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This Week in SABR: November 12, 2021

This Week in SABR: November 12, 2021

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 12, 2021:


Fall 2021 Baseball Research Journal is on its way!

Fall 2021 Baseball Research JournalGood news! The Fall 2021 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members. This issue includes a special illustrated cover of Ball Four author and knuckleball pitcher Jim Bouton 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 Tuesday, November 9.

We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2021 Baseball Research Journal!


2021 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners announced

SABR Defensive IndexFor the ninth 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 2021 Gold Glove winners were announced on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” on Sunday, November 7.

Stay tuned to learn the winners of the Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR, and the Gold Glove Awards for team defense during a special broadcast on MLB Network at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, November 12.

Click here to view the 2021 Gold Glove Award winners at SABR.org.


Baseball fans can try out SABR with one free month of membership

Have a friend who would love SABR? Try out a 1-month free membership!If you have a friend or family member that would love SABR, now is the time to get them to join! For a limited time only, SABR is offering ONE FREE MONTH for new monthly memberships. It’s the perfect chance to get the baseball fan in your life hooked on SABR.

We encourage you to direct any interested friends to SABR.org/freemonth to sign up today!

This promotion is valid for new standard, senior, and young professional monthly memberships only.

Visit SABR.org/freemonth to learn more.


Early registration now open for 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceEarly registration is now open for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over three days in online sessions from March 18-20, 2022. 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!

Note: Should future conditions allow for a hybrid event, virtual registrations will be applicable toward in-person registration if desired.

The Virtual Analytics Conference schedule consists of research presentations and guest speakers from throughout the baseball analytics community, career development sessions led by experienced sports professionals, and industry networking opportunities — all available online for any aspiring front office executive or baseball fan to attend from the comfort of home. Students will have opportunities for skill acquisition and development, including sessions on how to work with baseball-related data sets as well as databasing and SQL.

Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.


Two weeks left to submit your presentation abstract for 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR and Sports Info Solutions are excited to announce the call for presentations for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held online on March 18-20, 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 anticipated results, and the expected contribution to the field of baseball analytics offered by this work. Please send all abstracts to this e-mail address: analytics@sportsinfosolutions.com. Please clearly indicate whether you are submitting for the general track or for the student track of presentations.

The submission deadline for all 2022 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST, Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

Click here for more information on the call for papers.


Ed Williamson grave marker dedication ceremony held in Chicago

Ed Williamson grave marker at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago (SAM GAZDZIAK)The SABR 19th Century Grave Marker Project completed its latest grave marker installation on Saturday, November 6, a dedication ceremony at Chicago’s Rosehill Cemetery to honor 19th-century home run king Ed Williamson.

Edward Nagle “Ned” Williamson was a talented and powerful third baseman during the 1880s for the Chicago White Stockings, now known as the Cubs. In 1883 the team moved into a new ballpark near the shore of Lake Michigan. Due to the park’s unusual dimensions — the distance to the right and left field foul lines was less than 200 feet — balls hit over the fence were considered ground-rule doubles. Williamson promptly set a new National League record with 49 doubles. In 1884, those balls were allowed to be home runs and Williamson slugged a record-setting 27 homers. It was the most home runs ever hit by a National League ballplayer in the 19th century and was the major-league single-season record for 25 years, until Babe Ruth hit 29 homers in 1919.

Ed Williamson died on March 3, 1894, at the age of 36. He was buried in Chicago’s Rosehill Cemetery, and his grave remained unmarked for more than a century.

— Sam Gazdziak

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium opens Saturday

The virtual SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will take place on November 13-14, 2021.

The two-day online symposium, hosted by the SABR Nineteenth Century Committee, will be devoted to 19th-century baseball as it was played and evolved in Brooklyn.

  • Schedule: Click here to download the full schedule (PDF). Online Zoom sessions will be held from 12:00-5:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, November 13, and 12:30-2:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, November 14. Registered attendees will receive the Zoom meeting details at 8:00 a.m. EST each day; please contact Maury Bouchard if you have any trouble entering the Zoom room.

Guest speakers are expected to include keynote speaker Dr. Thomas J. Campanella, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and City Planning at Cornell University and Historian-in-Residence of the New York City Parks Department; John Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian; a Panel Discussion on “Was Brooklyn the Actual Birthplace of Baseball?” featuring David Dyte, Tom Gilbert and Bill Ryczek; Research Presentations by Ralph Carhart, Brian Sheehy, Tom Gilbert, and Justin Mckinney; and a video tour of Brooklyn’s historic baseball places with Tom Gilbert.

