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 15, 2022:
Just a reminder: Friday, July 15 is the final day to take advantage of our special All-Inclusive Package for the 2022 SABR convention in Baltimore. SABR members can pay $335 for the All-Inclusive Package; for this discounted price, you will receive:
- Full registration to SABR 50 in Baltimore (regular registration: $275 for SABR members or $305 for non-members)
- 1 seated ticket in the Eutaw Street Bleachers (sections 94-98) to the Orioles vs. Red Sox game on Friday, August 19 at Camden Yards ($27 value)
- 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Thursday, August 18 ($75 value)
- 1 ticket to the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, August 17
- 1 exclusive lapel pin with the SABR 50 convention logo
Learn more about the 2022 SABR convention in Baltimore below:
- Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor of $199/night plus tax (single/double occupancy) is only available to registered convention attendees. After you register for the SABR 50 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. There are a limited number of rooms in our group block, so be sure to register for SABR 50 early!
- Schedule: Click here to find the full daily schedule for SABR 50.
- Speakers: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.
- Presentations: Click here for the lineup of SABR 50 research presentations.
- Posters: Click here to learn more about SABR 50 poster presentations.
- Committee Meetings: Click here to learn more about SABR 50 committee meetings.
- Exhibitors Room: Click here to learn more about our SABR 50 Exhibitors Room.
We have an All-Star lineup of featured speakers and exciting events planned for SABR 50, including:
- Keynote address by Tim Kurkjian, winner of the BBWAA’s 2022 Career Excellence Award.
- Opening Remarks by Sig Mejdal, Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Analytics, Baltimore Orioles.
- One-on-One with Baltimore Orioles legend Boog Powell, interviewed by Dan Connolly of The Athletic.
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards panel with Bill Stetka (Orioles Team Historian), Greg Bader (Orioles Senior Vice President, Administration & Experience), and Joe Spear (founder of Populous).
- Women in Leadership panel with Orioles executives Eve Rosenbaum (Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations), Nicole Sherry (Director, Field Operations), Jennifer Grondahl (Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications), and Lisa Tolson (Senior Vice President, Human Resources).
- SABR Ballparks panel with former Orioles president Larry Lucchino and acclaimed ballpark design director Janet Marie Smith.
- Flood v. Kuhn: Fifty Years Later panel with Judy Pace Flood, widow of Curt Flood; award-winning historian Mark Armour, A Well-Paid Slave author Brad Snyder, and moderator Shakeia Taylor of the Chicago Tribune.
- Babe Ruth panel with authors Jane Leavy (The Big Fella), Bill Jenkinson (The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs), and Mike Gibbons, Director Emeritus and Historian for the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.
- Baseball Broadcasting panel with Joe Castiglione, play-by-play voice of the Boston Red Sox Radio Network, and Kevin Brown, Baltimore Orioles primary television play-by-play announcer for MASN.
- Historic Ballparks Bus Tour on Thursday, August 18.
- Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox game on Friday, August 19.
Please note: All speakers are subject to change due to availability.
Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more or to register.
Fifty years ago, on June 19, 1972, the United States Supreme Court ruled against Curt Flood in his effort to dismantle baseball’s reserve clause.
At SABR 50 in Baltimore on Saturday, August 20, we’ll be joined by Judy Pace Flood, Curt Flood’s widow and a pioneering African American actress; Mark Armour, award-winning baseball historian; Brad Snyder, author of A Well-Paid Slave; and moderator Shakeia Taylor of the Chicago Tribune for a discussion of the Flood v. Kuhn case a half-century later.
Early registration discounts are available for SABR 50. Click here for complete details on the SABR 50 All-Inclusive Package, Regular Registration, and other optional sessions.
To learn more about SABR 50, or to register, visit SABR.org/convention.
Please note: All speakers are subject to change due to availability.
SABR 50 attendees can take advantage of special offers to attend Minor League Baseball games during this summer’s convention in Baltimore.
On Sunday, August 21, the Bowie Baysox — Class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles — host the Somerset Patriots at Prince George’s Stadium, which is about 30 miles from our host hotel in downtown Baltimore.
