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 20, 2022:
Good news! The Spring 2022 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members. This issue — which celebrates women in baseball and the 50th anniversary of Title IX — includes a special illustrated cover from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League by SABR member Gary Cieradkowski.
Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next two to four weeks. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered to your inbox on Wednesday, May 18.
- Buy the magazine: Purchase the print edition of the Spring 2022 Baseball Research Journal from Amazon.com
- Download the PDF: Click here to download the PDF file of the Spring 2022 Baseball Research Journal
- Read online: Find articles from the Spring 2022 Baseball Research Journal online at SABR.org
We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2022 Baseball Research Journal!
This summer in Baltimore, attendees at SABR’s 50th annual convention will have an opportunity to visit the sites of six former major-league stadiums — including stepping on the field at Memorial Stadium and a visit to Peabody Heights Brewery — on a special Historic Ballparks Bus Tour, scheduled for 4:00-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2022.
- Click here to register for SABR 50, and add the Historic Ballparks Bus Tour for just $15 per person
The annual SABR convention on August 17-21, 2022, which is open to all baseball fans, includes top featured speakers from around the baseball world, innovative panel discussions, groundbreaking research presentations, ballgames, the SABR Trivia Contest, the Awards Luncheon, and most of all, the opportunity to make and renew baseball friendships over the course of this exciting and memorable event. Click here for complete details on the SABR 50 All-Inclusive Package, Regular Registration, and other optional sessions.
Note: If you have already registered for SABR 50 and wish to add the Historic Ballparks Bus Tour, please contact Jessica Smyth.
Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more about SABR 50.
SABR’s 50th Annual Convention will take place on August 17-21, 2022, in Baltimore, and we are beyond thrilled to celebrate with you in person. Registration for SABR 50 and hotel accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor is now available at SABR.org/convention.
This is an event well worth the wait, and we already have an All-Star lineup of featured speakers and exciting events planned, including:
- Keynote address by Tim Kurkjian, winner of the BBWAA’s 2022 Career Excellence Award
- Opening Remarks by Sig Mejdal, Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Analytics, Baltimore Orioles
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards panel with Bill Stetka (Orioles Team Historian), Greg Bader (Orioles Senior Vice President, Administration & Experience), and Joe Spear (founder of Populous)
- Women in Leadership panel with Orioles executives Eve Rosenbaum (Director, Baseball Development), Nicole Sherry (Director, Field Operations), Jennifer Grondahl (Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications), and Lisa Tolson (Senior Vice President, Human Resources)
- Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox game on Friday, August 19
Of course, there is a lot more on the way — innovative panel discussions, ground-breaking research presentations, and more opportunities to make and renew cherished baseball friendships. We hope to see you this summer in Baltimore!
Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.
An invaluable collection of more than 50 audio interviews of baseball players and figures from the 1960s conducted by radio and TV executive Clifford Evans has been added to the SABR Oral History Collection.
Evans, a longtime executive with RKO radio, traveled to spring training in Florida each year during the early 1960s and conducted dozens of interviews with baseball players and managers who were preparing for the upcoming season. The broadcast-quality interviews, typically about 5 to 10 minutes in duration, were acquired, digitized from reel-to-reel tapes, and donated by Gregory L. Peterson, a SABR member and attorney from New York.
Recordings of 11 Hall of Famers are included in this set: Roberto Clemente, Frankie Frisch, Nellie Fox, Goose Goslin, Al Lopez, Frank Robinson (two separate interviews), Red Ruffing, Duke Snider, Casey Stengel, Bill Terry, and Paul Waner.
Other interviews are from Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium on August 13, 1960, including Tommy Bridges, Bobo Newsom, and former US President Herbert Hoover. Fresh off hitting a record 61 home runs in 1961, Roger Maris is interviewed about the Yankees’ upcoming season. Young St. Louis Cardinals prospects Curt Flood and future NL president Bill White are also interviewed before the 1962 season opener.
Evans also recorded interviews with New York Yankees broadcaster Mel Allen, Brooklyn Dodgers superfan Hilda Chester, baseball clown Al Schacht, managers Fred Hutchinson (a few months before he died from cancer), Ralph Houk, and Danny Murtaugh, plus a number of original New York Mets from their early expansion era.
