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 14, 2019:
We’re just two weeks away from SABR‘s 49th annual convention on June 26-30, 2019, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here to register for SABR 49 and join us!
SABR 49 will be highlighted by these innovative and interesting featured panels:
- Opening Remarks: Josh Stein: San Diego Padres Assistant GM Josh Stein will be on hand to deliver the opening remarks at SABR 49. 9:30 a.m., Thursday, June 27
- 1984 San Diego Padres Panel: Panelists include Kurt Bevacqua, former Padres infielder and fan favorite; longtime Padres president Ballard Smith; sports columnists Ron Rapoport and Bill Center; and moderator Bob Chandler, Padres broadcaster from 1970-2003. 10:35 a.m., Thursday, June 27
- Women in Baseball Panel: Panelists include Ila Borders, minor-league baseball pioneer; Perry Barber, professional baseball umpire for more than 30 years and 2018 recipient of SABR’s Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award; Jewel Greenberg, producer of Girls of Summer: Big Diamond Dreams documentary film; Justine Siegal, founder of Baseball For All and the first female coach in Major League Baseball; Janet Marie Smith, Senior Vice President of Planning and Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers; and moderator Jean Ardell, author of Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime and co-author with Ila Borders of Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey. 2:15 p.m., Thursday, June 27
- Increasing Diversity in Youth Participation: Guest speaker is Del Matthews, Vice President of Baseball Development at Major League Baseball. 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 28
- Padres Player Panel: Panelists include Randy Jones, 1976 National League Cy Young Award winner; Carlos Hernández, a key contributor on the Padres’ 1998 World Series team and now an analyst on Fox Deportes; Mark Sweeney, pinch-hitter extraordinaire from 1995 to 2008 and an analyst on Fox Sports San Diego; and moderator Rob Neyer, award-winning author and host of the weekly baseball podcast, SABRcast with Rob Neyer.11:00 a.m., Friday, June 28
- The Baseball Encyclopedia 50th Anniversary Panel: Panelists include Sean Forman, founder of Baseball-Reference.com; David S. Neft, the driving force behind The Baseball Encyclopedia in 1969; David W. Smith, president and founder of Retrosheet.org; and moderatorJohn Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian. 3:15 p.m., Friday, June 28
- MLB Umpires Panel: Panelists include Gerry Davis, MLB umpire crew chief who has called more postseason games than any umpire in baseball history; Greg Gibson, MLB umpire who called the 2011 World Series and was behind the plate for Randy Johnson’s 2004 perfect game and Clayton Kershaw’s 2014 no-hitter; Mike Port, MLB Vice President of Umpiring from 2005 to 2011; and moderator Fred Rodgers of SABR’s Ted Williams Chapter. 9:15 a.m., Saturday, June 29
- Early California Baseball History Panel: Panelists include Carlos Bauer, a prolific baseball historian whose specialties include early California baseball and the minor leagues; Angus Macfarlane, a San Francisco-based “baseball treasure hunter” who focuses on baseball’s pre-history in the Bay Area; and moderator Bill Swank, author of numerous books and articles on San Diego baseball history. 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 29
We’ll also have some special guest speakers at our research committee meetings. The Black Sox Scandal Research Committee will host a special 100th anniversary “Eight Myths Out” panel discussion with authors Bruce Allardice, Rick Huhn, Bill Felber, and Jacob Pomrenke. Other guest speakers are expected to include Padres official scorer Bill Zavestoski, award-winning authors and historians Rob Fitts, Roberta J. Newman, Herm Krabbenhoft, Norman Macht, and more.
Attendees also have the opportunity to catch a San Diego Padres game at Petco Park; tour the San Diego Central Library’s Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center, home of the SABR Collection; and view a film screening of the new documentary film Moe Berg: The Spy Behind Home Plate, with filmmaker Aviva Kempner on hand.
There will also be 32 groundbreaking research presentations — including studies of all aspects of baseball past and present, such as future stars Ted Williams and Minnie Miñoso with the minor-league San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League, the 50th anniversary of the expansion Padres entering MLB, modern pace-of-play concerns and rules changes, and much more.
As always, there’s the highly competitive and entertaining SABR Trivia Contest finals on Saturday night, not to mention informed and opinionated baseball talk all week long. A full rundown on the schedule, bios of speakers and panelists, and summaries of research presentations can be found at sabr.org/convention.
We hope to see you all soon in San Diego!
Single-day registration for SABR 49 can be purchased online by clicking here or on-site during convention registration hours. The single-day rate is:
- Thursday, June 27: $179 for SABR members, $209 non-members
- Friday, June 28: $179 for SABR members, $209 non-members
- Saturday, June 29: $179 for SABR members, $209 non-members
The single-day registration includes admission to all convention panels, research presentations, and committee meetings at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. It can be purchased on-site via cash, check, or credit card (sorry, no American Express accepted.) Please note: Admission to the SABR 49 Awards Luncheon, the Friends of SABR Breakfast, and the Padres game are not included.
- Registration: Click here for complete information on the SABR 49 Regular and Single-Day Registration, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 49! Regular registration is $319 for SABR members or $350 for non-members. Single-day registration is also available online or on-site at $179/day for the days of Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29. Click here for more information.
