This Week in SABR: June 9, 2017

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 9, 2017:


SABR 47: Check out our All-Star lineup of featured panel discussions

We’re just a few weeks away from SABR 47 in the Big Apple! We hope you’ll join us June 28-July 2, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan.

All baseball fans are welcome to attend; full conference registration and single-day registration is now available at SABR.org/convention or on-site at the Grand Hyatt during SABR 47.

SABR 47 will be highlighted by these innovative and interesting panel discussions:

  • One on One: Jean Afterman with Claire Smith: New York Yankees’ Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman, one of the highest ranking women in baseball, will sit down for an interview with acclaimed sports writer Claire Smith, the 2017 J.G. Taylor Spink Award recipient from the Baseball Hall of Fame. 9:30 a.m., Thursday, June 29
  • MLB Now: The Changing State of Sabermetrics: MLB Network host Brian Kenny will lead a wide-ranging discussion on the current state of the game with panelists Mark DeRosa, former major-leaguer; Joel Sherman, New York Post columnist; Mike Petriello of MLB.com; and SABR President Vince Gennaro. 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 29
  • A Celebration of 70 Years: Jackie Robinson’s Journey: Panelists include William C. Rhoden, columnist and editor-at-large for TheUndefeated.com and former award-winning columnist and author at the New York Times; Lee Lowenfish, author of Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman, and Larry Lester, SABR Negro Leagues Committee chair and co-organizer of the annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, and more. 9:00 a.m., Friday, June 30
  • It Ain’t Over: The Legacy of Yogi Berra: Panelists include Lindsay Berra, MLB.com correspondent and the granddaughter of Yogi and Carmen Berra; Harvey Araton, best-selling author of Driving Mr. Yogi and a New York Times reporter and columnist; George Vecsey, best-selling author and a retired New York Times reporter and columnist; and Dave Kaplan, former director of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. 9:15 a.m., Saturday, July 1
  • Jim Bouton: A Life in Baseball: Panelists include Jim Bouton, author of Ball Four and former major-league pitcher; Paula Kurman, Jim’s wife; Mark Armour, author of Jim Bouton’s SABR biography and founding director of the BioProject; authors Mitchell Nathanson and Marty Appel, and moderator John Thorn, MLB Official Historian. 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 1
  • More panels TBA soon!

Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.

The full schedule, including panels, presentations, and research committee meetings, can be found online by clicking here.

For more information, visit SABR.org/convention.


SABR 47: Mets GM Sandy Alderson, manager Terry Collins to highlight “A Day at the Ballpark” session at Citi Field

For the second year in a row and third time in four years, SABR will present “A Day at the Ballpark” before the New York Mets game on Friday, June 30 at Citi Field. Click here to register for SABR 47 and join us! Full registration and single-day rates are available for purchase.

The pregame ballpark session will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon at Citi Field, followed by the game that night between the Mets and the Phillies. Our guest speakers are expected to include:

  • Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, in a one-on-one session moderated by MLB.com’s Barry Bloom
  • Mets manager Terry Collins, also in a one-on-one interview with Bloom

Mets Broadcasters Panel with

  • Josh Lewin, New York Mets radio play-by-play announcer
  • Wayne Randazzo, New York Mets pregame and postgame show host
  • Steve Gelbs, New York Mets field reporter

Mets Analytics Panel with

  • T.J. Barra, New York Mets’ Director of Baseball Research and Development
  • Joe Lefkowitz, Senior Manager, Baseball Systems & Development for the Mets
  • Pat Roessler, Assistant Hitting Coach for the Mets
  • Moderator: Vince Gennaro, SABR President

Note: Purchase of either full SABR 47 conference registration or Friday single-day registration AND a Mets game ticket will be required to attend this special session. Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.

For anyone just going to the Mets game on Friday, June 30 and not attending the SABR 47 ballpark session at Citi Field, there will be a group leaving the hotel together in the late afternoon and taking the subway to the ballpark. More details will be posted on the bulletin board near the SABR registration area at the Grand Hyatt during the convention.

Register now to join us at SABR.org/convention.


