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This Week in SABR: June 14, 2024

This Week in SABR: June 14, 2024

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, June 14, 2024.
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Top Headlines

SABR Defensive Index rankings through June 9
SABR 52: Baseball Broadcast, St. Paul Saints panels
Check out photos and highlights from Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
Join us for Live Oral History with Harold Baines
Local Grant update: Aberdeen Pheasants historical marker

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

SABR Defensive Index

SABR Defensive Index rankings released through June 9

Texas second baseman Marcus Semien and Arizona second baseman Ketel Marte lead their respective leagues in the updated SABR Defensive Index™ rankings through Major League Baseball games of Sunday, June 9.

The SABR Defensive Index is used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR.

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR 52 convention logo

SABR 52: Future of Baseball Broadcasts and St. Paul Saints panels

Join us in Minneapolis for SABR’s 52nd annual convention! SABR 52 will be held on August 7-11, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

  • Click here for complete details on SABR 52 registration and optional sessions, including a Minnesota Twins game, St. Paul Saints game, and Target Field ballpark tour.

This week, we’re excited to announce two more panel discussions:

Future of Baseball Broadcasts Panel

  • Dave St. Peter, President and Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Twins
  • Evan Drellich, Senior Writer, The Athletic
  • Moderator: Adam Platt, Executive Editor, Twin Cities Business

St. Paul Saints Panel
Hosted by SABR’s Minor Leagues Committee

  • Derek Sharrer, Executive Vice President and General Manager, St. Paul Saints
  • Tom Whaley, Executive Vice President, St. Paul Saints
  • Sierra Bailey, Vice President and Assistant General Manager, St. Paul Saints
  • Moderator: Liz Fedor, Senior Editor, Twin Cities Business magazine

Visit to learn more.

The Diamond King film screening with Dick Perez

We’re also excited to announce a special SABR 52 film screening of The Diamond King, a new biopic on legendary baseball artist Dick Perez, on Saturday, August 10 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. A Q&A will follow with Perez and award-winning director Marq Evans.

Perez, honored as the 2024 SABR Jefferson Burdick Award winner, is known for his Donruss Diamond King illustrations and Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcards. The film screening will be co-hosted by the SABR Baseball Cards Committee and Baseball and the Arts Committee. Visit to watch a film trailer and learn more.

2024 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference (clockwise from top-left): JB Martin IV, Lisa Alexander, Eddie Bedford, Paul Julion, James Brunson III.

Check out photos and highlights from the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference was held June 6-9 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Panels and presentations were also livestreamed from the Grandstand Theater for virtual attendees.

The conference was highlighted by a panel discussion on SABR’s Special Negro Leagues and Teams Committee with James Brunson III, Phil S. Dixon, Kevin Johnson, Philip Lee, Adam Darowski, and Gary Gillette; and a panel on the Hall of Fame’s new Souls of the Game: Voices of Black Baseball exhibit featuring Tom Shieber, Mary Quinn, and Cassidy Lent.

Visit to view photos and highlights.

Join us for a live SABR Oral History interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines on Tuesday, June 18.

Join us on June 18 for a Live Oral History with Harold Baines

Baseball fans, join us for a special virtual event at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, June 18, 2024: a live SABR Oral History interview with Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Chicago White Sox great Harold Baines.

All fans are invited to attend this interview session on Zoom, which will be conducted by Oral History Committee chair John McMurray. The interview will be recorded and added to SABR’s Oral History Collection archive afterward.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Bill Cantalope, left, and Ben Ernst stand by a new historical marker on the site of Aberdeen Municipal Stadium in South Dakota. Cantalope was a batboy when the Pheasants hosted the Baltimore Orioles in an exhibition game in 1964. (Courtesy of Ben Ernst)

Local Grant update: Aberdeen Pheasants historical marker

A historical marker commemorating the history of the Aberdeen Pheasants baseball team in South Dakota was unveiled on Saturday, June 8. Ben Ernst, a SABR member from Aberdeen, used a SABR Local Grant to help fund and install the marker.

