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This Week in SABR: June 18, 2021

This Week in SABR: June 18, 2021

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 18, 2021:


Join us next weekend for Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series

Summer of SABR: Featured SpeakersAs part of SABR’s 50th anniversary in 2021, all baseball fans are invited to join us online for the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series, presented by Major League Baseball and Baseball-Reference.com. The opening session begins on June 25-27, 2021.

Here is the schedule for next weekend’s Zoom session (all times Eastern):

Friday, June 25
Hosted by Emily Hawks

  • 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Future of Women in Baseball panel, with Katie Krall, Cincinnati Reds; Bianca Smith, Boston Red Sox; Janet Marie Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • 8:00-8:30 p.m.: Future 50 Survey Analysis, with Marty Resnick.
  • 8:30-9:30 p.m.: Baseball Rules Changes panel, with J.J. Cooper, Baseball America; Rick White, Atlantic League; and Cecilia Tan, SABR.

Saturday, June 26
Hosted by Scott Bush

  • 3:00-4:00 p.m.: Negro Leagues as Major Leagues panel, with Sean Forman, Sports Reference; Gary Ashwill, Seamheads.com; and Larry Lester, SABR Negro Leagues Committee.
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Annual Business Meeting, with presentation of Bob Davids Award.
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m.: Social Hour + SABR Chapter Leaders breakout

Sunday, June 27
Hosted by Chanel Zapata

  • 2:00-3:00 p.m.: Caribbean Winter Leagues and Post-Pandemic Latin American Baseball, with Leonte Landino and Enrique Rojas, ESPN Deportes.
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m.: Baseball at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, with Eric Campbell, GM, Team USA; Peter Kurz, GM, Team Israel; and moderator Matt Casey, KJZZ.

Click here to register for the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series. Registration is $35 for SABR members and $50 for non-members. The single registration fee will provide access to the entirety of the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series, including every session in June, July and August. That’s NINE incredible virtual sessions, including the full Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, for just one registration price.

Visit SABR.org/summer to register today or for more information.


Submit questions for Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, June 26

Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration SeriesAs part of the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series virtual event, SABR will hold its Annual Business Meeting from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

In addition to updates from SABR CEO Scott Bush, Board President Mark Armour, and Treasurer F.X. Flinn, the Annual Business Meeting will also include the announcement of the 2021 Bob Davids Award, SABR’s highest honor.

SABR’s Board of Directors welcomes any questions from members during the Annual Business Meeting; please fill out our online form to submit a question in advance.

Registration for Summer of SABR is $35 for SABR members and $50 for non-members. For more information, visit SABR.org/summer.


Baseball Reference dramatically expands stat coverage of the Negro Leagues

Baseball-Reference.com: Negro Leagues Are Major Leagues logoBaseball-Reference.com, a Sports Reference website that serves as a complete source for baseball history, including major league player, team, and league stats, awards, records, leaders, rookies and scores, has dramatically expanded its coverage of the Negro Leagues and historical Black major league players. Beginning today, Major Negro Leagues (from 1920-1948) are now listed with the National League and American League as major leagues at Baseball-Reference.com.

“Baseball Reference is not bestowing a new status on these players or their accomplishments. The Negro Leagues have always been major leagues, and we are changing our site’s presentation to properly recognize this fact,” said Sean Forman, Sports Reference President and longtime SABR member. “The Negro Leagues are not less than the American and National Leagues; they are different, and our work recognizes this as we implement these changes.”

Forman, along with Gary Ashwill of Seamheads.com, and Larry Lester, chair of SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee, will participate in a special online panel discussion on the Negro Leagues as part of the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 26. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Visit sabr.org/summer to register for this virtual event, which is open to all baseball fans.

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Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2021 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logoWith generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference on September 10-12, 2021, in Rockford, Illinois. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation, and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250.

Click here to learn more or to download the application form.

Students must be currently enrolled in a high school, college undergraduate or graduate program, and be between 18 and 29 years of age at the time of the conference. Some form of age verification (photocopy of driver’s license, passport, etc.) must be attached to your application.

All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Leslie Heaphy at lheaphy@kent.edu no later than August 2, 2021, or be sent by mail to: SABR, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


SABR 50 at 50: Off-Field Moments

SABR 50 at 50: Off-Field MomentsAs part of SABR’s 50th anniversary year, we present the final feature in our 50 at 50 series: the most important off-field moments of the past half-century since SABR was founded in 1971.

In narrowing hundreds of options down to 50, we tried to remain cognizant of all of the other lists we have presented over the past year as part of this golden anniversary series. We have published an entire list on the evolution of baseball analytics and another for off-field figures; accordingly, we wanted to minimize overlap so we could spread the attention around.

We are aware there are many, many other important moments or days that could, and perhaps should, be included here. It was a very eventful past 50 years. We expect the next half-century to be just as eventful.

Visit SABR.org/50at50/moments to read the list and the short description for each of the moments included.

— Mark Armour and Dan Levitt


Free access to Newspapers.com World Collection online archives

Newspapers.com World CollectionAll SABR members now have FREE online access to the Newspapers.com World Collection, with more than 10,000 newspaper titles from the United States, Canada, and other countries, allowing you to explore full and partial runs of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers dating back to the 1700s.

