This Week in SABR: November 21, 2018

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 22-23. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of November 21, 2018:

Give the gift of SABR this holiday season

Looking to purchase SABR-logo apparel and a gift for yourself or the baseball fan in your life this holiday season? Check out the SABR Store @ CafePress:

Items will feature the full-color SABR logo and will be available for purchase throughout the year. Shirts are available in men’s and women’s sizes in a variety of colors and styles. Mugs, stickers, and other collector’s items are also on sale now. Check out the SABR Store today!

A SABR membership also makes a great gift for the baseball fan in your life! All baseball fans are welcome to join SABR. Gift memberships are $65/year (with discounts available to anyone under 30 or over 65), and members receive all the benefits of a standard membership.

Click here to learn more about a gift membership to SABR.

Submit your presentation abstract for 2019 SABR Analytics Conference

SABR and Baseball Info Solutions are excited to announce the call for presentations for the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference, scheduled for Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Hyatt Phoenix Downtown.

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: The submission deadline for 2019 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST, Friday, December 14, 2018.

Click here for complete details at

To register for the conference, or for more information, visit

Help us reach our 2018 donation-drive goal

This has been another outstanding year for SABR, with an entertaining, informative SABR 48 convention in Pittsburgh and a special day at the ballpark at PNC Park, innovative research and publishing projects, and outstanding involvement from volunteers. Your year-end charitable gift will help us close out 2018 and enable us to make 2019 even more successful.

Please help us reach this year’s giving goal! 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 By doing so you help SABR fulfill its mission and increase the impact of our baseball analysis and historical study.

All of us at SABR appreciate your support of our great organization and the game we love. If you have questions regarding your gift, feel free to e-mail SABR CEO Scott Bush at

The SABR Bookshelf: Fall 2018

Periodically throughout the year, publishes The SABR Bookshelf, a listing of new books that are received at the SABR office. Here are the SABR Bookshelf listings for Fall 2018:

Click on the link above for more detailed information on each of these books:

  • Met-rospectives: A Collection of the Greatest Games in New York Mets History, edited by Brian Wright and Bill Nowlin
  • The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, by Jane Leavy
  • Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game, by Rob Neyer
  • Now Taking the Field: Baseball’s All-Time Dream Teams for All 30 Franchises, by Thomas Stone
  • Young John McGraw Of Truxton, by Tony Kissel
  • New York Yankees Openers, by Lyle Spatz
  • Manager of Giants: The Tactics, Temper, and True Record of John McGraw, by Lou Hernandez
  • Baseball and American Culture: A History, by John P. Rossi
  • Game Faces: Early Baseball Cards from the Library of Congress, by Peter Devereaux
  • Baseball Goes West: The Dodgers, the Giants, and the Shaping of the Major Leagues, by Lincoln A. Mitchell
  • Insight Pitch: My Life as a Major League Closer, by Skip Lockwood
  • An October to Remember 1968: The Tigers-Cardinals World Series as Told by the Men Who Played in It, by Brendan Donley
  • Ballpark 2 Ballpark: Journey Through the Minor Leagues, by John and Vicki Hoppin
  • Cuba and the “Last” Baseball Season, by José I. Ramirez
  • The Run Don’t Count: The Life and Times of Frank Chance and His 1908 Chicago Cubs, by Herb Gould
  • Four Decades of Seattle Mariner Baseball, by Shawn Eckhart
  • Hardball Retroactive, by Derek Bain
  • Principle of the Curve, Second Inning, by Anika Orrock
  • Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide, Second Edition, by Ron Keurajian
  • Phinally! The Phillies, the Royals and the 1980 Baseball Season That Almost Wasn’t, by J. Daniel

Bolded names indicates that the author(s) is a SABR member. Click here for a list of publishers found in the SABR Bookshelf, along with their contact information.

To view previous listings in The SABR Bookshelf, click here.

