Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of May 1, 2015:
Are you planning to come to SABR 45 this summer in Chicago? Our hotel room block at the Palmer House Hilton is almost sold out, so book your room today.
Join us June 24-28, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton for a full week of baseball fun at SABR 45. Please call the hotel at (312) 726-7500 to book your room or 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, or until our room block is full. See below for overflow hotel information.
The Palmer House Hilton is at 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603, in the heart of the downtown Loop, near two CTA stops — from O’Hare Airport, take the Blue Line to Monroe/Dearborn stop and then walk two blocks east on Monroe; from Midway Airport, take the Orange Line to the Adams/Wabash stop.
For more information on SABR 45, visit SABR.org/convention.
- Overflow hotel: If the Palmer House Hilton fills up before you’ve booked your room, we’ve reserved a small block of rooms at the nearby ACME Hotel, 15 E. Ohio Street, less than a mile north of the Palmer House Hilton and one block away from a CTA Red Line station (Grand Avenue) that takes you straight to the convention hotel (get off at the Monroe stop). Click here to book a room at the ACME Hotel for a special SABR rate of $189/night (plus tax). Or call the hotel at (312) 894-0800 to book your room; be sure to mention the SABR convention. Standard King rooms and City View Queen rooms are available at the ACME Hotel until our block runs out.
- Upper Deck Box ticket block for Cubs game going fast: Our block of tickets in the Upper Deck Box-Outfield section ($48) for the Cubs-Dodgers game on Thursday afternoon, June 25, at Wrigley Field is almost sold out now. Once they sell out, tickets will no longer be available in that section when you register online. However, tickets are still available in our Terrace Reserved-Outfield block ($38) until Friday, May 15. This game is expected to sell out and our ticket block is only available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Game tickets in the SABR block will NOT be available for purchase on-site at the convention. Visit SABR.org/convention to register.
Early registration for the SABR 45 convention, June 24-28, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, is now available at SABR.org/convention. Just a reminder that our ticket block for the Cubs-Dodgers game on Thursday, June 25 at Wrigley Field is limited and the game is expected to sell out. Game tickets in the SABR block will not be available after early registration ends on May 15 and will not be sold on-site during the convention.
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.
- 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). Update: Our Upper Deck Box block is almost sold out, so once they sell out, tickets will no longer be available in that section when you register online. Tickets are still available in the Terrace Reserved section until Friday, May 15. 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.
All-Star lineup of guest speakers: SABR 45 will include top featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, writers, and analysts — plus innovative panel discussions on the Cubs, White Sox, the Negro Leagues, women in baseball, and more. See below for details on featured panels as we announce them:
- Broadcasters Panel: Cubs announcers Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies, and Ron Coomer, and moderator Curt Smith. Click here for more details.
- Negro Leagues Panel: Panelists include former Negro Leagues pitchers Al Spearman and Ernie Westfield, and moderator Larry Lester. Click here for more details.
- More panels to be announced soon!
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.
We are excited to announce a special SABR donation package that will be offered for SABR 45 in Chicago.
Thanks to the generosity of the Chicago Cubs, anyone who makes a donation of $1,500 or more to the SABR General Fund between May 1 and June 15, 2015, will have the opportunity to go on the field before or after the Cubs-Dodgers game on Thursday, June 25 during SABR 45.
This special opportunity is only available to eight SABR donors — four people before the game and four after the game. Donors will be able to go on to the field and take photographs during batting practice before the game or walk the field and take photographs after the game. Each one-time donation is good for one on-field ticket. Choice of before/after the game is first-come, first-serve (please contact Marc Appleman to express preference.)
In addition to the on-field opportunity at Wrigley Field, the SABR 45 donation package also includes four tickets to the SABR 45 Baseball Project concert at the Palmer House Hilton, two tickets to the SABR 45 Donors Breakfast, a special SABR 45 glass commemorative baseball, and a one-year membership to SABR.
