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This Week in SABR: November 22, 2023

This Week in SABR: November 22, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Wednesday, November 22, 2023. Please note: The SABR office will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 23-24. Click here to view this newsletter on the web.

Top Headlines

Last call: Submit presentation abstracts for 2024 SABR Analytics Conference
Double your donation’s impact on Giving Tuesday
New Oral History interviews with Italian American ballplayers
Apply now for a Local Grant in 2024
Join us on December 7 for Ballpark Figures with Vanessa Ivy Rose
Call for papers: 2024 The National Pastime

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

2024 SABR Analytics Conference

Last call: Submit presentation abstracts for SABR Analytics Conference

SABR and Sports Info Solutions are excited to announce the call for presentations for the SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held on March 8-10, 2024, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The submission deadline for all 2024 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST on November 22, 2023. Click here to learn more or to submit a presentation abstract.

Visit to learn more:

Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Learn more at

Bring It Home for SABR in 2023!

Double your donation’s impact on Giving Tuesday on November 28

With the holiday season upon us and another year coming to a close, we want to thank you for your continuing support of SABR. Donations from members like you are vital as SABR expands research, creates more pathways to participation, and builds a stronger baseball community.

Thanks to one generous member, you have the opportunity to double the impact of your donation on Giving Tuesday next week on November 28. SABR Director Bill Nowlin will match all donations made on November 28 up to a grand total of $10,000.

Visit to learn more.

SABR Oral History Collection: Yogi Berra, Craig Biggio, Tony La Russa, Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Joey Votto

Interviews with Italian American major leaguers added to SABR Oral History Collection

SABR is pleased to add more than 40 interviews with baseball figures of Italian descent to the Oral History Collection. The interviews were conducted by SABR member Lawrence Baldassaro, author of Beyond DiMaggio; Baseball Italian Style; and Tony Lazzeri, the latter of which was honored with a 2022 SABR Baseball Research Award.

Baldassaro’s interviews were recorded between 1993 and 2017, and they include eight Hall of Famers: Yogi Berra, Craig Biggio, Tony La Russa, Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Phil Rizzuto, Ron Santo, and Joe Torre. The rest of the lineup includes MVP award winners (Ken Caminiti) and All-Stars (Anthony Rizzo, Joey Votto, Barry Zito), as well as coaches, managers, umpires, and front-office executives.

2023 SABR Local Grants recipients in Philadelphia

Apply now for a SABR Local Grant in 2024

The SABR Local Grants program provides 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.

Applications are now open for a 2024 SABR Local Grant at Submissions will be accepted until January 19, 2024. A Grants Review Board will review all submissions and respond with their final determination in February 2024.

Visit to learn more or to apply.

Vanessa Ivy Rose

Join us on December 7 for Ballpark Figures with Vanessa Ivy Rose

Join us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.

On Thursday, December 7, our guest will be Vanessa Ivy Rose, the granddaughter of Baseball Hall of Famer and Negro Leagues great Turkey Stearnes; author of Hall of Fame DNA: The Legacy of Norman “Turkey” Stearnes; and host of the ABC News podcast Reclaimed: The Forgotten League.

Visit to learn more about upcoming shows or view past episodes.


 Last call for papers: 2024 The National Pastime

The next SABR convention will be held on August 7-11, 2024, in Minneapolis, and we are seeking articles for our annual convention journal, The National Pastime, on teams, figures, and events around Minnesota and the Twin Cities.

Prospective writers/contributors may now pitch ideas for articles to co-editors Michael Haupert and Cecilia M. Tan. To submit an article idea or abstract, click here to fill out this form by November 30, 2023. Only submissions sent using the online portal will be considered. Authors will be notified of assignments no later than December 15, with first drafts due by April 15, 2024.

A story pitch should include a paragraph about the topic, why it’s important or relevant to the region, what drew your interest, and what resources or sources you’ll pursue to research the topic. (Topics should not duplicate the 2012 journal, The National Pastime: Short But Wondrous Summers, from the most recent Minneapolis convention.)

