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 17, 2016:
Want to throw out the first pitch at SABR 46?
Thanks to the generosity of the Miami Marlins, anyone who makes a donation of $1,000 or more to the SABR General Fund will have the opportunity to go on the field for batting practice before the Marlins game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, July 29 at Marlins Park.
Participating donors will also be entered into a drawing to throw out the first pitch at the Marlins game on July 29. The drawing will be held during the Ross Adell Welcome Reception during SABR 46.
This special opportunity is only available for up to six SABR donors (or a guest of your choosing.) Following our SABR 46 ballpark session — highlighted by guest speakers Barry Bonds, Don Mattingly, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, and Eduardo Perez — SABR donors will be able to go on to the field during batting practice before the game. Each one-time donation is good for one on-field ticket.
In addition to the on-field opportunity at Marlins Park and the chance to throw out the first pitch, the SABR 46 donation package also includes two tickets to the SABR 46 Donors Breakfast, a SABR logo commemorative crystal baseball, and a one-year membership to SABR.
SABR is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
If you are interested in the SABR 46 donation package, please contact Jeff Schatzki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago right fielder Adam Eaton has a commanding lead in the AL and Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado has taken the NL’s top spot in the SABR Defensive Index™ rankings through games of June 12, 2016.
For the fourth consecutive season, the SABR Defensive Index will be used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR. The SABR Defensive Index accounts for approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process that will be added to the votes from the managers and coaches.
Eaton’s SDI of 12.7 is the best in the game among all qualified defenders. In the AL, Toronto center fielder Kevin Pillar (8.9), Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6.7), Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre (6.7), and Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez (6.4) round out the top five.
Arenado’s SDI of 9.0 leads the NL, followed by Chicago right fielder Jason Heyward (8.0), San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford (7.8), Cincinnati left fielder Adam Duvall (6.7), and Cincinnati shortstop Zack Cozart (6.2).
The updated SDI results were released today by the Society for American Baseball Research.
For more information on the SABR Defensive Index, visit SABR.org/SDI.
Although the early-bird discount and all-inclusive package are no longer available, there’s still time to register for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 46 convention, July 27-31, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Miami in downtown Miami, Florida.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend. The full schedule for SABR 46 is now available online; click here to view a detailed schedule.
- Registration: Click here for complete information on SABR 46 registration rates and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 46! The regular registration rate is $229 for SABR members or $270 for non-members. Please note: The early-bird discount and all-inclusive package are no longer available. Remember, you MUST have a ballgame ticket to enter Marlins Park for the special pregame ballpark session/tour on Friday, July 29.
- Hotel: Visit miami.regency.hyatt.com or call (305) 358-1234 to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Our SABR group rate of $129/night (plus tax) is no longer available. Our host hotel overlooks the Miami River and Florida’s famed Biscayne Bay, and it’s just 15 minutes from South Beach and two miles from the Port of Miami. SABR 46 attendees will enjoy easy access to Miami’s best attractions like Mary Brickell Village, the James L. Knight Center, Coral Gables, and the Latin flavor of Little Havana.
- Pregame ballpark session/tour: SABR 46 attendees will have a special opportunity to visit Marlins Park for an exclusive pregame ballpark session with Miami Marlins executives and players. Before the Marlins 7:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, July 29, a special SABR 46 ballpark session with guests Barry Bonds, Don Mattingly, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, and Eduardo Perez will take place at Marlins Park followed by a ballpark tour for convention attendees. Purchase of SABR 46 conference registration AND a game ticket will be required to attend this special session. Click here to learn more.
- View a special screening of Fastball documentary: Attendees at SABR 46 this summer will have a chance to see a special screening of the new Fastball documentary film, directed by the Emmy Award-winning Jonathan Hock and narrated by Kevin Costner, on Thursday, July 28 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Click here to learn more.
- Schedule: Click here for a detailed schedule for the SABR 46 convention.
