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This Week in SABR: November 5, 2021

This Week in SABR: November 5, 2021

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of November 5, 2021:


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Early registration now open for 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceEarly registration is now open for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over three days in online sessions from March 18-20, 2022. 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!

Note: Should future conditions allow for a hybrid event, virtual registrations will be applicable toward in-person registration if desired.

The Virtual Analytics Conference schedule consists 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.

Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.


Submit your presentation abstract for 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR and Sports Info Solutions are excited to announce the call for presentations for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held online on March 18-20, 2022.

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: analytics@sportsinfosolutions.com. Please clearly indicate whether you are submitting for the general track or for the student track of presentations.

The submission deadline for all 2022 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST, Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

Click here for more information on the call for papers.


Watch: 2021 Rawlings Gold Glove Award ceremony on Sunday, November 7

SABR Defensive IndexFor the ninth 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 broadcast of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 7.

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 SABR.org/SDI on November 7, immediately following the ESPN broadcast.

Last week, Rawlings announced the finalists for the 2021 Rawlings Gold Glove Award, honoring the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League™ and National League™.

Click here to view the 2021 Gold Glove Award finalists at SABR.org.


Join us Saturday in Chicago for Ed Williamson grave marker dedication ceremony

Ned Williamson (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)The SABR 19th Century Grave Marker Project is excited to announce the dedication of its latest project — a gravestone for 19th-century home run king Ed Williamson. The dedication will take place at 1:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

Edward Nagle “Ned” Williamson was a talented and powerful third baseman during the 1880s for the Chicago White Stockings, now known as the Cubs. In 1884, Williamson slugged a record-setting 27 homers. It was the most home runs ever hit by a National League ballplayer in the 19th century and was the major-league single-season record for 25 years, until Babe Ruth hit 29 homers in 1919.

The 19th Century Grave Marker Project identifies 19th-century baseball notables who either lack a grave marker or whose headstone is in dire disrepair, and then rectify those issues.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


One week left to register for SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium

The virtual SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will take place on November 13-14, 2021.

The two-day online symposium, hosted by the SABR Nineteenth Century Committee, will be devoted to 19th-century baseball as it was played and evolved in Brooklyn.

Guest speakers are expected to include keynote speaker Dr. Thomas J. Campanella, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and City Planning at Cornell University and Historian-in-Residence of the New York City Parks Department; John Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian; a Panel Discussion on “Was Brooklyn the Actual Birthplace of Baseball?” featuring David Dyte, Tom Gilbert and Bill Ryczek; Research Presentations by Ralph Carhart, Brian Sheehy, Tom Gilbert, and Justin Mckinney; and a video tour of Brooklyn’s historic baseball places with Tom Gilbert.

The 2021 Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will be the fifth in our city-specific series. It should be a day of learning and fun, and an opportunity to exchange questions and comments among both presenters and symposium attendees. Previous symposiums were held in New York City (2014), Philadelphia (2016), Cleveland (2018), and Minneapolis (2019).

For more information, contact Peter Mancuso.


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 this month’s 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.


Read SABR biographies of Baseball Hall of Fame’s Early Baseball and Golden Days finalists

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced the 10-person ballots that will be considered by its Early Baseball Era Committee and Golden Days Era Committee for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2022. These Era Committees will both meet on December 5 at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.

Seven Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues legends and three American League/National League stars comprise the 10-name Early Baseball Era ballot, which features candidates whose primary contribution to the game came prior to 1950. The Golden Days Era Committee considers candidates whose primary contribution to the game came from 1950-69.

The Early Baseball Era ballot includes Bill Dahlen, John Donaldson, Bud Fowler, Vic Harris, Grant “Home Run” Johnson, Lefty O’Doul, Buck O’Neil, Dick “Cannonball” Redding, Allie Reynolds, and George “Tubby” Scales.

The Golden Days Era ballot includes Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Roger Maris, Minnie Miñoso, Danny Murtaugh, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, and Maury Wills. Of this group, Kaat, Oliva and Wills are living.

Click on a link below to read SABR biographies for these players.

The results of the Early Baseball Era Committee vote and the Golden Days Era Committee vote will be announced live on MLB Network at 6:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 5.


