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 5, 2019:
The SABR Board of Directors has appointed Tyrone Brooks to fill the vacant Director’s seat following Mark Armour’s election as President this spring.
The SABR By-Laws provide that an open Director’s seat may be filled by the remaining Board members within 60 days by a 2/3 majority vote (in this case, 5 of 7 votes), or the Board must call a special election. Brooks’s term expires at the end of the Annual Business Meeting at the 2021 SABR convention.
Brooks is the Senior Director of MLB’s Front Office & Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program, which was established to identify, develop and grow the pool of qualified minority and female candidates for on-field and baseball operations positions throughout the industry.
At SABR 49 on Thursday, June 27, our 1984 San Diego Padres Panel discussed San Diego’s first National League championship team, the memorable moments from that season, and the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.
The panel included Kurt Bevacqua, San Diego Padres infielder and 1984 World Series hero; Ron Rapoport, sports columnist and author; Ballard Smith, President of the San Diego Padres from 1979 to 1987; Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune sports columnist; and moderator Bob Chandler, San Diego Padres broadcaster from 1970-2003.
At SABR 49, San Diego Padres Assistant General Manager Josh Stein delivered the welcoming remarks at our 2019 national convention on Thursday, June 27 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego.
Stein is in his sixth season as the San Diego Padres’ Assistant General Manager, where he assists in all player acquisitions as well as roster, payroll and budget management. He is involved in all contract negotiations, including coordinating the club’s salary arbitration efforts, while also managing the Padres’ statistical analysis and video scouting systems.
Mark Pankin has won the 2019 Doug Pappas Award for the best oral research presentation and Zachary Rewolinski has won the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for the best poster presentation at SABR 49 in San Diego.
Pankin, the Retrosheet.org webmaster and and a retired investment advisor from Alexandria, Virginia, won the Pappas Award for his presentation, “Baseball’s Most Confounding Rule,” which he delivered Friday, June 28 during SABR 49 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel in San Diego.
Rewolinski, a recent Scripps Ranch High School graduate from San Diego who will be attending Rice University, won the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for his poster, “An Analysis of the Relationship Between Pitcher Size and UCL Tears.”
An earlier version of Rewolinski’s presentation was published in an article at FanGraphs.com earlier this spring.
Listen to a new episode of SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer — which is now available on your favorite podcast streaming services! 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.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to Episode #14 — featuring highlights from the Padres Player Panel with Randy Jones and Mark Sweeney at last week’s SABR 49 convention in San Diego. Jones is a charter member of the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame, the 1976 National League Cy Young Award winner, and the owner of Randy Jones BBQ at Petco Park. Sweeney played 14 seasons in the major leagues as a outfielder, first baseman, and pinch-hitter extraordinaire from 1995 to 2008; he is now a TV analyst on Fox Sports San Diego. The panel was moderated by Rob Neyer and the original audio recording was mixed by Tracy Greer.
Every week, SABRcast will feature insights and analysis of what’s happening in modern baseball on and off the field, plus compelling interviews with figures from around the game — and music from The Baseball Project.
To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
Carle, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, became the third SABR trivia champion to win both contests in the same year, joining Mike Caragliano in 2012 (Minneapolis) and Rob Rafal in 2016 (Miami). Carle tied Caragliano for the all-time SABR record with four career wins in the individual trivia contest. He also won his seventh team contest, for 11 overall trivia championships, second only to Mark Kanter in SABR convention history.
Selko, of Eugene, Oregon, won his fifth career team trivia title and second in a row. He and Carle were also part of winning teams in 1985, 1986, and 1993 — the last time the SABR convention was held in San Diego.
