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This Week in SABR: June 5, 2020

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 5, 2020:

Spring 2020 Baseball Research Journal is on its way soon

Spring 2020 Baseball Research JournalGood news! The Spring 2020 edition of the Baseball Research Journal will be mailed out to all SABR members very soon.

Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next few weeks. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition will also be delivered to your inboxes soon.

To read more articles from the BRJ archives, our flagship publication for nearly the past half-century, click here.

To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.

We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2020 Baseball Research Journal!

Get a 25% discount on pre-orders of new SABR 50 at 50 book

SABR 50 at 50 book coverBaseball has seen many changes in the last 50 years, and SABR’s 50th anniversary provides an opportunity to highlight the most memorable players, teams, and events from the game’s glorious past.

SABR 50 at 50: The Society for American Baseball Research’s Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game, edited by Bill Nowlin and now available for pre-order from the University of Nebraska Press, celebrates and highlights SABR’s wide-ranging contributions to baseball history.

SABR members can get a 25% discount off the cover price by using the discount code 6SFF when ordering at or calling 800-848-6224. (To order outside of North America, please call +44 (0)1423 526350 and use the discount code CS40UNP.)

The diversity of SABR members’ interests is reflected in this fiftieth-anniversary volume — from baseball and the arts to statistical analysis to the Deadball Era to women in baseball. SABR 50 at 50 includes the most important and influential research published by members across a multitude of topics, including the sabermetric work of Dick Cramer, Pete Palmer, and Bill James, along with Jerry Malloy on the Negro Leagues, Keith Olbermann on why the shortstop position is number 6, John Thorn and Jules Tygiel on the untold story behind Jackie Robinson’s signing with the Dodgers, and Gai Berlage on the Colorado Silver Bullets women’s team in the 1990s.

Leading up to SABR’s 50th anniversary in 2021, the organization will also produce a series of online exhibits at to highlight baseball’s most impactful players and off-field figures, ballgames, record-breaking feats, books, films, stories, milestones, and baseball cards.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Stay Home With SABRSABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

This week, we heard from baseball scientist Meredith Wills and minor-league player advocate Garrett Broshius.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can “attend” online:

  • June 5: Bud Metheny/Virginia Eastern Shore Chapter happy hour (6:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 6: Talkin’ Baseball: Hall of Name author D.B. Firstman (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • June 6: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting with Inside Pitch author Rick Allen (1:00 p.m. PDT)
  • June 7: Detroit Chapter book club meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 10: Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting with’s Manny Randhawa, Denver stadium executive Roger Kinney, broadcaster Jeff Kingery, and reporter Ed Henderson (9:30 a.m. MDT)
  • June 10: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter book club meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • June 13: Halsey Hall Chapter meeting with authors Dan Levitt and Paul Spyhalski (9:00 a.m. CDT)

Find more upcoming virtual meetings and watch replays of past events on our SABR Virtual Calendar page.

Friends of SABR: May 2020

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of May 2020:

David Alvarez   Thomas Lee
Bill Arata   Harry Lesser
Jean Ardell   Michael Levine
Robert Axelrod   Daniel Levitt
Lawrence Baldassaro   Bill Lewers
Ed Baranoski   Andrea Long
Perry Barber   Michael Mack
Pam Bard   David Mahon
Stephen Barnes   Bill Marston
Travis Becker   William McClain
Jeremy Beer   Jeff Meder
Rev. Gerald Beirne   Celine Mercier
Thomas Bell   Noel Milan
Michael Bender   Geoff Mills
Michael Berry   Tony Morante
Clifford Blau   Jack Morris
Robert Bluthardt   Herb Moss
Terry Bohn   Thomas Mullen
Stephen Boren   John Murray
Maurice Bouchard   Jim Myers
Jeffrey Bower   Andrew North
Michael Broe   Bill Nowlin
D. Bruce Brown   James Odenkirk
Steven Brown   Tim Otto
John Burbridge III   John Outland
Daniel Busby   Dwight Oxley
Ken Carrano   Laura Peebles
Anthony Cavender   Gregg Pericich
Kevin Charlton   Todd Peterson
Phil Coffin   Greg Petty
Jack Coleman-Levy   Adrien Pilon
Donald Conway   Carl Rogan
Peter Coolbaugh   James Rook
Jerrod Cotosman   Michael Rosenwasser
Peter Cottrell   Steven Rothschild
Harrington Crissey   Charles Roussel
David Curtoys   Thomas Ruane
Al Davis   Bob Russon
Dennis Degenhardt   Marideth Sandler
Paul DeRosa   Robert Sawyer
Mike Dickerman   Edward Scahill
Thomas Drake   Matthew Schaedler
Steve Dunn   Steven Schmitt
Thomas Durbin   Dale Schneider
Michael Eckstein   Dan Schoenholz
Ron Elliott   Douglas Schoppert
Brian Engelhardt   Jeff Shames
D.B. Firstman   Robert Shelton
Robert Fitts   Tom Shieber
Bruce Fleming   Lynda Singer
F. X. Flinn   Curt Smith
Jack Flynn   Hal Smith Jr.
Adam Foldes   George Sommerfeld
James Forr   Paul Soyka
Vince Gennaro   Joseph Stanton
Matthew Glidden   W.B. Steverson
Duke Goldman   Thomas Still
John Gottko   Thomas Stone
John Graf   Christian Stopp
Margaret Gripshover   Wesley Story
Stephen Hanley   Martin Talbot
Steven Hannigan   Rob Taylor
Timothy Harner   Buddy Thomas
Leslie Heaphy   Joseph Thompson
Leslie Heaphy   John Thorn
Daniel Helpingstine   Thomas Thress
Tim Herlich   Wayne Towers
Rockwell Hoffman   Neal Traven
David Hughes   Thomas Tuttle
Jay Hurd   Paul Vastola
Noel Hynd   Marlene Vogelsang
Bill Johnson   M J Volkovitsch
Evan Katz   Ron Weaver
Matthew Keelean   Mike Webber
Aviva Kempner   Brian Werner
Lloyd Kepple   Steve West
Gregory King   Peter Winske
Steven Klugman   Jeffrey Wood
Paul Kovach   Fred Worth
Steve Krah   Mark Yecies
Mike Lackey   John Zinn
Bill Lamb   Don Zminda
Dirk Lammers   Larry Zorn
David Lang    

