Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Please note: The SABR office will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of July 2, 2021:
Vince Gennaro, former SABR Board President and co-founder of the SABR Analytics Conference, was announced as the winner of the Bob Davids Award during SABR’s Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, June 26, 2021.
The award — which is the Society’s highest honor — honors SABR members whose contributions to SABR and baseball reflect the ingenuity, integrity, and self-sacrifice of the founder and past president of SABR, L. Robert “Bob” Davids.
“I’m grateful to a lot of people; this is really quite a privilege,” Gennaro said. “What a gift SABR is — to have an opportunity to be in a community like this, when you’re passionate about baseball, to really indulge your passion and interest, it’s a real privilege to be associated with it.”
Gennaro served on SABR’s Board of Directors from 2009 to 2019, including four terms as Board President, where he co-founded (with former CEO Marc Appleman) the SABR Analytics Conference — which has become a must-attend event for baseball industry professionals — and helped establish SABR’s involvement in the Rawlings Gold Glove Award voting process.
As part of SABR’s 50th anniversary in 2021, all baseball fans are invited to join us online for the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series, presented by Major League Baseball and Baseball-Reference.com.
The Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference makes its virtual return as part of the Summer of SABR series on July 23-25, 2021. Since 1998, the Malloy Conference has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of Black baseball history.
- Registration: Click here to register for the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series. Registration is $35 for SABR members and $50 for non-members. The single registration fee will provide access to the entirety of the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series, including every session on June 25-27, July 23-25, and August 10, 13-14. That’s NINE incredible virtual sessions, including the full Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, for just one registration price.
- Contact: Please e-mail Chanel Zapata with any other questions about your registration.
- Schedule: Stay tuned for more details on the panels and presentations to be delivered at the 2021 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference.
Visit SABR.org/summer to register today or for more information.
Charles Wesley “Charlie” Bennett has been selected as SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2021. The announcement was made on Tuesday, June 29 at the Nineteenth Century Committee’s annual business meeting, held virtually through Zoom.
This spring, a record-tying total of 341 SABR members submitted their votes for the 2021 Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend — a 19th-century player, manager, executive or other baseball personality not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
This December, the Hall of Fame’s Early Baseball Committee will meet and vote on eligible candidates for induction whose greatest contributions to the game were realized prior to 1950. This committee is not scheduled to vote again until 2030.
Previous Overlooked Legends were Pete Browning in 2009, Deacon White (2010), Harry Stovey (2011), Bill Dahlen (2012), Ross Barnes (2013), Doc Adams (2014), Tony Mullane (2015), Jack Glasscock (2016), Bob Caruthers (2017), William “Dummy” Hoy (2018), Jim Creighton (2019), and Bud Fowler last year. White became the first Overlooked Legend to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.
Bennett was one of the greatest catchers of the nineteenth century, starring for the Detroit Wolverines in the National League (and playing every season of the franchise’s existence). He was a powerful hitter who often ranked among the leaders in home runs and slugging percentage while finishing in the top 10 in bases on balls six times.
As a SABR member, you have vast resources and benefits at your disposal. With so much information at your fingertips, we realize it can be difficult or overwhelming at times to absorb it all! To highlight key benefits, read on for this month’s SABR Member Benefit Spotlight, a new email series that identifies and explains some of the most valuable features of your membership. We hope this allows you to take full advantage of all SABR has to offer.
Today’s issue highlights the SABR Digital Library and the wide selection of electronic publications available free to members.
— Chanel Zapata
Negro Leagues Grave Marker Project installs new headstone for St. Louis baseball pioneer Henry Bridgewater
The Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project has completed the research, purchase, and installation of a grave marker for the unmarked grave of Henry Bridgewater at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Normandy, Missouri, in St. Louis County. This marker represents the second marker placed at this cemetery and the 45th marker placed by the NLBGMP since its formation in 2004.
St. Peter’s Cemetery is the final resting place for at least 11 Negro Leagues baseball players and team owners, including Hall of Famer James “Cool Papa” Bell. Five of these players are buried in unmarked graves at this time.
According to Dr. James Brunson’s extensive research on 19th-century Black baseball, Bridgewater was most likely born into slavery in St. Louis in 1844. He eventually became one of the most influential and wealthiest African American businessmen in the city. In the 1880s, his baseball team — the St. Louis Black Stockings — became the dominant Black baseball team in the region, with local White professional teams refusing to play them.
Brunson writes: “Celebrated nationally as colored champions in 1882, Bridgewater’s Black Stockings reinvigorated colored baseball and the black sporting crowd of St. Louis.” During his ownership, according to Brunson, the Black Stockings made four professional tours, competing against amateur, semiprofessional, and professional clubs. Unfortunately, Bridgewater’s goal of forming a national Black baseball league never materialized. After baseball, his interests shifted to social activism. He died in St. Louis in 1904.
