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This Week in SABR: May 14, 2021

This Week in SABR: May 14, 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 May 14, 2021:


SABR 50 at 50: Baseball Trivia

SABR 50 at 50: Greatest GamesSABR has featured a trivia contest as part of its annual convention since at least 1982. Further considering the hundreds of contests that have taken place at our local chapter events, it is fair to say that SABR and trivia have gone hand in hand throughout our history. We steadfastly maintain that there is nothing trivial about baseball trivia.

As part of the SABR 50 at 50 project to help celebrate our Golden Anniversary, it is appropriate that we present our 50 greatest baseball trivia questions. We asked many of SABR’s best trivia stalwarts to offer questions, and then asked them all to vote on the nominees to narrow it down to 50. Like all great trivia tests, the questions range in difficulty from easy to very hard.

We invite you to test your own mastery of these questions. Once you are finished, you can click the link below and read the answers. We are interested in hearing how you did, but we also would love to hear your own suggestions for great trivia questions we might have missed. Put on your thinking caps and good luck!

Visit SABR.org/50at50/trivia to find the questions and answer key.

— Compiled by D. Bruce Brown


All Future 50 Campaign donations matched, this week only!

SABR Future 50 campaignThanks to one generous SABR member, you now have the opportunity to DOUBLE THE IMPACT OF YOUR DONATION to the Future 50 Campaign — this week only! Longtime member Tony Yoseloff, whose foundation also funds scholarships for students to attend SABR’s annual conferences, will match all donations made from now until Sunday, May 16, up to a grand total of $5,000.

As SABR celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2021, we are excited to both commemorate our history and look forward to our shared vision of the organization’s future. We hope you are able to join us as we continue to come together in thoughtful baseball fellowship, since SABR could not have reached this golden milestone without members like you.

By joining our Future 50 Campaign, you will help ensure SABR’s next 50 years are even brighter than the first 50. You can support SABR’s Future 50 Campaign by making a gift of at least $100 by June 4, 2021.

All donors joining the Future 50 Campaign with a gift of $500 or more will receive:

  • Customized SABR Dugout Mug featuring 50th Anniversary logo
  • Paperback edition of The National Pastime: The Future According to Baseball journal
  • SABR 50th Anniversary lapel pin
  • Complimentary registration to the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series
  • Recognition in This Week in SABR and on SABR.org
  • Recognition during an upcoming Summer of SABR virtual event

Ten randomly selected donors will also win an autographed copy of Eric Nusbaum’s 2021 Seymour Medal-winning book Stealing Home.

Thank you so much for your consideration in joining the Future 50 Campaign. With your support, SABR will continue to be the world’s essential baseball community for the next 50 years and beyond!


Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith’s ‘War Fever’ wins 2021 SABR Larry Ritter Book Award

War Fever, by Randy Roberts and Johnny SmithWar Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War, written by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith and published by Basic Books, a timely and provocative study of the transformative impact of World War I on American culture, set against a backdrop of history’s most lethal pandemic, is the winner of the 2021 Larry Ritter Book Award.

The award is granted annually by SABR’s Deadball Era Committee to the author of the best book about baseball between 1901 and 1919 published during the previous calendar year. The winner’s work must demonstrate original research or analysis, a fresh perspective, compelling thesis, impressive insight, accuracy, and clear, graceful prose.

Joe Niese’s Zack Wheat; The Life of the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer (McFarland & Co.) and Mark Peavy’s A History of Baseball in the Deadball Era: Volume One 1901 to 1905 (independently published) also earned consideration as a finalists. A total of 16 books were nominated for consideration.

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


SABR Digital Library: Jackie: Perspectives on 42

Jackie: Perspectives on 42Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Jackie: Perspectives on 42
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks
Associate editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5950-9, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5951-6, $29.95
8.5″ x 11″, 324 pages

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

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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.

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 view all past titles.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Bill Virdon (HOUSTON ASTROS)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.

  • Can’t-Miss Event: On Monday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m. CDT, SABR’s Larry Dierker Chapter in Houston will hold a virtual Zoom meeting with special guest Bill Virdon, who played for 12 years in the major leagues, won NL Rookie of the Year honors and the 1960 World Series, and also managed the Astros, Pirates, Yankees, and Expos. David Jerome, author of an upcoming biography on Virdon’s life and career in baseball, will also join us. Click here to sign up for Larry Dierker Chapter announcements or contact Joseph Thompson to RSVP for this Zoom meeting.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from Christian Trudeau (“Eastern Canada League, 1922-24”); Rochester Red Wings batboys Max Robertson and Dave Parlet; and Bob Bailey (“Jack Chapman: A Nineteenth Century Baseball Life”). 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:

