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This Week in SABR: May 5, 2023

This Week in SABR: May 5, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, May 5, 2023.
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Top Headlines

Armour, Levitt, Williams, Evans, Shieber elected to SABR Board of Directors
SABR 51: Early-bird registration discounts expire tonight
SABR 51: Reimagining Wrigley Panel
SABR Digital Library: Willie Mays: Five Tools
Watch video highlights from 2023 SABR Analytics Conference
1 week left to apply for SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarships

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

SABR 51 in Chicago

SABR 51: Early-bird registration discount expires tonight

If you haven’t yet signed up for SABR’s annual convention on July 5-9, 2023 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, now is the time! Early registration discounts expire on Friday, May 5, so this is your chance to get the lowest pricing available for SABR 51 in Chicago.

Visit to learn more and register.

  • What we’re looking forward to in Chicago: Click here to watch a short video featuring some of our Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter hosts, sharing their favorite reasons to attend this summer’s SABR 51 convention in their hometown.

SABR 51: Reimagining Wrigley Panel with Ed Hartig, Kelly Holton, Fred Mitchell

We’re excited to announce more featured speakers for SABR’s 51st annual convention on July 5-9, 2023, in Chicago. On Saturday, July 8, the Reimagining Wrigley Panel will include:

  • Ed Hartig, Team Historian, Chicago Cubs
  • Kelly Holton, Brand Activation Manager, Populous
  • Moderator: Fred Mitchell, award-winning sports writer and DePaul University journalism professor

Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists at SABR 51.

Willie Mays: Five Tools

SABR Digital Library: Willie Mays: Five Tools

Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library! Willie Mays: Five Tools, edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks, tells the story of arguably the greatest baseball player in the game’s history, through more than 20 insightful essays and recaps of over 30 of the most significant games in his career.

Some essays explore Mays’ time in the Negro Leagues and minor leagues, while others examine the the relationship of Mays to his managers, the press, and his mentoring of Bobby and Barry Bonds.

Visit to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the purchase of a paperback edition.

2023 SABR Analytics Conference panelists (clockwise from top left): Mike Petriello, Jason Bernard and Dana Bennett of MLB, Jake Schuster of Gemini Sports and Meg Rowley of FanGraphs, former MLB pitcher Dallas Braden, Hannah Keyser of Yahoo! Sports, and MLB front office executive Ari Kaplan

Watch video highlights from 2023 SABR Analytics Conference

The 12th annual SABR Analytics Conference was held from March 10-12, 2023, 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 former major-leaguers Dallas Braden and Bobby Scales; MLB front office executive Ari Kaplan; Mike Petriello, Jason Bernard, Dana Bennett, Clay Nunnally, and Graham Goldbeck of Major League Baseball; Brian Hall of Tidal Quantitative Research; Kyle Glaser of Baseball America; Meg Rowley and Ben Clemens of FanGraphs; Hannah Keyser of Yahoo! Sports; Rob Mains of Baseball Prospectus; Webster University professor Allison R. Levin; and more.

Visit for more highlights, photos, and stories.

Campaign for Baseball Research

Join SABR’s Campaign for Baseball Research!

We say it right in our name: Society for American Baseball RESEARCH.

Research is at the heart of what we do as an organization. SABR’s online Research Collection and array of Research Resources are major sources of pride and a key component in our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball.

This spring, we invite you to join the Campaign for Baseball Research. Our goal is to raise $60,000 to expand, maintain, and preserve SABR’s Research Collection and Research Resources for current and future generations of baseball enthusiasts. We will use your best gift of $150, $300, $500, or $1,000 to better serve our growing membership base, attract more attention for our research, and offer new tools to all corners of the worldwide baseball community.

To donate or learn more about the Research Collection projects and improvements to our Research Resources, assets, and tools that will be funded by a successful campaign, visit

Second course in SABR Analytics Certification program now available

In 2022, we launched the SABR Analytics Certification program, an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics.

The second course in the program, Level Two – Advanced Analytics in Baseball, is now available!

SABR members save $55 on both available courses (and future courses), so we hope you’ll check out these exciting opportunities at

2023 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

One week left to apply for SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarships

SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in its 15th annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2023. Students must write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships.

  • Click here to learn more about each scholarship or to download an application. The deadline to apply has been extended until May 15, 2023.

Visit to learn more about our annual School Library Grants, High School Essay Contest, and Art Contest.

Armour, Levitt, Williams, Evans, Shieber elected to SABR Board of Directors

SABR members have re-elected three incumbents, along with new Directors Kat Williams and Tom Shieber, to the organization’s Board of Directors in the 2023 election.

