This Week in SABR: May 8, 2015

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 8, 2015:

SABR 45: One week left for early registration rate, all-inclusive discount

Just a reminder that the early registration rate and the all-inclusive discount package for the SABR 45 convention — June 24-28, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago — expires next Friday, May 15. Sign up today at to join us at SABR 45.

Our ticket block for the Cubs-Dodgers game on Thursday, June 25 at Wrigley Field is limited and the game is expected to sell out. Game tickets in the SABR block will not be available after early registration ends on May 15 and will not be sold on-site during the convention.

Click here for complete information on SABR 45 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 45. More details on guest speakers, panelists, and presenters will be announced soon.

All-Star lineup of guest speakers: SABR 45 will include top featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, writers, and analysts — plus innovative panel discussions on the Cubs, White Sox, the Negro Leagues, women in baseball, and more. See below for details on featured panels as we announce them:

  • Broadcasters Panel: Cubs announcers Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies, and Ron Coomer, and moderator Curt Smith. Click here for more details. 
  • Negro Leagues Panel: Panelists include former Negro Leagues pitchers Al Spearman and Ernie Westfield, and moderator Larry Lester. Click here for more details.
  • More panels to be announced soon!

Please note: The SABR 45 all-inclusive package includes 1 full conference registration; 1 ticket to the Cubs game on Thursday, June 25; 1 round-trip ticket on the CTA Red Line train; and 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 26. It does NOT include any other optional events such as the Downtown Baseball Walking Tour on Wednesday, June 24, The Baseball Project concert on Thursday, June 25, or the Historical Ballpark Sites Bus Tour on Sunday, June 28. Those tickets must be purchased separately.

All SABR 45 attendees will also receive a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players and events in the Chicago area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer. Click here to register for SABR 45.

For more information on SABR 45, visit

SABR 45: Cubs Upper Deck Box tickets sold out; Terrace Reserved seats still available until May 15

Our block of tickets in the Upper Deck Box-Outfield section ($48) for the Cubs-Dodgers game on Thursday afternoon, June 25, at Wrigley Field is now sold out. However, tickets are still available in our Terrace Reserved-Outfield block ($38) until Friday, May 15.

This game is expected to sell out and our ticket block is only available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Game tickets in the SABR block will NOT be available for purchase on-site at the convention.

Visit to register.

SABR 45: Hotel room block at Palmer House Hilton expires next Friday

If you haven’t booked your room for SABR 45 this summer in Chicago, our hotel room block at the Palmer House Hilton is almost sold out. Please call the hotel at (312) 726-7500 to check if any rooms are still available at the SABR group rate of $189/night (plus tax).

Our room block expires at 11:59 p.m. MST on Friday, May 15, 2015, or when our room block is completely full. See below for overflow hotel information.

The Palmer House Hilton is at 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603, in the heart of the downtown Loop, near two CTA stops — from O’Hare Airport, take the Blue Line to Monroe/Dearborn stop and then walk two blocks east on Monroe; from Midway Airport, take the Orange Line to the Adams/Wabash stop.

For more information on SABR 45, visit

  • Overflow hotel: If the Palmer House Hilton fills up before you’ve booked your room, we’ve reserved a small block of rooms at the nearby ACME Hotel, 15 E. Ohio Street, less than a mile north of the Palmer House Hilton and one block away from a CTA Red Line station (Grand Avenue) that takes you straight to the convention hotel (get off at the Monroe stop). Click here to book a room at the ACME Hotel for a special SABR rate of $189/night (plus tax). Or call the hotel at (312) 894-0800 to book your room; be sure to mention the SABR convention. Standard King rooms and City View Queen rooms are available at the ACME Hotel until our block runs out.  

SABR 45: Research presentations and poster presentations

The schedule of research presentations is now available for SABR 45, June 24-28, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

Click here for full research abstracts and presenter bios.