Couldn’t make it to San Diego for SABR 49? Check out more coverage of our 2019 national convention from the Manchester Grand Hyatt online:
- Bill Lamb selected as the winner of the 2019 Bob Davids Award
- Listen to the 1984 San Diego Padres panel with Kurt Bevacqua, Ballard Smith, Ron Rapoport, Bill Center, and Bob Chandler (audio)
- Listen to the Women in Baseball Panel with Janet Marie Smith, Ila Borders, Perry Barber, Justine Siegal, Kelsie Whitmore, Jewel Greenberg, and Jean Hastings Ardell (audio)
- Listen to the Padres Player Panel with Randy Jones, Mark Sweeney, and Rob Neyer on this week’s SABRcast with Rob Neyer (audio)
- Listen to San Diego Padres Assistant GM Josh Stein deliver the opening remarks at SABR 49 (audio)
- Mark Pankin, Zachary Rewolinski win SABR 49 presentation awards
- Bill Carle pulls off daily double, teams with Jamie Selko to win Trivia Contest
- View photo galleries from each day of the SABR 49 convention
- Jim Creighton selected as Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2019
- Save the date! SABR 50 will be in Baltimore in 2020
- Jake Garegnani: SABR convention comes to San Diego (CBS-8)
- Jeff Sanders: Talking baseball with Padres assistant general manager Josh Stein (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Kirk Kenney: MLB umpire, former official concerned with technology replacing ‘human element’ (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- J.P. Hoornstra: Ready or not, here comes baseball’s first non-human defined strike zone (Orange County Register)
- Stay tuned for more highlights soon!
For more coverage of SABR 49, visit SABR.org/convention.
The National Pastime serves 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.
The SABR 49 convention took place last week in San Diego, and we have dedicated the theme of The National Pastime to baseball on the Pacific Coast. 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 received a souvenir print edition in their goody bags.
Click a link below to download the e-book edition or purchase a paperback edition of the 2019 convention journal, The National Pastime: Pacific Ghosts.
- Kindle/MOBI: To download the MOBI/Kindle version of The National Pastime: Pacific Ghosts, click here (8.4 MB)
- EPUB: To download the EPUB file — for use on iBooks, iPads, Nook or Sony Reader — of The National Pastime: Pacific Ghosts, click here (3.8 MB)
- PDF: To download a PDF version of The National Pastime: Pacific Ghosts, click here (2.2 MB)
- Paperback: To purchase a copy of the print edition from Amazon.com, click here
Please note: All articles from The National Pastime: Pacific Ghosts will be available to read online at SABR.org soon.
Save the date! SABR will be returning to Baltimore for our 50th national convention on July 15-19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor hotel in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. Registration information and our special hotel room block will be available at SABR.org/convention in early 2020.
The Hyatt Regency hotel sits on the waterfront at the majestic Inner Harbor and is conveniently located within walking distance from Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles. Our host hotel is also close to many area museums, historic landmarks, and other attractions like the National Aquarium.
For more information on the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
James “Jim” Creighton has been selected as SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2019. The announcement was made on June 29, 2019, at the Nineteenth Century Committee’s annual business meeting held at SABR 49 in San Diego.
In May, members of SABR submitted their votes for the 2019 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.
Creighton was baseball’s first superstar and possibly its first professional. His life came to a tragic end just six months after his 21st birthday, making the young ballplayer a baseball legend and fueling the lore that makes baseball our national pastime.
SABR’s Board of Directors has approved the formation of a new chapter.
SABR’s 76 regional chapters cover 38 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.; plus international chapters in Canada (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia), Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Latin America (Venezuela, Dominican Republic), the United Kingdom, Europe (Netherlands), and Italy. For a list of all SABR chapters, visit SABR.org/chapters. A calendar of upcoming SABR meetings can be found at SABR.org/events.
To sign up for chapter email announcements and receive instant notification of upcoming SABR events in your area, click here to select from the list of chapters, then click “Join Group” at the top of the chapter page. All SABR members are eligible to sign up for announcements from any chapter or committee.
Add a championship crown to your baseball collection with our newest book from the SABR Digital Library:
Kansas City Royals: A Royal Tradition
Edited by Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Bill Carle, Len Levin, Curt Nelson, and Carl Riechers
Foreword by Ryan Lefebvre
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9701-5902-8, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5903-5, $29.99
8.5″ x 11″, 350 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Kansas City Royals: A Royal Tradition for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Kansas City Royals: A Royal Tradition paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 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.
