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 4, 2021:
As 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.
Join us for a series of presentations, chats, and panel discussions featuring authors, scholars, and figures from around the game, including: Katie Krall, Cincinnati Reds; Bianca Smith, Boston Red Sox; Janet Marie Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers; J.J. Cooper, Baseball America; Rick White, Atlantic League; Sean Forman, Sports Reference; Gary Ashwill, Seamheads.com; Larry Lester, SABR Negro Leagues Committee; Peter Kurz, Team Israel; Kundy Gutierrez, Team Mexico; Leonte Landino and Enrique Rojas, ESPN Deportes; and more.
- Registration: 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. Note: Donors who contribute $100 or more during the Future 50 Campaign receive a complimentary registration to this event. For questions relating to donor registrations for this event, please email Scott Carter.
- Contact: Please e-mail Chanel Zapata with any other questions about your registration.
- Schedule: The Summer of SABR online sessions will be held on the weekends of June 25-27, July 23-25, and August 10, 13-14. Click here for a closer look at each date and the broad range of topics to be explored.
Visit SABR.org/summer to register today or for more information.
Final day to donate to the Future 50 Campaign and receive complimentary registration for Summer of SABR
Today is your last chance to donate during our Future 50 Campaign, which will help ensure SABR’s next half-century is even brighter than its first. All donors who contribute $100 or more by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, June 4 will receive a complimentary registration to our Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series, in addition to other great incentives.
As a nonprofit organization, SABR relies on the generosity of donors and members to thrive. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed and to those still considering a gift during this important campaign. Because of your support, SABR will continue to be the world’s essential baseball community for the next 50 years and beyond!
All donors joining the Future 50 Campaign with a gift of $500 or more will receive:
- Customized SABR Dugout Mug featuring 50th Anniversary logo
- Paperback edition of The National Pastime: The Future According to Baseball journal
- SABR 50th Anniversary lapel pin
- Complimentary registration to the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series
- Recognition in This Week in SABR and on SABR.org
- Recognition during an upcoming Summer of SABR virtual event
Ten randomly selected donors will also win an autographed copy of Eric Nusbaum’s 2021 Seymour Medal-winning book Stealing Home.
Thank you so much for your consideration in joining the Future 50 Campaign. With your support, SABR will continue to be the world’s essential baseball community for the next 50 years and beyond!
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 difficult or overwhelming at times to absorb it all! To highlight key benefits, read on for this month’s SABR Member Benefit Spotlight, a new 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.
Today’s issue highlights the Research Resources page and the many archives and guides exclusive to members.
— Chanel Zapata
Couldn’t attend the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference in March? Visit SABR.org/analytics/2021 for full coverage of this exciting virtual event that brought together the top minds in the baseball analytics community. The SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, presented by Major League Baseball, Rawlings, and Sports Info Solutions, was held over four days in online sessions from March 11-14, 2021.
Click on a link below to watch video replays from the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference:
- Watch highlights from Brian Kenny’s ‘Year in Baseball Analytics’ talk
- Watch highlights from the Analyze This panel discussion with Eduardo Perez, Ehsan Bokhari, Maggie O’Hara, and Josh Ruffin
- Watch highlights from the Biomechanics in MLB panel with Dr. John De Witt, Dr. Ben Hansen, Dr. Mike McNally, and Dr. Glenn Fleisig
- Watch highlights from Use of Analytics in Contract Negotiations panel with Lonnie Murray, Burton Rocks, Jay Sartori, and Brian Kenny
- Watch highlights from the MLB Statcast Player Pose Tracking and Visualization panel with Graham Goldbeck, Sid Sethupathi, and Marc Squire
- Watch highlights from the MLB Statcast Pitch Tracking Methods panel with Clay Nunnally and Dr. Paul Hawkins
- Watch research presentations from some of the top minds in baseball analytics
- Tony Adams, Bradford William Davis, Shakeia Taylor were honored as the winners of the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards finalists
For more coverage of the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics/2021.
On June 6, 1921, Bill Gatewood, nearing his 40th birthday, took the mound at Detroit’s Mack Park in a Negro National League game between his Detroit Stars and the visiting Cincinnati Cuban Stars. Gatewood made history that day, facing only 29 batters in completing the first-ever no-hitter in Rube Foster’s two-year-old Negro National League, leading the Stars to a 4-0 win over the Cuban Stars. He even contributed a home run and an RBI single to the Stars’ attack.
The SABR Baseball Games Project, in support of SABR’s Century Committee’s celebration of the 1921 baseball season, commemorates the 100th anniversary of Gatewood’s gem with a new article on the game written by Donna L. Halper.
