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 June 11, 2021:
As part of SABR’s 50th anniversary in 2021, all baseball fans are invited to join us online for the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series, presented by Major League Baseball and Baseball-Reference.com. The opening session begins on June 25-27, 2021.
Join us for a series of presentations, chats, and panel discussions featuring authors, scholars, and figures from around the game, including: Katie Krall, Cincinnati Reds; Bianca Smith, Boston Red Sox; Janet Marie Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers; J.J. Cooper, Baseball America; Rick White, Atlantic League; Sean Forman, Sports Reference; Gary Ashwill, Seamheads.com; Larry Lester, SABR Negro Leagues Committee; Peter Kurz, Team Israel; Leonte Landino and Enrique Rojas, ESPN Deportes; and more.
- Registration: Click here to register for the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series. Registration is $35 for SABR members and $50 for non-members. The single registration fee will provide access to the entirety of the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series, including every session in June, July and August. That’s NINE incredible virtual sessions, including the full Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, for just one registration price.
- Contact: Please e-mail Chanel Zapata with any other questions about your registration.
- Schedule: The Summer of SABR online sessions will be held on the weekends of June 25-27, July 23-25, and August 10, 13-14. Click here for a closer look at each date and the broad range of topics to be explored.
Visit SABR.org/summer to register today or for more information.
In narrowing hundreds of options down to 50, we tried to remain cognizant of all of the other lists we have presented over the past year as part of this golden anniversary series. We have published an entire list on the evolution of baseball analytics and another for off-field figures; accordingly, we wanted to minimize overlap so we could spread the attention around.
We are aware there are many, many other important moments or days that could, and perhaps should, be included here. It was a very eventful past 50 years. We expect the next half-century to be just as eventful.
Visit SABR.org/50at50/moments to read the list and the short description for each of the moments included.
— Mark Armour and Dan Levitt
Check out stories, videos, and highlights from the 2021 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference
The 11th annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference was held virtually on April 22-24, 2021.
The 2021 virtual conference was highlighted by a keynote address from Major League Baseball’s Official Historian John Thorn, along with a panel discussion on National League president William Hulbert with Jack Bales, Richard Hershberger, Bill Lamb, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a special presentation by Jim Gates on the “Penny Marshall Sheet Music Collection” at the Baseball Hall of Fame; a Member Spotlight interview of Tom Gilbert; plus research presentations.
Visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c/2021-highlights to watch video replays of any session from the 2021 conference.
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.”
- Click here to download the 2021 SABR Women in Baseball Scholarship application and style guidelines (PDF)
All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by June 14, 2021, and sent to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu or Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Rd., North Canton, OH 44720. The winner will be notified by August 2.
SABR’s Century Research Committee provides a hub for SABR research and activities to memorialize the anniversaries of important milestones in baseball history.
The new Century Committee website, launched this week thanks to the efforts of Allison Levin and co-chairs Sharon Hamilton and Bill Nowlin, includes dozens of original articles to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1921 baseball season. You can find year-in-review articles on the World Series champion New York Giants, Babe Ruth’s New York Yankees, the Chicago American Giants of the Negro National League, plus significant and memorable games played by every major-league team.
You can also find articles on other aspects of baseball as it was played a century ago: Babe Ruth’s record-breaking 59 home runs, the ballparks that hosted Negro League games, a comparison of player salaries, the state of professional umpiring, baseball fans’ media consumption before the first radio broadcast, minor-league team names, and many other stories.
Click here to read more at the Century Committee website. And stay tuned later this year for the committee’s 100th anniversary 1921 project at SABR.org!
All SABR members now have FREE online access to the Newspapers.com World Collection, with more than 10,000 newspaper titles from the United States, Canada, and other countries, allowing you to explore full and partial runs of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers dating back to the 1700s.
As we look to build on the value of your membership, we are always searching for resources to augment your existing benefits. Whether you are a researcher or an avid consumer of baseball history, this new tool puts an incredible depth of knowledge at your fingertips. An annual subscription to Newspapers.com runs $89, but is now included free with your SABR membership.
- SABR members, log in to view the Research Resources page and start browsing the Newspapers.com World Collection.
Major titles included in this collection include: Boston Globe (1872-1922), Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1963), Chicago Daily Herald (1901-2006), Houston Post (1893-1952), Kansas City Times (1908-1976), New York Tribune (1841-1922), Philadelphia Inquirer (1794-1922), Pittsburgh Courier (1911-1977), St. Louis Globe-Democrat (1853-1963), San Francisco Examiner (1865-1922), Washington Evening Star (1852-1939), and others.
