Here’s an update of what we’ve been up to as of June 17, 2011:
SABR members: Expect to receive your copy of the Spring 2011 edition of the Baseball Research Journal in the mail this week, if you didn’t get it already. (We heard some members began receiving it as early as last Saturday.) You can also read every article online by going to the SABR website here:
Previous editions of the Baseball Research Journal can be viewed as a downloadable PDFs (or, in some cases, online) by going to our new BRJ Archives page:
Special thanks to editor Stuart Shea for an issue that’s already receiving rave reviews.
Our original overflow hotel, the Renaissance Long Beach, is sold out of the block of rooms it set aside for SABR 41 as of Monday, June 13.
However, you can now book a standard room for $129/night or a deluxe room for $149/night at The Westin Long Beach (333 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802) by calling (562) 436-3000 or 1-800-WESTIN1 and identifying yourself as a guest of the Society for American Baseball Research.
DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER! The 41st annual SABR convention is scheduled for July 6-10 at the Long Beach Hilton in Southern California.
SABR 41 registration forms (available for download here) must be postmarked by June 24 and sent to the SABR office at 4455 E. Camelback Road, Ste. D-140, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Online registration for the convention at the SABR Store will end at 11:59 p.m. MST on June 29. We hope to see you in Long Beach!
- You can find a complete schedule of events for SABR 41 here.
- Abstracts, bios and schedule for the 30 research presentations can be found here.
- The schedule for all research committee meetings can be found here.
- Tentative showtimes for the film festival can be found here.
There will be a complimentary table in the vendors’ room at the SABR 41 convention for SABR members to sell and sign their books. That table will be available at the following times:
- 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 7
- 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. on Friday, July 8
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 9
Hour-long time slots will be reserved for authors on a first-come, first-served basis. Authors should send at least three desired time slots to SABR President and Convention Co-Chair Andy McCue at firstname.lastname@example.org for scheduling.
As of Monday morning, June 13, four candidates have agreed to be candidates for the office of Secretary which will become open at the Annual Business Meeting. The four candidates, in order of nomination, are:
- Todd Lebowitz
- Ty Waterman
- Chris Dial
- Anthony Giacalone
Other people nominated are still considering or have declined.
Nominations will remain open through Friday, June 24 and should be e-mailed to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. People nominated by others are then queried to see if they are willing to serve.
The second annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference Art Contest attracted artwork from all over the nation in three categories: professional, amateur and youth. Art from the winners and runners-up will be on display in a special area at the conference, scheduled for July 21-23 at the JW Marriott hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The winners are:
- Professional: “Smokey Joe Williams”, by Bill Cormalis Jr.
- Amateur: “Color Ball”, by Michael Massenburg
- Youth: “Baseball Legs”, by Seline Warrington
The winning entry in each category will receive a $400 prize and a certificate from the conference.
The winners and runners-up art will also be displayed this summer at the National Art Museum of Sport in Indianapolis and photos of the art will also be included in an upcoming issue of Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal, published by McFarland.
Thomas Debraggio was recently named as the recipient of the 2011 Gene Carney Award, presented by SABR’s Clinton High School Chapter in Clinton, New York. The award is given annually to a graduating senior who has been a member of the Clinton High School SABR Chapter and has completed significant baseball research. The award is a tribute to the late Gene Carney, a Utica baseball author and founding chairman of the Black Sox Scandal Research Committee.
According to Principal Richard D. Hunt, Debraggio is a passionate Yankees fan. He has participated in numerous baseball research projects and given a presentation at the Utica–Cooperstown Cliff Kachline Chapter meeting in Cooperstown. Debraggio advocated for Thurman Munson’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In April, Debraggio helped the Clinton High School Chapter raise more than $700 during its 10th annual spring fundraiser to support ALS research.
- June 17: Larry Baldassaro book signing (Boston, MA)
- June 18: Lajoie-Start Chapter meeting (Pawtucket, RI)
- June 18: Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum third anniversary celebration (Greenville, SC)
- June 21: Larry Dierker Chapter meeting (Houston, TX)
- June 23: Ed Achorn book signing (St. Louis, MO)
In other recent SABR news:
- Baseball Prospectus and SABR are teaming up for an event August 20 at Citi Field in New York (BP)
- Don’t forget to sign up for the FanGraphs Live event at SABR 41 (FanGraphs)
- Bill Staples Jr. offers a video preview of his SABR 41 research presentation on Japanese star Kenichi Zenimura (Blogspot)
- David Eskenazi looks back at Seattle’s epic hitless wonders (Sportspress Northwest)
- Peter J. Nash investigates the whereabouts of Lou Gehrig’s “last glove” (Hauls of Shame)
- Mark Armour examines Harmon Killebrew’s versatility (Baseball Analysts)
- Sean Forman notes that baseball’s 200,000th game, by any count, is fast approaching (Baseball-Reference)
- John Thorn views the game from the fan’s perspective (MLB.com)
Originally published: June 16, 2011. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.