Follow the Games Project and Century Committee throughout 2021 for coverage of the 1921 season. The Games Project has recently published 15 articles on historically significant games from May 1921 involving National League, American League, and Negro National League teams.
Highlights of May 1921 include: a power display by the emergent New York Yankees, an old favorite supporting the Cleveland Indians’ title defense, breakout seasons by Austin McHenry of the St. Louis Cardinals and Whitey Glazner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, a charity exhibition game between the Boston Braves and Boston College, and Negro National League action from Columbus, Detroit, and Indianapolis.
— John Fredland
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 2021 SABR Women in Baseball Scholarship application and style guidelines (PDF)
All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by June 14, 2021, and sent to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu or Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Rd., North Canton, OH 44720. The winner will be notified by August 2.
All 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.
- SABR members, log in to view the Research Resources page and start browsing the Newspapers.com World Collection.
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.
Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of May 2021:
|Shelton Adams||Joshua Liss|
|Joseph Auslander||Rob Mains|
|Robert Axelrod||Peter Mancuso|
|Lawrence Baldassaro||Mitchell Manoff|
|Ed Baranoski||Lawrence McCray|
|Perry Barber||Matt Mitchell|
|John Beal||John Munns|
|Rev. Gerald Beirne||Steve Murphy|
|Michael Bender||Anthony Nazzario|
|Tom Best||Rod Nelson|
|D. Bruce Brown||Andrew Noe|
|Ron Brown||Bill Nowlin|
|John Burbridge III||Gary Olson|
|John Burbridge, Jr.||Dwight Oxley|
|Kathleen Byrnes||David Paulson|
|Ken Carrano||Laura Peebles|
|Peter Cottrell||Gregg Pericich|
|Jim Cox||Larry Porschen|
|Carter Cromwell||Robert Pusateri|
|Richard Cuicchi||John Rall|
|Brad Cuprik||Cory Ritterbusch|
|Paul DeFonzo||Michael Rosenwasser|
|Dennis Degenhardt||Charles Roussel|
|Thomas Drake||Charlie Rubin|
|Woody Eckard||Bob Russon|
|Ed Edmonds||Ruth Sadler|
|Steven Elsberry||Matthew Schaedler|
|Donald Etheridge||Jason Scheller|
|John Ezell||John Schleppi|
|Donald Falk||Douglas Schoppert|
|David Firstman||Dan Schultz|
|Scott Fischthal||John Schwarz|
|Jack Flynn||Jonathan Schwebel|
|Adam Foldes||Jeffrey Self|
|Edward Fong||Steve Shaiman|
|Kent Fredrickson||Andrew Sharp|
|Edward Gardner||Mary Shea|
|Gerry Garte||Bruce Slutsky|
|Jeanne Glazer||Courtney Smith|
|John Green||Mark Stangl|
|Mike Grisz||Steve Steinberg|
|Donna Halper||Thomas Stone|
|Sharon Hamilton||Wesley Story|
|Steven Hannigan||James Sweetman|
|Michael Harrison||Cecilia Tan|
|Leslie Heaphy||Joseph Thompson|
|Joshua Heit||John Thorn|
|Tim Herlich||Stew Thornley|
|William Hickman||Richard B Tourangeau|
|Rockwell Hoffman||Neal Traven|
|David Hughes||David Vaught|
|Alma Ivor-Campbell||Marlene Vogelsang|
|Donald Jensen||M J Volkovitsch|
|Stephen Johnson||Milton von Minden|
|Christopher Kaempfer||Taylor Walsh|
|Joseph Keaney||Andy Wang|
|Thomas Kern||Jeffrey Watson|
|Mike Kerry||Thomas Watson|
|James Kittilsby||Steven Weiner|
|Mary Knox||Steve West|
|Matthew Kramer||Robert Whelan|
|Jeffrey Kutler||Beach Wires|
|Bill Lamb||Jeffrey Wood|
|David Lang||Robert Wright|
|Thomas Larwin||Mark Yecies|
|Thomas Lee||Tony Yoseloff|
|Allison Levin||Richard Zitrin|
|Henry Levy||Don Zminda|
SABR’s Ninteenth Century Committee is excited to announce a new season of monthly virtual research presentations, beginning in September 2021.
The 19cBB Speaker Series will consist of research presentations presented at the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference (“The Fred”). These informative 1-hour talks will be delivered each second Tuesday of the month beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
The 2021-22 speaker series will include presentations by Bruce Allardice, Michael Haupert, Lawrence Phillips, Rob Bauer, Alan Cohen, Monica Nucciarone, Dennis Thiessen, Terry Bohn, and Eric Frost.
