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This Week in SABR: July 3, 2020

This Week in SABR: July 3, 2020

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 3, 2020:


Join us next week for SABR Virtual panels and presentations

SABR Virtual Convention 2020Baseball fans, join us throughout the month of July 2020 for SABR Virtual, a series of online presentations, chats, and panel discussions featuring authors, scholars, and figures from around the game.

Registration is now open at SABR.org/virtual-meetings for each SABR Virtual session.

SABR Virtual sessions are scheduled each weekend from Thursday, July 9 to Sunday, July 26, highlighted by:

  • Nearly 40 research presentations on all aspects of baseball, past and present, from the major leagues, minor leagues, and Negro Leagues
  • Half a Century in Half an Hour: SABR’s 50 at 50 Project, with Leslie Heaphy, John Thorn, and Jason Schwartz
  • Evaluating Baseball Art: Storytelling in a Digital Age, with Graig Kreindler, Anika Orrock, Dick Perez, and Anthony Salazar
  • Civil Rights and Baseball: Perception and Reality, with Dr. Louis Moore and Emily Hawks
  • Baseball Then and Now: Arnold Hano’s 94 Years in the Bleachers, with Arnold Hano, Jon Leonoudakis, and Jean Ardell
  • MLB Diversity Initiatives and Social Justice Resources, with Tyrone Brooks and Corey Smith
  • Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, July 11, with Bob Davids Award announcement to follow (SABR’s Board of Directors welcomes any questions from members; please fill out our online form to submit a question in advance)
  • Online raffle in which all SABR members will have the opportunity to win baseball memorabilia. Click here to learn more and enter to win!

SABR members will have first priority to reserve their spot for each daily two-hour session, which are limited to the first 100 participants. Sessions will be opened to all baseball fans based on availability. Recordings will be available for all baseball fans to view afterward on SABR’s YouTube channel.

Visit SABR.org/virtual-meetings to find the full schedule and register for each session.


Enter the SABR Virtual Raffle to win baseball memorabilia prizes

Lou Gehrig Montage First Edition PrintEnter the SABR Virtual Raffle for a chance to win a lineup card autographed by Tony Gwynn and other baseball memorabilia prizes!

Winners will be announced during a SABR Virtual session on July 26. Each raffle ticket entitles the participant to a chance to win one individual memorabilia item, which will be drawn at random.

The prizes include: Tony Gwynn Autographed Lineup Card; Bill James Bobblehead and SABR Thumb Drive; Hank Aaron Hartland Vintage Figurine; Lou Gehrig Montage First Edition Print; Bud Selig Autographed Baseball; Old Yankee Stadium Framed Print; 1957 MIlwaukee Braves World Series Mounted Team Photo. Click here to learn more.

The raffle is open to all SABR members. You do not have to be registered for a SABR Virtual session in order to win. Winners will be notified by e-mail after the random drawing on July 26, 2020, and prizes will be shipped via US Mail following the conference.


Submit questions for Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, July 11

As part of the SABR Virtual online conference, SABR will hold its Annual Business Meeting from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

In addition to updates from SABR CEO Scott Bush, Board President Mark Armour, and Treasurer F.X. Flinn, the Annual Business Meeting will also include the announcement of the 2020 Bob Davids Award, SABR’s highest honor.

SABR’s Board of Directors welcomes any questions from members during the Annual Business Meeting; please fill out our online form to submit a question in advance.

Each SABR Virtual session is limited to the first 100 SABR members who sign up. The Annual Business Meeting will also be livestreamed on SABR’s Facebook page for any SABR members to watch online.

For more information, visit SABR.org/virtual-meetings.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Stay Home With SABRSABR 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.

This week, we heard from authors Mitchell Nathanson and Alan Cohen, a panel on The Future of Baseball Cards with Micah Johnson, Nick Vossbrink, Scott Hodges, and Jason Schwartz, and a Conversation on Women Umpires with Perry Barber, Lisa Turbitt, and The Fairlady.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can “attend” online:

  • July 6: SABR Board of Directors conference call (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 9: SABR Virtual: Day 1 with Richard Moraski, Mark Kanter, John Burbridge, and Paul Scimonelli (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 10: SABR Virtual: Day 2 with Tom Thress, David W. Smith, Mark Pankin, and a one-on-one interview hosted by Dan Evans
  • July 11: Talkin’ Baseball: Maxwell Kates (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • July 11: Jack Graney-Hank Gowdy (Ohio) joint chapter meeting (9:30 a.m. EDT)
  • July 11: SABR Virtual: Day 3 with Lindsay Bell, Andy McCue, the Annual Business Meeting, and presentation of 2020 SABR Bob Davids Award (3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 12: SABR Virtual: Day 4 with Jerry Amernic, Michael Haupert, Herm Krabbenhoft, and “Half a Century in Half an Hour: SABR’s 50 at 50 Project” with Leslie Heaphy, John Thorn, and Jason Schwartz

Find more upcoming virtual meetings and watch replays of past events on our SABR Virtual Calendar page.


Check out MLB social justice resource guide

Major League Baseball has put together a social justice resource guide to help baseball fans learn more about promoting and supporting an inclusive environment for everyone to enjoy the game we all love.

Visit MLB.com/diversity-and-inclusion/social-justice to learn more.


Read all articles from the Spring 2020 Baseball Research Journal online

Spring 2020 Baseball Research JournalGood news! The Spring 2020 edition of the Baseball Research Journal is now available to read online:

Click here to read the Spring 2020 Baseball Research Journal at SABR.org

Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next few weeks. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered to your inboxes on June 24.

To read more articles from the BRJ archives, our flagship publication for nearly the past half-century, click here.

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

We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2020 Baseball Research Journal!


