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This Week in SABR: November 3, 2023

This Week in SABR: November 3, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, November 3, 2023.
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Top Headlines

Read articles from new Baseball Research Journal
Full collection of Rucker Archive images now online
Present your research at the 2024 SABR Analytics Conference
Watch: 2023 Rawlings Gold Glove Award ceremony on Sunday
Call for papers: 2024 The National Pastime
Apply now for the 2024 Sarah Langs Women in Baseball Analytics Scholarship

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

Fall 2023 Baseball Research Journal

Fall 2023 Baseball Research Journal is on its way!

Good news! The Fall 2023 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members. This issue includes a special illustrated cover of Ty Cobb 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 Wednesday, November 1.

We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2023 Baseball Research Journal!

SABR-Rucker Archive (clockwise from top-left): Stan Musial and Gil Hodges, two Japanese players, Josh Gibson, a Cuban baseball team

Find complete collection of SABR-Rucker Archive baseball images online

The complete collection of rare baseball images from the SABR-Rucker Archive is now available online at The Rucker Archive is one of the most extensive collections of baseball imagery in North America, covering the roots of baseball in the 19th century up to current major league teams and players.

Recently uploaded images — which were donated by longtime SABR member and photo archivist Mark Rucker — include rare photos of early baseball in Cuba and Japan; vintage 19th century trading cards; Baseball Magazine cover images; along with photos from World Series and All-Star Games, the Negro Leagues, and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

The first 40,000 Rucker Archive images were uploaded to earlier this year. This latest import marks the final batch of original images from the collection.

Click here to read the full announcement at

2024 SABR Analytics Conference

Research presentation abstracts now accepted for 2024 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

Watch: 2023 Rawlings Gold Glove Award ceremony on Sunday night

For the eleventh consecutive season, the SABR Defensive Index (SDI) will be used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, presented by SABR. The winners will be unveiled during a one-hour, special-edition ESPN Baseball Tonight broadcast at 7:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 5.

Following the show, voting will begin online for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, presented by SABR. A combination of the SABR Defensive Index and the national fan vote will determine who takes home the honor in each League. The final SABR Defensive Index rankings will be released at on November 5, immediately following the ESPN broadcast. The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners will be unveiled at the Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony on Friday, November 10 in New York. 

Click here to read the full announcement at


 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

Bring It Home for SABR in 2023!

Help us Bring it Home in 2023 and build a stronger future for SABR!

Much like circling the baseball diamond, SABR rounds the bases every year through guiding principles of research, participation, and community. At first base is the fundamental component of our mission: research. At second base is participation, through which we produce wonderful baseball research and programming that reaches people everywhere. We round third at community, as we strive towards our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball. Gifts from members like you will now help SABR BRING IT HOME, making 2023 a historic success while building for a bright future.

You can support SABR’s end of year Bring it Home Campaign by making a gift of $150 or more by December 31, 2023. 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 as SABR expands research, creates more pathways to participation, and builds a stronger baseball community.

Visit to learn more.

Sarah Langs

Apply now for the 2024 Sarah Langs Women in Baseball Analytics Scholarship

Named in honor of baseball researcher, analyst, and SABR member Sarah Langs, SABR is thrilled to introduce the Sarah Langs Women in Baseball Analytics Scholarship. Awarded annually to two recipients, the scholarship will provide meaningful professional development and networking opportunities for female identifying students or young professionals pursuing a career in baseball analytics and data science. Recipients will receive:

  • Registration for the SABR Analytics Conference, baseball’s premier analytics symposium, including hotel accommodations and travel stipend
  • Registration for all courses in the SABR Analytics Certification program, an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics
  • One-year SABR membership, which includes access to quarterly SABR Scholar Session virtual networking events

Click here to download an application form or learn more at

2024 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

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

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

Member Benefit Spotlight: Updating Your Profile

If there have been any changes to your contact information this year, it’s easy to make those updates on your SABR profile. Keeping your profile information up to date ensures that other SABR members are able to contact you through directory searches.

Click here to read this month’s Member Benefit Spotlight, and watch a short video on how to update your membership profile and help make the best use of the SABR membership directory.

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.

September 7 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the Board of Directors conference call on September 7, 2023, have now been posted on the SABR website.

Click here to view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #238: Chris Lamb

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 #238 on Monday, October 30 featured Chris Lamb, a historian, lecturer, satirist, and columnist, and the author of 12 books, including Stolen Dreams: The Cannon Street Little League All-Stars. 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: Jerry Remy, Luis Gonzalez, Hisashi Iwakuma

7 new bios published at the SABR Biography Project

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

7 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

Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1907-1958 (Volume 1)

Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1907-1958
Edited by Robert K. Fitts, Bill Nowlin, James Forr

Check out new essays on early US baseball tours of Japan in the SABR Research Collection and stay tuned for Volume 2 of this series, on post-1958 tours, coming soon! Visit to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback edition of all Digital Library books.

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.

