Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Stay tuned for more highlights and clips soon from the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of March 25, 2022:
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.
The full schedule for the 2022 Malloy Conference has now been posted online; click here to view the daily panels, presentations, and historic site tours.
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.
- Schedule: Click here to view the full schedule for the 2022 Malloy Conference.
- 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 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 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.
Emma Baccellieri, Brittany Ghiroli, and Eno Sarris, winners of the 2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, were honored on Saturday, March 19 during the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.
- Eno Sarris was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Analysis Award for his article “What is ‘seam-shifted wake’ and which pitchers benefit most from it?,” published by The Athletic on January 21, 2021.
- Brittany Ghiroli was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Commentary Award for her article “Cockroaches, car camping, poverty wages: Why are minor-leaguers living in squalor?,” published by The Athletic on August 5, 2021.
- Emma Baccellieri was voted as the winner of the Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary Award for her article “Deadening the Baseball? MLB’s Done It Before,” published by Sports Illustrated on February 9, 2021.
The SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year.
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.
Periodically throughout the year, SABR.org publishes The SABR Bookshelf, a listing of new books that are received at the SABR office.
Click on the link above for more detailed information on each of these books:
- Dominicans in the Major Leagues, edited by Bill Nowlin and Julio M. Rodriguez
- Hebrew Hammer: A Biography of Al Rosen, All-Star Third Baseman, by Joseph Wancho
- Black Stats Matter: Integrating Negro League Numbers into Major League Records, by Philip Lee
- Stumbling around the Bases: The American League’s Mismanagement in the Expansion Eras, by Andy McCue
- Baseball Rebels: The Players, People, and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America, by Peter Dreier and Robert Elias
- Stolen Dreams: The 1955 Cannon Street All-Stars and Little League Baseball’s Civil War, by Chris Lamb
- Red Barber: The Life and Legacy of a Broadcasting Legend, by Judith R. Hiltner and James R. Walker
- Lefty and Tim: How Steve Carlton and Tim McCarver Became Baseball’s Best Battery, by William C. Kashatus
- Charlie Murphy: The Iconoclastic Showman behind the Chicago Cubs, by Jason Cannon
- The Umpire Is Out: Calling the Game and Living My True Self, by Dale Scott and Rob Neyer
- Pinnacle on the Mound: Cy Young Award Winners Talk Baseball, by Doug Wedge
- Whispers of the Gods: Tales from Baseball’s Golden Age, Told by the Men Who Played It, by Peter Golenbock
- The Saga of Sudden Sam: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Sam McDowell, by Sam McDowell with Martin Gitlin
- Classic Baseball: Timeless Tales, Immortal Moments, by John Rosengren
- Historic Ballparks of the Twin Cities, by Dale Scott and Stew Thornley
- Gabe Paul: The Long Road to the Bronx Zoo, by William A. Cook
- Joe Nuxhall: The Old Lefthander & Me: My Conversations with Joe Nuxhall About the Reds, Baseball & Broadcasting, by John Kiesewetter
- Chili Dog MVP: Dick Allen, The 1972 White Sox and A Transforming Chicago, by John Owens and David Fletcher
- Meditations in Panic City, by Roger Cormier
- Victory on Two Fronts: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball through the World War II Era, by Scott Longert
- It Happened in Boston: Harry & George Wright’s Creation of Professional Baseball in the Year 1872, by Wayne Soini
Bolded names indicates that the author(s) is a SABR member. Click here for a list of publishers found in the SABR Bookshelf, along with their contact information. In addition, check out new books published by SABR at SABR.org/ebooks.
To view previous listings in The SABR Bookshelf, click here.
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.
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.
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.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick; Chicago Cubs minor league hitting coach Rachel Folden; and authors Fred Worth (“Baseball Gravesites”) and Marc Gold (“The Early Mets”). 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 26: Hank Gowdy (OH) Chapter meeting with Jeremy Beer (9:30 a.m. EDT)
- March 26: SABR Baseball Memories meeting (1:00 p.m. EDT)
- March 27: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- March 28: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter meeting with Emma Charlesworth-Seiler (7:30 p.m. CDT)
- March 30: Dick Allen-Connie Mack (PA) Chapter meeting with Craig Calcaterra (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- April 2: Talkin’ Baseball with Sam McDowell and Martin Gitlin (9:00 a.m. EDT)
- April 2: Hanlan’s Point (ON) Chapter meeting with Brian “Chip” Martin (1:00 p.m. EDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- April 2: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Episode #154 on Monday, March 21 featured Alan Nathan, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois with a specialty in the physics of baseball. His research has evolved from the study of collisions of subatomic particles to, among other things, the collision of a baseball with a bat. He has written many articles, both for academic journals and online baseball publications, given numerous lectures to a variety of audiences, and he maintains an oft-visited website, baseball.physics.illinois.edu. He is interviewed regularly by the media and has consulted for various organizations, including MLB, NCAA, USA Baseball, and several MLB clubs, as well as various technology companies. He is a 2021 recipient of SABR’s Henry Chadwick Award.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
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- Bob Blewett, by Terry Bohn
- Zach Crouch, by Bill Nowlin
- Ralph Kraus, by Bill Lamb
- Moe Morhardt, by David Bilmes
- Tom O’Brien, by Vincent T. Ciaramella
- Carlos Quintana, by Tony Oliver
- Joe Shaute, by Paul Browne
- Russ Snyder, by Monty Nielsen
- Scranton-Dunmore Stadium (Dunmore, PA), 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.