- Speakers: Click here for a list of featured speakers and panelists at SABR 46.
- Research presentations: Click here for the full schedule of research presentations at SABR 46.
- Poster presentations: Click here for the list of poster presentations at SABR 46.
- Committee meetings: Click here for the schedule of research committee meetings at SABR 46.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Click here to learn more about the Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 46 in Miami.
- Vendors Room: Click here to visit our SABR 46 digital vendors room; come visit our supporters in Miami, too.
All SABR 46 attendees will also receive a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players and events in the Miami area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer. Visit SABR.org/convention to register for SABR 46.
Each year, SABR’s Nineteenth Century Research Committee selects its Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend — a 19th century player, manager, executive or other baseball personality not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Committee members vote to narrow down the ballot to 10 finalists, then all SABR members are eligible to cast a vote for the winner. The winner is announced at the Nineteenth Century Committee’s annual meeting at the SABR convention.
- 2016 finalists: Earlier this year, members of the Nineteenth Century Research Committee selected the finalists for the 2016 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend. Click here to download a PDF with the finalists’ bios, compiled by project chair Adam Darowski and Joe Williams. Voting in the final election will run from June 3 to June 30, and will be open to all SABR members.
- Vote now! Click here to access the 2016 ballot. All SABR members are eligible to vote in the election for this year’s Overlooked 19th Century Legend. You *MUST* select five candidates — ranking them from first choice to fifth choice — from among the candidates presented. You are only allowed to vote once. You are on the honor system to submit only one ballot. ALL BALLOTS MUST BE CAST PRIOR TO 11:59 p.m. PDT on Thursday, June 30, 2016.
The newest publication by the SABR Digital Library comes from one of baseball’s most famous corners:
Tigers by the Tale: Great Games at Michigan & Trumbull
Edited by Scott Ferkovich
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9438-1620-0, $6.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1621-7, $12.95
156 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
For over 100 years, Michigan and Trumbull was the scene of some of the most exciting baseball ever. This book, the collaborative work of 34 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), portrays 50 classic games at the corner, spanning the earliest days of Bennett Park until Tiger Stadium’s final closing act. From Ty Cobb to Mickey Cochrane, Hank Greenberg to Al Kaline, and Willie Horton to Alan Trammell, the illustrious names of Tiger legends shine forth in these pages. A must-read for those who love the crack of the bat, the glory of green grass, and tales of great games well told.
Contributors include: David W. Anderson, William M. Anderson, Will Bennett, Rich Bogovich, Raymond Buzenski, Marcus W. Dickson, Scott Dominiak, Scott Ferkovich, David Fleitz, Brent Heutmaker, Maxwell Kates, Matt Keelean, Jeffrey Koslowski, Steven Kuehl, Marc Lancaster, Susan A. Lantz, Doug Lehman, Len Levin, Mitch Lutzke, Mike Lynch, John Milner, Jerry Nechal, Bill Nowlin, Dave Raglin, Richard Riis, Ruth Sadler, Jeff Samoray, Terry Sloope, Steve J. Weiss, Mike Whiteman, Phil Williams, Jim Wohlenhaus, and Gregory H. Wolf.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Tigers by the Tale: Great Games at Michigan & Trumbull for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on Tigers by the Tale: Great Games at Michigan & Trumbull paperback edition for $7.95 (plus shipping) from CreateSpace.
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 all e-books for free. To download past titles, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
Discounted registration now available for 2016 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Kansas City; Royals tickets sold out
There’s just two weeks left to register online for the 19th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, scheduled for July 7-9, 2016, in Kansas City. The conference is open to all baseball, history and sports fans of all ages.
Our block of Kansas City Royals tickets is now sold out, so registration has been discounted to $155 for SABR members ($190 non-members) or $135 for students. Registration is only available online at SABR.org/malloy through Wednesday, June 29, so sign up today to join us!