— Jeremy Krock
In the SABR Research Collection, you can now find every issue of the Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime from SABR’s first 50 years online!
Most issues of SABR’s flagship publications are available to read online, with thousands of articles already searchable at SABR.org, while the rest are available as PDF downloads.
- Click here to read the Baseball Research Journal archives
- Click here to read The National Pastime archives
Established in 1972, the Baseball Research Journal was created so members could publish and share their research with like-minded students of baseball. Today, the BRJ provides a unique mix of cutting-edge baseball research and historical and biographical articles.
The National Pastime was launched in 1982 and published annually; since 2009 it has served as SABR’s convention-focused publication, providing in-depth articles focused on the geographic region where the Annual Convention is taking place.
More articles from the SABR archives will be added online to the Research Collection in the coming months. Click here to learn more about the BRJ and TNP in our Member Benefit Spotlight video.
Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2021 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference on September 10-12, 2021, in Rockford, Illinois. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation, and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250.
Students must be currently enrolled in a high school, college undergraduate or graduate program, and be between 18 and 29 years of age at the time of the conference. Some form of age verification (photocopy of driver’s license, passport, etc.) must be attached to your application.
All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Leslie Heaphy at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 2, 2021, or be sent by mail to: SABR, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of June 2021:
|Mark Armour||Joseph Luchok|
|Stephen Barnes||Peter Mancuso|
|Chris Betsch||Mark Manuel|
|David Bohmer||Stephen Milman|
|Mark Bonino||Kevin Mysliwiec|
|Maurice Bouchard||Roderic Nelson|
|D. Bruce Brown||Andrew North|
|John Burbridge III||Bill Nowlin|
|Scott Bush||Gregg Pericich|
|Ken Carrano||Byron Petraroja|
|Scott Carter||Mel Poplock|
|John Carter||William Ragen|
|Dale Christenson||John Rall|
|Jim Cox||Carl Rhoads|
|Ron Elliott||Michael Rosenwasser|
|Steven Elsberry||Charles Roussel|
|David Firstman||Bob Russon|
|Adam Foldes||Jason Scheller|
|Ralph Foss||Douglas Schoppert|
|John Fredland||John Seaburg|
|Robert Garratt||Jeffrey Self|
|Megan Garvey||Blake Sherry|
|Duke Goldman||Mark Stangl|
|Stephen Greyser||Thomas Stone|
|Mary Griswold||Christian Stopp|
|Leslie Heaphy||Wesley Story|
|Tim Herlich||Joseph Thompson|
|John Paul Hill||John Thorn|
|Rockwell Hoffman||Neal Traven|
|David Hughes||Robert Wakefield|
|Donald Jensen||Steve West|
|Charles Kupfer||J. R. Wildridge|
|Charles Levihn||Beach Wires|
|Daniel Levitt||Jeffrey Wood|
|Henry Levy||Don Zminda|
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 Pacific Northwest Chapter and the Elliott Bay Book Company will co-host a virtual “Triple Play: Three Books, Three Authors on Baseball” event at 6:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, July 6. All SABR members are invited to attend. We’ll hear from Steve Steinberg (Comeback Pitchers: The Remarkable Careers of Howard Ehmke and Jack Quinn, with Lyle Spatz); Larry Baldassaro (Tony Lazzeri: Yankees Legend and Baseball Pioneer); and Don Zminda (Double Plays and Double Crosses: The Black Sox and Baseball in 1920), hosted by Mark Armour. Click here to register at EventBrite for this free event.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard the Nineteenth Century Committee’s 2021 Annual Meeting. 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 3: Talkin’ Baseball: Tim Wendel (9:00 a.m. EDT)
- July 6: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting with Steve Steinberg, Lawrence Baldassaro, Don Zminda, and Mark Armour (6:00 p.m. PDT)
- July 7: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Tony Oliver (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- July 8: Bill Hickman: “History of Baseball in Rockville, Maryland” (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- July 8: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Tom Kelenic (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- July 10: SABR Baseball Memories meeting (4:00 p.m. EDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- July 7: East Tennessee Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Greeneville, TN)
- July 10: Smoky Joe Wood (CT) Chapter luncheon (Vernon, CT)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Two new book projects were recently approved by SABR’s Editorial Board and both provide opportunities for research and writing. If you have never contributed to a SABR project before, please consider joining our team!
- Roberto Clemente
- 1934 Philadelphia Stars
The Roberto Clemente book will be the third in a series of books featuring baseball personalities, following on the heels of The Babe (2020) and Jackie: Perspectives on 42 (2021). The book will have the same format, so we are looking for thematic essays and articles on Clemente’s life and legacy, and a willingness to write up key games from Clemente’s career.
