Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Please note: The SABR office will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 25-26. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of November 19, 2021:
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado each won a Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, presented by SABR. The winners were unveiled on Friday, November 12 on MLB Network’s Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight.
Their respective teams, the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals, were announced as recipients of the Rawlings Team Defense Award, based on their SABR Defensive Index rankings.
This marks the first Rawlings Platinum Glove Award for Correa and fifth consecutive Rawlings Platinum Glove Award for Arenado.
Good 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.
- All articles from the Fall 2021 Baseball Research Journal are now available to read online at SABR.org.
- Click here to download the PDF e-book edition of the Fall 2021 Baseball Research Journal.
- Click here to order a copy of the print edition of the Fall 2021 Baseball Research Journal from Amazon.com.
We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2021 Baseball Research Journal!
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 5, 2022, when we will hold our annual SABR Day celebration! SABR Day is a way for all baseball fans to come together, regardless of where they live, and talk about the game we all love.
We are planning an exciting 2-hour block of virtual, national SABR programming on Zoom from 8:00-10:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 3, so chapters are free to host their own events on February 5. Guest speakers and more details for the national programming on February 3 will be announced soon.
Regional chapters are also encouraged to plan their own SABR Day events (virtually or in person, where it’s safe to do so) throughout the months of January or February to celebrate the start of a new baseball season.
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 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.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Early-bird registration is $75 for SABR members, $100 for non-members, and $50 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year SABR membership).
- 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.
- Research Presentations: Present your baseball research at the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Deadline: November 24, 2021.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Deadline: December 31, 2021.
- Research Awards: We’re seeking nominations for the 2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards. Deadline: December 31, 2021.
Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
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: email@example.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.
We’re now seeking applications for a new full-time position based at the SABR office, located in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in downtown Phoenix.
The Membership Services Manager will lead SABR’s membership service efforts, including new member on-boarding, member communications, and membership transactions. As our Membership Services Manager, you will be responsible for membership retention and helping chapters develop their membership. An integral part of ensuring the success of our baseball community, this position will help drive SABR’s future growth and support the organization’s vision.
Please send resume and cover letter to CEO Scott Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The virtual SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium was held on November 13-14, 2021. The two-day online symposium, hosted by the SABR Nineteenth Century Committee, was devoted to 19th-century baseball as it was played and evolved in Brooklyn.
- Stay tuned for more video highlights from the symposium, which will be posted online soon!
- Click here to read John Thorn’s welcome address, “Brooklyn Before Baseball,” at Our Game.
- Click here to watch a video tour of Brooklyn’s historic baseball places with Tom Gilbert.
Other guest speakers included 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; and Research Presentations by Ralph Carhart, Brian Sheehy, Tom Gilbert, and Justin Mckinney.
Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:
Edited by Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin
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SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Baltimore Baseball for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Baltimore Baseball paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing 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.
While 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.
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.
SABR 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 Pee Wee Reese Chapter in Louisville, Kentucky, will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 4:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 22. All SABR members are invited to attend. Our guest speaker is Josh Rawitch, newly hired this summer as president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. To RSVP for this meeting, please contact Tad Myre.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from author Chris Phillips (Scouting and Scoring) and Baltimore Orioles radio broadcaster Geoff Arnold. 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 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)
- November 28: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
- November 30: Casey Stengel (NYC) Chapter meeting with Dan Joseph (7:30 p.m. EST)
- November 30: Banks-Bragan DFW Chapter meeting with Tom Grieve, Bill Brown, and Jack Bales (7:00 p.m. CST)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- 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)
- November 27: Lajoie-Start Chapter meeting (Greenville, RI)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee was pleased to award scholarships to four high school seniors in its 13th annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2021.
- Doniya Boyd of Chicago, Illinois, was awarded the Rube Foster Scholarship.
- Ian Rich of Roanoke, Virginia, was awarded the Jimmie Crutchfield Scholarship.
- Julian Thomas, of Springdale, Maryland, was awarded the Robert Peterson Scholarship.
- Promise Egbu, of Arlington, Texas, was awarded the Tweed Webb Scholarship.
The contest was open to high school seniors and carrying a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the end of their junior year. Students had to write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships. The Foster, Webb, and Peterson scholarships were $1,000, while the Crutchfield scholarship was $500.
SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference is the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination of black baseball history. Learn more at SABR.org/malloy.
SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee is pleased to award one scholarship to a high school senior in its Women in Baseball Essay Contest in 2021.
Due to the generous donations of committee members, the Women in Baseball Committee has awarded a $500 scholarship to Qamar Saitovski, a graduate of the Indiana Digital School, with an essay on Negro Leagues pioneer Mamie “Peanut” Johnson.
Students were asked to write an essay of 1,500 words or less addressing the following question: “Choose one person or event in women’s baseball history that you believe has made a significant impact on the game and explain the importance.”
