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This Week in SABR: March 11, 2022

This Week in SABR: March 11, 2022

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 March 11, 2022:


SABR announces 2022 Henry Chadwick Award recipients

2022 Henry Chadwick Award winners: James Brunson, Jane Leavy, Daniel OkrentSABR is pleased to announce the 2022 recipients of the Henry Chadwick Award, established to honor the game’s great researchers — historians, statisticians, annalists, and archivists — for their invaluable contributions to making baseball the game that links America’s present with its past.

The 2022 recipients of the Henry Chadwick Award are:

  • James E. Brunson III, author of a three-volume magnum opus, Black Baseball, 1858-1900: A Comprehensive Record of the Teams, Players, Managers, Owners and Umpires, and a longtime scholar of the Negro Leagues.
  • Jane Leavy, journalist, feature writer, and author of biographies on Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, and Babe Ruth that place her in the top echelon of 21st-century baseball writers.
  • Daniel Okrent, author of The Ultimate Baseball Book and Nine Innings, and co-creator of Rotisserie League Baseball, which launched a multi-billion dollar fantasy sports industry.

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

For a complete list of Chadwick Award winners, click here.


Join us in Baltimore for SABR 50; early registration now open

SABR 50 logoSABR’s 50th Annual Convention will take place on August 17-21, 2022, in Baltimore, and we are beyond thrilled to celebrate with you in person. Registration for SABR 50 and hotel accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor is now available at SABR.org/convention.

This is an event well worth the wait, and we already have an All-Star lineup of featured speakers and exciting events planned, including:

  • Keynote address by Tim Kurkjian, winner of the BBWAA’s 2022 Career Excellence Award
  • Opening Remarks by Sig Mejdal, Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Analytics, Baltimore Orioles
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards panel with Bill Stetka (Orioles Team Historian), Greg Bader (Orioles Senior Vice President, Administration & Experience), and Joe Spear (founder of Populous)
  • Women in Leadership panel with Orioles executives Eve Rosenbaum (Director, Baseball Development), Nicole Sherry (Director, Field Operations), Jennifer Grondahl (Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications), and Lisa Tolson (Senior Vice President, Human Resources)
  • Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox game on Friday, August 19

Of course, there is a lot more on the way — innovative panel discussions, ground-breaking research presentations, and more opportunities to make and renew cherished baseball friendships. We hope to see you this summer in Baltimore!

Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.


2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference: The Year in Baseball Analytics

2022 SABR Analytics Conference: Brian Kenny and Sarah LangsSABR is excited to announce new speakers for the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, presented by Major League Baseball and Rawlings. The conference, which is open to all baseball fans, is scheduled for March 17-20, 2022. Register today to join us!

On Thursday, March 17, Brian Kenny of MLB Network and Sarah Langs of Major League Baseball will give a talk on recent trends in baseball analytics.

They will join our other featured speakers at the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, including Ben Jedlovec, Josh Keen, Joel Feinberg, and Sid Sethupathi of Major League Baseball, Eno Sarris of The Athletic, author Will Carroll, Georgia Giblin and Maggie O’Hara of the Detroit Tigers, Ethan Stewart and Nick Wan of the Cincinnati Reds, Megan Stewart of the Milwaukee Brewers, Karim Kassam of Zelus Analytics, Bryson Nakamura of Stanford University, Dan Aucoin of Driveline Baseball, Jacob Howenstein of BlastMotion, Seth Daniels of Rapsodo, Keenan Long of LongBall Labs, and more. We’ll also have many research presentations with a wide-ranging, diverse group of speakers throughout the conference.

Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.


5 days left to register for the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

Download the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference digital programAll baseball fans are welcome to join us for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over four days in online sessions from March 17-20, 2022. We’ll bring together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate, and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball.

Programming will run on Thursday and Friday evening from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Eastern, all day Saturday from 12:00-7:00 p.m. EDT, and Sunday afternoon from 1:00-4:45 p.m. EDT.

Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more or to register.


SABR Analytics: Diamond Dollars Case Competition participating schools

The 2022 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition will be held online on Friday, March 18 as part of the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.

