Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of July 19, 2013:
We’re pleased to announce the speakers for the SABR 43 Phillies Player Panel on Thursday, August 1 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The panel will be held from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in the Salon E room at the Marriott.
- Gary “Sarge” Matthews, All-Star center fielder and 1973 National League Rookie of the Year. He played for the Phillies from 1981-83 and hit .429 with three home runs in the 1983 NLCS to earn Most Valuable Player honors. The following year, he led the NL in on-base percentage (.410) for the division-winning Chicago Cubs. He was a veteran of 16 seasons in the major leagues, beginning with the San Francisco Giants in 1972 and including stints with the Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners, finishing his career with more than 2,000 hits. He is also the father of major leaguer Gary Matthews Jr. and is in his seventh year as a Phillies TV broadcaster.
- Dickie Noles, an 11-year major league veteran who was a member of the Phillies’ 1980 World Series championship team. A right-handed pitcher from Charlotte, North Carolina, he spent a majority of his career with the Chicago Cubs and also played with the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers. In retirement, he has served the Phillies as an employee assistance counselor.
- Moderator: Dan Baker, Philadelphia Phillies public address announcer. Now in his 42nd year with the Phillies, Dan is the longest-serving public address announcer in Major League Baseball. He has served as the PA voice for five World Series, two All-Star Games and three NFC Championship Games for the Philadelphia Eagles. A graduate of Rowan University, he is a member of the Big 5 Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.
To register for SABR 43 or for more information on the national convention in Philadelphia, visit SABR.org/convention.
We are pleased to host a special presentation by SABR member Steve Wulf on Philadelphia Phillies great Johnny Callison at SABR 43 on Saturday, August 3 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.
Wulf, the former Executive Editor of ESPN The Magazine, will present a video on the 1964 All-Star Game hero and answer questions about the Phillies star. Callison was the subject of Wulf’s recent feature article at ESPN.com, which you can read here: http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/9459622/johnny-callison-1964-walk-home-run-last-all-star-game-hosted-new-york-mets
The presentation will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3 in the Salon E Room at the Marriott.
The SABR 43 convention will take place July 31-August 4 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. To register for SABR 43, visit SABR.org/convention. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
- Related link: 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.
In addition to the Phillies Player Panel and Steve Wulf presentation noted above, here are a few other additions and updates to the SABR 43 schedule:
- Pictorial History Committee meeting: The Pictorial History Committee is scheduled to hold its annual meeting from 7:00-8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 2 in Room 407/409 on the fourth floor at the Marriott.
- Black Sox Scandal Committee meeting: The Black Sox Scandal Committee meeting — a panel discussion commemorating the 50th anniversary of Eight Men Out with special guest Patricia Anderson, niece of Buck Weaver — has been moved to the Salon E room on the 5th floor. It will be held from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2.
- Business of Baseball Committee meeting: Here’s the agenda for the Business of Baseball Committee meeting (5:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, Room 401/403): Learn how to conduct business of baseball research at large archives! Find the treasures that can drive your research. The SABR Business of Baseball committee and Librarian Caucus have teamed together and will feature a roundtable-style discussion with experts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the National Archives at Philadelphia. Find out how to prepare for your site visit; build a top-notch exploration plan; deal with challenges in the archives; stay true to archival etiquette; and conclude your visit. Tom Shieber (National Baseball Hall of Fame) and Jefferson Moak (NARA) will share their knowledge, information about their collections, and will answer your questions. Additionally, insider information will be available from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
- “Breaking the Line with the Mudville Nine”: In case you missed it, singer/songwriter Kevin Kane will perform “Breaking the Line with the Mudville Nine” at the SABR 43 Awards Luncheon on Friday, August 2. His new performance piece, 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.
- Room switch on Saturday morning: At 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, the Biographical Research Committee will switch rooms with the Baseball and the Media Committee. The Biographical Research Committee meeting will now be held in Room 407/409, while the Baseball and the Media Committee meeting will now be held in Room 401/403.
For more information or to register for 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.
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: The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is at 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall , Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks. Call (877) 212-5752 to book your room or visit the hotel’s website at www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phldt-philadelphia-marriott-downtown. Please note that our exclusive group rate of $139/night is now expired.
- 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.
This groundbreaking book on early baseball is a fantastic new addition to the SABR Digital Library — and to your library, too:
Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century
Edited by Bill Felber
Associate editors: Bob Bailey, Mark Fimoff, Jerry Casway, Len Levin, Robert L. Tiemann, Peter Mancuso and Craig Waff
Foreword by John Thorn
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-93359-942-7
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-933599-43-4
308 pages, 8″ x 10″
A project of SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee, INVENTING BASEBALL brings to life the greatest games to be played in the game’s early years. From the “prisoner of war” game that took place among captive Union soldiers during the Civil War, to the first intercollegiate game (Amherst versus Williams), to the first professional no-hitter, the games in this volume span 1833-1900 and detail the athletic exploits of such players as Cap Anson, Moses “Fleetwood” Walker, Charlie Comiskey, Mike “King” Kelly, and John Montgomery Ward.