All SABR members can download our SABR Digital Library e-books for free or get 50% off the paperback editions. To find a full list of titles, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
Register now to join us for the SABR Black Sox Scandal Centennial Symposium on September 27-29, 2019, in Chicago. The SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee will host this once-in-a-century event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1919 World Series.
The event — which is open to all baseball fans — will be highlighted by a research symposium on Saturday, September 28 at the Chicago History Museum. The museum is home to an extensive collection of Black Sox artifacts and documents, and we’ll gather in the beautiful Morse Genius Chicago Room event space to discuss the continued relevance of the 1919 World Series and its aftermath. A book signing with SABR authors, including our own Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox, will follow. More details on panels and presentations will be announced soon.
Our special All-Inclusive Package ($45 for SABR members, $60 for non-members) includes admission to the Black Sox Scandal symposium at the Chicago History Museum; a ticket to the Chicago White Sox game on Friday, September 27; and a guided walking tour of downtown Chicago baseball history sites.
Following the symposium, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, we will also gather for a reception at the historic Nisei Lounge near Wrigley Field. The reception is included in your symposium registration.
- Related link: Click here to download the Black Sox Scandal and Deadball Era special-edition newsletters on the 100th anniversary of the Black Sox Scandal (PDF)
Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,899 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproj/recent
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
Five new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- June 4, 1952: Cleveland’s Larry Doby hits for the cycle, drives in six runs in loss to Red Sox, by Mike Huber
- April 19, 1963: Rookie Ron Hunt lifts Mets to season’s first win, by Tad Myre (first-time author)
- June 5, 1971: Tom Murphy outduels Jim Lonborg, pitches Angels to Fenway win, by Steven C. Weiner
- September 23, 1995: Lance Johnson triples three times as White Sox thrash Twins, by Ken Carrano
- August 5, 2007: Tom Glavine wins his 300th game, by Joseph Wancho
- 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.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, will air this season at a new time. Listen in from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.
This week’s show is on hiatus due to the All-Star Game festivities, but you can 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.
Limited tickets remain for Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball, a weekend seminar for the benefit of the Angioma Alliance. Saberseminar puts you up close with some of baseball’s top coaches, statisticians, scouts, doctors, and scientists. The seminar will take place on August 10-11, 2019, in Boston, Massachusetts.
During this event, you will grasp how science is blended with advanced baseball statistics and traditional scouting assessments to produce outstanding results for teams. Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn about the deeper game of baseball from insiders and pros, meet people who love the game, and support a wonderful charity: every penny earned during this baseball weekend will go directly to the Angioma Alliance.
Regular admission costs just $185, with special pricing for students at just $85. Both types of ticket are a 100% charitable donation to a 501(c)(3). For more details and to purchase tickets, visit saberseminar.com.
Now that the SABR convention is over, perhaps several more people will be inspired to select a biography to write up for a future SABR book. These projects have very generous deadlines — you have until the end of the year to complete a draft. Here are the assignments currently available:
- For our SABR convention ballgames book, we welcome LOTS of submissions of your impressions from Friday night’s Padres-Cardinals game at SABR 49. If you attended the game at Petco Park, please send in 1-3 sentences with a couple quick impressions of your personal game experience — not necessarily about the play on the field, but your experience attending the game as a SABR member, as part of the group.
- 3-4 biographers also needed for the 1995 Atlanta Braves book
- 10 biographers for the book on Venezuelan players in the major leagues
- 25 biographers for the book on One-Hit Wonders (major-leaguers who only had one base hit during their time in the big leagues.)
If you would like to see the full list of players and baseball figures needing bios, please email Bill Nowlin at Bill.Nowlin@rounder.com.
Are you a SABR member with book design experience? As our Publications Program grows, so does our need for folks who can handle book layout and ebook creation duties. QuarkXPress or InDesign preferred.
If you’d like more information or to throw your hat into the ring, please email your resume and book design samples to Cecilia Tan at PubDir@sabr.org.
