This Week in SABR: May 18, 2012

Here’s what we’ve been up to as of May 18, 2012:

SABR 42: Twins tickets, hotel rooms going fast!

If you’ve haven’t registered for SABR 42 and are planning to join us in Minnesota, now is the time to sign up. The 42nd annual SABR convention will be held June 27-July 1, 2012, at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, 30 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

Our block of Skyline Deck tickets to the Twins-Royals game sold out weeks ago and our block of Home Plate View tickets will only be available to purchase at the SABR Store until 11:59 p.m. EDT/8:59 p.m. PDT on Thursday, June 7. You’ll still be able to buy tickets on your own from the Twins’ box office — click here for a seating chart at — but not at the discounted SABR convention rate after June 7.


Some of you have booked your rooms at the Marriott City Center but haven’t registered for the convention, so we encourage you to sign up at the link above as soon as possible. Our block of hotel rooms is also going fast and will only be available until 11:59 p.m. EDT/8:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 3. Click here to book your room online or call (800) 266-9432 and mention that you are with the SABR convention. The Marriott City Center is located just blocks from Target Field, home of the Twins. The hotel’s website is

Overflow hotel: If the Marriott City Center fills up before you’ve booked your room, we’ve reserved a small block of rooms down the street at The Westin Minneapolis, 88 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402. Click here to book your room at The Westin online or call (612) 333-4006 and mention that you are with the SABR convention. If you have any trouble booking a room for SABR 42, please contact SABR’s Membership/Events Director Deb Jayne at (602) 343-6450 and she will be glad to help.

We’ll have five full days of baseball fun at SABR 42 in Minnesota this summer, so we hope you’ll join us for an experience you won’t forget. All baseball fans are welcome to register for any of our events.

In addition to our lineup of great speakers, panels and research presentations, we’re also planning an exclusive tour of Target Field, with special access to areas of the ballpark not available to the public; a tour of the Minneapolis Public Library; a trip to the baseball exhibit at the new Minnesota African American Museum; a Twin Cities historic ballparks site tour; a one-man play on Hall of Fame executive Branch Rickey; our renowned SABR Convention Trivia Contest; and much more.

Here are more details on SABR 42, which can be found at

SABR 42: New speakers added to schedule

We’ve added two new speakers to our lineup at SABR 42:

  • Frank Quilici, who will moderate the Players Panel on Saturday morning.  Frank was a popular infielder for the Twins from 1965-70, then managed the team from 1972-75 and served as a radio broadcaster with Herb Carneal for years afterward.
  • Laura Day, who will participate in the Women in Baseball Panel on Thursday afternoon. Laura is the Minnesota Twins’ Vice President for Business Development.

A complete list of speakers at SABR 42, highlighted by Minnesota Twins president Dave St. Peter and general manager Terry Ryan, can be found here:

The complete SABR 42 Daily Schedule can be found here:

A downloadable PDF version of the SABR 42 schedule is also available at the link above. Please be aware that all events are subject to change, and more speakers will be added as they confirm. Check back at for complete details. Scroll down for more information on registering and booking your hotel room, too.

SABR 42: Catch a special screening of “Knuckleball!” documentary

Attendees at SABR 42 this summer will have a chance to see a special screening of the “Knuckleball!” documentary film by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

The film will be shown with an introduction by Alan Nathan, chair emeritus of SABR’s Science and Baseball Research Committee and an authority on baseball’s most unpredictable pitch. Nathan, who was interviewed for the film, will talk about the knuckleball and hold a Q&A session afterward. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

Registration information and a detailed schedule for SABR’s 42nd national convention can be found at All baseball fans are welcome to attend. The convention will be held June 27-July 1, 2012. Minnesota Twins president Dave St. Peter and general manager Terry Ryan highlight our list of speakers and panelists; more speakers and events will be announced soon.

“Knuckleball!” follows the only knuckleballers in the major leagues in 2011, Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey. It also features former knuckleballers Phil Niekro, Charlie Hough, Wilbur Wood, Jim Bouton and Tom Candiotti. Other interviews include writers Ben McGrath, Roger Angell and Tony Massarotti; catchers Jason Varitek, Doug Mirabelli and Josh Thole, as well as Derek Jeter, Terry Francona, Joe Torre, Carlos Beltran and Buck Showalter.

For more information and to view a trailer of “Knuckleball!”, visit

SABR 42: Register at our new all-inclusive convention rate

Special for 2012, we’re offering an all-inclusive rate of $219 (SABR members) or $269 (non-members) for SABR 42. The all-inclusive rate includes full registration to all convention panels and presentations, one ticket to the Awards Banquet on Friday, June 29 and one Home Plate View ticket to the Twins vs. Royals game on Friday, June 29.


