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 15, 2021:
SABR’s Editorial Board welcomes new project proposals from members to be considered for publication through the Digital Library, SABR.org, or any other multimedia formats. We strongly encourage new proposals that have no intention of being published as a book.
- Visit https://bit.ly/sabr-editorial-board-proposals to submit a SABR project proposal online
Proposals will be graded using the following criteria: Significance, Interest, Marketability, Intersectionality, Originality, and Likelihood of Completion.
SABR seeks to publish 2-4 web-based multimedia projects (click here for an example) and 6-8 books per year. Book projects should be of a scope that can fit in a single volume, typically between 100,000 and 200,000 total words.
Deadlines for review are April and October, with a likely publication timeline of about 18-24 months.
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.
- Register: Click here to register online for the symposium.
- Cost: $15 per person.
- Schedule: Click here to download the full schedule (PDF). Online Zoom sessions will be held from 12:00-5:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, November 13, and 12:30-2:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, November 14.
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.
ESPN’s recent documentary series on the 1986 New York Mets, Once Upon a Time in Queens, featured contributions from SABR members Greg Prince and Mark Simon. Members and fans seeking more information and stories on the ’86 Mets and their championship season can find in-depth coverage in SABR’s Research Collection with newly published articles from the BioProject and Games Project.
The BioProject includes comprehensive biographies on all Mets players, coaches, and notable personnel from that season, including Hall of Famer Gary Carter; stars Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, and Darryl Strawberry; key contributors Ron Darling, Jesse Orosco, and Mookie Wilson; along with general manager Frank Cashen and manager Davey Johnson.
SABR Games Project coverage spans the entire regular season, from Gooden’s complete-game win on Opening Day to the final-Sunday shutout for New York’s 108th victory. We follow the Mets’ 11-game April winning streak from beginning to end, including a comeback that foreshadowed October’s late-inning thrills.
May brought a clash with a rising National League West power, and June offers more late-game heroics. Read about the Mets’ brawling side in midseason action with the Dodgers, Braves, and Reds. A wild extra-inning game in Houston and a charity exhibition with the Red Sox preview an exciting postseason. In September, the Mets wrap up their first flag since 1973.
In October, the Mets came through with a pair of last at-bat wins in the National League Championship Series and a game for the ages at the Astrodome that punched their ticket for the World Series. Articles on all seven World Series games are included, including the improbable 10-inning finish of Game Six and Game Seven’s clincher.
SABR’s Digital Library also offers a downloadable book, The 1986 New York Mets: There Was More Than Game Six — all SABR members can download the e-book for free or save 50% off the paperback edition.
— John Fredland
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.
All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a Research Presentation Proposal Abstract on any topic of 19th-century baseball for the 2022 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The 13th annual Ivor-Campbell Conference is scheduled for April 29-30, 2022.
The deadline for proposal Abstracts is October 31, 2021. Your abstract must be between 200-400 words for a 20- to 25-minute presentation. Please include name, title, and contact information and send your proposal as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to Peter Mancuso at email@example.com.
Anyone submitting an abstract will be informed individually by November 30 if their proposed presentation received enough of a collective ranking to be one of the presentations in 2022, and they will have until December 10 to confirm that they will register for the two-day 2022 Ivor-Campbell Conference and present their research topic.
For any questions, please contact Peter Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re seeking nominations for the 2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, which recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year in the following categories:
- Contemporary Baseball Analysis: Honoring the best analysis focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
- Contemporary Baseball Commentary: Honoring the best commentary focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
- Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary: Honoring the best original analysis or commentary focusing on a subject related to a game(s), team(s) or player(s) throughout baseball history.
Please send all nominations via e-mail to this address: email@example.com no later than December 31, 2021. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable).
Add 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
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of When the Monarchs Reigned for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the When the Monarchs Reigned paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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.
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.
- Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s Larry Doby Chapter in South Carolina will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 21. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Our guest speaker is David Bodemer, who will be talking about SABR’s Baseball Memories program. To RSVP for this meeting and get the Zoom details, please contact Tim Deale.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from Michael Haupert on “William Hulbert and the Birth of the National League”; Ted Knorr on “The Negro Leagues as Major Leagues”; and a New Member Experience led by Courtney Baker. 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 16: Pee Wee Reese (KY) Chapter meeting with Roger Snell (10:00 a.m. EDT)
- October 17: Southern Michigan Chapter book club meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 18: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Tony Ciulla, Jessica Kleinschmidt, and Jack Bales (6:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 18: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- October 20: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with Jack Bales (12:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 20: Pop Lloyd (FL) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 21: Larry Doby (SC) Chapter meeting with David Bodemer (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 23: Mathewson-Plank (PA) Chapter meeting (3:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 23: Emil Rothe Chicago (IL) Chapter meeting with Dan Epstein (2:00 p.m. CDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- October 16: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
- October 18: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- October 19: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- October 20: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- October 21: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- October 25: Larry Dierker Chapter meeting (Houston, TX)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Episode #132 on Monday, October 11 featured Joe Sheehan, a founding member of Baseball Prospectus who has been a contributor to The Athletic, FanGraphs, Sports Illustrated, Baseball America, and many other publications. He publishes the popular daily subscription Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter and has written extensively about baseball for the last 25 years. Joe was also a guest for SABRcast #31 in October 2019.
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.
- Harry Chozen, by Norman Macht
- Joel Hanrahan, by David Porter
- Rudy Kling, by Terry Bohn
- Larry Lintz, by Rory Costello
- Roberto Peña, by Malcolm Allen
- Steve Stroughter, by Malcolm Allen
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.
Sixteen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- May 1, 1913: Casey Stengel clouts two inside-the-park homers in first two innings against Braves, by Mike Huber
- October 10, 1921: Cardinals barnstormers blow out St. Louis Giants in exhibition series finale, by Gregory H. Wolf
- August 25, 1979: Angels start pounding on Blue Jays early and never stop, by Bob Timmermann
- July 20, 1986: Astros outlast Mets’ rallies, win in 15 innings on controversial call, by John Fredland
- September 29, 1995: Second straight walk-off win keeps Cubs’ slim wild-card hopes alive, by Jeff Allan Howard
- October 26, 1997: Edgar Renteria’s walk-off single lifts Marlins to World Series championship in Game 7, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- October 3, 2001: Tim Raines, father and son, become second combo as major-league teammates, by Richard Cuicchi
- April 30, 2002: Hell’s Angels: Anaheim blasts 22 hits, 21 runs at Cleveland, by Jeff Kallman
- May 10, 2002: White Socked: Angels win 19-0 over visiting Chicago, by Jeff Kallman
- September 20, 2005: Rockies pound out frustrations in 20-1 victory over Padres, by Bob Brustad (first-time author)
- May 20, 2006: Diamondbacks ride Brandon Webb’s arm and bat to rout over Braves, by Chuck Johnson
- October 2, 2009: Melvin Upton hits for historic cycle as Rays clobber Yankees, by Mike Huber
- July 2, 2016: Angels give Red Sox hell in 21-2 win at Fenway Park, by Herb Wilson
- July 7, 2018: Diamondbacks set franchise scoring record in 20-5 rout of Padres, by Chuck Johnson
- July 11, 2018: Rockies bludgeon Diamondbacks, 19-2, at Coors Field, by Carmen Reale (first-time author)
- October 23, 2018: With the aces out early, bullpens bear a burden as Red Sox win Game 1, 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.
