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, 2022:
Attendees at this summer’s SABR’s 50th annual convention — scheduled for August 17-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor hotel in Baltimore — will enjoy hearing a special panel discussion on Curt Flood. Fifty years ago, on June 19, 1972, the United States Supreme Court ruled against Flood in his effort to dismantle baseball’s reserve clause.
On Saturday, August 20, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., we’ll be joined by Judy Pace Flood, Curt Flood’s widow and a pioneering African American actress; Mark Armour, award-winning baseball historian and SABR Board President; and moderator Shakeia Taylor of the Chicago Tribune for a discussion of the Flood v. Kuhn case a half-century later.
Early registration discounts are now available for SABR 50. Click here for complete details on the SABR 50 All-Inclusive Package, Regular Registration, and other optional sessions.
To learn more about SABR 50, or to register, visit SABR.org/convention.
Please note: All speakers are subject to change due to availability.
We’re offering a special All-Inclusive Package for the 2022 SABR convention in Baltimore. SABR members can pay $335 for the All-Inclusive Package; for this discounted price, you will receive:
- Full registration to SABR 50 in Baltimore (regular registration: $275 for SABR members or $305 for non-members)
- 1 seated ticket in the Eutaw Street Bleachers (sections 94-98) to the Orioles vs. Red Sox game on Friday, August 19 at Camden Yards ($27 value)
- 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Thursday, August 18 ($75 value)
- 1 ticket to the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, August 17
- 1 exclusive lapel pin with the SABR 50 convention logo
The deadline to register with the All-Inclusive Package is Friday, July 15, 2022. Click here for complete details on the SABR 50 All-Inclusive Package, Regular Registration, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 50.
Learn more about the 2022 SABR convention in Baltimore below:
- Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor of $199/night plus tax (single/double occupancy) is only available to registered convention attendees. After you register for the SABR 50 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. There are a limited number of rooms in our group block, so be sure to register for SABR 50 early!
- Schedule: Click here to find the full daily schedule for SABR 50.
- Speakers: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.
- Presentations: Click here for the lineup of SABR 50 research presentations.
- Posters: Click here to learn more about SABR 50 poster presentations.
- Committee Meetings: Click here to learn more about SABR 50 committee meetings.
- Exhibitors Room: Click here to learn more about our SABR 50 Exhibitors Room.
We have an All-Star lineup of featured speakers and exciting events planned for SABR 50, including:
- Keynote address by Tim Kurkjian, winner of the BBWAA’s 2022 Career Excellence Award.
- Opening Remarks by Sig Mejdal, Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Analytics, Baltimore Orioles.
- One-on-One with Baltimore Orioles legend Boog Powell, interviewed by Dan Connolly of The Athletic.
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards panel with Bill Stetka (Orioles Team Historian), Greg Bader (Orioles Senior Vice President, Administration & Experience), and Joe Spear (founder of Populous).
- Women in Leadership panel with Orioles executives Eve Rosenbaum (Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations), Nicole Sherry (Director, Field Operations), Jennifer Grondahl (Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications), and Lisa Tolson (Senior Vice President, Human Resources).
- SABR Ballparks panel with former Orioles president Larry Lucchino and acclaimed ballpark design director Janet Marie Smith.
- Flood v. Kuhn: Fifty Years Later panel with Judy Pace Flood, widow of Curt Flood; award-winning historian and SABR Board President Mark Armour, and moderator Shakeia Taylor of the Chicago Tribune.
- Babe Ruth panel with authors Jane Leavy (The Big Fella), Bill Jenkinson (The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs), and Mike Gibbons, Director Emeritus and Historian for the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.
- Baseball Broadcasting panel with Joe Castiglione, play-by-play voice of the Boston Red Sox Radio Network, and Kevin Brown, Baltimore Orioles primary television play-by-play announcer for MASN.
- Historic Ballparks Bus Tour on Thursday, August 18.
- Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox game on Friday, August 19.
Please note: All speakers are subject to change due to availability.
Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more or to register.
SABR 50 attendees can take advantage of special offers to attend Minor League Baseball games during this summer’s convention in Baltimore.
On Sunday, August 21, the Bowie Baysox — Class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles — host the Somerset Patriots at Prince George’s Stadium, which is about 30 miles from our host hotel in downtown Baltimore.
A special $40 SABR package includes both a game ticket and bus transportation to and from Prince George’s Stadium. Buses will arrive at Prince George’s Stadium at approximately 11:00 a.m. for a pre-game discussion with Baysox broadcasters, exclusively for SABR 50 attendees. The first 750 fans through the main gates will receive a hand-autographed glossy photo of a 2022 Baysox player.