- To register: Click here to register online at the SABR Store. Or click here to download a printable registration form and information packet (PDF); you can mail your check or money order before Wednesday, June 29 to SABR Malloy Conference, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The regular registration rate for SABR members is now $155 for adults (includes all activities except Royals ballgame, which is now sold out) or $135 for students. (Non-members: $190 adults/$135 students). Single-day registration for Friday or Saturday is $85 for SABR members, $105 non-members. The Thursday education forum only is $20 for SABR members, $35 non-members. Optional sessions or guest tickets are also available. Please note: The early registration rate is no longer available and Kansas City Royals tickets are sold out. Registration is only available online until June 29, 2016, but you can still register on-site during the conference.
- Book your hotel room: The Malloy Conference will be held at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center, 6100 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66211. Limited rooms are available at a special discounted rate of $119/night (plus tax) for singles/doubles or $129/night (plus tax) for triples. Click here to reserve your room today or call (866) 837-4214 and mention the Jerry Malloy Conference. Please note: The cutoff date to book your room at the SABR discounted rate is June 13, 2016.
- Schedule: Check out the complete Malloy Conference schedule by clicking here.
The 2016 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will celebrate “Barnstorming in the Negro Baseball Leagues.” Barnstorming has always been a central part of the life of Negro League ballplayers. All Negro Leaguers took part in barnstorming games across the country and in cities like Kansas City. Monarchs great Satchel Paige, whose 110th birthday is being celebrated during this conference, did his fair share of barnstorming. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, or other Negro Leagues issues.
Visit SABR.org/malloy for information on the 2016 Call for Papers, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Library Grant Program.
- Related link: Download the June 2016 edition of “The Courier,” the Negro Leagues Committee newsletter
The Philadelphia 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium, co-hosted by SABR’s Nineteenth Century Research Committee and the Connie Mack/Philadelphia Chapter, will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Maggiano’s Restaurant, 1201 Filbert St. in the Center City of Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia symposium will include a welcoming address by MLB Official Historian John Thorn; a buffet lunch with special luncheon speakers Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin; research presentations by Ralph Carhart, Jerrold Casway, Richard Hershberger, and John Schiffert; a panel discussion on “Philadelphia’s 19th Century Baseball Movers & Shakers;” book signings and more. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!
- Registration: Click here to download a registration form. Registration is $95 per person, for SABR members and up to three guests. Please make check or money order payable to SABR and include ““Phila. 19cBB Symposium” on the memo line. Mail form and payment to Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Rd., New Hope, PA 18938, before November 1, 2016.
- Schedule: Click here to view the symposium schedule.
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Many baseball fans have their favorite and least favorite broadcasters. This preference is often correlated with what team follows (or hates). This was especially true long ago, when you could only hear the local clubs or those you’d pick up at night over a transistor radio. But the Internet age—thanks, MLB.com—has made it possible to hear and see every club’s broadcasts, both on radio and television.
As a student of baseball broadcasting history, and the author of Calling the Game: Baseball Broadcasting From 1920 to the Present, SABR member Stuart Shea thought it might be appropriate to “rate” the current MLB radio and TV broadcast teams. This involves listening to and watching a lot of baseball (not a terrible thing, right?) not only for the result but also for the way the games are delivered.
Shea rated these men and women—well, woman, anyway—on voice quality, knowledge of the game, analytical skills, and interaction with their partners.
Ichiro Suzuki of the Miami Marlins was celebrated around the baseball world this week for reaching 4,257 career hits in professional baseball — combining his 2,979 hits in Major League Baseball since 2001 and his 1,278 hits in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball from 1992 to 2000. Pete Rose holds MLB’s all-time record with 4,256 hits in a star-crossed career that lasted from 1963 to 1986.
Ichiro, who is enjoying a resurgence with the Marlins at age 42, is hitting .349 in his 16th MLB season. Entering tonight’s game, he is now just 21 hits away from reaching the 3,000-hit milestone in MLB alone; maybe he’ll reach that mark when we’re in Miami for SABR 46 next month? There’s only one way to find out!
