This Week in SABR: July 12, 2013

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of July 12, 2013:

Watch SABR panels at 2013 MLB All-Star FanFest in New York

SABR is in New York City this week for the 2013 MLB All-Star FanFest!

Stop by the 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

We’ll be hosting five panels at the 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: We hope to post the videos online at soon after FanFest.

SABR 43: Special Marriott hotel rate expires on Tuesday, July 16

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 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 43: Tips from the Convention Planners

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:

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.

SABR 43: Breaking the Line with the Mudville Nine

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 43: Call for on-site presentation judges

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.

Through on-site judging, the most highly regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the USA Today Sports Weekly Award for best poster presentation.

If you’re interested, send a message to the Research Presentations email at either or

SABR 43: Black Sox Scandal Committee to host Eight Men Out panel discussion

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

Still time to register for SABR 43 in Philly!

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.

Johnny Callison: The All-Star hero’s hard-knock life

What we’re reading today: This poignant profile by SABR member Steve Wulf on former Phillies great Johnny Callison at

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.

Read the full article here:

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 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 for details.

Baseball Reliquary: 2013 Shrine of the Eternals Induction Day is July 21

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 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

6 new biographies published by the SABR BioProject

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:

All new biographies can be found here:

You can find the SABR BioProject at

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: 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 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 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 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 or

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:

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 New Member 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.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
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


Research committee newsletters

Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Chapter meeting news

There were no new chapter meeting recaps published this week.

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:

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Originally published: July 12, 2013. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.