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This Week in SABR: November 23, 2022

This Week in SABR: November 23, 2022

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 24-25. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of November 23, 2022:

Last call: Submit presentation abstracts for 2023 SABR Analytics Conference

2023 SABR Analytics ConferenceSABR and Sports Info Solutions are excited to announce the call for presentations for the SABR Analytics Conference on March 10-12, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona.

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 preliminary and/or final results, and the expected contribution to the field of baseball analytics offered by this work. Please send all abstracts to this e-mail address: and clearly indicate whether you are submitting for the general track or for the student track of presentations.

The submission deadline for all 2023 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Double your donation’s impact on Giving Tuesday on November 29!

Double your donation's impact on Giving Tuesday on November 29!As SABR continues toward our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball, it is gifts from members like you who sustain our organization, allowing us to produce wonderful baseball research and programming that reaches people everywhere. Giving Tuesday, a global movement encouraging people to support the causes near and dear to their hearts, is next Tuesday, November 29.

You can double the impact of your donation on Giving Tuesday, as SABR Director Bill Nowlin will match all donations made on November 29 up to a grand total of $5,000.

Support SABR’s end of year Bring it Home Campaign by making a gift of $150 today. We will use your best gift of $150, $300, $500, or $1,000 to boost SABR’s general operations. Contributions from generous donors like you are vital in helping SABR maintain core mission programming, develop new initiatives, and ensure affordable membership access:

  • Support for Core Programming: Your donations help make SABR events possible and accessible, while fueling the productivity and development of our publishing efforts.
  • Support for New Initiatives: Your donations allow SABR to maintain its relevance and respectability in an ever-changing environment.
  • Support for Affordable Membership Access: Your donations are crucial to keeping SABR membership affordable for all, a critical aspect of fulfilling our vision to become the essential community for the world of baseball.

Visit to learn more.

Apply now for a SABR Local Grant in 2023

SABR logoThe 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 2023 SABR Local Grant at Submissions will be accepted until January 16, 2023. A Grants Review Board will review all submissions and respond with their final determination in February 2023.

All SABR chapters, chartered communities, and research committees are eligible to apply. 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.

The seven projects that received a SABR Local Grant in 2022 are well under way, including the dedication of a historical marker at Kelly Field in Daytona Beach, Florida, where Jackie Robinson and John Wright integrated Dodgers spring training in 1946; a new marker commemorating Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit at the site of Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh; and the repainting of a championship mural at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR Member Benefit Spotlight: Renewing Your Membership

Video: Learn how to renew your membership at SABR.orgAs a SABR member, you have vast resources and benefits at your disposal. With so much information at your fingertips, we realize it can be overwhelming to absorb it all! To highlight key benefits, read on for a SABR Member Benefit Spotlight, an email series that identifies and explains some of the most valuable features of your membership. We hope this allows you to take full advantage of all SABR has to offer.

This month’s issue shows you how to renew your membership and update your profile information.

Click here to watch a short video on how to renew your membership.

SABR welcomes new chapter in Northern New England

SABR’s Board of Directors has approved the formation of a new regional chapter. The Northern New England Chapter serves members in New Hampshire and Maine; the chapter leader is Bruce McClure.

SABR’s 83 regional chapters cover 40 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.; plus international chapters in Canada (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia), Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Latin America (Venezuela, Dominican Republic), the United Kingdom, Europe (Netherlands), and Italy. For a list of all SABR chapters, visit A calendar of upcoming SABR meetings can be found at All SABR members are eligible to sign up for announcements from any chapter or committee.

SABR welcomes new research committee on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Lucas Giolito trying out VR during spring training in 2016 (ARTURO PARDAVILA III / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)SABR’s Board of Directors has approved the formation of a new research committee: the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Committee. The committee’s mission is to promote the research and application of AI and machine learning in baseball, and to provide a community for SABR members (and attract new SABR members) interested in sports technology. The committee leaders are Brian Hall and Allison Levin.

All SABR members are eligible to sign up for email announcements from this committee. Click here to visit the committee page and select “Join Group” to become a committee member.

SABR’s 34 research committees reflect the diverse interests of our members, with groups devoted to the study of a specific area related to the game — from Baseball and the Arts to Statistical Analysis to the Deadball Era to Women in Baseball. Click here to find the full list of SABR research committees and learn more about their work.