As we look to build on the value of your membership, we are always searching for resources to augment your existing benefits. Whether you are a researcher or an avid consumer of baseball history, this new tool puts an incredible depth of knowledge at your fingertips. An annual subscription to Newspapers.com runs $89, but is now included free with your SABR membership.

Major titles included in this collection include: Boston Globe (1872-1922), Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1963), Chicago Daily Herald (1901-2006), Houston Post (1893-1952), Kansas City Times (1908-1976), New York Tribune (1841-1922), Philadelphia Inquirer (1794-1922), Pittsburgh Courier (1911-1977), St. Louis Globe-Democrat (1853-1963), San Francisco Examiner (1865-1922), Washington Evening Star (1852-1939), and others.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Ethan Singer's Ump ScorecardsSABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at SABR.org, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • Can’t-Miss Event: On Monday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. EDT, SABR’s Luke Easter Chapter in Western New York will hold a virtual Zoom meeting featuring two talks on visualizing baseball data. We look forward to welcoming Ethan Singer of the Twitter account @umpscorecards, which provides game-by-game accounts of the accuracy, consistency, and net effect of home plate umpires in MLB. Benjamin and Stephen Dertinger will discuss the use of ToxPi to synthesize and visualize player performance statistics. Click here to register in advance for this meeting to get the Zoom details.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from authors Mitchell Nathanson (Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original); Dan Epstein (The Captain and Me); Luke Epplin (Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball); and John Burbridge (“Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers in Jersey City”). Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:

  • June 19: Pee Wee Reese (KY) Chapter meeting with David Krell (10:00 a.m. EDT)
  • June 21: Luke Easter (NY) Chapter meeting with Ethan Singer, Benjamin Dertinger, and Stephen Dertinger (7:30 p.m. EDT)
  • June 22: IBWAA: The Press Box: The Craft of Baseball Writing with John Supowitz (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 23: Lajoie-Start (RI) Chapter meeting with Erik Sherman (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 24: Sean Gibson: Negro Leagues Matter: The Case for the Josh Gibson Memorial MVP Award (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 24: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Jason Schwartz (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • June 25: Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 26: Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series (3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 27: Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series (2:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 27: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 29: Nineteenth Century Committee annual meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)

In addition, the following events will be held in person:

  • June 19: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • June 19: Southern Michigan Chapter meeting/ballgame with Gary Gillette and Mitch Lutzke (Lansing, MI)
  • June 19: Cool Papa Bell (MS) Chapter meeting/ballgame (Pearl, MS)
  • June 26: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting (Chicago, IL)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Gary Bedingfield

SABRcast #115: Gary BedingfieldBaseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer.

Episode #115 on Monday, June 14 featured Gary Bedingfield, author of the new book Baseball in Hawaii During World War II and proprietor of the Baseball in Wartime website documenting baseball players and their military service. He has been researching and writing about wartime baseball for the last 25 years. Born and raised in Great Britain, he was a catcher in his playing days and played for the Enfield Spartans and the Great Britain national team. He also runs the Baseball’s Greatest Sacrifice website, produces a regular Baseball in Wartime newsletter, and has authored two other books, Baseball’s Dead of World War II (2010) and Baseball in World War II Europe (1999). A lifelong Dodgers fan, he runs a staff development business near Glasgow, Scotland.

Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.


6 new SABR biographies published

Jim Brewer (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject


16 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Dick Redding (TRADING CARD DB)Sixteen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject.

  • 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.
  • Social media: Follow the SABR Games Project on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with new stories and updates.

Listen to a new episode of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroBehind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time for the regular season. Listen to new episodes at 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.

You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio app.

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.


Download 2021 SABR Annual Report

SABR’s 2021 Annual Report has been posted on the website and can be downloaded below:

On the Annual Reports page, you can download a copy of 2021 Chapter Reports, Committee Reports, and Chartered Communities Reports in the Appendix files on that page.

All previous SABR Annual Reports can also be found on the Annual Reports page.


ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

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

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.


Welcome, new members!

We’d like to welcome all of our new SABR members who have joined this week. You can find all Members-Only resources at members.sabr.org and the Membership Handbook can be downloaded here.

Please give these new members a warm welcome and help them make the most of their membership by giving them the opportunity to get involved in their local chapter or a research committee.

You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
William Angelico Chicago, IL     Christopher Juelsgaard Minneapolis, MN
Peter Armenti Alexandria, VA     Paul Julion Broadview, IL
Richard Cleary Middleton, WI     Victor Karsner Clovis, CA
Skip Collinge Palos Verdes Estates, CA     Gary Knappick Philadelphia, PA
John Copertino Cedar Knolls, NJ     Scott Landis Lincoln, DE
Mark Davis Kanata, ON     Antoine Malfroy-camine Cambridge, MA
Helen Edwards Victoria, BC     Susan McCormac New York, NY
Alan Gaff Fort Wayne, IN     Hal Neisler Herculaneum, MO
Larry Hettinger Lenexa, KS     Lee Phillips Manhattan Beach, CA
Charlie Hyman Cambridge, MA     John Silvia Captiva, FL
Matt Jacob Washington, DC     Bill Slankard Arlington Heights, IL

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

  • Century Committee: Check out the Century Committee’s new website, with articles on memorable players, teams, and events from the 1921 National League, American League, and Negro National League seasons.

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.


Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:

Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.


Around the Web

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.


This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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Originally published: June 18, 2021. Last Updated: June 18, 2021.

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