Watch the 2021 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 16

Watch the 2021 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 16The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s class of 2021, which consists of 16 individuals and one team, will be inducted in a virtual ceremony at 7:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 16.

Along with the induction ceremony, the winners of the 2019 and 2020 Jack Graney Award, handed out annually for media excellence, and the James Tip O’Neill Award, which is presented to the top Canadian player each year, will be honored.

To watch the ceremonies, please click here to register. Registration is free to all baseball fans.

The class of 2021 includes trailblazing players, executives, an umpire and an international championship winning team. Click here to read articles on the new Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame class from the SABR Research Collection.


SABR Digital Library: Baltimore Baseball

Baltimore Baseball, edited by Bill NowlinAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Baltimore Baseball
Edited by Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5954-7, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5955-4, $32.95
8.5″ x 11″, 293 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at SABR.org.

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.


Apply now for a SABR Local Grant in 2022

SABR logoWhile we continue to celebrate SABR’s 50th anniversary this year, we are keeping a keen eye on our organization’s future and have so many exciting projects on deck. Today, we would like to share details of one of the most noteworthy programs on the horizon.

In 2022, we will deliver the SABR Local Grants program. This initiative will provide 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.

The Local Grants program will provide a defined mechanism for the SABR national office to assist regional and group leaders in the pursuit of passion projects. It will also allow us to see our donors’ incredible generosity at work at the local level in addition to general organizational efforts. In total, $10,000 in SABR Local Grants will be awarded in 2022!

All SABR chapters, chartered communities, and research committees are now eligible to apply, until January 30, 2022. 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.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


SABR Digital Library: One-Hit Wonders

One-Hit Wonders, edited by Bill NowlinAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

One-Hit Wonders
Edited by Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5956-1, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5957-8, $32.95
8.5″ x 11″, 339 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at SABR.org.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!


Bring It Home in 2021 and support the future of SABR and baseball research

Bring It Home and support SABR today!SABR’s 50th year has been a historic one. We have commemorated our history and looked forward to our shared vision of the organization’s future. As 2021 comes to a close, we need your support to BRING IT HOME and ensure that vision turns into a reality.

Gifts from members like you are integral to SABR’s existence and we are hopeful you will consider a donation to sustain and grow our wonderful baseball community.

You can support SABR’s Bring it Home Campaign by making a gift of at least $100 by December 31, 2021. We will use your best gift of $100, $300, $500, or $1,000 to boost initiatives in several key areas of SABR’s mission:

  • Research: continued support for groundbreaking baseball-related research, books, articles, and new member resources
  • Scholarship: furthering the reach and impact of SABR’s world-class committees, chapters, and conferences
  • Preservation: committing to preserve, honor, and commemorate baseball history
  • Future of the Game: improving SABR’s ability to engage with a younger and more diverse constituency, including high school and college students, through baseball research

Visit SABR.org/donate/2021 to learn more.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

J’nelle Agee, Kristie Ackert, Luke EpplinSABR 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.

  • Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s Elysian Fields Chapter in Northern New Jersey will have its next Zoom chapter meeting on Monday, November 8 at 6:30-8:00 p.m. EST. Our guest speakers are J’nelle Agee, daughter of Tommie Agee; Kristie Ackert, Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News; and Luke Epplin, author of Our Team. SABR members wishing to RSVP for the Zoom meeting should email david@davidkrell.com for details.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from author Clayton Trutor (Loserville) and Peter Coolbaugh and Chris Chestnut. Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.

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

  • November 6: Talkin’ Baseball: David Gordon (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • November 8: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with J’nelle Agee, Kristie Ackert, and Luke Epplin (6:30 p.m. EST)
  • November 9: SABR 19th Century Speaker Series with Larry Phillips (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 10: Pacific Northwest (WA) Chapter meeting with Ryan Divish (6:00 p.m. PST)
  • November 11: Boston (MA) Chapter meeting with Clayton Trutor (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 13: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting with Jack Bales (1:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 13: SABR Baseball Memories meeting (4:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 13-14: SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Interdisciplinary Symposium

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

  • November 6: Hank Gowdy Columbus Chapter meeting (Columbus, OH)
  • November 6: Allan Roth Chapter meeting (Anaheim Hills, CA)
  • November 6: Ed Williamson Grave Marker Dedication Ceremony (Chicago, IL)
  • November 13: Halsey Hall Chapter fall meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
  • November 13: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter book launch party (Baltimore, MD)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


