This Week in SABR: May 24, 2019

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Please note: The SABR office will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 27. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of May 24, 2019:

SABR 49: Still time to register for San Diego convention this summer

We hope you’ll join us for SABR 49 on June 26-30, 2019, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here to register for SABR 49 and join us!

Visit for the complete schedule and details.

Our featured speakers and panelists at SABR 49 are expected to include Padres Assistant GM Josh Stein, NL Cy Young Award winner and Padres Hall of Famer Randy Jones, fan favorite and 1984 World Series hero Kurt Bevacqua, former Padres president Ballard Smith, MLB umpires Gerry Davis and Greg Gibson, MLB Official Historian John Thorn, author and SABRcast host Rob Neyer, MLB Vice President of Baseball Development Del Matthews, Padres broadcasters Bob Chandler, Mark Sweeney, and Carlos Hernández, Los Angeles Dodgers VP and ballpark architect Janet Marie Smith, Baseball For All founder Justine Siegal, professional umpire Perry Barber, authors Ron Rapoport and Jean Ardell, filmmaker Jewel Greenberg, Henry Chadwick Award winners Sean Forman and David W. Smith, The Baseball Encyclopedia editor David S. Neft, and many more.

The 49th annual SABR convention will take place on June 26-30, 2019, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. Click on a link below to learn more:

Visit to learn more or to register for the SABR 49 convention.

SABR 49: Former Padres executive Priscilla Oppenheimer, official scorer Bill Zavestoski to speak

We’re excited to announce more speakers and panelists for SABR 49 in San Diego.

  • Priscilla Oppenheimer, the San Diego Padres’ longtime Director of Minor League Operations, the first woman to hold that position in a baseball front office, will be on the Women in Baseball Panel on Thursday, June 27. She will join our panel with Los Angeles Dodgers Sr. Vice President and acclaimed ballpark architect Janet Marie Smith, professional umpire and author Perry Barber, film producer Jewel Greenberg, Baseball For All founder Justine Siegal, and author Jean Ardell.
  • Bill Zavestoski, who has scored more than 1,500 San Diego Padres games since 1984, will be the guest speaker at the Official Scoring Committee meeting on Thursday, June 27. For more information on SABR 49 committee meetings, click here.

Click here to view the SABR 49 daily schedule

For more information on SABR 49, or to register, visit

SABR 49: Last chance to book your hotel room at the Manchester Grand Hyatt

Our SABR 49 room block at the Manchester Grand Hyatt is almost sold out! If you have trouble booking your room online, please contact Deb Jayne at to be placed on a waiting list in case any rooms become available. Reminder: Our hotel room block is only available until 11:59 p.m. MST tonight, Friday, May 24.

The special SABR group rate of $224/night (single rate) or $254/night (double rate) is only available to registered convention attendees for the nights of Wednesday, June 26 through Saturday, June 29. After you register for SABR 49, you will receive an email with instructions on how to book your room at the convention hotel. Please note:

The Manchester Grand Hyatt is conveniently located within walking distance from Petco Park; our host hotel, a frequent host of baseball’s Winter Meetings, features a spectacular waterfront resort-like setting with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues in abundance at the nearby Gaslamp Quarter. The San Diego Central Library’s Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center, just a few blocks away, is home to the spectacular SABR Collection curated by our host chapter, the San Diego Ted Williams Chapter.

Visit to learn more or to register for SABR 49.

SABR 49: Transportation Tips and Area Attractions

Members of the host Ted Williams Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in San Diego. If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 49 volunteer for assistance.

Click here to view the SABR 49 Transportation Tips page

If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 49 volunteer for assistance.

For more information on San Diego’s award-winning restaurants, upcoming events, and other area attractions, visit

Enter the SABR 49 Raffle to win baseball cards, bobbleheads, and more

Attendees at this summer’s SABR 49 convention in San Diego will have a chance to enter the SABR 49 Raffle for a chance to win a 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle card and other cool prizes.

Other raffle items include a 1953 Topps Yogi Berra card, vintage Hall of Fame inductee postcards, Negro Leagues Centennial Team Bobbleheads, a Ty Cobb commemorative plate, vintage team mini-pennants, and much more. Raffle winners will be announced on Saturday, June 29 before the SABR 49 Umpires Panel at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Raffle tickets are $20 each or six for $100, and can be purchased at the Friends of SABR table near the SABR registration area at the Grand Hyatt during the convention. For more information, contact Ben Rose at

Only two spots remain at the Platinum Patron level in SABR publications campaign

If you have considered becoming a SABR Publications Patron, now is the time as your gift will count DOUBLE through SABR Director Bill Nowlin’s generous matching gift. Join the growing list of Publications Patrons in this philanthropic effort, and help us reach our goal of $50,000.

Only two spots remain at the Platinum Patron level. Contact Ben Rose to become a Platinum Patron today and receive these benefits as a token of our gratitude: 10 SABR books delivered to your door, 10 SABR books donated to a library, school, or nonprofit organization of your choice, autographed copies of Rob Neyer’s Power Ball and Jane Leavy’s The Big Fella, an official SABR commemorative bookmark, and more.