As SABR member Barry M. Bloom writes at MLB.com, “Rose, for all his warts and problems, is still Major League Baseball’s all-time hit king. But what Ichiro has accomplished reveals just how far baseball has come in a little more than three decades. Fully a quarter of the players on Major League rosters are now born outside of the U.S., with nine of them hailing from Japan. And with the globalization of the sport and the qualification rounds for next year’s fourth World Baseball Classic now in full swing, acknowledging what Ichiro has done is certainly appropriate.”
Back in 2013, in an article for SABR.org after Ichiro had surpassed 4,000 professional hits in the U.S. and Japan, Scott Simkus provided some historical and global context to the exclusive club, shining a light on all the players who had reached that milestone in their careers, combining all professional levels in all countries, including the Negro Leagues, winter leagues, Japan, Cuba, and even the MLB postseason. In addition to Pete Rose and Ty Cobb — the only players to reach 4,000 hits in the MLB regular season alone — the other members of the club include Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Stan Musial, Pacific Coast League legend Arnold “Jigger” Statz, the great Cuban outfielder Minnie Minoso, the well-traveled Julio Franco, and New York Yankees star Derek Jeter.
We’ll never know how many career hits Ichiro would have had in MLB if he had played his entire career in the U.S. But his accomplishment is worth celebrating all the same, on both sides of the pond.
- Joe Posnanski: Pete Rose, Ichiro Suzuki, and what it means to be the Hit King (NBC Sports)
- Aaron Gleeman: Ichiro’s exclamation point (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jay Jaffe: Ichiro doesn’t need all-time hits record to be an all-time great (Sports Illustrated)
Seven new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,791 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- James Atkins, by Bill Nowlin
- John Castino, by Gary Sarnoff
- Jeffrey Leonard, by Frank Morris
- Walt Masterson, by Bill Nowlin
- Gordie Mueller, by Bill Nowlin
- Jim Suchecki, by Bill Nowlin
- Edsall Walker, by Chris Rainey
All new biographies can be found here: http://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.
In SABR’s Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox, edited by Jacob Pomrenke and published in 2015, we examined the team at the center of “the darkest hour” in baseball history.
Scandal on the South Side includes a comprehensive recap of Chicago’s pennant-winning season, the tainted 1919 World Series, and the sordid aftermath. Shoeless Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver, Eddie Cicotte, Lefty Williams, and the other players implicated in the Black Sox Scandal were all banned from organized baseball for life. The team roster also included three future Hall of Famers — Eddie Collins, Ray Schalk, and Red Faber — a 20-year-old spitballer who would go on to win 300 games in the minor leagues (Frank Shellenback), and even a batboy (Eddie Bennett) who later became a celebrity with the “Murderers’ Row” New York Yankees in the 1920s.
The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in Scandal on the South Side can now be read online at: http://sabr.org/category/completed-book-projects/1919-chicago-white-sox.
Three new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- May 5, 1904: Cy Young pitches a perfect game, by Jerrod Cotosman
- July 13, 1938: Johnny Mize ends slump with three straight homers, by Gregory H. Wolf
- June 11, 1985: Phillies thrash Mets 26-7 in near-record-setting clash, by Jeff Laing
All new Games Project stories can be found here: http://sabr.org/gamesproject/recent
- Get involved: 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.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, will air this weekend at its regular time, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
This week’s guests are Jim Callis from MLB.com and Eli Ben-Porat from The Hardball Times.
Now, you can also watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com and you can also listen to all recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
- Video preview: T.J. Quinn of ESPN discusses PED usage and detection in baseball (MLB.com)
Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com.
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.
Each year, the SABR Board of Directors appoints more than a dozen members to small committees that choose our research award winners.
Now is the time to let us know if you would like to be considered for one of these positions. To apply, please send an e-mail to SABR Director Ty Waterman indicating which award you would like to judge, and providing answers to these questions: (1) why you are interested in serving (2) any relevant experience (3) what your research interests are. If you choose to weave these questions into one answer, you may do so.
