This Week in SABR: May 31, 2013

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of May 31, 2013:

SABR 43: Research presentations

At SABR 43 in Philadelphia — scheduled for July 31-August 4 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown — you’ll be able to listen to dozens of excellent research presentations about baseball in and around the City of Brotherly Love. 

If you find their research to be stimulating and challenging, it’s thanks to the careful and incisive examination of the abstracts by Neal Traven, Scott Fischthal and 79 volunteer blind reviewers who vetted and selected the presentations for this year’s SABR convention.

You can find full abstracts and presenter bios by clicking on the link below:

Here is the schedule for the SABR 43 research presentations:

  • RP01: Miss Arlington Twirls for the Coal Heavers: Lizzie Stride (playing as “Lizzie Arlington”) Was the First Woman to Pitch in a Regulation Game in “Organized Baseball”, by Brian Engelhardt 
  • RP02: The 1964 American League Pennant Race, by Tim Herlich
  • RP03: Take Her Out to the Ballgame: Ladies at the Ballpark – Past and Present, by Ed Mayo 
  • RP04: Bob McConnell, Researcher Extraordinaire, by Peter Morris 
  • RP05: Blurring Color Lines: The “Integrated” Interstate League of 1926, by Geri Strecker
  • RP06: Rube Waddell and the Great Straw Hat Mystery of 1905, by Steven A. King 
  • RP07: Black Integration in the Major Leagues: A Different Perspective, by Bryan Soderholm-Difatte 
  • RP08: Syl Johnson — The Most Unlucky Pitcher In The Majors, by Matthew Clifford 
  • RP09: Twilight Time: Ed Bolden’s Philadelphia Stars and Negro League Baseball After Integration, 1947-1953, by Courtney Smith
  • RP10: Home But Not Yet Home: World War I and its Impact on Professional Baseball — The Story of Win Noyes, by Robert Foresman 
  • RP11: Bill Veeck, Satchel Paige and the Orange Bowl, by Sam Zygner 
  • RP12: A Probabilistic Approach to Measuring the Excitement of Baseball Games, by Michael Freiman 
  • RP13: Bill Veeck Jr. — Baseball’s Promotional Genius, by Millard Fisher 
  • RP14: Markerless Motion Capture Technologies For In-Game Player Performance Assessment, by Michael Eckstein 
  • RP15: Three Men Played in the Four Decades: 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s — or are there four? The Mysterious Case of Elmer Valo, by Norman Macht 
  • RP16: Philadelphia’s Rooftop Bleachers, by Jack Rooney 
  • RP17: What About Solly Hemus?, by Mark Armour 
  • RP18: There Used to Be a Ballpark: The Baker Bowl and the Hump, by George Skornickel 
  • RP19: Uncle Robbie Moves to Brooklyn, by Steve Steinberg 
  • RP20: The Ball Park at 21st and Lehigh, by Doug Skipper 
  • RP21: 1959 Little World Series, by Rick Schabowski 
  • RP22: Battle at the Dock: The Federal League Tries to Sign Major League Players as They Return from the Around-the-World Tour, by Dan Levitt 
  • RP23: Scorecard Advertisements as Social History, by David W. Smith and Amy Tetlow Smith 
  • RP24: Phillie Dave Coble Plays Catch with Billy Penn, by Dennis Link 
  • RP25: Analyzing Batter Performance Against Pitcher Clusters, by Vince Gennaro 
  • RP26: 52 In ’52: Roberts And Shantz Make History!, by Steve Krevisky and Elliot Hines 
  • RP27: Baseball in the Age of Big Data: Why the Revolution Will Be Televised, by Sean Lahman 
  • RP28: How did Bob Carpenter Jr. Fare as the Phillies Acting General Manager, by Steven Glassman 
  • RP29: Statistical Predictors of MLB Players’ Proneness to Long Hitting Streaks, by Alan Reifman and Trent McCotter 
  • RP30: The Phillies Near-Collapse of 1950, by John Burbridge 
  • RP31: The Flight of the Pilots, by Bill Mullins 
  • RP32: Sin in America’s Pastime: The Juxtaposition of the Ethics of Sins in Baseball Culture, by Coral Marshall

For more information on SABR 43, or to register, visit

SABR 43: Poster presentations

From 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, SABR 43 attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with presenters of the 10 poster presentations in the Franklin A foyer on the 4th floor of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The posters will be available for viewing all week in the Franklin A foyer. 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.

