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 November 11, 2022:
Abstracts of proposed research presentations should be no more than 500 words in length, and must include the abstract’s title, review of previous work on the subject, a summary of the research methodology and preliminary and/or final results, and the expected contribution to the field of baseball analytics offered by this work. Please send all abstracts to this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org and clearly indicate whether you are submitting for the general track or for the student track of presentations.
The submission deadline for all 2023 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST on November 23, 2022.
SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee, Lajoie-Start Chapter, and the Rhode Island College’s Department of History present the Southern New England 19cBB Interdisciplinary Symposium, which will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 in Providence, Rhode Island.
The event will be held at Rhode Island College’s John Lincoln Alger Hall, 600 Library Road, Providence, RI 02908.
The symposium will be highlighted by a welcome address from author Ed Achorn (Fifty-Nine in ’84), a keynote address from Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, an interdisciplinary talk by Elizabeth Williams of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, plus research presentations by Robert Cvornyek, Howard Chudacoff, Lauren Tuiskula, and Rick Harris.
- Register: Please note: Registration is now closed for this event.
- Schedule: Click here to download the full schedule (PDF)
- Parking and Directions: Click here for directions to the campus and how to secure a parking permit.
The 2022 Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will be the sixth in our city-specific series. Previous symposiums were held in New York City (2014), Philadelphia (2016), Cleveland (2018), Minneapolis (2019), and Brooklyn (2021).
Save the date! SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be held on Thursday, July 20 to Sunday, July 23, 2023, in Detroit, Michigan.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Registration and hotel information will be available at SABR.org/malloy in early 2023.
Black baseball has a long history in Michigan, especially centered in the Motor City. Among the original entrants to the Negro National League in 1920 was Tenny Blount’s Detroit Stars, managed by Pete Hill and anchored by Big Bill Gatewood on the mound. The Detroit Wolves and Motor City Giants also played in Mack Park and Hamtramck Stadium. In addition to the well-known Turkey Stearnes, other star players included catcher Bruce Petway, the speedy Jimmie Lyons and the powerful Edgar Wesley.
As a SABR member, you have vast resources and benefits at your disposal. With so much information at your fingertips, we realize it can be overwhelming to absorb it all! To highlight key benefits, read on for a SABR Member Benefit Spotlight, an email series that identifies and explains some of the most valuable features of your membership. We hope this allows you to take full advantage of all SABR has to offer.
This month’s issue shows you how to renew your membership and update your profile information.
Click here to watch a short video on how to renew your membership.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced the eight-player ballot that will be considered by its Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2023. The Contemporary Era Committee will meet on December 4 at baseball’s Winter Meetings in San Diego, California.
Albert Belle, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmeiro, and Curt Schilling are the candidates the Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee will consider for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2023. All candidates are living.
Click on a link above to read SABR biographies for these players.
Early registration is now open for the SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held in person from March 10-12, 2023, at the Beus Center for Law and Society on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in Phoenix, Arizona.
We’ll bring 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. Register today to join us!
General sessions will be held in person on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12 at the Beus Center for Law and Society in downtown Phoenix. General Session registration includes access to all programming held at the Beus Center for Law and Society, including research presentations, panel discussions, Friday evening networking reception, a boxed lunch on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and coffee talks on Saturday and Sunday morning.
Students will have two registration options, virtual or in-person, with both including access to the General Session on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12, and a student-only virtual session on Thursday, March 9.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2023 SABR Analytics Conference. Early-bird registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $150 for currently enrolled high school or college students. Student-only virtual registration is $50.
- Student Registration: Students should email Scott Carter with a photo of their student ID to receive a special link to register at a discounted rate. Students have the option of choosing virtual ($50) or in-person ($150) registration. All student registrations also include a complimentary one-year SABR membership, which will be fulfilled after event sign-up.
Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
With generous funding from The Nanar and Anthony Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR Analytics Conference on March 10-12, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging fees associated with the conference up to a total value of $1,250.