Visit SABR.org/19th-century-baseball-speaker-series to register now for these free virtual Zoom meetings.
SABR 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 Saturday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m. PDT, SABR’s Lefty O’Doul/Bay Area Chapter and Dusty Baker-Sacramento Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting with author Lincoln Mitchell, who will be talking about his new book The Giants and Their City: Major League Baseball in San Francisco, 1976–1992. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Please contact Zak Ford to RSVP for the Zoom meeting.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from Janet Marie Smith, SABR member and acclaimed ballpark architect on Baltimore’s Camden Yards; and author Steve Treder on Forty Years a Giant: The Life of Horace Stoneham. 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 5: Talkin’ Baseball with Bill Nowlin (9:00 a.m. EDT)
- June 5: Bay Area/Sacramento (CA) joint chapter meeting with Lincoln Mitchell (10:00 a.m. PDT)
- June 7: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter Meeting with Tony Ciulla (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- June 8: IBWAA: Now Batting with Gabrielle Starr (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- June 9: New Member Experience with Chanel Zapata (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- June 10: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter book club meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- June 12: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter book club meeting (10:00 a.m. EDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- June 5: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter breakfast (Cromwell, CT)
- June 5: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (St. Paul, MN)
- June 12: San Leandro Ballpark dedication ceremony (San Leandro, CA)
- June 13: Bud Metheny/Virginia Eastern Shore Chapter ballgame/meeting (Richmond, VA)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Episode #113 on Monday, May 31 featured Mike Cieslinski, designer of Dynasty League Baseball, powered by Pursue the Pennant, which debuted as a board game in 1995 and has evolved into a popular baseball simulation for computers and mobile devices over the past quarter-century. Mike has also worked for STATS Inc., and in marketing and public relations with the Baltimore Orioles and with the minor-league Miami Marlins.
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.
Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Bill Burdick, by Terry Bohn
- Lee Graham, by Bill Nowlin
- Oscar Horstmann, by Bill Lamb
- Jimmy Manning, by Bill Lamb
- Jeff Musselman, by Malcolm Allen
- Leo Townsend, by Darren Gibson
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
- Read all SABR bios from 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords book: In Pride of Smoketown: The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords, edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin and published in 2020, we told the story of one of the Negro Leagues’ most dominant teams, which boasted four Hall of Fame players. All of the biographies from Pride of Smoketown are now available to read online at the SABR BioProject. Visit SABR.org/ebooks to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback.
Thirteen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- September 26, 1908: Cubs’ Ed Reulbach tosses back-to-back shutouts in doubleheader sweep of Brooklyn, by Gary Belleville
- July 31, 1909: ‘Bad’ Bill Dahlen gets ejected for the 34th and final time as a player, by Tim Hagerty
- July 4, 1911: Red Sox stagger to walk-off win over Washington on Boston’s hottest day, by Kurt Blumenau
- May 7, 1921: Chicago’s Dave Brown outduels Monarchs’ Rube Curry on Opening Day, by Ken Carrano
- May 11, 1921: Donie Bush’s daring baserunning gives Tigers a late win over Yankees, by Luis A. Blandon Jr. (first-time author)
- May 30, 1921: Tigers pounce in nightcap to halt Cleveland’s 8-game win streak, by Harry Schoger
- June 8, 1921: Yankees’ Babe Ruth goes from jail to the ballpark, by Vince Guerrieri
- June 10, 1921: Tigers beat Senators in game of ‘glaring errors of omission and commission’, by Mike Huber
- June 13, 1921: Unearned run spoils Dicta Johnson’s gem as Chicago American Giants edge Indianapolis ABCs in 10th, by John Fredland
- September 10, 1939: ‘Thumping’ Ted Williams goes on a batting binge, by Bill Nowlin
- May 18, 1965: Tresh, Yankees tame Boston’s ‘Monster’ with extra-inning win, by Kurt Blumenau
- October 2, 1974: Dropped third strike leads Pirates to NL East division title, by Jim Klann
- August 5, 2008: Fernando Tatis hits two home runs to carry Mets past Padres, by Madison McEntire
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.