A special $40 SABR package includes both a game ticket and bus transportation to and from Prince George’s Stadium. Buses will arrive at Prince George’s Stadium at approximately 11:00 a.m. for a pre-game discussion with Baysox broadcasters, exclusively for SABR 50 attendees. The first 750 fans through the main gates will receive a hand-autographed glossy photo of a 2022 Baysox player.
Stadium gates will open at 12:00 p.m, with the start of the game scheduled for 1:05 p.m. This is an optional event for SABR 50 attendees, and ticket purchases will be made directly through the team. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit groupmatics.events/event/SABR.
In addition, the Aberdeen Ironbirds, Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are also offering a 50% discount for tickets to any home game in July or August 2022. Click here to purchase single-game tickets at MiLB.com and use the promo code SABR50 to receive the discount.
To learn more about SABR 50, or to register, visit SABR.org/convention.
Members of the host Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in Baltimore. If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 50 volunteer for assistance.
For more information on Baltimore’s award-winning restaurants, upcoming events, and other attractions, go to baltimore.org.
Anyone attending SABR 50 in Baltimore who would like to serve as a timekeeper for the research presentation rooms on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor should contact Jessica Smyth for further details.
Timekeepers help keep the schedule on track by sitting in the front of the room and signaling to presenters when their alotted timeslot is about to end. No experience is necessary. You can sign up for a 1-hour or 2-hour shift, and watch all the presentations scheduled for that room.
Click here to view the complete schedule of SABR 50 research presentations.
The bus tour, scheduled for 4:00-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, will visit the sites of six former major-league stadiums around the city of Baltimore, plus a stop at Peabody Heights Brewery, which sits on the former site of Oriole Park V.
Click here to learn more about the Historic Ballparks Bus Tour at SABR 50.
The SABR Baseball Landmarks Committee has been hard at work compiling the most complete list of baseball-related sites across North America to include active and historic ballparks, statues, museums, historic markers, murals, graves, and other roadside attractions.
Please join us on Thursday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m. EDT for the official launch of the SABR Baseball Map, an exciting and powerful tool to help you plan baseball travel this summer and beyond.
On your desktop or laptop computer, the SABR Baseball Map will allow you to explore and discover must-see places to visit along your travel route. On your smartphone or tablet, the SABR Baseball Map will give you turn-by-turn directions to each site at the tap of a button, from wherever you are. The launch event will offer demonstrations of each, including an actual test run completed using the SABR Baseball Map by phone.
Join us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.
On Wednesday, July 6, we heard from Randy Wilkins, a three-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and editor from the Bronx. His latest effort is directing The Captain, a seven-episode docuseries on New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter that premieres next week on ESPN. He also directed episodes of Dear … featuring Spike Lee and The Me You Can’t See, the Oprah and Prince Harry show on mental health, both for Apple+. His commercial work includes the Jackie Robinson Day spot for Major League Baseball and the Pepsi Holiday Give Back. Outside of directing, Randy has served as Lead Editor on numerous Spike Lee joints, including She’s Gotta Have It and Rodney King for Netflix..
Visit SABR.org/ballpark-figures to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.
Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:
Our Game, Too: Influential Figures and Milestones in Canadian Baseball
Edited by Andrew North
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-81-3, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-82-0, $34.95 US / $44.99 CDN
8.5″ x 11″, 459 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Our Game, Too for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Our Game, Too paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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.
Visit SABR.org/ebooks for more titles from the SABR Digital Library.
SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee, Lajoie-Start Chapter, and the Rhode Island College’s Department of History present the Southern New England 19cBB Interdisciplinary Symposium, which will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island.
The symposium will be highlighted by a welcome address from author Ed Achorn (Fifty-Nine in ’84), a keynote address from Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, an interdisciplinary talk by Elizabeth Williams of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, plus research presentations by Robert Cvornyek, Howard Chudacoff, Lauren Tuiskula, and Rick Harris.
- How to Register: Click here to register online at SABR.org. Please note: Due to space limitations, we can only allow up to 80 registrants for this event.