- Hotel: Please note: Our special SABR room block of $224/night (plus tax) at the Manchester Grand Hyatt is no longer available. To find other hotels nearby, visit www.sandiego.org for more information.
- Awards Luncheon: SABR will host a special Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 28 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The Awards Luncheon, which includes a meal, will feature the announcement of SABR’s annual awards — including the Bob Davids Award, our highest honor. One ticket to the Awards Luncheon is included in the all-inclusive package or guest tickets are available for $70 when you register for SABR 49.
- Special film screening of Moe Berg documentary: We are pleased to host a special screening of the new documentary film, Moe Berg: The Spy Behind Home Plate, on Thursday, June 27 during SABR 49 in San Diego with filmmaker Aviva Kempner. The event will be open to all SABR convention attendees. In this first ever feature-length documentary about the enigmatic Berg, Kempner focuses her camera on a little-known Jewish hero. learn more about the film or to view a trailer, visit spybehindhomeplate.org.
- Schedule: Click here to view the full daily schedule at SABR 49.
- Speakers: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists at SABR 49.
- Research presentations: Click here to view the research presentations to be delivered at SABR 49.
- Poster presentations: Click here to view the full list of poster presentations on display at SABR 49.
- Committee meetings: Click here to view the research committee meeting schedule at SABR 49.
- Vendors Room: Click here to learn more about our vendors at SABR 49.
- Transportation Tips: Click here to learn how to get around town and area attractions during your visit to San Diego.
Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more or to register for the SABR 49 convention.
Included are details and addresses for the Padres’ former homes at Lane Field, Westgate Park, and Jack Murphy Stadium; Ted Williams’ high school field and childhood homes; the Breitbard Hall of Fame, and more.
Members of the host Ted Williams Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in San Diego. If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 49 volunteer for assistance.
If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 49 volunteer for assistance.
For more information on San Diego’s award-winning restaurants, upcoming events, and other area attractions, visit SanDiego.org.
On-site judges are needed for SABR 49 research presentations. Each judge will be responsible for viewing and evaluating oral and poster presentations during SABR 49 in San Diego.
Judges need not be “experts” in particular topics. They may choose which oral presentations they wish to evaluate, but are requested to judge all oral presentations they attend.
Through on-site judging, the most highly regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for best poster presentation. The Pappas Award winner will have the opportunity to repeat that presentation on Saturday evening.
For the complete SABR 49 presentation schedule, click here.
On the same day SABR’s 23rd annual convention began in San Diego, on June 24, 1993, the Padres traded away a promising young third baseman, Gary Sheffield. Earlier that day, Sheffield had been named to the Padres’ “25th Anniversary Dream Team,” pouring a little more salt in fans’ wounds at the prospect of a fire sale. One man brought a homemade cardboard sign to the SABR convention game at Jack Murphy Stadium that read “Will play 3B for cash.” No one could have known at the time that the Padres had received a future Hall of Fame closer named Trevor Hoffman in return.
When we return to San Diego for the 2019 SABR convention this month, during the Padres’ 50th anniversary season, we’ll get to see one of the most dynamic stars in the game today at third base in Manny Machado, who signed a record-breaking $300 million free agent deal with the Padres this past offseason.
Our SABR 49 convention will be highlighted by a visit from a number of Padres fan favorites, including Randy Jones, Mark Sweeney, Carlos Hernández, and Kurt Bevacqua — the World Series home run hitting-hero who emceed the Awards Luncheon at our first San Diego convention in 1993, which featured former manager Dick Williams as the keynote speaker.
The Padres’ first National League pennant-winning team was well represented at the SABR 23 convention, with Bevacqua and Bruce Bochy sharing their favorite stories from the 1984 season. Another memorable session was a Thursday night reception with San Diego native and Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr.
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.
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 #11 which features an interview with Jerry Cohen, founder and owner of Ebbets Field Flannels, which produces authentic vintage baseball jerseys, caps, and other apparel. His work has been featured in Hollywood films such as 42 on Jackie Robinson and at major-league ballparks during “Turn Back the Clock” nights. The Seattle-based company, founded in 1988, was a pioneer in the reproduction of throwback jerseys. Their focus on Negro Leagues history and Pacific Coast League uniforms has helped to bring obscure baseball stories into the public eye..
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.
San Diego Padres: The First Half Century
Edited by Tom Larwin and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin
Foreword by Randy Jones | Afterword by Major Garrett
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- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of San Diego Padres: The First Half Century for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the San Diego Padres: The First Half Century 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.
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. To find the complete list of books, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,896 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.
Three new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- August 10, 1887: Dave Orr hits for second career cycle, but Orioles prevail in walk-off win, by Mike Huber
- March 29, 1973: MLB experiments with Charlie Finley’s orange baseballs, by Vince Guerrieri
- August 16, 1977: Phillies’ win streak reaches 13, by Steve Ginader
- 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 in May at a new time. Listen in from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 15 on MLB Network Radio.
You can also 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.
