This Week in SABR: July 8, 2016

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 8, 2016:

2016 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference under way in Kansas City

The 19th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference kicked off this week in Kansas City, where we’re celebrating “Barnstorming in the Negro Baseball Leagues.”

Barnstorming has always been a central part of the life of Negro League ballplayers. All Negro Leaguers took part in barnstorming games across the country and in cities like Kansas City. Monarchs great Satchel Paige, whose 110th birthday is being celebrated during this conference, did his fair share of barnstorming. The conference is open to all baseball, history and sports fans of all ages.

Single-day registration for Saturday is still available on-site at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center (6100 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66211) at $85 for SABR members, $105 non-members. You can also purchase tickets to the Awards Dinner on Saturday ($65). Kansas City Royals game tickets and Negro Leagues Museum tour tickets are now sold out.

Visit for information on the 2016 Call for Papers, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Library Grant Program.

Join SABR in San Diego for MLB All-Star FanFest festivities this weekend

SABR will be in San Diego for the 2016 MLB All-Star FanFest!

SABR members will participate in a variety of panels during All-Star Weekend at the stage. To learn more about the All-Star FanFest, July 8-12, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center (111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101), click here.

Here are the scheduled speakers for the SABR panels:

1984 Padres NL Championship Panel
1:00-1:45 p.m., Saturday, July 9

  • Jack Morris: Detroit Tigers ace who went 19-11 with a 3.60 ERA in 1984, leading Tigers to the World Series  
  • Garry Templeton: Three-time All-Star shortstop who hit .324 in the 1984 postseason for the Padres
  • Bob Chandler: San Diego broadcaster who called Padres games on TV and radio from 1970 to 2003
  • Moderator: Barry M. Bloom: columnist and veteran beat writer who covered the Padres in 1984

SABR Statistical Analysis Panel
2:00-2:45 p.m., Sunday, July 10

  • Mike Petriello: Analyst for and host of the Statcast podcast  
  • Cory Schwartz: Vice President of Statistics for MLB Advanced Media and a 2014 Henry Chadwick Award recipient
  • Moderator: Vince Gennaro: SABR President, host of “Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM”

To learn more about the 2016 All-Star FanFest, click here.

Click here to watch more SABR panels from recent All-Star FanFests since 2011.

A few weeks left until SABR 46 in Miami; register today to join us!

We’re just a few weeks away from SABR 46, and there’s still time to register for our 2016 national convention — July 27-31 at the Hyatt Regency Miami in downtown Miami, Florida.

Even if you can’t make it for the entire convention, single-day registration for SABR 46 is also available online for $99 per day in addition to the regular registration rate. Single-day rates are available for SABR 46 on Thursday, July 28 and/or Saturday, July 30. Registration includes admission to all convention panels, research presentations, and committee meetings at the Hyatt Regency Miami on those days. Single-day rates also will be available on-site at the Hyatt Regency Miami beginning on Wednesday, July 27. The daily rate can be purchased during normal registration hours via cash, check, or credit card (sorry, no American Express accepted.)

All baseball fans are welcome to attend. The full schedule for SABR 46 is now available online; click here to view a detailed schedule.

All SABR 46 attendees will also receive a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players and events in the Miami area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer. Visit to register for SABR 46.

Want to throw out the first pitch during SABR 46 at Marlins Park? Just two spots are left!

Want to throw out the first pitch at SABR 46? There’s only two spots left, so sign up today!

Thanks to the generosity of the Miami Marlins, anyone who makes a donation of $1,000 or more to the SABR General Fund will have the opportunity to go on the field for batting practice before the Marlins game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, July 29 at Marlins Park.

Participating donors will also be entered into a drawing to throw out the first pitch at the Marlins game on July 29. The drawing will be held during the Ross Adell Welcome Reception during SABR 46. This  special opportunity is only available for up to six SABR donors (or a guest of your choosing.)  

Following our SABR 46 ballpark session — highlighted by guest speakers Barry Bonds, Don Mattingly, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, and Eduardo Perez — SABR donors will be able to go on to the field during batting practice before the game. Each one-time donation is good for one on-field ticket.

In addition to the on-field opportunity at Marlins Park and the chance to throw out the first pitch, the SABR 46 donation package also includes two tickets to the SABR 46 Donors Breakfast, a SABR logo commemorative crystal baseball, and a one-year membership to SABR.

SABR is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If you are interested in the SABR 46 donation package, please contact Jeff Schatzki at

SABR 46: Transportation Tips

As you prepare for your trip to SABR 46 next month, members of the host South Florida Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in the Sunshine State. If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 46 volunteer for assistance.

Visit to view the SABR 46 Transportation Tips page, where you’ll find directions on how to get to the Hyatt Regency Miami from Miami International Airport or Fort Lauderdale Airport, information about getting around Miami, and learn more about area attractions.