Friends of SABR: October 2021

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of October 2021:

NAME   NAME
Bruce Adams   Joe Leisek
Mark Armour   Leonard Levin
Alan Augenstein   Michael Levine
Ed Baranoski   Daniel Levitt
John Belknap   Henry Levy
Michael Bender   David Low
Jack Berk   Joseph Luchok
Lowell Blaisdell estate   Mitchell Lutzke
Thomas Blankley   Peter Mancuso
Bob Boehme   David McEllis
Phillip Bolda   Thomas McGrath
Kim Boutelier   Dave McHugh
Steve Braccini   Linda McLeland
Robin Brecker   Roberta Mendonca
James Broman   Marilyn Miller
D. Bruce Brown   Anthony Morante
John Burbridge III   Jim Myers
Wilfred Bussing   Tad Myre
Richard Butler   Bill Nowlin
Ken Carrano   Tim Otto
Scott Carter   James Overmyer
Jeff Carter   Dwight Oxley
Ed Caylor   Laura Peebles
Frank Collins   Gregg Pericich
Vincent Comparato   Victor Piacentile
Jim Cox   Mel Poplock
Carter Cromwell   John Rall
Richard Cuicchi   Patrick Ray
Dennis Degenhardt   CJ Remmel
Armen Derebegian   Carl Rogan
Christopher Donnelly   Michael Rosenwasser
Woody Eckard   Kenneth Ross
Ed Edmonds   Charles Roussel
Helen Edwards   Bob Russon
Steven Elsberry   Ruth Sadler
Jonathan Epstein   Matthew Schaedler
Anthony Escobedo   Jason Scheller
Steven Finkelstein   Douglas Schoppert
David Firstman   Tom Schott
Adam Foldes   Andrew Sharp
Edward Fong   Rob Sheinkopf
Sean Forman   Lynda Singer
Sol Gittleman   Mark Stangl
Mike Haupert   Thomas Stone
Leslie Heaphy   Wesley Story
Tim Herlich   Andrew Strnad
Aaron Hill   Joseph Thompson
Rockwell Hoffman   John Thorn
David Hughes   Stew Thornley
Donald Jensen   Neal Traven
Dave Jerome   Vincent Vaillancourt
Chad Kahl   Debbie Vargas
Harry Keller   Glenn Vasey
Thomas Kern   Steve West
Mary Knox   Neal Wilson
Mark Kolier   Beach Wires
David Krause   Robert Wirz
Thomas Larwin   Jeffrey Wood
Thomas Lee   Don Zminda

Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with Mark Armour

SABRcast #135: Mark ArmourBaseball 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 #135 on Monday, November 1 featured Mark Armour, who is the author of many baseball articles and several books, including most recently In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball (with Dan Levitt) and Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball. In 2002, he spearheaded the formation of SABR’s Baseball Biography Project — which has now contributed more than 5,000 biographical articles and a number of books to the game’s literature — and he served as the BioProject’s director until 2016. He was the recipient of the Bob Davids Award, SABR’s highest individual honor, in 2008, and the Henry Chadwick Award in 2014. He was also the guest for SABRcast Episode #88 in November 2020.

Visit SABR.org/sabrcast 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 SABR.org/sabrcast.


4 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Mike Marshall (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)Four new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject


21 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. (TRADING CARD DB)Twenty-one new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project, including articles from our Digital Library book, Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games. Here are the new game stories:

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.

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

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroDuring the MLB postseason, 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.


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: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.


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 members.sabr.org 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
Paul Bellofiore Trumbull, CT     Robert Pina Sugar Land, TX
James Broman Huntsville, AL     Adam Scardino Tomball, TX
Brett Greenleaf Pittsfield, MA     Adam Thompson S. Williamsport, PA
John Hughes Oakwood, GA     Dennis Tiefenthaler Dewey, AZ
Jaime Leiderman Aventura, FL     Benjamin Trivers Frederick, MD
Chris McCormick Clearwater, FL     Christopher Turrisi Hackettstown, NJ
Matt Petersen Kennett Square, PA        

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.


Regional Chapter news

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

Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.


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.


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 jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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Originally published: November 5, 2021. Last Updated: November 5, 2021.

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