The participating schools in the 2022 Diamond Dollars Case Competition are:

  • Carthage College (Kenosha, WI)
  • Elon University (Elon, NC)
  • Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (Richmond, VA)
  • NYU-Tisch Institute for Global Sport (New York, NY)
  • St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
  • The Branson School (Ross, CA)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • UTHealth School of Public Health (Houston, TX)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)

Please note: The Diamond Dollars Case Competition presentation rooms on Zoom will only be open to participants on Friday, March 18. An encore presentation by the overall winning team will be delivered as part of the general session on Saturday, March 19.

Visit SABR.org/analytics/case to learn more.


Call for papers: 2022 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logoSABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the fourth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled for September 16-18, 2022, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

This year’s conference theme is “Title IX and Women’s Baseball: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are and Where We’re Headed.” Topics can focus on anniversaries such as: Title IX (50th), Marie Pepe (50th), umpires (Bernice Gera 50th), A League of Their Own (30th), the Colorado Silver Bullets (25th anniversary of final season); or any other ideas related to women’s baseball are welcome for individual oral and poster presentations.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by June 27, 2022, to Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.


Call for nominations: 2022 SABR Board of Directors election

SABR logoThe SABR Nominating Committee is now seeking nominations for candidates for the 2022 elections. To be eligible for the Board of Directors, candidates must have been members of the Society for at least the preceding four years. The deadline for nominations is March 18, 2022.

The offices to be filled:

  • Vice President (2-year term; currently Leslie Heaphy)
  • Director (3-year term; currently Bill Nowlin)
  • Director (3-year term; currently Allison Levin)

Nominees must prepare a Candidate Statement Form following guidelines that will be available from any Nominating Committee member and must be received by the Nominating Committee chair no later than April 15, 2022. Self-nominations are welcome. If you would like to nominate yourself or another candidate or suggest a question for the candidates, contact Nominating Committee chair Anthony Salazar at salazar8017@yahoo.com.


Last call to submit SABR 50 research presentation abstracts

Camden Yards (PETER GARVER)SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 50, the 2022 annual convention in Baltimore.

  • Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 50: http://bit.ly/sabr50-submissions
    The submission deadline for SABR 50 abstracts is midnight PST on Friday, March 11, 2022.

SABR 50 is scheduled to be held August 17-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Early registration rates and hotel information are now available at SABR.org/convention.

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


Watch: Ballpark Figures with author Jessica Luther

Jessica Luther (Photo: Michael T. Davis)Join us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.

On Thursday, March 3, we heard from Jessica Luther, an investigative journalist who has written extensively on the intersection of sports and gendered violence. Her work has appeared at Texas Monthly, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, and many other publications. She is the author of Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Sports Fan (with Kavitha Davidson) and Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape. She also co-hosts a weekly feminist sports podcast, Burn It All Down.

Visit SABR.org/ballpark-figures to learn more.


Steven Treder receives 2022 Seymour Medal on Saturday at NINE Conference banquet

2022 Seymour Medal winner Steven Treder, left, received his award during the 29th annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 5, in Tempe, Arizona. The medal was presented by SABR's Jacob Pomrenke. (Photo: Tracy Greer)2022 Seymour Medal winner Steven Treder received his award during the 29th annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 5, in Tempe, Arizona.

Treder won the Seymour Medal for Forty Years a Giant: The Life of Horace Stoneham, published by the University of Nebraska Press. A SABR member since 1985, Treder wrote for The Hardball Times for more than 10 years. His work has also been featured in NINE, The National Pastime, and other publications. He has frequently been a presenter at baseball forums such as the SABR National Convention, the NINE Conference, and the Cooperstown Symposium. He lives in the Bay Area.

To learn more about the NINE conference, visit nineconference.com.

Click here for list of past Seymour Medal winners.


Deadline to submit new project proposals to SABR Editorial Board is April 1

SABR’s Editorial Board welcomes new project proposals from members to be considered for publication through the Digital Library, SABR.org, or any other multimedia formats.

We strongly encourage new proposals that involve collaboration between SABR research committees and/or chapters, and web-based projects with an eye toward enhanced multimedia presentation.

