This Week in SABR: June 23, 2017

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 23, 2017: 

SABR 47: New York City convention begins next week!

We have an exciting SABR 47 convention planned in the Big Apple, and we hope you’ll join us June 28-July 2 at the Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan. Click here to view the complete schedule for SABR 47.

Which Stengelese phrase, Yogi-ism, or Ball Four story will bring the most laughs? Who will win the world-famous SABR Trivia Contest? Will the Mets make any tabloid headlines before we get to Citi Field? You won’t know unless you join us at SABR 47!

Even if you can’t make it for the entire convention, single-day registration for SABR 47 is also available on-site for $149 per day for Thursday, June 29 and/or Saturday, July 1 or $99 for the morning of Friday, June 30. Registration includes admission to all convention panels, research presentations, and committee meetings at the Grand Hyatt New York on those days. You’ll need to also purchase a Mets game ticket — and remember to bring your convention badge! — in order to enter the ballpark early for our special pregame session at Citi Field next Friday. Registration can be purchased during normal registration hours via cash, check, or credit card (sorry, no American Express accepted.)

The Grand Hyatt New York, one of the city’s most historic and luxurious hotels, is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan just steps from Grand Central Terminal and within walking distance of many major attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the New York Public Library.

SABR 47 will be highlighted by these innovative and interesting panel discussions:

  • One on One: Jean Afterman with Claire Smith: New York Yankees’ Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman, one of the highest ranking women in baseball, will sit down for an interview with acclaimed sports writer Claire Smith, the 2017 J.G. Taylor Spink Award recipient from the Baseball Hall of Fame. 9:30 a.m., Thursday, June 29
  • Casey Stengel: A Man For All Seasons: This panel will celebrate one of New York City’s most beloved baseball figures, with Ira Berkow, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and retired New York Times columnist; Steve Jacobson, retired Newsday writer and author; Marty Appel, author of Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character; and moderator Ed Randall, host of “Talking Baseball” on WFAN Radio and MLB Network Radio. 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 29
  • MLB Now: The Changing State of Sabermetrics: MLB Network host Brian Kenny will lead a wide-ranging discussion on the current state of the game with panelists Mark DeRosa, former major-leaguer; Joel Sherman, New York Post columnist; Mike Petriello of; and SABR President Vince Gennaro. 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 29
  • A Celebration of 70 Years: Jackie Robinson’s Journey: Panelists include William C. Rhoden, columnist and editor-at-large for and former award-winning columnist and author at the New York Times; Della Britton Baeza, President and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation; Lee Lowenfish, author of Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman, and moderator Larry Lester, SABR Negro Leagues Committee chair and co-organizer of the annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, and more. 9:15 a.m., Friday, June 30
  • It Ain’t Over: The Legacy of Yogi Berra: Panelists include Lindsay Berra, correspondent and the granddaughter of Yogi and Carmen Berra; Harvey Araton, best-selling author of Driving Mr. Yogi and a New York Times reporter and columnist; George Vecsey, best-selling author and a retired New York Times reporter and columnist; and Dave Kaplan, former director of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. 9:15 a.m., Saturday, July 1
  • Jim Bouton: A Life in Baseball: Panelists include Jim Bouton, author of Ball Four and former major-league pitcher; Paula Kurman, Jim’s wife; Mark Armour, author of Jim Bouton’s SABR biography and founding director of the BioProject; authors Mitchell Nathanson and Marty Appel, and moderator John Thorn, MLB Official Historian. 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 1

Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.

The full schedule, including panels, presentations, and research committee meetings, can be found online by clicking here. Click on a link below for more information about SABR 47:

For more information, visit

SABR 47: Mets GM Sandy Alderson, manager Terry Collins to highlight “A Day at the Ballpark” session at Citi Field

For the second year in a row and third time in four years, SABR will present “A Day at the Ballpark” before the New York Mets game on Friday, June 30 at Citi Field. Click here to register for SABR 47 and join us! Full registration and single-day rates are available for purchase.

The pregame ballpark session will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon at Citi Field, followed by the game that night between the Mets and the Phillies. Our guest speakers are expected to include:

  • Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, in a one-on-one session moderated by’s Barry Bloom
  • Mets manager Terry Collins, also in a one-on-one interview with Bloom

Mets Broadcasters Panel with

  • Josh Lewin, New York Mets radio play-by-play announcer
  • Wayne Randazzo, New York Mets pregame and postgame show host
  • Steve Gelbs, New York Mets field reporter

Mets Analytics Panel with

  • T.J. Barra, New York Mets’ Director of Baseball Research and Development
  • Joe Lefkowitz, Senior Manager, Baseball Systems & Development for the Mets
  • Pat Roessler, Assistant Hitting Coach for the Mets
  • Moderator: Vince Gennaro, SABR President

Note: Purchase of either full SABR 47 conference registration or Friday single-day registration AND a Mets game ticket will be required to attend this special session. Visit to learn more.

