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 2, 2020:
A new publication produced by SABR’s Baseball and the Arts Committee vividly brings to life the art and literature of the game we all love:
Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts, Volume 2 (2020)
Edited by Joanne Hulbert and Jay Hurd
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9701-5944-8, $5.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5945-5, $9.95
6″ x 9″, 117 pages
Turnstyle is the journal of baseball arts and literature produced by SABR’s Baseball and the Arts Research Committee. Turnstyle combines poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction with baseball-themed art and illustration.
In Issue 2, we have an exploration of the art of Joaquin Newman, an Oakland-based artist who combined the Mexican tradition of calaveras (skeleton paintings for Day of the Dead) with baseball cards for a series of paintings, one of which graces the issue’s front cover. Andrea Long writes about how baseball connected her with her father, even after his passing, and George Skornickel looks back on a special Opening Day he shared with his mother when he was young.
Several writers referenced the trying circumstances of the 2020 pandemic, including Bill Nowlin’s closing essay about the unique wait for Opening Day. Anika Orrock brings us a lively, and true, story of a nun who played baseball, while three members of the Moonlight Graham Society recount how each of them made their sole appearance in a professional game, a la the society’s namesake. In “Ninth Inning,” writer Bradley Stribling gives us a fictionalized account of a real game: a 1925 match between a Negro League baseball team and a Ku Klux Klan team, while Bryan Erwin sends us deep into the gut-churning moral dilemma of a player whose split-second decision on the field may have far-reaching consequences in “The Spoiler.”
Thirty-six pieces in all fill the pages of Issue 2, including a baker’s dozen poems, a dozen articles and autobiographical essays, seven stories, and more than a dozen paintings and illustrations.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Turnstyle, Volume 2 for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Turnstyle, Volume 2 paperback edition from the SABR Store ($12.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
Click here to download or purchase a copy of Turnstyle, Volume 1 (2019).
You can join SABR’s Golden Lineup by making a gift of at least $100 by December 31, 2020. We will use your best gift of $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to bring more young people into the beautiful world of baseball; to publish groundbreaking books and articles; and to promote research, preservation, and scholarship.
All donors joining the Golden Lineup with a $100 gift or more will receive a copy of From Rube to Robinson, our anthology of research celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Negro Leagues.
Donors supporting SABR with a gift of $500 or more will also receive a miniature Rawlings Gold Glove Award replica and be entered to win the SABR Golden Ticket.
The winner of the SABR Golden Ticket will receive:
- Lifetime membership to SABR
- All expenses paid to a SABR conference of their choice
- Attend the 2021 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Banquet in New York City
Visit SABR.org/donate/2020 to learn more.
Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of September 2020. 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.
|D. Bruce Brown||Michael Rosenwasser|
|John Burbridge III||Charles Roussel|
|Ken Carrano||Bob Russon|
|Peter Coolbaugh||Robert Sawyer|
|Jim Cox||Douglas Schoppert|
|Steven Elsberry||Jeff Self|
|D.B. Firstman||Steve Shaiman|
|F. X. Flinn||Paul Soyka|
|Adam Foldes||Thomas Stone|
|Leslie Heaphy||Wesley Story|
|Rockwell Hoffman||Buddy Thomas|
|David Hughes||Joseph Thompson|
|Donald Jensen||John Thorn|
|Thomas Lee||Neal Traven|
|Peter Mancuso||Steve West|
|Geoff Mills||Frank Williams|
|Matthew Mullin||Phil Williams|
|Bill Nowlin||Jeffrey Wood|
|Gregg Pericich||Don Zminda|
Visit SABR.org/donate to learn more.
Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:
Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games
Edited by Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5943-1, $24.95
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5942-4, $9.99
8.5″ x 11″, 396 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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SABR members can download all of our Digital Library e-books for free or get 50% off the paperback edition. Find all past titles at SABR.org/ebooks.
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.
Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:
- October 3: Talkin’ Baseball: Dennis Hetrick (9:00 a.m. EDT)
- October 3: Halsey Hall (Minn.) Chapter book club (9:30 a.m. CDT)
- October 3: Pee Wee Reese (Ky.) Chapter meeting with Jacob Pomrenke (1:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 3: Baseball Reminiscence virtual meeting (4:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 4: Robinson-Kell (Ark.) Chapter meeting with Mike Dugan (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- October 5: Northwest Ohio Chapter book club meeting (6:30 p.m. EDT)
- October 7: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Ted Knorr (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 8: Ken Keltner (Wis.) Chapter book club meeting with Gary Cieradkowski (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- October 12: Halsey Hall (Minn.) Chapter Research Committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- October 13: 19th Century Committee Speaker Series with Jon Popovich (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 14: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Jerry Amernic (7:30 p.m. EDT)
- October 15: Boston Chapter meeting with Luis Tiant and Saul Wisnia (7:00 p.m. EDT)
Find more upcoming virtual meetings on our SABR Events Calendar page.
Click here to view replays of any SABR virtual event in 2020.
We are pleased to announce the addition of 1944 Mexican League statistics to the SABR award-winning Seamheads Negro Leagues Database.