The 1934 Philadelphia Stars book will be our sixth in a series of books on great Negro Leagues teams. Previous books have featured the 1948 Birmingham Black Barons and Homestead Grays, the 1946 Newark Eagles, and the 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords. Upcoming books in the series also include the 1942 Kansas City Monarchs and the 1920 Chicago American Giants, which will be published soon.
Episode #117 on Monday, June 28 featured Emma Baccellieri, an award-winning staff writer at Sports Illustrated since 2018. Her work often weaves together elements of baseball’s past and present, such as her recent work on the Year of the Pitcher, the “baseball is dying” trope, and the origin of the save rule. She has also written profiles on a variety of other sports, including college basketball, soccer, chess, and the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Previously, she wrote for Deadspin — where she won a SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for her 2017 story on MLB Statcast — and Baseball Prospectus. She grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from Duke University with a history degree.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
SABR Century: Chicago American Giants clash with cross-town rivals in Negro National League play 100 years ago
On June 19 and 20, 1921, the Chicago American Giants and Chicago Giants played a two-game Negro National League series at Chicago’s Schorling Park. The teams’ names were similar, but their fortunes diverged. Rube Foster’s Chicago American Giants were headed for their second NNL pennant in as many years, while the Chicago Giants, a traveling team without a dedicated home field, were bound for last place again.
While Foster’s team, as expected, won both games, they were close calls: 21-year-old Giants slugger John Beckwith narrowly missed a game-breaking hit in the opener when two deep drives landed foul, and it took a 10th-inning error for the American Giants to win the second game. The crowds at Schorling Park saw some of the greats of Black baseball, including Cristòbal Torriente and Bingo DeMoss of the American Giants, and Beckwith and Walter Ball of the Giants.
The SABR Baseball Games Project, in support of SABR’s Century Committee’s celebration of the centennial of the 1921 baseball season, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the American Giants-Giants clash with these two new articles by SABR member Frederick C. Bush.
Follow the Games Project and Century Committee throughout 2021 for coverage of the 1921 season. The Games Project has recently published 17 articles on historically significant games from June 1921 involving American League, National League, and Negro National League teams.
Highlights of June 1921 include Babe Ruth’s slugging and pitching, as well as his legal troubles; star power from Rogers Hornsby and Oscar Charleston; home run headlines in Cincinnati, Chicago, and Philadelphia; a blunder by player-manager Ty Cobb that cost his teammate a home run; Negro National League mound gems by Bill Gatewood of the Detroit Stars and Dicta Johnson of the Indianapolis ABCs; and a National League pitching matchup between Pawnee member Moses Yellow Horse and Cuba native Dolf Luque.
— John Fredland
Fourteen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- September 20, 1908: Frank Smith no-hits the A’s as White Sox win 1-0 in bottom of the ninth, by Thomas E. Merrick
- July 3, 1921: Atlantic City Bacharach Giants edge natural rivals Hilldale, 6-5, by James Overmyer
- July 9, 1921: Columbus Buckeyes surprise first-place Detroit Stars with comeback win, by John Fredland
- April 18, 1952: ‘Dutch the Clutch’ Vollmer sparks first Red Sox home opener win in 5 years, by Bill Nowlin
- June 26, 1961: International League All-Stars buzzsaw big-league Indians with two-hitter, by Kurt Blumenau
- July 4, 1972: Durocher, Cubs full of fireworks after sudden rain ends game in a tie, by Kurt Blumenau
- July 11, 1989: Bo knows All-Star heroics: Royals’ Jackson homers in debut to win MVP honors, by Mike Huber
- August 18, 1989: Cubs manager Don Zimmer’s odd intentional walk decision helps Astros to walk-off victory, by Madison McEntire
- July 9, 1996: Hometown hero Mike Piazza shines as National League shuts out AL stars in Philadelphia, by Andrew Harner
- May 14, 2000: Rondell White leads Expos to wild 16-15 win over Cubs, by Gary Belleville
- July 12, 2011: National League wins first All-Star Game played in Arizona, by Dan Cichalski
- August 26, 2011: Jim Thome returns to Cleveland after late-season trade, by Andrew Harner
- July 4, 2012: David Ortiz’s 400th home run not enough for Red Sox on Independence Day, by Alexander Harriman (first-time author)
- September 22, 2020: Yadiel Hernández’s first homer for Nationals is a walk-off winner, by Laura H. Peebles
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.
