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 6, 2018:
Couldn’t make it to Pittsburgh for SABR 48? Check out more stories, photos, and multimedia clips from the SABR 48 convention, held June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh, at SABR.org/convention.
Check out stories, photos, and multimedia clips from the SABR 48 convention in Pittsburgh below:
- Listen to highlights from Pirates president Frank Coonelly’s opening remarks (audio)
- Listen to highlights from the SABR 48 Ballpark Session at PNC Park (audio)
- Listen to highlights from the Roberto Clemente Panel with Adrian Burgos Jr., Danny Torres, and Duane Rieder (audio)
- Listen to highlights from the Wendell Smith Panel with Larry Lester, Pamela E. Walck, David Wiggins, and Chris Lamb (audio)
- Listen to highlights from the Media Panel with Steve Blass, Joe Block, Greg Brown, Lanny Frattare, and Curt Smith (audio)
- Listen to highlights from the Pirates Player Panel with John Candelaria, Grant Jackson, and Joe Block (audio)
- Listen to highlights from the Branch Rickey Panel with Lee Lowenfish, Frank Thomas, Jeffrey Flannery, and Jack Bowen (audio)
- Listen to highlights from ex-MLB pitcher Dick Bosman, Pirates official scorers at SABR 48 committee meetings (audio)
- Larry McCray selected as Bob Davids Award winner
- Perry Barber receives 2018 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
- Callie Betts Maddox, Diane Firstman win 2018 convention presentation awards
- View photo galleries from each day at the SABR 48 convention
- View a photo gallery from our tour of the Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh
- View a photo gallery from our SABR 48 Ballpark Session at PNC Park on Friday night
- Dummy Hoy selected as Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2018
- ‘Four Strangers’ upset powerhouse team of ex-champs in SABR 48 Trivia Contest; Dan Massey wins third title
- More stories, highlights, and clips coming soon!
Around the Web
- David Laurila: Snapshots from SABR 48 in Pittsburgh (FanGraphs)
- Chris Adamski: Presidents, baseball, and stats as SABR convention begins in Pittsburgh (Associated Press)
- Matt Gajtka: Stats play role, but SABR convention is much more than that (Pirates Prospects)
- Rick Thorp: SABR convention opens in Pittsburgh (Martins Ferry Times Leader)
- Bob Sproule: Reflections from the SABR 48 convention (The Grandstander)
Stay tuned for more coverage next week from SABR 48 in Pittsburgh!
Since 2009, The National Pastime has served 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. 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 receive a souvenir print edition in their goody bags.
Click a link below to download the e-book edition of the 2018 convention journal, The National Pastime: Steel City Stories.
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- Paperback: To purchase a copy of The National Pastime print edition from Amazon.com, click here.
Please note: All articles from The National Pastime: Steel City Stories will be available to read online at SABR.org soon.
If you weren’t able to attend the convention in Pittsburgh, please enjoy this issue of The National Pastime as your virtual trip to the Steel City. Happy reading!
To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.
— Cecilia M. Tan, Publications Director
At SABR 48 on Saturday, June 23, the Pirates Player Panel included two pitchers from the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1979 World Series championship team. They discussed the team’s famous “We Are Family” atmosphere, their comeback in the fall classic against the Baltimore Orioles, and life in the major leagues.
The panel, moderated by Pirates broadcaster Joe Block, included John Candelaria, who spent 19 seasons as a pitcher in the major leagues, winning 177 games and helping the Pittsburgh Pirates capture the 1979 World Series championship. A fan favorite in Pittsburgh known as the “Candy Man,” he threw a no-hitter at Three Rivers Stadium in 1976, made the National League All-Star team with a league-leading 2.34 ERA in 1977, and pitched six shutout innings in Game Six of the 1979 World Series to help the Pirates rally from a 3-1 deficit and defeat the Baltimore Orioles. The panel also included Grant Jackson, a valuable reliever for three pennant-winning clubs during his 18 seasons in the major leagues. He made four scoreless appearances in the 1979 World Series, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates win their most recent championship, and also pitched for the Baltimore Orioles in the 1971 fall classic and the New York Yankees in 1976.
At SABR 48, our Media Panel of Pittsburgh Pirates broadcasters discussed some of the most memorable moments in Bucs baseball history over the past half-century.