Friday, June 26

  • RP01: Juan Marichal and John Roseboro: The Fight of Their Lives, by John Rosengren
  • RP02: No Federal Baseball: Without the Antitrust Exemption, How Would Baseball’s Structure Change?, by Mark Conrad
  • RP03: A Legacy of What-Ifs: Horace Stoneham and the Integration of the Giants, by Steve Treder
  • RP04: Andy Coakley vs. the Cubs: Baseball’s Forgotten Labor Struggle, by Tara Krieger
  • RP05: An Aging Fan Base: Using Twitter to Develop a New Generation of Baseball Fans, by Allison Levin
  • RP06: When the Yankees Came Back to Columbus: Baseball and Cultural Conflicts in Columbus, Georgia, 1960-1966, by Hart Mizell
  • RP07: What Makes a Dynasty? Hitting, Fielding and Pitching, by David Kaiser
  • RP08: Fred Goldsmith and the Curveball: Did He Invent the Pitch that Changed the Game?, by David Fleitz
  • RP09: Home Team Scoring Advantage in the First Inning Largely Due To Time and Travel, by David W. Smith
  • RP10: Red Stockings, White Stockings, and Cal McVey, by John Liepa
  • RP11: If It’s Wednesday (or Sunday), It Must Be Woodie, by Don Zminda
  • RP12: “Not ‘Pop’ Anson!”: Historical Memory and Cap Anson’s Color Line Legacy, by Zachary Moser
  • RP13: The Increased Importance of Quality Starts, by John Burbridge
  • RP14: 1915/2015: Commemorating the Centennial of Oscar Charleston’s Rookie Season with the Indianapolis ABCs, by Geri Driscoll
  • RP15: Happiness Is Leading the Majors in RBIs: Who was Happiest in 1917 – Zimmerman, Veach, Cobb, or Felsch?, by Herm Krabbenhoft
  • RP16: Chicago Hates Cincinnati! How Pro Baseball Conquered the Windy City, by Bruce Allardice

Saturday, June 27

  • RP17: Remember the Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars: Bigotry and Boyhood in 1955, by Chris Lamb
  • RP18: When Chicago Came to Milwaukee in the ’60s, by Dennis Degenhardt
  • RP19: Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man? Gender and Professional Athletes, by Michael Haupert and Lisa Giddings
  • RP20: Disco Demolition Night, by Rick Schabowski
  • RP21: The Colonel and Hug: The Odd Couple… NOT!, by Steve Steinberg and Lyle Spatz
  • RP22: “Little League Home Runs” in MLB History, by Chuck Hildebrandt
  • RP23: When McCarthy Lost His Mojoe: The Red Sox Years, by Bryan Soderholm-Difatte
  • RP24: Split Season 1981: Fernandomania, The Bronx Zoo and the Strike That Saved Baseball, by Jeff Katz
  • RP25: Pat Gillick and His “Many Rivers”: One General Manager’s Approach to Gaining an Edge, by Dan Levitt
  • RP26: They Came Before Minnie, Alexei & Abreu: Chicago’s Cuban Connection and a Reconsideration of Baseball’s Integration Story, by Adrian Burgos Jr.
  • RP27: The Best Baseball Story Ever? A Critique of Bleacher Bums, by David Krell
  • RP28: The Twenty-Year’s War: The Cubs, the White Sox, and Baseball Broadcasting, by James Walker
  • RP29: The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson and Hollywood’s Version of Robinson’s Legacy, by Lisa Doris Alexander
  • RP30: Heresy: Bill Veeck Was Not a Good Owner for Fans, by Andy McCue
  • RP31: For an Actor, He’s a Good Ballplayer: Baseball and Vaudeville in the Deadball Era and Beyond, by R.J. Lesch
  • RP32: Baseball in New York 1947-1957: Dollars, Sense, and Nonsense, by Steven A. Riess

In addition, click here to view abstracts for SABR 45 poster presentations that will be on display all week during the convention.

For more information, visit

SABR 45: Donate to SABR and go on the field at Wrigley

We are excited to announce a special SABR donation package that will be offered for SABR 45 in Chicago.

Thanks to the generosity of the Chicago Cubs, anyone who makes a donation of $1,500 or more to the SABR General Fund between May 1 and June 15, 2015, will have the opportunity to go on the field before or after the Cubs-Dodgers game on Thursday, June 25 during SABR 45.

This special opportunity is only available to eight SABR donors — four people before the game and four after the game. Donors will be able to go on to the field and take photographs during batting practice before the game or walk the field and take photographs after the game. Each one-time donation is good for one on-field ticket. Choice of before/after the game is first-come, first-serve (please contact Marc Appleman to express preference.)

In addition to the on-field opportunity at Wrigley Field, the SABR 45 donation package also includes four tickets to the SABR 45 Baseball Project concert at the Palmer House Hilton, two tickets to the SABR 45 Donors Breakfast, a special SABR 45 glass commemorative baseball, and a one-year membership to SABR.

SABR is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

  • If you are interested in the SABR 45 donation package, please contact Executive Director Marc Appleman at

SABR 45: The Baseball Project concert $25 ticket presale ends on May 15

Attendees at the SABR 45 convention this summer in Chicago will have a special opportunity to see The Baseball Project in concert on Thursday, June 25, 2015, in the Grand Ballroom at the Palmer House Hilton.