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:
- Baseball Reference dramatically expands stat coverage of the Negro Leagues
- SABR Defensive Index rankings released through games of June 13
- Get free access to Newspapers.com World Collection online archives with your SABR membership
- SABR 50 at 50: Off-Field Moments
- Pennsylvania students win 2021 Lee Allen History of Baseball Award
- Check out videos and highlights from the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference
- Read articles from the Spring 2021 Baseball Research Journal online
- Check out stories, videos, and highlights from the 2021 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference
- Download 2021 SABR Annual Report
- Century Committee launches new website with articles on 1921 NL, AL, Negro National League season
- SABR Member Benefit Spotlight: Research Resources
- SABR Digital Library: Jackie: Perspectives on 42
- SABR 50, Jerry Malloy conferences rescheduled for 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.
|Al Bastin||Topton, PA||Justin Nowell||Somerville, MA|
|James Brazil||Houston, TX||Andres Perez||Charlotte, NC|
|Mike Cooke||Vancouver, WA||Joseph Russo||Millville, NJ|
|Richard Dennis||Phoenix, AZ||Richard Stewart||Houston, TX|
|Scott Duff||Springfield, MO||Michael Summerhill||Chicago, IL|
|Billy Higgins||Fort Smith, AR||Matt Van Hoose||Springfield, VA|
|Tom Joyce||Roeland Park, KS|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Black Sox Scandal: June 2021 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Connie Mack-Dick Allen Chapter: Check out the chapter’s fundraising initiative to place a historical marker for the 1871 Philadelphia Athletics
- Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter: July 2021 newsletter (Milwaukee, WI)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Save 50% on University of Nebraska Press baseball books through July 15 by using the discount code 6SUMM21
- Ben Lindbergh/Meg Rowley: Effectively Wild: A Bad Day in Baseball (FanGraphs)
- Brittany Ghiroli/Katie Strang: Graphic details, photos emerge in restraining order filed against Trevor Bauer (The Athletic)
- Hannah Keyser: Public litigation of the Trevor Bauer assault allegations is miserable and unavoidable (Yahoo! Sports)
- Rob Neyer: With Baseball Stamps, It Ain’t Over Until the Rights Issues Clear (New York Times)
- Neil Paine: Only One Player Has Ever Been As Good As Shohei Ohtani: Bullet Rogan (FiveThirtyEight)
- Rob Arthur: Spin Rate Spikes Have Been Contagious (Baseball Prospectus)
- Eno Sarris: Spin is down, that much is clear. But what impact is that actually having on the game? (The Athletic)
- Emma Baccellieri: Germán Márquez Loses No-Hit Bid in 9th But Achieves Something Better (Sports Illustrated)
- Jay Jaffe: Ohtani Serves Up a Dud in the Bronx, But Angels Recover to Win a Wet and Wild One (FanGraphs)
- Jake Shapiro: How far could a home run fly at 2021 MLB Home Run Derby at Coors Field? (Denver Post)
- Tyler Kepner: The All-Star Game’s Lack of Style Will Be Made Up in Substance (New York Times)
- Jayson Stark: What we learned in June — who’s buying, who’s selling, new records, MVP debates and more (The Athletic)
- Rob Mains: The Twins Are Chasing A Dubious Record (Baseball Prospectus)
- Rustin Dodd: Shohei Ohtani is ‘in his own world’ … which appears to be somewhere beyond baseball’s outer limits (The Athletic)
- Stephanie Apstein: Hitting Homers Is Fun for Kyle Schwarber. Counting Them Is Not. (Sports Illustrated)
- RJ McDaniel: Five Out of 2,750 Strikeouts For Yu Darvish (FanGraphs)
- Grant Brisbee: Buster Posey, obvious All-Star starter, might have made the transition to obvious Hall of Famer (The Athletic)
- Mark Simon: June’s Defensive Player of the Month (ACTA Sports)
- David Laurila: Michael King, Lucas Luetge, and Jordan Romano on Learning and Developing Their Sliders (FanGraphs)
- J.J. Cooper: Supreme Court Calls Out Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption In Ruling (Baseball America)
- Clinton Yates: The poet who starred at the College World Series (The Undefeated)
- Janey Murray: In 1946, unfathomable tragedy struck the Spokane Indians (BaseballHall.org)
- James Forr: Lovable and Inimitable The Pittsburgh Life of Pie Traynor (Pittsburgh Quarterly)
- Clayton Trutor: Frank Lucchesi’s Tarrant County Life (Southlake Style)
- Abby Sharpe: Remembering the lone Arizonan to play in the Negro Leagues (Cronkite News)
- Matt Thomas: The Forgotten Age of Northern English Professional Baseball (Angels Over the Pond)
- Jeff Cohen: Baseball and BBQ interview with author Marty Appel (Baseball and BBQ)
- Jason Schwartz: The best baseball card set of 2021? (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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 2, 2021. Last Updated: July 16, 2021.