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This Week in SABR: June 7, 2024

This Week in SABR: June 7, 2024

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, June 7, 2024.
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Top Headlines

1949-50 Negro American League, independent Black teams are major-league caliber
SABR 52: Early registration discounts end today
Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference is under way in Cooperstown
Join us for Live Oral History with Harold Baines
New Team Ownership History: Montreal Royals

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

1932 Pittsburgh Crawfords (SABR-Rucker Archive)

SABR special committee: 1949-50 Negro American League, independent Black teams are major-league caliber

Following up on the work of a task force that recommended the recognition of seven Negro Leagues as major leagues, SABR’s Special Negro Leagues and Teams Committee has determined that 43 independent Black baseball teams from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were also of major-league caliber.

In addition, the committee re-evaluated the final years of the Negro American League and concluded that their 1949 and 1950 seasons should be acknowledged as major leagues.

The committee, which included 39 leading scholars of Black baseball and the Negro Leagues, was co-chaired by award-winning authors James Brunson III and Todd Peterson, along with SABR Board President Mark Armour and historian Gary Gillette. The group convened three sub-committees to study pre-1920 teams and leagues, independent teams from 1920 to 1948, and the post-1948 Negro American League. Their full reports are available at

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR 52 convention logo

Early registration discounts end today for SABR 52 in Minneapolis

Join us in Minneapolis for SABR’s 52nd annual convention! Early-bird registration discounts expire on Friday, June 7 for SABR 52, which will be held on August 7-11, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

  • Click here for complete details on SABR 52 Early-Bird Registration and optional sessions, including a Minnesota Twins game, St. Paul Saints game, and Target Field ballpark tour.

SABR 52 will be distinct from its predecessors, as it will feature a Hall of Fame speaker lineup we know you’ll love — including Rod CarewTony OlivaBert Blyleven, and Jim Kaat — and will be the most accessible and social experience we’ve ever organized as we emphasize SABR’s ability to unite all of us in baseball fellowship. This year’s streamlined registration options will provide for a consistent and accessible experience for all attendees and the lowest registration price since 2018. We hope you’ll join us this summer in Minneapolis!

Visit to learn more.

Sunday optional event: Minnesota Town Ball

On Sunday, August 11, attendees at SABR 52 have the opportunity to watch a game of Minnesota town ball in Cologne, which is hosting the Region 7C qualifying tournament at Fritz Field. The Minnesota Baseball Association’s state-wide amateur tournament, held each summer since 1924, is a uniquely Minnesota tradition.

Attendees will leave the Hyatt Regency hotel at 9:45 a.m. and return to the hotel by approximately 3:15 p.m. The Cologne ballpark concession stand includes the self-proclaimed best cheese curds and hamburgers in Minnesota. Total cost for the game ticket and roundtrip transportation from the Hyatt Regency hotel will likely be around $30 to $40 per person. If you are interested in attending, please click here to fill out the interest form.

To learn more about town ball, download a PDF edition of Celebrating Minnesota Town Ball: The Early Years, by SABR member Armand Peterson.

Leslie Heaphy at the 2024 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference is under way in Cooperstown

SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference kicked off this week at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, including panels and presentations on Friday morning from the Grandstand Theater.

Single-day registration for the Malloy Conference is available on-site beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 at the Hall of Fame Library Atrium. New virtual registration is also available for anyone who would like to view the panels and presentations on a livestream online. 

Visit to learn more.

Join us for a live SABR Oral History interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines on Tuesday, June 18.

Join us on June 18 for a Live Oral History with Harold Baines

Baseball fans, join us for a special virtual event at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, June 18, 2024: a live SABR Oral History interview with Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Chicago White Sox great Harold Baines.

All fans are invited to attend this interview session on Zoom, which will be conducted by Oral History Committee chair John McMurray. The interview will be recorded and added to SABR’s Oral History Collection archive afterward.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Spring 2024 SABR Baseball Research Journal

Read articles online from Spring 2024 Baseball Research Journal

With an original cover illustration of Birmingham’s Rickwood Field designed by SABR member Gary Cieradkowski, we hope you enjoy the e-book edition of the Spring 2024 Baseball Research Journal!