The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage student engagement with baseball analytics, and to engender an active interest in baseball research and SABR. The Yoseloff scholarship is to assist young researchers who want to attend the SABR Analytics Conference and to introduce them to fellow SABR members and professionals within the baseball community. Through this fund, SABR hopes to inspire future baseball research, expose students to high-quality research and build the research capability of interested students.
Join 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.
On Thursday, November 3, we heard from Erin Santana, Education Coordinator for the Chicago White Sox. In her role, she helps international players adjust to life in the United States through English classes, culture classes, cultural experiences, and general support.
Visit SABR.org/ballpark-figures to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.
As SABR continues toward our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball, it is gifts from members like you who sustain our organization, allowing us to produce wonderful baseball research and programming that reaches people everywhere.
You can support SABR’s end of year Bring it Home Campaign by making a gift of $150 or more today. 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 in helping SABR maintain core mission programming, develop new initiatives, and ensure affordable membership access:
- Support for Core Programming: Your donations help make SABR events possible and accessible, while fueling the productivity and development of our publishing efforts.
- Support for New Initiatives: Your donations allow SABR to maintain its relevance and respectability in an ever-changing environment.
- Support for Affordable Membership Access: Your donations are crucial to keeping SABR membership affordable for all, a critical aspect of fulfilling our vision to become the essential community for the world of baseball.
Visit SABR.org/donate/2022 to learn more.
It’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.
Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:
From Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium: Great Games in Philadelphia’s Lost Ballpark
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-85-1, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-86-8 paperback, $39.95
8.5″ x 11″, 398 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of From Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, MOBI, EPUB/Kindle formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the From Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium paperback edition from the SABR Store ($19.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Amazon Kindle Direct can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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.
- Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s Ken Keltner Chapter in Wisconsin will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 7:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, November 17. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Our guest speaker is Thomas Gilbert, author of How Baseball Happened. Click here to register in advance for this meeting.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from artist Gary Cieradkowski, Erin Santana of the Chicago White Sox, Jack Bales (“1886 Chicago White Stockings”), Howard Johnson (“Pitcher-Catcher Batteries”), and Jesse Asbury (“Pumpsie Green”). Click here to view video replays of virtual SABR events.
Here are some more upcoming virtual events all members can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:
- November 12: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington Chapter meeting with Eric Gray (1:00 p.m. EST)
- November 14: Bob Broeg St. Louis (MO) Chapter meeting with Doug Feldmann (6:30 p.m. CST)
- November 15: Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter meeting with Maxwell Kates (7:00 p.m. EST)
- November 15: Central Illinois Chapter meeting with Justin Mckinney (7:00 p.m. CST)
- November 15: New SABR Member Experience meeting (8:00 p.m. EST)
- November 17: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Thomas Gilbert (7:00 p.m. CST)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- November 12: SABR 19th Century Interdisciplinary Symposium (Providence, RI)
- November 12: Ken Keltner Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
- November 12: Magnolia Chapter: Baseball Cemetery Tour (Atlanta, GA)
- November 12: Phil S. Dixon author event (Tacoma, WA)
- November 12: Joseph Wancho/Vince Guerrieri author event (Cleveland, OH)
- November 12-13: Canadian Baseball History Conference (Windsor, ON)
- November 14: Banks-Bragan DFW Chapter meeting (Arlington, TX)
- November 15: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- November 16: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- November 17: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- November 17: From Compton to the Bronx: An Evening with New York Yankees Legend Roy White (Mahwah, NJ)
- November 19: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
- November 19: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
- November 19: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Austin, TX)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Five new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project:
- Mike Blyzka, by Malcolm Allen
- Scott Bullett, by Malcolm Allen
- Darren Oliver, by Giselle Stancic
- Wally Roettger, by John J. Watkins
- Gene Stechschulte, by Brian Bratt
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
- Read bios from Dominicans in the Major Leagues: Earlier this year, SABR published Dominicans in the Major Leagues, edited by Bill Nowlin and Julio M. Rodriguez, a SABR Digital Library book (available in English and Spanish) celebrating the stories of the island nation’s baseball greats. All of the biographies from that book can now be read online at the SABR BioProject. Click here to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the purchase of the paperback edition of Dominicans in the Major Leagues.
