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This Week in SABR: November 10, 2023

This Week in SABR: November 10, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, November 10, 2023.
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Top Headlines

SABR Digital Library: New book on Ebbets Field
2023 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners announced
2 weeks left to submit presentation abstracts for SABR Analytics Conference
Watch a replay of Ballpark Figures with Meg Rowley
Read articles from new Baseball Research Journal
Call for papers: 2024 The National Pastime

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

Ebbets Field: Great, Historic, and Memorable Games in Brooklyn’s Lost Ballpark, edited by Gregory H. Wolf

SABR Digital Library: Ebbets Field: Great, Historic, and Memorable Games in Brooklyn’s Lost Ballpark

Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library! Ebbets Field: Great, Historic, and Memorable Games in Brooklyn’s Lost Ballpark, edited by Gregory H. Wolf, tells the story of one of baseball’s most iconic palaces through feature essays and recaps of nearly 100 historic games played there.

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

2023 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners announced

For the eleventh consecutive season, the SABR Defensive Index™ was used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR. The SABR Defensive Index accounts for approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process which are added to the votes from the managers and coaches.

The 2023 Gold Glove winners were announced on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” on Sunday, November 5.

Voting concluded Friday for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, presented by SABR. A combination of the SABR Defensive Index and the national fan vote will determine who takes home the honor in each League. The winners of the Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards will be announced on Friday, November 10.

Click here to view the 2023 Gold Glove Award winners at

2024 SABR Analytics Conference

2 weeks left to submit presentation abstracts for SABR Analytics Conference

SABR and Sports Info Solutions are excited to announce the call for presentations for the SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held on March 8-10, 2024, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The submission deadline for all 2024 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST on November 22, 2023. Click here to learn more or to submit a presentation abstract.

Visit to learn more:

Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Learn more at

SABR Ballpark Figures with Meg Rowley

Watch a replay of Ballpark Figures with Meg Rowley

Join us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.

On Thursday, November 2, our guest was Meg Rowley, managing editor of FanGraphs and co-host of the Effectively Wild podcast.

Visit to learn more about upcoming shows or view past episodes.

Fall 2023 Baseball Research Journal

Read articles online from Fall 2023 Baseball Research Journal

Good news! The Fall 2023 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members. This issue includes a special illustrated cover of Ty Cobb by SABR member Gary Cieradkowski.

Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next two to four weeks. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered on Wednesday, November 1.

We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2023 Baseball Research Journal!

SABR-Rucker Archive (clockwise from top-left): Stan Musial and Gil Hodges, two Japanese players, Josh Gibson, a Cuban baseball team

Find complete collection of SABR-Rucker Archive baseball images online

The complete collection of rare baseball images from the SABR-Rucker Archive is now available online at The Rucker Archive is one of the most extensive collections of baseball imagery in North America, covering the roots of baseball in the 19th century up to current major league teams and players.

Recently uploaded images — which were donated by longtime SABR member and photo archivist Mark Rucker — include rare photos of early baseball in Cuba and Japan; vintage 19th century trading cards; Baseball Magazine cover images; along with photos from World Series and All-Star Games, the Negro Leagues, and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

The first 40,000 Rucker Archive images were uploaded to earlier this year. This latest import marks the final batch of original images from the collection.

Click here to read the full announcement at


 Call for papers: 2024 The National Pastime

The next SABR convention will be held on August 7-11, 2024, in Minneapolis, and we are seeking articles for our annual convention journal, The National Pastime, on teams, figures, and events around Minnesota and the Twin Cities.

Prospective writers/contributors may now pitch ideas for articles to co-editors Michael Haupert and Cecilia M. Tan. To submit an article idea or abstract, click here to fill out this form by November 30, 2023. Only submissions sent using the online portal will be considered. Authors will be notified of assignments no later than December 15, with first drafts due by April 15, 2024.

A story pitch should include a paragraph about the topic, why it’s important or relevant to the region, what drew your interest, and what resources or sources you’ll pursue to research the topic. (Topics should not duplicate the 2012 journal, The National Pastime: Short But Wondrous Summers, from the most recent Minneapolis convention.)

Click here to read the full announcement at

Bring It Home for SABR in 2023!

Help us Bring it Home in 2023 and build a stronger future for SABR!

Much like circling the baseball diamond, SABR rounds the bases every year through guiding principles of research, participation, and community. At first base is the fundamental component of our mission: research. At second base is participation, through which we produce wonderful baseball research and programming that reaches people everywhere. We round third at community, as we strive towards our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball. Gifts from members like you will now help SABR BRING IT HOME, making 2023 a historic success while building for a bright future.

You can support SABR’s end of year Bring it Home Campaign by making a gift of $150 or more by December 31, 2023. We will use your best gift of $150, $300, $500, or $1,000 to boost SABR’s general operations. Contributions from generous donors like you are vital as SABR expands research, creates more pathways to participation, and builds a stronger baseball community.

Visit to learn more.

