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This Week in SABR: March 26, 2021

This Week in SABR: March 26, 2021

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 26, 2021:


Eric Nusbaum honored with 2021 SABR Seymour Medal at NINE Conference

"Stealing Home" author Eric Nusbaum holds up his Seymour Medal during a presentation ceremony on March 13, 2021.2021 Seymour Medal winner Eric Nusbaum, author of Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between, accepted his award at the banquet of the 28th annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 13.

The Seymour Medal honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year. Nusbaum’s book was published by PublicAffairs. The Seymour Medal, named in honor of Dr. Harold Seymour and Mrs. Dorothy (Seymour) Mills, was first awarded by SABR in 1996. Nusbaum was presented with his medal by SABR Board President Mark Armour during a virtual ceremony on Saturday evening.

“This is a real honor,” Nusbaum said. “SABR members have been such a huge part in making this book a reality … and making my work possible.”

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


SABR Digital Library: The Miracle Has Landed: The Amazin’ Story of How the 1969 Mets Shocked the World

The Miracle Has Landed: The Amazin' Story of How the 1969 Mets Shocked the WorldAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

The Miracle Has Landed: The Amazin’ Story of How the 1969 Mets Shocked the World
Updated and Expanded Edition

Edited by Matthew Silverman and Ken Samelson
Foreword by Jerry Koosman
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5908-0, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5909-7, $29.95
8.5″ x 11″, 421 pages

Celebrate the 1969 Miracle Mets in this new, updated SABR edition of The Miracle Has Landed: The Amazin’ Story of How the 1969 Mets Shocked the World, first published by Maple Street Press in 2009.

The Miracle Has Landed celebrates the lovable Mets like no other book, complete with photos and artifacts of the time. A project of the Society for American Baseball Research, this volume gathers the collective efforts of more than thirty SABR members and features profiles of every player, coach, broadcaster, and significant front-office member connected to that great Mets squad. Included are updated biographies of the recently departed “Franchise” player, Tom Seaver, and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, beloved manager Gil Hodges, the talented outfield of Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee, and Ron Swoboda, drill sergeant backstop Jerry Grote, crucial midseason acquisition Donn Clendenon, scrappy shortstop Bud Harrelson, and a pitching staff that went far deeper than just Seaver and Ryan. More than fifty years later the Miracle Mets are still revered, the first world champion expansion team and the club that stole New York’s heart.

The book features a Foreword by Jerry Koosman, and has been expanded throughout for this new edition.

Contributors include: Mark Armour, Eric Aron, Mike Bender, Sam Bernstein, Michael J. Bielawa, Talmage Boston, Michael P. Cahill, Rob Edelman, Doug Feldmann, Irv Goldfarb, Paul Hirsch, Edward Hoyt, William H. Johnson, Jacob Kanarek, Ron Kaplan, Maxwell Kates, Tara Krieger, Bill Lamberty, Len Levin, Lou Longobardi, Bruce Markusen, Les Masterson, Bill Nowlin, Len Pasculli, Neal Poloncarz, Greg W. Prince, C. Paul Rogers III, John T. Saccoman, Ken Samelson, Andrew Schiff, Matthew Silverman, Mark Simon, Curt Smith, Greg Spira, Jon Springer, Joan M. Thomas, Adam J. Ulrey, Glenn Vasey, John Vorperian, Joseph Wancho, Dave Williams, Linc Wonham, Fred Worth, and Al Yellon.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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SABR members can download all Digital Library e-book editions for free and save 50% on purchase of the paperback editions. Visit SABR.org/ebooks to find all past titles.


Joe Niese’s Zack Wheat biography wins 2021 SABR Ron Gabriel Award

Joe Niese, "Zack Wheat: The Life of the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer"SABR is pleased to announce that Joe Niese’s Zack Wheat: The Life of the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer, published by McFarland & Co., has been selected as the winner of the Ron Gabriel Award in 2021.

Niese is a library director from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and the author of Burleigh Grimes: Baseball’s Last Legal Spitballer; Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story; and other articles and books on sports.

The Ron Gabriel Award annually honors the author(s) of the best research, published or unpublished, on the subject of the Brooklyn Dodgers completed during the preceding calendar year.