The 2021 Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will be the fifth in our city-specific series. It should be a day of learning and fun, and an opportunity to exchange questions and comments among both presenters and symposium attendees. Previous symposiums were held in New York City (2014), Philadelphia (2016), Cleveland (2018), and Minneapolis (2019).

For more information, contact Peter Mancuso.


Watch the 2021 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 16

Watch the 2021 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 16The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s class of 2021, which consists of 16 individuals and one team, will be inducted in a virtual ceremony at 7:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 16.

Along with the induction ceremony, the winners of the 2019 and 2020 Jack Graney Award, handed out annually for media excellence, and the James Tip O’Neill Award, which is presented to the top Canadian player each year, will be honored.

To watch the ceremonies, please click here to register. Registration is free to all baseball fans.

The class of 2021 includes trailblazing players, executives, an umpire and an international championship winning team. Click here to read articles on the new Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame class from the SABR Research Collection.


SABR Digital Library: Baltimore Baseball

Baltimore Baseball, edited by Bill NowlinAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Baltimore Baseball
Edited by Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5954-7, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5955-4, $32.95
8.5″ x 11″, 293 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.


Apply now for a SABR Local Grant in 2022

SABR logoWhile we continue to celebrate SABR’s 50th anniversary this year, we are keeping a keen eye on our organization’s future and have so many exciting projects on deck. Today, we would like to share details of one of the most noteworthy programs on the horizon.

In 2022, we will deliver the SABR Local Grants program. This initiative will provide an opportunity for chapters, research committees, and chartered communities to apply for funding for their projects under SABR’s Four Pillars: Research, Scholarship, Preservation, and Future of the Game. In total, $10,000 in SABR Local Grants will be awarded in 2022!

All SABR chapters, chartered communities, and research committees are now eligible to apply, until January 30, 2022. Individual SABR members and non-SABR groups are not eligible, so if you have an individual idea for a program grant, please follow up with your local chapter leadership or appropriate research committee to discuss an application.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


Bring It Home in 2021 and support the future of SABR and baseball research

Bring It Home and support SABR today!SABR’s 50th year has been a historic one. We have commemorated our history and looked forward to our shared vision of the organization’s future. As 2021 comes to a close, we need your support to BRING IT HOME and ensure that vision turns into a reality.

Gifts from members like you are integral to SABR’s existence and we are hopeful you will consider a donation to sustain and grow our wonderful baseball community.

You can support SABR’s Bring it Home Campaign by making a gift of at least $100 by December 31, 2021. We will use your best gift of $100, $300, $500, or $1,000 to boost initiatives in several key areas of SABR’s mission:

  • Research: continued support for groundbreaking baseball-related research, books, articles, and new member resources
  • Scholarship: furthering the reach and impact of SABR’s world-class committees, chapters, and conferences
  • Preservation: committing to preserve, honor, and commemorate baseball history
  • Future of the Game: improving SABR’s ability to engage with a younger and more diverse constituency, including high school and college students, through baseball research

Visit SABR.org/donate/2021 to learn more.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

War on the Diamond film posterSABR 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: SABR’s Jack Graney Chapter in Cleveland will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 18. All baseball fans are invited to attend. We have been offered a special opportunity to show the film War on the Diamond, a new documentary based on the award-winning book The Pitch That Killed by SABR member Mike Sowell, about the death of Cleveland Indians popular shortstop Ray Chapman in 1920. After the film, we will have a conversation with Producer Andy Billman and authors Scott Longert and Mike Sowell. This panel discussion will be moderated by our own Morris Eckhouse. Click here to register for this Zoom meeting.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from authors Dave Newhouse (The Yankee Way) and Luke Epplin (Our Team); Seattle Times beat writer Ryan Divish; presenters Larry Phillips (“Early Baseball in Cincinnati”); Noel Hynd (“1957 National League”); Barry Mednick (“2021 in MLB”); and Andy McCue (“Commissioner Ford Frick”). 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:

  • November 13: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting with Jack Bales (1:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 13: 27th annual Pacific Coast League Virtual Players and Family Reunion with Dave Newhouse (12:00 p.m. PST)
  • November 13: SABR Baseball Memories meeting (4:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 13-14: SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Interdisciplinary Symposium
  • November 15: Bob Broeg St. Louis (MO) Chapter meeting with Randy Covitz (6:30 p.m. CST)
  • November 15: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with Christopher Phillips (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • November 16: Stathead Baseball Webinar with Katie Sharp and Jonah Gardner (6:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 16: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 16: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Dave Heller (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 17: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Geoff Arnold (12:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 17: New SABR Member Experience (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 18: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter meeting with War on the Diamond film (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 18: Larry Doby (SC) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 22: Pee Wee Reese (KY) Chapter meeting with Josh Rawitch (4:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 22: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CST)

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

  • November 13: Halsey Hall Chapter fall meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
  • November 13: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter book launch party (Baltimore, MD)
  • November 16: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
  • November 17: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
  • November 18: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
  • November 20: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • November 20: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • November 20: Schott-Pelican Chapter meeting (Gretna, LA)
  • November 21: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Austin, TX)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


2021 SABR Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award winner announced

SABR is pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award.