Stadium gates will open at 12:00 p.m, with the start of the game scheduled for 1:05 p.m. This is an optional event for SABR 50 attendees, and ticket purchases will be made directly through the team. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit groupmatics.events/event/SABR.
In addition, the Aberdeen Ironbirds, Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are also offering a 50% discount for tickets to any home game in July or August 2022. Click here to purchase single-game tickets at MiLB.com and use the promo code SABR50 to receive the discount.
To learn more about SABR 50, or to register, visit SABR.org/convention.
Thank you so much for your support of SABR during our Give Local campaign in 2022. Thanks to all of our donors, we were able to raise over $45,000 during this effort!
During the campaign, we were able to highlight some of the incredible work done by our chapters at a local level, including the inaugural recipients of SABR’s Local Grants program. Thanks to the success of the Give Local campaign, we’ll look to support even more of these initiatives that give back, encourage baseball research and preservation, and sustain and grow our wonderful baseball community.
We’d like to thank all SABR members for your support of the organization, and most especially those who participated in the Give Local campaign. Click here to view the full list at SABR.org.
SABR is pleased to announce the winners of the Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for 2022.
Dominick Pizzelanti and Lilia Pizzelanti of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, were the recipients of a Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for their senior group documentary, “Stranded at First Base: Sixty Years of Hardball Debate and Baseball Diplomacy and Their Impact on the Game in Cuba and the United States.” Click here to watch their award-winning film on YouTube.
Marshall Civin of Baltimore, Maryland, also received a Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for his junior paper, “Baltimore’s Ballpark Debates and Their Legacy: The Orioles’ Relocation from Memorial Stadium to Camden Yards.” Click here to read his award-winning paper.
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.
Happy Canada Day! Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:
Our Game, Too: Influential Figures and Milestones in Canadian Baseball
Edited by Andrew North
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-81-3, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-82-0, $34.95 US / $44.99 CDN
8.5″ x 11″, 459 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Our Game, Too for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Our Game, Too paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.95 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.
Visit SABR.org/ebooks for more titles from the SABR Digital Library.
SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee, Lajoie-Start Chapter, and the Rhode Island College’s Department of History present the Southern New England 19cBB Interdisciplinary Symposium, which will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island.
The symposium will be highlighted by a welcome address from author Ed Achorn (Fifty-Nine in ’84), a keynote address from Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, an interdisciplinary talk by Elizabeth Williams of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, plus research presentations by Robert Cvornyek, Howard Chudacoff, Lauren Tuiskula, and Rick Harris.
- How to Register: Click here to register online at SABR.org. Please note: Due to space limitations, we can only allow up to 80 registrants for this event.
- Schedule: Click here to download the full schedule (PDF)
- Cost: SABR members and up to two (2) guests can register for the symposium at $45 per person, which includes Continental breakfast, buffet lunch and AM & PM refreshments.
The 2022 Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will be the sixth in our city-specific series. Previous symposiums were held in New York City (2014), Philadelphia (2016), Cleveland (2018), Minneapolis (2019), and Brooklyn (2021).
In 1997, the San Diego Padres and San Diego Baseball Historical Society published the first two volumes of a trilogy about the Padres of the Pacific Coast League, written by SDBHS founder Ray Brandes. They were known as the Lane Field Years: 1936-1946 (Volume I) and 1947-1957 (Volume II.) Remarkably, these books became expensive collectors items.
Volume III, The Westgate Years: 1958-1968, was completed in 1998, but never published. SABR’s Ted Williams Chapter recently digitized this volume and has made it available as a free PDF download for all SABR members.
- Click here to learn more and download a free PDF edition of San Diego Padres — The Westgate Years: 1958-1968.
To find more Research Resources available to all SABR members, click here.
SABR’s 2022 Annual Report has been posted on the website and can be downloaded below:
On the Annual Reports page, you can download a copy of 2022 Chapter Reports, Committee Reports, and Chartered Communities Reports in the Appendix files on that page.
All previous SABR Annual Reports can also be found on the Annual Reports page.
It’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.
The SABR Analytics Certification program is an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics. The curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.
SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/certification to sign up today or learn more.
