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 18, 2022:
The 11th annual SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, presented by Major League Baseball and Rawlings, kicked off Thursday and will continue through Sunday, March 20. With an attendance of more than 850 registrants for this four-day online conference, we’re bringing 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.
Click here to download our Analytics Conference digital program to learn more about our featured panelists and presenters.
Programming will run on 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: Please note: Online registration is now closed.
- 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 winners in the 2022 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more or to register.
Tufts, St. John Fisher, Elon, Maggie Walker, and Branson School win Diamond Dollars Case Competition
The 2022 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners were announced Friday, March 18 during the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. The winning teams selected were from Tufts University, The Branson School, St. John Fisher College, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, and Elon University.
The Tufts University team — which was picked to deliver an encore presentation in front of the full SABR Analytics Conference on Saturday — included Richard Diamond, Andrew Holden, Evan Hu, Joshua Ober, and Brendan Tivnan.
The Branson School team, based in Ross, California, included Kaden Gustafson, Audrey Knowles, Lucas Segal, Wilson Wendt, and Charlie Zwibelman.
St. John Fisher College sent two teams to the competition; the Team 1 winners included Noah Ackerman, Colin Campbell, Adam Drake, Mike Hebbard, and Brandon Smith.
The Maggie Walker Governor’s School, based in Richmond, Virginia, sent four teams; the Team 3 winners included Jonah Curran, Sean Fang, Lorenzo Galang, Pulkit Iyer, and Nived Sanjay.
The Elon University team included Zach Cioffi, Theodore Freeman, Jacqueline Jovanovic, Evan Wu, and Winnie Yang.
In this year’s case, the students were asked to provide recommendations to increase the action in a baseball game and evaluate the risks and rewards of each proposed decision.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/case to read the full announcement.
The 2022 winner of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, which honors the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year, is:
- Bruce Allardice, “Runs, Runs, and More Runs: Pre-Professional Baseball, By the Numbers,” SABR Baseball Research Journal, Fall 2021
Allardice is a Professor of History at South Suburban College near Chicago and the editor of SABR’s Origins Committee newsletter. He has written and presented numerous times on the Black Sox Scandal and on early baseball. His article on “The Rise of Baseball in the South” received the McFarland-SABR award in 2013.
For a complete list of winners of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, click here.
- Related link: Click here to read a Q&A with Bruce Allardice in the Baseball Origins newsletter for March 2022
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 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.
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.
At 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 5 — please note a change from the original date, due to Opening Day — we’ll hear from Marc Normandin, who currently writes on baseball’s labor issues and more at MarcNormandin.com. His writing has also appeared at Defector, Baseball Prospectus, SB Nation, and other publications. He also writes a regular newsletter on retro video games.
- Click here to pre-register for Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Marc Normandin on Tuesday, April 5
Visit SABR.org/ballpark-figures to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.
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).
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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: All baseball fans are invited to join the Emil Rothe Chicago SABR Chapter at 7:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, March 23 for a special presentation with Rachel Folden, fast-pitch softball legend and current Minor League Hitting Coach for the Chicago Cubs. Click here to register in advance for this Zoom meeting.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from Cuban baseball journalist Reynaldo Cruz Díaz and Katie Dick of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. 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 18-20: 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference
- March 20: South Florida Chapter meeting with Fred Worth (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- March 21: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- March 21: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with Gaspar Gonzalez and Vinnie Vrotny (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- March 23: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with Rachel Folden (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- March 23: New SABR Member Experience meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- March 24: Bud Metheny (VA) Chapter meeting with Joe Gregory (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- March 24: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Bob Kendrick (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- March 26: Hank Gowdy (OH) Chapter meeting with Jeremy Beer (9:30 a.m. EDT)
- March 26: SABR Baseball Memories meeting (4:00 p.m. EDT)
- March 27: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- March 19: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Episode #153 on Monday, March 14 featured Pedro Moura, a national baseball writer for Fox Sports and author of How to Beat a Broken Game: The Rise of the Dodgers in a League on the Brink. Previously, he was a senior writer at The Athletic, where he covered the Dodgers, as well as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, and at ESPN.com. His work has been cited in The Best American Sports Writing. The son of Brazilian immigrants, he grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
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- Will Calihan, by Bill Lamb
- Gar Finnvold, by Bill Nowlin
- Joe Giard, by Stephen Katz (first-time author)
- Carmen Hill, by Gregory H. Wolf
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.