Connor Kubeisy, who recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California-Berkeley, where he was a student manager for the baseball team, was selected as the winner in the college division for his paper, “Equality Doesn’t Win Ball Games: The Benefits of a Differentiated Practice Plan.” Click here to read the winning essay (PDF).

Kavanagh Award winners will receive a plaque honoring their achievement, a $200 prize, and a one-year membership to SABR. No award was given out in the middle school or high school divisions this year.

Winning entries from previous years can be viewed by clicking here.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with former MLB catcher Chris Stewart

SABRcast #136: Chris StewartBaseball 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 #136 on Monday, November 8 featured Chris Stewart, a catcher who spent parts of 12 seasons in the major leagues, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees. In 2013, he appeared in a career-high 109 games with the Yankees, and he was behind the plate for Andy Pettitte’s final start and Mariano Rivera’s final save. After converting to a catcher in high school, he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 12th round of the 2001 draft out of Riverside Community College and made his MLB debut in 2006.

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.


6 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Pat Burrell (TRADING CARD DB)Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject


24 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Tony Gwynn (TRADING CARD DB)Twenty-four new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project, including articles from our Digital Library book, Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games. Here are the new game stories:

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.

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. 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.

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.


Call for SABR award nominations

  • Seymour Medal, due 12/31/2021: The Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year. If you have a book to nominate with a 2021 publication date, contact Jan Finkel by December 31, 2021.
  • SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, due 12/31/2021: The SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year in the following categories: Contemporary Baseball Analysis; Contemporary Baseball Commentary; and Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary. Please send all nominations via e-mail to analytics-awards@sabr.org by December 31, 2021.
  • Larry Ritter Award, due 12/31/2021: Each year, SABR’s Deadball Era Committee presents the Larry Ritter Book Award to recognize the best new book primarily set in the Deadball Era that was published during the previous calendar year. If you have a book to nominate with a 2021 publication date, contact Doug Skipper by December 31, 2021.
  • Ron Gabriel Award, due 12/31/2021: The Ron Gabriel Award annually honors the author(s) of the best research, published or unpublished, on the subject of the Brooklyn Dodgers completed during the preceding calendar year. To submit a nomination for the 2022 awards, please send a copy of your work to John McMurray by December 31, 2021.
  • SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2022: The SABR Baseball Research Award (formerly the Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award) honors those whose outstanding research projects completed during the preceding calendar year have significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball. To submit a nomination for the 2021 awards, please contact Tara Krieger by January 31, 2022.
  • McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2022: The McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award honors the authors of the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year. To submit a nomination for the 2021 awards, please contact Warren Corbett by February 15, 2022.

Please note: Only ONE entry per nomination will be considered (do not submit multiple nominations for the same award). For more information on SABR Awards, click here.


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
Alfredo Arias East Brunswick, NJ     David Hill Avondale, AZ
Tom Cairney Patterson, NY     Christopher Huffer Clarks Hill, IN
Edward Carey Brooklyn, NY     Shawn Hutchinson Overland Park, KS
Warren Conatser Echevarria Chicago, IL     Christopher Johns Allentown, PA
Michael Cook Louisville, KY     Madeline Krema Palm Beach, FL
Will Corn Brenham, TX     Ann Langdon Omaha, NE
Bill Cranmer Frederick, MD     Daniel McNeilly Columbia Station, OH
Veronica Dahlberg Ashtabula, OH     Jim Melvin N. Kingstown, RI
Craig Dowden Libertyville, IL     Brandon Ogbunu New Haven, CT
Mark Fatla Pittsburgh, PA     Rob Oldenburg Mississauga, ON
William Fragaszy Yarmouth Port, MA     Heribert Perez Doral, FL
Sally Gaskill Bloomington, IN     Craig Richardson Victoria, BC
Rick Gonzales Providence, RI     Brian Switzer Batavia, OH
Darren Hammond Glen Eden, NZL     Mike Valle Laramie, WY
Phillip Harris Colbert, GA     Fredy Villalonga Las Vegas, NV
Fred Harris Arlington, MA     Pennell Worcester Naples, ME
Jack Hellings Summit, NJ        

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:

Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.


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.


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 jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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Originally published: November 12, 2021. Last Updated: November 12, 2021.

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