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This Week in SABR: March 25, 2022

This Week in SABR: March 25, 2022

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:


Check out the full schedule for the 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.

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.


Register now for Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Marc Normandin on April 5

Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Marc NormandinJoin 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.

Visit SABR.org/ballpark-figures to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.


Baccellieri, Ghiroli, Sarris honored with 2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award winners: Eno Sarris, Brittany Ghiroli, Emma Baccellieri (clockwise from top left)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.

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.

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


Sign up now for the SABR 50 annual convention in Baltimore

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.


The SABR Bookshelf: Spring 2022

The SABR Bookshelf: Winter/Spring 2021Periodically 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.


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.


Last call: Submit new project proposals to SABR Editorial Board by 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.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

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.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Alan Nathan

SABRcast #154: Alan NathanBaseball 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 #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.

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

Carlos Quintana (TRADING CARD DB)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


17 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Carlos Bernier (TRADING CARD DB)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:

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
Benny Benedetto Brooklyn, NY     David Morris Saratoga Springs, NY
Jason Davis Seymour, TN     Greg Murphy Tiverton, RI
Mike Detering Mentor, OH     Greg Nelson Mission Viejo, CA
William Easter Montgomery, AL     Megan Schaeb Burke, VA
Niccolo Giambanco Tucson, AZ     Jimmy Scruggs Fulshear, TX
Richard Haan East Greenbush, NY     Steve Shawn Rockville, MD
Rob Hamilton Willis, TX     Mike Shawn Rockville, MD
Alex Harrison Louisville, KY     Rebecca Silk Atlanta, GA
Jaden Hoffman Tampa, FL     Al Stevens Queen Creek, AZ
Scott Johnson Denver, CO     Sean Stites Glen Ridge, NJ
Jon Lee Madison, MS     Jacob Wetter Jamaica, NY
Joseph Lopez San Antonio, TX     Raymond Wilfong Atchison, KS
John McCarthy Yonkers, NY     Bob Windham San Antonio, TX

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 25, 2022. Last Updated: June 22, 2022.

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