The SABR Oral History Collection includes more than 700 interviews conducted with ballplayers (Major Leagues, Minor Leagues, Negro Leagues, AAGBBL), executives, scouts, authors, writers, broadcasters, and other figures of historical baseball significance. Learn more at SABR.org/oralhistory.
SABR members, please pay attention to the e-mail address that you have on file with SABR; you should have received a reminder email on Tuesday, May 17, with a link to vote online in the 2022 SABR Board of Directors election. If you did not receive the election ballot, please email email@example.com to have your ballot re-sent. The poll will close at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Wednesday, June 1.
You can read the candidate biographies, along with full descriptions of the positions and responses the candidates made to a series of questions, in the 2022 SABR Election Guide which is available for download below:
When you vote, please rank the candidates in order of preference, with 1 being your top choice. SABR elections use a simplified preferential voting system, allowing voters to rank their preferred candidates 1-2-3 and transferring preferences until a winner with more than 50 percent of votes is achieved.
You will find two items on the 2022 election ballot: the election of the SABR Vice President and two (2) Directors positions. The candidates are:
For Vice President
- Leslie Heaphy
- Bruce McClure
For Director (2 seats)
- Allison Levin
- Bill Nowlin
- Bill Pearch
As SABR strives to become the essential community for the world of baseball, our amazing chapters, research committees and communities of interest continue to promote our great game and share our passion for baseball’s past, present and future.
In 2021, SABR launched its Local Grants Program, delivering mission-focused funding to chapters and committees for projects concentrating on one or more of SABR’s four pillars: Research, Preservation, Scholarship, and Future of the Game. During our Give Local campaign, we’ll proudly share some of the stories of our inaugural group of Local Grants recipients and how they will put these funds to work in their communities.
- By joining our Give Local campaign between now and June 10, you will help support SABR’s general operation and fund more of our members’ amazing work on the local level.
While seven projects initiated by SABR chapters across the country received Local Grants for 2022, there were many more worthy applications submitted that we were unable to fund in the first year of the program.
Visit SABR.org/donate/give-local to learn more.
Join us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.
At 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 2, we’ll be joined by Todd Radom, an independent graphic designer who has created logos for professional sports franchises and events for the past two decades. His work includes the official logos for Super Bowl XXXVIII and the 2009 NBA All Star Game, the graphic identities for the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels, and the SABR 49 and SABR 50 convention logos, among many others. He is the author of Winning Ugly: A Visual History of the Most Bizarre Baseball Uniforms Ever Worn and, most recently, Fabric of the Game, on the NHL’s team names, logos, and uniforms.
Visit SABR.org/ballpark-figures to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.
Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:
The 1883 Philadelphia Athletics: American Association Champions
Edited by Paul Hofmann and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors Bob LeMoine and Len Levin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-69-1, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-70-7, $24.95
8.5″ x 11″, 206 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of The 1883 Philadelphia Athletics for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on The 1883 Philadelphia Athletics paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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.
Visit SABR.org/ebooks for more titles from the SABR Digital Library.
- Yoseloff Scholarship for SABR 50 in Baltimore: With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to 10 scholarships to currently enrolled high school or college students to attend SABR 50 on August 17-21, 2022, in Baltimore. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250. The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage high school and college-level student engagement with baseball research and to engender an active interest in baseball and SABR. Deadline to apply: June 3, 2022. Click here to learn more or download the application form.
- Women in Baseball Scholarship: SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee will award one $500 scholarship to a high school senior in its annual Women in Baseball Essay Contest in 2022. Students must write an essay of 1,500 words or less addressing the following question: “Choose one person or event in women’s baseball history that you believe has made a significant impact on the game and explain the importance.” Deadline to apply: June 14, 2022. Click here to learn more or download the application form.
Registration is still available for SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held on June 2-4, 2022, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
The full schedule for the 2022 Malloy Conference has now been posted online; click here to view the daily panels, presentations, and historic site tours.
