This Week in SABR: May 25, 2012
Here’s what we’ve been up to as of May 25, 2012:
2012 SABR Board of Directors election results
SABR members have elected a new Director and re-elected two incumbents to the organization’s Board of Directors.
Bill Nowlin was re-elected as SABR’s Vice President, receiving 693 of 867 first-preference votes. Runner-up candidate Chris Dial received 171 votes. This will be Nowlin’s fifth term as Vice President; he has served on the Board since 2004. Last year, Nowlin was named as recipient of the Bob Davids Award, SABR’s highest honor. He has specialized in Red Sox research since he turned to writing and research in the late 1990s and has published about 30 books and several hundred articles, almost all of which are Red Sox-related. He is one of three founders of Rounder Records, one of America’s most successful independent record labels. He’s traveled widely, visiting more than 125 countries to date, and has recently returned to academia (he taught college for 12 years), offering an online course on “Baseball and Politics” at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Todd Lebowitz was re-elected as SABR’s Secretary in an unopposed race, receiving 799 of 813 first-preference votes. Lebowitz, who was first elected to the SABR Board in 2011 to fill the vacant Secretary seat, has been an attorney with Baker & Hostetler LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1997. He has offered pro bono legal counsel to SABR since 2005, advising on numerous matters relating to intellectual property, contracts, personnel, business strategy and implementation. He has performed legal work for the Cleveland Indians, including drafting player contracts and negotiating terms with player agents, some work for Major League Baseball related to trademark enforcement, and conducted a study entitled “The Effect of Financial Rewards on Intrinsic Motivation: A Study of Long-Term Contracts in Major League Baseball”. He has been a member of SABR since 2000, is part of the Baseball Records, Business of Baseball and Latino Baseball committees, and has assisted other members with legal and historical research, including understanding legal terminology and decisions. He holds a BA in psychology and a law degree, both from the University of Michigan. He lives in Solon, Ohio.
Ty Waterman of Attleboro, Massachusetts, was elected to an open Director’s spot in a close race, receiving 429 first-preference votes out of 845 ballots cast. Runner-up Bill Staples Jr. of Chandler, Arizona, received 407 votes. Waterman will replace outgoing Director Gary Gillette at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting, which will be held during the SABR 42 national convention at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The meeting is scheduled from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Ballrooms 1-2 of the hotel.
Waterman has been a SABR member since 1996 and is a frequent presenter at Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter meetings. He is the creator of the Great American Fantasy League (GAFL), a baseball simulation board game in which 26 SABR members participate as members of all-time franchise teams. He has attended every SABR national convention since 1999 and was involved in the creation of the Games and Simulation Research Committee in 2010. Waterman is the co-author of The Year The Red Sox Won The World Series: A Chronicle of the 1918 Championship Season, published by Northeastern University Press in 1999. He is a season-ticket holder for the Pawtucket Red Sox Triple-A team and is a strong advocate for minor league baseball. Since 1996, he has worked as a social worker, supervising foster homes in Boston, Massachusetts. He has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Maine, Orono, and a master’s degree in Theology from Boston University.
Special thanks go out to Tellers Committee members Mort Bloomberg, Annie Chaloupka and Bob Flynn for certifying the results on May 22 at the SABR office.
The 2012 SABR elections featured online voting for the third consecutive year as well as traditional paper ballots. A total of 867 votes were received, constituting about 15.67 percent of the membership.
A complete history of SABR’s Board of Directors can be found here.
SABR members can find complete 2012 election results, including write-in candidates and voting totals, posted here.
SABR 42: Deadlines approaching for Twins tickets, hotel rooms
If you’ve haven’t registered for SABR 42 and are planning to join us in Minnesota this summer, 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.
- CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SABR 42: http://sabr.org/convention/sabr42-registration
Get your Twins game tickets: 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 can reserve your tickets when you register for SABR 42. Click here to register for SABR 42 online or call Deb Jayne at (602) 343-6450.
Book your hotel room: 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.
