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This Week in SABR: June 21, 2024

This Week in SABR: June 21, 2024

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, June 21, 2024.
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Top Headlines

SABR 52: Deadlines approaching for hotel, convention merch
More highlights from Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
Call for papers: Women in Baseball Conference
In Memoriam: Willie Mays
New SABR biography: Joe Mauer

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

SABR 52 convention logo

SABR 52: Deadlines approaching for hotel, convention merch

Join us in Minneapolis for SABR’s 52nd annual convention! SABR 52 will be held on August 7-11, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

The special SABR group rate at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis of $219/night plus tax (single/double occupancy) is only available to registered convention attendees. Please note: The cut-off date to book your room at the SABR group rate is July 5, 2024

Avoid the rush at registration, and pre-order your SABR 52 convention logo polo shirt, T-shirt, baseball cap, or lapel pin online! Deadline to pre-order is also July 5, 2024.

Visit to learn more.

2024 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference (clockwise from top-left): JB Martin IV, Lisa Alexander, Eddie Bedford, Paul Julion, James Brunson III.

More photos and highlights from the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference was held June 6-9 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Panels and presentations were also livestreamed from the Grandstand Theater for virtual attendees.

The conference was highlighted by a panel discussion on SABR’s Special Negro Leagues and Teams Committee with James Brunson III, Phil S. Dixon, Kevin Johnson, Philip Lee, Adam Darowski, and Gary Gillette; and a panel on the Hall of Fame’s new Souls of the Game: Voices of Black Baseball exhibit featuring Tom Shieber, Mary Quinn, and Cassidy Lent.

Visit to view photos and highlights.

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logo

Call for papers: 2024 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the sixth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled as a virtual event for September 20-22, 2024.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by July 1, 2024, to Leslie Heaphy.

Registration information will be available soon at

Willie Mays (SABR-Rucker Archive)

In Memoriam: Willie Mays

The actress and noted Giants baseball fan Tallulah Bankhead once said, “There have only been two geniuses in the world – Willie Mays and Will Shakespeare.”

In baseball’s never-ending attempts to somehow order its gods, Willie Mays is the only contender whose proponents rarely use statistics to make their case. It is as if Mays’ 660 home runs and 3,293 hits somehow sell the man short, that his wonderful playing record is almost beside the point, as John Saccoman writes in his SABR biography of the “Say Hey Kid.”

With Mays it is not merely what he did – but how he did it. He scored more than 2,000 runs, nearly all of them, it would seem, after losing his cap flying around third base. He is credited with more than 7,000 outfield putouts, many exciting, some spectacular, a few breathtaking. How do you measure that? An artist and a genius, for most of his quarter-century in the major leagues, you simply could not keep your eyes off Willie Mays.

Mays died at the age of 93 on Tuesday, June 18, just two days before his San Francisco Giants were scheduled to play a major-league game at Rickwood Field in Mays’ home state of Alabama. The game was designed to be a tribute to the Negro Leagues, where Mays got his start as a teenager with the Birmingham Black Barons.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Member Benefit Spotlight: Getting Started at

As a SABR member, you have vast resources and benefits at your disposal. With so much information at your fingertips, we realize it can be overwhelming to absorb it all! To highlight key benefits, read on for a SABR Member Benefit Spotlight, an email series that identifies and explains some of the most valuable features of your membership. We hope this allows you to take full advantage of all SABR has to offer.

Our website at is a wealth of information, whether you’re doing baseball research, looking for ways to get involved with the organization, or studying up on your analytics skills with our certification courses. Here’s a short video to help you navigate

April 6-7 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the Board of Directors meeting on April 6-7, 2024, in Minneapolis have now been posted on the SABR website.

Click here to view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings.

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: David Cone, Joe Mauer, Eric Davis

2 new stories published at SABR Biography Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.

7 new stories published at SABR Games Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

The 1939 Baltimore Elite Giants, edited by Frederick C. Bush, Thomas Kern, and Bill Nowlin

The 1939 Baltimore Elite Giants
Edited by Frederick C. Bush, Thomas Kern, and Bill Nowlin

Visit to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback edition of all Digital Library books.

Recent Highlights

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

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Craig Aaron Bethesda, MD     Hunter Hampton Nacogdoches, TX
Kristine Arena Lexington, MA     James Page Denton, TX
Tim Buttke Wausau, WI     Barry Sears Louisville, KY
Marta Daglow San Rafael, CA     Christopher Smith Amesbury, MA
Jared Demick Cayce, SC     Wayne Taylor Charlotte, NC
Mike Frye Mineola, TX     Ryan Van Duyn Wilmington, DE
William George Manalapan, NJ     Paul Vasiliauskas Carol Stream, IL
Harrison Golden Wilmington, NC     Rod Zimmerman Orinda, CA

SABR Events Calendar

SABR's Games and Simulations Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 25, 2024. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Our guest speaker is Larry Schechter, author of 2014 Amazon bestseller Winning Fantasy Baseball and the newly released The History of Fantasy Sports: And the Stories of the People Who Made It Happen.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • June 23: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Committee meeting (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 24: Clyde Sukeforth (ME/NH) Chapter meeting with Bob Fitzpatrick (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 25: Games and Simulations meeting with Larry Schechter (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 26: Quarterly Chapter Leaders Meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 27: 19th Century Baseball Book Club (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 29: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter meeting with Stephanie Liscio, Brian Powers, Ken Krsolovic, and Brian Fritz (10:00 a.m. EDT)
  • June 30: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with Steve Dittmore (7:00 p.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • June 22: Lajoie-Start (RI) Chapter spring meeting (N. Attleborough, MA)
  • June 24: Seymour-Mills SW Florida Chapter meeting (Fort Myers, FL)
  • June 29: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter breakfast (Middletown, CT)
  • June 29: Kekionga Chapter of Fort Wayne meeting (Fort Wayne, IN)
  • June 29: Ted Williams Chapter meeting (San Diego, CA)
  • June 29: Allan Roth Chapter meeting (Placentia, CA)
  • June 29: Bay Area/Sacramento Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Oakland, CA)
  • June 30: Bethesda Big Train ballgame/meet-up (Rockville, MD)
  • June 30: Philadelphia/Baltimore Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Reading, PA)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

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Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

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

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Originally published: June 21, 2024. Last Updated: June 21, 2024.