Check out highlights and photos from the SABR Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium

Lauren Tuiskula delivers a presentation at the SABR Southern New England 19th Century Symposium on November 12, 2022, in Providence, Rhode Island.SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee, Lajoie-Start Chapter, and the Rhode Island College’s Department of History presented the Southern New England 19cBB Interdisciplinary Symposium, which took place on Saturday, November 12 at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island.

The symposium was highlighted by a welcome address from author Edward Achorn, a keynote address from Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, an interdisciplinary talk by Elizabeth Williams of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, plus research presentations by Robert Cvornyek, Howard Chudacoff, Lauren Tuiskula, and Rick Harris.

Click here to view photos and stories from Dixie Tourangeau at

Register now for SABR’s Ballpark Figures with Craig Goldstein on December 8

Ballpark Figures: Craig GoldsteinJoin 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 8, our guest will be Craig Goldstein, editor-in-chief at Baseball Prospectus.

Goldstein recent articles at Baseball Prospectus include essays on the Houston Astros World Series championship, the expansion of baseball’s postseason, upcoming rules changes, and bullpen management. His work has also appeared in Sports Illustrated, Vice Sports, Fox Sports MLB, and SB Nation MLB.

Visit to learn more or watch replays from previous events.

Early registration open for 2023 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix

Early registration is now open for the SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held in person from March 10-12, 2023, at the Beus Center for Law and Society on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in Phoenix, Arizona.

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!

General sessions will be held in person on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12 at the Beus Center for Law and Society in downtown Phoenix. General Session registration includes access to all programming held at the Beus Center for Law and Society, including research presentations, panel discussions, Friday evening networking reception, a boxed lunch on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and coffee talks on Saturday and Sunday morning.

Students will have two registration options, virtual or in-person, with both including access to the General Session on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12, and a student-only virtual session on Thursday, March 9.

  • Registration: Click here to register for the 2023 SABR Analytics Conference. Early-bird registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $150 for currently enrolled high school or college students. Student-only virtual registration is $50.
  • 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. Students have the option of choosing virtual ($50) or in-person ($150) registration. All student registrations also include a complimentary one-year SABR membership, which will be fulfilled after event sign-up.

Visit to learn more.

Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2023 SABR Analytics Conference

With generous funding from The Nanar and Anthony Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR Analytics Conference on March 10-12, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging fees associated with the conference up to a total value of $1,250.

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 the SABR 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.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Sign up now for SABR Analytics Certification online course

Watch on YouTube: SABR Analytics Certification previewIt’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.

The SABR Analytics Certification program is an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics. The curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.

SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price.

Visit to sign up today or learn more.

Save the date! 2023 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference to be held in Detroit

A historical marker was dedicated outside of Hamtramck Stadium near Detroit, Michigan, in 2014.Save the date! SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be held on Thursday, July 20 to Sunday, July 23, 2023, in Detroit, Michigan.

All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Registration and hotel information will be available at in early 2023.

Black baseball has a long history in Michigan, especially centered in the Motor City. Among the original entrants to the Negro National League in 1920 was Tenny Blount’s Detroit Stars, managed by Pete Hill and anchored by Big Bill Gatewood on the mound. The Detroit Wolves and Motor City Giants also played in Mack Park and Hamtramck Stadium. In addition to the well-known Turkey Stearnes, other star players included catcher Bruce Petway, the speedy Jimmie Lyons and the powerful Edgar Wesley.

SABR Digital Library: From Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium

From Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium: Great Games in Philadelphia’s Lost Ballpark, edited by Gregory H. WolfAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

From Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium: Great Games in Philadelphia’s Lost Ballpark
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-85-1, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-86-8 paperback, $39.95
8.5″ x 11″, 398 pages

Click here for a full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

Having trouble downloading our e-books? To view PDF files on your computer, click here to download the free Adobe Reader software. Having trouble downloading e-books to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.