  • May 15: Hank Gowdy (OH) Chapter book club (9:30 a.m. EDT)
  • May 15: Pee Wee Reese (KY) Chapter meeting with Dale Tafoya (10:30 a.m. EDT)
  • May 15: Vanessa Ivy Rose: Angel in the Outfield: The Life and Legacy of Norman “Turkey” Stearnes (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 15: Carolina (NC) Chapter meeting with Dave Thomas and Keith Robbins (1:30 p.m. EDT)
  • May 17: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting with Dan Evans (6:30 p.m. CDT)
  • May 17: John McMurray: “Larry Doby and his Baseball Legacy” (7:30 p.m. EDT)
  • May 17: Juan Marichal (D.R.) Chapter meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 17: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with Bill Virdon and David Jerome (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 18: Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter meeting with Thomas Wolf (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 18: Bay Area/Sacramento (CA) joint chapter meeting with Scott Bush (7:00 p.m. PDT)
  • May 19: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Jack Graham (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 20: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Michael Gonring (6:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 20: Larry Doby (SC) Chapter meeting with Jeff Ridgway (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 20: Magnolia (GA) Chapter meeting with Jerry Manheim (7:30 p.m. EDT)
  • May 22: Rogers Hornsby (TX) Chapter meeting with Tim Jackson (1:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 22: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with Gregory Wolf and Don Zminda (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 22: Baseball Reminiscence meeting (1:00 p.m. PDT)

In addition, the following events will be held in person:

  • May 15: Babe ‘n’ Bob (MD) Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • May 18: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


Vote now for the 2021 SABR Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend

John "Bud" Fowler (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)Each year, SABR’s Nineteenth Century Research Committee selects its Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend — a 19th century player, manager, executive or other baseball personality not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

All SABR members are eligible to cast a vote for the winner. The winner will be announced this summer during a Nineteenth Century Committee virtual meeting.

  • 2021 finalists: Earlier this year, project leaders selected the 15 finalists for the 2021 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend. Click here to download a PDF with the finalists’ bios, compiled by project co-chairs Adam Darowski and Joe Williams. Voting in the final election will run until May 24, and will be open to all SABR members.
  • Vote now! Click here to access the 2021 ballot. All SABR members are eligible to vote in the election for this year’s Overlooked 19th Century Legend. You *MUST* select five candidates — ranking them from first choice to fifth choice — from among the candidates presented. You are only allowed to vote once. ALL BALLOTS MUST BE CAST PRIOR TO 11:59 p.m. PDT on Monday, May 24, 2021.

This December, the Hall of Fame’s Early Baseball Committee will meet and vote on eligible candidates for induction whose greatest contributions to the game were realized prior to 1950. This committee is not scheduled to vote again for nine more years, until 2030.

Click here for a list of past winners or to learn more about the Overlooked Legend project.


Read articles from the Spring 2021 Baseball Research Journal online

Spring 2021 Baseball Research JournalGood news! The Spring 2021 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members.

Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next few weeks. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition — with a special illustrated cover design of Babe Ruth by SABR member Gary Cieradkowski — was delivered on April 13.

All articles from the new Baseball Research Journal are now available to be read online at SABR.org.

To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here. We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2021 Baseball Research Journal!


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Will Leitch

SABRcast #110: Will LeitchBaseball 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 #110 on Monday, May 10 featured Will Leitch, author of How Lucky: A Novel and four other books. He writes This Here Newsletter on Substack and he is a contributing editor at New York magazine. He also writes weekly for Intelligencer and Vulture, along with regular columns for NBC News, the New York Times, Washington Post, Medium, and MLB.com. He is best known as the founder of the late sports website Deadspin..

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

Scott McGregor (THE TOPPS COMPANY)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


12 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Home Run Baker (TRADING CARD DB)Twelve new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. 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 for the regular season. Listen to new episodes at 8:00-9:00 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
Gary Bedingfield Erskine, ENG     James Murphy Millville, MA
Tony Calandrillo Lodi, NJ     Gerald Price Lancaster, CA
Ryan Ferguson Houston, TX     Ryan Reiter Ottawa, KS
Ed Greene Tiverton, RI     Michael Ruscoe Middlefield, CT
Frank Hart Poolesville, MD     James Ryan Campbell, CA
Robin Hoffpauir Denver, CO     Gary Schubel Cary, NC
Geofry Kristoff London, ON     Tim Sitar Fairfax, VA
Martin Levin West.Bloomfield, MI     David Starbuck Kansas City, MO
Russell Luna Dallas, TX     Evan Walker San Diego, CA
Nicholas Martino Oaklyn, NJ     Taylor Walsh Silver Spring, MD
Michael McNamara Willow Grove, PA     Evan Wologodzew New Milford, CT
Mateen Moktarani Walnut Creek, CA        

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

There are no 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: May 14, 2021. Last Updated: May 14, 2021.

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