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 13, 2018:
SABR 48: Listen to highlights from committee meeting speakers Alan Nathan, Sean Forman, Anne Keene, and more
From the Nineteenth Century to modern Statistical Analysis, SABR’s nearly three dozen research committees reflect the diverse interests of our membership, and the committees’ annual meetings at this summer’s SABR 48 convention in Pittsburgh also had a variety of interesting guest speakers.
Our committee meeting speakers at SABR 48 included physics professor and expert Alan Nathan at the Science and Baseball Committee meeting, where he spoke about the recent MLB report on the surge in home runs around the game. At the Statistical Analysis Committee meeting, Sean Forman of Baseball-Reference.com explained how their site calculates Wins Above Replacement (WAR).
Other committee speakers included: former major-league pitcher and author Dick Bosman (Business of Baseball); Pittsburgh Pirates official scorers Bob Webb and Evan Pattak (Official Scoring); National Baseball Hall of Fame Library senior curator Tom Shieber (Baseball Cards); screenwriter Mary Darling (Black Sox Scandal); authors Anne Keene (Oral History), Dennis and Jeanne Burke DeValeria (Deadball Era), and Herm Krabbenhoft (Baseball Records); Cuban tour operator Clem Axel Paredes (Negro Leagues); and SABR founding member Tom Hufford (Oral History).
More highlights from SABR 48 committee meetings will be posted online soon, so stay tuned!
Couldn’t make it to Pittsburgh for SABR 48? Check out more stories, photos, and multimedia clips from the SABR 48 convention, held June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh, at SABR.org/convention.
You can find stories, photos, and multimedia clips from SABR 48 in Pittsburgh, including our panels on the lives and legacies of Pittsburgh Pirates great Roberto Clemente, pioneering sports writer Wendell Smith, and Hall of Fame executive Branch Rickey; the 1979 Pirates Player Panel with John Candelaria and Grant Jackson, the Media Panel with Pirates broadcasters Steve Blass, Lanny Frattare, Greg Brown, and Joe Block; the SABR 48 Ballpark Session at PNC Park, and much more.
Since 2009, The National Pastime has served as SABR’s convention-focused publication. Published annually, this research journal provides in-depth articles focused on the respective geographic region where the national convention is taking place in a given year. All SABR members receive a free e-book copy of The National Pastime as part of their membership benefits, while attendees of the national convention also receive a souvenir print edition in their goody bags.
Click a link below to download the e-book edition of the 2018 convention journal, The National Pastime: Steel City Stories.
- Kindle/MOBI: To download the MOBI/Kindle version of The National Pastime: Steel City Stories, click here (6.6 MB)
- EPUB: To download the EPUB file — for use on iBooks, iPads, Nook or Sony Reader — of The National Pastime: Steel City Stories, click here (3.1 MB)
- PDF: To download a PDF version of The National Pastime: Steel City Stories, click here (2.2 MB)
- Paperback: To purchase a copy of The National Pastime print edition from Amazon.com, click here.
Please note: All articles from The National Pastime: Steel City Stories will be available to read online at SABR.org soon.
If you weren’t able to attend the convention in Pittsburgh, please enjoy this issue of The National Pastime as your virtual trip to the Steel City. Happy reading!
To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.
— Cecilia M. Tan, Publications Director
Join us for the SABR Cleveland 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium, which will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the majestic Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library in the heart of downtown Cleveland.
- Register now: Click here to download a registration form and detailed schedule (PDF)
- Cost: $50 per person. Open to all SABR members and up to three guests are welcome.
- Payment: Please make check or M.O. (U.S. dollars) payable to: “SABR.” On memo line of check, please, print: “Cleve. 19cBB Symposium.” Send check and completed registration form before November 1, 2018 to Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Road, New Hope, PA 18938.
- Questions: E-mail Peter Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The day-long Saturday symposium will be devoted to 19th-century baseball as it was played and evolved in Cleveland and its greater region of northeastern Ohio. A keynote luncheon address of interdisciplinary history by David Goldberg, Professor of History at Cleveland State University, will provide a look at late 19th-century Cleveland with a particular understanding of one of that city’s most important and powerful forces, its transportation system. In addition to the on-site luncheon, there will be both an early morning and mid-afternoon coffee and refreshments service.