Five new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:
- September 25, 1973: Shea Stadium celebrates Willie Mays Night, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- June 13, 1986: Darryl Strawberry’s walk-off single beats Pirates, by Bo Macreery (first-time author)
- August 23, 1996: Atlanta’s Greg Maddux beats Cubs to improve to 4-0 against his former team, by Madison McEntire
- May 21, 1998: Mike Piazza plays his final game with the Marlins, by Dan Cichalski
- July 2, 2016: Rajai Davis hits for reverse natural cycle, but Cleveland loses to Toronto, by Mike Huber
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.
In 2021, SABR published Baseball’s Greatest Comeback Games, edited by Bill Nowlin, a mathematical ranking of the most unlikely wins in baseball history since 1901.
All of the game stories from Baseball’s Greatest Comeback Games can now be found online at the SABR Games Project. Click here to read them all.
Here are the new game stories posted this week:
- May 23, 1901: Cleveland Blues turn hopeless defeat into glorious victory, by J.P. Caillault
- July 7, 1922: Tigers roar back with win over Senators, by Kevin Larkin
- July 28, 1931: Bob Fothergill leads White Sox in 11-run rally to beat Yankees, by Mike Huber
- August 21, 1934: Cleveland scores nine runs in 9th to rally past A’s, by Gordon J. Gattie
- September 23, 1970: Dodgers lose to Giants, 14-10, after leading by 8 runs, by John J. Burbridge Jr.
- June 4, 1989: Down 10-0, Ernie Whitt and Blue Jays slam Red Sox, by Adrian Fung
- August 5, 2007: Phillies leave Brewers flat with payback comeback, by Jim Sweetman
- May 28, 2008: Twins cause a Royal ruckus with large comeback win, by Andrew Stockmann
- October 16, 2008: J.D. Drew walk-off caps Game 5 comeback, keeps Red Sox’s repeat hopes alive, by Mark S. Sternman
- July 25, 2009: Rays come back to beat the Blue Jays in 12th inning, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- June 19, 2010: Twins’ bench is twice as nice in comeback against Phillies, by Brian Williams
- July 6, 2010: Altitude decides another one as Rockies rally to beat Cardinals, by Jim Wohlenhaus
- October 11, 2016: Cubs score 4 in ninth to beat Giants in Game 4 of NL Division Series, by Nathan Bierma
- July 24, 2018: Athletics erase 8-run deficit, beat Rangers 13-10, by Paul Hofmann
To download the e-book or purchase the paperback edition of Baseball’s Greatest Comeback Games, click here.
Episode #187 on Monday, November 7 featured Scott Miller, an award-winning writer and author who contributes regularly to the New York Times, including recent stories on the Phillies’ improbable World Series run and GM Dave Dombrowski. He is the co-author of Bob Tewksbury’s Ninety Percent Mental and an analyst for MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM. Previously, he was the national MLB columnist at Bleacher Report and CBS Sports. He lives in Carlsbad, California.
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.