Behind 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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Join us online in June 2021 for Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series
- Read articles from the Spring 2021 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR Digital Library: Jackie: Perspectives on 42
- SABR 50 at 50: Baseball Trivia
- Mark Armour, Todd Lebowitz re-elected; Tara Krieger elected to SABR Board of Directors
- Member Benefit Spotlight: Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime
- Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith’s War Fever wins 2021 SABR Larry Ritter Book Award
- SABR welcomes new research committee: Baseball Iconography Project
- SABR launches new email discussion forums for chapters, committees
- SABR 50, Jerry Malloy conferences rescheduled for 2022
- SABR Negro Leagues Task Force issues recommendations on major-league status
- Call for papers: 2021 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
|Emily Barnes||Carlsbad, CA||Dalton Mattson||Washington, DC|
|Pat Cahill||Santa Clara, CA||Nicholas Miceli||Lees Summit, MO|
|Rob Daniels||Greensboro, NC||Charles Muizers||The Woodlands, TX|
|Jeremy DeSilva||Norwich, VT||Chance Peterson||Louisville, KY|
|Joe Farina||Schenectady, NY||Sanjeev Rao||Shrewsbury, NJ|
|Pat Filippone||Stockton, CA||Gabriel Sanchez||San Juan, PRI|
|Brendan Gambeski||Douglaston, NY||Taylor Stacey||Sioux Falls, SD|
|Roger Gans||Arlington, TX||Vinnie Tredici||Colonia, NJ|
|Chris Haynes||Huntington, WV||Ronald Vasile||Downers Grove, IL|
|Andrew Marrinson||San Rafael, CA||Brien Walther||Jackson, NJ|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Negro Leagues: June 2021 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Ken Keltner Chapter: June 2021 newsletter (Milwaukee, WI)
- Rickwood Field Chapter: June 2021 newsletter (Birmingham, AL)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Thomas Harding: Jillian Geib makes female official scorer history in Colorado (MLB.com)
- Nate Taylor: As the NLBM’s newest voice, Kiona Sinks aims to connect the Negro Leagues to the next generation (The Athletic)
- Daniel R. Epstein: Graig Kreindler Tells Baseball’s Story Through Art (Baseball Prospectus)
- Sarah Langs: Tracing streaks between Gehrig and Ripken (MLB.com)
- Clinton Yates: Baseball hotbed enjoys a throwback day on the diamond (The Undefeated)
- Jayson Stark: Weird and Wild, the Javy Báez Mr. Invisible Edition (The Athletic)
- Jay Jaffe: Snakebitten Diamondbacks’ Many Losses Now Include Bumgarner (FanGraphs)
- Eno Sarris: What role is the new ball playing in all these no-hitters? (The Athletic)
- Rob Arthur: The League’s Defensive Positioning Has Changed (Baseball Prospectus)
- Patrick Dubuque: An Excruciatingly Modest Proposal (Baseball Prospectus)
- Tyler Kepner: The Rays Don’t Look Like Contenders, but They Play Like Stars (New York Times)
- Emma Baccellieri: White Sox’ Yasmani Grandal Is Doing the Most With the Least but How Is He Making It Work? (Sports Illustrated)
- Alex Speier: Alex Cora is a villain in this weekend’s Red Sox-Yankees series, a role Alex Rodriguez knows well (Boston Globe)
- Grant Brisbee: The story of the 2021 Giants can be told through the home runs they hit at home and on the road (The Athletic)
- David Laurila: Braves Coach Rick Kranitz Talks Pitching (FanGraphs)
- Jeff Passan: Why pitching as we know it today wouldn’t exist without Mike Marshall (ESPN.com)
- Sam Gazdziak: Obituary: Mike Marshall, 1943-2021 (RIPBaseball.com)
- Rob Mains: Bridging the Partisan Divide on Taxpayer-Financed Ballparks (Baseball Prospectus)
- Russell A. Carleton: On Tiebreaks and Mutant Baseball (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mark Simon: May’s Defensive Player of the Month (ACTA Sports)
- Ben Clemens: Intentionally Walking the Bases Loaded: A Primer (FanGraphs)
- Steven Goldman: Why I Didn’t Write About the Rockies Today (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jim Margalus: One smaller step for Jake Lamb, one giant leap in production (Sox Machine)
- SportTechie: What’s Going On With the Baseballs? (SportTechie)
- Dan Ryan: John Wakelin Donation Is A Home Run For the B-CU Carl Swisher Library (Cookman.edu)
- Michael Turner Webb: The forgotten history of Black baseball in Charlotte (CLTure.org)
- Jeff Cohen: Baseball and BBQ interview with author Lew Freedman (Baseball and BBQ)
- Michael Kane: Were the All Star FanFest Cards from 1994-2000 the Precursor for Topps Project 2020? (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Mark Armour: Cover Boys (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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Originally published: June 4, 2021. Last Updated: June 4, 2021.