Other speakers are expected to include John Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian; John Skrtic, Director of Public Services, CPL; Jeremy Feador, Cleveland Indians, Historian & Curator; and four SABR researchers and authors with specific focus on elements of 19th-century Cleveland area baseball: David Fleitz, Joseph Wancho, Ken Krsolovic, and Bryan Fritz. Click here to download a complete schedule (PDF).
We hope to see you there!
Add this new book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection, on one of baseball’s classic crown jewels:
Cincinnati’s Crosley Field: A Gem in the Queen City
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-75-0, $19.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-943816-74-3, $9.99
311 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Cincinnati’s Crosley Field for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Cincinnati’s Crosley Field paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Createspace can take up to 4-6 weeks. For quicker delivery, please order at Amazon.com.)
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including e-book editions for free. Visit SABR.org/ebooks for a list of all titles.
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.
A special new publication produced by SABR’s Deadball Era Research Committee vividly brings back the exploits of Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Home Run Baker, and Babe Ruth to life with more than 250 rare photos:
The World Series in the Deadball Era: A History in the Words and Pictures of the Writers and Photographers
Edited by Steve Steinberg
Foreword by Dr. Charles Alexander
Published by St. Johann Press
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-9379-4345-5, $45.00
306 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
This book is available for purchase from Amazon.com, your local bookstore, or directly from the publisher at St. Johann Press.
Buy the book:
- Amazon.com: Purchase the hardcover edition on Amazon.com
- St. Johann Press: Purchase the book from the publisher at StJohannPress.com
SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee will award one $500 scholarship to a high school senior in its inaugural Women in Baseball Essay Contest in 2018.
Students must write an essay of 1,500 words or less addressing the following question: “Choose one person or event in women’s baseball history that you believe has made a significant impact on the game and explain the importance.”
All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by August 13, 2018, and sent to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.
Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,585 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproj/recent
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search 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: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
- Read bios from SABR’s No-Hitters book: In SABR’s No-Hitters, edited by Bill Nowlin and published in 2017, we focused on pitchers who threw no-hitters and the no-hitters they threw. Naturally, we couldn’t present biographies of everyone who ever threw a no-hitter nor could we present Games Project accounts of all of them. From around 300 no-hitters thrown in the majors (out of over 213,000 games), we have selected 59 no-hitters to include, along with the biographies of the men who threw them. All of the biographies — from Hall of Famers such as Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, and Randy Johnson to more obscure pitchers such as Larry Corcoran, Charlie Robertson, and Dallas Braden — that appeared in No-Hitters can now be read online at the SABR BioProject. More game summaries from the No-Hitters book will be posted at the SABR Games Project soon. You can also download the No-Hitters e-book for free or purchase the paperback edition at 50% off by clicking here.
Six new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- May 18, 1903: Cubs sit alone in first place thanks to Tinker to Evers to … Lowe, by Stephen V. Rice
- June 4, 1904: Giants’ McGinnity, Reds’ Harper duel to 2-2 tie before record crowd, by Phil Williams
- June 10, 1920: ‘Sweet sandwiches, how it hailed’: Yankees win wild, wet game in Detroit, by Chad Osborne
- June 4, 1974: 10-cent beer riot at Cleveland Stadium leads to forfeit, by Frederick “Rick” Bush
- September 6, 1976: Dodgers’ Steve Yeager suffers near-fatal on-field accident, by Frederick “Rick” Bush
- June 11, 1990: Rangers’ Nolan Ryan fires his sixth career no-hitter, by Gregory H. Wolf
If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Mike Huber. To request an assignment, please contact Steven C. Weiner. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors’ Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story started toward publication.
- 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.