The e-book edition was sent to all SABR members on Monday, May 6. Anyone who has subscribed to the print edition should receive their copy in the mail in the next 2-4 weeks.

We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2024 Baseball Research Journal!

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logo

Call for papers: 2024 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the sixth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled as a virtual event for September 20-22, 2024.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by July 1, 2024, to Leslie Heaphy.

Registration information will be available soon at

SABR Four Pillars Fund

Contribute to SABR’s Four Pillars Fund

Research – Preservation – Scholarship – Future of the Game. These are the four pillars on which SABR stands as an organization.

Each pillar represents one of our organizational values and the support of donors like you makes a significant impact on our ability to fortify our foundation while also fulfilling SABR’s vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball.

This spring, we ask you to contribute to the FOUR PILLARS FUND. Our goal is to raise $65,000 during this campaign to strengthen each of our four pillars by supporting baseball research, committing to preservation, furthering the reach of our scholarship, and building a bridge to the future of the game.

To donate or learn more about SABR’s Four Pillars Fund and the existing efforts and exciting new initiatives that will be funded by a successful campaign, visit

Writing Opportunity: First At-Bat Home Runs

For an upcoming SABR publication on First At-Bat Home Runs, we are seeking authors to write Games Project stories (about 1,500 words) on the following games:

  • Cincinnati Reds: Clyde Vollmer’s first home run, May 31, 1942
  • Milwaukee Braves: Chuck Tanner’s first home run, April 12, 1955
  • Minnesota Twins: Gary Gaetti’s first home run, September 20, 1981

The deadline for these submissions is August 1. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Bill Nowlin.

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: Ty Cobb, Joe Mauer, Norm and Larry Sherry)

New Team Ownership History: Montreal Royals

Steve Rennie’s history of the Montreal Royals is the latest addition to the Team Ownership History Project, a joint effort of the BioProject and the Business of Baseball Committee.

The project began by chronicling the ownership of the current 30 major-league franchises, but it has been extended to the minor leagues, Negro Leagues, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, and the Federal League, as well as teams that disappeared in the 19th century. Opportunities are still available for the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, all editions of the Athletics, plus the other leagues mentioned above. Interested researchers should contact Andy McCue to get involved.

2 new stories published at the SABR BioProject

Visit to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.

7 new stories published at SABR Games Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

The 1939 Baltimore Elite Giants, edited by Frederick C. Bush, Thomas Kern, and Bill Nowlin

The 1939 Baltimore Elite Giants
Edited by Frederick C. Bush, Thomas Kern, and Bill Nowlin

Visit to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback edition of all Digital Library books.

Recent Highlights

Here are some SABR headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Nicole Bryan Austin, TX     Christian McCord Cincinnati, OH
Vincent D’Agostino Franklin, TN     Terry O’Grady O’Fallon, IL
Ryan Feder New York, NY     Stan Orr Knoxville, TN
Arnulfo Gonzalez Cedeno Methuen, MA     Patrick Peters Florham Park, NJ
Charles Jones Norfolk, VA     Andrew Ploeg Rockford, MI
Gregory Koch Falls Church, VA     James Speaker Buffalo, NY
Justin Krebs Fairfield, CT     Bruce Spiegel Palmetto, GA
Kum Kang Lee St. Louis, MO     Joey Thomalla Hugo, MN
Cole Marciniak Lambertville, MI     Steven Tofte Carlisle, PA
Jennifer Martin Hampton, VA     Taylor Vonville Highland Heights, OH
Adam Martin Silver Spring, MD     You Jing Wu Pitou, TWN

Friends of SABR

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of May 2024.