For a complete list of SABR research awards, click here.
Calling all User Interaction and Big Data Geeks
Perhaps a camel is a horse designed by committee, but small groups can deliver outstanding apps in short order with the right combination of people. Imagine you could sit in front of the 120,000 index cards The Sporting News kept on every player who signed a professional baseball contract during the 20th century and use them to complete the information missing from the master database of major and minor league players.
Soon, SABR members will be able to do this — if we build them a great app. In conjunction with the LA84 Foundation, SABR is imaging the cards and digitizing the contents into full text records with integrated image mapping in XML files.
If this intrigues you and you think you may have expertise to bring to the table, please contact SABR Treasurer F.X. Flinn, who is coordinating the project.
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:
- Check out the full schedule for SABR 46, July 27-31 in Miami
- Read articles from the Spring 2016 Baseball Research Journal online at SABR.org
- Leslie Heaphy elected as SABR Vice-President; Chris Dial, Bill Nowlin as Directors
- Join SABR’s Ted Williams Chapter for “Talking Baseball” on July 9 in San Diego
- 1929 Chicago Cubs biographies now posted online
- Check out complete highlights from the 2016 SABR Analytics Conference
- Check out the full schedule for 2016 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Kansas City
- View photos from the 2016 SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference
- SABR 19th Century Grave Marker Project unveils new plaque for baseball pioneer James Whyte Davis
- SABR Digital Library: Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos
- Check out the SABR Bookshelf listings for Spring 2016
- ESPN launches “1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas” historical fiction project; SABR members can help contribute
- Download the SABR e-book honoring Mike Sandlock, baseball’s oldest former major-leaguer
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
For more information, click here.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
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|Ruby Berryman||Lancaster, NH||James Neighbor||Las Vegas, NV|
|Norman Blankstein||Boynton Beach, FL||Thomas Pyle||Westfield, NJ|
|Nicolette Cavallaro||Lakewood, CO||Paul Royka||Lunenburg, MA|
|Matthew Curtis||Haverhill, MA||Glen Sparks||St. Louis, MO|
|Rick Greene||Baton Rouge, LA||Greg Tanner||Trabuco Canyon, CA|
|Mike Langthorne||Phoenix, AZ||Richard Ventresca||Venice, FL|
|Robert McCamant||Livonia, MI||Dallas Weddle||Pineville, NC|
|Dave Mendonca||Eugene, OR||Hank Widmer||Las Vegas, NV|
|Aaron Mintz||South Deerfield, MA||Robert Wilhelmi||Omaha, NE|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
- Ballparks: June 2016 newsletter
- Black Sox Scandal: June 2016 newsletter
- Oral History: The Oral History Committee is beginning a project to record oral histories with baseball official scorers. It is a combined effort with SABR’s newly-formed Official Scoring Committee, chaired by Stew Thornley. We are seeking volunteers who wish to conduct interviews with current and former major league official scorers. To learn more, contact John McMurray at firstname.lastname@example.org. John recently conducted a 90-minute interview with SABR member David Vincent about his longtime work as an official scorer in both the major and minor leagues. You can listen to that interview by clicking here.
- SABR 46: Check out the full schedule of committee meetings at SABR 46 in Miami
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter: Click here for photos from the Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter’s visit to Yankee Stadium for Old Timers’ Day on Saturday, June 12.
- Connie Mack/Philadelphia Chapter: The Connie Mack/Philadelphia Chapter is co-hosting the Philadelphia 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at Maggiano’s Restaurant in Center City. Registration is now available and space is limited. Click here to learn more.
- Southern New England Lajoie-Start Chapter: Please RSVP promptly to email@example.com if you plan to attend the upcoming Lajoie-Start Chapter meeting on Saturday, June 25 at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium. The PawSox need a head count earlier than usual. Guest speakers: Dr. Charles Steinberg, club president, will be there, as will old friend Mike Tamburro, manager Kevin Boles, and maybe – just maybe – Rich Gedman. Click here for more details.
