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This Week in SABR: October 20, 2023

This Week in SABR: October 20, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, October 20, 2023.
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Top Headlines

Present your research at the 2024 SABR Analytics Conference
2023 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists announced
Sign up now for Ballpark Figures with Meg Rowley
Call for papers: 2024 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
SABR Analytics Certification: Sign up now for new Level 3 course
Submit new project proposals to SABR Editorial Board by November 1

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

2024 SABR Analytics Conference

Research presentation abstracts now accepted for 2024 SABR Analytics Conference

SABR and Sports Info Solutions are excited to announce the call for presentations for the SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held on March 8-10, 2024, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The submission deadline for all 2024 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST on November 22, 2023. Click here to learn more or to submit a presentation abstract.

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Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Learn more at

SABR Defensive Index

2023 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists announced

For the eleventh 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.

On Wednesday, Rawlings announced the finalists for the 2023 Rawlings Gold Glove Award, honoring the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League and National League. The winners will be unveiled during a one-hour, special-edition ESPN Baseball Tonight broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 5.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Sign up for Ballpark Figures with Meg Rowley on November 2

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

On Thursday, November 2, our guest will be Meg Rowley, managing editor of FanGraphs and co-host of the Effectively Wild podcast.

Visit to learn more about upcoming shows or view past episodes.

2024 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

Call for papers: 2024 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference welcomes proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields for the upcoming conference on June 6-9, 2024, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, or other Black baseball topics. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, plus a brief biographical note with contact information. Deadline to apply: February 1, 2024.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Bring It Home for SABR in 2023!

Help us Bring it Home in 2023 and build a stronger future for SABR!

Much like circling the baseball diamond, SABR rounds the bases every year through guiding principles of research, participation, and community. At first base is the fundamental component of our mission: research. At second base is participation, through which we produce wonderful baseball research and programming that reaches people everywhere. We round third at community, as we strive towards our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball. Gifts from members like you will now help SABR BRING IT HOME, making 2023 a historic success while building for a bright future.

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 as SABR expands research, creates more pathways to participation, and builds a stronger baseball community.

Visit to learn more.

SABR Analytics Certification: Sign up now for new Level 3 course

We’re excited to announce that the newest course in the SABR Analytics Certification program, Level Three – Introduction to Baseball Programming, is now available.

Taught by award-winning baseball writer and analyst Rob Arthur, the Level Three course provides an introduction to programming using a practical approach in its application for baseball and focusing on R (with a dash of SQL) as a programming language, the goal of this online, on-demand course is to give learners a foundational understanding of the technical skills necessary for a career in data science and baseball analytics.

To sign up now, or to learn more about previous courses, visit

National Baseball Hall of Fame (JACOB POMRENKE)

Read SABR biographies of 2024 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot candidates

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced the eight-player ballot that will be considered by its Contemporary Baseball Era Committee for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2024. The Contemporary Era Committee will meet at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. The results will be announced live on MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight” on Sunday, December 3.

The Contemporary Baseball Era Managers/Executives/Umpires ballot includes Cito Gaston, Davey Johnson, Jim Leyland, Ed Montague, Hank Peters, Lou Piniella, Joe West, and Bill White.

Call for papers: 2024 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference

All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a Research Presentation Proposal Abstract on any topic of 19th-century baseball for the 2024 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The 15th annual Ivor-Campbell Conference is scheduled for April 19-20, 2024. The deadline for proposal Abstracts is October 31, 2023.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Submit new project proposals to SABR Editorial Board by November 1

SABR’s Editorial Board welcomes new project proposals from members to be considered for publication through the Digital Library,, or any other multimedia formats. We strongly encourage new proposals that involve collaboration between SABR research committees and/or chapters, and web-based projects with an eye toward enhanced multimedia presentation.