SABR’s Ninteenth Century Committee is excited to announce a new season of monthly virtual research presentations, beginning in September 2021.
The 19cBB Speaker Series will consist of research presentations presented at the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference (“The Fred”). These informative 1-hour talks will be delivered each second Tuesday of the month beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
The 2021-22 speaker series will include presentations by Bruce Allardice, Michael Haupert, Lawrence Phillips, Rob Bauer, Alan Cohen, Monica Nucciarone, Dennis Thiessen, Terry Bohn, and Eric Frost.
Visit SABR.org/19th-century-baseball-speaker-series to register now for these free virtual Zoom meetings.
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.
- Can’t-Miss Event: On Saturday, June 12, at 12:00 p.m. EDT, SABR’s Carolina Chapter (Durham, NC) will hold a virtual Zoom meeting All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Our guest speaker will be Dan Epstein, author of The Captain and Me with Ron Blomberg on his friendship with former Yankees teammate Thurman Munson. Click here to register for this free virtual event to receive the Zoom details.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from author Lincoln Mitchell (The Giants and Their City); Leslie Heaphy and Bill Nowlin on SABR’s Jackie: Perspectives on 42 book; and our monthly New Member Experience with Chanel Zapata. 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:
- June 12: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter book club meeting (10:00 a.m. EDT)
- June 12: Carolina (NC) Chapter meeting with Dan Epstein (12:00 p.m. EDT)
- June 12: Rogers Hornsby (TX) Chapter meeting (1:00 p.m. CDT)
- June 13: Baseball Think Factory meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- June 14: Ottawa (ON) Chapter meeting with Ron Grossman (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- June 16: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with John Burbridge (12:00 p.m. EDT)
- June 17: Larry Doby (SC) Chapter meeting with Jeff Ridgway (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- June 17: Magnolia (GA) Chapter meeting with Craig Brown (7:30 p.m. EDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- June 12: San Leandro Ballpark dedication ceremony (San Leandro, CA)
- June 13: Bud Metheny/Virginia Eastern Shore Chapter ballgame/meeting (Richmond, VA)
- June 14: Larry Dierker Chapter: Sugar Land Skeeters ballgame/meeting (Sugar Land, TX)
- June 15: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- June 17: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- June 19: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Episode #114 on Monday, June 7 featured Gar Ryness, better known as the Batting Stance Guy, a popular YouTube star and fan favorite for his uncanny impersonations of baseball players past and present. He is the author of Batting Stance Guy: A Love Letter to Baseball, has appeared at all 30 MLB stadiums, and he’s been the subject of numerous national television interviews and media profiles. He grew up in the Bay Area and is a graduate of Syracuse University.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
Nine new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Ron Blomberg, by Joseph Wancho
- Jim Dwyer, by Tom Mank (first-time author)
- Juan Guzmán, by Malcolm Allen
- Tony Lucadello, by Len Pasculli
- Mickey McGuire, by Malcolm Allen
- Dyar Miller, by Malcolm Allen
- Tom Murphy, by John S. Murphy
- Hal R. Smith, by Bruce Harris
- George Zuverink, by Malcolm Allen
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.
- Read all SABR bios from 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords book: In Pride of Smoketown: The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords, edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin and published in 2020, we told the story of one of the Negro Leagues’ most dominant teams, which boasted four Hall of Fame players. All of the biographies from Pride of Smoketown are now available to read online at the SABR BioProject. Visit SABR.org/ebooks to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback.
Seven new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- August 23, 1907: Pirates’ Howie Camnitz walks his way to a 5-inning no-hitter shortened by darkness, by Gregory H. Wolf
- June 12, 1921: Monarchs’ Bullet Rogan bests Cincinnati’s José Leblanc in battle of Negro League aces, by Tim Odzer
- June 13, 1921: Heinie Groh returns from holdout with two hits; Reds lose to Brooklyn, by Steven C. Weiner
- September 12, 1954: Ottawa Athletics lose final game as Canada’s capital city loses professional baseball for 40 years, by Kurt Blumenau
- June 15, 1969: ‘One big wet blanket’ for Seattle’s Pilots on Bat Day at Yankee Stadium, by Chad Osborne
- July 18, 1974: Calm reigns in Cleveland, Catfish Hunter prevails in pitchers’ duel on Beer Night II, by Vince Guerrieri
- August 3, 1988: Morgan Magic: Red Sox win 22nd straight home game, by Todd Wormuth (first-time author)
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.
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.
