This Week in SABR: June 7, 2013

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of June 7, 2013:

MLB executive Rob Manfred to deliver keynote speech at SABR 43

We’re pleased to announce that Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President of Economics & League Affairs, will be the SABR 43 keynote speaker on Friday, August 2, 2013, during the SABR Awards Luncheon at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

Manfred is an Executive Vice President at MLB who reports directly to Commissioner Bud Selig. His areas of responsibility include Labor Relations and Human Resources. He is responsible for the relationship between the Clubs and the Major League Baseball Players Association, as well as the Human Resources functions of the Commissioner’s Office.

Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Mr. Manfred was a partner in the Labor and Employment Law Section of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP in their Washington, D.C., office. He participated directly in the formulation and negotiation of economic and non-economic proposals for Major League Baseball in two separate rounds of collective bargaining. His other litigation experience includes the representation of employers in actions brought under the Railway Labor Act and various federal anti-discrimination statutes.

He is a member of the Labor Section of the American Bar Association and is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bar Associations. He received his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1983, where he was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review.

To register for SABR 43 or for more information on the national convention in Philadelphia, visit

SABR 43: Last full week to get discounted, all-inclusive registration rate!

Have you registered for SABR 43 yet? Our 43rd annual convention will be held July 31-August 4, 2013, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall, Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks.

Please note that the special all-inclusive rate for SABR 43 will expire at 12:00 a.m. MST on Saturday, June 15. Our block of Phillies ballgame tickets will not be available after that date and the regular rate will increase to $199 for SABR members or $252 for non-members. You can still register for the convention, the Awards Banquet and all off-site events through the SABR Store, but the discounted all-inclusive rate and our block of Phillies ballgame tickets will no longer be available after June 15.

From now until June 15, SABR members can pay $219 at the all-inclusive rate — a savings of $30 off the regular rate for registration, the ballgame and the Awards Banquet. Non-members can pay $269; also a savings of nearly $30 off the regular rate.

For the all-inclusive rate, you will receive:

  • Full registration to SABR 43 in Philadelphia (regular rate: $169 for SABR members or $222 for non-members)
  • 1 ticket to the Awards Banquet ($45)
  • 1 Terrace Deck ticket to the Phillies vs. Braves game on Friday, August 2 ($35) 

To register for SABR 43, click here.

Dick Cramer added to SABR 43 Statistical Analysis Panel

Dick Cramer has been added to the Statistical Analysis Panel at SABR 43.

Cramer is a sabermetrics pioneer and co-founder of SABR’s Statistical Analysis Committee. Back in the 1970s, the only baseball analytics activity was letters between Dick and Pete Palmer, highlighted by Dick’s challenge to the existence of “clutch performance.” In 1981, Dick co-founded STATS, LLC and then built its technology, working closely with future GMs Doug Melvin and Dan Evans, as detailed in the books Moneyball and The Numbers Game. Today, Dick actively contributes to Retrosheet and was a panelist at the inaugural SABR Analytics Conference in 2012. In 1974, Dick also co-organized SABR’s first Philadelphia regional chapter meeting, including its first (and too-challenging) trivia contest, on Phillies second basemen.

For more information on the featured speakers and panelists at SABR 43, visit

SABR 43 hotel in Philadelphia almost sold out

SABR’s group block at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is going quickly — if you want a room at the Marriott for the SABR convention, you should book your room now. (Don’t forget to register for the convention, too!) If and when our room block sells out, we’ll set up an overflow hotel nearby and post more information at

SABR has secured an exclusive group rate of $139/night (plus tax) at the Marriott for SABR 43. This is a very low rate for a major hotel in downtown Philadelphia during that time of year. The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is at 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall , Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks.

Click here to book your room online or call (877) 212-5752. The hotel’s website is Please note that our block of rooms is only available for the nights of July 30 to August 4, 2013.

For more information on SABR 43 or to register, visit

SABR 43 Historical Ballparks Tour is sold out

As we noted last week, the optional Philadelphia Historical Ballparks Bus Tour, scheduled for Sunday, August 4, is now sold out.

If you wish to be placed on a waiting list in case a spot opens up, please e-mail Deb Jayne at by Monday, July 15. If we have enough people on the waiting list to secure a second bus, we will contact you with details.

For more information on SABR 43, visit

Vote to select SABR’s 2013 Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend

Hello all SABR members! It is time to hold our annual vote for the Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend award. Each year, SABR’s Nineteenth Century Research Committee selects its Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend — a 19th century player, manager, executive or other baseball personality not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

In the past, only members of the committee voted for this award. Last summer, the project committee leaders decided that all SABR members should join in the fun.

Past winners of the award are Pete Browning (2009), Hall of Fame electee Deacon White (2010), Harry Stovey (2011) and Bill Dahlen (2012).

The voting is simple:

  1. Before voting, please review the ballot to learn more about the 10 finalists who are not yet in the Hall of Fame: Doc Adams, Ross Barnes, Bob Caruthers, Jim Creighton, Jack Glasscock, Paul Hines, Dummy Hoy, Bobby Mathews, Tony Mullane and Al Reach. Click here to download a PDF with bios for the 10 finalists
  2. Go online to vote in the election:
  3. Rank your top 5.

Here’s the fine print:

  • All ballots must be cast by 12:00 a.m. PT on June 24, 2013.
  • You may only vote once.
  • You MUST vote for five candidates or your ballot will not count.

Results will be announced on Thursday, August 1, 2013 during the annual business meeting of the Nineteenth Century Committee to be held during SABR 43 in Philadelphia, PA.

Thank you for participating!