To learn more about the annual Women in Baseball Essay Contest, click here.
Episode #137 on Monday, November 15 featured Steven Goldman, a consulting editor and writer for Baseball Prospectus, where he has contributed since 2003. He also hosts The Infinite Inning podcast with a rotating carousel of interesting guests from around the baseball world. He is the author of Forging Genius: The Making of Casey Stengel, and previously served as an MLB editor at Vox Media and a columnist and editor at the YES Network.
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.
Twenty-seven new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project, including more articles from our Digital Library book, Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games. Here are the new game stories:
- August 9, 1887: Radbourn, Beaneaters receive a pummeling by Pittsburgh, by Andy Terrick
- August 1, 1893: Rebellion, disgusted fans, and an angry owner following Pirates’ 25-2 win at St. Louis, by Gregory H. Wolf
- April 27, 1912: Pirates unleash new bats in 23-run outburst against Reds, by Brian Frank
- September 26, 1912: Heinie Zimmerman won’t go home; Reds’ stalling efforts fail to catch Cubs, by Ken Liss
- September 4, 1921: Braves’ Oeschger, Southworth derail Giants’ road to the pennant, by Luis A. Blandon Jr.
- September 30, 1933: Babe Herman’s third career cycle leads Cubs to third-place money, by Mike Huber
- October 4, 1936: Monte Pearson outduels Carl Hubbell as Yankees take commanding 3-1 lead in World Series, by Dan Schoenholz
- July 10, 1941: Joe DiMaggio squeaks out a hit on a rainy night to keep streak alive at 49, by Kurt Blumenau
- September 25, 1958: Al Kaline beaned by former teammate but saved by helmet as Tigers defeat White Sox, by Larry Defillipo
- August 3, 1961: Pirates’ 24-hit attack produces NL record-tying shutout, by Gregory H. Wolf
- October 1, 1964: Red Sox-Indians game draws 306 fans, lowest documented attendance at Fenway Park, by Bill Nowlin
- July 6, 1970: Ron Santo knocks in eight in Cubs’ lopsided win over Expos, by Steve Dunn
- July 11, 1979: Mariners drub Yankees 16-1, set new franchise runs record, by Mike Lynch
- June 29, 1985: Tigers’ Terrell tops Blue Jays with two-hitter; was this baseball’s final game with zero strikeouts?, by David Firstman
- May 12, 1986: Rangers ambush Indians, 19-2, by Steve West
- July 19, 1987: Don Mattingly’s homer streak ends at 8 as Rangers get to Steve Trout, Yankees, by Peter Seidel
- May 20, 1994: Mariners trounce Rangers, 19-2, in most lopsided win in franchise history, by Gary Belleville
- April 19, 1996: Records tumble as Rangers crush Orioles, 26-7, by Steve West
- September 1, 1997: Boston, Montreal take their rivalry to the baseball diamond as Vladimir Guerrero walks it off, by Christopher D. Chavis
- October 4, 2001: Mariners crush Rangers, 16-1, tie AL record with 114th win, by Gary Belleville
- October 13, 2001: Vizquel drives in 6, Sabathia earns first playoff win as Cleveland retakes ALDS lead, by Gordon Gattie
- April 4, 2004: Red Sox stumble out of the gate against retooled Orioles, by Bill Nowlin
- July 29, 2006: Randy Johnson has a bad day, and so do Yankees in 19-6 meltdown to Devil Rays, by Laura H. Peebles
- September 5, 2007: Carlos Peña’s 7 RBIs lead Rays as Orioles suffer yet another blowout loss, by Peter Seidel
- April 19, 2014: Ryan Hanigan has 6 RBIs as Rays rout Yanks, 16-1, by Mark S. Sternman
- July 3, 2016: Wilmer Flores goes 6-for-6 in Mets’ 14-3 win over the Cubs, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- August 16, 2016: Trouncing at the Trop: Rays rip Padres, 15-1, by Mark Panuthos
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.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time. Listen to new episodes at 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.
You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio app.
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.
- Seymour Medal (history/biography books; deadline: 12/31/2021)
- SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards (baseball analytics research; deadline: 12/31/2021)
- Larry Ritter Book Award (Deadball Era books; deadline: 12/31/2021)
- Ron Gabriel Award (Brooklyn Dodgers research; deadline: 12/31/2021)
- Russell Gabay Award (New Jersey baseball; deadline: 12/31/2021)
- SABR Baseball Research Award (outstanding research articles/projects: deadline: 1/31/2022)
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award (best history/biography articles; deadline: 2/15/2022)
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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Read SABR biographies of Baseball Hall of Fame’s Early Baseball and Golden Days finalists
- Ed Williamson grave marker dedication ceremony held in Chicago
- Watch highlights from the 2021 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
- SABR Member Benefit Spotlight: Renewing Your Membership
- SABR Games Project reaches milestone with 3,000th published article
- SABR Digital Library: One-Hit Wonders
- New interviews posted online in expanded SABR Oral History Collection
- Check out SABR Century Committee’s new 1921 Year in Review project
- SABR 50 convention in Baltimore rescheduled for August 17-21, 2022
- Read articles from The National Pastime: The Future According to Baseball online
- Watch an inspiring short film about SABR’s Baseball Memories program
- Get free access to Newspapers.com World Collection online archives with your SABR membership
- Check out the complete SABR 50 at 50 series as we look back at baseball over the past 50 years
- 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.