SABR Digital Library: Harvey’s Wallbangers: The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers

Harvey's Wallbangers: The 1982 Milwaukee BrewersAdd a pennant-winning baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Harvey’s Wallbangers: The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-27-1, $34.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-970159-26-4, $9.99
8.5” x 11”, 407 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at SABR.org.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

SABR members can download all Digital Library e-books for free or get 50% off the paperback editions. Find past titles at 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.


Get a 25% discount on pre-orders of new SABR 50 at 50 book

SABR 50 at 50 book coverBaseball has seen many changes in the last 50 years, and SABR’s 50th anniversary provides an opportunity to highlight the most memorable players, teams, and events from the game’s glorious past.

SABR 50 at 50: The Society for American Baseball Research’s Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game, edited by Bill Nowlin and now available for pre-order from the University of Nebraska Press, celebrates and highlights SABR’s wide-ranging contributions to baseball history.

SABR members can get a 25% discount off the cover price by using the discount code 6SFF when ordering at nebraskapress.unl.edu or calling 800-848-6224. (To order outside of North America, please call +44 (0)1423 526350 and use the discount code CS40UNP.)

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


Call for papers: 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

Call for papers: 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball ConferenceSABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the second annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled for September 11-13, 2020, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

This year’s conference theme is celebrating African American women in baseball. All topics related to women’s baseball and the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues are welcome for individual oral and poster presentations.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by July 15, 2020, to Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


Thanks to our SABR Sustainability Campaign contributors

Following the postponement of SABR 50, we asked members to join in philanthropy and help the organization navigate significant financial challenges to ensure the pursuit of our mission would continue without interruption.

Our call to action was heard and answered, as more than 350 SABR members participated in the Sustainability Campaign and collectively raised over $100,000 — a figure that eliminates the hardship of postponing SABR 50. This support exemplifies the passion and dedication SABR members have for the organization and our research.

Thanks to all of our contributors, including these recent members:

   
Steven Berke Richard Macaluso
Billy Broadbent John McMurray
Alan Brokos Richard Moraski
Alfred Davis George Pawlush
Morris Eckhouse David Raglin
Thomas Heebink  

Visit SABR.org/donate/sustain to see the full list of contributors.


Ohio students win 2020 Lee Allen History of Baseball Award

SABR is pleased to announce the winners of the Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for 2020.

Gianna Santangelo, Rebecca Catlos, and Tory Bobosky of New Middletown, Ohio, won the Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for their interactive exhibit, “A Forgotten Hero: Larry Doby’s Fight to Integrate American League Baseball.”

Since 1996, SABR has honored the best baseball research project at the National History Day competition, an annual event in which students compete on a regional basis, followed by state competition, and then national finals at the University of Maryland. The award is named in honor of Lee Allen, the historian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum from 1950 to 1969. To view a list of past winners, click here.


SABR office continuing to work remotely

The SABR office, housed at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, has been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Staff members will work remotely until it is advisable to resume normal operations on-site.

Please contact a member of the SABR staff by email or phone with any questions.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with comedian Greg Proops

SABRcast #66: Greg ProopsBaseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer.

Episode #66 on Monday, June 29 featured Greg Proops, a stand-up comic from San Francisco who is best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway? and other improv comedy shows. He is the host of The Smartest Man in the World podcast and a political comedy album called The Resistance. He also has a recurring role on ABC’s New Sitcom Schooled. He has been the host of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s annual Hall of Game Ceremony in Kansas City.

Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.


7 new SABR biographies published

Turkey Stearnes (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)Seven new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject


10 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

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

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.

Listen to recent episodes of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

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. Listen to new episodes at 4:00-5:00 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. 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.


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: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.


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 members.sabr.org 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.

NameHometown  NameHometown
Vincent AyersBellevue, WA  Paul LindgrenConcord, NH
Keith BovaFairfield, CT  Steven MackFalls Church, VA
Sue Bryant-StillSacramento, CA  Yusuke MorishitaYokohama, JPN
David EspinozaSacramento, CA  David ObuchowskiWebster, MA
Richard GrebencWeston, FL  Pete ScribnerGrand Blanc, MI
Jaken HermanConroe, TX  Kenneth SmollerBrookline, MA
Jared HolveSpringville, CA  Philip TrygarSpring, TX
Rod JarrettPort Clinton, OH  Lisa TurbittBurlington, ON
Terry JoyceRochester, NY  Richard ZielinkskiSte. Genevieve, MO
John KamrarBellingham, WA    

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.


Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.


SABR Virtual Events Calendar

Here are the upcoming virtual events on the SABR calendar:

  • July 6: SABR Board of Directors conference call (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 9: SABR Virtual: Day 1 with Richard Moraski, Mark Kanter, John Burbridge, and Paul Scimonelli (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 10: SABR Virtual: Day 2 with Tom Thress, David W. Smith, Mark Pankin, and a one-on-one interview hosted by Dan Evans
  • July 11: Talkin’ Baseball: Maxwell Kates (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • July 11: Jack Graney-Hank Gowdy (Ohio) joint chapter meeting (9:30 a.m. EDT)
  • July 11: SABR Virtual: Day 3 with Lindsay Bell, Andy McCue, the Annual Business Meeting, and presentation of 2020 SABR Bob Davids Award (3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 12: SABR Virtual: Day 4 with Jerry Amernic, Michael Haupert, Herm Krabbenhoft, and “Half a Century in Half an Hour: SABR’s 50 at 50 Project” with Leslie Heaphy, John Thorn, and Jason Schwartz

Find more virtual meetings on our SABR Virtual Events Calendar page.


Around the Web

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

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.


This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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Originally published: July 3, 2020. Last Updated: July 2, 2020.

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