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 18, 2016:
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo won the 2016 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, presented by SABR. The winners were unveiled on Friday, November 11 during the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony, where the game’s defensive stars accepted their hardware from some of baseball’s greatest legends.
This marks the first time since the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award started in 2011 that two first-year Rawlings Gold Glove winners have won the Platinum Award.
Lindor became the first Puerto Rican shortstop and is the youngest shortstop since 1980 to win the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. He is also the youngest player to ever win the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award.
At 27 years old, Rizzo became the youngest player in Cubs franchise history to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award and the Platinum Glove Award.
The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners are determined by combining votes based on an adjusted SABR Defensive Index for each of the nine Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners in each League and the votes from baseball fans worldwide. Based on the final SDI rankings, Lindor led all American League shortstops with a 18.5 SDI, and Rizzo finished the season with a 8.6 SDI.
“This year, the SABR Defensive Index and fan votes were closely aligned,” said Vince Gennaro, president of SABR and chair of the SABR Fielding Committee. “More and more fans are paying attention to defensive metrics, and it seems to be influencing their votes.”
- Click here to view the final results of the SABR Defensive Index for the 2016 season
- Check out the winners of the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards here
- Learn more about the SABR Defensive Index’s role in the Gold Glove process at SABR.org/SDI
Good news! The Fall 2016 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members.
Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next two to four weeks, although we’ve heard reports that many have already arrived. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered to your inboxes last week.
- Click here to download the e-book edition of the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal.
- Click here to purchase a copy of the print edition of the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal.
- All articles from the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal will be available soon to read online at SABR.org.
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Early registration is now open for the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference on March 9-11, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. We hope you’ll join us next spring in Arizona, where 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. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference; early registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $350 for students (includes one-year membership).
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $188/night (plus tax). Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference.
- Research Presentations: Click here to learn more about presenting your research at the SABR Analytics Conference; the submission deadline for 2017 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is November 23, 2016.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference; all applications must be sent to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than December 31, 2016.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2017 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: We’re seeking nominations for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards; click here to learn more.
SABR has a long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics. SABR’s long history in this area of baseball research, coupled with our mission of advancing the understanding and knowledge of baseball, makes us the perfect choice to coordinate and host this ground-breaking event.
The Analytics Conference schedule consists of a combination of Guest Speakers, Panels, and Research Presentations — plus the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition, in which undergraduate, graduate and law school students from across the country analyze and present a real baseball operations decision.
For more information on the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
SABR and Baseball Info Solutions are excited to announce the call for presentations for the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference. 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. Submissions are open to the general public, with student presenters considered in a separate track.
Please send all abstracts to this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission deadline for 2017 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts has been extended to 11:59 p.m. MST, Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Note: If your presentation abstract is selected as a semi-finalist, you will be required to register for the conference in order to be eligible for a presentation slot.
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference. This scholarship will pay for registration, air transportation and lodging up to a total value of $1,250. All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than December 31, 2016.
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 SABR’s 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.
The SABR Analytics Conference is pleased to host the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Click here for more details.
In the Diamond Dollars Case Competition, undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from colleges and universities across the country compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a baseball operations decision — the type of decision a team’s GM and his staff is faced with over the course of a season. The cases are developed by SABR President Vince Gennaro, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, and consultant to MLB teams. The Diamond Dollars Case Competition is the first national competition to be based solely on baseball operations issues.
Four- to five-person student teams are asked to evaluate a baseball operations case problem. The student team presents their analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges that includes MLB front office executives. More than a dozen alumni from the first five Diamond Dollars Case Competitions have secured internships or permanent positions within Major League Baseball.
The 20th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee, will be returning to its roots on July 27-30, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, site of the first Negro League conference in 1998. A registration packet and more information will be available in early 2017 at SABR.org/malloy.
The Malloy Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 19 years, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages. 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 a nationwide art contest.
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. The committee published the landmark The Negro Leagues Book in 1994, which featured a complete register of more than 3,000 players, team rosters and in-depth histories from leagues of the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth.
The committee has also spawned the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project, which was started in 2003 by SABR member Jeremy Krock and has provided proper grave markers to the unmarked graves of more than 20 former Negro Leagues players around the country.
Check back soon at SABR.org/malloy for registration and hotel information on the 20th annual Malloy Conference in 2017. Hope to see you in Harrisburg!