SABR seeks to publish 2-4 web-based multimedia projects 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.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Call for volunteers: Weiss Baseball Player Questionnaires

SABR seeks volunteers to help transcribe the Bill Weiss Baseball Player Questionnaires, a collection of self-completed surveys of professional baseball players from 1945-2005, which will soon be made available at

No experience is needed, just a love for baseball, data, and history. We are looking for any volunteers who can spare a few hours a week (or more!) with help reading these questionnaires and writing down the player’s ambitions, background, and signing scout. Please contact Jason Sigler if you would like to be a part of our team.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #236: Eddie Frierson

Baseball 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 #236 on Monday, October 16 featured Eddie Frierson, an actor, broadcaster, baseball coach, author, and SABR member. Visit to listen to the full episode or subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks.

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: Frank Wickware, Nichibei Yakyu, Cole Hamels

3 new biographies published at the SABR BioProject

Visit to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.

10 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Read essays from new Nichibei Yakyu book on Japan baseball tours

All essays from the SABR Digital Library book, Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1907-1958, are now available to read online in the SABR Research Collection.

Over 100 baseball teams from the United States and Hawaii have crossed the Pacific to play baseball in Japan. Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan is the first book written in English that focuses on these international tours. Between 1907 and 1958, many of the sport’s greatest stars—including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson—played in the Land of the Rising Sun. These tours helped spread the game across the globe, spawned thousands of individual friendships, and helped bring nations together through the mutual love of baseball.

Visit to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback edition of all Digital Library books.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

The Stars Shone on Philadelphia: The 1934 Negro National League Champions, edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin

The Stars Shone on Philadelphia: The 1934 Negro National League Champions
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin

Visit to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback edition of all Digital Library books.

Recent Highlights

Here are some SABR headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Larry Albright Westerville, OH     Jeff Loesel Potomac, MD
Lindsay Berra Little Falls, NJ     Carlo Macomber Denver, CO
Anthony Biats Willoughby, OH     Toni Martin New York, NY
Samantha Boelter Carnation, WA     Jill McDonald  
Ian Bussieres Thetford Mines, QC     Brian Moazen Knoxville, TN
Jim Caruthers Grapevine, TX     Philip Nero Shorewood, WI
William Cohen Washington, DC     Richard O’Connor Chicago, IL
Kenneth Domonkos Fountain Inn, SC     Jamison Pack Morristown, TN
Dominic Dundee Mentor, OH     Logan Patalas Du Quoin, IL
Jeffrey Engels Seattle, WA     Alberto Perdomo Doral, FL
Anthony Grego Simpsonville, SC     Jonathan Rice Greensboro, NC
Pallas Gutierrez New York, NY     Spencer Seguin Kitchener, ON
Trevor Henry Maryville, TN     Shawn Smith Grand Blanc, MI

SABR Events Calendar

SABR's Allan Roth Chapter in Los Angeles will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 6:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Our first speaker will be Dr. Catalina Lara, Senior Manager, Education and Learning - Minor Leagues for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dr. Lara provides Life Skills coaching for American and International Players. Our second speaker is Erik Sherman, author of "Daybreak at Chavez Ravine: Fernandomania and the Remaking of the Los Angeles Dodgers".

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • October 24: Northern New England Chapter meeting with Steve Gietschier (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • October 24: 19th Century Baseball Book Club (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • October 24: New SABR Member Experience Meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • October 24: Allan Roth (CA) Chapter meeting with Catalina Lara and Erik Sherman (6:00 p.m. PDT)
  • October 26: Games and Simulations meeting with Chris Taylor (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • October 28: Hank Gowdy Columbus (OH) Chapter book club meeting (9:30 a.m. EDT)
  • October 28: Schott-Pelican (LA) Chapter meeting (10:00 a.m. CDT)
  • October 28: Josh Gibson Foundation: Todd Peterson (12:00 p.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • October 21: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • October 24: Central Illinois Chapter luncheon (Normal, IL)
  • October 28: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter meeting (Middletown, CT)
  • October 28: Ted Williams Chapter meeting (San Diego, CA)
  • October 28: Luke Easter Chapter meet-up (Rochester, NY)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

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Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

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 To find past editions of TWIS, click here.

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Originally published: October 20, 2023. Last Updated: October 20, 2023.