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This Week in SABR: May 31, 2024

This Week in SABR: May 31, 2024

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, May 31, 2024.
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Top Headlines

SABR 52: Early registration discounts end next week
Sign up for virtual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
Last chance: Free Rapsodo course offered with Analytics Certification purchase
Gary Belleville wins 2024 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award
Join us for Live Oral History with Harold Baines

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

SABR 52 convention logo

Early registration ends June 7 for SABR 52 in Minneapolis

Join us in Minneapolis for SABR’s 52nd annual convention! Early-bird registration discounts expire on Friday, June 7 for SABR 52, which will be held on August 7-11, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

  • Click here for complete details on SABR 52 Early-Bird Registration and optional sessions, including a Minnesota Twins game, St. Paul Saints game, and Target Field ballpark tour.

SABR 52 will be distinct from its predecessors, as it will feature a Hall of Fame speaker lineup we know you’ll love — including Rod CarewTony OlivaBert Blyleven, and Jim Kaat — and 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. This year’s streamlined registration options will provide for a consistent and accessible experience for all attendees and the lowest registration price since 2018. We hope you’ll join us this summer in Minneapolis!

Visit to learn more.

2024 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

Virtual registration available for next week’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

For the first time ever, SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference on June 6-9, 2024, is being hosted as a hybrid event. While in-person attendees will enjoy this year’s conference at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, we are excited to introduce a new virtual registration option.

Virtual registration gives you the opportunity to experience the Malloy, the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of Black baseball history, from the comfort of your own home for just $75. All panels and presentations held at the Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater on Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 8 will be available via Zoom livestream. It’s a fantastic way to see what the Malloy Conference is all about and we hope you’ll take advantage.

Full and single-day registration is available at the regular rate. 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.

SABR x Rapsodo Analytics Certification bundle

Last chance: Free Rapsodo course 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

1944 Rockford Peaches team photo (SABR-Rucker Archive)

Gary Belleville wins 2024 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award

The 2024 winner of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, which honors the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year, is:

Click here to read the full announcement at

Jim Chapman’s Baseball Photography of the Deadball Era: Rediscovering the Early Lensmen and Their Indelible Images That Brought the Game from the Field to the Fans

Jim Chapman wins 2024 SABR Larry Ritter Book Award

A treasure trove of baseball photographs from the first two decades of the twentieth century, Jim Chapman’s Baseball Photography of the Deadball Era: Rediscovering the Early Lensmen and Their Indelible Images That Brought the Game from the Field to the Fans, is the winner of the 2024 Larry Ritter Book Award.

The award is granted annually by SABR’s Deadball Era Committee to the author of the best book about baseball between 1901 and 1919 published during the previous calendar year.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Josh Gibson (SABR-Rucker Archive)

Major League Baseball adds Negro Leagues stats to historical database

Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that historical stats from Josh Gibson and other Negro League stars are now included in a newly integrated statistical database at, combining seven different Negro Leagues from 1920-1948 along with the American League, the National League, and other major leagues in history.

These changes to long-held baseball records followed an evaluation by the independent Negro Leagues Statistical Review Committee, which was chaired by longtime SABR member and MLB Official Historian John Thorn. The committee also included SABR members Gary Ashwill, Phil S. Dixon, Leslie Heaphy, Kevin Johnson, Larry Lester, Tom Shieber, and Tom Thress.

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Join us for a live SABR Oral History interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines on Tuesday, June 18.

Join us on June 18 for a Live Oral History with Harold Baines

Baseball fans, join us for a special virtual event at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, June 18, 2024: a live SABR Oral History interview with Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Chicago White Sox great Harold Baines.

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.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Spring 2024 SABR Baseball Research Journal

Read articles online from Spring 2024 Baseball Research Journal

With an original cover illustration of Birmingham’s Rickwood Field designed by SABR member Gary Cieradkowski, we hope you enjoy the e-book edition of the Spring 2024 Baseball Research Journal!

The e-book edition was sent to all SABR members on Monday, May 6. Anyone who has subscribed to the print edition should receive their copy in the mail in the next 2-4 weeks.

We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2024 Baseball Research Journal!

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logo

Call for papers: 2024 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the sixth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled as a virtual event for September 20-22, 2024.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by July 1, 2024, to Leslie Heaphy.

Registration information will be available soon 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

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: Jimmy Cooney, Mookie Betts, Al Leiter

7 new stories published at SABR Games Project

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

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

The 1939 Baltimore Elite Giants, edited by Frederick C. Bush, Thomas Kern, and Bill Nowlin

The 1939 Baltimore Elite Giants
Edited by Frederick C. Bush, Thomas Kern, and 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.

Donni Ahmadi Oklahoma City, OK     Chih Wei Lee Kaohsiung City, TWN
Shiang-Yun Chao New Taipei City, TWN     Frank Longo Nazareth, PA
Paul Clark Boston, MA     Timothy Millar Weetangera, AUS
Francis Condon Winsted, MN     Martin Miller Chicago, IL
Michael Conlon Mentor, OH     Owen Moline-Freeman Canton, MI
Shawn Crowley Summerville, SC     Jim Peters Chicago, IL
Jeff Guerrero Temecula, CA     Michael Picariello Old Bridge, NJ
Theresa Hessler Los Altos, CA     Mel Proctor Vista, CA
Grant Houpt Philadelphia, PA     Brandon Reynolds Rockdale, TX
Sara Hull Roanoke, IN     Barry Shay Gaithersburg, MD
Terilyn Huntington indiana, PA     Sarah Sopher Hampstead, MD
Stephen Irrgang Plymouth, MN     Mark Stanley Lancaster, PA
Ann Johnson Seattle, WA        

SABR Events Calendar

The Clyde Sukeforth Chapter (ME/NH), in conjunction with the Gardner-Waterman Chapter (VT) presents Steve Rennie at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 3, 2024. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Steve is fresh off his appearance at the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference this spring. And tonight, he will be giving his well-received presentation entitled "Forgotten Gems: Ottawa's Early Baseball History."

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • June 3: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Keith O’Brien (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 3: Clyde Sukeforth (ME/NH) Chapter meeting with Steve Rennie (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 5: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with Justin Mckinney (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 6: 19th Century Baseball Book Club (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • June 6-8: 2024 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
  • June 8: Bob Davids Chapter Talkin’ Baseball: Adam Lazarus (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • June 8: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter book club meeting (10:00 a.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • June 5: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter fellowship meeting (St. Louis, MO)
  • June 5: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
  • June 8: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Roseville, MN)
  • June 8: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter lunch meeting (Elmhurst, IL)
  • June 9: Field of Dreams Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Des Moines, IA)

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

Research Committee news

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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:

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Originally published: May 31, 2024. Last Updated: May 31, 2024.