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 26-27. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of November 25, 2020:
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Visit SABR.org/goodbye-2020 to learn more about registering for someone else and how to keep your gift a surprise.
Early registration is now open for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over four days in online sessions from March 11-14, 2021. 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!
The Virtual Analytics Conference schedule will consist 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.
Programming will run on Thursday and Friday evening from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Eastern, all day Saturday from 12:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern, and Sunday afternoon from 1:00-5:00 p.m. EDT.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2021 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). Students should email Scott Carter with a photo of their student ID to receive the discounted registration link.
- Research Presentations: Present your baseball research at the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Deadline: November 25, 2020.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. Deadline: December 31, 2020.
- Research Awards: We’re seeking nominations for the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards. Deadline: December 31, 2020.
Stay tuned for more details on guest speakers, panelists, and presenters! 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please clearly indicate whether you are submitting for the general track or for the student track of presentations.
The submission deadline for all 2021 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST tonight — Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
With the holiday season upon us and our Golden Anniversary around the corner, we want to thank you for your continuing support of SABR. Gifts from members like you make it possible to sustain and grow SABR into the future.
Thanks to one generous member, you have the opportunity to DOUBLE the impact of your donation on Giving Tuesday next week on December 1, 2020. SABR Director Bill Nowlin will match all donations made on December 1 up to a grand total of $5,000.
“For the past 25 years, I have enjoyed attending SABR meetings — in the USA and around the globe — and collaborating on any number of projects with so many talented baseball enthusiasts. SABR is a wonderful community. I hope you will help SABR build for the future by joining me in SABR’s Golden Lineup by making a contribution on Giving Tuesday.” – Bill Nowlin
All donors joining SABR’s Golden Lineup with a $100 gift or more will receive a copy of From Rube to Robinson, our anthology of research celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Negro Leagues. Donors supporting SABR with a gift of $500 or more will also receive a miniature Rawlings Gold Glove Award replica and be entered to win the SABR Golden Ticket. The winner of the SABR Golden Ticket will receive:
- Lifetime membership to SABR
- All expenses paid to a SABR conference of their choice
- Attend the 2021 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Banquet in New York City
And remember, your gift will go twice as far on December 1 — as all donations made on Giving Tuesday will be matched by Bill Nowlin, up to a grand total of $5,000.
To learn more, or to join SABR’s Golden Lineup, visit SABR.org/donate/2020.
The 2021 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition will be held online from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 12, 2021, as part of the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.
- Register: Click here to register your team for the 2021 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition. Registration is $995 per team, which includes admission to all SABR Virtual Analytics Conference sessions and a one-year SABR membership for each participants. Please include your school name, along with names and contact information for up to 5 participants.
- Questions: Please contact Vince Gennaro with any questions about participating.
In the Diamond Dollars Virtual 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.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/case to learn more.
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to eight scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference on March 11-14, 2021. This scholarship will pay for all registration fees and expenses associated with the conference.
- Download an application form: Click here to apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference
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 Virtual 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.
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.
This week, we heard from Colorado Rockies Assistant General Manager Zack Rosenthal, Milwaukee Brewers Vice President of Minor League Operations Tom Flanagan, and authors Mike Vance and C. Paul Rogers III.
Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:
- November 28: Quebec Chapter meeting with Daniel Papillon (1:00 p.m. EST)
- November 30: Gardner-Waterman (Vermont) Chapter meeting (7:30 p.m. EST)
- November 30: Elysian Fields (N.J.) Chapter meeting with Deesha Thosar, Elizabeth Muratore, and Linda Surovich (9:00 p.m. EST)
- December 1: IBWAA: Now Batting with Gabrielle Starr (8:00 p.m. EST)
- December 2: Negro Leagues Centennial Panel with Leslie Heaphy, Ray Doswell, and more (3:30 p.m. PST)
- December 2: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Sean Gibson (7:00 p.m. EST)
- December 3: Boston Chapter meeting with Bill Nowlin, Andy Sharp, and Tony Valley (8:00 p.m. EST)
- December 5: Northwest Ohio Chapter meeting (9:00 a.m. EST)
- December 5: Allan Roth Chapter meeting with Marshall Garvey and Bill Nowlin (10:00 a.m. PST)
- December 5: Harriet Kimbro Hamilton virtual book launch party (4:30 p.m. EST)
Find more upcoming virtual meetings on our SABR Events Calendar page.