Full and single-day registration is open for SABR 47 in New York City; sign up now to join us!

In addition to regular registration for the full conference, single-day registration for SABR 47 is now available at SABR.org/convention.

The SABR 47 convention will be held June 28-July 2, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt New York. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Full registration or single-day registration can be purchased online by clicking here or on-site during convention registration hours beginning on Wednesday, June 28 at the Grand Hyatt.

The single-day rates for SABR 47 are:

  • Thursday, June 29: $149 for SABR members, $179 non-members
  • Friday, June 30: $99 for SABR members, $129 non-members (does not include Mets game ticket)
  • Saturday, July 1: $149 for SABR members, $179 non-members

The single-day rate includes admission to all SABR 47 convention panels, research presentations, and committee meetings at the Grand Hyatt New York. Registration can be purchased on-site via cash, check, or credit card (sorry, no American Express accepted.) Please note: Admission to the SABR 47 Awards Reception, the Donors Breakfast, and the Mets game are not included.

If you would like to join us for the SABR 47 “A Day at the Ballpark” pregame session at Citi Field on Friday, June 30, you must be registered for SABR 47 AND have a Mets game ticket to enter the ballpark early. You can purchase either a full registration or a Friday single-day registration and show it to ballpark security, along with your Mets game ticket, to attend the SABR 47 pregame session at Citi Field. Our guest speakers are expected to include Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, manager Terry Collins, executives T.J. Barra and Joe Lefkowitz, assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler, and broadcasters Josh Lewin, Wayne Randazzo, and Steve Gelbs.

Please note: Our SABR block of New York Mets game tickets is no longer available, but you can purchase a game ticket on your own by visiting Mets.com.

The Grand Hyatt New York, one of the city’s most historic and luxurious hotels, is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan just steps from Grand Central Terminal and within walking distance of many major attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the New York Public Library.

Click on a link below for more information about SABR 47.

We hope you’ll join us in a few weeks in New York City! Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.

For a multimedia look at every SABR convention since 1971, click here.


SABR 47: Transportation tips

As you prepare for your trip to SABR 47 this month, members of the host Casey Stengel Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips — including directions from regional airports to the Grand Hyatt New York — to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in New York City. If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 47 volunteer for assistance.

Click here to view the SABR 47 transportation tips.

Note: For anyone just going to the Mets game on Friday, June 30 and not attending the SABR 47 ballpark session at Citi Field, there will be a group leaving the hotel together in the late afternoon and taking the subway to the ballpark. More details will be posted on the bulletin board near the SABR registration area at the Grand Hyatt during the convention.

For more information on New York City’s award-winning restaurants, upcoming events, and other attractions, visit nycgo.com.


SABR Digital Library: The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Impossible Dream, so add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:

The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Dan Desrochers

Associate Editors: Mark Armour, Len Levin, and Wayne McElreavy

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-49-1, $21.95

ISBN (ebook): 978-1-943816-48-4, $9.99

8.5 x 11″, 521 pages

The ‘67 Red Sox fulfilled a seemingly Impossible Dream, overcoming 100-to-1 odds by climbing out of ninth place to capture the pennant for the first time in 21 years. Thousands of delirious fans streamed onto the field at Fenway Park mobbing the team, dismantling the scoreboard, climbing the screen behind home plate. It truly was, in the words of Sox radio announcer Ned Martin, “pandemonium on the field.” 

As Peter Gammons once wrote of this great season, “It wasn’t always the way it is now, and might never have been but for ’67.”

This book is a tribute to the members of the Impossible Dream team, including biographies of all 39 players that year as well as appreciations of this remarkable season by an all-star lineup featuring Joe Castiglione, Ken Coleman, Gordon Edes, Peter Gammons, Jim Lonborg, and many more. The book also presents over 300 rare photographs and memorabilia from this special Red Sox season.

A project of the Boston chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research, this volume gathers the collective efforts of more than 60 SABR members and friends of the nonprofit research society.