- Read all articles from SABR book on greatest games at Milwaukee’s County Stadium: In SABR’s From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, edited by Gregory H. Wolf and published in 2016, we told the stories of memorable moments from the heart of the Badger State. All of the stories that appeared in this book are now available to be read online at the SABR Games Project by clicking here.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the 2018 season at its regular time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
This week’s guests are Zach Crizer from Baseball Prospectus and Travis Sawchik from FanGraphs.
You can 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.
Two of the most outstanding college baseball student-athletes nationally have been named as the 26th annual Howard Green SABR Metroplex Collegiate Player of the Year Award recipient and the seventh annual SABR Metroplex Carroll Beringer Award College Division Player of the Year Award by the Ernie Banks-Bobby Bragan DFW Chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research in 2018.
Devlin Granberg, the 14th player from Dallas Baptist to snare the Howard Green Award since its initiation in 1993, has been lauded with the DI Player of the Year Award while Texas Wesleyan’s Kiki Menendez is the Texas Wesleyan Rams third standout in the last five seasons to nab the College Division Beringer Award.
Granberg, a 6-3, 224-pound senior outfielder from Hudson, Colorado, earned consensus All-America honors in 2018 and also captured the prestigious Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award as the top slugger from the state of Texas or playing for a Texas college/university.
SABR member Kit Krieger of Cubaball Tours is pleased to announce that the 19th annual baseball tour of Cuba will be conducted from September 23-30, 2018.
Highlights of the tour include five games of the 58th National Series in five different ballparks; meetings with current and veteran players, including Luis Zayas, the last surviving member of the fabled Havana Sugar Kings living in Cuba, and Sigfredo Barros, the baseball beat writer for Granma, the national newspaper of Cuba; a visit to the monuments erected in Colon Cemetery, including the gravesites of Adolfo Luque and Hall of Famer Jose Mendez Caridad; seminars on contemporary Cuba, including US-Cuban relations, and more.
The tour, which is limited to 25 people, is licensed by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control and complies with US requirements for travel to Cuba. Click here for complete details.
Contact Kit Krieger (email@example.com) to register.
- Related link: Donald Plavnick: My experience on the Cubaball Tour
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 still accepting applications for Chief Executive Officer position
- SABR 48: Larry McCray selected as Bob Davids Award recipient
- SABR 48: Maddox, Firstman win 2018 convention presentation awards
- SABR 48: Dummy Hoy selected as Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2018
- SABR 48: ‘Four Strangers’ upset powerhouse team of ex-champs in Trivia Contest; Massey wins third title
- Perry Barber receives 2018 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
- SABR member Bill Humber inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
- Read all articles from the Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal online
- New SABR Oral History Collection website is now available
- Maine student wins 2018 Lee Allen History of Baseball Award
- Seeking nominations for 2019 Russell Gabay Award for New Jersey baseball research
- 2018 SABR Annual Report has been posted online
- SABR Digital Library: Major League Baseball A Mile High: The First Quarter Century of the Colorado Rockies
- Check out new articles at the SABR Games and Simulations Committee website
- Heaphy, Lebowitz re-elected to Board; Armour elected as SABR Director
- Check out highlights and photos from the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference
- Check out new articles from the SABR Team Ownership Histories Project
- Listen to a new episode from the SABR Media Committee’s Baseball Buffet podcast
- Save the date! 2018 SABR Cleveland 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new SABR Store @ CafePress
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
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|James Bernard||Alpharetta, GA||Tae Gi Kim||Goyang, KOR|
|Robert Black||Conway, SC||Phil King||Concord, NH|
|Mike Fazioli||Dexter, MI||Will Negron||Moseley, VA|
|John Flanagan||Bowie, MD||Michael Pawlush||Mechanicsburg, PA|
|Brian Ford||Pittsburgh, PA||Duane Radmore||Frisco, TX|
|James Greenfield||Villanova, PA||Mike Rainey||South Jordan, UT|
|Geoff Griffin||Salt Lake City, UT||Luke Smith||Hattiesburg, MS|
|Don Groves||Oregon City, OR||Philip Watson||Ironwood, MI|
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Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Baseball and the Arts: Please welcome Jay Hurd as a new co-chair for the Baseball and the Arts Committee, where he will serve along with Joanne Hulbert. To learn more about the Baseball and the Arts Committee, click here.