Advance presale tickets for The Baseball Project at SABR 45 are available for an early-bird price of $25 members/$40 non-members when you register for the SABR convention online at before May 15, 2015. Tickets will be $40 online after May 15 or until the concert venue reaches capacity.

Formed in 2007 by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, R.E.M.) and Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Gutterball), The Baseball Project began as a way for a couple of fans to pay musical tribute to our national pastime. But The Baseball Project has since blossomed into a full-fledged, much-loved band in its own right, one which includes drummer Linda Pitmon (Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Zuzu’s Petals), and Peter Buck and Mike Mills, founding members of R.E.M., one of the best-selling alternative rock bands of all time.

To learn more about The Baseball Project, visit their website at or their YouTube channel at

(Note: For those interested, The Baseball Project concert will not conflict with the SABR 45 Trivia Contest preliminaries on the schedule.)

Registration for SABR 45 is now available at

Gennaro, Lebowitz, Waterman re-elected to SABR Board of Directors

Members of the Society for American Baseball Research have elected three incumbents to the organization’s Board of Directors and approved one revision to the By-Laws.

  • Vince Gennaro was re-elected as SABR’s President in an unopposed race, receiving 745 of 761 first-preference votes.
  • Todd Lebowitz was re-elected as SABR’s Secretary in an unopposed race, receiving 742 of 754 first-preference votes.
  • Ty Waterman was re-elected as a SABR Director, receiving 447 of 756 first-preference votes. George Skornickel finished runner-up with 299 first-preference votes.
  • One By-Laws revision was approved by SABR members. A proposed revision to Section 1.2, regarding the organization’s mission statement, was passed with 750 of 811 votes (92.48%).

Special thanks go out to Tellers Committee members Mort Bloomberg, Phillip Bolda, and Michael Holden for certifying the results on May 6 at the SABR office.

The 2015 SABR elections featured online voting for the sixth consecutive year as well as traditional paper ballots. A total of 826 votes were received, constituting about 13.69 percent of the membership.

SABR members can find complete 2015 election results, including write-in candidates and voting totals, posted here.

A historical list of SABR’s Board of Directors can be found by clicking here. Past voting totals can be found here.

Ball, Nemec, Overmyer win 2015 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Awards

The 2015 winners of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, which honors the best articles on baseball history or biography completed during the preceding calendar year, are:

All three are winning the McFarland-SABR award for the first time.

Ball and Nemec’s article is a look at the tangled world of player transactions in 19th-century baseball. One judge’s comment was: “A first-class piece of research.” Ball died in 2011 and Nemec completed the project.

Overmyer’s article is an overview of the 225 games Negro League teams played in The House That Ruth Built between 1930 and 1948. Judge’s comments were: “Well researched” and “original and well-done.”

The awards will be presented at the 45th annual SABR convention, June 24-28, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

The selection committee consists of: Len Levin (chair), Phil Bergen, Warren Corbett, Chuck Hilty and Bill Humber.

For more information, click here.

SABR welcomes new international chapters in Australia, Dominican Republic

SABR’s Board of Directors has approved the formation of two new international chapters.

The Joe Quinn Australian Chapter, based in Sydney, will serve SABR members in Australia. The chapter leaders are Ryan Broad, Rochelle Llewelyn Nicholls, Scott Levens, Gerry Myerson, and Rian Crowther.

The Juan Marichal Chapter, based in Santo Domingo, will serve SABR members in the Dominican Republic. The chapter leader is Julio Rodriguez.

SABR’s 69 regional chapters cover 36 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.; plus international chapters in Canada (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia), Japan, South Korea, Australia, Latin America (Venezuela, Dominican Republic), and the United Kingdom. For a list of all SABR chapters, visit A calendar of upcoming SABR meetings can be found at

  • Announcements: To sign up for chapter email announcements and receive instant notification of upcoming SABR events in your area, click here to select from the list of chapters, then click “Join Group” at the top of the chapter page. All SABR members are eligible to sign up for announcements from any chapter. 
  • Find your regional chapter: Does your area have a regional chapter of its own? If not, it’s easy to organize a new chapter — all you need is an interested group of SABR members. Click here for details.

Working the Game: An interview with Dodgers announcer Charley Steiner

Here’s an update from SABR Baseball and the Media Committee chair Chuck Hildebrandt:

We’ve had several interesting new posts go up on the website in the past couple of weeks that I’d like to share with you:

Please click through to to read these and other articles, plus links to media biographies, downloadable broadcasting databases, and more.