The SABR 48 Media Panel on Friday, June 22 included Steve Blass, Pittsburgh Pirates color commentator and former major-league pitcher; Joe Block, Pittsburgh Pirates play-by-play announcer; Greg Brown, Pittsburgh Pirates play-by-play announcer; and Lanny Frattare, the longest-tenured broadcaster in Pittsburgh Pirates history. It was moderated by Curt Smith, author and baseball broadcasting historian. The introduction was delivered by SABR Media Committee chair Chuck Hildebrandt.
At SABR 48 on Saturday, June 23, our Branch Rickey: The Pittsburgh Pirates Years panel discussed the legendary Hall of Fame executive’s tenure with the Pirates in the 1950s.
The panel, moderated by author and historian Lee Lowenfish, included Frank Thomas, All-Star outfielder who played for the Pirates from 1951-58; Jeffrey Flannery, who oversees the Branch Rickey Papers at the Library of Congress; and Jack Bowen, son of legendary Pirates scout Rex Bowen. (Thomas was pinch-hitting for Dick Groat, who fell ill just before the SABR convention began.)
SABR 48: Listen to highlights from ex-MLB pitcher Dick Bosman, Pirates official scorers Bob Webb, Evan Pattak
At SABR 48, the Business of Baseball Research Committee welcomed former major-league pitcher Dick Bosman to speak at its annual meeting. Bosman is the co-author, with SABR member Ted Leavengood, of the new book, Dick Bosman on Pitching: Lessons from the Life of a Major League Ballplayer and Pitching Coach. Listen to highlights from Bosman’s session at SABR 48 by clicking here.
The Official Scoring Committee also hosted a session with Pittsburgh Pirates official scorers Bob Webb and Evan Pattak. Audio highlights from that session are now available at SABR.org/convention, as well.
More highlights from SABR 48 committee meetings will be posted online soon, so stay tuned!
Add this new book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection, on one of baseball’s classic crown jewels:
Cincinnati’s Crosley Field: A Gem in the Queen City
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-75-0, $19.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-943816-74-3, $9.99
311 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
April 11, 1912, marked a new era in the history of the Cincinnati Reds. On that day the team inaugurated the season by playing its first game at Redland Field, which was renamed Crosley Field in 1934 in honor of the team’s owner, Powel Crosley. The new steel and concrete ballpark was located at the site of its predecessor, the outdated wooden Palace of the Fans at the intersection of Findlay Street and Western Avenue. For almost six decades, Crosley Field beckoned like a shining gem surrounded by warehouses and industrial complexes in the Queensgate neighborhood of the Queen City. The Reds closed the book on Crosley Field on June 24, 1970, and moved into Riverfront Stadium, a modern all-purpose sports venue that held almost twice as many spectators.
This book evokes memories of Crosley Field through detailed summaries of more than 85 historic and monumental games played there, and 10 insightful feature essays about the history of the ballpark. Former Reds players Johnny Edwards and Art Shamsky share their memories of the park in introductions.
Among the exciting contests recounted here are an Opening Day no-hitter in 1918, action from the infamous 1919 World Series, Negro Leagues games, Joe DiMaggio’s 1939 World Series heroics, Johnny Vander Meer’s incredible summer of two no-hitters, and no-hitters by Lon Warneke and Clyde Shoun. Hank Aaron’s 3,000th hit took place at Crosley Field, as did indelible performances by Pete Rose, Roberto Clemente, and Frank Robinson.
This volume is a collaborative effort of more than three dozen members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), including: John Bauer, Phillip Bolda, Leo Bradley, Bob Buege, Alan Cohen, Richard Cuicchi, Chad Dotson, Paul E. Doutrich, Chris Eckes, Johnny Edwards, Greg Erion, Doug Feldmann, Dan Fields, Lon L. Garber, Gordon J. Gattie, Michael Huber, Kirk C. Jenkins, Norm King, Russ Lake, Len Levin, Michael T. Lynch Jr., Luke Miller, Mark Miller, Kellen Nielson, Bill Nowlin, Tom Pardo, Jacob Pomrenke, Greg Rhodes, Carl Riechers, C. Paul Rogers III, Rick Schabowski, Bill Schneider, Joe Schuster, Art Shamsky, Mark S. Sternman, Joseph Wancho, Mike Whiteman, Gregory H. Wolf, and Brian P. Wood.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Cincinnati’s Crosley Field for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Cincinnati’s Crosley Field paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Createspace can take up to 4-6 weeks. For quicker delivery, please order at Amazon.com.)
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including e-book editions for free. Visit SABR.org/ebooks for a list of all titles.