For anyone just going to the Mets game on Friday, June 30 and not attending the SABR 47 ballpark session at Citi Field, there will be a group leaving the hotel together in the late afternoon and taking the subway to the ballpark. More details will be posted on the bulletin board near the SABR registration area at the Grand Hyatt during the convention.

Register now to join us at

SABR 47 updates: Jackie Robinson civil rights presentation, How to do Baseball Research Q&A

Dennis Corcoran has graciously stepped up to pinch-hit for John McMurray in the RP14 timeslot at SABR 47. Corcoran will deliver a research presentation on “Civil Rights Brings Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr. Together” at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, June 30 in Ballroom I at the Grand Hyatt.

To view the complete schedule of SABR 47 research presentations, click here.


At SABR 47, stop by the How to Do Baseball Research table in the Vendors Room (Ballroom V) at the Grand Hyatt New York to ask questions of SABR researchers.

These informal Q&A sessions will be focused on baseball-oriented techniques and resources that are available to help you improve your research and writing. Whether you are an experienced SABR researcher or a first-time author, you can learn something new about information and tools — both online and off — that can help aid your baseball research.

Here is the schedule for the How to Do Baseball Research table:

  • 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Thursday, June 29: SABR Director Bill Nowlin will be available to discuss SABR publications and answer questions related to SABR’s book projects and journals
  • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday, June 30: SABR Vice President Leslie Heaphy will be available to discuss research resources and answer questions on improving your research techniques
  • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 1: SABR Publications Director Cecilia Tan will be available to discuss how to write for the Baseball Research Journal and participate in the BRJ’s peer-review process.

Please check the SABR 47 schedule for any additional updates during the SABR convention next week.

SABR 47: Looking for on-site presentation judges

On-site judges are needed for SABR 47 research presentations. Each judge will be responsible for viewing and evaluating oral and poster presentations during SABR 47 in New York City.

Judges need not be “experts” in particular topics. They may choose which oral presentations they wish to evaluate, but are requested to judge all oral presentations they attend.

Through on-site judging, the most highly regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for best poster presentation. The Pappas Award winner will have the opportunity to repeat that presentation on Saturday evening.

If you’re interested, send a message to the Research Presentations email at and to Neal Traven at

For the complete SABR 47 presentation schedule, click here.

SABR 47: Transportation tips

As you prepare for your trip to SABR 47 next week, members of the host Casey Stengel Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips — including directions from regional airports to the Grand Hyatt New York — to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in New York City. If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 47 volunteer for assistance.

Click here to view the SABR 47 transportation tips.

Note: For anyone just going to the Mets game on Friday, June 30 and not attending the SABR 47 ballpark session at Citi Field, there will be a group leaving the hotel together in the late afternoon and taking the subway to the ballpark. More details will be posted on the bulletin board near the SABR registration area at the Grand Hyatt during the convention.

For more information on New York City’s award-winning restaurants, upcoming events, and other attractions, visit

A look back at our last New York City convention, SABR 21 in 1991

It’s been more than a quarter-century since SABR’s national convention was held in New York City, but our 21st annual gathering in 1991 was a memorable event for everyone involved.

Next week, we’ll return to the Big Apple for SABR 47 at the Grand Hyatt in midtown Manhattan. More than 700 SABR members and friends are expected to attend.

Back in 1991, SABR was celebrating two decades since the organization was founded at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Later that summer, founding members Bob Davids, Dan Dischley, Tom Hufford, Cliff Kachline, Pat McDonough, John Pardon, and Joe Simenic gathered at the Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown to commemorate SABR’s 20th anniversary.

The SABR 21 convention was held June 27-30, 1991, at the Hotel Pennsylvania on 7th Avenue, across the street from Madison Square Garden. On Saturday evening, 405 convention attendees were treated to a keynote speech from retired New York Yankees announcer Mel Allen. The banquet also featured musical entertainment from Terry Cashman, who played a special version of his hit song, “Willie, Mickey, and the Duke (Talkin’ Baseball),” plus a stirring performance (if you can call it that!) from the Brooklyn Dodgers Sym-Phony Band.

SABR members watched a special preview of Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary film, Baseball, had a chance to hear original audio clips from author Lawrence Ritter‘s The Glory of Their Times interviews, and took in a Mets-Phillies game at Shea Stadium.

