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This Week in SABR: May 3, 2024

This Week in SABR: May 3, 2024

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, May 3, 2024.
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Top Headlines

Levin, Lebowitz, Krieger, Newman elected to Board of Directors
Free Rapsodo course offered with Analytics Certification purchase
One month away from Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
Contribute to SABR’s Four Pillars Fund
Watch video highlights from SABR Analytics Conference
Join us for Live Oral History on May 9 with Dave Righetti

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

SABR x Rapsodo Analytics Certification bundle

Free Rapsodo course offered with SABR Analytics Certification purchase

It’s time to take your skills to the next level with two of the most trusted names in baseball analytics! SABR is excited to partner with Rapsodo, a leading innovator in baseball technology and data analysis, on a limited time offer:

That’s $395 in added value with the purchase of any SABR Analytics Certification course. 

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR 52 convention logo

Join us this summer for SABR 52 in Minneapolis

We hope you’ll join us for SABR’s 52nd annual convention on August 7-11, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Click here to learn more about our Featured Speakers at SABR 52, including Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Bert Blyleven, and Jim Kaat, Twins executives Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, former pitchers LaTroy Hawkins and Glen Perkins, and more.

SABR 52 will be the most accessible and social experience we’ve ever organized as we emphasize SABR’s ability to unite all of us in baseball fellowship, so sign up today to join us! All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Early-bird registration discounts end on June 7, 2024.

Visit to learn more.

2024 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

1 month left to register for Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

Early registration is now open for SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held on June 6-9, 2024, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

Full and single-day registration is available for a discounted rate before May 24, along with a new virtual registration option. All panels and presentations held at the Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater on Friday and Saturday will be available on the Zoom livestream.

In-person attendees will also have an opportunity to view the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s new exhibit, The Souls of the Game: Voices of Black Baseball.

Visit to learn more or to register.

2024 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference: Thomas Gilbert and Bob Bailey

Check out highlights, photos from Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference

The 15th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference was held on April 19-20, 2024, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

The 2024 conference was highlighted by a keynote address from author Michael Haupert, along with a panel discussion on the Knickerbocker club with Bruce Allardice, Thomas Gilbert, Bob Tholkes, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a 19th-century artifact session with Robert Mayer, Gary Passamonte, and Jonathan Popovich; a Member Spotlight interview of Thomas Gilbert by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations.

Click here for more highlights and photos at

SABR Four Pillars Fund

Contribute to SABR’s Four Pillars Fund

Research – Preservation – Scholarship – Future of the Game. These are the four pillars on which SABR stands as an organization.

Each pillar represents one of our organizational values and the support of donors like you makes a significant impact on our ability to fortify our foundation while also fulfilling SABR’s vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball.

This spring, we ask you to contribute to the FOUR PILLARS FUND. Our goal is to raise $65,000 during this campaign to strengthen each of our four pillars by supporting baseball research, committing to preservation, furthering the reach of our scholarship, and building a bridge to the future of the game.

To donate or learn more about SABR’s Four Pillars Fund and the existing efforts and exciting new initiatives that will be funded by a successful campaign, visit

2024 SABR Analytics Conference photo collage

Watch video highlights from 2024 SABR Analytics Conference

The 13th annual SABR Analytics Conference was held from March 8-10, 2024, in Phoenix, Arizona, bringing together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate, and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball.

Our featured speakers included Brian Kenny, MLB Network; Michael Sonne, Chicago Cubs; Ethan Stewart, Oakland Athletics; former major-leaguer Javy Guerra; Meg Rowley, FanGraphs; Jason Bernard, Graham Goldbeck, Clay Nunnally, Mike Petriello, and Christopher Bitetto, Major League Baseball; Eno Sarris, The Athletic; Vince Gennaro, former SABR Board President; Bobby Scales, Mark Simon, and Joe Rosales, Sports Info Solutions; Baseball Prospectus founders Clay Davenport, Gary Huckabay, Rany Jazayerli, Christina Kahrl, and Joe Sheehan; and more.

Visit for more highlights, photos, and stories.

SABR Live Oral History: Dave Righetti

Join us on May 9 for Live Oral History with Dave Righetti

Baseball fans, join us for a special virtual event at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, May 9, 2024: a live SABR Oral History interview with former New York Yankees All-Star pitcher and longtime San Francisco Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti.

All fans are invited to attend this interview session on Zoom, which will be conducted by Oral History Committee chair John McMurray. The interview will be recorded and added to SABR’s Oral History Collection archive afterward.

Levin, Lebowitz, Krieger, Newman elected to SABR Board of Directors

SABR members have elected Allison Levin, Todd Lebowitz, Tara Krieger, and Roberta J. Newman to the organization’s Board of Directors in the 2024 election.

  • Allison Levin was elected as SABR’s Vice President, receiving 715 of 728 first-preference votes.
  • Todd Lebowitz was re-elected as SABR’s Secretary, receiving 716 of 722 first-preference votes.
  • Tara Krieger and Roberta J. Newman were elected as SABR Directors. Krieger received 172 first-preference votes and was elected first in SABR’s simplified preferential voting system after 19 rounds of balloting. Newman received 60 first-preference votes and was elected second after voting preferences were transferred in 18 rounds of balloting. Both Directors will serve a three-year term through 2027.

SABR members can find complete 2024 election results, including write-in candidates and voting totals, posted here.

