This Week in SABR: June 17, 2011

Here’s an update of what we’ve been up to as of June 17, 2011:

Spring 2011 Baseball Research Journal published

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.

SABR 41 “overflow hotel” has changed

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!

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SABR authors: Reserve your spot in the Vendors’ Room

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 for scheduling.

SABR Secretary nominees still being accepted

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 and People nominated by others are then queried to see if they are willing to serve.

Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference Art Contest winners

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.

Debraggio receives 2011 Gene Carney Award

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.

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Originally published: June 16, 2011. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.