- Register: Click here to register online for the 2022 Malloy Conference. Full registration is $195, students: $140. Single-day registration is also available for $75 for Friday or Saturday. Extra tickets can be purchased for the Rickwood Field bus tours, Thursday’s “meet and greet” reception, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Tour, or the awards banquet on Saturday night. All of these sessions are included in the full registration package.
- Hotel: Please note: Hotel rooms at the Sheraton Birmingham are now sold out. A limited number of rooms are available at the Courtyard Birmingham Homewood, 500 Shades Creek Parkway, Homewood, AL 35209, at a special rate of $145/night (plus tax). Please call 205-879-0400 to book your room at the Courtyard hotel; you must identify yourself as a member of the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference to get the special SABR rate while availability lasts. The Sheraton Birmingham, our host hotel, is located at 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., North Birmingham, AL 35203. Call 205-324-5000 for any questions with the Sheraton.
- Schedule: Click here to view the full schedule for the 2022 Malloy Conference.
- COVID-19 policy: All attendees must supply proof of a negative test. Those who can provide proof of vaccination are exempt from this requirement. Attendees will be required to follow any additional local public health declarations, including mask mandates. Click here to learn more.
- Contact: For questions, email Larry Lester or Leslie Heaphy.
Visit SABR.org/malloy to learn more.
It’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.
The SABR Analytics Certification program is 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 curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.
SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/certification to sign up today or learn more.
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: SABR’s Gardner-Waterma
n Vermont Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 24. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Our speaker will be Danny Gallagher, the bard of the Montreal Expos. Gallagher covered the club for years as a beat writer and has written several books in more recent years about the franchise. His most recent, a collection of stories from former Expos, is called Bases Loaded. To RSVP for this meeting, please contact Clayton Trutor.
- Video Replays: 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 21: Hank Gowdy Columbus (OH) Chapter book club meeting (Hilliard, OH)
- May 21: SABR Baseball Memories meeting (4:00 p.m. EDT)
- May 22: South Florida Chapter meeting with John Herson (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- May 24: Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter meeting with Danny Gallagher (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- May 26: Ken Keltner Badger State (WI) Chapter meeting with Tom Alesia (7:00 p.m. CDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- May 21: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
- May 28: Bob Davids Chapter ballgame/meeting (Fredericksburg, VA)
- May 29: Hanlan’s Point Chapter ballgame/meeting (Brantford, ON)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project:
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
Eleven new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:
- June 8, 1885: Presto Change! Cannonball Morris dominates after overhand pitching is suddenly legalized, by Larry DeFillipo
- May 18, 1901: In first Army vs. Navy baseball game, Cadets get best of Midshipmen in Annapolis, by Mike Huber
- May 7, 1917: Babe Ruth gets the best of Walter Johnson in 1-0 shutout at Griffith Stadium, by Kevin Larkin
- August 1, 1920: Bullet Rogan pitches and bats Kansas City Monarchs over Chicago American Giants in front of record crowd, by Thomas E. Merrick
- July 17, 1948: New York Giants win in Leo Durocher’s debut as team’s manager, by David Krell
- October 4, 1952: Allie Reynolds’ 4-hit shutout in Game 4 evens World Series, by Steven C. Weiner
- June 26, 1969: ‘Gentleman’ Jim Hickman breaks out the tape measure and broom to keep Cubs in first place, by Victoria Monte with Gregory H. Wolf
- May 6, 1972: Andy Messersmith writes Angels, Brewers history with 91-minute win, by Kurt Blumenau
- June 4, 1980: 41-year-old Jim Kaat crafts 10-inning shutout for Cardinals, by Tom Schott
- May 19, 2008: Boston’s Jon Lester no-hits Royals at Fenway Park, by Bill Nowlin
- August 14, 2021: Tyler Gilbert throws a no-hitter in his first major-league start, by Laura H. Peebles
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.
- Read all stories from Griffith Stadium greatest games book: All of the game recaps from A Palace in the Nation’s Capital: Griffith Stadium, Home of the Washington Senators can now be found online at the SABR Games Project. SABR members can download a free e-book edition of A Palace in the Nation’s Capital or save 50% off the purchase of the paperback edition at SABR.org/ebooks.
