This Week in SABR: July 14, 2017

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 14, 2017:

SABR 47: Listen to highlights from ‘A Day at the Ballpark’ session at Citi Field

Attendees at the SABR 47 convention in New York City had a special opportunity to visit Citi Field for an exclusive pregame ballpark session with New York Mets executives, coaches, and broadcasters on Friday, June 30.

Before the Mets’ game against the Philadelphia Phillies, special SABR 47 interview sessions took place at Citi Field with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, first-base coach and former major-leaguer Tom Goodwin, a Broadcasters Panel with Josh Lewin, Wayne Randazzo, and Steve Gelbs, and an Analytics Panel with Director of Baseball Research and Development T.J. Barra, Sr. Coordinator of Baseball Systems Development Joe Lefkowitz, and assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler. The session was emceed by SABR CEO Marc Appleman, with interviews by Barry M. Bloom of

Click here to listen to highlights from the SABR 47 ballpark session at, including Alderson’s comments on the signing of Tim Tebow, Goodwin on the many managers he has played for and worked with, life as a baseball broadcaster, and how to ‘translate’ analytics between the front office and dugout.

SABR 47: Listen to highlights from research committee meetings in New York City

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 47 convention in New York City also had a variety of interesting guest speakers.

Click here to listen to highlights of our guest speakers at SABR 47 committee meetings at

Our committee meeting speakers at SABR 47 included: sportscaster and commentator Keith Olbermann (Baseball Cards), J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Claire Smith and pro umpire Perry Barber (Women in Baseball), legendary statistician David S. Neft (Baseball Records), former Kansas City Monarchs All-Star Jim Robinson (Negro Leagues), filmmaker and journalist Reynaldo Cruz (Latino Baseball), award-winning authors Peter C. Bjarkman (Latino Baseball) and Glenn Stout (Deadball Era); Tom Villante, batboy for the 1940s New York Yankees and founding director of the Jackie Robinson Foundation (Oral History); Alain Usereau, French-language play-by-play broadcaster (Baseball and the Media); and Strat-O-Matic founder Hal Richman (Games and Simulations).

SABR 47: Check out more highlights, clips, and photos from New York City convention

Couldn’t make it to New York City for SABR 47? Check out more coverage of our 2017 national convention from the Big Apple online at

You can find stories, photos, and multimedia clips from SABR 47 at the Grand Hyatt New York, including our panels on beloved Yankees greats Yogi Berra, Casey Stengel, and Jim Bouton, the legacy of Jackie Robinson 70 years after his historic major-league debut, New York Yankees Sr. Vice President Jean Afterman, and much more.

Watch SABR panels from 2017 All-Star FanFest in Miami

SABR was in Miami for the 2017 MLB All-Star FanFest! SABR members and friends participated in several panels during All-Star Weekend at the stage. Click on a link below to watch the SABR FanFest panels from Miami:

To view a photo gallery from 2017 All-Star FanFest, click here.

Click here to watch SABR panels from other recent All-Star FanFests.

Download your free e-book copy of The National Pastime: New York, New York

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 2017 convention journal, The National Pastime: New York, New York: Baseball in the Big Apple.

To purchase a copy of the print edition from the SABR Bookstore, click here.

Please note: All articles from The National Pastime: New York, New York will be available to read online at soon.

If you weren’t able to attend the convention in New York, please enjoy this issue of The National Pastime as your virtual trip to the Big Apple. Happy reading!

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

— Cecilia M. Tan, Publications Director

Save the date! SABR 48 will be held in Pittsburgh in 2018

Save the date! SABR will be returning to the Steel City for our 48th national convention on June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Registration information will be available at in early 2018. The convention location is contingent on a Pirates’ homestand that weekend.

The Wyndham Grand is conveniently located within walking distance from PNC Park and a light rail station, many downtown cultural amenities, and right across the street from the picturesque 36-acre Point State Park where the three rivers converge.

SABR 48 will be our second convention held in Pittsburgh and first since 1995. Our 25th annual convention that year featured a keynote speech from former Pirates manager Chuck Tanner and panel discussions commemorating the 1960 and 1971 World Series champions. Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.

SABR’s 2018 national convention will be our 48th annual gathering; the organization’s founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first.

For more information on the SABR convention, visit

SABR Digital Library: Puerto Rico and Baseball

Celebrate la vida béisbol, and add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:

Puerto Rico and Baseball: 60 Biographies
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Edwin Fernández
Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers

ISBN (paperback):
978-1-943816-53-8, $21.95
ISBN (ebook):
978-1-943816-52-1, $9.99
8.5 x 11″, 430 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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.

SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. Visit to download your free copy of dozens of SABR e-books.