SABR is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
If you are interested in the SABR 45 donation package, please contact Executive Director Marc Appleman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find the tentative schedule for research committee meetings at SABR 45 in Chicago by clicking on the link below:
Several research committees have scheduled guest speakers for their annual meeting at this year’s convention, highlighted by an appearance from Masanori Murakami, the first Japanese player in major-league history, at the Asian Baseball Research Committee meeting at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 27. The Black Sox Scandal Research Committee will have Peter Alter, Chicago History Museum archivist, for its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 26. In addition, the Negro Leagues committee and Women in Baseball committee will have guest speakers from their featured panels earlier in the day.
Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.
Register today to join us at SABR 45! All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
Attendees at the SABR 45 convention this summer in Chicago will have a special opportunity to see The Baseball Project in concert on Thursday, June 25, 2015, in the Grand Ballroom at the Palmer House Hilton.
Advance presale tickets for The Baseball Project at SABR 45 are available for an early-bird price of $25 members/$40 non-members when you register for the SABR convention online at SABR.org/convention before May 15, 2015. Tickets will be $40 online after May 15 or until the concert venue reaches capacity.
Formed in 2007 by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, R.E.M.) and Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Gutterball), The Baseball Project began as a way for a couple of fans to pay musical tribute to our national pastime. But The Baseball Project has since blossomed into a full-fledged, much-loved band in its own right, one which includes drummer Linda Pitmon (Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Zuzu’s Petals), and Peter Buck and Mike Mills, founding members of R.E.M., one of the best-selling alternative rock bands of all time.
(Note: For those interested, The Baseball Project concert will not conflict with the SABR 45 Trivia Contest preliminaries on the schedule.)
Registration for SABR 45 is now available at SABR.org/convention.
- Related link: Talkin’ baseball with Steve Wynn of The Baseball Project
Thank you to our vendors at SABR 45 for their support.
Please stop by the Exhibit Room at SABR 45 — June 24-28, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603 — and purchase an item to remind you of your experience at the 2015 SABR convention.
- McFarland & Co.
- University of Nebraska Press
- Rowman & Littlefield
- Baseball America
- University of Minnesota Press
- The National Pastime Museum
- Property Consulting Group
- Joshua Tree Sales
- Norwegian’s Baseball Heroes Cruise
- Robert Crestohl
If you would like to reserve a table in the Vendors Room at SABR 45, please contact Jeff Schatzki. Space is limited.
Continuing to expand on its relationship with Arizona State University over the past four years, SABR has moved its office to downtown Phoenix and will now be housed at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Since moving to Phoenix, SABR has worked with ASU on a number of developing projects. The SABR office has welcomed fall and spring semester interns from the Cronkite School and, in 2013, the state-of-the-art media complex hosted sessions during the second annual SABR Analytics Conference.
The new address for the SABR office is:
Society for American Baseball Research
Cronkite School at ASU
555 N. Central Ave. #416
Phoenix, AZ 85004
On the 40th anniversary of a pennant-winning season, add a new SABR Digital Library e-book to your collection:
’75: The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Cecilia M. Tan
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-933599-97-7
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-933599-96-0
325 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
In 1975, the Boston Red Sox played in what was the most-watched World Series in history, an epic seven-game battle with Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine that captivated the nation’s attention and revived baseball’s lagging popularity. ’75 tells the life stories of the 37 players who made up the Red Sox roster, from stars like Yaz, Fisk, and El Tiante, to the mop-up men and bench-warmers who were along for the ride.
Some 48 authors, researchers, editors, fact-checkers, and baseball enthusiasts from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) have collaborated to present their work in the volume. Drawing on many exclusive interviews with players and the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, ’75 contains many stories not previously told and offers new details on the lives of these players who inspired so many in their time.
This 2015 edition offers numerous items not contained in the original 2005 publication — full biographies of all of the coaches, the broadcast team, and owner Tom Yawkey — 10 new biographies.
We have also added six game accounts (linking to SABR’s Games Project, these are games written specifically for this book), as well as an essay on the ALCS, an essay on the World Series, and a “By the Numbers” piece.