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.

SABR Digital Library: Braves Win! The 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves

1995 Atlanta Braves book coverAdd a championship baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Braves Win! Braves Win! Braves Win! The 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves
Edited by Tom Hufford and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Foreword by John Schuerholz
ISBN (e-book)
978-1-9701-5922-6, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5923-3
, $34.95
8.5″ x 11″, 484 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

SABR members can download all Digital Library e-books for free or get 50% off the paperback edition. Find more titles at

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.

Call for papers: 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

Call for papers: 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball ConferenceSABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the second annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled for September 11-13, 2020, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

This year’s conference theme is celebrating African American women in baseball. All topics related to women’s baseball and the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues are welcome for individual oral and poster presentations.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by July 15, 2020, to Leslie Heaphy at

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR office continuing to work remotely

The SABR office, housed at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, has been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Staff members will work remotely until it is advisable to resume normal operations on-site.

On Monday, March 16, ASU announced that all in-person classes would transition to online instruction for the rest of the spring semester. Please contact a member of the SABR staff by email or phone with any questions.

SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference rescheduled for 2021

2021 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceDue to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference has been rescheduled for June 10-13, 2021, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.

Anyone who has already registered for the Malloy Conference is encouraged to contact Deb Jayne at the SABR office to discuss options regarding their conference registration fees, including converting it into a donation toward SABR’s Sustainability Campaign fund.

The Negro Leagues Committee is one of SABR’s original committees, formed in 1971. It has continued to preserve and highlight the contributions of African-American players in baseball history. Visit to learn more.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with Giants manager Gabe Kapler

Baseball 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 #62 on Monday, June 1 featured San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, who replaced future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy following the 2019 season after a two-year stint as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler spent 12 seasons as an outfielder with the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and three other teams, helping the Red Sox break their historic 86-year World Series drought with a championship in 2004.

Visit to listen to the full episode.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit

3 new SABR biographies published

Garry MaddoxThree new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 5,211 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

4 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Eddie MathewsFour 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

  • 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.

Listen to recent episodes of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

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. Listen to new episodes at 4:00-5:00 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. Click here to learn more.

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

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: /content/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 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
Justin Beights Charlottesville, VA     Donald Meisenheimer Katy, TX
Mike Chibbaro Greenville, SC     Chris Mosher Louisville, KY
Robert Clayton Washington, DC     Conor Mulville Nottingham, MD
Alicia Crandell Scottsdale, AZ     Bucky Nance Fort Worth, TX
Robert DuPont Rensselaer, NY     Alex Olsen Oceanport, NJ
Jordan Eaddy Rochester, MI     Alan Rosenberg Denver, CO
Darren Gibson Aliso Viejo, CA     Derrick Scheetz Windsor Mill, MD
Daniel Hunt Inver Grove Hts, MN     Arnold Serotsky Poughkeepsie, NY
Helen Joyner Livonia, MI     Sam Walker Birmingham, AL
Matthew Kramer Silverdale, WA     Andy Wang San Diego, CA

Research Committee news

There are no new 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 Virtual Events Calendar

Here are the upcoming virtual events on the SABR calendar:

  • June 5: Bud Metheny/Virginia Eastern Shore Chapter happy hour (6:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 6: Talkin’ Baseball: Hall of Name author D.B. Firstman (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • June 6: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting with Inside Pitch author Rick Allen (1:00 p.m. PDT)
  • June 7: Detroit Chapter book club meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 10: Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting with’s Manny Randhawa, Denver stadium executive Roger Kinney, broadcaster Jeff Kingery, and reporter Ed Henderson (9:30 a.m. MDT)
  • June 10: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter book club meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • June 13: Halsey Hall Chapter meeting with authors Dan Levitt and Paul Spyhalski (9:00 a.m. CDT)

Find more virtual meetings on our SABR Virtual Events Calendar page.

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 5, 2020. Last Updated: June 29, 2020.