To date, we have raised the resources to donate 170 books to libraries, schools, and nonprofit organizations. In just three weeks, 58 Publications Patrons have contributed $33,800!

Donate today and join the list of new Publications Patrons below:

Mark Armour   Tom Hufford
John Bauer   Tom Larwin
Michael Bender   Harry Lesser
Robert Bergeson   Peter Mancuso
Irwin Chusid   Jim Odenkirk
Karl Cicitto   Virgilio Partida
Wayne Corbett   Carl Rhoads
John Dewan   John Stahl
Jonathan Epstein   MJ Volkovitsch
Scott Fischthal   JR Wildridge
Bill Hickman   Jeffrey Wood


Listen to an interview with David Cone on SABRcast with Rob Neyer

Listen to a new episode of SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer — which is now available on your favorite podcast streaming services! 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.

Visit to listen to Episode #8, which features an interview with David Cone, broadcaster and analyst for the New York Yankees’ YES Network, who talks with Rob about his new book, Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher, learning from failure and using the element of surprise on the mound. Cone spent 17 seasons in the major leagues, winning five World Series championships — in 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays and 1996, 1998-2000 with the Yankees — along with the 1994 American League Cy Young Award. He threw the 14th perfect game in major-league history in 1999 at Yankee Stadium and compiled an 8-3 record in postseason play.

Every week, SABRcast will feature insights and analysis of what’s happening in modern baseball on and off the field, plus compelling interviews with figures from around the game — and music from The Baseball Project.

To learn more, visit

Vote now for the 2019 SABR Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend

William "Dummy" HoyEach year, SABR’s Nineteenth Century Research Committee selects its Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend — a 19th century player, manager, executive or other baseball personality not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Committee members vote to narrow down the ballot to 10 finalists, then all SABR members are eligible to cast a vote for the winner. The winner is announced at the Nineteenth Century Committee’s annual meeting at the SABR convention.

  • 2019 finalists: Earlier this year, members of the Nineteenth Century Research Committee selected the finalists for the 2019 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend. Click here to download a PDF with the finalists’ bios, compiled by project co-chairs Adam Darowski and Joe Williams. Voting in the final election will run until June 10, and will be open to all SABR members.
  • Vote now! Click here to access the 2019 ballot. All SABR members are eligible to vote in the election for this year’s Overlooked 19th Century Legend. You *MUST* select five candidates — ranking them from first choice to fifth choice — from among the candidates presented. You are only allowed to vote once. You are on the honor system to submit only one ballot. ALL BALLOTS MUST BE CAST PRIOR TO 11:59 p.m. PDT on Monday, June 10, 2019.

Click here for a list of past winners.

SABR Digital Library: San Diego Padres: The First Half Century

As we get set for SABR 49 this summer, take in some memorable moments from the Old Mission with our newest book from the SABR Digital Library:

San Diego Padres: The First Half Century
Edited by Tom Larwin and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin
Foreword by Randy Jones | Afterword by Major Garrett

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5905-9, $29.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9701-5904-2, $9.99
358 pages, 8.5″ x 11″

Click here to read the full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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.

SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. To find the complete list of books, visit

Yasmany Tomás becomes second minor-leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game in 2019

Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Yasmany Tomás became the second minor-league player this season to hit four home runs in a single game, driving in eight runs on a record-setting day for the Class AAA Reno Aces on Monday, May 20.

Tomás, the 28-year-old Cuban slugger, has spent parts of three seasons at the major-league level with the Diamondbacks from 2015-17. He finished Monday’s game with 17 total bases — five shy of the PCL record set by the Vernon Tigers’ Pete Schneider, who hit five home runs and doubled against Salt Lake City on May 11, 1923.

The Aces hit 10 home run as a team, setting a modern franchise record for the Pacific Coast League affiliate, but not a record for Nevada’s “Biggest Little City.” The Reno Silver Sox of the Class C Sunset League hit 12 home runs in a single game on June 1, 1947, as Phil Alotta and Vince Pascale each hit four home runs that day against the Ontario (California) Orioles. It’s the only known instance in professional baseball history where two players each hit four home runs in the same game.

Just before Tomás’s fourth home run, teammate Matt Szczur completed a cycle with a triple. There are no documented instances of a player hitting four home runs and another player hitting for the cycle in the same game in the minor leagues, but it’s only happened once in MLB history: New York Yankees Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri achieved the feat in 1932.

Earlier this year on April 18, Will Benson of the Lake County Captains hit four home runs in a game, the first player in the Midwest League to do so since 2002.

Click here for a comprehensive list of all 4-HR games in professional baseball history.

SABR founding member Bob McConnell first published the list in The Minor League Research Journal, Vol. 2 in 1997. It was updated in his landmark book, Going for the Fences: The Minor League Home Run Record Book (2009), and is now maintained online at

Help select articles for SABR’s 50th anniversary collection

SABR’s 50th annual convention will be held in the summer of 2020. One project in the works to commemorate SABR’s first half-century is a compilation of 50 written pieces that showcase some of the best research produced by our members.