SABR Analytics Certification: Sign up now for new Level 3 course

We’re excited to announce that the newest course in the SABR Analytics Certification program, Level Three – Introduction to Baseball Programming, is now available.

Taught by award-winning baseball writer and analyst Rob Arthur, the Level Three course provides an introduction to programming using a practical approach in its application for baseball and focusing on R (with a dash of SQL) as a programming language, the goal of this online, on-demand course is to give learners a foundational understanding of the technical skills necessary for a career in data science and baseball analytics.

To sign up now, or to learn more about previous courses, visit

Call for papers: 2024 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference welcomes proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields for the upcoming conference on June 6-9, 2024, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, or other Black baseball topics. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, plus a brief biographical note with contact information. Deadline to apply: February 1, 2024.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Writing opportunity: 2001 Seattle Mariners book project

The editors of an upcoming SABR book on the 2001 Seattle Mariners are seeking authors to write BioProject biographies on the following players: Al Martin, Mark McLemore, Jose Paniagua, Anthony Sanders, Kazuhiro Sasaki, Bryan Price, and Matt Sinatro.

New projects on Henry Aaron, the 1945 Cleveland Buckeyes, 2005 Chicago White Sox, and First At Bat Home Runs were also recently approved, and are seeking authors, editors, and other contributors. Any SABR member who is interested in contributing to these projects should contact Bill Nowlin.

Click here to learn more about SABR writing opportunities.

Call for volunteers: Weiss Baseball Player Questionnaires

SABR seeks volunteers to help transcribe the Bill Weiss Baseball Player Questionnaires, a collection of self-completed surveys of professional baseball players from 1945-2005, which will soon be made available at

No experience is needed, just a love for baseball, data, and history. We are looking for any volunteers who can spare a few hours a week (or more!) with help reading these questionnaires and writing down the player’s ambitions, background, and signing scout. Please contact Jason Sigler if you would like to be a part of our team.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #239: Scott Bush

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 #239 on Monday, November 6 featured Scott Bush, Chief Executive Officer of SABR. 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: Dwight Evans, Nyjer Morgan, Tommy Lasorda

7 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

Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1907-1958 (Volume 1)

Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1907-1958
Edited by Robert K. Fitts, Bill Nowlin, James Forr

Check out new essays on early US baseball tours of Japan in the SABR Research Collection and stay tuned for Volume 2 of this series, on post-1958 tours, coming soon! 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.

Peter Anderson Forest Hills, NY     Hiroshi Kanda Koganei, JPN
Charles Barnum Fredericksburg, VA     Emmett Kane Durango, CO
Carlos Bauer San Diego, CA     Frank Kottwitz Wills Point, TX
Bob Busser Fairfield, CA     Lauren Lamborne Durham, NC
Paul Cano Grimsby, ON     Norman Mawby Media, PA
Robert Clayton Washington, DC     Ronald Meyer Fremont, NE
Mike DeMazza Falls Village, CT     Timothy Murphy Lockport, NY
Dan Draper Brisbane, AUS     Patrick Shannon Alexandria, VA
Miguel Fernandez Saddle Brook, NJ     Don Slavik Cincinnati, OH
Matthew Garza Bethlehem, PA     Christopher Warner Portland, OR
Changhwa Hong Auburn, AL        

SABR Events Calendar

Join us for a virtual meeting of the Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington chapter of SABR at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, November 11, 2023. Our guest is author Zak Ford on his new book, "Called Up."   

WHEN: 1 pm, Saturday, November 11, 2023

GUEST SPEAKER:Zak Ford, author of Called Up: Ballplayers Remember Becoming Major Leaguers

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • November 11: Talkin’ Baseball: Zak Ford (9:00 a.m. EST)
  • November 11: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting with Zak Ford (1:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 13: Bob Broeg St. Louis (MO) Chapter meeting with John Miller (6:00 p.m. CST)
  • November 13: Northern New England Chapter meeting with Donna Muscarella (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 13: Central Florida Chapter meeting with Zak Ford (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 13: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • November 14: Bud Metheny (VA) Chapter meeting with David Krell (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 14: 19th Century Speaker Series: Justin Mckinney (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 14: New SABR Member Experience Meeting (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 14: Bay Area/Sacramento Chapter joint meeting with Lincoln Mitchell (7:00 p.m. PST)
  • November 16: Spring Training Committee meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 18: Quebec Chapter meeting with Danny Gallagher (1:00 p.m. EST)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • November 11: Dayton Chapter meeting (Dayton, OH)
  • November 11: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • November 11: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
  • November 14: Bob Davids Chapter Analytics Meetup (Washington, DC)
  • November 15: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (Baltimore, MD)
  • November 15: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
  • November 16: Boston Chapter meeting (Boston, MA)
  • November 16: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
  • November 18: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • November 18: Halsey Hall Chapter fall meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
  • November 18: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting (Seattle, WA)
  • November 18: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting (Chicago, IL)
  • November 19: Elysian Fields Chapter brunch (Mountainside, NJ)

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: November 10, 2023. Last Updated: November 10, 2023.