The Philadelphia 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium, co-hosted by SABR’s Nineteenth Century Research Committee and the Connie Mack/Philadelphia Chapter, was held on Saturday, November 12 at Maggiano’s Restaurant in Center City Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia symposium included a Welcoming Address from John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball; a keynote address from Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin, co-authors of Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America; and a panel discussion on Philadelphia’s 19th Century Movers and Shakers that included historians Jerrold Casway, John Shiffert, Richard Hershberger, and moderator Dick Rosen.
Research presentations were also delivered by Ralph Carhart on “The Pre-1871 Spread of ‘Base Ball’ in the Greater Philadelphia Area;” Casway on “Cricket’s Foundation for Philadelphia Baseball;” Hershberger on “The Olympic Ball Club: Sport as a Social Endeavor;” Shiffert on “The 1871 Athletics: Baseball’s First Professional League Champions;” and Matt Albertson on “The Quaker Brotherhood: Philadelphia’s Players’ League Season of 1890.”
This has been a banner year for SABR, and your year-end charitable gift can help us bring 2016 to an even more successful close.
SABR continues to offer unparalleled opportunities for involvement and benefits for members around the world. We depend upon the volunteer work of members to mount our exciting events like the SABR Convention (in New York City next summer), the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, and the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference; to produce groundbreaking research through the SABR Digital Library e-book program (with 8-10 free e-books provided to members each year), the Baseball Research Journal, and The National Pastime; and to expand the online resources of the research committees, regional chapters, the BioProject, the Games Project, and much more. SABR continues to offer unparalleled opportunities for involvement and benefits for members around the world.
As a 501(c)3 organization, tax-deductible donations allow SABR to expand member opportunities and to become an even larger voice in the baseball community. Many members have already become donors, and you can join them right now by making your gift online at SABR.org/donate. Please help us reach our donation drive goal!
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For those of you whose SABR memberships expire by December 31 — you can check your current membership status here — it’s almost time for you to renew! We’re excited about the upcoming year ahead of us and we hope you’ll take advantage of all the great membership benefits offered to SABR members in 2017.
You can renew your membership for 1 year or 3 years online at the SABR Store; by phone at (602) 496-1460; or by mailing this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the office at: SABR, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Dues are the same as they have been in recent years: $65 for one year or $175 for three years, with discounts available to anyone under 30 or over the age of 65.
For one low price, you get two editions of the Baseball Research Journal, the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime; 8-10 free e-books published by the SABR Digital Library; “This Week in SABR” every Friday; access to research resources such as Paper of Record (with complete archives of The Sporting News); discounts to all SABR conferences such as the National Convention (New York City in 2017), the SABR Analytics Conference, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, and the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference; and much, much more.
We believe SABR has something for everyone, from the active researcher to someone passionate about baseball. We hope you’ll invite your friends, colleagues and family members to join at store.sabr.org.
- Add a family member for $15: Any SABR member can add a family member in the same household for $15 per year; they will receive all electronic member benefits and access to the website, but no printed publications. To add a new family member, please contact Membership Director Deb Jayne. Note: In order to renew your existing family membership, you must log in to the SABR website under the family member’s username/e-mail address, not your own.
Add a Family-friendly baseball book to your collection with the newest title from the SABR Digital Library:
When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pitttsburgh Pirates
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: Russ Lake and Len Levin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1635-4, $19.95
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9438-1634-7, $9.99
372 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
The 1979 World Series champion Pirates are one of the most memorable teams in baseball history and helped define an era. One look at their pillbox caps—adorned with stars distributed by team captain Willie Stargell—or their typically garish uniforms, complete with striking yellow jerseys often worn with same-colored pants, and the viewer is transported back to the Steel City at the close of the 1970s.
When Pops Led the Family celebrates this team and its cast of characters, including Willie Stargell, Manny Sanguillen, John Candelaria, and Kent Tekulve. Featuring contributions from 39 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), this book includes biographies of all of the players, members of the coaching staff, and some of the the front office, an in-depth season summary, and detailed game accounts from some of the most pivotal games of the season and all of the postseason games. Essays on Three Rivers Stadium, manager Chuck Tanner’s use of his bullpen, and the “We Are Family” Song help round out the volume.