Twenty-two new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project, including a selection from SABR’s A Palace in the Nation’s Capital: Griffith Stadium, Home of the Washington Senators. Here are the new game stories:
- April 22, 1886: Visiting Athletics walk off Metropolitans in inaugural game at St. George Grounds, by Larry DeFillipo
- April 22, 1903: New York makes its American League debut as Highlanders fall to Washington on Opening Day, by David Krell
- September 12, 1917: Trench warfare, Deadball style, as Senators and Red Sox tie after 16 innings, by Mark S. Sternman
- May 15, 1918: Walter Johnson and Lefty Williams spar for 18 innings, by Mike Huber
- May 19, 1918: Senators’ first Sunday game draws record crowd in Washington, by Jack Zerby
- May 14, 1920: As a reliever, Walter Johnson wins 300th game with arm and bat, by Gregory H. Wolf
- May 23, 1924: Walter Johnson throws a gem in 1-hitter over White Sox, by Thomas E. Schott
- October 4, 1924: Giants’ Art Nehf outduels Washington’s Walter Johnson in World Series opener, by Mike Lynch
- October 5, 1924: Senators blow 9th-inning lead but recover to even World Series at one game apiece, by Mike Lynch
- October 9, 1924: Roger Peckinpaugh leads Senators in Game 6 to force winner-take-all finale against Giants, by Don Zminda
- September 11, 1925: Walter Johnson wins 20th game of season for 12th and final time, by Gregory H. Wolf
- September 22, 1925: Stanley Coveleski wins 20th game and secures AL ERA title, by Chris Rainey
- October 10, 1925: Senators’ Sam Rice makes dazzling catch to preserve victory in Game 3 — or did he?, by Gregory H. Wolf
- October 11, 1925: Walter Johnson tosses shutout in Game 4 to put Senators on cusp of second straight title, by Gregory H. Wolf
- October 12, 1925: Bucs’ offense wakes up as Aldridge gives Pirates hope in Game 5, by Gregory H. Wolf
- April 13, 1926: Big Train takes a long journey to defeat Connie Mack’s Athletics, by Ken Carrano
- July 5, 1947: Larry Doby integrates American League with pinch-hitting appearance for Cleveland, by Vince Guerrieri
- April 22, 1957: John Kennedy becomes first African American to play for Philadelphia Phillies, by Russ Walsh
- August 21, 1973: Future reliever Danny Boitano dominant in NY-Penn no-hitter, by Kurt Blumenau
- October 1, 2004: Ichiro Suzuki breaks George Sisler’s single-season record with 258th hit, by Douglas Jordan
- March 10, 2017: Puerto Rico rolls to 11-0 win over Venezuela in World Baseball Classic, by Stew Thornley
- September 30, 2020: Alex Kirilloff becomes the first player to make his major-league debut as a postseason starter, by Evan Katz
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:
- SABR announces 2022 Henry Chadwick Award recipients: James E. Brunson III, Jane Leavy, Daniel Okrent
- 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.