A note on off-site events: If you registered for SABR 42 before May 4, 2012, and wish to purchase any of the off-site events/tours — the Metrodome/Downtown Walking Tour, exclusive Target Field tour or Historic Ballpark Sites Bus Tour — to your convention itinerary, please contact Deb Jayne at (602) 343-6450.

We’re offering two options for registration this year:

1) All-inclusive rate
Special for 2012: We’re offering an all-inclusive rate for SABR 42. SABR members can pay $219 and nonmembers can pay $269 to receive:

  • Full registration to SABR 42 in Minneapolis (regular price: $129 for SABR members or $179 for nonmembers)
  • 1 ticket to the Awards Banquet (regular price: $45)
  • 1 Home Plate ticket to the Twins vs. Royals game on Friday, June 29 (regular price: $44)

Please note: Skyline Deck tickets are now sold out; they were available to the first 250 people who selected the all-inclusive rate. Those who select the all-inclusive rate after April 27, 2012, will receive a Home Plate View ticket instead.

2) Regular rate
SABR members and non-members who wish to purchase registration, banquet tickets, game tickets and off-site events separately can do so at the following rates:

includes access to all panel discussions, research presentations, committee meetings and other on-site events.

  • SABR members: $129
  • Non-members: $179

Metrodome/Downtown Walking Tour on Wednesday, June 27

  • Fee: $5

Led by Halsey Hall Chapter president Brenda Himrich, a tour of downtown and a tour of the Metrodome, former home of the Twins. Brenda will take you through the skyways of downtown Minneapolis and come back through the milling district along the river. You can head straight back from the Metrodome if you want or walk along the river. They can cross the river along the Stone Arch Bridge (where folks have been known to get married) and eat or drink someplace along the east bank on historic Main Street.

Exclusive tour of Target Field on Thursday, June 28

  • Fee: $15

Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, led by Twins curator Clyde Doepner. You will be able to visit areas not accessible on most public tours of the ballpark.

Awards Banquet on Friday, June 29

  • Awards Banquet: $45

Meal includes salad, chicken entree and dessert. (If you have special dietary considerations, please contact Deb Jayne at

Twins vs. Royals game on Friday, June 29
SABR has reserved a block of tickets in the Skyline Deck and Home Plate View sections. (Please note: Our Skyline Deck block has already sold out as of April 27, 2012; only tickets in the Home Plate View section are available.) Click here for a seating chart at

  • Home Plate View: $38

You will be able to redeem your game ticket at the registration desk using the chit system. If you do not care with whom you sit, you should turn your chit into your game ticket right away at the hotel. But if you want to sit with a friend, wait to turn in your chits at the registration desk at the same time, thereby getting tickets next to one another.

Historic Ballpark Sites Bus Tour on Saturday, June 30

  • Fee: $15

Take a bus tour to historic Twin Cities ballpark sites, including Nicollet Park in Minneapolis, Lexington Park and The Pillbox in St. Paul, and Metropolitan Stadium in suburban Bloomington. Tour is limited to first 45 registrants. (Note: A second bus could be chartered if enough people sign up.)

We hope you’ll join us in Minneapolis this summer!


2 more days to vote in the 2012 SABR Board of Directors election

SABR members, pay attention to the e-mail address that you have on file with SABR; you should have received a message on Monday, May 14, with a link to vote online in the 2012 SABR Board of Directors election. The poll will close at 12:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time on Sunday, May 20. The Tellers Committee will meet next week to count paper ballots received by mail and confirm the final voting results.

The only way to vote online is through the link you will receive by e-mail. All e-mails will come from the address; if you wish to add it to a whitelist in your e-mail client, that may help ensure that you will receive the e-mails.

Members who did not have an e-mail address on file with SABR as of April 5, 2012, received a paper ballot in the mail. Please do not vote online and send in the paper ballot; if you do, the paper ballot will be discarded, and only the online vote will count.

If you would like to register your e-mail address on file with SABR so you can vote online (and also receive our “This Week in SABR” newsletter on Fridays), please contact Membership Director Deb Jayne at  

When you vote, you will find three items on the 2012 Board of Directors ballot: the election of the SABR Vice President, Secretary, and one Director. The candidates are:

For Vice President

  • Bill Nowlin (incumbent)
  • Chris Dial

For Secretary

  • Todd Lebowitz (incumbent)

For Director (open)

  • Bill Staples Jr.
  • Ty Waterman

You can read candidate biographies, along with full descriptions of the positions and responses the candidates made to a series of questions, in the 2012 SABR Election Guide below.