Contributors include: Phillip Bolda, Frederick C. (Rick) Bush, Alan Cohen, Warren Corbett, Rory Costello, Tom Crist, Dan Fields, James Forr, Gordon J. Gattie, Paul Geisler, Paul Hofmann, Rock Hoffman, Mike Huber, Bob Hurte, Michael Jaffe, Maxwell Kates, Norm King, Russ Lake, Len Levin, Mark Miller, Rod Nelson, Bill Nowlin, Carole Olshavsky, J.G. Preston, Richard J. Puerzer, Richard Riis, Eric Robinson, Thomas E. Schott, Richard L. Shook, Matthew Silverman, David E. Skelton, George Skornickel, Jon Springer, Wayne Strumpfer, Clayton Trutor, Nick Waddell, Joseph Wancho, Steve West, and Gregory H. Wolf.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pitttsburgh Pirates for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pitttsburgh Pirates paperback edition for $10.00 (plus shipping) from CreateSpace.
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SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. To find more SABR Digital Library books, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg are among the Deadball Era Committee and SABR’s most accomplished members. Baseball historians and authors, they have not only garnered recognition in their own rights, but collaborated on two award-winning books about New York baseball in the post- World War I era. 1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York, was the 2011 winner of the prestigious Seymour Medal for the year’s best work on baseball history or biography. This year, The Colonel and Hug, their dual biography of Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and manager Miller Huggins, was a SABR Baseball Research Award recipient for outstanding research project.
One of the distinguishing features of the Spatz-Steinberg books is their seamless narrative voice. Although either Lyle or Steve had to put a particular sentence, paragraph, or chapter into words, it is near-impossible to tell who wrote what. Recently, the authors responded to questions about their collaborative process posed by SABR Deadball Era Committee newsletter editor Bill Lamb, in an article that first appeared this week in “The Inside Game” newsletter.
Five new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,931 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Tommy Bond, by Chris Rainey
- Hal “Skinny” Brown, by Warren Corbett
- Bill Joyce, by Stephen V. Rice
- Paul Lehner, by Bill Nowlin
- Bake McBride, by Joseph Wancho
All new biographies can be found here: /bioproj/recent
- Seeking authors for 2017 Hall of Fame candidates: As part of our Bioproject Hall of Fame Ballot initiative, we are seeking authors for the following players: Mike Cameron, Jeff Kent, Derrek Lee, Mike Mussina, Magglio Ordoñez, Edgar Renteria, Gary Sheffield, Jason Varitek, and Tim Wakefield. Ideally, we would like to have the bios written, edited, and fact-checked by the end of 2016 so we can post them on the BioProject website and on social media before the election announcements. Please contact Emily Hawks at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in writing about one of these players.
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
In SABR’s The 1986 New York Mets: There Was More Than Game Six, edited by Leslie Heaphy and Bill Nowlin and published by SABR in 2016, we paid tribute to a historic team whose World Series championship remains a touchstone for generations of Mets fans.
The 1986 New York Mets includes biographies of every player, coach, broadcaster, and other important figures in baseball’s top organization that year — from stars like Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Gary Carter, and Keith Hernandez to manager Davey Johnson to iconic voices like Ralph Kiner and Tim McCarver.
This book on the 1986 season re-tells the story of that year’s classic World Series between the Mets and the Boston Red Sox. After four games, each team had won two away games and neither had won at home. Then the Red Sox won Game Five at Fenway, and were one game away from winning their first world championship in 86 years. It came to the point they were one pitch away from baseball Nirvana. And then …
Just about everyone knows what happened, but there are takes on it here you might not have read elsewhere. Mostly, this is the story of each of the players, coaches, managers, and broadcasters, their lives in baseball, and the way the 1986 season fit into their lives.
The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in The 1986 New York Mets can now be read online at: /category/completed-book-projects/1986-new-york-mets
You can also purchase the book or download the e-book — along with its companion volume on the 1986 Boston Red Sox — by clicking here. SABR members can download all SABR Digital Library e-books for free at SABR.org/ebooks.
Four new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- August 6, 1890: Farm boy Cy Young arrives in major leagues, by Bob LeMoine
- August 18, 1967: Tony Conigliaro’s career, and life, threatened by beaning, by David Mendonca
- May 12, 1972: Brewers, Twins take two days, 22 innings to finish, by Stew Thornley
- July 19, 1974: Indians’ Dick Bosman no-hits the world champion A’s, by Joseph Wancho
- Get involved: 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.