For more on Miami’s award-winning restaurants and upcoming events, visit

Join SABR Ted Williams Chapter tomorrow for “Talking Baseball” at San Diego Central Library

Coming to San Diego for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game festivities? Join us on Saturday, July 9 as SABR’s Ted Williams Chapter will present Talking Baseball at the San Diego Central Library’s Neil Morgan Library Auditorium.

This free public event is sponsored by PostalAnnex, Elite Services, and Hunt Auctions. Tickets and reservations are NOT required. This event will provide an eclectic assortment of baseball speakers, singers, documentary, and a no-hitter. The library is located in downtown San Diego at 330 Park Boulevard, next to Petco Park.

The lineup of speakers includes: Dan Boyle, Ted Williams Chapter president; Jacob Pomrenke, SABR Black Sox Scandal committee chair; Bob Kendrick, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president; Joe Rathburn, San Diego baseball singer/songwriter; Matt Nokes, former major-league catcher who will narrate a video of Jim Abbott’s 1993 no-hitter; Matt Thompson, with a one-man show on Ted Williams; filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis, who will screen his new documentary “Hano! A Life in the Bleachers”; baseball folk singer Ross Altman; and former Padres outfielder Gene Locklear, who will discuss his experiences as a Native American ballplayer and artist.

The San Diego Central Library includes the spectacular Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center, home of the SABR Collection, which can be viewed on the eighth floor of the library during regular business hours.

The Baseball Research Center opened in 2001, with an initial collection of books and microfilm donated by SABR’s Ted Williams Chapter. In the years since, it has grown to more than 3,000 publications, books, and journals, and 300 microfilm reels, all available to the public at San Diego’s downtown library.

For more details on the event, click here.

Virginia student wins 2016 Lee Allen History of Baseball Award

SABR is pleased to announce the winner of the Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for 2016.

Thomas McKenna of Lovettsville, Virginia, won the Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for his paper, “The Path to the Sugar Mill or the Path to Millions: The MLB Baseball Academy’s Effect on the Dominican Republic.”

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.

For more information on National History Day, visit

SABR Digital Library: From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium

The newest publication from the SABR Digital Library focuses on memorable moments from the heart of the Badger State:

From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate editors: James Forr, Len Levin, Bill Nowlin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9438-1622-4, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1623-1, $19.95

This book rekindles memories of Milwaukee’s County Stadium through detailed summaries of 72 games played there, and insightful feature essays about the history of the ballpark. The process to select games was agonizing, yet deliberate. The book could have easily been filled with memorable games by just Hank Aaron or Warren Spahn.

About half of the games are dedicated to the Braves; the other half to the Brewers. Some of the summaries chronicle games that were memorable and historic when they occurred, such as Jim Wilson tossing the first no-hitter in County Stadium in 1954, the 1955 All-Star Game, the World Series contests of 1957, 1958, and 1982, and Robin Yount collecting his 3,000th hit in 1992. Other summaries recall great performances long forgotten, such as Bob Buhl’s 14-inning complete-game victory in 1953 and the Brewers’ two grand slams in one inning in an 18-1 rout of the Boston Red Sox in 1980.

The games highlight the accomplishments and heroics of not just readily recognizable stars, like Aaron, Spahn, Eddie Mathews, Cecil Cooper, Paul Molitor, and Yount, but also revive memories of players like Gene Conley, Del Crandall, and Wade Blasingame of the Braves and Bob Coluccio, Dale Sveum, and Steve Woodard of the Brewers. Also included are great performances by the Braves’ and Brewers’ opponents, like Willie Mays’ four homers in 1961 and Nolan Ryan’s 300th victory in 1990. Twelve feature essays round out the volume and provide context for the stadium’s history. Topics include the stadium’s construction, the Braves’ move to and departure from Milwaukee, the Chicago White Sox’ home games at County Stadium, the Seattle Pilots’ relocation to Milwaukee, and the stadium’s demolition.

Members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) researched and wrote all of the essays in this volume. These uncompensated volunteers are united by their shared interest in baseball history and resolute commitment to preserving its history. Without their unwavering dedication this volume would not have been possible.

Contributors include: Alan Cohen, Bill Nowlin, Bob Buege, Brian P. Wood, Chip Greene, Dan Fields, Dennis D. Degenhardt, Dennis Van Langen, Doug Welch, Frederick C. Bush, Greg Erion, Gregg Hoffmann, Gregory H. Wolf, J.G. Preston, Jeff Findley, Joe Schuster, Joel Rippel, John Bauer, John Bauer, Joseph Wancho, Lee Kluck, Mark Miller, Mark Pestana, Mark S. Sternman, Mike Huber, Mike Lynch, Norm King, Phillip Bolda, Richard “Dixie” Tourangeau, Richard Riis, Rick Schabowski, Robert C. Trumpbour, Ron Briley, Saul Wisnia, Scott Ferkovich, Stephen D. Boren, Steve West, Steven Kuehl, Stew Thornley, Tom Mason, and Tom Rathkamp.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. Find all past titles at