42 SABR members contributed chapters to the effort, including Bill Felber, Bill Nowlin, Bob Bailey, Bob Tiemann, Casey Tibbitts, Charles Faber, Cliff Blau, Craig Waff, David Arcidiacano, Dick McBane, Donald Jensen, Edward Achorn, Frank Vaccaro, Greg Rhodes, Irv Goldfarb, James Rygelski, Jean-Pierre Caillault, Jeff Samoray, Jerry Casway, Jerry Grillo, Jim Overmyer, Jimmy Keenan, Joanne Hulbert, John Bauer, John Husman, John Thorn, John Zinn, Jon Barnes, Kathy Torres, Lyle Spatz, Mark Pestana, Mike Harrington, Parker Bena, Patricia Millen, Paul Browne, Peter Mancuso, Phil Dixon, Rich Bogovich, Richard Hershberger, Terry Gottschall, W. Lloyd Johnson, and William Lamb.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Inventing Baseball for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Inventing Baseball paperback edition for $9.95 (plus shipping) from CreateSpace.
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. For more information and other titles, check out SABR.org/ebooks.
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.
The SABR Business of Baseball Committee has made available scanned documents from the original filing of the 1915 Federal Baseball lawsuit against organized baseball. The 1915 Federal Baseball lawsuit is a cornerstone topic for the committee because of the wide span of the case across so many business-related disciplines and the impact of the case on baseball history.
One of the committee’s goals has been to scan in and make available case files from the original lawsuit filed in United States District Court: The Federal League of Professional Baseball Clubs v. The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, et. al.
You can now view these files exclusively at SABR.org by clicking on the link below:
We hope these files will help future baseball researchers better understand the scope of the case, ensure accuracy in coverage of the Federal League, and potentially foster much new research about the case and its impact on baseball.
This case — presided over by Judge Kenesaw Landis, later the first commissioner of baseball — was a precursor to the more famous cases of Federal Baseball Club of Baltimore (you can read Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’ opinion in the 1922 Baltimore case here), as well as Toolson v. New York Yankees and Flood v. Kuhn. You can learn more about the Federal League in this Q&A with award-winning author Daniel R. Levitt, who wrote The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball: The Federal League Challenge and Its Legacy. Or read Justice Samuel Alito’s article from the Fall 2009 Baseball Research Journal, “The Origin of the Baseball Antitrust Exemption.”
According to a description from the National Archives and Records Adminstration (NARA):
This is the civil case in which the Federal League of Professional Baseball Clubs sued both the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs and the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, as well as various teams and owners, over the signing of players already under contract in the former league. In this anti-trust case, the Federal League claimed the American and National Leagues controlled baseball commerce. The case involved many of the leading baseball figures of the day, such as Charles Comiskey, August Herrmann, Joseph Tinker, Lee Magee, Cornelius McGillicuddy (Connie Mack), Charles Ebbets, and Charles Weeghman. Included in the records are affidavits, contracts, exhibits, petitions, notices, complaints, memorandums, and the judgment.
The description above represents only the outer layers of the onion. The scanned documents represent nearly 2,000 pages. Many of the documents were scanned using optical character recognition for simplified searching and a finding aid is available, an absolute boon to researchers. The finding aid describes the collection and is available here:
- To read the finding aid online, click here
- To download a PDF (15 pages) of the finding aid, click here
Ongoing thanks to Tom Pardo, Kyle McCafferty, Eve Mangurten, and William Holderfield, who were responsible for the organizing and scanning of the case files.
The number of research opportunities from these documents is nearly endless.
“Providing baseball researchers with access to the original documents filed in the Federal League litigation will undoubtedly lead to a fuller, richer, more nuanced understanding of both that litigation specifically and baseball history overall,” said SABR member and author Mitchell Nathanson, whose article on baseball’s antitrust exemption won a 2013 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award.
“Now, baseball historians will at last have the ability to analyze these documents themselves and draw their own conclusions, rather than simply rely on the received wisdom regarding this crucial episode in baseball’s development. There is simply no substitute for that. The digitization of these crucial documents is a landmark occasion in the field of baseball research.”
— Steve Weingarden
What are the best baseball analytics articles you’ve read so far in 2013?
We’re seeking nominations for the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, which recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year in the following categories:
- Contemporary Baseball Analysis: Honoring the best analysis focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
- Contemporary Baseball Commentary: Honoring the best commentary focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
- Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary: Honoring the best original analysis or commentary focusing on a subject related to a game(s), team(s) or player(s) throughout baseball history.
Please send all nominations via e-mail to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable).
Results will be announced and presented at the third annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 13-15, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more or register for the conference at SABR.org/analytics.
