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This Week in SABR: June 4, 2021

This Week in SABR: June 4, 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 4, 2021:


Join us on June 25-27 for Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series

Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration SeriesAs 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

SABR Future 50 campaignToday 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!

By joining our Future 50 Campaign, you will help ensure SABR’s next 50 years are even brighter than the first 50. You can support SABR’s Future 50 Campaign by making a gift of at least $100 today.

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!


SABR Member Benefit Spotlight: Research Resources

SABR Member Benefit Spotlight: Research ResourcesAs 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.

Click here to watch a short video with more on the Research Resources page. (Haga clic aquí para ver este video en español.)

— Chanel Zapata


Check out stories, videos, and highlights from the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceCouldn’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:

For more coverage of the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics/2021.


100 years ago: Bill Gatewood throws first no-hitter in Negro National League history

Bill GatewoodOn 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, 10 days left to apply for the 2021 SABR Women in Baseball Scholarship

Toni Stone (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)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 2021.

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.”

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.

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


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.


Friends of SABR: May 2021

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of May 2021:

NAME   NAME
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

Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.


Registration now open for 19th Century Baseball Speaker Series virtual events

1876 St. Louis Brown StockingsSABR’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.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Lincoln Mitchell's "The Giants and Their City"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.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with Mike Cieslinski of Dynasty League Baseball

SABRcast #113: Mike CieslinskiBaseball 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 #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.


6 new SABR biographies published

Jeff Musselman (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


13 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Fernando Tatis (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Thirteen 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.


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
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

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

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.


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Originally published: June 4, 2021. Last Updated: June 4, 2021.

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