That makes a total of 19 new items — 10 bios, six game accounts, and three other items — in this edition. ’75 remains a unique treasure for anyone who remembers Carlton Fisk waving his arms in the October night.
Contributors include: Ron Anderson, Mark Armour, Jonathan Arnold, Eric Aron, Ray Birch, Andrew Blume, Maurice Bouchard, Bob Brady, John Cizik, Clem Comly, John Contois, Herb Crehan, Jon Daly, Bob Donaldson, Alex Edelman, Greg Erion, Dan Fields, James Forr, Peter M. Gordon, Tom Harkins, Joanne Hulbert, Bob Hurte, Seamus Kearney, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, R.R. Marshal, Les Masterson, Wayne McElreavy, Chuck McGill, Max Miller, Tom Nahigian, Bill Nowlin, Mark Pattison, Jim Prime, Mike Richard, Carl Riechers, Doug Skipper, Curt Smith, Matthew Silverman, David C. Southwick, Mark S. Sternman, Brian Stevens, Wayne Strumpfer, Cecilia M. Tan, John Vorperian, Nick Waddell, Dave Williams, and Gregory H. Wolf.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of ’75: The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the ’75: The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball paperback edition for $9.95 (plus shipping) from CreateSpace.
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.
Earlier this year, members of the Nineteenth Century Research Committee selected the finalists for the 2015 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend. Click here to download a PDF with the finalists’ bios, compiled by project chair Adam Darowski and Joe Williams.
Voting in the final election will run from May 11-25 and will be open to all SABR members.
This year’s winner will be announced at the Nineteenth Century Committee’s annual meeting at SABR 45 in Chicago.
For more information on the Overlooked Legends project, click here.
Periodically throughout the year, SABR.org publishes listings of new books that are received at the SABR office. This feature is called The SABR Bookshelf, continuing a popular section from the old SABR Bulletin.
- ’75: The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball, edited by Bill Nowlin and Cecilia M. Tan
- Who’s on First: Replacement Players in World War II, edited by Marc Z. Aaron and Bill Nowlin
- Red Sox Nation: The Rich and Colorful History of the Boston Red Sox, by Peter Golenbock
- Throw Like A Woman, by Susan Petrone
- Baseball Stadium Insider: A Dissection of All Thirty Ballparks, Legendary Players, & Memorable Moments, by Matt Lupica
- Cincinnati Reds Legends, by Mike Shannon
- One Fine Summer, by Kevin Zahn
- The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball’s Forgotten Heroes, by Gary Cieradkowski
- New Mexico’s Pueblo Baseball League (Images of Baseball), by James D. Baker, Herbert Howell, and Marie A. Cordero
- Willie Keeler: From the Playgrounds of Brooklyn to the Hall of Fame, by Lyle Spatz
- The Nats and the Grays: How Baseball in the Nation’s Capital Survived WWII and Changed the Game Forever, by David E. Hubler and Joshua H. Drazen
- Baseball’s Top 10: Ranking the Best Major League Players by Position, by Robert Kuenster
- Finding the Hidden Ball Trick: The Colorful History of Baseball’s Oldest Ruse, by Bill Deane
- The Game Must Go On: Hank Greenberg, Pete Gray, and the Great Days of Baseball on the Home Front in WWII, by John Klima
- Pinstripes and Penance: The Life Story Of John Malangone, by Michael Harrison
- The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle, by James Gast
- Z-Score: How a Statistic Used in Psychology Will Revolutionize Baseball, by John G. Cottone and Jason Wirchin
- The St. Paul Saints: Baseball in the Capital City, by Stew Thornley
- Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer, by Robert K. Fitts
- The Colonel and Hug: The Partnership that Transformed the New York Yankees, by Steve Steinberg and Lyle Spatz
- Crack of the Bat: A History of Baseball on the Radio, by James R. Walker
- A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball, by Jennifer Ring
- In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball, by Mark L. Armour and Daniel R. Levitt
- The On-Base Specialist: A New Model for Baseball Offense, by Bill Hagedorn
- A Scout’s Report: My 70 Years in Baseball, by George Genovese with Dan Taylor
- Big Sam Thompson: Baseball’s Greatest Clutch Hitter, by Roy Kerr