To view the winners and finalists of the 2013 awards, click here.
Wish a happy 90th birthday to Joe Simenic
“If you spend much time at the Hall of Fame perusing the files of obscure players, it will not be long before you find a note written by Joe Simenic. In particular, if you think you’ve found a promising new lead on one of the approximately 250 mystery major leaguers whose death information is unknown, it will not be long before you discover that Joe Simenic has been there before you. For more than four decades, Joe has been at the forefront of biographical research for major league ballplayers.”
The passage above is the opening to Peter Morris’ SABR biography of Joe Simenic. Joe is one of SABR’s 16 founding members and he is about to celebrate his milestone 90th birthday on Sunday, August 4, 2013.
Joe would like nothing more for his birthday than to receive a card from SABR members around the world.
In appreciation of his lifelong love of baseball and his efforts to advance our knowledge of the game, we invite you to send Joe a birthday card to: [address redacted].
Happy birthday, Joe!
Five new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,479 published biographies. Can we reach 2,500 before the SABR 43 convention in Philadelphia? Here are the new bios:
- Adam DeBus, by Terry Bohn
- Biddy Dolan, by Terry Bohn
- Ferd Eunick, by Chris Rainey
- Wally Mattick, by Bill Lamb
- Denis Menke, by David E. Skelton
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minutes from the Board of Directors conference call on June 23, 2013, 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.
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
- SABR panels at 2013 MLB All-Star FanFest will be posted soon
- Baseball Reliquary: 2013 Shrine of the Eternals Induction Day is July 21
- 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.
|Ron Backer||Pittsburgh, PA||John McGettigan||Salt Lake City, UT|
|Paul Benziger||New York, NY||Mark Nagy||Loveland, OH|
|Jim Blue II||Pittsburgh, PA||Denis O’Sullivan||Half Moon Bay, CA|
|Robert Bogdan||Queensbury, NY||John Patterson||Haddonfield, NJ|
|Max Burgess||Houston, TX||Alex Poterack||Providence, RI|
|Eric Frost||Pearland, TX||Ed Presnell||Augusta, GA|
|Jeffrey Griffith||Santa Ana, CA||Ted Rosenholm||Granby, MA|
|Tom Hoffmeister||Ellicott City, MD||Howard Smith||Port Matilda, PA|
|Leslie Hoffmeister||Ellicott City, MD||Richard Tharp||Gaithersburg, MD|
|Stephen Hoffmeister||Ellicott City, MD||Frank Tursi||Swansboro, NC|
|Ken Krause||Medford, MA||Benjamin Wechsler||Pittsburgh, PA|
|Alexa Maldonado||Short Hills, NJ||Patrick Whitney||Dallas, TX|
|Bob McGee||North Salem, NY||Keith Wilson||Oceanside, CA|
There were no new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new chapter meeting recaps published this week:
- Ted Williams Chapter newsletter (San Diego, CA)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- July 20: South Florida Chapter meeting (Jupiter, FL)
- July 20: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Round Rock, TX)
- July 20: “Summer of ’68” with Tim Wendel (Kansas City, MO)
- 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)
- July 27: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
- July 28: Cliff Kachline Chapter Induction Day meeting (Cooperstown, NY)
- July 31-August 4: SABR 43 convention (Philadelphia, PA)
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:
- SABR President Vince Gennaro talks Yasiel Puig and the cost-conscious Pirates on Bloomberg TV’s “Sportfolio”
- Jayson Stark: Who is the ‘Face of Baseball’ in 2013? Should anyone be? (ESPN.com)
- Jack Moore: The secret history of sabermetrics (The Classical)
- On the shortcomings of OPS as an advanced metric (Sports Data Research)
- Orioles’ Manny Machado within reach of all-time doubles mark as second half begins (Baltimore Sun)
- Gary Cieradkowski: Willard Hershberger, the man who destroyed himself (The Infinite Baseball Card Set)
- Last living survivor recalls fatal 1948 minor league bus crash in Minnesota (Duluth News-Tribune)
- Zachary Levine: The Pirates’ innovative approach to building bullpens (Baseball Prospectus)
- Rob Neyer: Citi Field and the new paradigm of ballpark design (Baseball Nation)
- David Laurila: Q&A with Eric Stults, a poor man’s Randy Jones (FanGraphs)
- Wendy Thurm: On Michael Weiner’s ‘potential game-changer’ in BioGenesis case (FanGraphs)
- Jacob Pomrenke: The whitewashing of Hal Chase (The National Pastime Museum)
- Vince Gennaro: Ranking the top starting pitchers in baseball (MLB Network)
- Ryan Whirty: 65 years ago, Satchel Paige earns first win with Indians (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
- Wayne McDonnell Jr.: The overblown fallacy of the Home Run Derby hangover (Forbes.com)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: July 19, 2013. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.