- Still seeking a Chief Editor: For those of you who have reached out offering to edit or fact-check games over the past few weeks: Thank you! Thanks to numerous responses, we are now sufficiently staffed in this area to more quickly process game articles toward publication. However, we are still seeking a Chief Editor to help coordinate the editing for all Games Project stories. This is a crucial role that is necessary to keep the project running smoothly. If you are interested, please contact Greg Erion or Bruce Slutsky for more information.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro is back for the Hot Stove League offseason, at a new time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
This week’s guests are Jonathan Judge of Baseball Prospectus and SABR member Mark Simon of ESPN.
- Video preview: Eno Sarris of FanGraphs discusses increased bullpen usage in the 2016 postseason (MLB.com)
You can also watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com. 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.
SABR will be returning to the Big Apple for our 47th national convention on June 28-July 2, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt New York. Registration information will be available at SABR.org/convention in early 2017. The New York Mets are scheduled to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series at Citi Field during SABR 47.
The Grand Hyatt New York, one of the city’s most historic and luxurious hotels, is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan just steps from Grand Central Terminal and within walking distance of many major attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the New York Public Library. The Grand Hyatt is also easily accessible to all forms of transportation: planes, trains, automobiles (including car services), and more.
SABR 47, which is open to all baseball fans, will include top featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, writers and analysts. More details will be announced in early 2017 at SABR.org/convention.
SABR’s 2017 national convention will be our 47th annual gathering; the organization’s founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first. Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.
For more information on the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
- Seymour Medal, due 12/31/2016: The Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year. The award is presented during the Seymour Medal Banquet at the NINE Spring Training Conference every March. If you have a book to nominate with a 2016 publication date, contact Trey Strecker at email@example.com by December 31, 2016.
- Larry Ritter Award, due 12/31/2016: 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. The award is presented during the committee’s meeting at the annual SABR convention. If you have a book to nominate with a 2016 publication date, contact Doug Skipper at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2016.
- Ron Gabriel Award, due 12/31/2016: 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 2017 awards, please send a copy of your work to Gary Sarnoff at email@example.com by December 31, 2016.
- SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2017: 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 2017 awards, please contact Bill Felber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2017: 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 2017 awards, please contact Len Levin at email@example.com.
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.
- Dr. Gail Rowe, 79, of Greeley, Colorado, died on November 13, 2016 after a brief illness. He joined SABR in 1995 and was actively involved as chairman of the Seymour Medal selection committee and as the longtime book review editor for the Deadball Era Committee newsletter. He spent more than three decades as a history professor at the University of Northern Colorado, and his course on baseball history was “wildly popular.” After his retirement in 2002, he wrote four novels, combining his love for baseball and mystery, and pursued a passion for art as an oil painter specializing in western landscapes. He was born December 2, 1936, in Long Beach, California, and after lettering in three sports in high school, he attended Fresno State University on football and baseball scholarships. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jordan, in 1957, and they had two children. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Stanford University and began his tenure at UNC in 1969. He produced hundreds of critically acclaimed articles and book reviews, and earned multiple teaching excellence and distinguished scholar awards. He is survived by his wife, Mary Rowe; daughter Jennifer I. Rowe and fiance Kip Minnery; son Justin Rowe and daughter-in-law Jennifer E. Rowe; and two grandsons. Services will be held Sunday, November 20 in the Pikes Peak Ballroom at UNC in Greeley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health or the Weld Food Bank. Click here to read the full obituary.