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.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from Patrick Montgomery, author of The Baseball Miracle of the Splendid 6 and Towny Townsend. 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 9: Talkin’ Baseball: Bill Nowlin (9:00 a.m. EDT)
- July 13: New SABR Member Experience meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- July 16: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter book club meeting (9:00 a.m. EDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- July 9: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
- July 9: Central Illinois Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Springfield, IL)
- July 9: Rogers Hornsby Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Austin, TX)
- July 12: Sebring-Stovey Williamsport Chapter ballgame/meeting (Williamsport, PA)
- July 16: Bob Davids Chapter ballgame/meeting at Nationals Park (Washington, DC)
- July 17: Goose Goslin Chapter meeting (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project:
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
Eight new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:
- May 1, 1900: With encouragement from his manager, Christy Mathewson wins his first start for Norfolk, by Stephen V. Rice
- October 4, 1913: Zany Senators defeat Red Sox in slapstick season finale despite Hal Janvrin’s two homers, by Thomas E. Merrick
- August 28, 1924: The last ‘No True Outcomes’ game … ever?, by David Firstman
- September 3, 1953: Jean Faut tosses second perfect game, earns final win of illustrious career, by Gary Belleville
- June 28, 1972: Dennis Eckersley throws shutout for Reno Silver Sox in pro baseball debut, by Kurt Blumenau
- September 14, 1982: Cardinals move into first place in NL East for good, by Tom Schott
- June 30, 2006: Adam Dunn’s blast caps Reds’ late inning rally, by Tim Otto
- October 27, 2018: Down 4-0 after six innings, Red Sox role players lead a late rally to win Game 4, by Bill Nowlin
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.
Episode #169 on Tuesday, July 5 featured Mark Armour and Dan Levitt, authors of Intentional Balk: Baseball’s Thin Line Between Innovation and Cheating. Armour is the President of SABR’s Board of Directors and founder of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. He was the recipient of the Bob Davids Award in 2008 and the Henry Chadwick Award in 2014. Levitt is the Treasurer of SABR, co-chair of SABR’s Business of Baseball committee, and past president of the Halsey Hall Chapter in Minnesota. He received the Bob Davids Award in 2015 and the Henry Chadwick Award in 2017.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
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 is a list of SABR supporters for the month of June 2022:
|Harry Adamo||Peter Mancuso|
|David Alvarez||T. Wayne Marshall|
|Robert Axelrod||Richard McAuliffe|
|Jake Bell||Rob McBride|
|Ryan Brecker||Marilyn Miller|
|D. Bruce Brown||Robert Morris|
|Scott Bush||Christopher Moyer|
|Edward Campis||John Munns|
|Ken Carrano||Bill Nowlin|
|Scott Carter||John Outland|
|Karl Cicitto||Gregg Pericich|
|Jim Cox||John Rall|
|Ed Edmonds||Michael Rosenwasser|
|Helen Edwards||Charles Roussel|
|Ron Elliott||Bob Russon|
|Steven Elsberry||Fred saffold|
|Donald Etheridge||Gary Sarnoff|
|Dan Evans||Edward Scahill|
|David Firstman||Jason Scheller|
|Kenneth Fischer||Douglas Schoppert|
|Adam Foldes||Jeff Self|
|Roy Gedat||Jeff Shames|
|David Guslani||Punch Shaw|
|Robert Hagerman||Rob Sheinkopf|
|Harriet Hamilton||George Sommerfeld|
|Leslie Heaphy||Mike Sparks|
|Paul Hensler||Dave Stevens|
|Tim Herlich||Jeb Stewart|
|Rockwell Hoffman||Thomas Stone|
|Thomas Hufford||Wesley Story|
|David Hughes||Larry Taylor|
|Donald Jensen||Joseph Thompson|
|Rick Johnson||Neal Traven|
|Kostya Kennedy||Marlene Vogelsang|
|Owen King||Steve West|
|Steve Klugman||John Williams|
|Ted Knorr||Beach Wires|
|Bob LeMoine||Jeffrey Wood|
|Dan Levitt||Don Zminda|
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- SABR Defensive Index rankings released through games of June 19
- Check out highlights, photos from 2022 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
- Read all articles from the Spring 2022 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR Digital Library: The First Negro League Champion: The 1920 Chicago American Giants
- Interviews with sabermetric pioneers added to SABR Oral History Collection
- Leslie Heaphy, Bill Nowlin, Allison Levin re-elected to SABR Board of Directors in 2022
- Dan Joseph’s Pete Reiser biography wins 2022 SABR Ron Gabriel Award
- SABR BioProject reaches milestone with 6,000th baseball biography
- Member Benefit Spotlight: Register now for SABR 50 convention in Baltimore
- Watch our latest Ballpark Figures episode with Shakeia Taylor and Todd Radom
- Check out SABR’s new Jackie Robinson 75th anniversary web project
- SABR adds Clifford Evans radio interviews to Oral History Collection
- Seven baseball projects to receive SABR Local Grants in 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.