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 (highlighted by Minnesota Twins president Dave St. Peter and general manager Terry Ryan), 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 special screening of the new “Knuckleball!” film documentary; 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’s everything you need to know about SABR 42. Please check our website at SABR.org/convention for updates:
- Hotel: 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 at 30 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402. It is located just blocks from Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. The hotel’s website is www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mspcc-minneapolis-marriott-city-center. Book your room before Monday, June 4.
- Ballgame: Royals at Twins, June 29. Our block of Skyline Deck seats are sold out; Home Plate View seats still available until Thursday, June 7.
- Registration: SABR members: $219 (all-inclusive); $129 (regular). Non-members: $269 (all-inclusive); $179 (regular). Click here to register for SABR 42.
- Schedule: Download the daily schedule for SABR 42 here.
- Speakers: Minnesota Twins president Dave St. Peter and general manager Terry Ryan highlight our list of speakers and panelists at SABR 42. Check out our list of speakers here; stay tuned for more speakers to be announced soon!
- Research presentations: Click here for a schedule of SABR 42 research presentations. For details on submission guidelines for future conventions, click here.
- Committee meetings: Click here for a schedule of SABR research committee meetings at SABR 42.
- Transportation tips: Click here for travel options between the MSP airport and Marriott City Center hotel during the SABR convention.
- Host chapter: Visit the Halsey Hall Chapter website at halseyhall.org.
We look forward to seeing you in Minnesota! For complete details, visit SABR.org/convention.
SABR 42: Featured panels
We’ve got some exciting panels lined up on the schedule for SABR 42 in Minneapolis this summer. Here are the details:
SABR Authors Panel
6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 27
Barnes & Noble, 801 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Join us at the Barnes & Noble on 8th Street for a SABR authors panel and book signing featuring: Mark Armour, Pitching, Defense, and Three-Run Homers: The 1970 Baltimore Orioles; Rob Fitts, Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan; Daniel R. Levitt, The Battle that Forged Modern Baseball: The Federal League Challenge and Its Legacy; John Thorn, Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game; Steve Treder, The Hardball Times. Moderator: Stew Thornley, editor of Minnesotans in Baseball.
Opening Remarks: Dave St. Peter
9:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 28
Dave St. Peter has worked in the Minnesota Twins organization since 1990 and has been the team president since November 2002. He leads the team’s strategic planning process and business departments. He was involved in the approval, design, and construction of Target Field, which opened in 2010 and was named the 2011 Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily. A native of North Dakota, Dave serves on the board of the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, the Ronald McDonald House of the Twin Cities, and Meet Minneapolis.
Introduction by Brenda Himrich, president of the Halsey Hall Chapter. Brenda jumped on the baseball fan wagon when the Twins won the World Series in 1987 and hasn’t fallen off yet. Though a recent fan, she has memories of seeing Harmon Killebrew hit a grand slam and Kirby Puckett hit for the cycle. The significance of these events was lost on her until she joined SABR in the 1990s. The years of being a member has enhanced her appreciation of baseball by adding historical depth and knowledge. As president of Halsey Hall Chapter of SABR, Brenda is proud to welcome all to Minnesota and SABR 42.
Official Scorers Panel
1:00-2:15 p.m., Thursday, June 28
Our panel of official scorers for major league teams will discuss rules and scoring issues that come up during the course of a game, including appeals, reversed calls and other disputes. Speakers include:
Stew Thornley, who joined SABR in 1979 and got his first shot at official scoring as an add-on job while doing public-address announcing in the early 1980s. He became a Major League Baseball official scorer for Minnesota Twins home games in 2007 and has been doing datacasting for Twins home games for Total Sports/MLB.com since 1998. He has written many books about Minnesota sports history, and his first book, On to Nicollet: The Glory and Fame of the Minneapolis Millers, received the Macmillan-SABR Baseball Research Award in 1988. He is related by marriage to the SABR Halsey Hall Chapter president, Brenda Himrich.