To honor the 100-year anniversary of the Negro League’s Detroit Stars, the Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium and Wayne State University’s Department of African American Studies invite original unpublished papers for the Detroit Stars Centennial Conference on August 8-10, 2019. The event is co-sponsored by SABR’s Detroit Chapter.
Abstracts can cover all aspects of baseball, with emphasis on the Detroit Stars, black baseball, Michigan baseball, and/or baseball history. Abstracts only, not to exceed 300 words, should be submitted by June 15, 2019 to Lisa Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org. For complete details and criteria, click here.
The conference registration is $125. The conference fee covers all events, including a bus tour of Detroit and tickets to a Detroit Tigers game. You can register for the conference at detroitstars.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:
- Mark Armour elected as SABR President; Nowlin, Levin win Director seats
- Rachel Robinson selected as 2019 SABR Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award winner
- 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
- In Memoriam: Marc Okkonen
- Find the SABR Bookshelf listings for Spring 2019
- Rocky Mountain Chapter celebrates 150th consecutive monthly meeting
- Check out photos and highlights from the 2019 SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference
- Give back to SABR through AmazonSmile
- SABR Digital Library: Wrigley Field: The Friendly Confines at Clark and Addison
- SABR Little League Home Runs Database updated through 2018
- 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).
|Chris Behrend||Marinette, WI||Chris Morris||Phoenix, AZ|
|Tara Boice||Ann Arbor, MI||Andrew Olinik||New Orleans, LA|
|Richard Erkel||Pittsburgh, PA||Ken Samoil||Princeton, NJ|
|Doug Gordon||San Jose, CA||John Shaffer||Spring Valley, CA|
|Craig Greenham||La Salle, ON||Tom Thurman||Vancouver, WA|
|Christopher Marullo||Houston, TX||Tony Walters||Chicago, IL|
|Robert McFall||Scottsdale, AZ|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Business of Baseball: Spring 2019 newsletter
- Women in Baseball: Rachel Robinson selected as 2019 SABR Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award winner
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Halsey Hall Chapter: June 2019 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Lajoie-Start Southern New England Chapter: June 8 meeting recap (Pawtucket, RI)
- Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington Chapter: June 8 meeting recap (Lexington, KY)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- June 15: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter breakfast (Cromwell, CT)
- June 15: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony (St. Marys, ON)
- June 15: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- June 15: Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter monthly luncheon (Phoenix, AZ)
- June 18: “Lou Gehrig: Rawhide” film screening (Allen, TX)
- June 18: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- June 19: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- June 19: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- June 20: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” monthly meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- June 20: José Ramírez: “Cuba and the ‘Last’ Baseball Season” (Norwood, MA)
- June 22: Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter meeting/ballgame (Las Vegas, NV)
- June 23: Howard Wasserman book signing (Coral Gables, FL)
- June 23: Dusty Baker-Sacramento Chapter and Lefty O’Doul Chapter joint ballgame/meeting (Stockton, CA)
- June 26: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” monthly meeting (Tucker, GA)
- June 26-30: SABR 49 convention (San Diego, CA)
- June 27: John Zinn: “Charles Ebbets” book signing (New York, NY)
- June 28: George Boziwick and Trudy Williams: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame: The Story of Katie Casey, Suffrage, and Our National Pastime” (Washington, DC)
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:
- Mark Simon: Ranking the top 10 defensive infields in baseball right now (The Athletic)
- Grant Brisbee: The Giants defeated Clayton Kershaw for the 11th time, but it goes deeper than that (The Athletic)
- Sopan Deb: Big-league baseball’s first woman, Toni Stone, with a play of her own off Broadway (New York Times)
- Vahe Gregorian: Negro Leagues players made history fighting for country that wasn’t fighting for them (Kansas City Star)
- Andy McCullough: How baby boomer managers reach these dang millennial players (Los Angeles Times)
- Jared Diamond/Tom McGinty: MLB draft sends message to high-schoolers: go to college (Wall Street Journal)
- Jay Jaffe: Biggio, Guerrero are chips off the ol’ Cooperstown block (FanGraphs)
- Ben Clemens: How does Mike Soroka do it? (FanGraphs)
- Eno Sarris: Matt Chapman’s rise to stardom has been built on a two-step plan (The Athletic)
- Laurila: Rangers’ Pete Fairbanks on his memorable major-league debut (FanGraphs)
- Wes Jenkins: The living, historical illustrations of Tim Godden (The Hardball Times)
- Bill Ballou: Bernie Carbo pulls no punches and threw a few, too (Worcester Telegram)
- George Castle: How Jane Leavy came to write books about Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Sandy Koufax (Chicago Jewish News)
- Justin Klugh: Finding Baltimore City’s next major-league draftee (The Hardball Times)
- Gary Cieradkowski: Jake Batterton, a major tragedy in the minor leagues (Studio Gary C)
- Nick Vossbrink: Blink of an Eye (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jason Schwartz: The Babe Ruth trade of 1933 (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Tim Jenkins: Feed Your Head with Ted (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Ralph Carhart: Héroes de Cartón: When is a Card not a Card? (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: June 14, 2019. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.