Special thanks to Steve Peissig, who provided fielding stats for the 1944 Mexican League, which makes this the most statistically complete Mexican League season we’ve released to date. Also, this helped us to, for the first time, split out playing records for players who played for more than one team.
For the 1944 Mexican League season, the league again featured only six teams. Martín Dihigo, Willie Wells, Chet Brewer, Quincy Trouppe, Wild Bill Wright and Silvio García were some of the biggest names who went south of the border. But the biggest news may have been who Azules de Veracruz hired as their manager – Rogers Hornsby. The 48-year-old Hornsby only lasted a couple of weeks before he quit, but during that time he put himself at bat in two games, resulting in a double, a walk, and three RBIs. This is the last known professional hit for the Hall of Famer.
— Gary Ashwill
The SABR office, housed at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, has been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Staff members will work remotely until it is advisable to resume normal operations on-site.
Please contact a member of the SABR staff by email or phone with any questions.
Episode #79 on Monday, September 28 featured Bill Henderson, author of Game Worn Guide to MLB Jerseys and proprietor of the MLB Dream Shop, where he focuses on restoring and customizing MLB jerseys of all kinds since 1970. Uni Watch author Paul Lukas has called Henderson’s book “seminal” and “the most authoritative product of its type.” Henderson lives near Philadelphia, where he is an international marketing executive with a specialization in the pharmaceutical industry, focused around drug distribution and data privacy.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
Nine new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Russ Cowans, by Donna L. Halper
- Grant “Home Run” Johnson, by Phil Williams
- Frank McCue, by Andy McCue
- Otis Nixon, by Zac Petrillo
- Louis Pelouze, by Paul Winter
- Dave Rader, by Ledra Slavik (first-time author)
- Dutch Schliebner, by Daniel Shirley
- Horace Wilds, by Stephen V. Rice
- Larry Wolfe, by Bill Nowlin
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.
- Sign up to view Trello submission pipeline: Chief Editor Rory Costello has made the BioProject submission pipeline visible to project contributors using the signboard app Trello. If you would like to see the pipeline — to know where your story stands in the review process or how many articles we have in the system — e-mail Rory for an invitation to become an observer.
In SABR’s San Diego Padres: The First Half Century (2019), edited by Tom Larwin and Bill Nowlin, we captured the stories some of the greatest figures in Padres history — from Tony Gwynn, Steve Garvey, and Nate Colbert to Jack McKeon, Bruce Bochy, and Jerry Coleman — and took baseball fans through some of the most memorable moments since the team’s inaugural season in 1969.
You can now read all of the biographies that appeared in our San Diego Padres 50th anniversary book at the SABR BioProject:
SABR members can download San Diego Padres: The First Half-Century as a free e-book or get 50% off their purchase of the paperback edition at SABR.org/ebooks.
Twenty-one new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. These articles are from our recent SABR Digital Library books commemorating the 50th anniversaries of the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals franchises. Here are the new game stories:
- April 9, 1969: Second verse, same as the first; Royals remain undefeated after debut, by Ken Carrano
- July 21, 1970: Padres’ Clay Kirby lifted in eighth inning during no-hit bid, by Rory Costello
- July 18, 1972: One strike away, Padres’ Steve Arlin loses his no-hit bid, by Gregory Funk
- August 1, 1972: Nate Colbert’s record-setting day leads Padres to sweep over Braves, by Chuck Johnson
- August 2, 1973: George Brett makes his debut with Kansas City Royals, by Russell Bertold
- June 10, 1974: Padres overcome 8-0 deficit in eighth inning to win, by Gregory Funk
- September 29, 1976: Royals clinch tie for AL West division title, by Thomas M. Knosby
- October 1, 1978: Gaylord Perry records 3,000th career strikeout and Ozzie Smith performs his first pregame backflip, by Tom Larwin
- June 15, 1979: Royals stage ‘a comeback for all seasons’ in defeating Brewers, by Mike Huber
- August 17, 1980: George Brett raises batting average above .400, by Jack Zerby
- October 10, 1980: Royals advance to first World Series after sweeping Yankees in ALCS, by Gordon Gattie
- July 19, 1982: Tony Gwynn records two hits in his major-league debut for Padres, by Fred O. Rodgers
- October 6, 1984: Steve Garvey’s walk-off home run lifts Padres in Game 4 of NLCS, by Joel Rippel
- October 7, 1984: Padres come from behind again to beat Cubs, secure first World Series berth, by Bob Webster
- October 10, 1984: Bevacqua’s heroics lift Padres over Tigers in Game 2, by Seth Moland-Kovash
- July 17, 1990: Bo Jackson clouts three home runs in Royals’ victory over Yankees, by Mike Huber
- June 6, 1991: Royals outlast Rangers in 18-inning marathon, by Darin Watson (first-time author)
- September 30, 1992: George Brett joins 3,000-hit club with four-hit performance, by Gordon Gattie
- September 26, 1993: George Brett announces retirement, then hits walk-off home run, by Steve Kuehl
- September 26, 2014: Royals clinch a postseason berth to end a 29-year drought, by Larry Pauley (first-time author)
- September 30, 2014: Royals top A’s in a wild AL Wild Card Game, by Bill Carle
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.
