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This Week in SABR: October 14, 2022

This Week in SABR: October 14, 2022

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 14, 2022:

Join us on October 23 for Kelly Field historical marker dedication ceremony

Jackie Robinson rounding third base during spring training, April 20, 1946. (Ronny Jacques/Library and Archives Canada)With the support of the City of Daytona Beach and the Volusia County-Daytona Beach Branch of the NAACP, SABR’s Central Florida Chapter will install a commemorative marker at the site of Kelly Field, where Jackie Robinson and John Wright integrated spring training with the Montreal Royals in 1946, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Thanks to a Local Grant from SABR, the plaque will be unveiled for the first time as part of a ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at the Midtown Cultural Center, 925 George W. Engram Blvd. in Daytona Beach.

All baseball fans are invited to attend. There will be some great presentations and SABR CEO Scott Bush will join us.

For more information about the historical marker, contact Jim Bard.

In Memoriam: Bruce Sutter

Bruce Sutter (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Without the split-finger fastball, Bruce Sutter once said, “I would have been, at best, a Double-A player. If they told me it would hurt my arm if I threw it, I’d do it all over again.”

Sutter rode his signature pitch to a celebrated career as a closer with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Atlanta Braves, winning the 1979 National League Cy Young Award, throwing the final pitch of the 1982 World Series, and recording 300 saves over 12 seasons.

A pioneer reliever during the “fireman” era of bullpens, Sutter, who died at the age of 69 on Thursday, October 13, became the first pitcher elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame who never made a single start in the major leagues.

Click here to read the full article at

Register now for 2022 SABR Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium

1882 Providence Grays. Back: Paul Hines, Jerry Denny, Hoss Radbourn, Jack Farrell. Middle: Tom York, Joe Start, Harry Wright, George Wright, John Ward. Front: Charlie Reilley, Sandy Nava, Barney Gilligan.SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee, Lajoie-Start Chapter, and the Rhode Island College’s Department of History present the Southern New England 19cBB Interdisciplinary Symposium, which will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022, in Providence, Rhode Island.

The event will be held at Rhode Island College’s John Lincoln Alger Hall, 600 Library Road, Providence, RI 02908.

The symposium will be highlighted by a welcome address from author Ed Achorn (Fifty-Nine in ’84), 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.

The 2022 Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will be the sixth in our city-specific series. Previous symposiums were held in New York City (2014), Philadelphia (2016), Cleveland (2018), Minneapolis (2019), and Brooklyn (2021).

Early registration open for 2023 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix

2023 SABR Analytics ConferenceEarly 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.

Submit your presentation abstract for 2023 SABR Analytics Conference

SABR 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 November 23, 2022.

Click here to read the full announcement at

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

Help us Bring it Home and make 2022 a historic success for SABR!

Bring it Home for SABR in 2022!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.

You can support SABR’s end of year Bring it Home Campaign by making a gift of $150 or more by December 31, 2022. 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.

SABR Digital Library: ¡Arriba! The Heroic Life of Roberto Clemente

¡Arriba! The Heroic Life of Roberto Clemente, edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen SparksOn September 30, 1972, Roberto Clemente reached the 3,000-hit milestone with his final career hit for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Thanks to a Local Grant from SABR, the Forbes Field Chapter is also working to install commemorative markers at the site of old Three Rivers Stadium.

We hope you enjoy this new book on “The Great One” from the SABR Digital Library:

¡Arriba! The Heroic Life of Roberto Clemente
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks

Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-87-5, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-88-2, $34.95
8.5″ x 11″, 338 pages

Click here to find the 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.

  • Note for Kindle users: Beginning in August 2022, Amazon will no longer allow Kindle users to send new MOBI files to their Kindle library. EPUB files are now a compatible format for your Kindle library. Click here to learn more.

Watch: Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and umpire Perry Barber

Perry BarberJoin us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.