During 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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Watch highlights from the 2021 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
- SABR Games Project reaches milestone with 3,000th published article
- New interviews posted online in expanded SABR Oral History Collection
- Claire Smith selected as 2021 SABR Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award winner
- Check out SABR Century Committee’s new 1921 Year in Review project
- Watch video highlights from the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series
- SABR 50 convention in Baltimore rescheduled for August 17-21, 2022
- Read articles from The National Pastime: The Future According to Baseball online
- Watch an inspiring short film about SABR’s Baseball Memories program
- Get free access to Newspapers.com World Collection online archives with your SABR membership
- Check out the complete SABR 50 at 50 series as we look back at baseball over the past 50 years
- SABR Digital Library: Jackie: Perspectives on 42
- 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: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
|James Bailey||San Antonio, TX||Jane Moriarty||Shaftsbury, VT|
|Brian Barnes||Grand Rapids, MI||Brian Murray||Long Beach, MS|
|James Becker||Tucson, AZ||Todd Niner||Gallatin, TN|
|Michael Cascarano||Meridian, ID||Greg Pipitone||Baltimore, MD|
|Marcos Claudio||San Juan, PRI||Randy Reisinger||Dagsboro, DE|
|Shawn Cusack||Oak Creek, WI||Gilles Renaud||Long Sault, ON|
|John Harney||Danville, KY||Joal Ryan||Beverly Hills, CA|
|Mohammad Khan||Santa Ana, CA||Mike Santana||Skokie, IL|
|Mike Larsen||Hillsdale, NJ||Fred Shimizu||New York, NY|
|Andrew Martin||Vancouver, BC||Chris Wilfong||Kingfisher, OK|
|John Miller||Pittsburgh, PA||Jesse Wyatt||Lafayette, IN|
|Mike Morello||Washington, DC|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Baseball Records: Fall 2021 newsletter
- Oral History: Check out the newly expanded Oral History Collection at SABR.org
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Ted Williams Chapter: October 2021 newsletter (San Diego, CA)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Stephen J. Nesbitt: Grading MLB umpires: Meet the humans behind the Twitter bots that track balls and strikes (The Athletic)
- 2022 Ford C. Frick Award ballot finalists announced (BaseballHall.org)
- Rob Arthur: The Sticky Stuff Crackdown Has Worn Off (Baseball Prospectus)
- Tyler Kepner: For the Giants, a Rapid Ascent, a Hard Fall and Hopes of a Rematch (New York Times)
- Grant Brisbee: The Giants lost to the Dodgers, but don’t worry, you’ll only feel bad about it until you die (The Athletic)
- Stephanie Apstein: Max Scherzer and the Dodgers Finally Close Things Out (Sports Illustrated)
- Jayson Stark: The Dodgers and Giants give us a gift and the unlikeliness of Freddie Freeman game-winner (The Athletic)
- John Thorn: The World Series of 1889: When the Giants and Dodgers first met in the postseason (Our Game)
- Evan Drellich: Why the memory of the Brooklyn Dodgers has often outshined the New York (baseball) Giants (The Athletic)
- Joan Ryan: The Intangibles — Brandon Belt (MLBlogs.com)
- Jason Gay: Billie Jean Won Wimbledon. Randy Struck Out Dodgers. A Baseball Sibling Rivalry for the Ages. (Wall Street Journal)
- Alex Speier: Some of Alex’s Coras best (and worst) moments came with the Astros; this matchup puts them all on the table (Boston Globe)
- Jay Jaffe: No Stranger to October Heroics, Kiké Hernández is Now Central to the Red Sox (FanGraphs)
- Eno Sarris: Did the nerds lose when the Tampa Bay Rays were eliminated? Or did they actually win? (The Athletic)
- Emma Baccellieri: Red Sox’s Small-Ball Rally Saves a Sloppy ‘Pen, Takes Out Top-Seeded Rays (Sports Illustrated)
- Rob Mains: Is The Secret To the Rays’ Success Denial? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mike Petriello: The secret to Atlanta’s defensive turnaround (MLB.com)
- Alan Nathan: Giancarlo Stanton’s Long Single (Baseball Physics)
- Maria Torres/Zach Buchanan: How MLB’s Zoom era has brought Latin American journalists — and audiences — closer to the game’s stars (The Athletic)
- Alexis Brudnicki: Women In Baseball: Bailee Brown Blazes A Trail (Baseball America)
- Russell A. Carleton: Just Reading the MLB Classifieds (Baseball Prospectus)
- David Laurila: Arozarena’s Steal Would Have Been Nullified By a Strike (FanGraphs)
- Steven Goldman: A Toast to the Fallen: The Eliminated (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mark Simon: An Unlikely Defensive Runs Saved Champion (ACTA Sports)
- Michael Clair: The mascot created to be hated: Crazy Crab (MLB.com)
- Tom Gilbert: The Man Who Invented Modern Pitching – Which Killed Him (How Baseball Happened)
- Tom Ruane: A Retro-review of the 1923 season (Retrosheet.org)
- Jeff Cohen: Baseball and BBQ interview with author Erik Sherman (Baseball and BBQ)
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: October 15, 2021. Last Updated: October 15, 2021.