This Week in SABR: March 6, 2015

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of March 6, 2015:


Download the SABR Analytics Conference digital program

We’re just a week away from the fourth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, and we’ve got an All-Star lineup of speakers, panelists and presenters on the schedule this year.

Complete coverage of the SABR Analytics Conference, including a full schedule and panel descriptions, can be found at SABR.org/analytics. We’ll be posting stories, photos, and multimedia clips online next week. You can also follow along live on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #SABRanalytics during the conference.

Once again, we’re bringing together the top minds of the baseball analytic community under one roof to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. Representatives from more than 25 Major League Baseball front offices — including all 15 Cactus League teams — are expected to attend this year’s SABR Analytics Conference.

The SABR Analytics Conference will consist of a combination of Guest Speakers, Panels, and Research Presentations — plus the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition, in which undergraduate, graduate, and law school students from across the country analyze and present a real baseball operations decision.

Find more information on the 2015 SABR Analytics Conference below:

Visit SABR.org/analytics for more information or to register.


21 student teams to participate in Diamond Dollars Case Competition

A record 21 student teams are scheduled to participate in the 2015 Diamond Dollars Case Competition at the SABR Analytics Conference on Thursday, March 12 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The full presentation schedule can be found at SABR.org/analytics/case. Here is a list of participating schools:

Graduate and Professional School Division

  • University of Alabama-Manderson School of Business (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
  • Carnegie Mellon-Tepper School of Business (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • University of Chicago-Booth (Chicago, IL)
  • DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Nevada at Las Vegas-Lee Business School (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Pepperdine University-Graziadio School of Business and Management (Malibu, CA)
  • Ryerson University (Toronto, ON)
  • University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
  • Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)

Undergraduate Division

  • University of Colorado-Leeds School of Business (Boulder, CO)
  • Elon University (Elon, NC)
  • Loras College (Dubuque, IA)
  • NYU-SCPS Tisch Center (New York, NY)
  • Ohio University (Athens, OH)
  • St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY)
  • Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA) — two teams
  • VCU-Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (Richmond, VA)

In the Diamond Dollars Case Competition, undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from colleges and universities across the country compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a baseball operations decision — the type of decision a team’s GM and his staff is faced with over the course of a season. The cases are developed by SABR President Vince Gennaro, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, and consultant to MLB teams. The Diamond Dollars Case Competition is the first national competition to be based solely on baseball operations issues.

For more information, visit SABR.org/analytics/case.


SABR 45: Early registration is open for 2015 Chicago convention

We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 45 convention, June 24-28, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois.

Hotel and conference registration for the 2015 convention is now available. Click here for complete information on SABR 45 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 45. More details on guest speakers, panelists, and presenters will be announced soon.

  • Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Palmer House Hilton online. The deadline to book your room at the SABR group rate of $189/night (plus tax) is 11:59 p.m. MST Friday, May 15, 2015. The Palmer House Hilton is at 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603, in the heart of the downtown Loop, right next to two CTA stops (Blue Line at Adams/Wabash or Red Line at Monroe.) If you have any questions about your reservation, please call the hotel at (312) 726-7500.
  • Conference registration: Click here for complete information on SABR 45 registration rates. Once again, we’re offering a discounted all-inclusive package for the annual SABR convention. For a savings of $44 off the regular rate, SABR members can get:

         — 1 full conference registration (regular rate: $199)
         — Choose: 1 Upper Deck Box ticket to the Cubs game on Thursday, June 25 (regular: $48) OR 1 Terrace Reserved ticket (regular: $38)
         — 1 round-trip ticket on the CTA Red Line train to and from Wrigley Field (regular: $6)
         — 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 26 (regular: $50)

    The all-inclusive package is available to SABR members for $259 with an Upper Deck Box ticket or $249 with a Terrace Reserved ticket to the Cubs game instead, plus all of the above amenities. Please note: The all-inclusive packages are only available until May 15, 2015. Click here to register for SABR 45.