- Bibb Falk: The Man Who Replaced Shoeless Joe, by William A. Cook
- Honus Wagner and His Pittsburgh Pirates: Scenes from a Golden Era, by Ronald T. Waldo
- Tearin’ Up the Pea Patch: The Brooklyn Dodgers 1953, by Andrew Paul Mele
- A Calculus of Color: The Integration of Baseball’s American League, by Robert Kuhn McGregor
- The Complete Baseball Scorekeeping Handbook, by Andres Wirkmaa
- The Negro Southern League: A Baseball History, 1920-1951, by William J. Plott
- The Miracle Braves, 1914-1916, by Charles C. Alexander
- Reporting Baseball’s Sensational Season of 1890: The Brotherhood War and the Rise of Modern Sports Journalism, by Scott D. Peterson
- Understanding Baseball: A Textbook, by Trey Strecker, Steven P. Gietschier, Mitchell Nathanson, John A. Fortunato, and David George Surdam
- The Boyer Brothers of Baseball, by Lew Freedman
- The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine, by Bennett Jacobstein
- Mystery Ball ’58: A Season-Long Whodunit, by Jeff Polman
- The Dad Report: Fathers, Sons, and Baseball Families, by Kevin Cook
- Marvin Miller: Baseball Revolutionary, by Robert F. Burk
- The Hidden Game of Baseball: A Revolutionary Approach to Baseball and Its Statistics, by John Thorn and Pete Palmer
To get your NEW book listed on The SABR Bookshelf, make sure a review copy is sent to: The SABR Bookshelf, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. An e-book file will also suffice; please send the e-book in PDF, EPUB or Kindle/MOBI format to email@example.com.
To ensure a listing in The Baseball Index — SABR’s online catalog of baseball research materials at www.baseballindex.org — make sure a review copy is sent to The Baseball Index, 4025 Beechwood Pl., Riverside, CA 92506.
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.
To see previous listings in the SABR Bookshelf, click here.
The 18th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference 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.
- Register today! Click here to register online at the SABR Store. Or click here to download a registration form (PDF); please mail your check or money order before July 31 to SABR Malloy Conference, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Early registration is available until May 18, 2015.
Early-bird registration is $155 for an adult rate (includes all activities) or $110 for a student rate. Single-day registration for Friday or Saturday is $90. The rate for the Thursday education forum only is $15. Optional sessions are also available.
The 2015 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will celebrate the rich history of black baseball in Pittsburgh. We welcome proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields. Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, “Baseball’s Best: the Grays and the Crawfords,” or other Negro Leagues issues. Some possibilities include: Josh Gibson, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Gus Greenlee, Cum Posey, Vic Harris, Cool Papa Bell, the Crawford Grill, and many others.
Visit SABR.org/malloy for information on the 2015 Call for Papers, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Library Grant Program.
A small but hardy group of city officials, former players, and media members huddled around the freshly painted grave of New Orleans Negro Leagues legend Wesley Barrow on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Gretna, Louisiana, to honor a man who managed, mentored and influenced hundreds, if not thousands, of New Orleans-area youth.
Clutching wind-blown umbrellas and standing in puddles, the group held a brief ceremony dedicating a new grave marker for Barrow’s burial spot, which had been unmarked for nearly half a century, since the man known as “the Skipper” died on Christmas Eve in 1965.
A community effort led by Gretna City Councilman Milton Crosby, who played for Barrow on the Black Pelicans, and local journalist and researcher Ryan Whirty strove to raise money to purchase and place the new marker at Barrow’s grave. Both were in attendance at the event Saturday.
Also attending the ceremony was Rodney Page, the son of former Negro Leagues promoter and owner Allen Page. Rodney Page donated several hundred dollars toward purchasing the burial marker, and at the event Saturday he spoke of his own memories of playing for Barrow as a youth.
