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This Week in SABR: May 6, 2022

This Week in SABR: May 6, 2022

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 6, 2022:


Vote now in the 2022 SABR Board of Directors election

SABR logoSABR members, please pay attention to the e-mail address that you have on file with SABR; you should have received a message on Monday, May 2, with a link to vote online in the 2022 SABR Board of Directors election. If you did not receive the election ballot, please email jpomrenke@sabr.org to have your ballot re-sent. The poll will close at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Wednesday, June 1.

You can read the candidate biographies, along with full descriptions of the positions and responses the candidates made to a series of questions, in the 2022 SABR Election Guide which is available for download below:

When you vote, please rank the candidates in order of preference, with 1 being your top choice. SABR elections use a simplified preferential voting system, allowing voters to rank their preferred candidates 1-2-3 and transferring preferences until a winner with more than 50 percent of votes is achieved.

You will find two items on the 2022 election ballot: the election of the SABR Vice President and two (2) Directors positions. The candidates are:

For Vice President

  • Leslie Heaphy
  • Bruce McClure

For Director (2 seats)

  • Allison Levin
  • Bill Nowlin
  • Bill Pearch

Click here to learn more and to download the Election Guide.


Make a contribution to SABR’s Give Local campaign today

Donate now to SABR's Give Local campaignAs SABR strives to become the essential community for the world of baseball, our amazing chapters, research committees and communities of interest continue to promote our great game and share our passion for baseball’s past, present and future.

In 2021, SABR launched its Local Grants Program, delivering mission-focused funding to chapters and committees for projects concentrating on one or more of SABR’s four pillars: Research, Preservation, Scholarship, and Future of the Game. During our Give Local campaign, we’ll proudly share some of the stories of our inaugural group of Local Grants recipients and how they will put these funds to work in their communities.

  • By joining our Give Local campaign between now and June 10, you will help support SABR’s general operation and fund more of our members’ amazing work on the local level.

While seven projects initiated by SABR chapters across the country received Local Grants for 2022, there were many more worthy applications submitted that we were unable to fund in the first year of the program.

Visit SABR.org/donate/give-local to learn more.


Sign up now for the SABR 50 annual convention in Baltimore

SABR 50 logoSABR’s 50th Annual Convention will take place on August 17-21, 2022, in Baltimore, and we are beyond thrilled to celebrate with you in person. Registration for SABR 50 and hotel accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor is now available at SABR.org/convention.

This is an event well worth the wait, and we already have an All-Star lineup of featured speakers and exciting events planned, including:

  • Keynote address by Tim Kurkjian, winner of the BBWAA’s 2022 Career Excellence Award
  • Opening Remarks by Sig Mejdal, Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Analytics, Baltimore Orioles
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards panel with Bill Stetka (Orioles Team Historian), Greg Bader (Orioles Senior Vice President, Administration & Experience), and Joe Spear (founder of Populous)
  • Women in Leadership panel with Orioles executives Eve Rosenbaum (Director, Baseball Development), Nicole Sherry (Director, Field Operations), Jennifer Grondahl (Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications), and Lisa Tolson (Senior Vice President, Human Resources)
  • Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox game on Friday, August 19

Of course, there is a lot more on the way — innovative panel discussions, ground-breaking research presentations, and more opportunities to make and renew cherished baseball friendships. We hope to see you this summer in Baltimore!

Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.


Join us on June 2 for Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and designer Todd Radom

Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Todd RadomJoin us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.

At 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 2, we’ll be joined by Todd Radom, an independent graphic designer who has created logos for professional sports franchises and events for the past two decades. His work includes the official logos for Super Bowl XXXVIII and the 2009 NBA All Star Game, the graphic identities for the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels, and the SABR 49 and SABR 50 convention logos, among many others. He is the author of Winning Ugly: A Visual History of the Most Bizarre Baseball Uniforms Ever Worn and, most recently, Fabric of the Game, on the NHL’s team names, logos, and uniforms.

Visit SABR.org/ballpark-figures to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.


SABR Digital Library: The 1883 Philadelphia Athletics: American Association Champions

SABR Digital Library: The 1883 Philadelphia Athletics: American Association Champions, edited by Paul Hofmann and Bill NowlinAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

The 1883 Philadelphia Athletics: American Association Champions
Edited by Paul Hofmann and Bill Nowlin

Associate editors Bob LeMoine and Len Levin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-69-1, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-70-7, $24.95
8.5″ x 11″, 206 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at SABR.org.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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.