Click here to view replays of any SABR virtual event in 2020.
The full 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was released last week, and you can find all published SABR biographies of 2021 HOF candidates at the SABR BioProject. Visit the link below to read bios on Hall of Fame candidates Barry Bonds, Todd Helton, Scott Rolen, Omar Vizquel, and more:
As part of our BioProject Hall of Fame Ballot initiative, we are still seeking authors for all of the first-time players on this year’s ballot, including Mark Buehrle, Tim Hudson, Aramis Ramírez, Shane Victorino, and Barry Zito. Ideally, we would like to have the bios written, edited, and fact-checked by January 2021 so we can post them on the BioProject website and on social media before the election announcements. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in writing about one of these players.
Find more SABR biographies at SABR.org/BioProject.
The SABR office, housed at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, has been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Staff members will work remotely until it is advisable to resume normal operations on-site.
Please contact a member of the SABR staff by email or phone with any questions.
Episode #87 on Monday, November 23 featured Daniel Okrent, award-winning author of six books, including Nine Innings: The Anatomy of a Baseball Game and most recently The Guarded Gate. He was a featured guest on Ken Burns’s Baseball documentary series and he devised the Rotisserie scoring system for the first fantasy baseball league in 1980. He served as the corporate editor-at-large at Time Inc., and was the first public editor of the New York Times.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
Eight new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Kid Carsey, by Stephen V. Rice
- Wilbur Good, by Chris Rainey
- Bobby Keefe, by Bill Lamb
- Dan Morogiello, by Malcolm Allen
- Joe Nealon, by Bill Lamb
- Ted Sizemore, by Donna L. Halper
- Bill Steele, by Gregory H. Wolf
- Bill Thomas, by Bill Lamb
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
- Sign up to view Trello submission pipeline: Chief Editor Rory Costello has made the BioProject submission pipeline visible to project contributors using the signboard app Trello. If you would like to see the pipeline — to know where your story stands in the review process or how many articles we have in the system — e-mail Rory for an invitation to become an observer.
In 2019, The Base Ball Palace of the World: Comiskey Park, edited by Gregory H. Wolf and published in the SABR Digital Library, told the story of the most memorable games played at the intersection of 35th and Shields in Chicago, home of the White Sox from 1910 to 1990.
Among the gems presented in this book were Big Ed Walsh’s no-hitter in 1911, several Negro League contests including the 1933 East-West All-Star Game, the 1919 and 1959 World Series, Disco Demolition Night, the 1933 and 1983 MLB All-Star Games, and many more.
To download the e-book edition of The Base Ball Palace of the World for free or get 50% off the paperback edition, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
Nine new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- July 1, 1917: Reds’ Fred Toney goes the distance twice in one day, by Gregory H. Wolf
- August 5, 1927: Cy Williams, NL’s career home run leader, hits for the cycle, by Mike Huber
- June 25, 1957: George ‘Babe’ Ruth wins minor-league game with homer, by Kurt Blumenau
- July 30, 1964: Snakebitten Dick Voss puts it all together for minor-league one-hitter, by Kurt Blumenau
- August 16, 1970: Bat Day crowd brings the original Bernie Brewer down in Milwaukee, by Jim Nitz
- October 24, 2007: Rockies’ juggernaut hits a roadblock in Boston for Game 1, by Bill Nowlin
- October 25, 2007: Curt Schilling’s final game gives Red Sox a triumph in Game 2, by Bill Nowlin
- October 27, 2007: Boston’s bats push Rockies to the brink in Game 3, by Bill Nowlin
- October 28, 2007: Red Sox complete sweep of Rockies to win World Series, by Bill Nowlin
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: 12/31/2020)
- SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards (baseball analytics research; deadline: 12/31/2020)
- Larry Ritter Book Award (Deadball Era books; deadline: 12/31/2020)
- Ron Gabriel Award (Brooklyn Dodgers research; deadline: 12/31/2020)
- Russell Gabay Award (New Jersey baseball; deadline: 12/31/2020)
- SABR Baseball Research Award (outstanding research articles/projects: deadline: 1/31/2021)
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award (best history/biography articles; deadline: 2/15/2021)
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.