You can subscribe to new articles in the upper right corner of every page of the website. Also, please follow us on Twitter: @MediaSABR.

If you have any interesting artifacts that you can share related to baseball media, whether old photographs, articles recordings, or even a personal anecdote you would like to share, please feel free to send it along, or contact me at

Lastly, we need your help with our coming newsletter. If you are adept in designing and formatting newsletters, please contact me at

— Chuck Hildebrandt

SABR Digital Library: ’75: The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball

On the 40th anniversary of a pennant-winning season, add a new SABR Digital Library e-book to your collection:

’75: The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Cecilia M. Tan
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-933599-97-7

ISBN (e-book): 978-1-933599-96-0
325 pages, 8.5″ x 11″

In 1975, the Boston Red Sox played in what was the most-watched World Series in history, an epic seven-game battle with Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine that captivated the nation’s attention and revived baseball’s lagging popularity. ’75 tells the life stories of the 37 players who made up the Red Sox roster, from stars like Yaz, Fisk, and El Tiante, to the mop-up men and bench-warmers who were along for the ride.

Some 48 authors, researchers, editors, fact-checkers, and baseball enthusiasts from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) have collaborated to present their work in the volume. Drawing on many exclusive interviews with players and the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, ’75 contains many stories not previously told and offers new details on the lives of these players who inspired so many in their time.

This 2015 edition offers numerous items not contained in the original 2005 publication — full biographies of all of the coaches, the broadcast team, and owner Tom Yawkey — 10 new biographies.

We have also added six game accounts (linking to SABR’s Games Project, these are games written specifically for this book), as well as an essay on the ALCS, an essay on the World Series, and a “By the Numbers” piece.

That makes a total of 19 new items — 10 bios, six game accounts, and three other items — in this edition. ’75 remains a unique treasure for anyone who remembers Carlton Fisk waving his arms in the October night.

Contributors include: Ron Anderson, Mark Armour, Jonathan Arnold, Eric Aron, Ray Birch, Andrew Blume, Maurice Bouchard, Bob Brady, John Cizik, Clem Comly, John Contois, Herb Crehan, Jon Daly, Bob Donaldson, Alex Edelman, Greg Erion, Dan Fields, James Forr, Peter M. Gordon, Tom Harkins, Joanne Hulbert, Bob Hurte, Seamus Kearney, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, R.R. Marshal, Les Masterson, Wayne McElreavy, Chuck McGill, Max Miller, Tom Nahigian, Bill Nowlin, Mark Pattison, Jim Prime, Mike Richard, Carl Riechers, Doug Skipper, Curt Smith, Matthew Silverman, David C. Southwick, Mark S. Sternman, Brian Stevens, Wayne Strumpfer, Cecilia M. Tan, John Vorperian, Nick Waddell, Dave Williams, and Gregory H. Wolf.

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.

Voting opens next week for 2015 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend

Earlier this year, members of the Nineteenth Century Research Committee selected the finalists for the 2015 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend. Click here to download a PDF with the finalists’ bios, compiled by project chair Adam Darowski and Joe Williams.

Voting in the final election will run from May 11-25 and will be open to all SABR members.

This year’s winner will be announced at the Nineteenth Century Committee’s annual meeting at SABR 45 in Chicago.

For more information on the Overlooked Legends project, click here.

Register now for the 2015 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Pittsburgh

The 18th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be held August 6-8, 2015, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference is open to all baseball, history and sports fans of all ages.

  • Register today! Click here to register online at the SABR Store. Or click here to download a registration form (PDF); please mail your check or money order before July 31 to SABR Malloy Conference, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Early registration is available until May 18, 2015.

    Early-bird registration is $155 for an adult rate (includes all activities) or $110 for a student rate. Single-day registration for Friday or Saturday is $90. The rate for the Thursday education forum only is $15. Optional sessions are also available.

The 2015 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will celebrate the rich history of black baseball in Pittsburgh. We welcome proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields. Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, “Baseball’s Best: the Grays and the Crawfords,” or other Negro Leagues issues. Some possibilities include: Josh Gibson, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Gus Greenlee, Cum Posey, Vic Harris, Cool Papa Bell, the Crawford Grill, and many others.

Visit for information on the 2015 Call for Papers, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Library Grant Program.

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 3,175 published biographies. Here are the new bios:

All new biographies can be found here:

You can find the SABR BioProject at

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!