Special thanks to Tellers Committee members Stephen Barnes, Alex Marks, and Eric Simonsen for certifying the results on May 2 in a virtual meeting and to the Nominations Committee of Stew Thornley, Chris Dial, and Joanne Hulbert for their help in preparing the candidate statements.

  • Allison Levin’s election as Vice President creates a vacancy for a Director’s seat, and a candidate will be appointed by the Board of Directors. Any SABR member who is interested in filling the rest of that seat’s term — which runs until 2025 — should fill out the candidate statement form and send an email to Mark Armour.  

Click here to read the full announcement at

Writing Opportunity: Korean Baseball

The SABR Editorial Board recently approved a new book project about the history and culture of Korean baseball. We are seeking authors and contributors on a variety of articles and topics, including the differences between KBO and MLB, the impact and experiences of foreign players within Korea, the corporate team ownership model, technological advances, and bios about significant players and other figures.

If you are interested in contributing, please contact editor Zac Petrillo. Click here to learn more about upcoming SABR projects.

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: Brian Giles, Gil Hodges, Bill Melton

3 new stories published at the SABR BioProject

Visit to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.

7 new stories published at SABR Games Project

In addition, these stories from SABR’s Ebbets Field: Great, Historic, and Memorable Games in Brooklyn’s Lost Ballpark (2023), edited by Gregory H. Wolf, were posted online this week:

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

Sox Bid Curse Farewell: The 2004 Boston Red Sox, edited by Bill Nowlin

Sox Bid Curse Farewell: The 2004 Boston Red Sox
Edited by Bill Nowlin

Visit to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback edition of all Digital Library books.

Recent Highlights

Here are some SABR headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Adam Almenas Fort Lee, NJ     Kristy Holtfreter Phoenix, AZ
Roy Carlson Chicago, IL     Brendan Kantz Amherst, NY
Zachary Casciato Oakland, CA     Bradyn Leyde Pasco, WA
Steve Charnick Ocean, NJ     James Marshall St. Petersburg, FL
Matt Delaney Marietta, GA     Richard Rodgers Phoenix, AZ
Rob DiFranco Brunswick, OH     Samantha Rorabaugh Jacksonville, FL
Jacob Eisenstein Bloomfield Hills, MI     John Versluis Burlington, ON
David Fleming Davidson, NC        

Friends of SABR

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of April 2024.

Susan Allen   Theodore Knorr
Mark Anderson   Sheri Laufer
Mark Armour   Henry Levy
Ed Baranoski   Walter Long
Jake Bell   Joseph Luchok
D. Bruce Brown   Peter Mancuso
Ralph Caola   Peter Marcus
Ken Carrano   Daniel Massey
Scott Carter   Bruce McClure
Karl Cicitto   Jeff Meder
Vincent Comparato   Mark Morowczynski
Jim Cox   David Newman
Richard Cuicchi   Linda Nichols
Chris Dial   Bill Nowlin
Helen Edwards   Laura Peebles
Mike Eisenbath   John Rall
Steven Elsberry   Michael Rosenwasser
Rebecca Fields   Charles Roussel
Steven Finkelstein   Bob Russon
David Firstman   Jason Scheller
Adam Foldes   Douglas Schoppert
Edward Fong   Jonathan Schwebel
Sean Forman   Jeff Self
Roy Gedat   Rob Sheinkopf
Robert Ghizzoni   Sumner Steinfeldt
Doron Goldman   Thomas Stone
Robert Hagerman   Wesley Story
Frank Hart   Joseph Thompson
Emily Hawks   Neal Traven
Leslie Heaphy   Peter Vaskas
Tim Herlich   John Wainio
Mark Hoose   Joseph Wancho
David Hughes   Steve West
Rick Huhn   Deb Williams
Jay Hurd   Beach Wires
Rob Janes   Jeffrey Wood
Donald Jensen   Don Zminda
Kim Juhase    

Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.

SABR Events Calendar

The next "Talkin' Baseball" meeting, hosted by the Bob Davids SABR Chapter, will be held via Zoom at 9:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 4, 2024. The Zoom link is below. This month, our guest will be Steve Steinberg. Steve is the co-author of the recently published book Mike Donlin: A Rough and Rowdy Life from New York Baseball Idol to Stage and Screen.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • May 4: Bob Davids Talkin’ Baseball: Steve Steinberg (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • May 4: Rice-Russell Nashville (TN) Chapter meeting with Steve Dittmore and Ken Beck (10:00 a.m. CDT)
  • May 6: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Frankie Montiforte (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 6: Clyde Sukeforth (ME/NH) Chapter meeting with David Ostrowsky (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 9: Connie Mack-Dick Allen (PA) Chapter meeting with Mitchell Nathanson (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 9: SABR Live Oral History: Dave Righetti (8:00 p.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • May 5: Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter meeting (South Burlington, VT)
  • May 7: Southwest Florida Chapter meeting (Bonita Springs, FL)
  • May 11: Forbes Field Chapter meeting (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • May 11: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • May 11: Ted Williams Chapter meeting (San Diego, CA)
  • May 11: Magnolia Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Lawrenceville, GA)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.

Research Committee news

Sign up for SABR research committee announcements at

Regional Chapter news

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Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

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

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.

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 To find past editions of TWIS, click here.

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Originally published: May 3, 2024. Last Updated: May 3, 2024.