5 new SABR biographies published

Five new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,806 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

  • Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit 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:
  • Authors needed for 1972 Rangers book: The following players still need biographers for our upcoming 1972 Texas Rangers book project: Vic Harris, Jim Panther, Mike Paul, Tom Ragland, coach George Susce Sr., and future GM Joe Burke. If you are interested in writing any of these SABR bios and having your article published in the book, please contact editor Steve West at

1972-74 Oakland A’s biographies now posted online

In SABR’s Mustaches and Mayhem: Charlie O’s Three Time Champions: The Oakland Athletics: 1972-74, edited by Chip Greene and published in 2015, we examined the only one not named the New York Yankees to ever win three consecutive World Series.

The 1972-74 Oakland Athletics were led by such superstars as future Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Rollie Fingers in the final years before free agency and the movement of players from one team to another forever changed the game. Mustaches and Mayhem includes their stories, along with biographies of enigmatic owner Charlie Finley (and his mule!), managers Alvin Dark and Dick Williams, and stalwarts Joe Rudi, Bert Campaneris, Gene Tenace, and Sal Bando.

The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in Mustaches and Mayhem can now be read online at:

You can also purchase the book or download the e-book by clicking here. SABR members can download all SABR Digital Library e-books for free at

4 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

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

These game stories originally appeared in 100: The 100 Year Journey of a Baseball Journeyman, Mike Sandlock, edited by Karl Cicitto and produced by SABR’s Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood in 2016.

All new Games Project stories can be found here:

Listen to archives of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, will not air this weekend on MLB Network Radio because of the All-Star Game festivities in San Diego.

But you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on and you can also listen to all recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.

Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from

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.

Retrosheet announces Summer 2016 updates

Our friends at Retrosheet have announced their Summer 2016 update:

Many updates and additions have been made to event files at, along with updated game logs and transaction data. The major inputters to the event files have been David Vincent, Cliff Blau, Mark Pankin, Gary Frownfelter, Howard Johnson, Bob Kapla, and Dick Cramer. 

The Most Wanted list on our website has been updated to reflect our progress. The discrepancy files for 1956-1972 have undergone thorough proofing and they are now on the website. The most significant additions to older seasons are the deduced files for 1945 and the box score files for 1912. The bulk of deductions have been completed by Tom Thress, Jim Wohlenhaus, John Gabcik and Bill McMahon. As usual, Tom Ruane provided the leadership for the proofing of the box score files project. Other contributors (a partial list to be sure) were Dave Lamoureaux, Mike Grahek, Herm Krabbenhoft, Jonathan Frankel (AL strikeout and base on balls) and Charles Seager, who provided a lot of RBI for 1914.

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers who contribute so much of their time to keep us moving forward!

— David W. Smith

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:

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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 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 (

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
John Bagley Los Angeles, CA     Trenton Morton Indianapolis, IN
Charlie Daschbach Phoenix, AZ     Brian Poe Castle Rock, CO
Michael Grajek Raleigh, NC     Larry Powell Hoover, AL
David Johnson Arlington, TX     Sam Raker Ridgewood, NY
Brent Kallestad Tallahassee, FL     Kyle Yerkes Lakeland, FL


Research Committee news

Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:

  • Official Scoring: As part of the Official Scoring Committee and Oral History Committee’s joint project, click here to listen to an audio file or click here to read a transcript of an Oral History interview with Bob Rosenberg, who has been the official scorer in Chicago for seven different sports over the last six decades. He was interviewed by SABR member Bob Wood on June 28. Rosenberg has scored over 2,600 major league baseball games and all but 2 of the Chicago Bulls’ games. He shares many of his stories and memories in this half-hour interview, that includes the Andy Hawkins no-hitter, disco demolition night and many more. 
  • Oral History: Jim Gates, Library Director at the Baseball Hall of Fame, has asked members of the Oral History Committee for volunteers to transcribe interviews in its recorded media archive. Since the transcriptions will ultimately be posted online to accompany the interviews, the Hall places great importance on accurate transcriptions done by people with a knowledge of baseball history. Transcribers will have their names appear on the transcripts they prepare, which will be posted on the Hall of Fame’s website. To learn more, contact John McMurray at
  • SABR 46: Check out the full schedule of committee meetings at SABR 46 in Miami

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

  • Quebec Chapter meeting recap (April 30; Montreal, QC) 
  • Connie Mack/Philadelphia Chapter: The Connie Mack/Philadelphia Chapter is co-hosting the Philadelphia 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at Maggiano’s Restaurant in Center City. Registration is now available and space is limited. Click here to learn more.
  • Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, download the new Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook, compiled by SABR staffer Marisa Elliot, on the Admin Tools page at The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:

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

Around the Web

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

Read these articles and more at

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Originally published: July 8, 2016. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.