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This Week in SABR: May 19, 2023

This Week in SABR: May 19, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, May 19, 2023.
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Top Headlines
SABR 51: Cubs executive Chase Carpenter, Black Baseball in Chicago panel
SABR 51: Research Presentations and Poster Presentations
2023 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award winners announced
Check out the full schedule for the 2023 Jerry Malloy Conference
Join SABR’s Campaign for Baseball Research

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

SABR 51 featured speakers (clockwise from top left): James Brunson III, Leslie Heaphy, Adrian Burgos Jr., Chase Carpenter, Louis Moore

SABR 51: Cubs executive Chase Carpenter, Black Baseball in Chicago panel

We’re excited to announce more featured speakers for SABR’s 51st annual convention on July 5-9, 2023, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago:

  • A panel on Black Baseball in Chicago will include James Brunson III, Leslie Heaphy, and Adrian Burgos Jr., moderated by Louis Moore.
  • Chase Carpenter, the Chicago Cubs’ Senior Director, Strategy and Analytics, will deliver Opening Remarks on Thursday, July 6

The SABR 51 All-Inclusive package is only available through June 5, so sign up today at to secure your convention registration, White Sox game ticket, and Awards Luncheon seat while getting the best value available. After June 5, non-discounted a la carte registration and single-day options will be available.

Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.

Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists at SABR 51.

SABR 51 in Chicago

SABR 51: Research presentations and poster presentations

The full lists of research presentations and poster presentations on display during SABR 51 in Chicago are now available online at Abstracts and presenter bios, along with the complete schedule of events, will be available soon.

All baseball fans are welcome to attend SABR 51 on July 5-9, 2023, at the Palmer House Hilton. Click here to register for SABR 51.

Visit for more details.

The 2023 winners of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, which honors the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year, are Charlie Bevis, Yoichi Nagata, Robert K. Fitts, Mark Brunke, and John Racanelli. Pictured are, from left: Billy Pierce's 1952 Bowman baseball card, the cover of SABR's Nichibei Yakyu book, and Jenny Fulle playing Little League Baseball in 1974.

2023 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award winners announced

The 2023 winners of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, which honors the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year, are:

Click here to read the full announcement at

Campaign for Baseball Research

Join SABR’s Campaign for Baseball Research!

We say it right in our name: Society for American Baseball RESEARCH.

Research is at the heart of what we do as an organization. SABR’s online Research Collection and array of Research Resources are major sources of pride and a key component in our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball.

This spring, we invite you to join the Campaign for Baseball Research. Our goal is to raise $60,000 to expand, maintain, and preserve SABR’s Research Collection and Research Resources for current and future generations of baseball enthusiasts. We will use your best gift of $150, $300, $500, or $1,000 to better serve our growing membership base, attract more attention for our research, and offer new tools to all corners of the worldwide baseball community.

To donate or learn more about the Research Collection projects and improvements to our Research Resources, assets, and tools that will be funded by a successful campaign, visit

Second course in SABR Analytics Certification program now available

In 2022, we launched the SABR Analytics Certification program, an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics.

The second course in the program, Level Two – Advanced Analytics in Baseball, is now available!

SABR members save $55 on both available courses (and future courses), so we hope you’ll check out these exciting opportunities at

2023 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

View the full schedule for the 2023 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

Early registration is now open for SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held on July 20-23, 2023, in Detroit, Michigan. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here to register online for the 2023 Malloy Conference.

Visit to learn more or to register for the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference.

Call for papers: 2023 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the fifth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled for September 29-October 1, 2023, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

The 2023 conference will be a hybrid event, with panels and presentations on Zoom and a dinner banquet and golf outing in Rockford, Illinois. Registration information will be available soon. Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by June 30, 2023, to Leslie Heaphy at

Click here to read the full announcement at

Change to SABR’s mailing address

In an effort to more efficiently serve our members, SABR has added a PO Box to receive mail. The new mailing address for membership dues, donations, and other printed materials is: Society for American Baseball Research, PO Box 1715, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

Phone lines for the SABR staff remain unchanged. Please contact a member of the staff for more details or questions.

Click here to read the full announcement at

April 15-16 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the Board of Directors meeting on April 15-16, 2023, in Chicago have now been posted on the SABR website.

Click here to view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #214: Jonathan Eig

Baseball 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 #214 on Monday, May 15 featured Jonathan Eig, bestselling author of six books, including biographies of Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and his most recent King: A Life, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visit to listen to the full episode or subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks.

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: Frank "Home Run" Baker, Tim Lincecum, SABR Review of Books

4 new stories published at the SABR BioProject

Visit to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.

15 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Read essays from SABR Review of Books online

From 1986 to 1990, SABR published five volumes of the SABR Review of Books: A Forum of Baseball Literary Opinion. Edited by Paul D. Adomites, the groundbreaking publication attempted to “tap the two universal loves of SABR members: the love of reading baseball books and the love of a lively discussion.”

Reviews of contemporary (and historical) baseball books were combined with in-depth essays on a variety of subjects, such as women in baseball literature, baseball books for children, and a survey of early books on the Negro Leagues. The Review also included original interviews with the likes of author/pitcher Jim Brosnan, filmmaker John Sayles, and Roger Angell of The New Yorker.

All of the original essays from the SABR Review of Books can now be read online at Click here to learn more or download the PDF e-book editions.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

Willie Mays: Five Tools, edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks

Willie Mays: Five Tools
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks

Visit to download any SABR Digital Library e-book for free or save 50% off the paperback edition.

Recent Highlights

Here are some SABR headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Joshua Billington Hillsboro, Illinois     Robin Palkoner Chicago, IL
Quinn Booth Denver, CO     Harvey Platt Portland, OR
Ryan Divish Seattle, WA     Andrew Renteria Delano, CA
Thomas Donoghue Henderson, NV     Leo Rodriguez Negron Chelmsford, MA
thomas ferraro Davidsonville, MD     Daniel Rose Enfield, NH
Patrick Gordon Warrington, PA     Tom Sullivan Roslindale, MA
Brian Hall Austin, TX     Mark Te Nyenhuis Saugerties, NY
Bobby King Fontana, WI     Joseph White Paris, TN
John Nail Okatie, SC     Carlis Wright Robinson Missouri City, TX

SABR Events Calendar

The Dusty Baker-Sacramento and Lefty O’Doul-Bay Area SABR chapters are excited to hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. PDT! All baseball fans are invited to attend.

We'll hear an update on Jon Leonoudakis’s upcoming film “Lefty O’Doul: Baseball’s Forgotten Hero.” Jon will be joined by biographer Dennis Snelling and Lefty’s cousin, Tom O’Doul.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • May 20: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting with Paul Semendinger (1:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 22: Northern New England Chapter meeting with Leila Dunbar (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 23: Bay Area/Sacramento Chapter joint meeting with Jon Leonoudakis, Dennis Snelling, Tom O’Doul (7:00 p.m. PDT)
  • May 24: Ken Keltner Chapter meeting with Matt Klentak (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 27: Scouts Committee meeting with Paul Scimonelli (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 28: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • May 20: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • May 20: Bob Davids Chapter ballgame/meet-up at Nationals Park (Washington, DC)
  • May 20: Choo-Choo Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Chattanooga, TN)
  • May 20: Oklahoma Chapter meeting (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • May 21: Elysian Fields Chapter brunch (Mountainside, NJ)
  • May 21: Goose Goslin Chapter meet-up (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • May 23: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
  • May 28: Hanlan’s Point Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Toronto, ON)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

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Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

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.

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Originally published: May 19, 2023. Last Updated: May 19, 2023.