|Mark Carter||Louisville, KY||Patrick Meeker||Tucson, AZ|
|Larry Cashen||Louisville, KY||Patrick Michels||Austin, TX|
|Charles Disher||Newburgh, NY||Greg Millsap||Shelbyville, IL|
|Josh Gathany||Syracuse, NY||Tom Reinsfelder||Shippensburg, PA|
|Micah Greenhill||Florence, KY||Mel Rose||Brooklyn, NY|
|James Halley||Naples, FL||Alexander Schuhart||Kingsport, TN|
|Leo McConville Jr.||Lafayette, NJ||Christopher Stutler||Akron, OH|
|Justin McCready||Edmonton, AB||Andrew Weltlinger||Baltimore, MD|
|Steve McGookin||Baltimore, MD|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter: July/August 2022 newsletter (Chicago, IL)
- Hanlan’s Point Chapter: Summer 2022 newsletter (Toronto, ON)
- Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter: July 2022 newsletter (Milwaukee, WI)
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Kevin Johnson: Seamheads Ballparks Database makes annual update (Seamheads.com)
- Anthony Castrovince: How Larry Doby broke color barrier in American League (MLB.com)
- Remy Tumin: Maybelle Blair Inspired ‘A League of Their Own.’ At 95, She’s Far From Done. (New York Times)
- Daniel Brown: ‘A League of Their Own’ turns 30: Catching up with mighty Marla Hooch (The Athletic)
- Liz Shannon Miller: A League of Their Own: DeLisa Chinn-Tyler, the Woman Who Threw the Baseball Back, Speaks (Consequence.net)
- Jay Jaffe: Ohtani the Pitcher Has Overtaken Ohtani the Hitter (FanGraphs)
- Tyler Kepner: For the Mets, the Cavalry Rides in on a Rumble Pony (New York Times)
- Jeff Passan: The decline of the starting pitcher — and what it means for baseball’s future (ESPN.com)
- Derrick Goold: Pujols reminisces on knowing, nearing Musial and MLB greats (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Emma Baccellieri: The Orioles Finally Had a Winning Month! (Sports Illustrated)
- Howard Bryant: Baseball, barbecue and losing freedom this Fourth of July (ESPN.com)
- Jayson Stark: MLB midseason awards: MVP and LVP, Cy Young and Cy Yuk, and more (The Athletic)
- Alex Speier: At the halfway point of the season, is the Red Sox’ glass half-empty or half-full? (Boston Globe)
- David Laurila: Kyle Garlick Didn’t Need The Backup Plan (FanGraphs)
- Grant Brisbee: The Giants’ defense: What happened between 2021 and 2022? (The Athletic)
- Mark Simon: Don’t Forget About Julio Rodriguez’s Defense (ACTA Sports)
- Jim Margalus: Failing to understand — then understanding the failure — of the 8-5 triple play in 6 frames (Sox Machine)
- Derek Rhoads/Rob Mains: The White Sox Have Run Into Leg Injuries (Baseball Prospectus)
- Eno Sarris: Shane McClanahan and Dylan Cease’s movement, Julio Rodríguez’s comfort level and more (The Athletic)
- Clinton Yates: Black coaches can lead in college baseball … if afforded the opportunity (Andscape)
- Vince Guerrieri: The Rise And Fall Of The Rogue League That Took On MLB And Changed It Forever (Defector.com)
- Hayes Gardner: Moonlight Graham autographs are discovered at Baltimore medical school (Baltimore Sun)
- Gary Cieradkowski: Jimmy Bonna: Uncovering Japan’s first Black ballplayer (Studio Gary C)
- John Maffei: Longtime baseball scout Mike Wallace dies at 89 (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Nicholas DiGrispino: The story of Albert Pujols’ 2,000th RBI baseball (BaseballHall.org)
- M. Shawn Hennessy: From the Ashes: Rizal Stadium and the Manila Dodgers (Chevrons and Diamonds)
- Mike Bojanowski: Here’s why you shouldn’t always believe the Statcast home run distance numbers (Bleed Cubbie Blue)
- Jason Schwartz: When our cards outlive us (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 8, 2022. Last Updated: July 8, 2022.