Ronald Adams   Allison Levin
Tony Adams   Henry Levy
Kirk Arnott   Timothy Liljeberg
John Azevedo   John Lord
Perry Barber   Susan Lundstrom
Edward Barbini   William Macht
Stephen Barnes   Robert Mains
John Bauer   Peter Mancuso
Jake Bell   Peter Marcus
Michael Bender   Richard Masson
Lynn Bevill   Kenneth Mayer
John Blackburn   Bruce McClure
Mark Bonino   Andy McCue
David Boyle   Rodger McKelvey
Thomas Bradley   Noel Milan
Stephen Bratkovich   Stephen Milman
Ryan Brecker   Billy Moore
David Brown   Paulette Morant
Robert Brown   Alan Morris
D. Bruce Brown   Chuck Nan
Scott Bush   David Neft
Ralph Caola   Linda Nichols
Ken Carrano   Bill Nowlin
Jeff Carter   Dwight Oxley
Bo Carter   Eric Peters
Karl Cicitto   Gregory Puchalski
Steve Clar   John Rall
Phil Coffin   Anthony Reid
Vincent Comparato   CJ Remmel
Peter Cottrell   Carl Rhoads
Jim Cox   Michael Rice
Herbert Crehan   Carol Riddle
Tom Crisp   John Rosenfelder
Dennis Degenhardt   Michael Rosenwasser
Chris Dial   Harry Rothgerber
Nevin Duerr   Charles Roussel
Thomas Dunn   Bob Russon
Helen Edwards   Gary Sarnoff
Max Effgen   Edward Scahill
Steven Elsberry   Matthew Schaedler
Ken Finnigan   Jason Scheller
David Firstman   Douglas Schoppert
Robert Fleishman   Jeff Self
Jack Flynn   David Senkow
Adam Foldes   Steve Shaiman
Jeanne Glazer   Andrew Sharp
Robert Godwin   Punch Shaw
Steve Greanias   Rob Sheinkopf
Robert Hagerman   Robert Shelton
Harriet Hamilton   Mark Shepard
Jeff Hauer   Linda Skory
Leslie Heaphy   Richard Smiley
Julir Hedden   Kenneth Snell
Tim Herlich   Paul Sommers
William Hickman   Mark Speicher
Aaron Hill   Thomas Stone
Rockwell Hoffman   Wesley Story
David Hughes   Andrew Strnad
Noel Hynd   Joseph Thompson
Rob Janes   Richard B Tourangeau
Donald Jensen   Wayne Towers
Dave Jerome   Neal Traven
Scott Johnson   Thomas Van Wazer
Christopher Kaempfer   Marlene Vogelsang
Eric Kephart   Robert Wakefield
David Kimball   Greg Wells
Tom Kleinworth   Steve West
Steve Klugman   Robert Whelan
Theodore Knorr   J. R. Wildridge
George Kruse   John Williams
Bill Lamb   Kat Williams
Jan Larson   Beach Wires
Thomas Larwin   Jeffrey Wood
Joe Leisek   Don Zminda
Harry Lesser   Thomas Zocco

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 Events Calendar

SABR's Deadball Era Committee will host its next Book Talk virtual meeting at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Our guest is J.B. Manheim, Professor Emeritus at George Washington University and author of a series of books on baseball's Deadball Era.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • June 7-8: 2024 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
  • June 8: Bob Davids Chapter Talkin’ Baseball: Adam Lazarus (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • June 8: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter book club meeting (10:00 a.m. EDT)
  • June 10: Bob Broeg St. Louis (MO) Chapter meeting (6:00 p.m. CDT)
  • June 10: Clyde Sukeforth (ME/NH) Chapter meeting with Lee Kluck (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 11: Bud Metheny (VA) Chapter meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 11: Deadball Era Book Talk: J.B. Manheim (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 13: Mathewson-Plank (PA) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • June 8: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Roseville, MN)
  • June 8: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter lunch meeting (Elmhurst, IL)
  • June 9: Field of Dreams Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Des Moines, IA)
  • June 15: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • June 15: Bob Davids Chapter Nationals Park ballgame/meet-up (Washington, DC)
  • June 15: Pee Wee Reese Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Louisville, KY)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

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Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

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This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article, or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail To find past editions of TWIS, click here.

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Originally published: June 7, 2024. Last Updated: June 7, 2024.