David Vincent, a long-time member of SABR who received the organization’s highest honor, the Bob Davids Award, in 1999. David is the founding secretary of Retrosheet, which collects play-by-play accounts of every game in major league history. He has served as an official scorer in four minor leagues (including 21 seasons in the Carolina League) and has been the official scorer for Major League Baseball since it returned to Washington, DC, in 2005. He is known around baseball as “The Sultan of Swat Stats” for his expertise in the history of the home run. He is the author of many books and articles on home runs and umpires.
Gregg Wong, a sportswriter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press from 1969 to 2002. Gregg was the official scorer for several Minnesota Twins game in 1988, and he and Stew Thornley took over as official scorers for the Twins when longtime scorer Tom Mee retired in 2007. A 1969 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Wong was the official scorer and public-address announcer for the Minnesota Gophers in 1968 and 1969, wrote for the school newspaper, and worked in the sports information office. Gregg’s last year in newspapers was in 2002, and he concluded it by covering the playoff series between the Twins and Angels. That year he also covered the NCAA hockey championship, won by the Gophers, and all four majors in men’s golf.
Moderator: Kevin Hennessey. Kevin is a lifelong baseball fan and a member of SABR’s Halsey Hall Chapter since 1997. Kevin has served on the chapter’s Board of Directors for seven of his 15 years, and has contributed presentations and articles to chapter meetings and publications on a regular basis. Kevin has served as an official scorer for the St. Paul Saints beginning in 2008 and for Twins games beginning in 2009. He continues to score baseball games for STATS, Inc., as he has since 1990. He has also had stints with Gary Gillette’s Baseball Workshop, Total Sports, and Minnesota Public Radio.
Women in Baseball Panel
4:45-6:15 p.m., Thursday, June 28
Our panel of authors and experts will discuss the evolution of women in baseball throughout the game’s history and their future in the sport. Speakers include:
Laura Day, who has served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for the Minnesota Twins since 2006. She oversees the team’s revenue generation, including ticket sales and corporate partnerships, and played a key role in the Twins’ transition from the Metrodome to Target Field in 2010. Prior to joining the Twins, she worked at the Minneapolis Convention and Visitor’s Association and served as vice president of sales for Victory Sports One. She was one of the first employees of the Minnesota Wild hockey team, helping to launch the Xcel Energy Center as vice president of corporate partnerships from 1999 to 2002. Laura got her start in sports working for the Twins from 1991 to 1999, where he held a variety of posts, including vice president of sales and marketing; director of corporate marketing; and promotions manager.
Leslie Heaphy, a member of SABR since 1989 and chair of SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee since 1995. She was elected to the SABR Board of Directors in 2010. Leslie is an associate professor of history at Kent State University at Stark and publishes in the area of the Negro Leagues and women’s baseball. In 2008, she became the founding editor of the journal Black Ball, published by McFarland Publishing. She lives in Kent, Ohio.
Dorothy Seymour Mills, a pioneer among baseball historians. With her late husband, Dr. Harold Seymour, she co-authored the classic three-book series called Baseball, published by Oxford University Press. In 2010, the couple were selected as part of the inaugural class of recipients for SABR’s Henry Chadwick Award, which honors the game’s greatest researchers, historians, statisticians, analysts and archivists. She also authored A Woman’s Work: Writing Baseball History with Harold Seymour (McFarland & Co., 2004), which revealed her contributions to the Baseball series — after not receiving credit for her work for many decades, Dorothy was finally listed as the co-author when OUP re-released the books in 2010. Her most recent books are Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession With Its History, Numbers, People and Places and Drawing Card: A Baseball Novel.
Cecilia Tan, SABR’s Publications Editor since 2011. Cecilia has been involved in baseball in one way or another since she fell in love with the 1976 New York Yankees. She writes the oldest baseball blog on the Internet, “Why I Love Baseball”, and played second base/right field for the Pawtucket Slaterettes, the oldest continuously operating all-female baseball league in the country. Early in her baseball writing career, she was a web writer for the New York Yankees. She currently serves as Publications Editor for SABR and this past winter was a co-editor of the Baseball Prospectus Annual.