On Thursday, October 6, we heard from Perry Barber, a longtime professional umpire, author, and promoter of women in baseball. She was the inaugural winner of the SABR Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and was recently inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame. She has umpired at all levels of the game, including Major League Baseball’s spring training and around the world to places such as Japan, Guam, Hong Kong, and the Caribbean. She is also a Jeopardy! champion, accomplished musician, and author.

Visit to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.

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.

Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

1947 Cleveland Buckeyes (SABR-Rucker Archive)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 Jack Graney Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 20. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Click here to register in advance for this Zoom meeting. Join us to re-live and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Cleveland Buckeyes’ second Negro American League pennant and the 1947 Negro League World Series when they played the New York Cubans. This informative presentation will be given by Dominick Denaro, author of A Centennial Field Scrapbook and co-author of the Eastern Colored League APBA card set and accompanying monograph. This meeting will be moderated by SABR member and Black baseball expert Ike Brooks.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from Gary Gillette (“True Triple Crowns of the 19th Century”) and Doug Feldmann (The Dean of Clinton County). Click here to view 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 15: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter meeting with Marc Bona (10:00 a.m. EDT)
  • October 16: Hanlan’s Point (ON) Chapter meeting with 1992 Blue Jays book authors (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • October 17: Bob Broeg St. Louis (MO) Chapter meeting (6:30 p.m. CDT)
  • October 17: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • October 17: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with Dan Taylor (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • October 19: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Maxwell Kates (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • October 19: New Member Experience meeting with Jessica Smyth (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • October 20: Jack Graney Cleveland (OH) Chapter meeting with Dominick Denaro (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • October 22: Schott-Pelican (LA) Chapter meeting (10:00 a.m. CDT)
  • October 22: Quebec Chapter meeting with Justin Mckinney (1:00 p.m. EDT)
  • October 22: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting with Cassidy Lent (1:00 p.m. EDT)

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

  • October 15: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • October 18: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
  • October 18: Stephen Katz author event (Ware, MA)
  • October 19: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (Baltimore, MD)
  • October 20: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
  • October 23: Kelly Field dedication ceremony (Daytona Beach, FL)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.

2 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Oscar "Heavy" Johnson (Trading Card DB)Two new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project:

All new biographies can be found here:

8 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Howie Kendrick (Trading Card DB)Eight new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:

In addition, the following stories from SABR’s Baseball’s Greatest Comeback Games (2021), edited by Bill Nowlin, have also been posted online:

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.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Tyler Kepner

SABRcast #183: Tyler KepnerBaseball 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 #183 on Monday, October 10 featured SABR member Tyler Kepner, New York Times national baseball writer and author of The Grandest Stage: A History of the World Series. He is also the author of K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches. He joined the New York Times in 2000, covering the Mets for two seasons, the Yankees for eight, and serving as the national baseball writer since 2010. He was a guest on SABRcast #157 in April 2022.

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 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 at a new time. 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.

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
Bruce Brosch Chesapeake, VA     Eduardo Peynetti Nantes, FRA
Shu Man Chim Brooklyn, NY     JP Plunkett Milton, MA
Kevon Garnett Beachwood, OH     John Schaefer Haymarket, VA
Susan Goldsmith Phoenix, AZ     Mark Schroepfer Hager City, WI
Austin Hogue Redmond, OR     Renee Watters Tallahassee, FL
Quinn Krais Jersey City, NJ     Mackenzie Woods Bayonne, NJ
Tripp Moore Concord, NC        

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

  • Minor Leagues: The deadline for submitting articles for the upcoming Minor League Research Committee book has been extended to March 1, 2023. The book, the first publication by the committee in over 25 years, focuses on the post-war 1946 to 1963 era. We are seeking four more authors for articles on the 1949 Japan tour led by Lefty O’Doul, Emmett Ashford’s 1951 pro debut, Latin-American players in the early 1950s, and the 1959 Junior World Series. If you would like to contribute, please contact George Pawlush.
  • Origins: October 2022 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: October 14, 2022. Last Updated: October 14, 2022.