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR Analytics Certification: Sign up now for new Level 3 course

We’re excited to announce that the newest course in the SABR Analytics Certification program, Level Three – Introduction to Baseball Programming, is now available.

Taught by award-winning baseball writer and analyst Rob Arthur, the Level Three course provides an introduction to programming using a practical approach in its application for baseball and focusing on R (with a dash of SQL) as a programming language, the goal of this online, on-demand course is to give learners a foundational understanding of the technical skills necessary for a career in data science and baseball analytics.

To sign up now, or to learn more about previous courses, visit

Call for papers: 2024 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference welcomes proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields for the upcoming conference on June 6-9, 2024, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, or other Black baseball topics. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, plus a brief biographical note with contact information. Deadline to apply: February 1, 2024.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Call for volunteers: Weiss Baseball Player Questionnaires

SABR seeks volunteers to help transcribe the Bill Weiss Baseball Player Questionnaires, a collection of self-completed surveys of professional baseball players from 1945-2005, which will soon be made available at

No experience is needed, just a love for baseball, data, and history. We are looking for any volunteers who can spare a few hours a week (or more!) with help reading these questionnaires and writing down the player’s ambitions, background, and signing scout. Please contact Jason Sigler if you would like to be a part of our team.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #241: Warren Corbett, Dan Levitt, Justin Mckinney

Baseball 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 #241 on Monday, November 20 featured a roundtable discussion on how to define a “major” league as Rob interviews authors Warren Corbett, Dan Levitt, and Justin Mckinney on the Federal League, Union Association, Continental League, and more. Visit to listen to the full episode or subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks.

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: Old Hoss Radbourn, Brian Holman, Fred Kuhaulua

4 new bios published at the SABR Biography Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.

9 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

Ebbets Field: Great, Historic, and Memorable Games in Brooklyn's Lost Ballpark

Ebbets Field: Great, Historic, and Memorable Games in Brooklyn’s Lost Ballpark
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf

Visit to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback edition of all Digital Library books.

Call for Award Nominations

All SABR members are encouraged to submit nominations for our annual research awards, for works published or completed in 2023. The deadline to nominate is December 31:

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.

Recent Highlights

Here are some SABR headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Anderson Bareford Pittsburgh, PA     Peter Olson Nashua, NH
Hsuan Chen Chen Spokane, WA     Ty Platow Harleysville, PA
Connor Doyle Coram, NY     Matt Shepardson Romeoville, IL
Charles Dukes Davie, FL     Nigel Sheppard Milton Keynes, ENG
jim fitzgerald Mechanicville, NY     Tyson Stolte Las Cruces, NM
Jimmy Fursman Seattle, WA     Keith Thursby Irvine, CA
Tyler Graham Ankeny, IA     Mike Tolomei Farmington Hills, MI
Andre Lanoue South St. Paul, MN     Thomas White Cathedral City, CA
Ryan Moralejo Boston, MA     Brad Williams Maumelle, AR
Mateo Nissou El Cajon, CA        

SABR Events Calendar

SABR's Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 7:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Our guest will be fourth-generation baseball enthusiast, photographer, mixed-media artist, and avid card collector Donna Muscarella, featuring a presentation on historic Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • November 26: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with Jamison Pack (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 28: Field of Dreams (IA) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • November 29: Ken Keltner (WI) Badger State Chapter meeting with Donna Muscarella (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • November 30: Games and Simulations Committee meeting with Jason Leonard (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • December 3: Southern Michigan Chapter book club meeting (7:30 p.m. EST)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • November 25: Lajoie-Start Chapter fall meeting (Smithfield, RI)
  • December 2: Williamsport Chapter meeting (Williamsport, PA)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

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Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

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 To find past editions of TWIS, click here.

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Originally published: November 22, 2023. Last Updated: November 22, 2023.