General Managers Panel
9:15-10:45 a.m., Friday, June 29
Our featured speaker is Terry Ryan, who became general manager of the Minnesota Twins in 1994, stepping down from the position in 2007, and returning in 2011 as executive vice president/general manager. He was named Executive of the Year by The Sporting News in 2002 and 2006, and Major League Executive of the Year by Baseball America in 2004. Under his leadership, the Twins were named Organization of the Year in 2002 and 2004 by Baseball America and in 2002 by USA Today and Sportsticker. Terry joined the Twins organization in 1974 and pitched in their system for four years.
Moderator: Cory Provus, who became the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins in 2012. He broadcasted Milwaukee Brewers games with Bob Uecker for the previous three years. A native of the Chicago area, Cory graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and did play-by-play and studio hosting for Orange sports. He was named Radio Sportscaster of the Year by the Alabama Broadcasters Association as he called three sports at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. The next year, Cory became the pre- and post-game host for the Chicago Cubs and backed up Pat Hughes with play-by-play duties before moving to the Brewers and now the Twins.
SABR Awards Luncheon
12:30-2:30 p.m., Friday, June 29
Master of ceremonies: Stew Thornley
Keynote speaker: TBA
Awards presented or announced at the luncheon include the Lee Allen Award, the Roland Hemond Award, the SABR Baseball Research Awards, the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Awards, and the Henry Chadwick Awards. The Awards portion of the luncheon concludes with the awarding of the Bob Davids Award, SABR’s highest honor.
9:30-11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 30
Our traditional Players Panel will include the following speakers who will discuss their careers and lives in baseball:
Ron Coomer, who spent six of his nine seasons with the Minnesota Twins from 1995-2003. Ron grew up on the south side of Chicago, though he was a Cubs fan and often imitated the home-run call of Jack Brickhouse as he fungoed rocks across Central Avenue into Midway Airport. Cooms reached the majors in 1995 with the Twins and also played for the Cubs, Yankees, and Dodgers. He was on the American League All-Star team in 1999. Ron now works on Twins telecasts for Fox Sports North.
Bob “Rocky” Johnson, 11-year veteran infielder with seven MLB teams, 1960-70. Rocky grew up in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina. Rocky once had six straight pinch hits, led his league in pinch hits three times, and finished his career with a pinch-hitting batting average of .272 and an overall batting average of .272. He wonders how rare that is, and he thinks someone from our group will probably be able to tell him.
Roy Smalley III, All-Star shortstop and 13-year veteran from 1975-87. Roy III was the son of Roy Jr., the keynote speaker at SABR 10 in Los Angeles in 1980, and nephew of Gene Mauch. Roy III played on two championship teams at the University of Southern California and signed with the Texas Rangers, having been picked first in the 1974 amateur draft. He came to the Minnesota Twins in 1976 along with Mike Cubbage, Bill Singer, and Jim Gideon in a trade for Bert Blyleven and Danny Thompson. Roy hit 24 home runs in 1979 and was on the All-Star team. He was traded to New York in 1982 and, a little over a month later, came back to the Metrodome and struck out into a triple play against the Twins. Roy came back to the Twins in 1985 and finished his major league career in the World Series in 1987, which the Twins won.
Moderator: Frank Quilici. Frank was a popular member of the Twins for many years and a versatile infielder from 1965 to 1970. In the World Series against the Dodgers in his rookie season, he had two hits in one inning in the opening game. Frank coached the Twins in 1971 and 1972 although he played one game in 1971, an exhibition game against the Giants at Met Stadium in which Giants coach Ozzie Virgil also played. In July 1972 he became the Twins manager, and, in his first game as skipper, Harmon Killebrew hit a two-run homer to beat a team from New York. After managing the Twins through 1975, Frank became a broadcaster, working on the radio with Herb Carneal calling Twins games.
One on One: Roland Hemond
1:30-2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 30
Longtime SABR member Roland Hemond sits down for an exclusive one-on-one session in which he’ll talk about his life in baseball and answer questions from the audience. Hemond received the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award during 2011 Induction Weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. A three-time winner of MLB’s Executive of the Year award, Hemond has been a tireless advocate for SABR over the years and is a familiar face at our national convention. He has also lent his name to an award given annually by SABR’s Scouts Research Committee, which recognizes the baseball executive who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to professional baseball scouts and scouting, and player development history.