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

2 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Two new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

The SABR Baseball Games Project was launched in January 2014 to research and write articles on major-league and Negro League regular, postseason, and All-Star Games. These game accounts will complement Retrosheet and Baseball-Reference box scores as well as BioProject essays on the players involved.

The articles are not intended to be mere play-by-play summaries, nor should they be first-person narratives. Rather the goal is to put each game in historical context — whether that history is of a particular player, team, season, or something even broader.

Visit the new Games Project website at

Listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM

We invite you to listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a new radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, on Sunday nights on MLB Network Radio.

This week’s show includes special guests C.J. Nitkowski, Fox Sports analyst and former major-league pitcher, and Ben Lindbergh, staff writer at

Baseball SABR Style focuses on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today. It will air 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. (Recent shows are available afterward in the “on-demand” section of the SiriusXM app or website.)

For more information, click here.

SABR members, take 10% off your next order at the Shop

The 2015 season has begun, and SABR members have the opportunity to take advantage of some special offers from MLB Advanced Media.

  • 20% discount off MLB.TV Premium Monthly subscriptions: SABR members can get 20% off MLB.TV Premium Monthly subscriptions all season long. Watch every 2015 Regular Season out-of-market game LIVE or on-demand in HD Quality. Choose home or away broadcasts. MLB.TV is on your favorite devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation and more. Watch up to four games at once with Mosaic. DVR functionality lets you pause or rewind live games.
  • 20% discount off MiLB.TV Yearly subscriptions: With MiLB.TV, you can watch more than 5,000 Minor League Baseball games streamed live and on-demand online, including select All-Star and postseason games. Take the action on the go on select Apple devices with the free MiLB First Pitch App. Games involve affiliates of all 30 MLB clubs. Complete game archives are available any time on demand.
  • 10% discount off your next order at the Shop: Take 10% off your next order at the Shop this season. Offer is valid for one use per e-mail address. Discount does not apply to shipping, handling, gift wrapping, gift cards or taxes, and select items.

Visit to get the discount codes for MLB.TV, MiLB.TV, and the Shop available to SABR members.

April 8 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the Board of Directors conference call on April 8, 2015, have now been posted on the SABR website.

You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by going to the page below:

Or you can go to the Members’ Info page and click on “Org. files”, then “Board Minutes” to view the minutes.

In Memoriam

  • Don Fairchild, 70, of Manassas, Virginia, an active member of the Bob Davids Chapter since 1986 and a fixture at the Hot Stove Dinners in Arlington, died on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. He was a fan of the black and orange, both his original baseball love, the Giants, as well as the Orioles. He was one of the original core of the Hot Stove Dinners and attended many regional meetings, often with his son, Chris Fairchild.  Chris, also a SABR member, said, “He had been fighting cancer for several years and [this] was his time. SABR was a great love for him and we both really looked forward to and enjoyed the meetings that we attended together over the years. We still talked about the Tim Kurkjian/John Dowd meeting and the meeting with the Babe Ruth Museum often even very recently. I am so glad he had the baseball outlet that SABR provided and was glad to share it with him.” A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9 at Mount Zion Episcopal Church in Hedgesville, West Virginia. Reception to follow. Chris has invited Don’s SABR friends to attend. Please RSVP to — David Raglin

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.

You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Matt Arnold Toronto, ON     Charles Hunt Indio, CA
David Birch Tuscaloosa, AL     Mark Jakubik Philadelphia, PA
Brian Bounds Sussex, WI     Tony Laroche South Kingstown, RI
Robert Brustad Fort Collins, CO     Todd Masters Grand Rapids, MI
Evan Chavez Albuquerque, NM     Gary Rosenthal Olney, MD
Jonathan Clemente Charlotte, NC     Gerald Schifman Wantagh, NY
Richard Gabriel Indianola, IA     Jim Turner Tallahassee, FL
Gary Gentry Salem, SC     Richard Wang Taipei, TPE
Frank Helminski Paoli, PA        


Research Committee news

Here are the new SABR research committee updates for this week:

  • Ballparks Committee: May 2015 newsletter
  • Oral History Committee: For the past year, the SABR Oral History Committee has been getting things ready to go, and we now want you to get involved. We have names of players to interview available and tapes of prominent events in major league baseball history to review and transcribe. Our committee newsletter, due out in May, will be the largest in the Committee’s long history. You’ll get it first if you’re a committee member. To sign up for email announcements from this committee, click here and then select the “Join Group” button at the top. We want you to be involved in whatever way you can. Contact committee chair John McMurray at to get started.

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

There are no new regional chapter updates for 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 8, 2015. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.