Seventeen 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 12, 1911: Senators’ victory inaugurates not-yet-completely-built Griffith Stadium, by Mark S. Sternman
- July 25, 1911: Tigers get best of Senators in grand opening of Griffith Stadium, by Thomas Kern
- August 12, 1911: Roy Hartzell hits two homers in one game at Senators’ new stadium, by Jimmy Keenan
- August 20, 1912: Doubleheader Dandy: Walter Johnson wins AL-record 15th straight game; Carl Cashion hurls 6-inning no-hitter, by Gregory H. Wolf
- September 5, 1913: Walter Johnson spins a shutout for 30th win of season, by Gregory H. Wolf
- September 29, 1913: Walter Johnson completes 11th shutout of season and 36th victory, by Gregory H. Wolf
- May 14, 1914: White Sox’s Jim Scott tosses no-hitter through 9 innings, but loses in 10th, by Derek Blair
- September 29, 1915: Rip Williams delivers career performance during Senators’ slugfest, by Gordon Gattie
- July 13, 1924: Surprising slugfest between Senators, Cleveland ends in near-riot, by Steven Schmitt
- August 25, 1924: Walter Johnson tosses rain-shortened, 7-inning no-hitter, by Gregory H. Wolf
- May 18, 1947: Jackie Robinson welcomed at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, by Cory Ritterbusch
- April 22, 1953: Carlos Bernier breaks color line in debut with Pittsburgh Pirates, by John Fredland
- April 19, 1960: Chicago welcomes home Minnie Miñoso after trade from Cleveland, by Tim Otto
- July 24, 1976: 14 Expos walks, Mangual’s three hits, three RBIs give Mets win during Olympic Games, by Larry DeFillipo
- April 15, 1977: Braves are winners in front of Lynyrd Skynyrd, other Southern stars, by Kurt Blumenau
- April 3, 1982: Twins shut out Phillies in exhibition to open the Metrodome, by Stew Thornley
- June 13, 2019: Major-league baseball comes to Nebraska on eve of College World Series, by John Shorey and Kevin Warneke
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
- 2022 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners announced
- Bruce Allardice wins 2022 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award
- Seven baseball projects to receive SABR Local Grants in 2022
- Download your free copy of The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues book from SABR, Sports Reference
- Check out nominees for 2022 SABR Overlooked 19th Century Legend election
- Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2022
- 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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Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Negro Leagues: Check out the full schedule for the 2022 Jerry Malloy Conference in Birmingham, Alabama
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Halsey Hall Chapter: April 2022 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Hanlan’s Point Chapter: Spring 2022 newsletter (Toronto, ON)
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Rustin Dodd: ‘I don’t want to lose memories’: A father’s mission to remember his son through 365 games of catch (The Athletic)
- Derrick Goold: ‘He changed the game’: Andrew Miller, who ‘revolutionized’ relief and played leading role for MLBPA, retires (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Hannah Keyser: What does ‘Trying to Win’ even mean in baseball anymore? (Yahoo! Sports)
- Tyler Kepner: ‘You’ve Got to Get 27 Outs, and It Doesn’t Matter How You Get Them’ (New York Times)
- Rob Mains: Why PECOTA Hates Your Favorite Team, 2022 Edition (Baseball Prospectus)
- Russell A. Carleton: How To Argue With A Robot (Baseball Prospectus)
- Stephen J. Nesbitt/Fabian Ardaya: For a handful of players, MLB’s new limit on minor-league options will reduce the ‘whirlwind’ of callups (The Athletic)
- Mark Simon: Trevor Story’s New Homes (ACTA Sports)
- Alex Speier: The Red Sox had baseball’s worst defensive infield last season. How they’re fixing it goes deeper than Trevor Story. (Boston Globe)
- Grant Brisbee: So the Dodgers signed Freddie Freeman: A guide for Giants fans (The Athletic)
- Jay Jaffe: After a Decade as the Dodgers’ Closer, Kenley Jansen Joins the Braves (FanGraphs)
- Jayson Stark: Can a team as defensively challenged as the Phillies win anything? (The Athletic)
- Elizabeth Muratore: The history behind the Hall of Fame’s ‘Diamond Dreams’ exhibit (MLB.com)
- George Vecsey: Mets at 60: Before They Were Amazin’, They Were Amazing (New York Times)
- David Laurila: Red Sox Prospect David Hamilton is Fast as Lightning (FanGraphs)
- Steven Goldman: Haunted by Ghost Runners (Baseball Prospectus)
- Craig Brown: Photo-sleuthing for Louisville in a 1900 Pirates photo (Threads of Our Game)
- Lauren Gordon: Is It True? Babe Ruth’s First Professional Home Run Baseball Sits in Lake Ontario (WKFR Radio)
- Zach Buchanan: Moneyball for movies: Meet the Mets executive with another claim to fame — predicting the Oscars with math (The Athletic)
- National Postal Museum to open exhibition exploring America’s pastime of baseball (In Park Magazine)
- Bill Felber: Why MLB wins are more arbitrary today than ever before (Call to the Pen)
- Warren Mayes: New coffee table book chronicles 1964 World Series (West Newsmagazine)
- Jason Schwartz: Error cards (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- John Racanelli: Death and Taxes and Baseball Card Litigation, 1965-1988 (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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Originally published: March 25, 2022. Last Updated: June 22, 2022.