SABR 42: Poster presentations
From 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, SABR 42 attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with presenters of the 10 poster presentations in the Window Terrace area on the 6th floor of the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The posters will be available for viewing all week in the Window Terrace area on the 6th floor. The top poster presentation, as selected by on-site judging, will win the USA Sports Weekly Award. Check out a list of past winners here.
Here are the poster presentations for SABR 42:
- P1: Same Place, Some Other Year: The Heretofore Untold Saga (with Good Reason) of Ballplayers who hit Home Runs in the same ballparks as Minor Leaguers and as Major Leaguers
- P2: Release Point and Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries
James Tetler and Andy Andres
- P3: The 1961 Adirondack Valley League
- P4: Baseball History and the Civil War Sesquicentennial: An Educational Opportunity
- P5: Using Standard Scores to Evaluate Baseball Performance
- P6: How Large Is The Advantage Of Batting Last?
- P7: Predicting MLB Player Performance Using Social Network Analysis
- P8: The .400 Hitters
- P9: Is David Ortiz the Greatest Designated Hitter Ever?
- P10: Baseball Graves
You can find detailed poster abstracts and presenter bios by clicking here: http://sabr.org/convention/sabr42-posters
Larry Corcoran and the 3 no-hitter club
Last Friday night, right after “This Week in SABR” was sent out, we watched with interest as Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander attempt to join an elite club: pitchers who have thrown three career no-hitters in the major leagues. He fell two outs short, but the way he’s been pitching lately, we fully expect him to take another shot at it soon.
That club Verlander hoped to join should be pretty familiar: Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Bob Feller and Cy Young. Hall of Famers, all of them. Their legacies are ingrained in our collective baseball memories.
And then there’s Larry Corcoran — the first pitcher to ever throw three career no-hitters.
You might not have heard of him, but the vertically challenged Corcoran — think of a right-handed Billy Wagner, only shorter — was the ace of the National League’s powerhouse Chicago White Stockings from 1880-84. He surpassed the 30-win mark four times in five seasons. His no-hitters came against Boston in 1880, Worcester in 1882 and Providence in 1884. A shoulder injury ended his career prematurely, but he finished with a 177-89 won-loss record and his .665 winning percentage still ranks 16th all-time.
There isn’t much information on Corcoran available online, but you can learn more about him from this biographical sketch written by John O’Malley for SABR’s “Nineteenth Century Stars”, published in 1989: http://sabr.org/latest/biographical-sketch-larry-corcoran
By the way, Verlander did join an eclectic group of pitchers when the Pirates’ Josh Harrison spoiled his no-hitter in the 9th inning last Friday. Check out SABR member Stew Thornley’s great lists about near-no-hitters at “Lost in the Ninth” here: http://milkeespress.com/lostninth.html. As Stew writes, from 1961 to 2011, exactly 50 percent of all no-hitters taken into the ninth inning were broken up (136 survived; 136 were lost.) You could look it up!
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:
- E-book: Click here to purchase the Kindle version of the OPENING FENWAY PARK WITH STYLE e-book for $9.99 from the SABR Bookstore, powered by Amazon.com. (For the EPUB version, click here to purchase from Barnes & Noble. For the PDF version, click here to purchase from Omnilit.)
- Paperback: Get the paperback edition of OPENING FENWAY PARK WITH STYLE for the retail price of $19.95 (plus shipping) from Createspace.com.
- 50% discount: Click here to get the paperback edition of OPENING FENWAY PARK WITH STYLE for the special members-only price of $10.00 at Createspace.com.
To view all books in the SABR Digital Library, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
To learn more about SABR Publications, contact Publications Editor Cecilia Tan at email@example.com.