You can find full abstracts and presenter bios for the SABR 43 poster presentations by clicking on the link below:

Here is the list of posters that will be on display all week during SABR 43:

  • P1: Baseball’s Longest Day: May 31, 1964, by Alan Cohen
  • P2: Rising Ballplayers’ Income Inequality and Team Performance, by Barry Krissoff
  • P3: Do MLB Hitters Boost Performance in Their Contract Year?, by Heather O’Neill
  • P4: The Hall of Stats: An Alternate Hall of Fame Populated by a Mathematical Formula, by Adam Darowski
  • P5: The Forging of a Dynasty in 1973, by Matthew Silverman
  • P6: When the Big Leagues Came to Reading: Exhibition Games Played by Major League Teams in Reading, Pennsylvania between 1875 and 2000, by Brian Engelhardt
  • P7: The Adirondack Valley League – Adjusted Statistics For 1961-1976, by Eric Thompson
  • P8: The Uncertain Relationship Between Stolen Bases And Runs Scored, by Brendan Bingham
  • P9: Two Mirrors: Philadelphia Athletics and New York Yankees (1926-1931), by Victor Wilson
  • P10: At Bat for Uncle Sam: Visual Rhetoric in WWII-Era Score Cards and Programs, by Geri Strecker
  • P11: Dealing within the City of Philadelphia—A History of Transactions between Philadelphia Baseball Teams from 1871 through 1954, by Steven Glassman
  • P12: The Outfield Sign: Past, Present, Future, by Dobb Mayo and John Weitzel

For more information about SABR 43 or to register, visit

SABR 43: Deadline to get all-inclusive rate is June 15, 2013

Have you registered for SABR 43 yet? Our 43rd annual convention will be held July 31-August 4, 2013, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall, Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks.

Please note that the special all-inclusive rate for SABR 43 will expire at 12:00 a.m. MST on Saturday, June 15. Our block of Phillies ballgame tickets will not be available after that date. You can still register for the convention, the Awards Banquet and all off-site events through the SABR Store, but the discounted all-inclusive rate and our block of Phillies ballgame tickets will no longer be available after June 15.

From now until June 15, SABR members can pay $219 at the all-inclusive rate — a savings of $30 off the regular rate for registration, the ballgame and the Awards Banquet. Non-members can pay $269; also a savings of nearly $30 off the regular rate.

For the all-inclusive rate, you will receive:

  • Full registration to SABR 43 in Philadelphia (regular rate: $169 for SABR members or $222 for nonmembers)
  • 1 ticket to the Awards Banquet ($45)
  • 1 Terrace Deck ticket to the Phillies vs. Braves game on Friday, August 2 ($35) 

To register for SABR 43, click here.

SABR 43 hotel in Philadelphia almost sold out

As we noted last week, SABR’s group block at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is going quickly — if you want a room at the Marriott for the SABR convention, you should book your room now. (Don’t forget to register for the convention, too!) If and when our room block sells out, we’ll set up an overflow hotel nearby and post more information at

SABR has secured an exclusive group rate of $139/night (plus tax) at the Marriott for SABR 43. This is a very low rate for a major hotel in downtown Philadelphia during that time of year. The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is at 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall , Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks.

Click here to book your room online or call (877) 212-5752. The hotel’s website is Please note that our block of rooms is only available for the nights of July 30 to August 4, 2013.

For more information on SABR 43 or to register, visit

SABR 43 Historical Ballparks Tour is sold out

Please note that the optional Philadelphia Historical Ballparks Bus Tour, scheduled for Sunday, August 4, is now sold out.

If you wish to be placed on a waiting list in case a spot opens up, please e-mail Deb Jayne at by Monday, July 15. If we have enough people on the waiting list to secure a second bus, we will contact you with details.

For more information on SABR 43, visit


SABR 43 transportation tips

Members of the host Connie Mack Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in Philadelphia during SABR 43.

