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This Week in SABR: May 8, 2020

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, 2020:

SABR 50 at 50 book highlights a half-century of groundbreaking baseball research

SABR 50 at 50 book coverBaseball has seen many changes in the last 50 years, and SABR’s 50th anniversary provides an opportunity to highlight the most memorable players, teams, and events from the game’s glorious past.  

SABR 50 at 50: The Society for American Baseball Research’s Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game, edited by Bill Nowlin and now available for pre-order from the University of Nebraska Press, celebrates and highlights SABR’s wide-ranging contributions to baseball history.

The diversity of SABR members’ interests is reflected in this fiftieth-anniversary volume — from baseball and the arts to statistical analysis to the Deadball Era to women in baseball. SABR 50 at 50 includes the most important and influential research published by members across a multitude of topics, including the sabermetric work of Dick Cramer, Pete Palmer, and Bill James, along with Jerry Malloy on the Negro Leagues, Keith Olbermann on why the shortstop position is number 6, John Thorn and Jules Tygiel on the untold story behind Jackie Robinson’s signing with the Dodgers, and Gai Berlage on the Colorado Silver Bullets women’s team in the 1990s.

Leading up to SABR’s 50th anniversary in 2021, the organization will also produce a series of online exhibits at to highlight baseball’s most impactful players and off-field figures, ballgames, record-breaking feats, books, films, stories, milestones, and baseball cards.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Heaphy, Flinn re-elected; Levitt elected as SABR Director

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SABR members have re-elected Vice President Leslie Heaphy and Treasurer F.X. Flinn, and elected newcomer Daniel Levitt to the organization’s Board of Directors in the 2020 election.

  • Leslie Heaphy was re-elected as SABR’s Vice President in an unopposed race, receiving 934 of 938 first-preference votes.
  • F.X. Flinn was re-elected as SABR’s Treasurer in an unopposed race, receiving 926 of 933 first-preference votes.
  • Daniel Levitt was elected as a SABR Director, receiving 355 of 953 first-preference votes. Tara Krieger finished runner-up with 249 first-preference votes. Gregory H. Wolf received 153 first-preference votes, John McMurray 120, and Karl Cicitto 71.

Special thanks go out to Tellers Committee members Stephen Barnes, Richard Kirschner, and Kevin Schlinder for certifying the results on May 5 in a virtual meeting.

The 2020 SABR elections featured online voting for the 11th consecutive year as well as traditional paper ballots. A total of 953 votes were received, constituting about 17.25 percent of the membership.

SABR members can find complete 2020 election results, including write-in candidates and voting totals, posted here.

Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Stay Home With SABR: Josh LewinLast month, we launched our Stay Home With SABR initiative, an eight-week effort from April 1 to May 31 to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. During this time, all new membership dues SABR receives will be split with Heart to Heart International, a nonprofit organization that distributes urgently needed equipment and medication to partners around the world during this global crisis.

SABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at This week, we heard from Andrew Aronstein of Photo File Inc., Iowa Cubs reporter Jeff Johnson of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and former Los Angeles Dodgers GM Fred Claire.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can “attend” online:

  • May 9: Hank Gowdy (Columbus) Chapter book club (9:30 a.m. EDT)
  • May 9: Oscar Charleston (Indianapolis) Chapter meeting with Wabash College professor Todd McDorman (2:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 9: Sweet Lou Johnson (Lexington) Chapter meeting with actor/musician Danny Rockett (2:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 9: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter Facebook Live with author Ron Rapoport (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 9: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting with University of Washington professor Steve Calandrillo (1:00 p.m. PDT)
  • May 11: SABRcast Live with Rob Neyer and Boston Red Sox broadcaster Josh Lewin (5:00 p.m. PDT)

Find more upcoming virtual meetings and watch replays of past events on our SABR Virtual Calendar page.

Call for papers: 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

Call for papers: 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball ConferenceSABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the second annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled for September 11-13, 2020, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

This year’s conference theme is celebrating African American women in baseball. All topics related to women’s baseball and the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues are welcome for individual oral and poster presentations.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by July 15, 2020, to Leslie Heaphy at

Click here to read the full announcement at

Donate today to the SABR Sustainability Campaign fund

SABR Sustainability CampaignSABR is an organization focused on baseball history, research, and benchmarks, and this is unquestionably a first. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is changing around us daily. We are all searching for silver linings, distractions, and ways to minimize the distance we are all feeling and the challenges we are facing.

One constant you can rely on — now more than ever — is that SABR will continue to uphold our mission to foster the study, discussion, and understanding of all aspects of baseball. But we need your help!

We’re facing major challenges in the coming year. The postponement of the SABR 50 convention to July 14-18, 2021, will cause SABR to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. These resources are essential in pursuing our mission and delivering the membership experience our community has come to expect.

Please contribute to the SABR Sustainability Campaign fund. The SABR Board of Directors is leading the way, as all Directors are donating their SABR 50 registration fee to this fund. The Board is joined by hundreds of members who are doing the same. 

We are asking all members to make a donation above and beyond their normal giving, equivalent to SABR 50 registration. This is an extraordinary request made due to extraordinary circumstances. We thank all of our members who have donated their registration fees and thank all members in advance for their charitable contributions to the fund.