  • Cubs ballgame: At SABR 45, we’ll be attending the Cubs-Dodgers game on Thursday afternoon, June 25, at Wrigley Field. The SABR block of tickets is available in two sections when you register: Upper Deck Box-Outfield ($48) or Terrace Reserved-Outfield ($38). This game is expected to sell out and our ticket block is only available on a first-come, first-serve basis through Friday, May 15, 2015. Game tickets in the SABR block will NOT be available for purchase on-site at the convention. Please note: Your purchase of a SABR 45 all-inclusive package includes round-trip transportation to and from Wrigley Field on the CTA Red Line train. (Purchasing a game ticket as part of regular/a la carte registration does NOT include transportation.) Click here for more details on SABR 45 registration.
  • The Baseball Project concert: On Thursday evening, June 25, SABR 45 attendees will have a special opportunity to see The Baseball Project in concert in the Grand Ballroom at the Palmer House Hilton. Advance presale tickets are available for $25 members/$40 non-members when you register for SABR 45 before May 15, 2015. Tickets will be $40 online after May 15 or until the concert venue reaches capacity. Click here for more details.

Please note: The SABR 45 all-inclusive package includes 1 full conference registration; 1 ticket to the Cubs game on Thursday, June 25; 1 round-trip ticket on the CTA Red Line train; and 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 26. It does NOT include any other optional events such as the Downtown Baseball Walking Tour on Wednesday, June 24, The Baseball Project concert on Thursday, June 25, or the Historical Ballpark Sites Bus Tour on Sunday, June 28. Those tickets must be purchased separately.

All SABR 45 attendees will also receive a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players and events in the Chicago area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer. Click here to register for SABR 45.

For more information on SABR 45, visit SABR.org/convention.


Save the date! 2015 Jerry Malloy Negro League Committee is August 6-8 in Pittsburgh

Save the date! The 18th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee, will be held August 6-8, 2015, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The conference is open to all baseball, history and sports fans of all ages. Registration and hotel information will be available soon.

The Malloy Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 17 years, 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. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest.

For more information about the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, visit SABR.org/malloy.


2015 SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference is now sold out

Registration is now closed for the seventh annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, which will be held April 17-18, 2015, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

Anyone wishing to be placed on a waiting list in the event of cancellations should contact Peter Mancuso at peterplus4@earthlink.net. The conference is open to all SABR members and up to two non-SABR family members or friends (ages 18 or over.)

The 2015 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Jerrold Casway, along with a panel discussion, “Sporting News: Baseball in the 19th Century Press” with Jim Overmyer, Bob Tholkes, George Thompson, and John Thorn; a special presentation by James Brunson III (“Black Baseball: 1858-1900”); a Member Spotlight interview of Bob Bailey by Tom Simon; plus book signings, more research presentations, a welcome dinner, and more.

For more information, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c or contact Peter Mancuso at peterplus4@earthlink.net.


2015 Seymour Medal winner Andy McCue to receive award at NINE Conference banquet

2015 Seymour Medal winner Andy McCue, a past SABR President and a former business journalist from Riverside, California, will receive his award at the banquet of the 22nd annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (formerly the Fiesta Inn and Resort.)

The banquet includes the Seymour Medal ceremony with Dorothy Seymour Mills, dinner, and the NINE keynote address by SABR member Terry Cannon, founder and Executive Director of the Baseball Reliquary, a California-based nonprofit dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the prism of baseball history.

To register for the NINE conference, visit nineregistration.com.

McCue won the Seymour Medal — which honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year — for Mover & Shaker: Walter O’Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball’s Westward Expansion, published by the University of Nebraska Press.

The Seymour Medal, named in honor of Dr. Harold Seymour and Mrs. Dorothy (Seymour) Mills, was first awarded by SABR in 1996. To be considered for the medal, a work must be the product of original research or analysis. The winning book shall significantly advance our knowledge of baseball and shall be characterized by understanding, factual accuracy, profound insight and distinguished writing.

To see a list of previous Seymour Medal winners, click here.


Get a 20% discount off MLB.TV Premium Monthly subscriptions in 2015

You now have the opportunity to take advantage of a special offer from MLB Advanced Media for the 2015 season.