  • Mark Armour was re-elected as SABR’s President, receiving 837 of 844 first-preference votes.
  • Dan Levitt was re-elected as SABR’s Treasurer, receiving 840 of 843 first-preference votes.
  • Kat Williams, Dan Evans and Tom Shieber were elected as SABR Directors. Williams and Evans will serve three-year terms through 2026. Shieber will serve a one-year term through 2024, according to the SABR By-Laws revisions approved by voters in the 2023 special election.

SABR members can find complete 2023 election results, including write-in candidates and voting totals, posted here.

Special thanks to Tellers Committee members Stephen Barnes, Mike Emeigh, and Alex Marks for certifying the results on May 4 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.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Call for papers: 2023 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the fifth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled for September 29-October 1, 2023, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

The 2023 conference will be a hybrid event, with panels and presentations on Zoom and a dinner banquet and golf outing in Rockford, Illinois. Registration information will be available soon. Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by June 30, 2023, to Leslie Heaphy at

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast Episode #212: J.J. Cooper

Baseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer. Episode #212 on Monday, May 1 featured J.J. Cooper, Editor in Chief at Baseball America. Visit to listen to the full episode or subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks.

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: Mitchell Page, Wade Boggs, Carlos Zambrano

4 new stories published at the SABR BioProject

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

9 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

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

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

Yankee Stadium 1923-2008: America's First Modern Ballpark, edited by Tara Krieger and Bill Nowlin

Yankee Stadium 1923-2008: America’s First Modern Ballpark
Edited by Tara Krieger and Bill Nowlin

Visit to download any SABR Digital Library e-book for free or save 50% off the paperback edition.

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.

Name Hometown Name Hometown
Beau Adams Port Orange, FL     Tim Kodyra Plainfield, IL
Paul Batesel Portland, ND     Ron Krug McHenry, MD
Robert Castillo Los Angeles, CA     Rowena Kuo Palatine, IL
James Coppola Amherst, NY     Christian Limbach East Northport, NY
Michael Croce Chicago, IL     Jaxson Martines White Rock, NM
Tom Dierickx Surprise, AZ     Christopher McGrail Dedham, MA
Janelle Frese La Palma, CA     Felix-Olivier Pharand Candiac, QC
Jason Hendricks Cheyenne, WY     Blithe Rocher Alameda, CA
Scott Hodges Myrtle Beach, SC     Gary Swain Lincolnwood, IL
Donald Howell Allison park, PA     Jonathon Symons Winnipeg, MB
William Kashatus Paoli, PA     Ira Wallin Mahwah, NJ
Steve Knowles Edmonton, AB        

Friends of SABR

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of April 2023.

Ron Adams   Henry Levy
Mark Armour   Joseph Luchok
Stephen Barnes   Robert Mains
John Bauer   Peter Mancuso
Jake Bell   Bruce McClure
Michael Bender   Andy McCue
D. Bruce Brown   David Newman
Ralph Caola   Bill Nowlin
Ken Carrano   Tim Otto
Karl Cicitto   James Overmyer
Vincent Comparato   Dwight Oxley
Jim Cox   Richard Panther
Richard Cuicchi   John Rall
Daniel Desrochers   Michael Rosenwasser
Ed Edmonds   Charles Roussel
Helen Edwards   Bob Russon
Steven Elsberry   Neal Sarswat
Daniel Evans   Jason Scheller
David Firstman   Douglas Schoppert
Adam Foldes   Jeff Self
Janelle Frese   Rob Sheinkopf
Robert Hagerman   John Smith
Leslie Heaphy   Mike Sparks
Tim Herlich   Thomas Stone
Rockwell Hoffman   Wesley Story
Matt Hudson   Robert Tholkes
David Hughes   Joseph Thompson
Rick Huhn   Neal Traven
Jeff Jaech   Joseph Wancho
Donald Jensen   Steve West
Theodore Knorr   Beach Wires
Dirk Lammers   Jeffrey Wood
Leonard Levin   Don Zminda

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 SABR Bob Davids Chapter in Washington D.C. and surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia, will be held via Zoom at 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, May 6, 2023. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Our speaker will be SABR member Tara Krieger, who will talk about the latest SABR book "Yankee Stadium 1923-2008: America’s First Modern Ballpark".

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • May 6: Talkin’ Baseball: Tara Krieger (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • May 8: Bob Broeg St. Louis (MO) Chapter meeting with David Jerome (6:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 8: Northern New England Chapter meeting with Corky Gaskell (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 9: 19th Century Speaker Series: John Pregler (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 11: Games and Simulations Committee meeting with F.X. Flinn (8:00 p.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • May 6: Forbes Field Chapter meeting (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • May 6: Ken Keltner Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
  • May 6: Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter meeting (Las Vegas, NV)
  • May 6: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting (Seattle, WA)
  • May 13: 20th annual Southern Association Conference (Nashville, TN)
  • May 13: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • May 13: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Austin, TX)
  • May 13: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Sugar Land, TX)

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:

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 5, 2023. Last Updated: May 5, 2023.