Visit SABR.org/ebooks for more titles from the SABR Digital Library.


New scholarship opportunities open for students

  • Yoseloff Scholarship for SABR 50 in Baltimore: With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to 10 scholarships to currently enrolled high school or college students to attend SABR 50 on August 17-21, 2022, in Baltimore. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250. The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage high school and college-level student engagement with baseball research and to engender an active interest in baseball and SABR. Deadline to apply: June 3, 2022. Click here to learn more or download the application form.
  • Women in Baseball Scholarship: SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee will award one $500 scholarship to a high school senior in its annual Women in Baseball Essay Contest in 2022. Students must write an essay of 1,500 words or less addressing the following question: “Choose one person or event in women’s baseball history that you believe has made a significant impact on the game and explain the importance.” Deadline to apply: June 14, 2022. Click here to learn more or download the application form.

SABR Digital Library: Not an Easy Tale to Tell: Jackie Robinson on the Page, Stage, and Screen

Not an Easy Tale to Tell: Jackie Robinson on the Page, Stage, and Screen, edited by Ralph CarhartAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Not an Easy Tale to Tell: Jackie Robinson on the Page, Stage, and Screen
Edited by Ralph Carhart
Associate editors Bill Nowlin, Carl Riechers, and Kate Nachman
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-71-4, $6.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-72-1, $19.95
8.5″ x 11″, 128 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at SABR.org.

SABR members, get this e-book for free!

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.

Visit SABR.org/ebooks to find more titles from the SABR Digital Library.


Friends of SABR: April 2022

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of April 2022:

NAME   NAME
Ron Adams   Scott Mayer
Mark Armour   John Murphy
Sean Baker   Bill Nowlin
Benjamin Baschinsky   Tim Otto
Jake Bell   Laura Peebles
Thomas Blankley   Gregg Pericich
D. Bruce Brown   John Rall
Ken Carrano   Michael Rosenwasser
Karl Cicitto   Harry Rothgerber
Vincent Comparato   Charles Roussel
Jim Cox   Bob Russon
Dennis Degenhardt   Gary Sarnoff
Steven Elsberry   Jason Scheller
Bob Emling   Douglas Schoppert
Krista Emmett   Jeff Self
M. David Emmett   Rob Sheinkopf
Jason Ernst   Richard Smiley
Daniel Evans   John Smith
David Firstman   Mike Sparks
Adam Foldes   Brian Stanley
Soichiro Hatano   Thomas Stone
Emily Hawks   Wesley Story
Leslie Heaphy   Joseph Thompson
Tim Herlich   Neal Traven
Rockwell Hoffman   Milton von Minden
David Hughes   John Wakelin
Donald Jensen   Joseph Wancho
Louis Kaufman   Steve West
Ted Knorr   Beach Wires
Henry Levy   Jeffrey Wood
Peter Mancuso   Don Zminda

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.


Still time to register for 2022 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Birmingham

2022 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceRegistration is still available for SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held on June 2-4, 2022, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

The full schedule for the 2022 Malloy Conference has now been posted online; click here to view the daily panels, presentations, and historic site tours.

  • Register: Click here to register online for the 2022 Malloy Conference. Full registration is $195, students: $140. Single-day registration is also available for $75 for Friday or Saturday. Extra tickets can be purchased for the Rickwood Field bus tours, Thursday’s “meet and greet” reception, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Tour, or the awards banquet on Saturday night. All of these sessions are included in the full registration package.
  • Hotel: Please note: Hotel rooms at the Sheraton Birmingham are now sold out. A limited number of rooms are available at the Courtyard Birmingham Homewood, 500 Shades Creek Parkway, Homewood, AL 35209, at a special rate of $145/night (plus tax). Please call 205-879-0400 to book your room at the Courtyard hotel; you must identify yourself as a member of the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference to get the special SABR rate while availability lasts. The Sheraton Birmingham, our host hotel, is located at 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., North Birmingham, AL 35203. Call 205-324-5000 for any questions with the Sheraton.
  • Schedule: Click here to view the full schedule for the 2022 Malloy Conference.
  • COVID-19 policy: All attendees must supply proof of a negative test. Those who can provide proof of vaccination are exempt from this requirement. Attendees will be required to follow any additional local public health declarations, including mask mandates. Click here to learn more.
  • Contact: For questions, email Larry Lester or Leslie Heaphy.