— Ryan Whirty
- Donate to SABR’s Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project: Click here to make a tax-deductible contribution; your support will be used to help locate the gravesites of former ballplayers from the Negro Leagues and adorn them with proper headstones.
SABR member Lewis Pollis has been selected winner of the third annual Greg Spira Baseball Research Award. His winning entry not only grabbed the $1,000 first prize, it helped him graduate.
“If You Build It: Rethinking the Market for Major League Baseball Front Office Personnel,” published at SABR.org, was his senior honors thesis in economics at Brown University, from which he graduated in 2014. Pollis used transaction data and random effects modeling to estimate the variation in player-investing skill at the general manager level.
Pollis has written for numerous publications, including ESPN Insider, Baseball Prospectus, Beyond the Box Score, Wahoo’s on First, and served as a baseball analytics intern for the Cleveland Indians and a baseball operations intern for the Cincinnati Reds. Pollis was the recipient of the Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the SABR Analytics Conference in 2013 and won a SABR Analytics Conference Research Award that year for Contemporary Commentary for his Beyond the Box Score piece entitled, “Did Hall of Fame’s Founders Want Voters to Judge with Their Eyes?”
Cee Angi’s profile of Vin Scully, “We’ve Been Friends Long Enough, You’ll Understand,” took the $200 second prize. The piece appeared as a Longform feature at SB Nation, where she is a featured baseball contributor. Her work has also appeared at Deadspin, The Classical, CBS Chicago, Baseball Prospectus, and The Platoon Advantage, among other sites.
SABR member Rob Arthur’s “Analytic Value of the Crack of the Bat” won the $100 third prize. It appeared on Baseball Prospectus. The article compared sounds made by the crack of the bat—harder hits producing higher frequencies. He is a contributor at FiveThirtyEight.
Given in recognition of the best published article, paper, or book containing original baseball research by a person 30 years old or younger, the winners were announced on April 27, which would have been Greg Spira’s 46th birthday.
Four new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,165 published biographies. Here are the new bios:
- Bob Barrett, by Bill Nowlin
- Ken Hubbs, by Joseph Wancho
- Bill Kuehne, by David Nemec
- Hugh Nicol, by Charles F. Faber
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/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 http://sabr.org/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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We invite you to listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a new radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, on Sunday nights on MLB Network Radio.
Baseball SABR Style focuses on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today. It 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. (Recent shows are available afterward in the “on-demand” section of the SiriusXM app or website.)
For more information, click here.
The 2015 season has begun, and SABR members have the opportunity to take advantage of two special offers from MLB Advanced Media for the 2015 season.
In addition to the 20% discount off MLB.TV Premium Monthly subscriptions that SABR members receive in 2015, you can also now get a 20% discount off MiLB.TV Yearly subscriptions all season long.
- Visit SABR.org/offers/MLBTV-2015 to access the discount links for both the 2015 MLB.TV and MiLB.TV subscription packages
With MiLB.TV, you can watch more than 5,000 Minor League Baseball games streamed live and on-demand online, including select All-Star and postseason games. Take the action on the go on select Apple devices with the free MiLB First Pitch App. Games involve affiliates of all 30 MLB clubs. Complete game archives are available any time on demand.