Contributors include: Ron Anderson, Andy Andres, Jeff Angus, Mark Armour, Jonathan Arnold, Eric Aron, Fr. Gerry Beirne, Charlie Bevis, Ray Birch, Andrew Blume, Maurice Bouchard, Bob Brady, Steve Buckley, Frederick C. “Rick” Bush, John Cizik, Alan Cohen, Herb Crehan, Dan Desrochers, Alex Edelman, Gordon Edes, Edwin Fernandez, Peter Gammons, Tom Harkins, Joanne Hulbert, Richard Johnson, Mark Kanter, David Laurila, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Diane MacLennan, Barb Mantegani, Les Masterson, Wayne McElreavy, Bill Nowlin, Royse Parr, Mike Richard, Doug Skipper, Harvey Soolman, Mark S. Sternman, Glenn Stout, Cecilia Tan, Judith Testa, John Vorperian, Dave Williams, Saul Wisnia, and Gregory H. Wolf.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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.

SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. Visit SABR.org/ebooks to download your free copy of dozens of SABR e-books.


SABR Digital Library: NO-HITTERS

Don’t jinx yourself — add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:

NO-HITTERS
Edited by Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-51-4, $21.95

ISBN (ebook): 978-1-943816-50-7, $9.99
8.5 x 11″, 549 pages

Click here for a complete description of this book at SABR.org.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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.

SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. Visit SABR.org/ebooks to download your free copy of dozens of SABR e-books.


Register now for 2017 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

The 20th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee, will be returning to its roots on July 27-30, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, site of the first Negro League conference in 1998.

  • Registration: All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here to register online. Regular registration for SABR members is $190, which includes all presentations and sessions. Non-SABR members: $200. Students: $135 for SABR members, $150 for non-members. Single-day rate for Friday or Saturday: $90 for SABR members, $100 for non-members. The Education Forum on Thursday is $20. Guest tickets for friends and family can also be ordered. Click here for an information packet (PDF) with complete details on registration rates. The regular registration deadline is June 30, 2017.
  • Hotel: The 2017 Malloy Conference will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Click here to book your room online at the special SABR rate of $129/night (plus tax). Or call (717) 233-6000 and mention you’re with the “SABR Malloy Conference.” The cut-off date to book your room is July 5, 2017.
  • Schedule and information: Click here for the 2017 Malloy Conference information packet (PDF).
  • Contact: E-mail Ted Knorr with any questions about the conference.

The Malloy Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 19 years, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest.

Visit SABR.org/malloy to learn more about the 2017 Malloy Conference essay contest and scholarships, art competition, and school library grants.


Deadline extended: Apply now for the 2017 SABR Women in Baseball Scholarship

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 2017.

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 2017 SABR Women in Baseball Scholarship application and style guidelines (PDF)

All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by August 14, 2017, 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 July 1.

Click here for more details and eligibility requirements.


SABR Sacramento chapter renamed to honor Dusty Baker

SABR’s regional chapter in Sacramento, California, has been renamed to honor Dusty Baker, the longtime major-league manager and former All-Star outfielder who grew up in the area.

Baker, now in his second season as manager of the Washington Nationals, was contacted recently to approve of the chapter’s name change and he said he was honored by the gesture. The name change was announced by the chapter’s Executive Steering Committee at its February 2017 meeting and approved by an email vote from the chapter membership.

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

The Dusty Baker-Sacramento Chapter will hold its next meeting at noon on Saturday, June 10 at the Limelight Cafe on Alhambra Blvd. Guest speakers include Dennis Snelling, author of Lefty O’Doul: Baseball’s Forgotten Ambassador, and former minor-league player and coach Harry Dunlop. All baseball fans are welcome. Click here for more details.


Scooter Gennett enters record books with 4-HR game for Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Ryan J. “Scooter” Gennett became the 17th player in major-league history to hit four home runs in a single game on Tuesday, June 6 — and perhaps the most unlikely.

Gennett, who came into the game with just 38 career homers in five MLB seasons, accomplished the feat against the St. Louis Cardinals by hitting a grand slam in the third inning, a two-run shot in the fourth inning, a solo homer in the sixth inning, and another two-run homer in the eighth inning. He finished 5-for-5 with four home runs and 10 RBIs.

