This Week in SABR: May 25, 2018

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 28. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of May 25, 2018:

SABR accepting applications for Chief Executive Officer position

SABR is now accepting applications for the Chief Executive Officer position. 

For complete details and criteria, visit the link below:

All materials should be emailed to Applications will begin being read on June 11, 2018. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

SABR 48: Join us for Roberto Clemente panel in Pittsburgh

We are pleased to announce the The Great One: The Life and Legacy of Roberto Clemente panel for the SABR 48 convention this summer in Pittsburgh.

The Roberto Clemente panel is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, just blocks from PNC Park. The conference is open to all baseball fans, and registration is now available online. Click here to register!

Here is some more information about our featured speakers:

  • Duane Rieder, Executive Director and Curator of the Roberto Clemente Museum and an accomplished photographer
  • Danny Torres, writer for and
  • Moderator: Adrian Burgos Jr., Editor-in-Chief of La Vida Baseball and author of Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line

Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists at SABR 48 in Pittsburgh.

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

For more information on SABR 48, or to register, visit

SABR 48: Register now for 2018 convention in Pittsburgh; single-day rates now available

Single-day registration for SABR 48 is now available at

The SABR 48 convention will be held June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand in downtown Pittsburgh. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Full registration or single-day registration can be purchased online by clicking here or on-site during convention registration hours beginning on Wednesday, June 20 at the Wyndham Grand hotel. Click here for complete details on SABR 48 registration rates.

The single-day rates for SABR 48 are:

  • Thursday, June 21: $149 for SABR members, $179 non-members
  • Saturday, June 23: $149 for SABR members, $179 non-members

The single-day rate includes admission to all SABR 48 convention panels, research presentations, and committee meetings at the Wyndham Grand hotel. Registration can be purchased on-site via cash, check, or credit card (sorry, no American Express accepted.) Please note: Admission to the SABR 48 Awards Luncheon, the Donors Breakfast, and the SABR 48 Ballpark Session at PNC Park are not included.

If you would like to join us for the SABR 48 “A Day at the Ballpark” pregame session at PNC Park on Friday, June 22, you must be registered for SABR 48 (either full or single-day registration) AND have a Pirates game ticket to enter the ballpark early. Our guest speakers are expected to include Pirates Executive VP/General Manager Neal Huntington, Senior Director of Baseball Informatics Dan Fox, broadcaster Joe Block, former project executive with Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Thomas E. Kennedy, and more.

Bring a guest or spouse with the SABR 48 Ballpark Session pass: SABR members who wish to bring a guest or spouse to the ballpark session only on Friday, June 22 at PNC Park can purchase a SABR 48 Ballpark Session pass on-site during the convention for the low cost of $25, plus a Pirates game ticket. You must have both a convention badge and your Pirates game ticket in order to enter the ballpark early. Contact Deb Jayne at for more details.

Please note: Our block of Pirates game tickets is no longer available. You can purchase a game ticket on your own by visiting

Click on a link below for more information about SABR 48.

All SABR 48 attendees will also receive a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players and events in the Pittsburgh area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes next month.

We hope to see you this summer in Pittsburgh!

SABR 48: Transportation Tips

Members of the host Forbes Field Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in the Steel City during the SABR 48 convention, June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

Click here to view the SABR 48 Transportation Tips page.

If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 48 volunteer for assistance.

For more information on Pittsburgh’s award-winning restaurants, upcoming events, and other attractions, go to

SABR 48: How to Do Baseball Research

At SABR 48, stop by the How to Do Baseball Research table in the Vendors Room (King’s Garden Ballroom 5) at the Wyndham Grand hotel in downtown Pittsburgh to ask questions of SABR researchers.

These informal Q&A sessions will be focused on baseball-oriented techniques and resources that are available to help you improve your research and writing. Whether you are an experienced SABR researcher or a first-time author, you can learn something new about information and tools — both online and off — that can help aid your baseball research.

Here is the schedule for the How to Do Baseball Research table:

  • 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Thursday, June 21: SABR Director Bill Nowlin will be available to discuss SABR publications and answer questions related to SABR’s book projects
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Friday, June 22: SABR Vice President Leslie Heaphy will be available to discuss research resources and answer questions on improving your research techniques
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Saturday, June 23: SABR Publications Director Cecilia Tan will be available to discuss the how to write for the Baseball Research Journal and participate in the BRJ’s peer-review process

To learn more about SABR 48, or to register, visit

SABR Digital Library: Major League Baseball A Mile High: The First Quarter Century of the Colorado Rockies

Take a seat in the “purple row” and add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:

Major League Baseball A Mile High: The First Quarter Century of the Colorado Rockies
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Paul T. Parker
Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1677-4, $19.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9438-1676-7, $9.99
8.5″ x 11″, 265 pages

Major League Baseball A Mile High: The First Quarter Century of the Colorado Rockies provides a look at the first 25 years (1993 through 2017) of the major-league baseball team in Denver, the Colorado Rockies. Included are essays on the birth of the Rockies and biographies of 24 of the most important players, managers, and club executives as selected by SABR’s Rocky Mountain Chapter. We added “ballpark bios” of the two fields the Rockies have called home: Mile High Stadium and Coors Field. In addition, 18 memorable and historic games are recapped here. 

Including a foreword by beat writer Thomas Harding, who has covered the Rockies since 2000, and illustrated with more than 30 photos from the archives of the Colorado Rockies and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball A Mile High is the perfect addition to any Rocky Mountain baseball fan’s personal library. 