SABR seeks to publish 2-4 web-based multimedia projects and 6-8 books per year. Book projects should be of a scope that can fit in a single volume, typically between 100,000 and 200,000 total words.

Two sample project proposals can be downloaded by clicking here. Previously published web projects can be viewed at SABR.org/century/1921 or SABR.org/eight-myths-out.

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


SABR Digital Library: Dominicans in the Major Leagues

SABR Digital Library: Dominicans in the Major LeaguesAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Dominicans in the Major Leagues
Dominicanos en las Ligas Mayores
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Julio M. Rodriguez

Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Spanish translations by Reynaldo Cruz
8.5″ x 11″, 432 pages
Available in English and in Spanish language editions

Click here for the full description of this book at SABR.org.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

En español!

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.


Sign up now for SABR Analytics Certification online course

Watch on YouTube: SABR Analytics Certification previewIt’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.

The SABR Analytics Certification program is an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics. The curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.

SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price.

Visit SABR.org/analytics/certification to sign up today or learn more.


Register now for 2022 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Birmingham

2022 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceEarly registration is now open for SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held on June 2-4, 2022, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

Hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. Since 1998, 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.

  • Register: Click here to register online for the 2022 Malloy Conference. Full registration is $175 before April 29, $195 afterward. Students: $125 before April 29, $140 afterward. Single-day registration is also available for $75 for Friday or Saturday. Extra tickets can be purchased for the Rickwood Field bus tours, Thursday’s “meet and greet” reception, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Tour, or the awards banquet on Saturday night. All of these sessions are included in the full registration package.
  • Hotel: Click here to book your room online at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel at the special group rate of $155/night (plus tax). Our host hotel is located at 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., North Birmingham, AL 35203. Call (205) 324-5000 for questions about your hotel reservation.
  • COVID-19 policy: All attendees must supply proof of a negative test. Those who can provide proof of vaccination are exempt from this requirement. Attendees will be required to follow any additional local public health declarations, including mask mandates. Click here to learn more.
  • Contact: For questions, email Larry Lester or Leslie Heaphy.

Visit SABR.org/malloy to learn more.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Cy Young (CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM)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.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:

  • March 12: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting with Dixie Tourangeau (1:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 13: Robinson-Kell (AR) Chapter meeting with Sam McDowell (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • March 15: Casey Stengel (NYC) Chapter meeting with Marc Gold (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 16: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 17-20: 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference
  • March 19: SABR Baseball Memories meeting (4:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 20: South Florida Chapter meeting with Fred Worth (7:00 p.m. EDT)

In addition, the following events will be held in person:

  • March 12: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • March 12: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Austin, TX)
  • March 14: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
  • March 15: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
  • March 16: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
  • March 16: Magnolia Chapter monthly meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
  • March 19: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Jeff Katz

SABRcast #152: Jeff KatzBaseball 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 #152 on Monday, March 7 featured Jeff Katz, author of Split Season 1981: Fernandomania, The Bronx Zoo and The Strike That Saved Baseball and the former mayor of Cooperstown, New York. He is currently the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Otsego County and serves as president of the Friends of Doubleday nonprofit organization, which helps support renovations and upkeep at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. He is also the author of The Kansas City A’s & The Wrong Half of the Yankees and a past president of SABR’s Cliff Kachline Chapter in upstate New York.

Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.


9 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Andy Cooper (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)Nine 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


10 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Satchel Paige (TRADING CARD DB)Ten 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. 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.

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
Glen Alter New York, NY     Daniel Palacios Bristol, CT
David Cox Jacksonville, FL     Jacob Pink Santa Monica, CA
Tommy Ender Eastford, CT     Tim Sanders Springfield, VA
Hallie Hart Stillwater, OH     Ethan Santana Carlsbad, CA
Matthew Kuttner Jersey City, NJ     Devon Sundquist New Hartford, CT
Chris Menges Muncy, PA     Socrates Valdez Cambridge, MA
Tom Neal Greenville, SC        

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:

Click here for more information on SABR regional chapters. Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.


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: March 11, 2022. Last Updated: March 18, 2022.

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