Minutes from the Board of Directors conference call on October 26, 2020, have now been posted on the SABR website. You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by going to the page below:
Or you can go to the Members’ Info page and click on “Org. files”, then “Board Minutes” to view the minutes.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- SABR unveils 50th Anniversary logo for 2021
- SABR 50 at 50: Off-Field Figures
- Alex Gordon, Nolan Arenado win 2020 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- Watch highlights from SABR Century Committee panel on 1920 World Series
- Save the date: Celebrate SABR Day on January 30, 2021!
- SABR welcomes new Canadian chapter in Ottawa
- Watch highlights from SABR 50 at 50 panel discussion with the Pandemic Baseball Book Club
- The SABR Bookshelf: Fall 2020
- Watch more highlights from the 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
- SABR Digital Library: Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games
- Download your free copy of Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts, Volume 2
- Read articles from The National Pastime: A Bird’s Eye View of Baltimore
- Take a tour of the newly redesigned SABR.org website
- 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: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
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Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Negro Leagues: December 2020 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Boston Chapter: Read a new “Dispatches From the Mudville Bureau,” by Joanne Hulbert (Boston, MA)
- Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter: November/December 2020 newsletter (Chicago, IL)
- Ottawa Chapter: SABR welcomes new international chapter in Canada (Ottawa, ON)
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter: Jim Kenton receives Hornsby Chapter’s lifetime achievement award for BasebALZ program (Austin, TX)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Scroll up to the top of this newsletter to learn more about the upcoming virtual events on the SABR calendar.
- We strongly recommend that all SABR chapters follow CDC public health guidelines and your local/state government regulations when scheduling any in-person meetings and events.
Find details on all upcoming meetings on our SABR Events Calendar page.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- John Thorn: 2020 in 20–20. A singular season in hindsight (Our Game)
- Kevin Baxter: A push to recognize the statistics of Black players from baseball’s era of apartheid (Los Angeles Times)
- J.J. Cooper: MLB Nears Decision On 120 Full-Season Minor League Clubs For 2021 (Baseball America)
- Alex Coffey: Billy Beane’s impact on the A’s and the culture he would leave behind (The Athletic)
- Rob Arthur: A Three-Step Plan to Fix Baseball’s Aesthetics (Baseball Prospectus)
- Marc Carig: I’m the father of an Asian American girl. Kim Ng’s rise is a big deal. (The Athletic)
- Jen Mac Ramos: For MLB, Kim Ng’s Hire Must Be a Beginning, Not an End (Baseball Prospectus)
- Emma Baccellieri: Baseball’s Last Turkey (Tyson) (Yahoo! Sports)
- Jay Jaffe: JAWS and the 2021 Hall of Fame Ballot: Todd Helton (FanGraphs)
- Paul Sullivan: Allen recalls his time on the South Side fondly: ‘I’ve never been treated any better.’ (Chicago Tribune)
- Erica Block: MLB’s “Field of Dreams” game won’t appeal to larger baseball audience (Pinstripe Alley)
- Rob Mains: Facing a Lineup of 2020 Trouts (Baseball Prospectus)
- David Laurila: Brian Vikander Likens Greg Maddux and Jered Weaver to Boris Spassky (FanGraphs)
- Mark Simon: Who Are The Most Worthy Candidates for the Baseball Hall of Fame? (ACTA Sports)
- Brandon Berg: Niese’s latest book chronicles the life, career of National Baseball Hall of Famer Wheat (Chippewa Herald)
- Jeff Katz: Milk Carton Kids (And Sparky Anderson) (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jason Schwartz: Overanalyzing 1933 Goudey, part four (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- John Racanelli: 1987 Fleer Joe Sambito: A Modern Mystery (Solved) (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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Originally published: November 25, 2020. Last Updated: November 25, 2020.