Click here to read the full story at

SABR Digital Library: Puerto Rico and Baseball

Celebrate la vida béisbol, and add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:

Puerto Rico and Baseball: 60 Biographies
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Edwin Fernández
Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers 
ISBN (paperback):
978-1-943816-53-8, $21.95
ISBN (ebook):
978-1-943816-52-1, $9.99
8.5 x 11″, 430 pages

Baseball in Puerto Rico has a long history, dating back to the nineteenth century and now extending into the twenty-first. As of the end of 2016, there have been 323 players born in Puerto Rico or descended from Puerto Rican natives who have played in the major leagues. But there are thousands of Puerto Rican professional players who have played in the Caribbean and other professional leagues, including the minor leagues in the United States.  

As one might imagine from the title, Puerto Rico and Baseball: 60 Biographies contains 60 biographies of players — but it also has two “ballpark bios” and an article on major-league games played in Puerto Rico, both spring training exhibition games and several regular-season games from the time when “Los Expos” included San Juan as their home base.  

This book highlights some of the pioneers who played in the Negro Leagues before the color line was broken, right up through Ivan Rodriguez, elected in 2017 to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In reading this book you will get to know Perucho, who was compared with Ty Cobb and called the Babe Ruth of Puerto Rico; why Pancho Coimbre was considered one of the best hitters; the story of the great Roberto Clemente; who was “el Divino Loco,” the first pitcher to win a major-league game on the Pacific Coast; who was “El Jibaro”; and even the great achievements of the man who was possibly the most complete catcher who ever stepped on a diamond.  

This book also represents the collaborative efforts of 46 authors and editors from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). 

Contributors include: Jane Allen-Quevedo, Mark Armour, Jonathan Arnold, Thomas J. Brown Jr., Justin Omar Cabrera, Alan Cohen, Jorge Colón-Delgado, Rory Costello, Richard Cuicchi, Scott Cummings, Scott Dominiak, Kyle Eaton, Rob Edelman, Amy Essington, Charles F. Faber, Edwin Fernández, Joseph Gerard, Gary Gillette, Irv Goldfarb, Emily Hawks, Tom Hawthorn, Jane Schupmann Hewitt, Paul Hofmann, Chuck Johnson, William H. “Bill” Johnson, Chris Jones, Norm King, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, Daniel Potter, Carl Riechers, Rick Schabowski, Steven Schmitt, Richard Smiley, Mark Souder, Mark S. Sternman, Stew Thornley, Adam J. Ulrey, Thomas E. Van Hyning, Marlene Vogelsang, John Vorperian, Joseph Wancho, Steve West, and Brian P. Wood.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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 many for free. Visit to download your free copy of dozens of SABR e-books.

The SABR Bookshelf: Spring 2017

Periodically throughout the year, publishes The SABR Bookshelf, a listing of new books that are received at the SABR office.

Here are The SABR Bookshelf listings for Spring 2017:

To get your NEW book listed on The SABR Bookshelf, make sure a review copy is sent to: The SABR Bookshelf, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. An e-book file will also suffice; please send the e-book in PDF, EPUB or Kindle/MOBI format to

To ensure a listing in The Baseball Index — SABR’s online catalog of baseball research materials — make sure a review copy is sent to The Baseball Index, 4025 Beechwood Pl., Riverside, CA 92506.

Click here for a list of publishers found in the SABR Bookshelf, along with their contact information.

SABR Digital Library: The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Impossible Dream, so add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:

The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Dan Desrochers

Associate Editors: Mark Armour, Len Levin, and Wayne McElreavy

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-49-1, $21.95

ISBN (ebook): 978-1-943816-48-4, $9.99

8.5 x 11″, 521 pages

Click here to read a full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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 many for free. Visit to download your free copy of dozens of SABR e-books.

Register now for 2017 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

The 20th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee, will be returning to its roots on July 27-30, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, site of the first Negro League conference in 1998.

  • Registration: All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here to register online. Regular registration for SABR members is $190, which includes all presentations and sessions. Non-SABR members: $200. Students: $135 for SABR members, $150 for non-members. Single-day rate for Friday or Saturday: $90 for SABR members, $100 for non-members. The Education Forum on Thursday is $20. Guest tickets for friends and family can also be ordered. Click here for an information packet (PDF) with complete details on registration rates. The regular registration deadline is June 30, 2017.
  • Hotel: The 2017 Malloy Conference will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Click here to book your room online at the special SABR rate of $129/night (plus tax). Or call (717) 233-6000 and mention you’re with the “SABR Malloy Conference.” The cut-off date to book your room is July 5, 2017.
  • Schedule and information: Click here for the 2017 Malloy Conference information packet (PDF).
  • Contact: E-mail Ted Knorr with any questions about the conference.