All SABR members can get a 20% discount off a MLB.TV Premium Monthly subscription. This discount is valid for each month of the 2015 season, so you can use it all year long:

With MLB.TV, you can watch every 2015 Regular Season out-of-market game LIVE or on-demand in HD Quality. Choose home or away broadcasts. MLB.TV is on your favorite devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation and more. Watch up to four games at once with Mosaic. DVR functionality lets you pause or rewind live games. PLUS, watch select 2015 Spring Training games LIVE online.

For any questions about your subscription, please contact MLB.TV Customer Service.


This week’s episode of Baseball SABR Style focuses on “Today’s Top 5 Position Players”

This week’s episode of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a new radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, will focus on “Today’s Top 5 Position Players.”

Baseball SABR Style made its debut on February 15. The show — focused on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today — will air 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. (The show will also be available afterward in the “on-demand” section of the app.)

For more information, click here.


Remembering Minnie Minoso

Baseball’s first black Latino star, Minnie Minoso, died at age 89 (or thereabouts) on Sunday, March 1, just a few months after the Chicago White Sox great was passed over for Hall of Fame induction by the Golden Era Committee.

Born Saturnino Orestes Armas Minoso Arrieta, the veteran of his native Cuban baseball leagues and the U.S. Negro Leagues made his major-league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1949 and broke the color barrier for Chicago’s baseball teams when he was traded to the White Sox two years later, homering in his first at-bat with the Sox at Comiskey Park. He was arguably the best player of the 1950s not named Mickey Mantle or Ted Williams.

Minoso was a seven-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove left fielder who led the American League in triples and stolen bases three times apiece. He finished in the top five in MVP voting in 1951 (as a rookie), ’53, ’54, and ’60.

“In addition to his performance on the field, his legacy is about how he carried himself off the field,” SABR member and Latin American baseball historian Adrian Burgos Jr. told WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.”

“He experienced hostilities that he did not speak of at the time,” Burgos said. “It wasn’t that he couldn’t talk about them. He just knew that giving voice to that hatred would give it more credence. He did his talking with his hitting and running. Nobody outplayed him. That’s how he built his legacy of the Go-Go Sox. He always gave it his all and he always fought. That’s what drew working-class white people of the South Side to him. Many others throughout baseball came to appreciate his joy for living, his love of the game, and his reminder of the importance of human dignity.”

Minoso is famously the only player to make a major-league appearance in five different decades, suiting up for Bill Veeck’s White Sox in 1976 — when he got a single at age 50 — and again in 1980. The trivial feat might have overshadowed both his greatness as a player and his important role in serving as a pioneer for both black-skinned players and Latino players.

Despite these credentials, he was never seriously considered for the Hall of Fame by the baseball writers and he fell just a few votes shy of induction in the special Negro League election in 2006 and again in the Golden Era Committee elections in 2011 and 2014.

“We can get caught up with making his Hall of Fame case. There are so many more important things,” SABR member Joe Posnanski wrote at NBC Sports. “Minoso was the first black Major League player in Chicago, he would never become too comfortable with English … and yet people of Chicago loved him instantly. He loved them back. In his rookie year, they held a special “Minnie Minoso Day.” He became perhaps the most beloved player in White Sox history. They called him “Mr. White Sox,” in the same way that his friend and crosstown star Ernie Banks became known as “Mr. Cub.”

We pay tribute to one of baseball’s great stars and one of its greatest ambassadors.

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Call for papers: Fall 2015 Baseball Research Journal

The Spring 2015 issue of the Baseball Research Journal is in typesetting now, and I thought this might be a good moment to remind folks that the BRJ is open to research by all SABR members.

The BRJ is interdisciplinary, meaning that we define “baseball research” very broadly. So everything from physics to physiology might find its way into our pages. Economics, history, sociology, game theory, etymology, architecture, psychology, records, biomechanics, meteorology: if it’s “research” we are open to being queried about it.