James Aird Claremont, NH     Dylan Lynch Virginia Beach, VA
Franklin Billingslea Tallahassee, FL     Lee Mason Fort Worth, TX
Anthony Caterina Staten Island, NY     Connor Mitchell Ithaca, NY
Nicholas DeWitt Oakmont, PA     Arthur Ramos Jr. Middletown, NY
Graham Farley New Orleans, LA     Dan Vogan Ballwin, MO
Jonathan Hall Birmingham, AL     Greg Wells Wyomissing, PA
Davis Hebert Charlotte, NC     Robert Whitmore Metuchen, NJ
Dean Holmes Arlington, TX     Day Yi Forest Hills, NY
Henry Koretzky Harrisburg, PA        

Friends of SABR

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of October 2023:

Chris Ãngel   William Macht
Ben Abel   Peter Mancuso
Harry Adamo   Peter Marcus
Tony Adams   Richard Masson
Mark Anderson   Mike McCann
Kirk Arnott   Bruce McClure
Lawrence Baldassaro   Thomas McGrath
Ed Baranoski   Jeff Meder
Ed Barbini   Stephen Milman
John Bauer   Tracy Mohr
Jake Bell   Paulette Morant
Trent Bennett   Mark Morowczynski
Tom Best   Alan Morris
Kurt Blumenau   Tad Myre
David Bohmer   Linda Nichols
Phillip Bolda   Bill Nowlin
Thomas Bradley   Jon Ohman
D. Bruce Brown   Tim Otto
Bob Brown   James Overmyer
Karen Brown   Prisco Panza
Patrick Brown   Virgilio Partida
Ralph Caola   Greg Petty
Ken Carrano   Paul Plaine
Dennis Christensen   Mark Pollak
Dale Christenson   Frank Prusik
Irwin Chusid   John Putnam
Karl Cicitto   John Rall
Phil Coffin   Patrick Ray
Vincent Comparato   Alan Raylesberg
Peter Cottrell   Amar Rehal
Jim Cox   John Rosenfelder
Richard Cramer   Michael Rosenwasser
Keith Crook   Harry Rothgerber
Dennis Degenhardt   Charles Roussel
Lewis Edgers   Larry Rowe
Helen Edwards   Bob Russon
Ron Elliott   William Ryczek
Steven Elsberry   Neal Sarswat
Jonathan Epstein   Matthew Schaedler
Daniel Evans   Jason Scheller
Steven Finkelstein   Steven Schmitt
David Firstman   Douglas Schoppert
Adam Foldes   Jeff Self
Roy Gedat   Tom Shaer
Jeremy Gibbs   Andrew Sharp
Robert Godwin   Mary Shea
Don Gomes   Rob Sheinkopf
Dave Gumbley   Robert Shelton
Jack Gumbrecht   Linda Skory
Robert Hagerman   Richard Smiley
Tom Hall   Janet Marie Smith
Emily Hawks   David Smith
Leslie Heaphy   Hal Smith, Jr
Tim Herlich   Mike Sparks
Aaron Hill   W.B. Steverson
Brenda Himrich   Tom Stone
Rockwell Hoffman   Wesley Story
Karen Holleran   Joseph Thompson
Mark Hoose   Don Thompson
David Hughes   Stew Thornley
Martin Jatlow   Richard B Tourangeau
Donald Jensen   Neal Traven
Dave Jerome   Thomas Van Wazer
Steve Klugman   David Vaught
Bill Lamb   Robert Wakefield
Steven Landau   Thomas Watson
William Larson   Mike Webber
Thomas Lee   Steve West
Joe Leisek   Robert Whelan
Michael Levine   Kat Williams
Henry Levy   Beach Wires
Walter Long   Jeffrey Wood
Joseph Luchok   Alan Zimmer
Melissa Ludtke   Don Zminda
Susan Lundstrom    

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SABR Events Calendar

SABR's South Florida Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 7:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 7, 2023. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Please contact Noah Warren for the Zoom link. Our guest speaker is Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • November 4: Ted Williams (CA) Chapter meeting with John Racanelli (10:00 a.m. PDT)
  • November 4: Rice-Russell Nashville (TN) Chapter meeting with Jamison Pack (10:00 a.m. CDT)
  • November 6: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Cassidy Lent (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 6: Northern New England (NH) Chapter meeting with Bob Busser (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 6: Central Illinois Chapter meeting with Robert Sampson (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • November 7: South Florida Chapter meeting with Mark Simon (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 8: 19th Century Baseball Book Club (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 8: Central Florida Chapter meeting (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 8: Central Illinois Chapter book club (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • November 11: Talkin’ Baseball: Zak Ford (9:00 a.m. EST)
  • November 11: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting with Zak Ford (1:00 p.m. EST)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • November 4: Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter meeting (Las Vegas, NV)
  • November 4-5: 2023 Canadian Baseball History Conference (Toronto, ON)
  • November 11: Dayton Chapter meeting (Dayton, OH)
  • November 11: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • November 11: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)

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.

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Originally published: November 3, 2023. Last Updated: November 3, 2023.