During the MLB offseason, you can listen to archives of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, 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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- 2022 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners announced
- View highlights from Kelly Field historical marker dedication ceremony in Daytona Beach
- SABR Digital Library: ¡Arriba! The Heroic Life of Roberto Clemente
- The SABR Bookshelf: Fall 2022
- Watch highlights from the 2022 SABR/IWBC Virtual Women in Baseball Conference
- Check out highlights, stories, and photos from SABR 50 in Baltimore
- SABR’s The Baseball Index introduces faster, more flexible searches
- New SABR Century project: Baseball and the Supreme Court
- Watch a preview of the Landmarks Committee’s new SABR Baseball Map
- Seven baseball projects to receive SABR Local Grants in 2022
- Save the date! SABR 51 will be in Chicago in 2023
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
|Paul Beckman||Phoenix, AZ||Fred Muller||Herculaneum, MO|
|Daniel Brilliant||Ellicott City, MD||Nick Pazoles||Palatine, IL|
|Pat Carlucci||Washington, DC||Don Stokes||Galesburg, IL|
|George Greene||Durham, NC||Daniel Trapunsky||Hewlett, NY|
|James Koenigstein||Red Bud, IL||David Trower||Overland Park, KS|
|Jake Maish||Cincinnati, OH||Earl Weber||Fresno, CA|
|Sean McCormick||New York, NY||Ben Wozniak||Milwaukee, WI|
|Eugene McMahon||London, ENG||Kyle Wright||Sahuarita, AZ|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Biographical Research: October 2022 newsletter
- Games and Simulations: Fill out the Baseball Games survey so we can learn more about which online or tabletop games you own or enjoy
- Negro Leagues: Please give a warm welcome to James Brunson III and Todd Peterson, the new co-chairs of the Negro Leagues Committee. To learn more about the Negro Leagues Committee, or to sign up for email announcements, click here.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter: November 2 meeting recap (Tallahassee, FL)
- Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter: November 2022 newsletter (Milwaukee, WI)
- Lajoie-Start Southern New England Chapter: November 2022 newsletter (Providence, RI)
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Tyler Kepner: A ‘Legend’ Finally Gets His Moment (New York Times)
- Clinton Yates: Why Dusty Baker’s World Series win means more (Andscape)
- Sarah Langs: 9 astonishing facts about Dusty’s World Series ring (MLB.com)
- Hannah Keyser: From cheaters to champions: What is the true secret to the Astros’ enduring success? (Yahoo! Sports)
- Ben Lindbergh: You Do, in Fact, Have to Hand It to the World Series-Winning Astros (The Ringer)
- Ginny Searle/Craig Goldstein: You Do Not ‘Gotta Hand It To Them’ (Baseball Prospectus)
- Stephanie Apstein: The Batting Cage Session That Won the Astros the World Series (Sports Illustrated)
- Mark Simon: The Astros Made The Plays When They Were Most Needed (ACTA Sports)
- Emma Baccellieri: Destiny Denied: Phillies’ Cinderella Run Falls Short of the Finish Line (Sports Illustrated)
- Emily Nemens: When is the End? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jay Jaffe: New Format, Familiar Frustrations for Hall of Fame’s Latest Committee Ballot (FanGraphs)
- Jayson Stark: Hall of Fame Contemporary Era ballot takeaways: Who has best chance to get elected? (The Athletic)
- Derrick Goold: Cardinals looking to ‘close the gap’ in their pitching philosophy (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Russell A. Carleton: The Year in New Baseball Words (Baseball Prospectus)
- Michael Baumann: Scott Boras Has the Jokes, but Brandon Nimmo Has the Goods (FanGraphs)
- David Laurila: Beau Brieske Has an Old School Meets New School Approach to Pitching (FanGraphs)
- R.J. Anderson: Why player evaluation is trickier in MLB free agency, trades thanks to a changing rulebook and baseball (CBS Sports)
- Don Zminda: The Black Sox Scandal 103 Years Later: No One Was Innocent (Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago)
- Clayton Trutor: The Man Lou Gehrig Replaced (Grand Rapids Magazine)
- Rob Mains: The 2022 MLB Season in Inequality (Baseball Prospectus)
- John Racanelli: Death and Taxes and Baseball Card Litigation, 1986-1998 (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Derek Bain: Retro Computer Baseball Game Review – MicroLeague Baseball (SABR Baseball Gaming)
- Matt Castelhano: First Rhubarb Blooms (SABR Pictorial History)
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 email@example.com.
Have trouble reading this e-mail? Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web.
Are you receiving our e-mails? “This Week in SABR” goes out by e-mail to all members on Friday afternoons. If they’re not showing up, try adding “firstname.lastname@example.org” to your contact list to ensure they show up in your inbox (and not the spam folder.)
Originally published: November 11, 2022. Last Updated: November 11, 2022.