Download the 2012 SABR Election Guide here:

OPENING FENWAY PARK WITH STYLE: The 1912 World Champion Red Sox

The 100th anniversary season of Boston’s Fenway Park highlights the next addition in the SABR Digital Library:

OPENING FENWAY PARK WITH STYLE: The 1912 World Champion Red Sox
Edited by Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Dan Desrochers, Len Levin, Maurice Bouchard

E-book price: $9.99
E-book ISBN: 978-1-933599-36-6

Paperback price: $19.95
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-933599-35-9
304 pages, 8.5″ x 11″  

OPENING FENWAY PARK WITH STYLE: The 1912 World Champion Red Sox is the collaborative work of 27 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). This book, which contains over 300 period photographs and illustrations, has as its core the individual biographies of every player on the team, even including Douglass Smith—who appeared in just one game. There are also biographies of owner John I. Taylor and American League founder Ban Johnson. The book also contains a detailed timeline of the full calendar year, with essays on the construction of brand-new Fenway Park and its first renovation, as the team (which won the pennant by 14 games) prepared for Fenway’s first World Series. The 1912 World Series remains one of the most exciting ones in baseball history, extending to eight games because of a 14-inning tie game in Game Two. Game Eight itself saw the Giants score a tie-breaking run to take a lead in the top of the 10th inning, only to see Boston come back with two in the bottom of the 10th and win at home.
Other articles in the book reveal a fascinating spring training, which saw Sox players join the hunt for a murderer in Hot Springs, and look at life in Boston in 1912 — as well as how the newspapers and telegraph reported the games, in the days before radio and television and the internet. It may surprise some to learn of the thousands of people who crowded outside the downtown offices of newspapers so they could get batter-by-batter updates on the progress of the World Series games-in-progress.

There are more than a dozen books celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, but not one which is devoted to the 1912 season itself, providing the context for the then-new park which remains home to Boston baseball a century later.

Buy the book:

SABR members:

To view all books in the SABR Digital Library, visit

To learn more about SABR Publications, contact Publications Editor Cecilia Tan at

Vote now for this year’s Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend

Members of SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee received an online ballot this week for the Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend ballot, to select the top players not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Voting continues until May 30.

The 2012 selection will be announced at the Nineteenth Century Committee’s annual business meeting schedule during SABR 42, on Saturday, June 30 in Minneapolis, MN.

Last year’s winner, announced at SABR 41, was Harry Stovey.

If you would like to join the Nineteenth Century Committee and vote for the Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend, contact Peter Mancuso at

Nine new biographies posted at the SABR BioProject

Nine new biographies have been posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, bringing us to a total of 1,945 published biographies. Can we reach 2,000 bios before the SABR 42 convention in June? Keep ’em coming! Here are the new bios:

All new biographies can be found here:

We recently relaunched the BioProject at its new home page: The new BioProject fully integrates its design with and upgrades the back-end platform, making it easier for us to post and edit new bios and eliminating some formatting problems with the original software. All of your old URLs should still work (and if you find one that doesn’t, please contact

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. And as we mentioned in last week’s note: If you come across an “encyclopedic” article in a past SABR publication that you think should be included in the SABR “baseball repository” at the BioProject, send a copy or link to or and we will take a look at it.

Spring 2012 Baseball Research Journal articles are now online

By now, most of you should have received your copy of the Spring 2012 Baseball Research Journal in the mail. If you haven’t received yours, give Deb Jayne a call at (602) 343-6450 so we can notify the publisher. You can get started reading the Spring 2012 BRJ (online articles for members only!) at:

That link also offers you a way to download the PDF version of the magazine to read on your computer or e-reader device, as well as a chance to purchase additional copies of the BRJ for any baseball-loving family members or friends at the SABR Bookstore.

In addition to all of the BRJ articles you will find in the print edition, we’re also proud to once again present special supplemental material, available exclusively at, related to Herm Krabbenhoft’s ongoing research of Hank Greenberg’s RBI totals.

Click here to read more articles from the Spring 2012 “Baseball Research Journal”

April 24 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the April 24 Board of Directors conference call have now been posted on the SABR website.

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

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

Research committee newsletters

Here are the SABR research committee newsletters published this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Chapter meeting recaps

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

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Originally published: May 18, 2012. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.