SABR Digital Library: The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Impossible Dream, so add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:

The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Dan Desrochers

Associate Editors: Mark Armour, Len Levin, and Wayne McElreavy

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-49-1, $21.95

ISBN (ebook): 978-1-943816-48-4, $9.99

8.5 x 11″, 521 pages

Click here to read a full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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.

SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. Visit to download your free copy of dozens of SABR e-books.

Still time to register for 2017 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

The 20th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee, will be returning to its roots on July 27-30, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, site of the first Negro League conference in 1998.

  • Registration: All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here to register online. Regular registration for SABR members is $190, which includes all presentations and sessions. Non-SABR members: $200. Students: $135 for SABR members, $150 for non-members. Single-day rate for Friday or Saturday: $90 for SABR members, $100 for non-members. The Education Forum on Thursday is $20. Guest tickets for friends and family can also be ordered. Click here for an information packet (PDF) with complete details on registration rates. The regular registration deadline is July 20, 2017.
  • Hotel: The 2017 Malloy Conference will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Click here to book your room online at the special SABR rate of $129/night (plus tax). Or call (717) 233-6000 and mention you’re with the “SABR Malloy Conference.” The cut-off date to book your room was July 5, 2017.
  • Schedule and information: Click here for the 2017 Malloy Conference information packet (PDF).
  • Contact: E-mail Ted Knorr with any questions about the conference.

The Malloy Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 19 years, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest.

Visit to learn more about the 2017 Malloy Conference essay contest and scholarships, art competition, and school library grants.

Deadline extended: Apply now for the 2017 SABR Women in Baseball Scholarship

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 2017.

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.”

Click here to download the 2017 SABR Women in Baseball Scholarship application and style guidelines (PDF)

All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by August 14, 2017, and sent to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at or Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Rd., North Canton, OH 44720. The winner will be notified by July 1.

Click here for more details and eligibility requirements.

8 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Eight new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

Some of the game stories above first appeared in SABR’s The Team That Time Won’t Forget: The 1951 New York Giants, published in 2015 and edited by Bill Nowlin and C. Paul Rogers III. Click here to get your free copy of the e-book edition or 50% off the paperback

New Games Project stories can be found at Find all published Games Project articles at

If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Greg Erion. If you want to know if a game is available to write about, please contact Bruce Slutsky. 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.
  • Contributor Release Form: As of January 1, 2017, all writers publishing articles (biographies, essays, game pieces, etc.) are being asked to sign a Contributor Release Form which can be sent via email to or hard copy to SABR, 555 N. Central Ave., Suite #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The form only needs to be filed once for all future SABR publications. Click here to download the form.
  • Seeking volunteers to help enhance Games Project articles on website: Any volunteer who is willing to assist with linking player biographies in previously published Games Project stories on the SABR website, please contact Jacob Pomrenke. No experience necessary. Must be comfortable working in Drupal, WordPress or other standard content management systems.

Listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Sunday night

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro will air at its regular time from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET this Sunday on MLB Network Radio.

This week’s guest is Perry Husband to discuss effective velocity, while Vince Gennaro will also offer thoughts on the All-Star Game and possible rule changes.

You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, and you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from

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.

SABR Rogers Hornsby Chapter wraps up sixth season of Alzheimer’s program

Season Six of the BasebALZ program wrapped up on July 10 at the Alzheimer’s Texas offices in Austin. This “season” marked over two years that SABR’s Rogers Hornsby Chapter has been offering this program for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. To learn more and view a photo gallery, click here.

After a short summer break, Austin-based BasebALZ will start up again in September. In the meantime, our volunteers continue to make a monthly visit to the Veterans Administration in Kerrville to present BasebALZ there.

For more information on BasebALZ, or to learn more about how your local SABR chapter can participate, click here.

June 4 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the Board of Directors conference call on June 4, 2017, have now been posted on the SABR website.

You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by going to the page below:

Or you can go to the Members’ Info page and click on “Org. files”, then “Board Minutes” to view the minutes.

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:

For more information, click 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 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 (

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Fred Augustyn Greenbelt, MD     Paul Miller Alpharetta, GA
Eduardo Barada Camuy, PRI     Alex Salterio Kingston, ON
David Barstow Austin, TX     Jerry Sapan Freeport, ME
Joseph Cosgriff New York, NY     Lester Schiefelbein Los Gatos, CA
Katharine Dow Arlington, VA     Harry Schoger Canton, OH
Milt Herbert Acton, MA     Rob Sheinkopf San Francisco, CA
Rhonda Hoenigman Boulder, CO     Barry Sigman Hendersonville, TN
Walter Leporati Rego Park, NY     Lee Sigman Chicago, IL
Bob McCann Kingwood, TX     Mike Wasserman Rancho Murieta, CA
Jim McCormick Dedham, MA     Mark Yecies Sarasota, FL


Research Committee news

Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates 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:

Read these articles and more at

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Originally published: July 14, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.