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This Week in SABR: May 15, 2020

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 15, 2020:

Get a 25% discount on pre-orders of new SABR 50 at 50 book

SABR 50 at 50 book coverBaseball has seen many changes in the last 50 years, and SABR’s 50th anniversary provides an opportunity to highlight the most memorable players, teams, and events from the game’s glorious past.  

SABR 50 at 50: The Society for American Baseball Research’s Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game, edited by Bill Nowlin and now available for pre-order from the University of Nebraska Press, celebrates and highlights SABR’s wide-ranging contributions to baseball history.

SABR members can get a 25% discount off the cover price by using the discount code 6SFF when ordering at or calling 800-848-6224. (To order outside of North America, please call +44 (0)1423 526350 and use the discount code CS40UNP.)

The diversity of SABR members’ interests is reflected in this fiftieth-anniversary volume — from baseball and the arts to statistical analysis to the Deadball Era to women in baseball. SABR 50 at 50 includes the most important and influential research published by members across a multitude of topics, including the sabermetric work of Dick Cramer, Pete Palmer, and Bill James, along with Jerry Malloy on the Negro Leagues, Keith Olbermann on why the shortstop position is number 6, John Thorn and Jules Tygiel on the untold story behind Jackie Robinson’s signing with the Dodgers, and Gai Berlage on the Colorado Silver Bullets women’s team in the 1990s.

Leading up to SABR’s 50th anniversary in 2021, the organization will also produce a series of online exhibits at to highlight baseball’s most impactful players and off-field figures, ballgames, record-breaking feats, books, films, stories, milestones, and baseball cards.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Stay Home With SABR: Doug GlanvilleLast month, we launched our Stay Home With SABR initiative, an eight-week effort from April 1 to May 31 to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. During this time, all new membership dues SABR receives will be split with Heart to Heart International, a nonprofit organization that distributes urgently needed equipment and medication to partners around the world during this global crisis.

SABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at This week, we heard from authors Anika Orrock and Kat Williams on women in baseball, University of Washington professor Steve Calandrillo, Let’s Play Two author Ron Rapoport, and Boston Red Sox broadcaster Josh Lewin.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can “attend” online:

  • May 16: Cool Papa Bell (Mississippi) Chapter meeting with author Jeremy Beer (10:00 a.m. CDT)
  • May 16: Rogers Hornsby (Austin) Chapter meeting (1:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 16: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with R.J. Lesch (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 17: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with former minor-league player Jeremy Barfield (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 18: SABRcast Live with Rob Neyer and ESPN analyst Doug Glanville (5:00 p.m. PDT)
  • May 18: Larry Dierker (Houston) Chapter meeting with former major-leaguer Deacon Jones (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 20: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 20: Banks-Bragan DFW Chapter meeting with baseball scout Art Stewart (5:30 p.m. CDT)
  • May 21: Larry Doby (South Carolina) Chapter meeting with Minnesota Twins video coordinator Regan Durham (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 21: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting with author Jeremy Beer (7:00 p.m. CDT)

Find more upcoming virtual meetings and watch replays of past events on our SABR Virtual Calendar page.

The SABR Bookshelf: Spring 2020

SABR BookshelfPeriodically throughout the year, publishes The SABR Bookshelf, a listing of new books that are received at the SABR office.

Click here to view The SABR Bookshelf listings for Spring 2020

Click on the link above for more detailed information on each of these books:

  • Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All Major League and Negro League Ballparks, Fifth Edition, by Philip J. Lowry
  • Whales, Terriers, and Terrapins: The Federal League 1914-15, edited by Steve West and Bill Nowlin
  • Braves Win! Braves Win! Braves Win! The 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves, edited by Tom Hufford and Bill Nowlin
  • Swing Kings: The Inside Story of Baseball’s Home Run Revolution, by Jared Diamond
  • Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask, by Jon Pessah
  • Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry, by Joan Ryan
  • The Cactus League, by Emily Nemens
  • Rosenblatt Stadium: Essays and Memories of Omaha’s Historic Ballpark, 1948-2012, edited by Kevin Warneke, Libby Krecek, Bill Lamberty, Gary Rosenberg
  • The Called Shot: Babe Ruth, The Chicago Cubs, & The Unforgettable Major League Baseball Season of 1932, by Thomas Wolf
  • Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid, by Willie Mays and John Shea
  • The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, by Anika Orrock
  • Gotham Baseball: New York’s All-Time Team, by Mark C. Healey
  • The Man Who Made Babe Ruth: Brother Matthias of St. Mary’s School, by Brian Martin
  • The Hall Ball: One Fan’s Journey to Unite Cooperstown Immortals with a Single Baseball, by Ralph Carhart
  • George “Mooney” Gibson: Canadian Catcher for the Deadball Era Pirates, by Richard C. Armstrong and Martin Healy Jr.
  • Billy Ball: Billy Martin and the Resurrection of the Oakland A’s, by Dale Tafoya
  • Summer Baseball Nation: Nine Days in the Wood Bat Leagues, by Will Geoghegan
  • Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original, by Mitchell Nathanson
  • Isabel “Lefty” Alvarez: The Improbable Life of a Cuban American Baseball Star, by Kat D. Williams
  • Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between, by Eric Nusbaum
  • Last Ride of the Iron Horse: How Lou Gehrig Fought ALS to Play One Final Championship Season, by Dan Joseph
  • Future Value: The Battle for Baseball’s Soul and How Teams Will Find the Next Superstar, by Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel
  • A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Analytics: Why WAR, WHIP, wOBA, and Other Advanced Sabermetrics Are Essential to Understanding Modern Baseball, by Anthony Castrovince
  • Hall of Name: Baseball’s Most Magnificent Monikers from ‘The Only Nolan’ to ‘Van Lingle Mungo’ and More, by D.B. Firstman

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.

Call for papers: 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

Call for papers: 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball ConferenceSABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the second annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled for September 11-13, 2020, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

This year’s conference theme is celebrating African American women in baseball. All topics related to women’s baseball and the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues are welcome for individual oral and poster presentations.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by July 15, 2020, to Leslie Heaphy at

Click here to read the full announcement at

Donate today to the SABR Sustainability Campaign fund

SABR Sustainability CampaignSABR is an organization focused on baseball history, research, and benchmarks, and this is unquestionably a first. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is changing around us daily. We are all searching for silver linings, distractions, and ways to minimize the distance we are all feeling and the challenges we are facing.

One constant you can rely on — now more than ever — is that SABR will continue to uphold our mission to foster the study, discussion, and understanding of all aspects of baseball. But we need your help!

We’re facing major challenges in the coming year. The postponement of the SABR 50 convention to July 14-18, 2021, will cause SABR to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. These resources are essential in pursuing our mission and delivering the membership experience our community has come to expect.

Please contribute to the SABR Sustainability Campaign fund. The SABR Board of Directors is leading the way, as all Directors are donating their SABR 50 registration fee to this fund. The Board is joined by hundreds of members who are doing the same. 

We are asking all members to make a donation above and beyond their normal giving, equivalent to SABR 50 registration. This is an extraordinary request made due to extraordinary circumstances. We thank all of our members who have donated their registration fees and thank all members in advance for their charitable contributions to the fund.

If you donate $330 (the cost of annual convention registration), you will receive:

  • $50 off your 2021 Annual Convention registration
  • Hard copy of the 2020 edition of The National Pastime delivered to your door
  • Exclusive VIP online streaming video content with baseball personalities

If you donate $500, you will receive:

  • All the benefits listed above
  • Hard copy of the SABR 50 at 50 anthology book, featuring the 50 most influential articles SABR has published

All gifts are tax deductible except for the value of the benefits received. Visit to learn more.

SABR Digital Library: Braves Win! The 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves

1995 Atlanta Braves book coverAdd a championship baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Braves Win! Braves Win! Braves Win! The 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves
Edited by Tom Hufford and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Foreword by John Schuerholz
ISBN (e-book)
978-1-9701-5922-6, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5923-3
, $34.95
8.5″ x 11″, 484 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

SABR members can download all Digital Library e-books for free or get 50% off the paperback edition. Find more titles at

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.


Friends of SABR: April 2020

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of April 2020:

Ron Adams   Tina Leefers
Michael Ageno   Bob LeMoine
Andy Aiello   Fred Lenger
Bruce Allardice   Allison Levin
David Alvarez   Leonard Levin
Mark Armour   Linda Levin
Brian Arnold   Ira Levine
Bob Bailey   Joseph Luchok
Lawrence Baldassaro   Peter Macialek
Bill Ballew   Jaclyn Mahoney
Edward Barbini   David Markus
Jim Bard   Rob McBride
Pam Bard   Megan McCormick
Michael Bates   Lawrence McCray
Matthew Bednarski   Andy McCue
Evelyn Begley   Michael McCullough
Barry Bengtsson   Paul McGrath
Timothy Blaker   Tom McGrath
Mike Blanco   Gary McIntosh
Matthew Bloss   Richard McIntosh
Phillip Bolda   Howard Megdal
Mark Bonino   Thomas Merrick
Benita Boxerman   Sheldon Miller
Burton Boxerman   Andrew Milner
Steve Braccini   Anthony Morante
Thomas Bradley   Ed Morton
Stephen Bratkovich   Steve Murphy
Quinn Brecker   Jim Myers
Stephanie Brecker   Nancie Myre
Tyrone Brooks   Tad Myre
D. Bruce Brown   David Neft
Robert Brown   Bob Neuman
Edward Browning   Robert Neyer
Frederick Bush   Bill Nowlin
Ann Carrano   Shawn O’Hare
Ken Carrano   Helen Okenka
Bob Carter   Stan Okenka
John Carter   Gary Olson
Jim Case   Jeff Orner
Dave Chase   Jeffrey Orner
Karl Cicitto   Sean O’Rourke
Alan Cohen   Ethan Osman
Vincent Comparato   Robert Osman
Peter Coolbaugh   Tim Otto
Jim Cox   James Overmyer
Ron Cox   Dwight Oxley
David Curtoys   David Paulson
Don Daglow   Laura Peebles
Jon Daniels   Gregg Pericich
Stephen Daniels   Raymond Piccini
Dennis Degenhardt   Donald Plavnick
Richard Dempsey   Mel Poplock
Gary Dolny   Kent Putnam
Robert Dorin   John Rall
Reid Duffy   Patrick Ray
Mark Dugo   CJ Remmel
Jim Dunphy   Carl Rhoads
Len Eddinger   Michael Rice
Ed Edmonds   AJ Richard
Gary Eller   William Richmond
Elena Elms   Stephen Roney
Gwendolyn Elsberry   James Rook
Steven Elsberry   Elizabeth Roscher
Michael Emeigh   Michael Rosenwasser
M. David Emmett   Harry Rothgerber
Bruce Enos   Charles Roussel
Jonathan Epstein   John Ruoff
Roger Erickson   Bob Russon
Ellen Fingerman   Helen Russon
Jan Finkel   William Ryczek
D.B. Firstman   Marideth Sandler
Scott Fischthal   Robert Sawyer
F.X. Flinn   Douglas Schoppert
Adam Foldes   Jason Schwartz
Edward Fong   Jonathan Schwebel
Kenneth Fricke   Jamie Selko
Greg Funk   Nancy Selko
Robert Garratt   Tucker Selko
Steven Gietschier   Andrew Sharp
Irvin Goldfarb   James Shaull
Sam Goldstein   Mary Shea
John Green   Blake Sherry
Michael Green   David Shiner
Eric Haist   David Siegel
Tom Hall   Ira Siegel
Michael Hammon   Mark Simon
Dean Hanley   Lynda Singer
Laura Hansen   Mike Skoog
Richard Hansen   Richard Smiley
David Harris   Amy Smith
Leslie Heaphy   David Smith
Daniel Helpingstine   Mark Souder
Kent Henderson   Tony Stahl
Paul Hensler   Maxine Stansell
William Hickman   Steve Steinberg
Lon Hildreth   Jeb Stewart
John Paul Hill   Thomas Stone
Brenda Himrich   Wesley Story
Rockwell Hoffman   John Strohbusch
Mark Hoose   Kyle Swaney
Mark Hoyle   Johnny Tallant
Peter Hoyos   Robert Tholkes
Jeff Hubbard   Joseph Thompson
David Hughes   John Thorn
Ann Huidekoper   Stew Thornley
Joanne Hulbert   Wayne Towers
Carl Isackson   Neal Traven
Brenda Janes   Thomas Tuttle
Rob Janes   Jeff Twardus
Tim Jenkins   Dennis VanLangen
Derrick Jones   Richard Verbit
Michael Kane   Wayne Voltz
Mark Kanter   Milton von Minden
Maxwell Kates   David Vondle
Matthew Keelean   Ronald Weaver
Harry Keller   Steven Weiner
Kenneth Keller   Carolyn Weiss
Victor Keller   Eric Weiss
Thomas Kern   Steve West
David Kimball   Robert Whelan
Jeff Kindig   J. R. Wildridge
Francis Kinlaw   Philip Williams
Marilyn Klar   Beach Wires
Christina Knoedler   Gregory H. Wolf
Mary Knox   Anne Wolfson
Kit Krieger   Jeffrey Wood
Thomas Larwin   Robert Wright
Steven Lauer   Jack Zerby
Todd Lebowitz   Don Zminda
Thomas Lee   Thomas Zocco
James Leefers   Joe Zureick


Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.