- Wally Pipp Chapter: Member Douglas Redford is interested in reviving the Wally Pipp Chapter in West Michigan. If you would like to participate or help organize local SABR-related meetings and activities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, download the new Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook, compiled by SABR staffer Marisa Elliot, on the Admin Tools page at admin.sabr.org. The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- June 18: Tom Stanton: “Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society That Shocked Depression-Era Detroit” (Arlington, VA)
- June 18: Mark Simon: “The Yankees Index” book signing (Farmington, CT)
- June 20: Halsey Hall Chapter Research committee meeting (St. Paul, MN)
- June 21: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter monthly meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- June 21: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- June 21: SABR Board of Directors conference call
- June 22: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
- June 24: “Jim Brosnan and the Cincinnati Reds” book discussions (Covington, KY)
- June 25: Rocky Mountain Chapter research meeting (Denver, CO)
- June 25: Southern New England Lajoie-Start Chapter meeting (Pawtucket, RI)
- June 27: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- June 27: Frank White: “Black Baseball in Minnesota” (Minneapolis, MN)
- June 30: Alan Cohen/Karl Cicitto: “The 100 Year Journey of Mike Sandlock” (Bloomfield, CT)
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:
- John Thorn: Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, and everyday heroes (The Diary of Myles Thomas)
- Video: Don Harrison on “The 100 Year Journey of Mike Sandlock” (White Plains Public Media)
- John McMurray: A ‘Giant’ among Topps baseball card sets (Sports Collectors Digest)
- Jason Turnbow: Bobby Bragan at the vanguard of baseball thought (The National Pastime Museum)
- Steven Goldman: The St. Louis Browns: tomb of the unknown baseball team (The National Pastime Museum)
- Mark Tomasik: How the Cardinals got Grover Cleveland Alexander (RetroSimba)
- Bill Savage: Can we just call it New Wrigley Field? (ESPN.com)
- Sarah Johnson: Minnesota’s own field of dreams is in Miesville (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
- Gerald Schifman: Why are ground balls hit? (The Hardball Times)
- Rob Mains: Should we want anything to do with groundball pitchers? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Hillel Kuttler: Q&A with Mike Epstein, proud to be known as ‘Super Jew’ (Jewish Baseball Museum)
- Ryan Whirty: Former Negro Leaguer Dave Malarcher finally gets due at Louisiana Sports Hall (The Advocate)
- Graham Womack: The rest of this season could make or break Joey Votto’s HOF case (The Sporting News)
- Eno Sarris: The knuckleball is more conventional than it seems (FanGraphs)
- Aaron Gleeman: 365 days of a shortstop revolution (Baseball Prospectus)
- Bill Petti: Using Statcast data to predict hits (The Hardball Times)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: The White Sox’s defensive decline (ACTA Sports)
- Dan Holmes: Award-winning author, SABR member Bruce Markusen uses baseball to educate children from Cooperstown (Detroit Athletic Co.)
- Robert Reising: Revisiting Ernest Hemingway and baseball: sanity, success, and suicide (Journal of American Culture)
- John Thorn: Ali, Jackie, and the Babe (Our Game)
- Andy Grabia: Mr. Hockey at the bat (YegBall)
- A.J. Richard: Real baseball by real women at 11th annual Diamond Classic (Baseball Sisters)
- David Kagan: The physics of three great catches (The Hardball Times)
- Dave Bangert: Peter Bjarkman, Cuban baseball insider, is a Lafayette Yanqui (Lafayette Journal & Courier)
- Naoko Asano: Bryce Harper, the $500 million man? (Sportsnet Canada)
- Cara Giaimo: America’s first woman sports writer broke glass ceilings without a bat (Atlas Obscura)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: June 17, 2016. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.