- Biographical Research: June 2018 newsletter
- Games Project: For more updates from the SABR Games Project, check out the committee’s revived page on Facebook. “Like” our page and contribute to the discussion at Facebook.com/SABRGames.
- Nineteenth Century: Summer 2018 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter: July 8 meeting recap (Burlington, VT)
- Pee Wee Reese Chapter: July 7 meeting recap (Louisville, KY)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- July 13: Inside Baseball: Library of Congress hack-a-thon event (Washington, DC)
- July 14: John Thorn: “The Laws of Base Ball” (Washington, DC)
- July 14: Jay Jaffe and Keith Law book signing event (Washington, DC)
- July 15: Goose Goslin Chapter meet-up/watch party (Cherry Hill, NJ)
- July 15: Field of Dreams Chapter ballgame/meeting (Des Moines, IA)
- July 16: “All-Star Week: D.C. Baseball Past and Future” panel (Washington, DC)
- July 17: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- July 18: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- July 18: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly lunch (Baltimore, MD)
- July 19: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” monthly meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- July 20: Rob Fitts/Yuriko Romer: “Inside U.S.-Japan Baseball: Stories From the Dugout” (Washington, DC)
- July 21: Rogers Hornsby Chapter baseball watch party (Austin, TX)
- July 21: Halsey Hall Chapter Northwoods League outing (Willmar, MN)
- July 21: Babe Ruth Chapter: SABR Day at the Baysox (Bowie, MD)
- July 21: Elysian Fields Chapter meeting (Little Falls, NJ)
- July 21: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter ballgame/meeting (Geneva, IL)
- July 22: Baseball Reliquary: Shrine of the Eternals induction ceremony (Pasadena, CA)
- July 23: Halsey Hall Chapter research committee meeting (Edina, MN)
- July 23: “Baseball’s Long and Winding Road to the Rockies” (Denver, CO)
- July 23: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter monthly meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- July 24: Jerry Amernic: “Babe Ruth: A Superstar’s Legacy” book signing (Baltimore, MD)
- July 25: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
- July 28: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter Strat-O-Matic Gameday event (Hartford, CT)
- July 28: Schott-Pelican Chapter summer meeting (New Orleans, LA)
- July 28: Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter meeting (Nashville, TN)
- July 29: Cliff Kachline Chapter Induction Day meeting (Cooperstown, NY)
- July 29: Gregory H. Wolf: Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis book signing (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:
- Jerry Crasnick: MLB hitters explain why they just can’t beat the shift (ESPN.com)
- Jay Jaffe: Yadier Molina’s climb toward Cooperstown (FanGraphs)
- Aaron Gleeman: Gone missing: American League slugging first basemen (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mark Simon: MLB All-Star voting vs. total runs leaders (ACTA Sports)
- Rob Mains: First-pitch fastballs and pitching to the pinch (Baseball Prospectus)
- Malia Wollan: How to throw out a ceremonial first pitch (New York Times)
- Eno Sarris: Are position players better at pitching than pitchers are at hitting? (The Athletic)
- David Laurila: What ballplayers talk about when they talk about baseball (FanGraphs)
- Herb Jackson: House approves Congressional Gold Medal for Larry Doby (NorthJersey.com)
- Mark Armour: Where have you gone, Rance Mulliniks? (The Hardball Times)
- Sheryl Ring: Brett Gardner, fines, and pace of play (FanGraphs)
- Jonathan Judge: OPS and wOBA, briefly revisited (Baseball Prospectus)
- John Paschal: By date and by slate: when history meets the baseball schedule (The Hardball Times)
- Frank Jackson: A scoreboard of yore, mourned (The Hardball Times)
- Mike Bates/Bill Parker: Ted Williams hits into the shift (This Week in Baseball History podcast)
- Mike Webber: 1888 WG 1 – Baseball Cards and Franklin County, Kansas (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Mark Armour: SABR 48 (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: The Price is Right? (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: July 13, 2018. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.