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:
- In Memoriam: Ray Nemec, SABR founding member
- Check out photos and highlights from the 2015 SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference
- SABR 45: Talkin’ baseball with Steve Wynn of The Baseball Project
- Read the Spring 2015 Baseball Research Journal online or download the e-book
- Leerhsen, Lomax, Swanson win 2015 SABR Baseball Research Awards
- Working the game: An interview with Tigers radio announcer Dan Dickerson
- SABR member Roland Hemond honored with Phoenix youth field in his name
- Click here for full coverage of the 2015 SABR Analytics Conference
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Will Bennett||Columbus, OH||Chris Opinsky||Hamilton, VA|
|Bruce Bumbalough||Watauga, TX||Charlie Ortman||Mendham, NJ|
|Ben Duhrsen||Anchorage, AK||John Roca||Toledo, OH|
|Mike Friednash||Denver, CO||Alexis Shotkoski||Hanover Park, IL|
|Michael Hobbs||Mt. Pleasant, SC||Daniel Sorenson||Tucson, AZ|
|Cormac Hughes||Dublin, IRE||Dianne Sorenson||Tucson, AZ|
|Mason E King||West Concord, MA||Adam Vranesevic||Glenshaw, PA|
|John MacKinney||Thomasville, GA||Kris Willis||Summerville, GA|
|Mark Manuel||Kenai, AK||John Wills||San Francisco, CA|
|Mark Mitchell||Eugene, OR||Matthew Yeazel||Odenton, MD|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates for this week:
- Biographical Committee: March/April 2015
- Oral History Committee: The SABR Oral History Committee would like your feedback. A 10-question survey relating to the committee and its objectives can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S75NJMC. For any questions, please contact committee chair John McMurray.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
There are no new regional chapter updates for this week.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- May 2: Hank Gowdy Columbus Chapter book club (Columbus, OH)
- May 2: Talkin’ Baseball: Jason Rodriguez (Columbia, MD)
- May 9: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Richfield, MN)
- May 9: Dayton Chapter meeting (Dayton, OH)
- May 9: Forbes Field Chapter meeting (Pittsburgh, PA)
- May 9: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
- May 9: Baseball Prospectus Night at Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI)
- May 13: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- May 15: Mark Armour/Steve Steinberg book signing (Seattle, WA)
- May 16: Northwest Chapter spring meeting (Seattle, WA)
- May 16: South Florida Chapter meeting (Tamarac, FL)
- May 18: Halsey Hall Chapter research committee meeting (Edina, MN)
- May 18: Larry Dierker Chapter meeting/ballgame (Sugar Land, TX)
- May 19: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- May 19: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- May 20: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
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.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Dr. Leslie Heaphy named Ohio College History Teacher of the Year (Kent State University)
- Jay Jaffe: Orioles-White Sox game closed to fans is a first for MLB (SI.com)
- Video: Dan Levitt on In Pursuit of Pennants on “MLB Now” with Brian Kenny (MLB Network)
- Louie Lazar: Rinaldo Ardizoia, oldest living Yankee, reflects on his career (New York Times)
- Nathaniel Grow: MLB’s evolving luxury tax (FanGraphs)
- Tim Hagerty: Meet the minor-league broadcaster who’s called games since 1949 (The Sporting News)
- Brian Campf: 1914 Hubbard Giants with Jimmy Claxton (Our Game)
- Frank Jackson: Face Time ’59: An unusual pitcher, an unusual year (The Hardball Times)
- David Laurila: Q&A with the Orioles’ Brady Anderson on analytics (FanGraphs)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Who’s hot and who’s not … according to Bill James (ACTA Sports)
- Mike Lynch: Field of dreams: The 1971 MLB All-Star Game (The National Pastime Museum)
- Ben Lindbergh: How pitch location reveals batter breakouts (Grantland)
- Sean Lahman: Rochester native Old Hoss Radbourn was ‘king of pitchers’ (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
- Gerald Schifman: How does eye color affect day/night splits? (The Hardball Times)
- Patrick Bourgo: Sadowski is bridging the baseball gap between Korea and America (Korea Times)
- John McMurray: 10 must-have baseball cards from the T207 set (Sports Collectors Digest)
- Graham Womack: MLB salaries stayed low longer than you think (Baseball Past and Present)
- Tim Wendel: The breakthrough of Sandy Koufax (The National Pastime Museum)
- Neil Weinberg: The beginner’s guide to plate discipline (FanGraphs)
- Sam Miller: Scott Boras has baseball’s most accurate projection system (Baseball Prospectus)
- SABR member Marty Appel, Lou Gehrig become “Larchmont Luminaries” (Larchmont Historical Society)
- Tom Noel: Celebrating Denver’s rich baseball history (Denver Post)
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Originally published: May 1, 2015. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.