- Schedule: Click here to download the full schedule (PDF)
- Cost: SABR members and up to two (2) guests can register for the symposium at $45 per person, which includes Continental breakfast, buffet lunch and AM & PM refreshments.
The 2022 Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will be the sixth in our city-specific series. Previous symposiums were held in New York City (2014), Philadelphia (2016), Cleveland (2018), Minneapolis (2019), and Brooklyn (2021).
It’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.
The SABR Analytics Certification program is an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics. The curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.
SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/certification to sign up today or learn more.
SABR 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.
- Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s Allan Roth Chapter in Los Angeles will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 7:00 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 20. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Our guest speakers are authors Jason Cannon (Charlie Murphy: The Iconoclastic Showman behind the Chicago Cubs) and Steve Treder (Forty Years a Giant: The Life of Horace Stoneham). Click here to regis
ter in advance for this Zoom meeting.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from Judith Hiltner and Jim Walker, authors of Red Barber: The Life and Legacy of a Baseball Legend. Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.
Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:
- July 16: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter book club meeting (9:00 a.m. EDT)
- July 16: SABR Baseball Memories meeting (4:00 p.m. EDT)
- July 17: Robinson-Kell (AR) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- July 18: Bob Broeg St. Louis (MO) Chapter meeting with Gary Mueller (6:30 p.m. CDT)
- July 18: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- July 18: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with David Krell (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- July 20: Allan Roth (CA) Chapter meeting with Jason Cannon and Steve Treder (7:00 p.m. PDT)
- July 21: Larry Doby (SC) Chapter meeting with Bill Nowlin (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- July 21: Baseball Landmarks Map virtual launch party (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- July 21: Connie Mack-Dick Allen (PA) Chapter meeting with William Kashatus (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- July 23: Schott-Pelican (LA) Chapter meeting with John Fredland and Paul Semendinger (10:00 a.m. CDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- July 16: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
- July 16: Bob Davids Chapter ballgame/meeting at Nationals Park (Washington, DC)
- July 17: Goose Goslin Chapter meeting (Cherry Hill, NJ)
- July 19: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- July 20: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- July 20: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- July 20: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
- July 21: Magnolia Chapter meeting (Roswell, GA)
- July 24: Cliff Kachline Chapter Induction Day meeting (Cooperstown, NY)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Four new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:
- July 9, 1954: Fort Wayne Daisies win AAGPBL’s final All-Star Game, by Gary Belleville
- May 6, 1963: Army Cadets make it close in exhibition against Mets, by Kurt Blumenau
- May 31, 1979: Pat Underwood outduels his brother Tom in major-league debut, by Richard Cuicchi
- March 12, 2017: Mexico beats Venezuela, but not by enough to stay alive in World Baseball Classic, by Stew Thornley
In addition, the following stories from Baltimore Baseball, edited by Bill Nowlin and published by SABR in 2021, were also posted online:
- June 14, 1872: Early Baseball Encounters in the West: The Yeddo Royal Japanese Troupe Play Ball in America, by Bill Staples Jr.
- April 24, 1894: Orioles stun champion Beaneaters, scoring 14 runs in the ninth inning, by Mike Huber
- October 5, 1896: Baltimore’s Birds building to sweep the Temple Cup from Cleveland, by Benjamin Sabin
- June 18, 1897: Hitting ’Em Where They Ain’t: Wee Willie Keeler’s streak reaches 44 games in a row, by Kevin Larkin
- June 24, 1901: Turkey Mike Donlin trots to a 6-for-6 day at the plate for Orioles, by Kevin Larkin
- August 21, 1901: Joe McGinnity gives two spits over umpire’s calls, by Chad Osborne
- June 28, 1902: Little Napoleon vs. the Czar: John McGraw suspended by Ban Johnson after outburst, by Chris Corrigan (first-time author)
- September 29, 1902: Boston beats Baltimore in season finale as two teams go in very different directions, by Bill Nowlin
- October 3, 1926: Red Grier throws a no-hitter in Negro League World Series, by James Overmyer
- October 14, 1928: Baltimore Black Sox beat Lefty Grove and all-star team, by Bill Nowlin
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.