If you’re interested in writing for the Fall 2015 edition of the BRJ, a query is the simplest way to start: send me an email at ctan@sabr.org describing your idea for an article, a few sentences about your topic, a rough idea of where you expect the investigation or analysis to go, and if possible give a guess as to the length. (BRJ articles are typically 2,000 to 6,000 words long, but this is not a hard limit by any means.) Please also include in your query how you became interested in the topic and any qualifications you have to research it, and what sources you might draw on to complete the research.

If you have a completed paper or near-completed manuscript, please write me for the writers guidelines which will give you more information on how to format the submission and where to email it (hint: JournalSubs@sabr.org).

The peer review process can take months to complete, so the sooner we receive a paper, the sooner we can start the process. There is no single firm “deadline” but I would expect most papers received before April 1 have a good chance to make it into the fall issue, whereas those arriving in May might be cutting it close, and by June the issue will likely be full or only have a few slots left.

— Cecilia M. Tan
SABR Publications Editor


Karl Cicitto: Q&A with Mike Sandlock, baseball’s oldest living major-leaguer

SABR member Karl Cicitto had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Sandlock, age 99, baseball’s oldest living former major-league player, on Sunday, March 1. The resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, answered questions in a clear and gentle tone. This article was originally posted at SmokyJoeWood.com, the Connecticut SABR Chapter’s website.

Mike, you singled and scored in your first at-bat for the Boston Braves in 1942. Were you nervous?

I just felt lucky to have a major league uniform, you know? I pinch hit in that game. That was the year that I batted 1.000.

Casey Stengel was your manager. Did you see him as a great manager at the time?

A lot of the time he did not have a good club. When you don’t have the horses, nothing you can do. He was more comedian than manager. He enjoyed managing the Braves. He was all right to play for.

You caught for the Montreal Royals in 1947 and 1948. Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe were your teammates. How were the black players treated?

Campy got big-headed later in life with the $10 cigars, the four marriages, the big boat and big car, and that surprised me because I didn’t see him that way when he was younger. Don Newcombe was a helluva pitcher. He just needed a little direction sometimes. I tried to help these guys as I tried to help all the younger players. If I could I would. When Jackie Robinson came up I was in spring training with the Dodgers in Florida, and we went to Cuba, too, and there was a rhubarb and the petition, too. But all that stuff never concerned me. I grew up with black guys and they were good guys and good ballplayers, too. I never had a problem. I also played golf with Jackie Robinson and he was a good golfer. He was a great athlete, the kind who could be good at anything.

To read the full article, click here.

To learn more about Mike Sandlock, visit his SABR/Baseball-Reference Encyclopedia page.


SABR member Mark Halfon wins library baseball group’s Readers’ Choice Award

SABR member Mark Halfon of Brooklyn, New York, was selected as the 2014 Readers’ Choice Award winner of the Special Libraries Association’s Baseball Caucus. Halfon was selected for his book Tales From the Deadball Era: Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the Wildest Times in Baseball History (Potomac Books).

The runner-up was SABR member Bill Madden’s 1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever (Da Capo Press). For more information, visit baseball.sla.org.


5 new biographies published by the SABR BioProject

Five new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,077 published biographies. Here are the new bios:

All new biographies can be found here: /bioproj/recent

You can find the SABR BioProject at SABR.org/BioProject.

Bios on more than just ballplayers: The ambitious goal of the SABR Baseball Biography Project is to publish a full-life biography of every major league player in history. But SABR members write about a lot more than just ballplayers. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires and a lot more on the BioProject website. You can browse all of these categories at /bioproj/browse. So if you’ve ever thought, “Hey, that person (or ballpark) should get the full BioProject treatment” — write the story and we’ll publish it!

Get involved! If you’d like to help contribute to the SABR BioProject, visit our BioProject Resources page or read the FAQs section to get started. We’re also looking to expand the BioProject to include all “encyclopedic” articles on baseball-related subjects from past SABR publications or committee newsletters. If you come across an article you think should be included in the SABR “baseball repository” at the BioProject, send a copy or link to markarmour04@gmail.com or jpomrenke@sabr.org.


3 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Three new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

The SABR Baseball Games Project was launched in January 2014 to research and write articles on major-league and Negro League regular, postseason, and All-Star Games. These game accounts will complement Retrosheet and Baseball-Reference box scores as well as BioProject essays on the players involved.