The last player to hit four home runs in an MLB game was Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers in 2012.

SABR keeps a comprehensive list of all known players to have hit four or more home runs in a single professional game, first published by founding member Bob McConnell in The Minor League Research Journal, Vol. 2 in 1997, updated in Going for the Fences: The Minor League Home Run Record Book (2009), and now maintained online.

Click here to view the full list of 4-HR games at SABR.org.

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3 new SABR biographies published

Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,077 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproj/recent


7 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Seven new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

These articles appeared in “Braves Field: Memorable Moments at Boston’s Lost Diamond” (SABR, 2015), edited by Bill Nowlin and Bob Brady. To read more articles from this book, click here.

New Games Project stories can be found at /gamesproject/recent. Find all published Games Project articles at SABR.org/GamesProject.

If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Greg Erion. If you want to know if a game is available to write about, please contact Bruce Slutsky. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors’ Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story ready for toward publication.

  • 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.
  • Contributor Release Form: As of January 1, 2017, all writers publishing articles (biographies, essays, game pieces, etc.) are being asked to sign a Contributor Release Form which can be sent via email to jpomrenke@sabr.org or hard copy to SABR, 555 N. Central Ave., Suite #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The form only needs to be filed once for all future SABR publications. Click here to download the form.
  • Seeking volunteers to help enhance Games Project articles on website: Any volunteer who is willing to assist with linking player biographies in previously published Games Project stories on the SABR website, please contact Jacob Pomrenke. No experience necessary. Must be comfortable working in Drupal, WordPress or other standard content management systems.

Listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Sunday night

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro will air at its regular time from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET this Sunday on MLB Network Radio.

This week’s guests are Jim Callis of MLB.com on the upcoming amateur draft and David Aufhauser, Chief Strategy and Product Officer at VOKE VR/Intel Sports.

You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, and you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com.

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.


May 7 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the Board of Directors conference call on May 7, 2017, have now been posted on the SABR website.

You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by going to the page below:

/content/sabr-board-minutes

Or you can go to the Members’ Info page and click on “Org. files”, then “Board Minutes” to view the minutes.


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.

For more information, click here.


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 (SABR.org/directory).

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Morgan Ahrens Ormond Beach, FL     Timothy Hoiland Tempe, AZ
Ron Akiyama Lomita, CA     Bill Iverson Arlington, VA
Rick Eyre Petersham, AUS     Cory Lusher San Francisco, CA
Jerry Feitelberg Alameda, CA     Dale Mahoney Nampa, ID
Ricardo P Fernandez Guaynabo, PRI     Rory Miller Chico, CA
Sam Gazdziak Johns Creek, GA     Sam Narotsky Pittsford, NY
Herb Gould Chicago, IL     Jonathan Schwebel New York, NY
Andrew Hersh Kingston, NY     Matthew Sprang Clarksboro, NJ

 


Research Committee news

Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:

  • Check out the research committee meeting schedule at SABR 47 in New York City
  • Ballparks: June 2017 newsletter
  • Official Scoring: June 2017 newsletter
  • Baseball and the Arts: The new SABR Journal of Baseball Arts is now accepting submissions. We will include contemporary works mixed with masterpieces from the past. We encourage submissions of art, poetry, fiction, memoir, and all musings about baseball. So if you are thinking about a short story, or have one in the works and are looking for a place to publish it, here’s the place for you. The length of a story should be less than 5,000 words, and artwork should be original and baseball-related. Email your proposals, finished work, or any questions to artsjournal@sabr.org. Click here to learn more.
  • Minor Leagues: Members of the Minor Leagues Committee are planning a trip during SABR 47 to see a Brooklyn Cyclones game on the night of Saturday, July 1. About 10 tickets are still available in our block if you are interested in attending the game with us. The tickets are $15, for the Field Box level behind the first-base dugout, and include a complimentary Cyclones hat. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Joe Wancho.

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.


Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit SABR.org/chapters 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 SABR.org/events.


Around the Web

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

Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.


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 jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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Originally published: June 9, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.