This book is a production of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). More than three dozen SABR members contributed as authors, editors, fact-checkers, and pitched in with ideas to shape the book. Contributors include: Malcolm Allen, Eriel F. Barcenas, John Bauer, Thomas J. Brown Jr., Robert Brustad, Alan Cohen, Mike Cooney, Lauren Cronin, Richard Cuicchi, Kyle Eaton, Brian Engelhardt, Joy Hackenmueller, Thomas Harding, Paul Hofmann, Mike Huber, Ryan Keeler, Roger Kinney, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Alex Marks, Ed Meserko, Gwen Meserko, Chad Moody, Bill Nowlin, Paul T. Parker, John W. Paul Jr., Manny Randhawa, Carmen Reale, Ken Reed, Carl Riechers, Michael T. Roberts, Curt Smith, Alfonso L. Tusa C., Joseph Wancho, Kurt Wells, Brian Werner, Chris Williamson, Gregory H. Wolf, and Jack Zerby.

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. Visit for information on all SABR Digital Library books.

Read all articles from the Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal online

Good news! The Spring 2018 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members.

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 in early May.

To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.

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.

We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal!

Last chance: Vote for the 2018 SABR Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend

Each 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.

  • 2018 finalists: Earlier this year, members of the Nineteenth Century Research Committee selected the finalists for the 2018 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend. Click here to download a PDF with the finalists’ bios, compiled by project chair Adam Darowski and Joe Williams. Voting in the final election will run until May 28, and will be open to all SABR members.
  • Vote now! Click here to access the 2018 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, May 28, 2018.

Click here for a list of past winners.

For more information on the Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends Project, contact Project Chairman Adam Darowski or visit the project’s Facebook page.

Submit nominations for the 2019 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award — “The Dorothy” — named in honor of Dorothy Seymour Mills and her lifetime of contributions to promoting women’s baseball.

To submit a nomination for The Dorothy in 2019, please submit a letter of nomination (self or external); supporting letters; list of accomplishments with supporting documentation (including articles written by/about the candidate; book reviews for books written; links to organizations/tournaments/others that the candidate participated in or helped organize); awards received; or other achievements by September 4, 2018, to Dr. Leslie Heaphy by e-mail at or by mail at Dr. Leslie Heaphy, KSU at Stark, 6000 Frank Ave., North Canton, OH 44720.

Eligible candidates include any person with a sustained involvement in women’s baseball or any woman with a longtime involvement in baseball in any fashion — player, umpire, writer, executive, team owner, scout, etc. Candidates do not have to be living; it can be awarded posthumously. Self-nominations are accepted. The winner will be selected by the Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award Committee.

SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee established the award in 2017 and the inaugural recipient was professional umpire Perry Barber.

To learn more about the legendary baseball historian Dorothy Seymour Mills, click here.

4 new SABR biographies published

Four new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which — with the publication this week of our newest SABR Digital Library book, Major League Baseball A Mile High: The First Quarter Century of the Colorado Rockies — brings us to a total of 4,550 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

  • Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page:
  • Read bios from SABR’s No-Hitters book: In SABR’s No-Hitters, edited by Bill Nowlin and published in 2017, we focused on pitchers who threw no-hitters and the no-hitters they threw. Naturally, we couldn’t present biographies of everyone who ever threw a no-hitter nor could we present Games Project accounts of all of them. From around 300 no-hitters thrown in the majors (out of over 213,000 games), we have selected 59 no-hitters to include, along with the biographies of the men who threw them. All of the biographies — from Hall of Famers such as Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, and Randy Johnson to more obscure pitchers such as Larry Corcoran, Charlie Robertson, and Dallas Braden — that appeared in No-Hitters can now be read online at the SABR BioProject. More game summaries from the No-Hitters book will be posted at the SABR Games Project soon. You can also download the No-Hitters e-book for free or purchase the paperback edition at 50% off by clicking here.

5 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Five 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

If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Mike Huber. To request an assignment, please contact Steven C. Weiner. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors’ Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story started toward publication.

  • 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 articles from SABR book on greatest games at Milwaukee’s County Stadium: In SABR’s From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, edited by Gregory H. Wolf and published in 2016, we told the stories of memorable moments from the heart of the Badger State. All of the stories that appeared in this book are now available to be read online at the SABR Games Project by clicking here.

New SABR Oral History Collection interviews posted

Two new interviews were posted this week at the SABR Oral History Collection website. Here are the new interviews:

  • Lowell Palmer, major-league pitcher from 1969-74
    Recorded January 27, 2018, by Graham Womack
  • Matt Underwood, Cleveland Indians broadcaster
    Recorded October 31, 2017, by John McMurray

In addition, new PDF transcripts have recently been posted for these interviews:

The SABR Oral History Collection, which launched in March 2018 at, includes hundreds of interviews conducted with ballplayers (Major Leagues, Minor Leagues, Negro Leagues, AAGBBL), executives, scouts, authors, writers, broadcasters, and other figures of historical baseball significance. These interviews, some of which date back more than 50 years, were conducted by members of SABR’s Oral History Research Committee and were digitized through a collaboration with the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library.

To listen to more interviews from the SABR Oral History Collection, visit

Listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Sunday nights

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the 2018 season at its regular time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.

You can listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, and you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from

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.

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:

For more information, click 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
David Bender Plano, TX     Matthew Koffman South Orange, NJ
Reeve Bergesen Charlotte, NC     Daniel Louis New York, NY
Geoffrey Blomerth Malden, MA     James Meeker Wexford, PA
Leslie Boone Irwin, PA     Joe Mock Canon City, CO
Morris Buenemann Florissant, MO     John Riccio Langhorne, PA
William Foote Grosse Pte Park, MI     Alex Stumpf Pittsburgh, PA
Jon Harlan Canton, MS     William Talbot Sacramento, CA
Justice Hill Cleveland, OH        


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 25, 2018. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.