This Week in SABR: June 21, 2013

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of June 21, 2013:

SABR 43: Join us in Philadelphia!

We’re just six weeks away from SABR 43, and we’ve got an All-Star lineup of guest speakers, panels and presentations on the schedule this year. All baseball fans are welcome to attend the annual SABR convention, so we hope you’ll join us in Philly! 

SABR 43 will be held July 31-August 4, 2013, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall, Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks.

You can register for the convention and the Awards Banquet online at the SABR Store. Please note that our block of Phillies ballgame tickets and the discounted all-inclusive rates are no longer available. All members who attend the convention will receive a printed edition of The National Pastime.

Temple University Press, SUNY Press added to SABR 43 Vendors Room

We want to offer a special thanks to all of our vendors at SABR 43 for their support. We invite you to visit our digital Vendors Room at and check out these groups, both online and at the convention in Philadelphia this summer:

If you would like to reserve a table in the Vendors Room at SABR 43, please contact Jeff Schatzki. Space is limited.

SABR 43 will be held July 31-August 4, 2013, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Register today at

Last chance to vote for SABR’s 2013 Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend

There’s just three days left to vote for SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend award.

Each year, SABR’s Nineteenth Century Research Committee selects its Overlooked 19th Century Baseball 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.

In the past, only members of the committee voted for this award. Last summer, the project committee leaders decided that all SABR members should join in the fun.

Past winners of the award are Pete Browning (2009), Hall of Fame electee Deacon White (2010), Harry Stovey (2011) and Bill Dahlen (2012).

The voting is simple:

  1. Before voting, please review the ballot to learn more about the 10 finalists who are not yet in the Hall of Fame: Doc Adams, Ross Barnes, Bob Caruthers, Jim Creighton, Jack Glasscock, Paul Hines, Dummy Hoy, Bobby Mathews, Tony Mullane and Al Reach. Click here to download a PDF with bios for the 10 finalists
  2. Go online to vote in the election:
  3. Rank your top 5.

Here’s the fine print:

  • All ballots must be cast by 12:00 a.m. PT on June 24, 2013.
  • You may only vote once.
  • You MUST vote for five candidates or your ballot will not count.

Results will be announced on Thursday, August 1, 2013 during the annual business meeting of the Nineteenth Century Committee to be held during SABR 43 in Philadelphia, PA.

Thank you for participating!

— The Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legends Project Committee
Joe Williams, Chair; Adam Darowski; Charles Faber; Bob Gregory; Ralph Peluso

Check out photos from the 2013 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

The 16th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference wrapped up last Saturday at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Newark, New Jersey.

We’ve posted some great photos of the event online now at, courtesy of Marc Appleman, Nick Diunte, Leslie Heaphy, Rick Meister and Suzanne Joblonski.

The Malloy Conference, hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee, promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 15 years, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest. A complete information packet can be downloaded here (PDF) or on the website at

The 2013 Malloy Conference theme was “Pop, Max, Effa and Black Ball in the Garden State.”

Q&A with Roland Hemond on his 63 years in baseball

From SABR member Rob Neyer at Baseball Nation:

Monday night, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Roland Hemond, who has been in baseball since 1951 and currently works as a consultant for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2011, Hemond became just the second recipient of the Buck O’Neil Award. He sat down with me prior to the Hillsboro Hops’ first-ever home game. What follows is a slightly edited version of our interview, transcribed by Jason Brannon …


Rob: Why so many players who, for example, get drafted in the first round and either don’t make the majors, or do make the majors, but aren’t the players that perhaps people thought they would be. What makes it so difficult to look at an 18-year-old, or even a 21-year-old, and know what kind of player he’s going to be three years later?

Hemond: Well, that’s why we say the scouts are the unsung heroes of our game. And finally the Hall of Fame just opened Diamond Mines, and they have scouting reports from back, many years ago that people can go in on their computers and get the scouting reports and read them for themselves. And one of the real good reports that we were looking at recently was on Kirk Gibson, the manager of the Diamondbacks. Jim Martz was the scout who turned in on Kirk Gibson at Michigan State, and he was pointing out that his running speed, his power, and his aggressiveness were number 8. The Scouts will go 2, 4, 6 and 8 at the very top of the board. So you very seldom can put an 8 on a player on that particular quality that he has, but Gibson went on to have a very fine career, very competitive and lived up to that scout’s written report.

Read the full article here:

Save the date: 2013 SABR Arizona Fall League Conference

The Flame Delhi Chapter will host the fifth annual Arizona Fall League Conference on October 31-November 2, 2013. The conference will include four AFL games, including the premier Rising Stars game, presentations, speakers, a chapter meeting and more.

Visit the new Flame Delhi Chapter website at for more details as they become available.

For past coverage of the SABR Arizona Fall League Conference, visit

6 new biographies published by the SABR BioProject

Six new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,459 published biographies. Can we reach 2,500 before the SABR 43 convention in Philadelphia? Here are the new bios:

All new biographies can be found here:

You can find the SABR BioProject at

1970 Baltimore Orioles bios now online: The second book published in our “Memorable Teams in Baseball History” series with University of Nebraska Press was Pitching, Defense and Three-Run Homers: The 1970 Baltimore Orioles, edited by Malcolm Allen and Mark Armour. The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in the book — from Frank Robinson to Brooks Robinson, from Mike Cuellar to Dave McNally, from Johnny Oates to Terry Crowley — can now be read online at: The book is also available for purchase at the SABR Bookstore.

Bios on more than just ballplayers: The ambitious goal of the SABR Baseball Biography Project is to publish a full-life biography of every major league player in history. But SABR members write about a lot more than just ballplayers. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires and a lot more on the BioProject website. You can browse all of these categories at So if you’ve ever thought, “Hey, that person (or ballpark) should get the full BioProject treatment” — write the story and we’ll publish it!

Check out the new Baseball Ballparks Project: The SABR Baseball Biography Project has been accepting/publishing “biographies” of Ballparks for a few years, and we have 39 of them on our website at However, this thing just got real. Ballparks are now its very own PROJECT — the Baseball Ballparks Project, our first official spin-off. The project leader is Scott Ferkovich, who is now in charge of recruiting ballparks articles and publicizing them. Learn more by clicking here.

Get involved! If you’d like to help contribute to the SABR BioProject, visit our BioProject Resources page or read the FAQs section to get started. We’re also looking to expand the BioProject to include all “encyclopedic” articles on baseball-related subjects from past SABR publications or committee newsletters. If you come across an article you think should be included in the SABR “baseball repository” at the BioProject, send a copy or link to or

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

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:

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here:

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 and the New Member 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.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Andrew Boho Anoka, MN     Victor Pinheiro Akron, OH
Frederick Carlson St. Petersburg, FL     Ed Reeves Rio Grande, NJ
Kevin Gilhooly Dallas, TX     Donald Smart Hardin, TX
Richard Griffith Taunton, MA     Paul Soucie Westlake, OH
Dayton Headlee Omaha, NE     Wayne Towers San Diego, CA
Gilbert Holland Washington, DC     William Townsend St. Louis, MO
Suzanne Joblonski Belleville, NJ     Donny Williams Atascadero, CA
Drew Kennedy Denver, CO     Jerry Woodfield Philadelphia, PA
Arturo Perez Viera, FL        


Research committee newsletters

Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Chapter meeting news

Here are the new chapter meeting recaps published this week:

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:

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

Around the Web

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

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Originally published: June 21, 2013. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.