This Week in SABR: May 17, 2013

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of May 17, 2013:

Phillies President/CEO David Montgomery to speak at SABR 43

We’re pleased to announce that David Montgomery, General Partner, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Phillies, will be a featured speaker at SABR 43 on Thursday, August 1.

SABR 43 will be held July 31-August 4, 2013, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Montgomery has been the Phillies’ General Partner, President and CEO since 1997. He began his tenure with the organization in 1971, when he joined the sales office selling season and group tickets. He advanced to positions as marketing director and then director of sales before becoming executive vice president after the 1981 season. He was elevated to chief operating officer in 1992 and acquired an ownership interest in the team two years later. Under his leadership, the Phillies have constructed two new state-of-the-art facilities, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and their spring training home, Bright House Networks Field, in Clearwater, Florida. He serves as vice-chair of the Board of Directors for Major League Baseball Enterprises and is a member of MLB’s Executive Council. In addition, he serves on the board of MLB Network. Montgomery is also a member of MLB’s Schedule Committee and Labor Policy Committee as well as the Commissioner’s Special Committee for On-Field Matters.

The moderator for this session will be Scott Palmer, Director of Public Affairs for the Philadelphia Phillies.

To register for SABR 43 or for more information on the national convention in Philadelphia, visit

Watch a special screening of Hank Greenberg film extras at SABR 43

Attendees at SABR 43 will get a chance to watch a special screening of never-before-seen film extras from The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg with an introduction by filmmaker Aviva Kempner and SABR member John Rosengren, who has just published a new biography on the Hall of Fame slugger.

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg special edition gives a lively history of the golden age of baseball. From the early days of Hank Greenberg to his days in the front office, the special edition DVD provides viewers with a humorous and historical account of baseball in its purest days.

The film extras include more interviews with Bob Feller, Hal Newhouser, Harry Eisenstat, and more. The crown jewel of the added footage is a never-before-heard interview with Ted Williams. Ted speaks fondly of Hank as a fellow slugger, friend, and gentleman. Williams also explains the key to success shared by hitters in his era. The respect between sluggers of the golden age is evident in the film. Former sports journalist Shirley Povich tells a story of the descriptive classification Walter Johnson used to describe homerun balls hit by Hank vs. Ruth vs. Williams.

For more information on the film, visit

Rich Westcott, Perry Barber added to SABR 43 featured panels

Rich Westcott and Perry Barber have been added to the Philadelphia Baseball History panel and the Women in Baseball panel, respectively, at SABR 43.

Westcott is the author of The Phillies Encyclopedia, Philadelphia’s Top Fifty Baseball Players and many other books on baseball history. He joins a Philadelphia Baseball History panel that includes authors Norman Macht, David Jordan, Richard Hershberger and Jerry Casway. It will be moderated by John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball.

Barber has been a professional umpire for more than three decades. She is also an accomplished singer/songwriter (with a music CD featured at the National Baseball Hall of Fame) and a Jeopardy! champion. She joins a Women in Baseball panel that includes U.S. Women’s National Team pitcher Kristin Mills Caldwell, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League veteran Sarah Ferguson, Philadelphia Phillies executive Kathy Killian and National Women’s Baseball Hall of Famer Robin Wallace.

For more information on the featured speakers and panelists at SABR 43, visit

SABR 43: Transportation tips in Philadelphia

SABR 43 will be held July 31-August 4, 2013, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall , Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks.

Members of the host Connie Mack Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in the City of Brotherly Love. If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 43 volunteer for assistance (they’ll be in the bright red shirts throughout the convention!)

To view our SABR 43 transportation tips, visit

Come visit our digital SABR 43 Vendors Room

We want to offer a special thanks to all of our vendors at SABR 43 for their support. We invite you to visit our digital Vendors Room at and check out these groups, both online and at the convention in Philadelphia this summer:

SABR 43 will be held July 31-August 4, 2013, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Register today at

1947 Brooklyn Dodgers biographies now posted online

The first book published in our “Memorable Teams in Baseball History” series with University of Nebraska Press was The Team That Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, edited by Lyle Spatz.

The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in that book — from Jackie Robinson to Walter O’Malley, from Dan Bankhead to Dick Whitman, from Al Gionfriddo to Cookie Lavagetto — can now be read online at:

The book is also available for purchase at the SABR Bookstore.

You can find other team pages from our completed book projects (18 and counting!) by going to and clicking the Browse button:

4 new biographies published by the SABR BioProject

Four new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,432 published biographies. Can we reach 2,500 before the SABR 43 convention in Philadelphia? Here are the new bios:

All new biographies can be found here:

You can find the SABR BioProject at

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 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!

Check out the new Baseball Ballparks Project: The SABR Baseball Biography Project has been accepting/publishing “biographies” of Ballparks for a few years, and we have 39 of them on our website at However, this thing just got real. Ballparks are now its very own PROJECT — the Baseball Ballparks Project, our first official spin-off. The project leader is Scott Ferkovich, who is now in charge of recruiting ballparks articles and publicizing them. Learn more by clicking here.

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 or

Wanted: SABR members to critique baseball game broadcasts

The Baseball and the Media Committee is seeking to publish a review of the radio and TV game broadcasts for each of the 30 major league baseball teams during the 2013 season.

The job will entail listening to a radio game broadcast, or watching a TV game broadcast; making notes on the performance of the broadcast team based on a set list of criteria; and writing up a brief overview of that broadcast team’s performance, while using the school-based letter system to grade them.

A list of criteria and guidelines for critiquing the broadcasts will be provided to you prior to the games you want to do. You can sign up to do any many broadcast teams as you like! One reviewer per team. Signing up for the Media committee is not required — any SABR member can participate in this. You may also choose to write your review anonymously if that works better for you.

If this seems like a fun and interesting thing to do, please contact Chuck Hildebrandt at for more details.

Tickets now available for 2013 Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball seminar

We hope any SABR members who are interested will attend the Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball seminar on August 17-18, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts. The seminar, which benefits the Jimmy Fund, puts you up close with some of baseball’s top coaches, statisticians, scouts, doctors and scientists. The seminar is limited to 200 of baseball’s best fans.

Register now to join us on August 17-18, 2013, at Boston University’s Metcalf Science Center and enjoy the edge that professional scouting, science and sabermetrics will give you at your next fantasy or real-life baseball game.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn about the deeper game of baseball from insiders and pros, meet people who love the game, and help the Jimmy Fund.

You will enjoy presentations and panel discussions with SABR members Dave Allen, Robert Cvornyek, Vince Gennaro, Sol Gittleman, Jason Lefkowitz, Ben Lindbergh, Alan Nathan, Harry Pavlidis, Bill Petti, Tom Tippett and many more.

For more information, visit

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 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.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Joseph Daly Marlton, NJ     Jeffrey LaPrise Windsor, CT
Mark Drucker Reading, PA     Kelly Park Benton, KY
Albert Flannery Wu Zhong,
Inner Mongolia
    Noel Purcell East Northport, NY
Alan Greenbaum Phoenix, AZ     John Richardson San Antonio, TX
Patrick Hanagan Buffalo, NY     Mark Shufro Caldwell, NJ
Alex Holmden Greenville, MI     Andrew Taylor Newark, NJ
Taylor Hood Albuquerque, NM     Tony Weaver Elon, NC
Steven Kirby Elmhurst, IL        


Research committee newsletters

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

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Chapter meeting news

Here are the new chapter meeting recaps published this week:

Visit 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

Around the Web

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

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Originally published: May 17, 2013. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.