— The Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legends Project Committee
Joe Williams, Chair; Adam Darowski; Charles Faber; Bob Gregory; Ralph Peluso

2013 Jerry Malloy Negro League Art Contest winners announced

The fourth annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference Art Contest attracted artwork from all over the nation in three categories: professional, amateur and youth. Art from the winners and runners-up will be on display at the Yogi Berra Museum this summer and in a special area at the conference, scheduled for June 13-15, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Newark, New Jersey.

Here are the winners:

  • Youth Category: Amy Steverson, “Josh Gibson, Doubleheader”
  • Amateur Category: John Everett, “The Chicago American Giants”
  • Professional Category: Kat Flyn, “Time to Turn the Page”

Click here to view this year’s winning entries.

The winning entry in the amateur and professional category will receive a $400 prize and a certificate from the conference and the youth winner will receive $200 and a certificate from the conference.

Photos of the art will also be included in an upcoming issue of Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal, published by McFarland & Co.

The history and future of the amateur draft

Here’s a blast from the SABR archives, by Baseball America editor John Manuel: 

The idea that the Major League Baseball amateur draft could generate so much attention was preposterous as recently as 1998. That was the first year that MLB even dared to release its draft list to the public the day the draft finished. …

Interest in the draft doesn’t always go hand in hand with knowledge about the draft. Technically the proceedings are spelled out in Rule 4 of MLB’s Professional Baseball Agreement — just ahead of the section on the Rule 5 draft — but most people call it the June draft or the amateur draft. Technically, its name is the First-Year Player Draft. 

That change was made in the late 1990s, to close a draft loophole and to keep amateurs from becoming free agents. The draft itself, from its inception in 1965 to the present, always has been a reaction to the way major-league clubs procure amateur talent. That’s its past history, and it appears to be its future as well.

To read the full story, “The History and Future of the Amateur Draft,” click here: /research/history-and-future-amateur-draft

This story originally appeared in the Fall 2010 Baseball Research Journal. For more archived stories from the Baseball Research Journal, click here.

1970 Baltimore Orioles biographies now posted online

The second book published in our “Memorable Teams in Baseball History” series with University of Nebraska Press was Pitching, Defense and Three-Run Homers: The 1970 Baltimore Orioles, edited by Malcolm Allen and Mark Armour.

The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in that book — from Frank Robinson to Brooks Robinson, from Mike Cuellar to Dave McNally, from Johnny Oates to Terry Crowley — can now be read online at:


The book is also available for purchase at the SABR Bookstore.

You can find other team pages from our completed book projects (18 and counting!) by going to and clicking the Browse button:


In Memoriam

We are saddened to note the passing of SABR members Dale Collett and Vincent F. Scully.

  • Dale Robert Collett, 75, of Bradenton, Florida, died May 27, 2013. He joined SABR in 1975 and was a charter member of the Lajoie-Start Southern New England Chapter. He resided for many years in Warwick, Rhode Island, where he was a manager at Textron Inc., and also had a business selling sports memorabilia. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and often submitted Cardinals trivia questions for committee meetings and newsletters. In addition to his devoted wife, Priscilla, he is survived by daughter Rebecca and son-in-law Joseph Marsala of Westerly, RI, and daughter Pamela Gigante of Douglas, MA; and four grandchildren; Christopher and Lauren Butler and Emily and Cameron Willey. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations made be made to Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, P.O. Box 1208 Fortson, GA 31808-1208.    
  • Vincent F. Scully, 87, of North Dighton, Massachusetts, died February 17, 2013, after a period of declining health. He joined SABR in 1985 and was an active member of the Boston Chapter and Lajoie-Start Southern New England Chapter. Born in New Bedford and raised in Taunton, Vincent joined the U.S. Navy after graduation from Coyle High School in 1943. His career at sea took him around the world, from Coco Solo in the Panama Canal Zone, to the South Pole, Guantanamo Bay, Bermuda and the Pentagon. A mustang, he retired from the Navy at the rank of Lieutenant after 26 years of faithful service and returned with his family to North Dighton. Vincent was son of the late Vincent and Eileen (Deveney) Scully, husband of the late M. Ann (Synan) Scully. He is survived by his children Barbara Stein and her husband Gerald, of Virginia Beach, VA; Joseph of Costa Mesa, CA; Patricia Scully of Greenbelt, MD; and James and his wife Janet of Watertown, MA; four grandchildren; brothers Richard Scully and his wife Desiree of Taunton, MA; Michael Scully and his wife Janice of Hilton Head, SC; and the late Sister Barbara Mary Scully of the Holy Union Sisters; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral Mass was held February 23 at St. Nicholas of Myra Church in North Dighton, with interment at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations in Vincent’s memory may be made to the Coyle & Cassidy High School Annual Fund, in care of the Office of the President, Coyle & Cassidy High School, 2 Hamilton Street, Taunton, MA 02780.

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 New Member 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.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Michael Boyd Victoria, TX     Tom Neill St. Louis, MO
Kevin Carter Englewood, CO     Jeff Nelson Denver, CO
Iva Deutchman Geneva, NY     Justin Rakestraw Chicago, IL
James Gilstrap St. Louis, MO     Scott Rowan Chicago, IL
Andrew Hall East Greenwich, RI     Kevin Sylvester Toronto, ON
Christopher Hartranft Kensington, MD     Jay Toler Nacogdoches, TX
Kenneth Jacobsen Wallingford, PA     Wayne Walden Lake City, FL
Michael Moser Perth Amboy, NJ     Christopher Williams St. Louis, MO


Research committee newsletters

Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Chapter meeting news

Here are the new chapter meeting recaps published 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

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: /content/this-week-in-sabr-archives. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article or any other information in “This Week in SABR”, e-mail Jacob Pomrenke at

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Originally published: June 7, 2013. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.