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This Week in SABR: October 1, 2021

This Week in SABR: October 1, 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 October 1, 2021:


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

Bring It Home in 2021!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.


11 new interviews posted online in expanded SABR Oral History Collection

New SABR Oral History interviews: October 1, 2021Last week, we launched the newly expanded SABR Oral History Collection online at sabr.org/oralhistory, where you can find audio interviews with some of the most interesting figures in baseball history.

Here are the new oral history interviews added to our collection this week:

The SABR Oral History Collection now includes more than 650 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. These interviews, some of which date back nearly 60 years, were conducted by members of SABR’s Oral History Research Committee; many of these recordings were digitized through a collaboration with the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library.

You can now find links to most SABR Oral History interviews on each player’s page at the SABR BioProject and also by searching the Research Collection.

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. Many SABR members use Oral History interviews as a launching point to write that person’s biography for the SABR BioProject.


Register now 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.


Call for papers: 2022 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

2022 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceIn 2022, SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee will host the SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held on June 2-4, 2022, in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to two days of research presentations and player/author panels, attendees will also enjoy special presentations about local black baseball and a baseball game with the Birmingham Barons.

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields. Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the Negro League centennial, black baseball in Birmingham, or other related topics, especially the Negro Southern League. Some possibilities include: Rube Foster; the 1920 season; the formation of the NSL, the formation of the NNL, the original eight teams, and so much more.

Please email your proposal as a Word attachment to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu before March 1, 2022.

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


SABR Digital Library: When the Monarchs Reigned: Kansas City’s 1942 Negro League Champions

When the Monarchs Reigned: Kansas City's 1942 Negro League Champions Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill NowlinAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

When the Monarchs Reigned: Kansas City’s 1942 Negro League Champions
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5952-3, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5953-0, $29.95
8.5″ x 11″, 268 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.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

SABR Chicago chapter meeting: Jack Bales and Dan TaylorSABR 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 Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting from 2:00-4:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday, October 2. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Jack Bales will discuss his recent publication, The Chicago Cub Shot For Love: A Showgirl’s Crime of Passion and the 1932 World Series, and Dan Taylor will discuss his new book, Lights, Camera, Fastball: How the Hollywood Stars Changed Baseball. Click here to register in advance for this Zoom meeting.
  • Video Replays: 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:

  • October 2: Talkin’ Baseball: Luke Epplin (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • October 2: Emil Rothe Chicago (IL) Chapter meeting with Jack Bales and Dan Taylor (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • October 3: Connie Mack-Dick Allen (PA) Chapter meeting with Rich Westcott (2:00 p.m. EDT)
  • October 4: Northwest Ohio Chapter book club meeting (6:00 p.m. EDT)
  • October 5: Baseball Think Factory meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • October 6: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Ted Knorr (7:00 p.m. EDT)

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

  • October 2: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Roseville, MN)
  • October 2: Dusty Baker-Sacramento Chapter meeting (Sacramento, CA)
  • October 2: Hank Gowdy Chapter meeting (Columbus, OH)
  • October 3: Field of Dreams Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Des Moines, IA)
  • October 6: North Florida/Buck O’Neil Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
  • October 9: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter meeting (Middletown, CT)
  • October 9: Forbes Field Chapter meeting (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • October 10: Paul Semendinger book launch (Little Falls, NJ)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Joe Posnanski

SABRcast #130: Joe PosnanskiBaseball 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 #130 on Monday, September 27 featured Joe Posnanski, author of The Baseball 100, on the greatest baseball players in history, a series originally published at The Athletic. He is also the host of The Poscast podcast with TV writer Michael Schur. He has been named national sportswriter of the year by five different organizations and has won two Emmys as part of NBC’s digital Olympics coverage. He is the author of six books, including The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America and The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series: The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds. He was a guest for SABRcast Episode #42 in January 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.


3 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Elmer Singleton (TRADING CARD DB)Three 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


SABR Century: 1921 pennant races come down to the wire

Waite Hoyt (TRADING CARD DB)The American League and National League pennant races took shape early in 1921: parallel two-team chases between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians in the AL and New York Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL, with the top spots changing hands several times between May and September.

On September 26, 1921, the final Monday of the regular season, both races reached flashpoints. At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees outlasted the Indians 8-7 in a thriller so resonant that the legendary Fred Lieb, writing for Baseball Research Journal more than a half-century later, identified it as one of baseball’s greatest games.

In St. Louis, the Giants’ Art Nehf earned his 20th win in a 4-1 victory over the Cardinals. The Yankees’ win gave them a two-game lead over the defending champion Indians and set them up to clinch their first-ever pennant days later. The Giants’ triumph reduced their magic number to one. The stage was set for the all-New York World Series that capped baseball’s historic 1921 campaign.

The SABR Baseball Games Project, in support of SABR’s Century Committee’s celebration of the centennial of the 1921 baseball season, commemorates the 100th anniversary of these pivotal games with new articles by SABR members John Fredland on the Yankees’ win over the Indians and Bob Whelan on the Giants’ win over the Cardinals.

Follow the Games Project and Century Committee throughout 2021 for coverage of the 1921 season. The Games Project has recently published 21 new articles on historically significant games from September 1921.

Highlights of September 1921 include Babe Ruth breaking his own single-season home-run record; Phil Cockrell of Hilldale no-hitting a Negro National League club; Walter Johnson foreshadowing his mid-1920s resurgence; Yankee stretch-drive stumbles involving a blown lead and a gem by a once-and-future teammate; pitching endurance by Eppa Rixey and Dixie Davis; an extra-base-hitting spree by Elmer Smith; minor-league action from South Dakota; and a postgame fight between two future Hall of Famers.

— John Fredland


13 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Willie Mays (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)Thirteen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. 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 a new episode of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroBehind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back. Listen to new episodes at 8:00-9:00 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.


In Memoriam: David Paulson

  • David Paulson, 2011 (BALTIMORE SUN)David D. Paulson, 89, of Columbia, Maryland, a SABR member since 1983, died on September 23, 2021. He was the longtime chair of SABR’s Oral History Committee and treasurer of the Bob Davids Chapter in Washington, DC, for many years. He conducted more than 75 interviews for the Oral History Committee — of baseball figures from Tommy Henrich to Roland Hemond to Elden Auker to Sam Lacy — and was a regular attendee of SABR’s Annual Convention for the past quarter-century. Since the early 2000s, he organized and hosted a monthly Talkin’ Baseball event with baseball authors. And after waiting for more than eight decades, he finally saw his beloved Washington Nationals win a World Series in 2019. A graveside funeral was held on September 26 at George Washington/Mt. Lebanon Cemeteries in Adelphi, Maryland, followed by Shiva services with family and friends.

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
James Burbridge Reading, MA     Ronald Shively Hercules, CA
Bernie Casey Narragansett, RI     Paul Soltysiak Grand Rapids, MI
Kenneth Riddle Portland, OR     Randy Wooden Winston Salem, NC
Al Riess Buffalo, NY     Christopher Zahay Bloomsburg, PA
Robert Sandewicz Monroe Twp., NJ        

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: October 1, 2021. Last Updated: October 1, 2021.

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