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This Week in SABR: May 29, 2020

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 29, 2020:

Spring 2020 Baseball Research Journal is on its way soon

Spring 2020 Baseball Research JournalGood news! The Spring 2020 edition of the Baseball Research Journal will be mailed out to all SABR members very soon.

Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next few weeks. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition will also be delivered to your inboxes soon.

To read more articles from the BRJ archives, our flagship publication for nearly the past half-century, click here.

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

We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2020 Baseball Research Journal!

Get a 25% discount on pre-orders of new SABR 50 at 50 book

SABR 50 at 50 book coverBaseball has seen many changes in the last 50 years, and SABR’s 50th anniversary provides an opportunity to highlight the most memorable players, teams, and events from the game’s glorious past.

SABR 50 at 50: The Society for American Baseball Research’s Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game, edited by Bill Nowlin and now available for pre-order from the University of Nebraska Press, celebrates and highlights SABR’s wide-ranging contributions to baseball history.

SABR members can get a 25% discount off the cover price by using the discount code 6SFF when ordering at or calling 800-848-6224. (To order outside of North America, please call +44 (0)1423 526350 and use the discount code CS40UNP.)

The diversity of SABR members’ interests is reflected in this fiftieth-anniversary volume — from baseball and the arts to statistical analysis to the Deadball Era to women in baseball. SABR 50 at 50 includes the most important and influential research published by members across a multitude of topics, including the sabermetric work of Dick Cramer, Pete Palmer, and Bill James, along with Jerry Malloy on the Negro Leagues, Keith Olbermann on why the shortstop position is number 6, John Thorn and Jules Tygiel on the untold story behind Jackie Robinson’s signing with the Dodgers, and Gai Berlage on the Colorado Silver Bullets women’s team in the 1990s.

Leading up to SABR’s 50th anniversary in 2021, the organization will also produce a series of online exhibits at to highlight baseball’s most impactful players and off-field figures, ballgames, record-breaking feats, books, films, stories, milestones, and baseball cards.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Stay Home With SABRLast month, we launched our Stay Home With SABR initiative, an eight-week effort from April 1 to May 31 to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. During this time, all new membership dues SABR receives will be split with Heart to Heart International, a nonprofit organization that distributes urgently needed equipment and medication to partners around the world during this global crisis.

SABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at This week, we heard from Dr. Jorge Iber on Spanish-language broadcasters, Christian Trudeau on baseball pioneer Charlie Culver, The Wax Pack Book author Brad Balukjian, Pawtucket Red Sox broadcaster Mike Antonellis, The MVP Machine co-author Travis Sawchik, and a Ball Four panel discussion with Mitchell Nathanson and Mark Armour.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can “attend” online:

  • May 30: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with baseball scientist Meredith Wills (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 31: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with minor-league baseball advocate Garrett Broshuis (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 31: Detroit Chapter open baseball forum (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 3: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 3: Luke Easter Chapter book club (7:30 p.m. EDT)
  • June 6: Talkin’ Baseball: Hall of Name author D.B. Firstman (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • June 6: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting with Inside Pitch author Rick Allen (1:00 p.m. PDT)

Find more upcoming virtual meetings and watch replays of past events on our SABR Virtual Calendar page.

Donate today to the SABR Sustainability Campaign fund

SABR Sustainability CampaignA big thank you to all SABR members who have donated to our Sustainability Campaign! These resources are being used to deliver rich baseball content, valuable research resources, and ensure that we are able to deliver a top-notch membership experience — just to name a few. Help us reach our goal of $100,000 today:

Click here to donate to the SABR Sustainability Campaign fund

So many members have stepped up and made contributions during these challenging times. To date, SABR members have donated about $83,000 to the Sustainability Campaign and we truly cannot thank you enough. To view a list of donors, Friends of SABR, through the end of April, click here.

We understand these are tough times for many of us and not everyone is in a position to donate at this time. SABR is a community and everyone can pitch in to support our organization in their own way, and when they are comfortable doing so. For those who have donated, we appreciate your support, and for those who will donate at some point, we thank you in advance.

Visit to learn more.