Read SABR biographies of 2019 Hall of Fame ballot candidates

The full 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was released this week, and you can find all published SABR biographies of 2019 HOF candidates (including Today’s Game Era finalists) at the SABR BioProject. Visit the link below to read bios on Hall of Fame candidates Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, Todd Helton, and more:

As part of our BioProject Hall of Fame Ballot initiative, we are still seeking authors for the following players: Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Lance Berkman, and others. Ideally, we would like to have the bios written, edited, and fact-checked by January 2019 so we can post them on the BioProject website and on social media before the election announcements. Please contact Emily Hawks at if you are interested in writing about one of these players.

Find more SABR biographies at

2019 SABR Analytics Conference early registration is now open

Join us for the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference on Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 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. The early-bird registration discount ends on Monday, January 14, 2019, so register today to join us!

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 2019 SABR Analytics Conference, visit

Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference

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 2019 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 Leslie Heaphy at no later than December 31, 2018.

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.

Click here to download the 2019 Yoseloff Scholarship application.

It’s time to renew your membership for 2019

For those of you whose SABR memberships expire by December 31 — you can check your current membership status here — it’s time for you to renew!

From the Baseball Research Journal and the SABR Digital Library to “This Week in SABR” and our extensive list of research resources — and, of course, all the memorable conferences, chapter meetings, and events — we hope you enjoyed the many benefits of SABR membership this past year.

We hope you please continue your support by renewing your SABR membership today.

  • Pay online: Click here to renew your SABR membership for 2019!
  • Renew by mail: To pay by check or money order, mail this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the office at SABR, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
  • Pay by phone: To process your credit-card payment over the phone, please call the SABR office at (602) 496-1463 during regular business hours. (We accept Visa, Mastercard, or Discover Card.)

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. Please note: If you have had trouble logging in to the SABR website, please try resetting your password using this reset link. Then try logging in to renew at the link above.

Thank you for your support of SABR as we continue to strive to make SABR membership a great experience and a great value!

Seeking nominations for the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

What are the best baseball analytics articles you’ve read in 2018?

The 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year. Click here to learn more or to submit a nomination.

Voting for the winners will be conducted online in January-February 2019 at,,, and, with results weighted equally at 20%. Results will be announced and presented at the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 8-10, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Arizona.

Save the date! Join us for SABR Day on January 26, 2019

The 10th annual SABR Day will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019. We’re starting to compile details now on 2019 SABR Day chapter meetings around the country. We’ll post them as soon as we get them at  

Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans and are usually free to attend, so bring a friend! Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.

Check back soon at for more information on a SABR Day meeting close to you. Chapter leaders, please be sure to send any details on your SABR meeting to Jacob Pomrenke at so we can update our SABR Day map.

For a complete recap of 2018 SABR Day activities, visit

Save the date! SABR 49 will be in San Diego in 2019

Save the date! SABR will be returning to San Diego for our 49th national convention on June 26-30, 2019, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, California. Registration information and our special hotel room block will be available at in early 2019. The Padres are scheduled to play at home against the St. Louis Cardinals that weekend.

The Manchester Grand Hyatt is conveniently located within walking distance from Petco Park; our host hotel, a frequent host of baseball’s Winter Meetings, features a spectacular waterfront resort-like setting with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues in abundance at the nearby Gaslamp Quarter. The San Diego Central Library’s Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center, just a few blocks away, is home to the spectacular SABR Collection curated by our host chapter, the San Diego Ted Williams Chapter.

For more information on the SABR convention, visit

Talking baseball research with Herm Krabbenhoft

SABR member Herm Krabbenhoft’s record-revising research on the accuracy of baseball statistics is recognized throughout the research community for its thoroughness, reliability, and scrupulous attention to detail. Modern authorities, including the Elias Sports Bureau, the official keeper of MLB records, have often revised their statistics to incorporate the latest Krabbenhoft findings.

Recently, Herm responded to questions about his life and work posed by Bill Lamb, editor of the SABR Deadball Era Committee’s newsletter, The Inside Game. This article was originally published in the November 2018 edition of The Inside Game.

Click here to read the full interview at

Check out new SABR Collegiate Baseball Team Guides

The SABR Collegiate Baseball Team Guides, now available at, represent a summary of information gathered by members of the Collegiate Baseball Committee.