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:
- Bill Lamb selected as Bob Davids Award winner
- SABR Defensive Index rankings released through games of June 16
- Rachel Robinson selected as 2019 SABR Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award winner
- SABR Digital Library: San Diego Padres: The First Half Century
- Mark Armour elected as SABR President; Nowlin, Levin win Director seats
- Virginia students win 2019 Lee Allen History of Baseball Award
- Become a SABR Publications Patron today
- Help select articles for SABR’s 50th anniversary collection
- Read all articles from Spring 2019 Baseball Research Journal online at SABR.org
- Find the SABR Bookshelf listings for Spring 2019
- Check out photos and highlights from the 2019 SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference
- Give back to SABR through AmazonSmile
- Check out highlights and photos from the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference
- View SABR’s Eight Myths Out project on misconceptions about the Black Sox Scandal
- Save the date! 2019 SABR Minneapolis 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
- SABR Media Committee’s Baseball Buffet podcast now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
- Check out new articles from the SABR Team Ownership Histories Project
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new 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: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
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There were the new research committee updates this week:
- Nineteenth Century: Summer 2019 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Central Pennsylvania: SABR welcomes new chapter in Central Pennsylvania
- Wally Pipp Chapter: Please welcome Dan D’Addona as the new chapter leader of the Wally Pipp Chapter in Western Michigan. To sign up for announcements from the Wally Pipp Chapter, click here and select “Join Group.”
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- July 5: Jim Gates: “Cardboard Culture: The Origins of the Great American Baseball Card” (Washington, DC)
- July 6: Jack Graney Chapter meeting/book signing with Art Shamsky (Cleveland, OH)
- July 6: Talkin’ Baseball: Roberta J. Newman (Columbia, MD)
- July 7: Bud Metheny/Virginia Eastern Shore Chapter meeting (Richmond, VA)
- July 8: Halsey Hall Chapter research committee meeting (Brooklyn Center, MN)
- July 10: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- July 11: David Fischer: “The New York Yankees of the 1950s” book signing (New York, NY)
- July 13: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
- July 16: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- July 17: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- July 18: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- July 18: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
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:
- Jay Jaffe: Manny Machado has been fine (FanGraphs)
- Eno Sarris: Is the Home Run Derby curse real? (The Athletic)
- John Thorn: From Imagining to Imaging: Baseball cards and the growth of a National Pastime (Our Game)
- Richard Sandomir: Eighty years on, Lou Gehrig’s words reverberate (New York Times)
- Meghan Montemurro: What will the Phillies do with Odúbel Herrera? Releasing him is not a straightforward option (The Athletic)
- Kavitha Davidson: Why MLB teams embrace flexible ticket options (The Athletic)
- Mark Simon: Who is June’s defensive player of the month? (ACTA Sports)
- David Laurila: Carson Fulmer, Lucas Giolito, and Clayton Richard on reworking their changeups (FanGraphs)
- Wendy Thurm: Why the slow reaction on extending safety netting? The century-old law hasn’t kept pace with foul balls (The Athletic)
- Shakeia Taylor: Pumpsie Green, the last of the firsts (Baseball Prospectus)
- Adam Dorhauer: The probability of streaks (The Hardball Times)
- Rob Mains: One-run games and in-season variance (Baseball Prospectus)
- Byron McCauley: The day a Reds-Giants game played a role in the suffrage movement (Cincinnati Enquirer)
- Joe Palladino: Remembering when the Waterbury Indians played an extra game (Waterbury Republican-American)
- Patrick Mahony: Irish nationalist links to the rise of baseball in America (Irish Times)
- Rob Arthur: Pitchers are choosing their strategies wisely (Baseball Prospectus)
- Andrew Baggarly: Felipe Alou feels fortunate to be alive (The Athletic)
- Antonio Tusa: Antonio Armas Sr.’s finest game (The Hardball Times)
- Warren Rogan: Sports’ Forgotten Heroes: Ray Collins (Sports’ Forgotten Heroes)
- Joe Guzzardi: Mourning the death of holiday doubleheaders (Caledonian Record)
- Jason Schwartz: Ten quirks of the 1934-36 Diamond Stars set (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: Fun Buttons, Not Food (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Matthew Glidden: Fahrenheit .407 (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: July 5, 2019. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.