The Malloy Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 19 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 Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest.

Visit to learn more about the 2017 Malloy Conference essay contest and scholarships, art competition, and school library grants.

Deadline extended: Apply now for the 2017 SABR Women in Baseball Scholarship

SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee will award one $500 scholarship to a high school senior in its inaugural Women in Baseball Essay Contest in 2017.

Students must write an essay of 1,500 words or less addressing the following question: “Choose one person or event in women’s baseball history that you believe has made a significant impact on the game and explain the importance.”

Click here to download the 2017 SABR Women in Baseball Scholarship application and style guidelines (PDF)

All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by August 14, 2017, and sent to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at or Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Rd., North Canton, OH 44720. The winner will be notified by July 1.

Click here for more details and eligibility requirements.

California student wins 2017 Lee Allen History of Baseball Award

SABR is pleased to announce the winner of the Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for 2017.

Evan Nelson of Clovis, California, won the Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for his paper, “Branch Rickey’s Stand: The Integration of Baseball.”

Since 1996, SABR has honored the best baseball research project at the National History Day competition, an annual event in which students compete on a regional basis, followed by state competition, and then national finals at the University of Maryland.

The award is named in honor of Lee Allen, the historian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum from 1950 to 1969. To view a list of past winners, click here.

5 new SABR biographies published

Five new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,086 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

1951 New York Giants biographies now posted online

In SABR’s The Team That Time Won’t Forget: The 1951 New York Giants, edited by Bill Nowlin and C. Paul Rogers III and published in 2015, we focused on a team that will forever be in baseball public’s consciousness. But of course, there is much more to the story of that famous team than Bobby Thomson‘s dramatic home run (albeit the most famous and probably the most dramatic home run in baseball history) and sign stealing. 

The 1951 Giants are also of historic significance because of their role in the integration of baseball. It was the year Willie Mays first showed his brilliance to major-league audiences, in late May joining black teammates Monte Irvin, Hank Thompson, and Ray Noble. At the time, the Dodgers and Giants had most of the smattering of African-American players in the big leagues, and it is no surprise that those two teams battled down to the wire for the National League pennant.   

The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in our 1951 Giants book can now be read online at:

You can also download the e-book for free or purchase the paperback edition at 50% off by clicking here. SABR members can download all SABR Digital Library e-books for free at

7 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Seven 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 Find all published Games Project articles at

If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Greg Erion. If you want to know if a game is available to write about, please contact Bruce Slutsky. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors’ Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story started toward publication.

  • 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.
  • Contributor Release Form: As of January 1, 2017, all writers publishing articles (biographies, essays, game pieces, etc.) are being asked to sign a Contributor Release Form which can be sent via email to or hard copy to SABR, 555 N. Central Ave., Suite #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The form only needs to be filed once for all future SABR publications. Click here to download the form.
  • Seeking volunteers to help enhance Games Project articles on website: Any volunteer who is willing to assist with linking player biographies in previously published Games Project stories on the SABR website, please contact Jacob Pomrenke. No experience necessary. Must be comfortable working in Drupal, WordPress or other standard content management systems.

Listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Sunday night

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro will air at its regular time from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET this Sunday on MLB Network Radio.

This week’s guests are Travis Sawchik from FanGraphs and Dr. Lawrence Rocks to talk about sports science improvements.

You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, and you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from

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.

2017 SABR Annual Report has been posted online

Our 2017 Annual Report was posted on the website last week and can be downloaded here:

All previous SABR Annual Reports can be found on the Annual Reports page. If you have a copy of any Annual Report from before 2002 (the oldest currently available), please e-mail a copy of it to or mail one to the office at SABR, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

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:

For more information, click 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 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
Jeffrey Adamson Daytona Beach, FL     David Lundquist Sr. Massillon, OH
Thomas Beisler Union, NJ     Alex MacLean New York, NY
Jeffrey Bond Sterling Heights, MI     Ken Main Portland, ME
John Corcoran Orlando, FL     Tim Mainella Dover, NH
Dennis Cullen Durham, NC     Max Malikow Syracuse, NY
Lisa Gattie Bowling Green, VA     David Palm Seattle, WA
Eric Handa Bridgewater, NJ     David Shapiro Cedar Grove, NJ
Richard Hopper Wichita, KS     James Sheldon New York, NY
Chris Klein Andover, MA     Krister Swanson Thousand Oaks, CA
Daniel Linnenberg Rochester, NY     Kathy Willens Brooklyn, NY
Jakob Lucas Baltimore, MD        


Research Committee news

Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates 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:

Read these articles and more at

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Originally published: June 23, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.