SABR Events Calendar

SABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at

  • Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s new Northern New England Chapter will hold its first official meeting with a “Diamond Discourse” scheduled for Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. EST. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. We’ll discuss the recently released BBWAA Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, the Contemporary Era Committee ballot, any and all baseball news and more! To RSVP for this Zoom meeting, please email Bruce McClure.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from Boston Chapter members on “Red Sox Tragedy Stories.” Click here to view video replays of virtual SABR events.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events all members can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:

  • November 27: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 29: Northern New England Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 29: Games and Simulations Committee meeting (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 29: Bay Area/Sacramento Chapter joint meeting with Jill Gearin (7:00 p.m. PST)
  • December 1: Connie Mack-Dick Allen (PA) Chapter meeting with Tom Alesia (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • December 3: Talkin’ Baseball: Justin Mckinney (9:00 a.m. EST)

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

  • November 26: Lajoie-Start Southern New England Chapter meeting (Greenville, RI)
  • December 3: Sebring-Stovey Williamsport Chapter meeting (Williamsport, PA)
  • December 3: Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter meeting (Las Vegas, NV)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.

New SABR Oral History interview: Rick Burleson

Rick Burleson (Trading Card DB)One new interview was posted this week at the SABR Oral History Collection. Here is the new interview:

  • Rick Burleson, All-Star shortstop from 1974-87 with the Boston Red Sox, California Angels, and Baltimore Orioles
    Recorded November 16, 2022, by John McMurray

The SABR Oral History Collection now includes more than 700 audio files of interviews conducted with ballplayers (Major Leagues, Minor Leagues, Negro Leagues, AAGPBL), executives, scouts, authors, writers, broadcasters, and other figures of historical baseball significance.

If you are interested in contributing to SABR’s Oral History Collection, the committee offers guidelines for conducting effective oral history interviews or contact Jacob Pomrenke to learn more about donating your own audio recordings.

6 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Eric Bruntlett (Trading Card DB)Six new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:

In addition, these stories from Metropolitan Stadium: Memorable Games at Minnesota’s Diamond on the Prairie were posted online this week:

New Games Project stories can be found 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.
  • Social media: Follow the SABR Games Project on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with new stories and updates.
  • Read stories from Baseball’s Greatest Comeback Games: In 2021, SABR published Baseball’s Greatest Comeback Games, edited by Bill Nowlin, a mathematical ranking of the most unlikely wins in baseball history since 1901. All of the game stories from Baseball’s Greatest Comeback Games can now be found online at the SABR Games Project. To download the e-book or purchase the paperback edition of Baseball’s Greatest Comeback Games, click here.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Jeff Pearlman

SABRcast #189: Jeff PearlmanBaseball 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 #189 on Monday, November 21 featured Jeff Pearlman, the New York Times best-selling author of ten books, including most recently The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson. His other baseball books include The Bad Guys Won! on the 1986 New York Mets, The Rocket That Fell to Earth on Roger Clemens, and Love Me, Hate Me on Barry Bonds. He is the host of the Two Writers Slinging Yang podcast and blogs regularly at

Visit 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

Listen to archives of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroDuring the MLB offseason, you can listen to archives of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio app.

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM focuses on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today. It airs weekly throughout the year on MLB Network Radio, available to subscribers nationwide on XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209, and on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.

Call for SABR award nominations

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.

SABR 50 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the Board of Directors meetings, including the Annual Business Meeting, at SABR 50 in Baltimore on August 17-21, 2022, have now been posted on the SABR website.

You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by clicking on the link below:

Or you can go to the Members’ Info page and click on “Org. files”, then “Board Minutes” to view the minutes.

ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

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

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

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
Caleb Angell Washington, DC     Scott Hickey Pearland, TX
Clive Brewer Scottsdale, AZ     James Naito Olympia, WA
Jon Brewton Willoughby, AUS     Mike Rosenwald Olney, MD
Denis Conroy Northport, NY     K. Michael Warner Lawrence, KS
Jonathan Craveiro Berwyn, IL        

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Click here to learn more about our newest research committee
  • Deadball Era: Please give a warm welcome to Donald Jensen as the new editor of The Inside Game newsletter. Don takes over for Bill Lamb, who is retiring after 10 years in that role. If you are interested in contributing to the newsletter, please email Don with your ideas. Click here to read past issues of the Deadball Era Committee newsletter.

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:

Click here for more information on SABR regional chapters. Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web

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

Please note: Some articles may require a separate subscription to view online. SABR does not endorse, and is not responsible or liable for, any content that appears on a third-party website.

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Originally published: November 23, 2022. Last Updated: November 23, 2022.