Episode #162 on Monday, May 16 featured James E. Brunson III, a historian, artist, and art historian who has contributed much to the study of baseball. He was a 2022 recipient of SABR’s Henry Chadwick Award. In the mid-1980s, he began his decades-long study of the history and imagery of African Americans in baseball. This work led to the 2019 publication of his three-volume magnum opus, Black Baseball, 1858-1900: A Comprehensive Record of the Teams, Players, Managers, Owners and Umpires, which won the Robert Peterson Award from SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee and was selected as one of SABR’s top 50 baseball books of the past half-century. He is the assistant vice president for Diversity & Equity in Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Northern Illinois University.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
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 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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Member Benefit Spotlight: Register now for SABR 50 convention in Baltimore
- Watch our latest Ballpark Figures episode with Shakeia Taylor and ESPN’s Mina Kimes
- Check out SABR’s new Jackie Robinson 75th anniversary web project
- SABR Digital Library: Not an Easy Tale to Tell: Jackie Robinson on the Page, Stage, and Screen
- Dave Heller’s Eddie Plank biography wins 2022 SABR Larry Ritter Book Award
- Check out photos and highlights from the 2022 SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference
- Check out highlights, stories, and clips from the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference
- 2022 Henry Chadwick Award recipients: James E. Brunson III, Jane Leavy, Daniel Okrent
- Seven baseball projects to receive SABR Local Grants in 2022
- Download your free copy of The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues book from SABR, Sports Reference
- Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2022
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
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There are no new research committee updates this week.
- Committee leaders, please send in your Annual Report to Jacob Pomrenke before Wednesday, June 1.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter: May 14 meeting recap (Round Rock, TX)
- Chapter and community leaders, please send in your Annual Report to Peter Cottrell before Wednesday, June 1.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Dwight Garner: Roger Angell, Who Wrote About Baseball With Passion, Dies at 101 (New York Times)
- David Remnick: Remembering Roger Angell, Hall of Famer (The New Yorker)
- Read Steven Treder’s SABR biography of author Roger Angell (SABR BioProject)
- Jay Jaffe: Hunter Greene and the No-Hitter That Wasn’t (FanGraphs)
- Ryan Hockensmith: The young Yankees fan who lost his autographs (ESPN.com)
- Hannah Keyser: How Julio Rodríguez, the Mariners’ prized 6-foot-3 rookie, got fast and became MLB’s leading base stealer (Yahoo! Sports)
- Emma Baccellieri: The Metaphorical Mets Continue to Win Despite Everything Going Wrong (Sports Illustrated)
- David Laurila: Pittsburgh’s Josh VanMeter is a Bona Fide Hitting Nerd (FanGraphs)
- Stephanie Apstein: The Reds Are the Worst Team in MLB, With Little Reason for Hope (Sports Illustrated)
- Chad Dotson: Joey Votto Is the Greatest Reds Player of All Time (Cincinnati Magazine)
- Alex Speier: Can the Red Sox learn something from the Celtics? Alex Cora thinks so. (Boston Globe)
- Mark Simon: Major Improvements for Jazz Chisholm and Marlins Defense (ACTA Sports)
- Rob Mains: No, The Universal DH Isn’t Causing Hit Batters (Baseball Prospectus)
- Russell A. Carleton: The New England Journal of Baseball (Baseball Prospectus)
- Gordon Edes: The magic behind MLB.TV’s ‘Baseball Zen’ videos (Bally Sports)
- Jared Beilby: Tracking the history of baseball’s two-way players (KPVI.com)
- Patrick Ellington Jr.: Triston McKenzie and The Latest Chapter of an Ignored Legacy (Medium.com)
- Steve Lange/Thomas Weber: Swede Risberg was banned from Major League Baseball. Then he restarted his life in Rochester (Rochester Magazine)
- Marty Lurie: Talkin’ Baseball with Bill Staples Jr. (KNBR radio)
- Betelhem Ashame: Kelsie Whitmore’s baseball journey has just begun (MLB.com)
- Sam Gazdziak: Grave Story: Fred Toney (1888-1953) (RIP Baseball)
- David Kronheim: 2021 Major League Baseball Attendance Analysis (NumberTamer.com)
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 20, 2022. Last Updated: May 20, 2022.