If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 43 volunteer for assistance (they’ll be in the bright red shirts throughout the convention!)

To view our SABR 43 transportation tips, visit


San Diego Padres to make generous donation to Negro Leagues Grave Marker Project

On Friday, May 31, the San Diego Padres will make a generous donation to the Negro Leagues Grave Marker Project at the 10th annual Salute to the Negro Leagues Luncheon at the Omni Hotel San Diego.

The Negro Leagues Grave Marker Project, founded in 2004 by SABR member Jeremy Krock, raises funds to buy headstones for unmarked graves of Negro League players. More than two dozen headstones have been installed at cemeteries throughout the country for black baseball stars such as John Donaldson, Jimmie Crutchfield and Dink Mothell. For more information, click here.

The limited-seating luncheon, emceed by the Mighty 1090 radio host John Kentera, will be hosted by Padres Executive VP/Senior Advisor and Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. The 2013 Salute to the Negro Leagues, themed Game Changers, will honor former Negro League players, including George “Jo-Jo” Altman, Neale “California Comet” Henderson, Don “Groundhog” Johnson, Ray “Boo Boy” Knox, Minnie Minoso, Charley Pride, Mack “The Knife” Pride, Jim Robinson, and Ron “Roomie” Teasley. Other notable guests include SABR member Bob Kendrick, executive director of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. and keynote speaker Joe Posnanski of NBC Sports. Prior to the game, Minnie Minoso will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch.

The Padres Foundation will also present donations to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the new Central Library in San Diego. For more information, visit

For more information on the SABR Negro Leagues Research Committee, which raises money for the Grave Marker Project, click here.

10 new biographies published by the SABR BioProject

Ten new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,446 published biographies. Can we reach 2,500 before the SABR 43 convention in Philadelphia? Here are the new bios:

All new biographies can be found here:

You can find the SABR BioProject at

1947 Brooklyn Dodgers bios now online: The first book published in our “Memorable Teams in Baseball History” series with University of Nebraska Press was The Team That Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, edited by Lyle Spatz. The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in that book — from Jackie Robinson to Walter O’Malley, from Dan Bankhead to Dick Whitman, from Al Gionfriddo to Cookie Lavagetto — can now be read online at: The book is also available for purchase at the SABR Bookstore.

Bios on more than just ballplayers: The ambitious goal of the SABR Baseball Biography Project is to publish a full-life biography of every major league player in history. But SABR members write about a lot more than just ballplayers. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires and a lot more on the BioProject website. You can browse all of these categories at So if you’ve ever thought, “Hey, that person (or ballpark) should get the full BioProject treatment” — write the story and we’ll publish it!

Check out the new Baseball Ballparks Project: The SABR Baseball Biography Project has been accepting/publishing “biographies” of Ballparks for a few years, and we have 39 of them on our website at However, this thing just got real. Ballparks are now its very own PROJECT — the Baseball Ballparks Project, our first official spin-off. The project leader is Scott Ferkovich, who is now in charge of recruiting ballparks articles and publicizing them. Learn more by clicking here.

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. We’re also looking to expand the BioProject to include all “encyclopedic” articles on baseball-related subjects from past SABR publications or committee newsletters. If you come across an article you think should be included in the SABR “baseball repository” at the BioProject, send a copy or link to or

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 New Member 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.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Peg Armstrong Chester, NY     Michael Mitchell Richfield, MN
Arnold Bloch Bayside, NY     Jerome Nelson Silver Spring, MD
Alex Burritt Saint Petersburg, FL     Jeff Permuy Hackensack, NJ
Brendan Canning Wallingford, CT     Donald Raycraft Normal, IL
Joshua Cantor West Orange, NJ     David Schau Charleston, WV
Tim Galvin St. Pete Beach, FL     Gary Schulte Sugar Land, TX
Frank Garland Erie, PA     Anup Sinha Jupiter, FL
Jeff Katz San Diego, CA     Aaron Sinner St. Paul, MN
Jaechun Kim Wyomissing, PA     Robert Stanley Billerica, MA
Tom Knuppel Manito, IL        


Research committee newsletters

Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Chapter meeting news

Here are the new chapter meeting recaps published this week:

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:

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 31, 2013. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.