Vote now for this year’s Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend
Members of SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee received an online ballot last 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
Eight new biographies posted at the SABR BioProject
Eight new biographies have been posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project — and we’re putting the finshing touches on our new BioProject book, Red Sox Baseball in the Days of Ike and Elvis: The Red Sox of the 1950s, edited by Mark Armour and Bill Nowlin, with Maurice Bouchard and Len Levin — bringing us to a total of 1,990 published biographies. Can we reach 2,000 bios before the SABR 42 convention in June? We think so! Here are the new bios:
- Harlond Clift, by Ralph Moses
- Harry Dalton, by Dale Voiss
- Michael J. Finn, by Charlie Weatherby
- Warren Giles, by Mark Armour
- Jeff Innis, by Rory Costello
- Jim Maloney, by Gregory Wolf
- Horacio Martinez, by Rory Costello
- Herb Moford, by Bill Nowlin
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
We recently relaunched the BioProject at its new home page: SABR.org/BioProject. The new BioProject fully integrates its design with SABR.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take a look at it.
Spring 2012 Baseball Research Journal articles are now online
If you joined SABR or renewed your membership before March 1, you should have received your copy of the Spring 2012 Baseball Research Journal in the mail. If you haven’t received yours yet, 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 SABR.org, 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”
Register for Jerry Malloy Negro Leagues Conference
- Jerry Malloy Negro Leagues Conference, July 19-21, Cleveland, Ohio: Registration is now open for the 15th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference at SABR.org/malloy. The Malloy Conference, hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee, promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 14 years, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest. A complete information packet with schedule, mail-in registration form and program advertising opportunities can be downloaded here (PDF) or on the website.
Research committee newsletters
Here are the SABR research committee newsletters published this week:
- Statistical Analysis: May 2012
- Umpires and Rules: Spring 2012
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Chapter meeting recaps
- Quebec Chapter meeting recap (May 5; Montreal, QC)
- South Florida Chapter meeting recap (May 19; Tamarac, FL)
- Houston/Larry Dierker Chapter meeting recap (May 19; Houston, TX)
- Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting recap (May 19; Denver, CO)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
SABR Events Calendar
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- May 26: Rio Grande Chapter meeting (Albuquerque, NM)
- May 30: Bergino’s: “Carl Furillo” with Ted Reed (New York, NY)
- June 2: Baseball Prospectus Ballpark Tour (New York, NY)
- June 2: Mike Luery book signing (Seattle, WA)
- June 3: Lou Criger monument dedication (Elkhart, IN)
- June 4: SABR Board of Directors conference call
- June 6: Ken Faria: “19th-century baseball in Bristol” (Bristol, RI)
- June 7: Lawrence Baldassaro book signing (Chicago, IL)
- June 9: Emil Rothe Chapter meeting (Schaumburg, IL)
- June 9: Talkin’ Baseball: Dennis Corcoran (Columbia, MD)
- June 9: Lajoie-Start Chapter meeting (Pawtucket, RI)
- June 9: Lefty O’Doul/Bay Area Chapter meeting (San Jose, CA)
- June 9: Houston/Larry Dierker Chapter meeting (Sugar Land, TX)
- June 9: Philadelphia/Connie Mack Chapter meeting (Trenton, NJ)
- June 9: Central Oklahoma Chapter meeting (Norman, OK)
- June 10: Wally Pipp Chapter meeting (Wyoming, MI)
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 SABR.org/events.
Around the Web
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Veeck, as in Maverick: Jeff Polman reviews Paul Dickson’s acclaimed new book on baseball’s most innovative executive (Huffington Post)
- Bill Petti studies how the league adjusts to hitters over time (FanGraphs)
- Cee Angi: On Ed Whitson and the worst seasons of our lives (Baseball Prospectus)
- Andrew Martin interviews SABR member and ESPN baseball writer Jerry Crasnick (Seamheads)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Kings of the comebackers (ACTA Sports)
- Rob Edelman: Baseball film to 1920 (Our Game)
- Max Marchi explores Pitch F/X velocities to determine whether pitchers really do “reach back for a little extra” sometimes (Baseball Prospectus)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: May 24, 2012. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.