Episode #170 on Monday, July 11 featured Josh Wilker, author of Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards and a popular website of the same name, where he writes regularly about baseball and other cultural essays. He is also the author of The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and Benchwarmer: A Sports-Obsessed Memoir of Fatherhood. His writing has appeared at Fox Sports, VICE, The Classical, Baseball Prospectus, ESPN.com, and many other outlets.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
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 for the regular season. Listen to new episodes at 8:00-9:00 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.
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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Download 2022 SABR Annual Report
- SABR Defensive Index rankings released through games of June 19
- Maryland, Pennsylvania students win 2022 Lee Allen History of Baseball Award
- Check out highlights, photos from 2022 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
- Read all articles from the Spring 2022 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR Digital Library: The First Negro League Champion: The 1920 Chicago American Giants
- Interviews with sabermetric pioneers added to SABR Oral History Collection
- Check out SABR’s new Jackie Robinson 75th anniversary web project
- Seven baseball projects to receive SABR Local Grants in 2022
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
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|Robert Catalano||Flushing, NY||Jeremy Raff||Lancaster, PA|
|Brian Din||Mt. Prospect, IL||Alexander Rothschild||Otsego, MN|
|Frank Epifanio||West Berlin, NJ||Deb Seymour||Bethesda, MD|
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|Barry Goldmeier||Rockville, MD||Bob Tatro||Jackson, MO|
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Here are the new research committee updates this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter: Summer 2022 newsletter (Baltimore, MD)
- Ted Williams Chapter: Download a PDF edition of San Diego Padres — The Westgate Years: 1958-1968
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Evan Gerike: Katie Krall brings history to Cooperstown (BaseballHall.org)
- Emma Baccellieri: ‘A League of Their Own’ Endures Because It’s Personal (Sports Illustrated)
- Mike Petriello: What you need to know about Statcast bat tracking (MLB.com)
- Jayson Stark: The Orioles and the most unlikely winning streak ever (The Athletic)
- Tyler Kepner: In Spite of Pitching Woes, the Red Sox Keep Swinging (New York Times)
- David Laurila: Padres Pitching Prospect Robert Gasser Doesn’t Believe In Being Bland (FanGraphs)
- Stephanie Apstein: ‘I’m About to Get Hot’: Inside Matt Carpenter’s Revival With the Yankees (Sports Illustrated)
- Alex Speier: John Henry takes stock of the Red Sox’ present and future (Boston Globe)
- Russell A. Carleton: So You’ve Decided to Give Up (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jay Jaffe: A Second Act in Texas Has Made Martín Pérez a First-Time All-Star (FanGraphs)
- Derrick Goold: Pujols will swing for the the fences at final All-Star Game, compete in Home Run Derby (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Eno Sarris: The Astros understand that coaching isn’t one-size-fits-all, and it’s paying off (The Athletic)
- Steven Goldman: Some of Midseason Managerial Firings’ Greatest Hits (Baseball Prospectus)
- Grant Brisbee: The Giants’ walk-off homer drought is historic and maddening (The Athletic)
- Dan Connolly: How the Orioles’ Trey Mancini bonded with a Yankees fan dealing with cancer (The Athletic)
- Howard Megdal: What They’re Saying: Orioles Bullpen Edition (Baseball Prospectus)
- Michelle Ye Hee Lee/Julia Mio Inuma: Roki Sasaki, after sitting out Koshien, has a perfect game and Japan’s attention (Washington Post)
- Mark Simon: Tight Battle in World’s No. 1 Starting Pitcher Rankings (ACTA Sports)
- Pete Peterson: The Pittsburgh Dodgers: In the Wake of Jackie Robinson (Pittsburgh Quarterly)
- John Thorn: Baseball in 25 Objects: The Knickerbocker Flag (Our Game)
- Jeff Cohen: Interview with Terence Moore on The Real Hank Aaron (Baseball and BBQ)
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.
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Originally published: July 15, 2022. Last Updated: July 15, 2022.