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A special new publication produced by SABR’s Deadball Era Research Committee vividly brings back the exploits of Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Home Run Baker, and Babe Ruth to life with more than 250 rare photos:
The World Series in the Deadball Era: A History in the Words and Pictures of the Writers and Photographers
Edited by Steve Steinberg
Foreword by Dr. Charles Alexander
Published by St. Johann Press
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-9379-4345-5, $45.00
306 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
This book is available for purchase from Amazon.com, your local bookstore, or directly from the publisher at St. Johann Press.
Buy the book:
- Amazon.com: Purchase the hardcover edition on Amazon.com
- St. Johann Press: Purchase the book from the publisher at StJohannPress.com
SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee will award one $500 scholarship to a high school senior in its inaugural Women in Baseball Essay Contest in 2018.
Students must write an essay of 1,500 words or less addressing the following question: “Choose one person or event in women’s baseball history that you believe has made a significant impact on the game and explain the importance.”
All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by August 13, 2018, and sent to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.
Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,582 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.
- Read bios from SABR’s No-Hitters book: In SABR’s No-Hitters, edited by Bill Nowlin and published in 2017, we focused on pitchers who threw no-hitters and the no-hitters they threw. Naturally, we couldn’t present biographies of everyone who ever threw a no-hitter nor could we present Games Project accounts of all of them. From around 300 no-hitters thrown in the majors (out of over 213,000 games), we have selected 59 no-hitters to include, along with the biographies of the men who threw them. All of the biographies — from Hall of Famers such as Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, and Randy Johnson to more obscure pitchers such as Larry Corcoran, Charlie Robertson, and Dallas Braden — that appeared in No-Hitters can now be read online at the SABR BioProject. More game summaries from the No-Hitters book will be posted at the SABR Games Project soon. You can also download the No-Hitters e-book for free or purchase the paperback edition at 50% off by clicking here.
Four new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- July 6, 1942: Boudreau, York homers lead AL stars to victory, by Lyle Spatz
- July 13, 1943: Depleted AL stars win first night All-Star Game in Philadelphia, by Lyle Spatz
- July 11, 1944: Rip Sewell’s pitching, Bill Nicholson’s pinch-hit double lead NL to All-Star win, by Lyle Spatz
- July 10, 1945: MLB All-Star Game canceled during World War II, by Lyle Spatz
These articles originally appeared in Who’s on First: Replacement Players in World War II (SABR, 2015), edited by Marc Z. Aaron and Bill Nowlin.
If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Mike Huber. To request an assignment, please contact Steven C. Weiner. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors’ Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story started toward publication.
- 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.
- Read all articles from SABR book on greatest games at Milwaukee’s County Stadium: In SABR’s From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, edited by Gregory H. Wolf and published in 2016, we told the stories of memorable moments from the heart of the Badger State. All of the stories that appeared in this book are now available to be read online at the SABR Games Project by clicking here.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the 2018 season at its regular time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
This week’s guests are Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated and Scott Miller of Bleacher Report.
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.
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 still accepting applications for Chief Executive Officer position
- SABR 48: Larry McCray selected as Bob Davids Award recipient
- SABR 48: Maddox, Firstman win 2018 convention presentation awards
- SABR 48: Dummy Hoy selected as Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2018
- SABR 48: ‘Four Strangers’ upset powerhouse team of ex-champs in Trivia Contest; Massey wins third title
- Perry Barber receives 2018 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
- SABR member Bill Humber inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
- Read all articles from the Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal online
- New SABR Oral History Collection website is now available
- Maine student wins 2018 Lee Allen History of Baseball Award
- Seeking nominations for 2019 Russell Gabay Award for New Jersey baseball research
- 2018 SABR Annual Report has been posted online
- SABR Digital Library: Major League Baseball A Mile High: The First Quarter Century of the Colorado Rockies
- Check out new articles at the SABR Games and Simulations Committee website
- Heaphy, Lebowitz re-elected to Board; Armour elected as SABR Director
- Check out highlights and photos from the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference
- Check out new articles from the SABR Team Ownership Histories Project
- Listen to a new episode from the SABR Media Committee’s Baseball Buffet podcast
- Save the date! 2018 SABR Cleveland 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new SABR Store @ CafePress
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: /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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|Bill Helm||Camp Verde, AZ||John Phillips||Bradenton, FL|
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Here are the new research committee updates this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter: July 2018 newsletter (Phoenix, AZ)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- July 7: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
- July 7: Pee Wee Reese Chapter “Night at the Bats” game (Louisville, KY)
- July 7: Talkin’ Baseball: Ken Mars (Columbia, MD)
- July 7: Ted Williams San Diego Chapter meeting (San Diego, CA)
- July 8: Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter meeting/ballgame (Burlington, VT)
- July 11: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Peeps at the Peeb” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- July 13: Inside Baseball: Library of Congress hack-a-thon event (Washington, DC)
- July 14: John Thorn: “The Laws of Base Ball” (Washington, DC)
- July 14: Jay Jaffe and Keith Law book signing event (Washington, DC)
- July 15: Goose Goslin Chapter meet-up/watch party (Cherry Hill, NJ)
- July 15: Field of Dreams Chapter ballgame/meeting (Des Moines, IA)
- July 16: “All-Star Week: D.C. Baseball Past and Future” panel (Washington, DC)
- July 17: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- July 18: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- July 18: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly lunch (Baltimore, MD)
- July 19: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” monthly meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- July 20: Rob Fitts/Yuriko Romer: “Inside U.S.-Japan Baseball: Stories From the Dugout” (Washington, DC)
- July 21: Rogers Hornsby Chapter baseball watch party (Austin, TX)
- July 21: Halsey Hall Chapter Northwoods League outing (Willmar, MN)
- July 21: Babe Ruth Chapter: SABR Day at the Baysox (Bowie, MD)
- July 21: Elysian Fields Chapter meeting (Little Falls, NJ)
- July 23: Halsey Hall Chapter research committee meeting (Edina, MN)
- July 23: “Baseball’s Long and Winding Road to the Rockies” (Denver, CO)
- July 23: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter monthly meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- July 24: Jerry Amernic: “Babe Ruth: A Superstar’s Legacy” book signing (Baltimore, MD)
- July 25: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, 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:
- John Thorn: The ‘unchanging game’ of baseball (Library of Congress Magazine)
- Tim Hanlon: The birth of the World Series: Q&A with Steve Steinberg (Good Seats Still Available podcast)
- Jerry Crasnick: How MLB’s analytics revolution is getting to clubhouses (ESPN.com)
- Eno Sarris: Is Manny Machado really as bad as he’s looked at shortstop? (The Athletic)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Who was June’s top defensive player? (ACTA Sports)
- Jay Jaffe: Dexter Fowler and the Cardinals’ foul-up (FanGraphs)
- David Laurila: Manager’s perspective: Rick Renteria on mentoring young players (FanGraphs)
- Rob Mains: What the heck happened in June? (Baseball Prospectus)
- David Seideman: Collector’s detective work lifts eBay postcard to $50,000 Babe Ruth auction gem (Forbes.com)
- Gary Ashwill: The Negro Leagues on television (Agate Type)
- Shakeia Taylor: The Civil War, civil rights, and black baseball (The Hardball Times)
- Brad Lefton: A 50-year-old Japanese baseball record unites two American players (New York Times)
- Matt Rothenberg: 75 years ago, AAGPBL shined a light at Wrigley Field (BaseballHall.org)
- Mark Eberle: Bert Wakefield and the end of integrated minor-league baseball in Kansas (Monographs)
- Peter C. Bjarkman: A day at the ballpark with Anthony Bourdain (La Vida Baseball)
- Jeff Sullivan: The MLB landscape of negative WAR (FanGraphs)
- James Glanz and Agustin Armendariz: When sports betting is legal, value of game data soars (New York Times)
- Ryan Fagan: Brett Gray and the 25-K performance you probably have never heard of (The Sporting News)
- Matt Albertson: Phillies finally abandon Baker Bowl, 80 years ago (Sports Talk Philly)
- Beth Davies-Stofka: The early days of baseball cartooning (Baseball Prospectus)
- Shane Tourtellotte: Losing the Red Queen’s Race, and other tales from the road (The Hardball Times)
- Jim Kevlin: Homer M. Osterhoudt dies at 100, attended all but three Hall of Fame inductions (AllOtsego.com)
- Philip Martin: Q&A with Ty Cobb biographer Howard Rosenberg (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
- Craig Brown: 19th-century uniform database: 1877 Cricket in Binghamton (Threads of Our Game)
- Mike Bates/Bill Parker: A League Almost Their Own (This Week in Baseball History podcast)
- Warren Rogan: Sports’ Forgotten Heroes: Lyman Bostock (Sports’ Forgotten Heroes)
- Jeff Katz: Laughlin to Keep from Crying (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: July 6, 2018. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.