We welcome your suggestions for any stories to include. These might come, for instance, from the Baseball Research Journal or The National Pastime, from committee newsletters, from books published by SABR, from web postings, or from presentations at the annual convention.

SABR’s Board of Directors appointed a sub-committee of Mark Armour, Leslie Heaphy, Bill Nowlin, and John Thorn to help oversee this project. We would like to request your help. Over the past few months, we have ourselves scoured SABR publications and come up with a list. We then solicited each of the research committee chairs to ask among their members and send in “nominations” for items they recommend. There was a considerable overlap between the two lists — which speaks well to the choices made.

We would like to engage all SABR members to nominate your favorites in hopes that a few more gems will be nominated that perhaps the first two rounds did not turn up. Please be judicious in your nomination, only recommending pieces that you think are truly standout pieces, among the very best that SABR has published over the past 50 years.

Please feel free to send your nomination to any of the four committee members above. We look forward to hearing from you.

4 new SABR biographies published

Four new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which — with the publication of our new SABR Digital Library book, San Diego Padres: The First Half Century — brings us to a total of 4,889 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

4 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Four 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.
  • Read all game stories from our new Colorado Rockies book at the SABR Games Project: In Major League Baseball A Mile High: The First Quarter Century of the Colorado Rockies, published by SABR in 2018 and edited by Bill Nowlin and Paul T. Parker, we told the story of the first 25 years of the major-league baseball team in Denver. All game stories that appeared in the Colorado Rockies book can now be read online at the SABR Games Project. All of the biographies in Major League Baseball A Mile High are also available to be read online at the SABR BioProject. Click here to download a free e-book edition or get 50% off the paperback edition of Major League Baseball A Mile High.

Listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturday night

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, will air in May at a new time. Listen in from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 25 on MLB Network Radio.

This week’s show includes highlights from the Keeping Data Flowing panel at the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference, with Kyle Boddy of Driveline Baseball; MLB stats analyst Mike Petriello, Baseball Info Solutions Vice President Joe Rosales, and Arizona Diamondbacks/MLB Network Radio host Mike Ferrin.

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.

Call for papers: 2019 Detroit Stars Centennial Conference

To honor the 100-year anniversary of the Negro League’s Detroit Stars, the Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium and Wayne State University’s Department of African American Studies invite original unpublished papers for the Detroit Stars Centennial Conference on August 8-10, 2019. The event is co-sponsored by SABR’s Detroit Chapter.

Abstracts can cover all aspects of baseball, with emphasis on the Detroit Stars, black baseball, Michigan baseball, and/or baseball history. Abstracts only, not to exceed 300 words, should be submitted by June 15, 2019 to Lisa Alexander at For complete details and criteria, click here.

The conference registration is $125. The conference fee covers all events, including a bus tour of Detroit and tickets to a Detroit Tigers game. You can register for the conference at

For more information, visit or contact

In Memoriam: Rob Edelman

  • SABR member Rob Edelman, 70, died on May 23, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, New York, after a four-month, in-home hospice stay. He joined SABR in 1995 and was the preeminent expert on the history of baseball in film and cinema, publishing countless articles and several books on that subject. He was the editor of SABR’s From Spring Training to Screen Test: Baseball Players Turned Actors in 2018, and also wrote Great Baseball Films and Baseball on the Web. With his wife, Audrey Kupferberg, he coauthored Meet the Mertzes, a double biography of Vivian Vance and super-baseball fan William Frawley, and Matthau: A Life. For many years, he broadcast weekly film commentaries on WAMC Northeast Public Radio and taught Film Studies courses at the University at Albany. He was a frequent lecturer on baseball and film topics. Rob was born on March 25, 1949 in Queens, but he spent the first half of his life in Brooklyn. He held a bachelor’s degree from a combination of colleges, including Syracuse University and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He was a cultural Jew. In 1987, Rob married Audrey and in 1991 they moved to Audrey’s hometown of Amsterdam to help care for his mother-in-law. They enjoyed their life in Amsterdam and settled down in the house where Audrey grew up. He is survived by his wife, whom he considered the great love of his life. Cremation was arranged by Betz Rossi Bellinger & Stewart. There will be no funeral or memorial service. Donations in his memory may be made to The Community Hospice Foundation.

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
John Barrett Hooksett, NH     Travis Olmsted Lexington, KY
Marc Catapano Brooklyn, NY     Tracy Rich Reston, VA
Roger Jewell Travelers Rest, SC     Mike Romano Hinsdale, IL
Justin Kayal Madison, CT     Richard Sanders Floral Park, NY
Willis Kern Bloomington, IL     Bob Shaevel Berwyn, IL
Paul Larman Barrie, ON     Kurt Stutt Troy, NY
Michael Lassman Phoenix, AZ     Todd Vercoe Waterloo, ON
Greg Laware Wilbraham, MA     Linda Wilson San Diego, CA
Linda Bolin Tulsa, OK     Steven Wright Naperville, IL
Jeffrey Lickson Tallahassee, FL        


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 Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:

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:

Read these articles and more at

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Originally published: May 24, 2019. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.