SABR’s 2021 Annual Report has been posted on the website and can be downloaded below:
On the Annual Reports page, you can download a copy of 2021 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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Join us online in June 2021 for Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series
- Check out videos and highlights from the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference
- Read articles from the Spring 2021 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR Member Benefit Spotlight: Research Resources
- SABR Digital Library: Jackie: Perspectives on 42
- 100 years ago: Bill Gatewood throws first no-hitter in Negro National League history
- SABR 50 at 50: Baseball Trivia
- Mark Armour, Todd Lebowitz re-elected; Tara Krieger elected to SABR Board of Directors
- SABR welcomes new research committee: Baseball Iconography Project
- SABR 50, Jerry Malloy conferences rescheduled for 2022
- SABR Negro Leagues Task Force issues recommendations on major-league status
- Call for papers: 2021 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
- 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.
|Daniel Anderson||Geneva, IL||Harvey Hurwitz||Huntington Woods, MI|
|Jeffrey Anderson||Mt. Laurel, NJ||Dalton Mattson||Washington, DC|
|Emily Barnes||Carlsbad, CA||Charles Muizers||The Woodlands, TX|
|Eric Berg||Springfield, IL||Stephan Pippen||Alameda, CA|
|Jeremy DeSilva||Norwich, VT||Trevor Raichura||Nishinomiya, JPN|
|Rob Eidson||Fort Mill, SC||Darren Smith||Rowlett, TX|
|Tom Emerson||Middletown, NJ||Thomas Smith||Carbondale, CO|
|Will Hess||Atlanta, GA||Sam Sundermeyer||St. Louis Park, MN|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Century Committee: Check out the Century Committee’s new website, with articles on memorable players, teams, and events from the 1921 National League, American League, and Negro National League seasons.
- Negro Leagues: June 2021 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Connie Mack-Dick Allen Chapter: Check out the chapter’s fundraising initiative to place a historical marker for the 1871 Philadelphia Athletics
- Halsey Hall Chapter: June 2021 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Ted Williams Chapter: June 2021 newsletter (San Diego, CA)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Save 50% on University of Nebraska Press baseball books through July 15 by using the discount code 6SUMM21
- San Diego Public Library Podcast: The Joseph Murphy Baseball Autograph Collection (BuzzSprout)
- Jay Jaffe: With Conditions Improving, Baseball Hall Calls for September 8 Induction Ceremony (FanGraphs)
- Frank Schultz: John Graf edits SABR book about Negro League baseball (Janesville Gazette)
- Linda Gandee: Baseball memories bring Alzheimer’s patients to the batter’s box (Cleveland.com)
- Stephanie Apstein/Alex Prewitt: The inside story of how rampant pitch-doctoring in MLB is pumping pitchers up and deflating offenses (Sports Illustrated)
- Emma Baccellieri: MLB’s Pitch Doctoring Epidemic Is Nothing New (Sports Illustrated)
- Jason Turbow: As Pine Tar Enforcement Comes To The Fore, (Alleged) Pine Tar Pitchers Struggle (The Baseball Codes)
- Hannah Keyser: A sticky dilemma: MLB crackdown could put minor league pitchers in a bind (Yahoo! Sports)
- Russell A. Carleton: Why Is It So Hard to Fix Baseball? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Andy Martino: On the Cheating Scandal That Nearly Ruined Baseball (Literary Hub)
- Sarah Langs: Tracking Jacob deGrom’s pursuit of history (MLB.com)
- Tyler Kepner: Mike Schmidt Is the Greatest Draft Pick Ever (New York Times)
- RJ McDaniel: How To Allow 10 or More Runs in Less Than One Inning (FanGraphs)
- Rob Arthur: Better Defense Is Costing MLB Thousands of Hits (Baseball Prospectus)
- Rob Mains: How Bad Is Offense? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Carmen Ciardiello: Evaluating Two-Pitch Pitchers (FanGraphs)
- Alex Speier: How Red Sox reliever Adam Ottavino became ‘King of the Called Strike’ (Boston Globe)
- Mark Simon: Who Are The Top Baserunning Teams & Players (ACTA Sports)
- David Laurila: A Conversation With Dodgers Pitching Prospect Clayton Beeter (FanGraphs)
- John Shea: What A’s Glenn Burke Pride Night means: Celebrate, mourn MLB’s first out gay player (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Barry Svrluga: Former Little League star Mo’ne Davis is interning as a baseball broadcaster with the DC Grays (Washington Post)
- Ashley MacLennan: The Canadian Roots of Modern Baseball (FanGraphs)
- Craig Brown: Examining the baseball uniforms of the Western League of 1899 (Threads of Our Game)
- M. Shawn Hennessy: A Grand War Story Leads to a Chance at a Career in Baseball (Chevrons and Diamonds)
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: June 11, 2021. Last Updated: June 11, 2021.