Visit SABR.org/malloy to learn more.


Sign up now for SABR Analytics Certification online course

Watch on YouTube: SABR Analytics Certification previewIt’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.

The SABR Analytics Certification program is 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 curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.

SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price.

Visit SABR.org/analytics/certification to sign up today or learn more.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Play Ball! The Japanese American Experience and the National PastimeSABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at SABR.org, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • Can’t-Miss Event: On Saturday, May 7, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT, SABR Asian Baseball Committee chair Bill Staples Jr. will moderate an online panel discussion on “Play Ball! The Japanese American Experience and the National Pastime,” hosted by the Japanese American Citizens League. Filmmaker Saki Mori is the Keynote Speaker, and panelists include former MLB manager Don Wakamatsu, author and historian Kerry Yo Nakagawa, and educator and coach Brandon Zenimura. Çlick here to RSVP for this free Zoom event.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from Shane Barclay of JapanBall.com, authors Robert Elias and Peter Dreier (Baseball Rebels), along with Gabriel Schechter (“Ballet in the Dirt: Neil Leifer’s Baseball Photography)” and Stew Thornley (“Andy Oyler’s Two-Foot Home Run”). Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:

  • May 7: Talkin’ Baseball: Jerry Manheim (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • May 7: Play Ball: The Japanese American Experience and the National Pastime (2:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 10: SABR 19th Century Speaker Series with Eric Frost (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 12: Boston (MA) Chapter meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 14: Rice-Russell Nashville (TN) Chapter meeting with Andrew Maraniss, Tom Lee, and Jeff McLaughlin (10:00 a.m. CDT)

In addition, the following events will be held in person:

  • May 14: Forbes Field Chapter meeting (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • May 14: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • May 14: Rogers Hornsby Chapter ballgame/meeting (Round Rock, TX)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


7 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Ken Griffey Jr. (TRADING CARD DB)Seven new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:

New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject.

  • 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.
  • Social media: Follow the SABR Games Project on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with new stories and updates.
  • Read all stories from Griffith Stadium greatest games book: All of the game recaps from A Palace in the Nation’s Capital: Griffith Stadium, Home of the Washington Senators can now be found online at the SABR Games Project. SABR members can download a free e-book edition of A Palace in the Nation’s Capital or save 50% off the purchase of the paperback edition at SABR.org/ebooks.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Kostya Kennedy

SABRcast #160: Kostya KennedyBaseball 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 #160 on Monday, May 2 featured Kostya Kennedy, an editorial director at Dotdash Meredith and author of True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson. He is a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated and the best-selling author of 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports and Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, which both won the CASEY Award. He has taught at Columbia University and NYU, and lives with his wife and daughters in Westchester County, New York.

Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.


Listen to a new episode of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroBehind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time for the regular season. Listen to new episodes at 8:00-9:00 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.

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

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: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.


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 members.sabr.org 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
Christian Androvich Reggio Emilia, ITA     Dennis Mulgannon El Dorado Hills, CA
Joe AuBuchon Ballwin, MO     Theodore Murray St. Petersburg, FL
Kevin Audo Thornton, CO     Nate Rowan Baltimore, MD
Sean Baker Overland Park, KS     Chuck Rusinek Akron, OH
Alan Brum E. Brunswick, NJ     Johnnie Simpson Baltimore, MD
Tad Collier Maypearl, TX     Timothy Sirois Highland Park, IL
Sam Cowan Ellicott City, MD     Bernard Stroum Las Vegas, NV
Candace Koman Washington, DC     Eric Treuden Greenfield, WI
Don Livingston Washington, DC     DeWayne Wickham Orlando, FL
John McDonald Fort Myers, FL     Doug Yoder Akron, OH
Ben Morrison Astoria, NY        

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.


Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:

Click here for more information on SABR regional chapters. Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.


Around the Web

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.


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Originally published: May 6, 2022. Last Updated: May 6, 2022.

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