The marker is located on the site of Aberdeen Municipal Stadium, now on the campus of Northern State University. The Pheasants called the ballpark home from 1946 to 1971 and were a minor-league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles for many years. With future Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Luis Aparicio, the Orioles played an exhibition game in Aberdeen on June 8, 1964.

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logo

Call for papers: 2024 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the sixth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled as a virtual event for September 20-22, 2024.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by July 1, 2024, to Leslie Heaphy.

Registration information will be available soon at

SABR Four Pillars Fund

Contribute to SABR’s Four Pillars Fund

Research – Preservation – Scholarship – Future of the Game. These are the four pillars on which SABR stands as an organization.

Each pillar represents one of our organizational values and the support of donors like you makes a significant impact on our ability to fortify our foundation while also fulfilling SABR’s vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball.

This spring, we ask you to contribute to the FOUR PILLARS FUND. Our goal is to raise $65,000 during this campaign to strengthen each of our four pillars by supporting baseball research, committing to preservation, furthering the reach of our scholarship, and building a bridge to the future of the game.

To donate or learn more about SABR’s Four Pillars Fund and the existing efforts and exciting new initiatives that will be funded by a successful campaign, visit

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: Woodie Fryman, Ken Griffey Jr., Ray Lankford

7 new stories published at SABR Games Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

The 1939 Baltimore Elite Giants, edited by Frederick C. Bush, Thomas Kern, and Bill Nowlin

The 1939 Baltimore Elite Giants
Edited by Frederick C. Bush, Thomas Kern, and Bill Nowlin

Visit to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback edition of all Digital Library books.

Recent Highlights

Here are some SABR headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Logan Davis Knoxville, TN     Charles Peters Madison, WI
Timothy Dodson Savannah, GA     Warren Prindle Sharon, CT
Lance Donohue Richardson, TX     Justin Quinley Fairhope, AL
Gregory Duhamel Woonsocket, RI     Tasha Rivera New Westminster, BC
Richard Gorelick Yardley, PA     Enrique Robinson Metairie, LA
Bob Holt Peterborough, NH     Henry Sakai Germantown, MD
Ashton Hummel Springfield, IL     Wesley Seidner Fairfax, VA
James Lasker Amityville, NY     Nathan Singletary Astoria, NY
Jeffrey Latimer Martindale, TX     Rose Taah Texarkana, AR
George Leidig Norfolk, VA     Theodore Tollefson Rochester, MN
Henry Pak Des Plaines, IL        

SABR Events Calendar

The Clyde Sukeforth Chapter (ME/NH) in cooperation with the Gardner-Waterman Chapter (VT) presents Ken Smoller at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 17, 2024. All baseball fans are invited to attend. “Last Comiskey” is a new book that celebrates the final surprising season of the “Baseball Palace of the World” – Comiskey Park in 1990.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • June 17: Central Florida Chapter meeting with Doug Kurkel (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 17: Clyde Sukeforth (ME/NH) Chapter meeting with Ken Smoller (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 17: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • June 18: SABR Live Oral History: Harold Baines (6:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 18: New SABR Member Experience Meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 20: Bay Area/Sacramento Chapter joint meeting (7:00 p.m. PDT)
  • June 23: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Committee meeting (12:00 p.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • June 15: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • June 15: Bob Davids Chapter Nationals Park ballgame/meet-up (Washington, DC)
  • June 15: Larry Dierker Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Sugar Land, TX)
  • June 15: Pee Wee Reese Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Louisville, KY)
  • June 18: Rocky Mountain Chapter happy hour (Denver, CO)
  • June 18: Bob Davids Chapter Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
  • June 20: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
  • June 22: Lajoie-Start (RI) Chapter spring meeting (N. Attleborough, MA)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

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Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

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

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 14, 2024. Last Updated: June 14, 2024.