-challenged No. 2 hitters and Dusty Baker’s Cincinnati Reds (Baseball Nation)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: July 12, 2013. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.