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|Mike Bell||Rancho Cucamonga, CA||Don Henderson||Olney, MD|
|Pam Brayton||Ithaca, NY||Virginia Howell||Charleston, SC|
|John Brusseau||Albany, CA||Suzanne Hunter||Denver, CO|
|Ken Camozzi||San Jose, CA||Sean Li||Palo Alto, CA|
|Mark Chafetz||Royal Oak, MI||Jeanine Lussier||Apollo Beach, FL|
|Michael Culver||Henrietta, NY||Sean McLaughlin||Murray, KY|
|Andre da Costa||Stittsville, ON||Kate Nachman||Jerusalem, ISR|
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|Patrick Ellington Jr.||Willoughby Hills, OH||Jay Seaborg||Mt. Airy, MD|
|Adam Esselman||Baltimore, MD||Nathan Sheets||Los Angeles, CA|
|John Fenton||Reno, NV||Ethan Simon||Timonium, MD|
|Shawn Forsberg||Santa Fe, NM||Ted Sloan||Lawrenceburg, KY|
|Joey Grattan||Pittsburgh, PA||Rocky Solmon||Olympia, WA|
|Bob Grover||Chicago, IL||Wilson Wendt||San Francisco, CA|
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Here are the new research committee updates this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter: November 13 meeting recap (Baltimore, MD)
- Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter: November 2021 newsletter (Chicago, IL)
- Larry Dierker Chapter: November 15 meeting recap (Houston, TX)
- Baseball Reminiscence: November 13 meeting recap
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Tyler Kepner: Baseball Gets Another Chance to Honor a Legend in Minnie Miñoso (New York Times)
- Alex Speier: What voting for the Cy Young Award taught me about modern pitching analytics (Boston Globe)
- Emma Baccellieri: Who Was MLB’s Most Representative Hitter in 2021? (Sports Illustrated)
- Sarah Langs: 15 wild facts from Shohei Ohtani’s MVP campaign (MLB.com)
- Jayson Stark: The Bryce Harper-Juan Soto NL MVP debate was one for the ages (The Athletic)
- Hannah Keyser: These are the 3 biggest issues that could push MLB into a lockout (Yahoo! Sports)
- Roger Cormier: What Major League Baseball Said When There Was Nothing Left to Say: 2021 Edition (Baseball Prospectus)
- Eno Sarris: Randy Arozarena is the Rookie of the Year, but is his best already behind him? (The Athletic)
- Mark Simon: Going Deeper: How Brandon Crawford won a Gold Glove in 2021 (Sports Info Solutions)
- Stephanie Apstein: Philadelphia Failure to Giant Success: Inside Gabe Kapler’s Transformation (Sports Illustrated)
- Jay Jaffe: 2022 Golden Days Era Committee Candidate: Dick Allen (FanGraphs)
- Steven Goldman: Early Baseball Era Ballot Part One: The Negro Leaguers (Baseball Prospectus)
- Zach Buchanan: ‘It’s magic, right?’ Meet PitchCom, the device created by two magicians to solve baseball’s sign-stealing problem (The Athletic)
- Josh Norris: Leases No More: MLB Teams Now Responsible for Minor League Housing (Baseball America)
- Russell A. Carleton: What Arbitration Replacement? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Daniel R. Epstein: Anthony Rizzo’s Extension Might Have Cost Him More Than it Paid (Baseball Prospectus)
- David Laurila: Kendall Graveman Learned to Spin a Breaker (FanGraphs)
- Bill Pearch: Revisiting A 1915 Nailbiter Between A Federal League Team And A Semipro Squad (IBWAA.com)
- Rob Mains: Eighty Years of Iconic World Series (Baseball Prospectus)
- David Kronheim: 2021 Major and Minor League Baseball Attendance (NumberTamer.com)
- Richard Cuicchi: 2021 Season Family Ties (Baseball’s Relatives/Wordpress)
- Jeff Cohen: Baseball and BBQ interview with author Luke Epplin (Baseball and BBQ)
- Andrew Sharp: I’m sorry, Roger (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Dan Cichalski: ‘McCovey is off the table!’ (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jason Schwartz: The Case of the Missing Cubs (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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.
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Originally published: November 19, 2021. Last Updated: November 19, 2021.