The guides attempt to provide a comprehensive record of key components of each school’s intercollegiate baseball program, including head coaches, win-loss records, postseason records, and alumni who have played in the major leagues, minor leagues, or Negro Leagues. A separate file exists for each school. Counting inactive programs, approximately 2,000 schools have fielded an intercollegiate baseball team since the first game between Williams and Amherst in 1859.

Click here to learn more and to access the guides at

Teams currently available: Alabama A&M, Arizona Christian, Arkansas Baptist, Cosumnes River College, Grambling State, Westminster (MO), Yale

More teams will be added to the collection in the coming weeks. For more information, or to get involved with this project, please contact committee chair Karl Green.

Retrosheet announces Fall 2018 updates

It is with great pleasure that I announce the semiannual update to the website for Fall 2018. There are some new files and many others have been updated, including:

  • 2018 event files are now available including all regular season and post-season games, along with the All-Star Game.
  • Deduced games have been completed for 1937 and 1938. That means we now have available at least a deduced version of every play of every game for the past 82 seasons.
  • Individual player pages and career totals have been updated as well, including biographical details, the latter thanks to Bill Carle of the SABR Biographical Research Committee.
  • Tom Ruane has continued leading the way on the very demanding work of constructing Deadball Era box scores. We now display box score files back to 1906.
  • Our list of Batting Out of Turn incidents (BOOT) has been expanded thanks to some new work by Rob Wood in unearthing details.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Thanks to all for your continued interest in Retrosheet.  It is a delight to be able to make this material available!

— David W. Smith

2 new SABR biographies published

Two new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,672 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week: 

All new biographies can be found here:

6 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Six new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

In addition, these stories were also posted from Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis (SABR, 2017), edited by Gregory H. Wolf:

To read more stories from the Sportsman’s Park book online at the SABR Games Project, click here.

New Games Project stories can be found at Find all published Games Project articles at

  • 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.
  • Read all stories from No-Hitters online: In No-Hitters (SABR, 2017), edited by Bill Nowlin, we told the stories of the pitchers who threw no-hitters and the no-hitters they threw. All of the game stories that appeared in No-Hitters are now available to be read online at the SABR Games Project. To download the e-book edition of No-Hitters for free or get a 50% discount off the paperback edition, click here.

Writing opportunities for SABR members

Looking ahead to SABR’s 50th annual convention in 2020, we want to create a book which will contain Games Project writeups of each of the games SABR members have attended as part of the SABR convention experience.

You need not have been at the game to write about it for SABR’s 50th anniversary book. Our list includes all the major-league games and 18 minor-league games that were part of the SABR convention schedule that year.

If you are interested in contributing, please contact Bill Nowlin at

For a list of all upcoming SABR book projects, click here.

Listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Sundays

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 show will include highlights from this year’s SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix. Visit to sign up now for the 2019 conference!

You can listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App. Click here to learn more.

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 12/31/2018: 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 2018 publication date, contact Leslie Heaphy at by December 31, 2018.
  • Larry Ritter Award, due 12/31/2018: 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 2018 publication date, contact Doug Skipper at by December 31, 2018.
  • Ron Gabriel Award, due 12/31/2018: 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 2019 awards, please send a copy of your work to Gary Sarnoff at by December 31, 2018.
  • SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2019: 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 2019 awards, please contact Bill Felber at
  • McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2019: 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 2019 awards, please contact Len Levin at

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

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:

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here:

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 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
Gary Boetticher Brenham, TX     Steven Klitzner N. Miami Beach, FL
Daniel Calzada Albuquerque, NM     Randy Krzmarzick Sleepy Eye, MN
Michael Conches Lyme, CT     John McLeod Marysville, MI
Louis DeScioli Porter, TX     Bryan Peabody Louisville, KY
Christopher Eleazer Clemson, SC     Steve Purgatorio Lemont, IL
Michael Goodman Fishkill, NY     Madelon Rosenfeld New York, NY
Michael Jones Richmond Hts, MO     Mark Tobin London, ENG
James Jones Camarillo, CA     Tova Wang Washington, DC


Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:

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

Around the Web

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

Read these articles and more at

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

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Originally published: November 21, 2018. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.