The articles are not intended to be mere play-by-play summaries, nor should they be first-person narratives. Rather the goal is to put each game in historical context — whether that history is of a particular player, team, season, or something even broader.

Visit the new Games Project website at SABR.org/gamesproject.


In Memoriam

  • SABR member Lowell I. Hinkle, 78, of Perrysburg, Ohio, died on Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Toledo after a brief illness. He joined SABR in 1997 and was active in the Bresnahan-Mud Hens Chapter. Born on July 26, 1936, in Toledo to Burton and Wanda (Rinehart) Hinkle, Lowell graduated high school from Anthony Wayne where he excelled in both baseball and basketball. He began working for Bostwick Braun in 1955 and became Vice President of transportation in 1988, retiring in 1997. During those years, he taught courses at the University of Toledo in Motor Carrier and Air Transportation. He was past president of the Toledo Transportation Club; the Delta Nu Alpha Professional Transportation Fraternity; and the Toledo Maumee Valley Shipper’s Association. He was also a member of the National Industrial Traffic League and the National Management Association, and active with the Monclova Homecoming Committee, the Monclova Muskrats Vintage Baseball Team, the Maumee Little League, Perrysburg Baseball League, and a 50-year member of Rubicon Masonic Lodge. Lowell is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, daughters, Lisa (Richard) Leggett, Lori (George) Brenner, Luan (Nicholas III) Scott; stepson Steven Savage; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Madonna. Funeral services were held Thursday March 5 at Walker Funeral Home with interment at Highland Memory Gardens in Waterville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Lowell I. Hinkle Anthony Wayne Baseball Scholarship Memorial Fund at any Fifth Third Bank. Online condolences may be given at walkerfuneralhomes.com.

February 7-8 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the Board of Directors meeting on February 7-8, 2015, in Orlando, Florida, have now been posted on the SABR website.

You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by going to the page below:

/content/sabr-board-minutes

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


Call for SABR award nominations

Please note: Only ONE entry per nomination will be considered (do not submit multiple nominations for the same award). For more information on SABR Awards, click here.


ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

We’ve heard your feedback: Some of you have said you look forward to “This Week in SABR” every Friday, but sometimes there are just too many compelling articles and announcements to read every week. We’re not complaining — hey, keep up the great work! — but we know the feeling. So in an effort to make the length of this newsletter more manageable to read, we’ll summarize some of the repeating/recurring announcements in a special “In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)” section of “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: /content/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 New Member 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 (SABR.org/directory).

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Mike Armstrong Trumbull, CT     Karl Kooistra Chicago, IL
Rick Bates Croton on Hudson, NY     William Lewis Windermere, FL
Dave Brock Fitchburg, WI     William Mallios San Diego, CA
Jeffrey Diamond Chicago, IL     Micah Malouf Lubbock, TX
Hawkins DuBois Los Angeles, CA     Sandy McKenzie University Place, WA
Richard Farrell Ottawa, IL     Kevin Moore Pasadena, CA
Jim Furtado Somerset, MA     Steve Palmisano Albuquerque, NM
Pete Gilbert Havertown, PA     Cory Renois Belleville, IL
Dan Gilmartin Winter Springs, FL     Dan Roche Andover, MA
James Goldstein Williamsville, NY     Chris Schreiner East Aurora, NY
John Hatch Bothell, WA     Steve Sirk Dublin, OH
Joe Hawkins Batesville, MS     Jason Smith New York, NY
Jen Hosker Derry, NH     Douglas Warshaw New York, NY
Alex Jacobs Aurora, OH     Dee Witt Odessa, TX
John Kalns San Antonio, TX     Will Young Minneapolis, MN

 


Research Committee news

Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.


Regional Chapter news

There were no new regional chapter updates published this week.

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


SABR Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:

All SABR meetings and events are open to the public. Feel free to bring a baseball-loving friend … and make many new ones! Check out the SABR Events Calendar at SABR.org/events.


Around the Web

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.


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 6, 2015. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.