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:
- SABR 46: Check out complete multimedia highlights from our Miami convention
- Download your free e-book copy of The National Pastime: Baseball in the Sunshine State
- Learn more about new SABR Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Check out highlights and photos from the 2016 SABR Arizona Fall League Experience
- Chicago Cubs win historic World Series on a ‘Golden Pitch’
- Negro Leagues star ‘Topeka Jack’ Johnson honored with new grave marker
- 10 finalists named for Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2017 Today’s Game Era ballot
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Blane Ferguson joins SABR as new Manager of Chapter/Partner Relations
- New SABR resource: Near Major Leaguers and the ‘Bill Sharman Society’
- Call for papers: 2017 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference
- Stew Thornley is the 2016 recipient of the Bob Davids Award
- View highlights and photos from 2016 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Kansas City
- Watch SABR panels from the 2016 MLB All-Star FanFest in San Diego
- SABR Digital Library: Boston’s First Nine: The 1871-75 Boston Red Stockings
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: /content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
For more information, click here.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Jess Boronico||Middlebury, CT||Martin Lacoste||Kitchener, ON|
|Jeff Briggs||Stillwater, OK||Shovanna Malloy-Rydeen||Minneapolis, MN|
|Bill Chuck||Sleepy Hollow, NY||Kevin McCarthy||Orange, CT|
|Stephen Dame||Toronto, ON||Mark O’Keefe||Grosse Pte Woods, MI|
|Nathan Hayhoe||Toronto, ON||Dane Pototsky||Falls Church, VA|
|Samuel Hux||Warren, CT||Craig Shuman||St. Louis Park, MN|
|Carl Justice||Phoenix, AZ||Carolyn Wagner||Temple, TX|
|Diana Kampert||Tallahassee, FL||Christopher Williamson||Denver, CO|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting recap (November 13; Austin, TX)
- Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting recap (November 15; St. Louis, MO)
- Juan Marichal Chapter meeting recap (November 17; Santo Domingo, DOM)
- Magnolia/Georgia Chapter: We’d like to extend a warm welcome to John Hill as the new President and Craig Brown as the new Program Chair for the Magnolia/Georgia Chapter. The chapter holds regular monthly meetings in the Atlanta area. Click here to learn more.
- Northwest Chapter Facebook group: The Northwest Chapter encourages all SABR members to join its new Facebook discussion group. Click here to learn more about NWSABR on Facebook. We welcome your baseball interests and knowledge pertaining to (but not exclusive of) baseball within our chapter’s footprint of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia.
- Chapter websites/social media: Chapter leaders, all chapters are encouraged to have a presence online to help raise awareness of SABR and bring extra attention to our research, events, and activities. Click here if your chapter is interested in learning more about creating a new chapter website or social media accounts, and for a complete list of chapter sites and social media accounts.
- Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, download the new Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook on the Admin Tools page at admin.sabr.org. The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- November 19: Hank Gowdy Chapter Book Club meeting (Columbus, OH)
- November 19: East Tennessee Chapter meeting (Knoxville, TN)
- November 19: Detroit Chapter meeting (Detroit, MI)
- November 19: Emil Rothe Chapter meeting and World Series celebration (Chicago, IL)
- November 20: SABR Board of Directors conference call
- November 21: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- November 22: Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter meeting (Nashville, TN)
- November 26: Southern New England Lajoie-Start Chapter meeting (Greenville, RI)
- November 30: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
- December 2: Yogi Berra Museum: “An Evening with Joe Maddon” (Montclair, NJ)
- December 2-4: Ed Abbaticchio/Italy Chapter meeting (Parma, ITA)
- December 3: SABR Board of Directors meeting (Rye, NY)
- December 3: Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club meeting (Roseville, MN)
- December 3: Jack Graney Chapter meeting (Cleveland, OH)
- December 3: Connie Mack Chapter Hot Stove meeting (Philadelphia, PA)
- December 3: Sherman Jenkins: “Ted Strong Jr.: Negro Leagues star and Harlem Globetrotter” (Aurora, IL)
- December 4: Johnny Tallant’s Hot Stove League meeting (Cumming, GA)
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 SABR.org/events.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Dan O’Neill: Historic photo revives interest in Negro League’s St. Louis Stars (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Jonathan Judge: The Cy Young Award and the unfair advantage of defense (Baseball Prospectus)
- J.J. Cooper: MLB catchers’ workloads keep decreasing (Baseball America)
- Mike Petriello: Return of the curveball could give rise to these hurlers (MLB.com)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Braves’ ‘New’ Pitchers (ACTA Sports)
- David Kagan: The physics of Statcast errors (The Hardball Times)
- Aaron Schnautz: A quiet place of rest for one of Texas’s, and baseball’s, best, Rogers Hornsby (Reporting Texas)
- Bill Ryczek: From a game to a sport: baseball in the 1850s (The National Pastime Museum)
- Patrick Dubuque: The aesthetics of the unassisted triple play (Baseball Prospectus)
- Rob Mains: Where did all the running go in baseball? (Baseball Prospectus)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: November 18, 2016. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.