Behind 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 5:00-6:00 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.
SABR is pleased to partner with the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America to connect more baseball enthusiasts together and help organize more online events throughout the year.
The IBWAA has launched a new subscription email newsletter, Here’s the Pitch, with original content written by a different IBWAA member every day, six days per week. Most of the proceeds go toward paying writers and editors, so your subscription will help support independent baseball journalism. There’s also a free subscription version.
Visit IBWAA.substack.com to learn more.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Watch more highlights from the 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
- Scott Carter joins SABR staff as Executive Vice President
- Read articles from The National Pastime: A Bird’s Eye View of Baltimore
- SABR 50 at 50: Most Impactful Players of the Past 50 Years
- IWBC unveils memorial dedicated to African American women in baseball
- SABR welcomes Pandemic Baseball Book Club as new chartered community
- Effa Manley selected as 2020 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award winner
- Watch SABR Virtual panels and presentations online
- New SABR Baseball Reminiscence group launched
- SABR Digital Library: Pride of Smoketown: The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords
- Take a tour of the newly redesigned SABR.org website
- Peter Mancuso selected as 2020 Bob Davids Award winner
- SABR 50, Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference to swap dates in 2021
- SABR members: Join the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America for access to more online events
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new 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: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
|David Brown||Honolulu, HI||Robert Moynihan||Ottawa Hills, OH|
|Richard Gerkin||Phoenix, AZ||Michael Poplawski||Victoria, BC|
|Daniel Grillo||Lyons, IL||Stephen Roylance||Latham, NY|
|Ray Kuhn||Lindenhurst, NY||John Scoggins||Savannah, GA|
|Brent Martin||Cornelius, NC||Kyle Sharamitaro||New Orleans, LA|
|Hal McIntire||Grand Blanc, MI||Glenn Wolfe||Morrisville, NC|
|Jerry McNeil||Seattle, WA||Chanel Zapata||St. Petersburg, FL|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Official Scoring: October 2020 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Boston Chapter: Read a new “Dispatches From the Mudville Bureau,” by Joanne Hulbert (Boston, MA)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Scroll up to the top of this newsletter to learn more about the upcoming virtual events on the SABR calendar.
- We strongly recommend that all SABR chapters follow CDC public health guidelines and your local/state government regulations when scheduling any in-person meetings and events.
Find details on all upcoming meetings on our SABR Events Calendar page.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Anthony Castrovince: SABR member Dan Joseph discovers Gehrig interview on Ruth’s called shot (MLB.com)
- Rob Arthur: Sabermetrics Might Be Revolutionizing Cheating (Baseball Prospectus)
- Marc Carig: A Big Day for Baseball: Takeaways from a 13-hour Fall Frenzy (The Athletic)
- J.J. Cooper: The Professional Baseball Agreement Expired. So Now What? (Baseball America)
- Jonathan Judge: The Problem of Opponent Quality (Baseball Prospectus)
- Brad Lefton: The Best 60-Game Stretch in a Century Still Belongs to Ichiro Suzuki (New York Times)
- Ben Lindbergh: The Yankees Win an Epic That Shows the Flaws in Our Obsession With Bad Managing (The Ringer)
- Jay Jaffe: Fireworks from Tatis, Machado, and Myers Key Padres Comeback (FanGraphs)
- Eno Sarris: Rays mix, match and coach their way to victory, move on to division series (The Athletic)
- Hannah Keyser: Turn down the fake crowd noise! Let’s hear what MLB’s weird postseason actually sounds like (Yahoo! Sports)
- Rachael McDaniel: Eight Pictures of Clayton Kershaw (FanGraphs)
- Alex Coffey: Joe Rudi on how Mark Canha’s Game 2 catch compares to his 1972 classic (The Athletic)
- Mark Simon: The most improved teams of 2020 (ACTA Sports)
- Peter Dreier/Dave Zirin: Making Black Lives Matter On and Off the Diamond (The Nation)
- Frank Fitzpatrick: Ben Shibe’s legacy with Phillies, Athletics, Connie Mack Stadium has faded (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Tyler Maun: San Juan Marlins burned brightly, briefly in Minors (MiLB.com)
- Rob Mains: Atlanta’s Rookie: He’s Not the Kind You Have to Wind Up on Thursdays (Baseball Prospectus)
- Tom Shieber: An Illustrated Guide to “Headin’ Home,” Babe Ruth’s First Feature Film (Baseball Researcher)
- Craig Brown: 1898 baseball uniform database updates (Threads of Our Game)
- Roger Cormier: Robert D. Manfred Jr. Loves Sports (Baseball Prospectus)
- David A. Scott: Joe Sewell brings hope to 1920 Indians (Medium.com)
- DJ Weller: Player Collection Spotlight – Ozzie Smith (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: Jumping Into the Deep End (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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 2, 2020. Last Updated: October 2, 2020.