SABR office continuing to work remotely

The SABR office, housed at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, has been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Staff members will work remotely until it is advisable to resume normal operations on-site.

On Monday, March 16, ASU announced that all in-person classes would transition to online instruction for the rest of the spring semester. Please contact a member of the SABR staff by email or phone with any questions.

SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference rescheduled for 2021

2021 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceDue to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference has been rescheduled for June 10-13, 2021, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.

Anyone who has already registered for the Malloy Conference is encouraged to contact Deb Jayne at the SABR office to discuss options regarding their conference registration fees, including converting it into a donation toward SABR’s Sustainability Campaign fund.

The Negro Leagues Committee is one of SABR’s original committees, formed in 1971. It has continued to preserve and highlight the contributions of African-American players in baseball history. Visit to learn more.

SABRcast Live with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with Red Sox broadcaster Josh Lewin

Josh LewinAs part of our Stay Home With SABR intiative, SABRcast with Rob Neyer will be recorded via online livestream each Monday night at 5:00 p.m. PDT. Each episode will feature nationally known guests plus an interactive Q&A in which all baseball fans can participate.

Episode #59 on Monday, May 11 featured Josh Lewin, who has spent 25 years as a broadcaster for the Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, and three other MLB teams. He is the host of a weekly baseball podcast called The Throwback League where he simulates broadcasts between World Series teams from the last four decades against each other in a March Madness-style bracket. He called national Game of the Week packages and postseason games for Fox Sports from 1996 to 2011 and has called UCLA Bruins football and men’s basketball games since 2016. In 2015, he called a Mets World Series game and an NFL game in Baltimore in the same day. 

Visit to listen to the full episode.

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

7 new SABR biographies published

Dick EnbergSeven new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 5,200 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

7 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Aaron HicksSeven 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 Find all published Games Project articles at

  • 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.


Listen to recent episodes of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

Behind 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. Click here to learn more.

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

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:

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 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
Mike Barlow Fort Worth, TX     Leland Johnson Fort Worth, TX
John Bender Yachats, OR     Wendell Jones Louisville, KY
Brett Bennett Washington, DC     David Laude Downers Grove, IL
Michael C. Berry New Albany, OH     Daniel Marowski Farmington Hills, MI
Ron Cassie Baltimore, MD     Kevin O’Brien Kansas City, MO
John Conniff Washington, DC     Abigail Ohlmeyer Liverpool, NY
Noah Dubois Conway, NH     Patrick Renaud Montreal, QC
Karla Espinoza Culiacan, MEX     Mel Schmittroth Astoria, NY
Eileen Gascon Elk Grove, IL     Hunter Seidler Fishers, IN
John Gidley Maple Glen, PA     Jonathan Tomaszewski Raleigh, NC
Catherine Gierak Hopetoun Park, AUS     Michael Wertzberger Marlton, NJ
Matthew Hartnett Philadelphia, PA     David West Seattle, WA
John Heeg Mattituck, NY     Jordan Wolf Lawrence, KS
Nolan Howard Dedham, MA     Clayton Wollner Sussex, WI
Ellis Jefferson Oak Park, MI     John Woods Miamisburg, OH
Nile Johnson Forest Hills, NY     Cole Zeiter Liberty Center, OH


Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Virtual Events Calendar

Here are the upcoming virtual events on the SABR calendar:

  • May 16: Cool Papa Bell (Mississippi) Chapter meeting with author Jeremy Beer (10:00 a.m. CDT)
  • May 16: Rogers Hornsby (Austin) Chapter meeting (1:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 16: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with R.J. Lesch (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 17: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with former minor-league player Jeremy Barfield (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 18: SABRcast Live with Rob Neyer and ESPN analyst Doug Glanville (5:00 p.m. PDT)
  • May 18: Larry Dierker (Houston) Chapter meeting with former major-leaguer Deacon Jones (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 20: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 20: Banks-Bragan DFW Chapter meeting with baseball scout Art Stewart (5:30 p.m. CDT)
  • May 21: Larry Doby (South Carolina) Chapter meeting with Minnesota Twins video coordinator Regan Durham (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 21: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting with author Jeremy Beer (7:00 p.m. CDT)

Find more virtual meetings on our SABR Virtual Events Calendar page.

Around the Web

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

Read these articles and more at

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Originally published: May 15, 2020. Last Updated: June 17, 2020.