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 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.
For a complete list of Chadwick Award winners, click here.
SABR’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.
SABR 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.
All 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.
- Please note: Online registration will close at 12:00 p.m. MST on Wednesday, March 16. Register today to join us!
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.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Registration is $100 for SABR members, $125 for non-members, and $50 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year SABR membership).
- Student Registration: Students should email Scott Carter with a photo of their student ID to receive a special link to register at a discounted rate.
- Digital Program: Click here to download the digital program (PDF)
- Speakers: Click here to learn more about our Featured Speakers.
- Schedule: Click here to view the full conference schedule.
- Research Presentations: Click here for Research Presentation abstracts and bios.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Check out the participating schools in the 2022 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more or to register.
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.
SABR 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.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Visit https://bit.ly/sabr-editorial-board-proposals to submit a SABR project proposal online
Next deadline for proposals: April 1, 2022 (for publication in late 2023 or 2024)
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.
Add 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
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Dominicans in the Major Leagues for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Dominicans in the Major Leagues paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
- Libro electrónico: Haga clic aquí para descargar Dominicanos en las Ligas Mayores en español de forma gratuita desde la tienda SABR.
- Libro en rústica: Obtener un descuento del 50% en Dominicanos en las Ligas Mayores de la tienda SABR ($17.95 incluye envío/impuestos).
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.
It’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.
Early 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.
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.
- Can’t-Miss Event: The Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington Chapter in Kentucky will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 12. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Richar
d “Dixie” Tourangeau will be talking to us about his Cy Young research. For the link to the Zoom meeting, email Cindy Baker.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from Jean Allard and Olympic baseball players from Quebec; former major-league pitcher Sam McDowell; San Francisco Chronicle sports editor Christina Kahrl; Dennis Thiessen (“Tip O’Neill: Champion Batsman in 1887”); and the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter and Southern Michigan Chapter held book club meetings. Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.
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.
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.
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- Everett Bankston, by Darren Gibson
- Tom Colcolough, by Vincent T. Ciaramella
- Andy Cooper, by Thomas Kern
- Harry Imlay, by Bill Lamb
- Elvio Jiménez, by Malcolm Allen
- Lou Polchow, by Terry Bohn
- Heinie Sand, by Russ Walsh
- C.L. Taylor, by Darren Gibson
- Wahconah Park (Pittsfield, MA), by Kurt Blumenau
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
- Read all 1942 Kansas City Monarchs bios: In 2021, SABR published When the Monarchs Reigned: Kansas City’s 1942 Negro League Champions, edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin, a comprehensive look back at one of the most iconic teams in Black baseball history. All of the biographies from the 1942 Kansas City Monarchs book can now be found online at the SABR BioProject. Click here to download your free e-book edition of When the Monarchs Reigned or save 50% on the paperback edition.
Ten new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- May 30, 1896: Bill Joyce hits for the cycle in a ‘veritable slugging affair’, by Mike Huber
- July 8, 1932: Satchel Paige throws first recorded no-hitter of his professional career, by Aaron Tallent
- July 8, 1949: Hank Thompson, Monte Irvin debut for Giants in loss to Dodgers, by Steven C. Weiner
- September 13, 1953: Bob Trice becomes first Black player on Philadelphia A’s, by Gary Belleville
- April 13, 1954: Tom Alston makes Cardinals history as first Black player to take the field, by Doug Feldmann
- September 6, 1954: Carlos Paula integrates the Washington Senators, by Paul E. Doutrich
- June 8, 1975: Triple-A Tacoma Twins win two protests, but finally lose game, by Kurt Blumenau
- May 4, 1977: Jim Kaat and Randy Jones get the fans home early in San Diego, by Laura H. Peebles
- May 6, 2012: Orioles’ designated hitter Chris Davis becomes winning pitcher in 17-inning affair, by David Firstman
- July 13, 2019: At Coors Field, Reds hit 5 triples in one game, by Laura H. Peebles
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.
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.
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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Seven baseball projects to receive SABR Local Grants in 2022
- Emma Baccellieri, Brittany Ghiroli, Eno Sarris win 2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
- Check out highlights, photos, and stories from SABR Day 2022 events
- Download your free copy of The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues book from SABR, Sports Reference
- Dr. James Beckett selected as winner of 2022 SABR Jefferson Burdick Award
- Check out nominees for 2022 SABR Overlooked 19th Century Legend election
- Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2022
- SABR Digital Library celebrates 10 years of new baseball books
- Check out the complete SABR 50 at 50 series as we look back at baseball over the past 50 years
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
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|Tommy Ender||Eastford, CT||Tim Sanders||Springfield, VA|
|Hallie Hart||Stillwater, OH||Ethan Santana||Carlsbad, CA|
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Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Biographical Research: January/February 2022 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter: Winter 2022 newsletter (Baltimore, MD)
- Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter: March 2 meeting recap (Tallahassee, FL)
- Central Illinois Chapter: SABR welcomes new chapter for members in Urbana-Champaign and surrounding areas
- Podcasters Clubhouse: Check out the newest SABR chartered community
- Quebec Chapter: March 5 meeting recap (Montreal, QC)
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Jay Jaffe: We Have a CBA Deal, and a 162-Game Season! (FanGraphs)
- Tyler Kepner: If the Lockout Makes Baseball Better, It Will Have Been Worth It (New York Times)
- Jayson Stark: How will baseball’s new labor deal work? A look into the future: luxury tax, expanded playoffs, draft lottery, more (The Athletic)
- Grant Brisbee: A history of postseason changes coming exactly 1 season too late for the Giants (The Athletic)
- Ryan Fagan: How MLB, players can make 2022 the Year of the Fan after ugly lockout (The Sporting News)
- Eno Sarris: Reds’ Luis Castillo has been good, but seems like he should be great. Could his sinker be the key? (The Athletic)
- Russell A. Carleton: So You’ve Decided to Ban the Shift (Baseball Prospectus)
- Howard Megdal: Embracing Debate: Starting Pitcher Edition (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mark Simon: 2021’s Top Minor League Bat-Missers (ACTA Sports)
- Owen Poindexter: The Chapter of MLB History That Can Save Its Future (Front Office Sports)
- Bill Francis: Bud Fowler’s story has deep roots in Central New York (BaseballHall.org)
- Gene Frenette: Jacksonville’s first Black MLB player didn’t strike out on passion for game (Florida Times-Union)
- Claire Kuwana: ‘Since When Were Women Allowed’: Inside Their Push to Break Into Baseball (Sports Illustrated)
- Michael Clair: Francisco Casa Grande was Spring Training heaven (MLB.com)
- Roger Cormier: Make-Up Games: RBI Baseball (1987) (Baseball Prospectus)
- Laura Albanese: Curt Flood took a stand that led to free agency (Newsday)
- Benjamin Hill: Explore Binghamton’s Mirabito Stadium (MiLB.com)
- David Laurila: Amid an Oblong Journey, Twins Prospect Matt Wallner Aims For Home (FanGraphs)
- The Greatest Collectors, Episode 1: Marshall Fogel (Collectable TV)
- Jeremy Raff: Lancaster’s Negro Leagues connection: In the ’20s, some of baseball’s greatest played here (One United Lancaster)
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.