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


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Bob Dernier and Ryne Sandberg (TRADING CARD DB)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 28: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 30: Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter meeting with David Krell (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 30: IBWAA: Now Batting: Current Events in Baseball with Gabrielle Starr (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 31: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter Book Club (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • April 1: Baseball Think Factory meeting (8:30 p.m. EDT)
  • April 3: Talkin’ Baseball: Brian Wright (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • April 3: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter book club meeting with Jane Leavy (9:30 a.m. CDT)
  • April 3: Pee Wee Reese (KY) Chapter meeting with Peter Coolbaugh (1030 a.m. EDT)
  • April 3: Carolina (NC) Chapter meeting (3:00 p.m. EDT)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


Last call for papers: Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts

Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts, Volume 2 (2020)Ever since baseball has been played, there has been literature written about the National Pastime. Today, there is no less an outpouring of baseball art and literature, as has been seen from the beginning of the great and glorious game.

SABR’s Baseball and the Arts Committee looks forward to presenting the third edition of Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts, an offering of baseball art and literature. The deadline for submissions for Volume 3 is April 1, 2021. Please submit your baseball masterpiece to the Turnstyle editors:

We will consider the following: essays, short fiction, memoirs, creative nonfiction, poetry, original illustrations, photographs that enhance a storyline, and other creative expressions of the art of baseball.

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


Register now for the virtual SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference in April

SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference (ERIC MIKLICH)Registration is still open for the 11th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, which will be held virtually on April 22-24, 2021. All baseball fans are welcome to register for this special online event.

The 2021 virtual conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from Major League Baseball’s Official Historian John Thorn, along with a panel discussion on National League president William Hulbert with Jack Bales, Richard Hershberger, Bill Lamb, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a special presentation by Jim Gates on the “Penny Marshall Sheet Music Collection” at the Baseball Hall of Fame; a Member Spotlight interview of Tom Gilbert by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations.

For questions, please contact Peter Mancuso at peterplus4@earthlink.net.

To learn more about the conference, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.


Become a SABR Membership Ambassador!

Would you like to volunteer as a SABR Membership Ambassador? We’re looking for anyone who has a passion for SABR, who loves meeting new people, and who enjoys establishing authentic connections to help welcome new members into our baseball community.

Our Membership Ambassadors will be asked to send a personalized email to new members each week, help promote SABR via word of mouth and/or social media, represent the member ambassador team in at least one New Member Experience online session during the calendar year, and attend a quarterly virtual Zoom meeting with our Community Engagement Manager and other Ambassadors to discuss and review their efforts.

If you are interested in becoming a SABR Membership Ambassador, please email Chanel Zapata at czapata@sabr.org.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with award winners Tony Adams, Bradford William Davis

SABRcast #103: Tony Adams and Bradford William DavisBaseball 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 #103 on Monday, March 22 featured Tony Adams and Bradford William Davis, two of the three winners (along with Shakeia Taylor) of the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards. Adams was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Analysis Award for his research and analysis at SignStealingScandal.com. Adams is a Houston-based graphic designer and web developer who spent more than 60 hours writing an application to analyze video and audio footage of the 2017 Houston Astros’ sign-stealing operation. Davis was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Commentary Award for his article “Baseball Let Unity Stand in the Way of Protest” at the New York Daily News. Davis has been a sports columnist at the Daily News since 2019. He also co-hosts the “Five and Dive” podcast at Baseball Prospectus..

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

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


8 new SABR biographies published

Paul Lo Duca (TRADING CARD DB)Eight 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


19 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Satchel Paige (TRANSCENDENTAL GRAPHICS)Nineteen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

In addition, the following articles from SABR’s Whales, Terriers, and Terrapins: The Federal League 1914-15 book were also posted online:

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.


February 17 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the Board of Directors virtual meeting on February 17, 2021, has now been posted on the SABR website.

You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by clicking on the link below:

https://profile.sabr.org/board-minutes

Or you can go to the Members’ Info page and click on “Org. files”, then “Board Minutes” to view the minutes.


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
Kenny Ayres Havertown, PA     Daniel Lane Chicago, IL
John Bath Gahanna, OH     Jeffory Livingston Tipton, IA
Chris Butts Cherry Hill, NJ     Greg Macedo Ocean View, DE
Russell Carleton Atlanta, GA     Brian Mazmanian Scituate, MA
Jim Cruse East Meadow, NY     David Nesbitt Mission, KS
Rick Ellison Savannah, GA     Ronald Rodin Tucson, AZ
Ari Guttman Skokie, IL     George Rousos Massillon, OH
Nick Hamze Sioux Falls, SD     Daniel Scott Lake Ozark, MO
Jerome Husayko Orland Park, IL     Joel Stewart Providence, RI
Jeffrey Jerez Orlando, FL     John Walsh W. Brandywine, PA
Jon Yanders Altoona, IA        

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:

Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.


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.


This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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Originally published: March 26, 2021. Last Updated: March 26, 2021.

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