|Mark Altschuler||Fair Lawn, NJ||Leslie McAdoo||Baltimore, MD|
|Todd Bean||Dwight, IL||Satchel McElroy||League City, TX|
|Nicole Bordelon||Auburn, AL||Michael Mclellan||Holyoke, MA|
|Robert Carlson||Plymouth, MN||Barry Morgan||Cincinnati, OH|
|David Carter||Marietta, GA||Peter Myre||Louisville, KY|
|Brian Cartwright||Johnstown, PA||Darrel Neuman||Kingsville, ON|
|Peter Cooper||Woodland Hills, CA||Marc Pompeo||Williamsport, PA|
|Enrique Garcia-Villarreal||Cologne, GER||Christian Rauh||Virginia Beach, VA|
|Luis Javier||Santo Domingo, DOM||Clem Rodriguez||Etobicoke, ON|
|Thomas Jorsch||Tulsa, OK||Josh Romans||Charlestown, IN|
|Matthew Kaszanek||Evanston, IL||Donna Scarborough||Hingham, MA|
|Willie Kniesner||Claremont, CA||Will Stern||New York, NY|
|Bob Koontz||Sacramento, CA||Russell Streur||Duluth, GA|
|Luisa Lyons||Carteret, NJ||G. Enrique Tanimowo-Reyes||Mississauga, ON|
|Rafael Marin||Atlanta, GA||Richard Vickroy||Pittsburgh, PA|
|Robert Martire||Royersford, PA||Scott Volltrauer||Brooklyn Park, MN|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Origins: March 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:
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter: March 12 meeting recap (Austin, TX)
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Tyler Kepner: Walking a Tightrope, Atlanta Says Goodbye to a Star (New York Times)
- Hannah Keyser: How MLB players’ threat to miss games delivered union its labor win (Yahoo! Sports)
- Alex Speier: How does Rich Hill keep pitching at an elite level? A look behind the scenes of his workout shows his drive. (Boston Globe)
- Jay Jaffe: Zack Greinke’s Return to Kansas City Headlines Royals Pitching Moves (FanGraphs)
- Derrick Goold: A sprint to the beginning: Same ‘high expectations,’ pivotal questions face Cardinals in shortened spring (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Marc Normandin: The MLBPA Wanted Pre-Arb Players Paid More (And They Will Be) (Baseball Prospectus)
- Sarah Langs: 4 MVPs on 1 team … how rare is that? (MLB.com)
- Emma Baccellieri: Here Come the Blue Jays, the AL’s Most Delightful Juggernaut (Sports Illustrated)
- Stephanie Apstein: Inside the Red Sox’ Push to Vaccinate Their Players (Sports Illustrated)
- Russell A. Carleton: Is DHing Bad for Polar Bears? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Vince Guerrieri: Why Cleveland’s Guardians of Traffic and Its Baseball Team Are Forever Linked (Cleveland Magazine)
- David Margolick: Ralph Terry, Yankee Hurler Redeemed by One Pitch, Dies at 86 (New York Times)
- Ryan Fagan: Reds, A’s top list of five MLB fan bases experiencing post-lockout blues (The Sporting News)
- Mark Simon: The Defensive Excellence of Matt Chapman & Matt Olson (ACTA Sports)
- Dan Cichalski: Jack Kerouac’s lifelong love of baseball (MLB.com)
- Benjamin Hill: Historical league names return to the Minors (MiLB.com)
- Sam Gazdziak: Obituary: Terry Cooney (1933-2022) (RIP Baseball)
- Michael Clair: Can anyone hit Georgina Corrick? (MLB.com)
- Ryan Whirty: ’42 for 21′ joins the Hall of Fame battle (Home Plate Don’t Move)
- Howard Megdal: The Baseball For All Women’s College Club Championships Are Finally Here (Baseball Prospectus)
- Steve Wulf: In 1922, the Browns turned from loveable losers into contenders (BaseballHall.org)
- David Laurila: Tampa Bay Rays Prospect Brett Wisely is Flying Under The Radar (FanGraphs)
- M. Shawn Hennessy: Photo Bombers: Paired Hickam Team Photo and Signed Ball (Chevrons and Diamonds)
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Originally published: March 18, 2022. Last Updated: March 18, 2022.