SABR Digital Library: Braves Win! The 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves

1995 Atlanta Braves book coverAdd a championship baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Braves Win! Braves Win! Braves Win! The 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves
Edited by Tom Hufford and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Foreword by John Schuerholz
ISBN (e-book)
978-1-9701-5922-6, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5923-3
, $34.95
8.5″ x 11″, 484 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

SABR members can download all Digital Library e-books for free or get 50% off the paperback edition. Find more titles at

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.

Call for papers: 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

Call for papers: 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball ConferenceSABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the second annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled for September 11-13, 2020, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

This year’s conference theme is celebrating African American women in baseball. All topics related to women’s baseball and the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues are welcome for individual oral and poster presentations.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by July 15, 2020, to Leslie Heaphy at

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR office continuing to work remotely

The SABR office, housed at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, has been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Staff members will work remotely until it is advisable to resume normal operations on-site.

On Monday, March 16, ASU announced that all in-person classes would transition to online instruction for the rest of the spring semester. Please contact a member of the SABR staff by email or phone with any questions.

SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference rescheduled for 2021

2021 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceDue to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference has been rescheduled for June 10-13, 2021, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.

Anyone who has already registered for the Malloy Conference is encouraged to contact Deb Jayne at the SABR office to discuss options regarding their conference registration fees, including converting it into a donation toward SABR’s Sustainability Campaign fund.

The Negro Leagues Committee is one of SABR’s original committees, formed in 1971. It has continued to preserve and highlight the contributions of African-American players in baseball history. Visit to learn more.

SABRcast Live with Rob Neyer: Listen to a Ball Four 50th anniversary panel discussion with Mark Armour, Mitchell Nathanson

As part of our Stay Home With SABR intiative, SABRcast with Rob Neyer was recorded via online livestream each Monday night for the past eight weeks. Each episode featured nationally known guests plus an interactive Q&A in which all baseball fans could participate. Next week’s show will return to its regular format.

Episode #61 on Monday, May 25 featured a panel discussion focusing on the 50th anniversary of Jim Bouton’s Ball Four, the explosive first-person diary of the 1969 season by the Seattle Pilots knuckleball pitcher, which was honored by the New York Public Library as one of the greatest books published in the 20th century. Our guests were authors Mitchell Nathanson and Mark Armour. Nathanson is the author of Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original, taking advantage of Bouton’s personal papers, some 37,000 items, which were recently archived at the Library of Congress. Armour is the president of SABR’s Board of Directors and the founder and longtime director of SABR’s Baseball Biography Project.

Visit to listen to the full episode.

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. To learn more, visit

4 new SABR biographies published

Dick DrottFour new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 5,208 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

7 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Bobby Thomson at 1957 Giants' final gameSeven 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.


Listen to recent episodes of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

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. Listen to new episodes at 4:00-5:00 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. 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.

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
Mark Anderson Chicago Heights, IL     Thomas Lochner Willamsville, NY
Kevin Askeland Yuba City, CA     Frank Mercogliano Rio Rancho, NM
Jeremy Darnell Greenville, SC     Donald Roney Prairieville, LA
Matt Dunman Durango, CO     J Scott Rose San Antonio, TX
Regan Durham Union, SC     David Rosen Pompano Beach, FL
Daniel Eck Champaign, IL     Jacob Seley Edwardsville, IL
Matthew Glover Broomfield, CO     Eric Snyder Lisbon, WI
Christoper Hallenbeck Niskayuna, NY     Dick Stanford Birmingham, AL
Josh Kaiser Bladon, ENG     Shawn Summers Traverse City, MI
Andy Kunz Sanford, FL     Clinton Yates Los Angeles, CA


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 Virtual Events Calendar

Here are the upcoming virtual events on the SABR calendar:

  • May 30: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with baseball scientist Meredith Wills (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 31: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with minor-league baseball advocate Garrett Broshuis (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 31: Detroit Chapter open baseball forum (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 3: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 3: Luke Easter Chapter book club (7:30 p.m. EDT)
  • June 6: Talkin’ Baseball: Hall of Name author D.B. Firstman (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • June 6: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting with Inside Pitch author Rick Allen (1:00 p.m. PDT)

Find more virtual meetings on our SABR Virtual Events Calendar page.

Around the Web

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

Read these articles and more at

This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail

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Originally published: May 29, 2020. Last Updated: June 29, 2020.