If you donate $330 (the cost of annual convention registration), you will receive:

  • $50 off your 2021 Annual Convention registration
  • Hard copy of the 2020 edition of The National Pastime delivered to your door
  • Exclusive VIP online streaming video content with baseball personalities

If you donate $500, you will receive:

  • All the benefits listed above
  • Hard copy of the SABR 50 at 50 anthology book, featuring the 50 most influential articles SABR has published

All gifts are tax deductible except for the value of the benefits received. Visit to learn more.

SABR Digital Library: Braves Win! The 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves

1995 Atlanta Braves book coverAdd a championship baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Braves Win! Braves Win! Braves Win! The 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves
Edited by Tom Hufford and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Foreword by John Schuerholz
ISBN (e-book)
978-1-9701-5922-6, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5923-3
, $34.95
8.5″ x 11″, 484 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

SABR members can download all Digital Library e-books for free or get 50% off the paperback edition. Find more titles at

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.

SABR office continuing to work remotely

The SABR office, housed at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, has been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Staff members will work remotely until it is advisable to resume normal operations on-site.

On Monday, March 16, ASU announced that all in-person classes would transition to online instruction for the rest of the spring semester. A reassessment of the situation will take place at that time. Please contact a member of the SABR staff by email or phone with any questions.

SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference rescheduled for 2021

2021 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceDue to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference has been rescheduled for June 10-13, 2021, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.

Since 1998, the Malloy Conference has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of Black baseball history. The conference, which is open to baseball and history fans of all ages, promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and an annual art contest.

Anyone who has already registered for the Malloy Conference is encouraged to contact Deb Jayne at the SABR office to discuss options regarding their conference registration fees, including converting it into a donation toward SABR’s Sustainability Campaign fund.

The Negro Leagues Committee is one of SABR’s original committees, formed in 1971. It has continued to preserve and highlight the contributions of African-American players in baseball history. Visit to learn more.

SABRcast Live with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with former Dodgers GM Fred Claire

Fred ClaireAs part of our Stay Home With SABR intiative, SABRcast with Rob Neyer will be recorded via online livestream each Monday night at 5:00 p.m. PDT. Each episode will feature nationally known guests plus an interactive Q&A in which all baseball fans can participate.

Episode #58 on Monday, May 4 featured Fred Claire, former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager and best-selling author. Claire served 30 years as an executive with the Dodgers from 1969 to 1998 and was the Executive Vice President and GM during the team’s most recent World Series championship in 1988.

Visit to listen to the full episode.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit

4 new SABR biographies published

Jack HornerFour new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 5,193 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

12 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

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

New Games Project stories can be found at Find all published Games Project articles at

  • 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.


Listen to recent episodes of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time. Listen to new episodes at 4:00-5:00 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. Click here to learn more.

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.

April 23 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the Board of Directors conference call on April 23, 2020, 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.

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 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
Ben Allred Chapel Hill, NC     Emalee Nelson Dallas, TX
Martin Bennett Long Island City, NY     Michael O’Reilly Western Springs, IL
Jim Bettencourt Willows, CA     Elaina Pakutka Branford, CT
Nathan Cross Tulsa, OK     Jim Reed Scotts Valley, CA
Mary Feeney Jacksonville, FL     Randy Robbins Lake Worth, FL
Andrew Grant Chesterfield, MO     Julianna Rubin Port St Lucie, FL
Cathy Headley Poplar Grove, IL     Sandra Schatz Killeen, TX
Andrew Heckroth Indianapolis, IN     Tammy Silveira New Bedford, MA
Aaron Hill Atlanta, GA     Tim Smith Bridgman, MI
Fred Houston Forrest City, AR     Paul Sparks Frontenac, KS
Erik Johnson Jefferson, GA     Vadim Sprikut London, ENG
Jeffery LaBouef Oswego, NY     Kenny Sweezey St. Louis, MO
Peter Laskowich West Paterson, NJ     Sawn Swenson Salt Lake City, UT
Duff Lewis Asheville, NC     Martin Talbot Montréal, QC
Nick Lukowsky Sarasota, FL     Michael Tow Seattle, WA
David Mahler San Jose, CRI     Eddie Wilbanks Dyersburg, TN
Sam Marchiano New York, NY     Steve Wright Chicago, IL


Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Virtual Events Calendar

Here are the upcoming virtual events on the SABR calendar:

  • May 9: Hank Gowdy (Columbus) Chapter book club (9:30 a.m. EDT)
  • May 9: Oscar Charleston (Indianapolis) Chapter meeting with Wabash College professor Todd McDorman (2:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 9: Sweet Lou Johnson (Lexington) Chapter meeting with actor/musician Danny Rockett (2:00 p.m. EDT)
  • May 9: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter Facebook Live with author Ron Rapoport (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • May 9: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting with University of Washington professor Steve Calandrillo (1:00 p.m. PDT)
  • May 11: SABRcast Live with Rob Neyer and Boston Red Sox broadcaster Josh Lewin (5:00 p.m. PDT)

Find more virtual meetings on our SABR Virtual Events Calendar page.

Around the Web

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

Read these articles and more at

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

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Originally published: May 8, 2020. Last Updated: June 17, 2020.