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 22, 2021:
While we continue to celebrate SABR’s 50th anniversary this year, we are keeping a keen eye on our organization’s future and have so many exciting projects on deck. Today, we would like to share details of one of the most noteworthy programs on the horizon.
In 2022, we will deliver the SABR Local Grants program. This initiative will provide an opportunity for chapters, research committees, and chartered communities to apply for funding for their projects under SABR’s Four Pillars: Research, Scholarship, Preservation, and Future of the Game.
The Local Grants program will provide a defined mechanism for the SABR national office to assist regional and group leaders in the pursuit of passion projects. It will also allow us to see our donors’ incredible generosity at work at the local level in addition to general organizational efforts. In total, $10,000 in SABR Local Grants will be awarded in 2022!
All SABR chapters, chartered communities, and research committees are eligible to apply. Individual SABR members and non-SABR groups are not eligible, so if you have an individual idea for a program grant, please follow up with your local chapter leadership or appropriate research committee to discuss an application.
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.
Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:
Edited by Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5956-1, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5957-8, $32.95
8.5″ x 11″, 339 pages
Over the years, millions have dreamed
More than 50 SABR researchers, authors, and editors contributed to this book and present brief biographies of 70 players, telling the stories of some who might otherwise be overlooked—but who made the grade and got exactly one hit in the majors. Center fielder Skeeter Skelton had 43 plate appearances but just one hit. Gene Woodburn had just one hit, but four career RBIs (and the hit was not a grand slam). Thirteen others have three RBIS apiece. There were 22 players whose one and only hit was a home run. There were 22 whose hit was a triple, and quite a number—179—whose only hit was a double.
For some, their only hit came on their first at-bat. Others had to wait a lot longer (Gladding’s hit came in his 50th plate appearance). Pitcher Arthur Rhodes played in exactly 900 big-league games (and 29 postseason games), with one base hit to his credit. Some stuck around the game, like Rod Dedeaux, who became one of the most celebrated amateur baseball coaches in history, coaching at USC for 45 years. Others, like a USC alum whom Dedeaux coached, Dan Ardell, would end up in other industries. When asked if he’d had two hits in the major leagues, instead of just one, if he thought his story wouldn’t have been as interesting, Ardell replied, “I think that’s exactly true.”
One-Hit Wonders presents a variety of life stories, and adds a few dozen more biographies to SABR’s BioProject, has published biographies of over 5,000 figures involved with baseball.
Contributors include: Niall Adler, Malcolm Allen, Jim Ball, Henry Berman, Charlie Bevis, Richard Bogovich, Ryan Brecker, Alan Cohen, Mike Cooney, Rory Costello, Richard Cuicchi, Tim Deale, Max Effgen, Brian Engelhardt, Jeff English, Brian Flaspohler, Steve Friedman, Darren Gibson, Tim Hagerty, Tom Hawthorn, John Heeg, Paul Hofmann, Mike Huber, Tara Krieger, Gerard Kwilecki, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Mitch Lutzke, Mike Mattsey, Chad Moody, Jack V. Morris, Bill Nowlin, Tony S. Oliver, Len Pasculli, Chris Rainey, Alan Raylesberg, Carl Riechers, Joel Rippel, Benjamin Sabin, Dan Schoenholz, Joe Schuster, Peter Seidel, Bill Staples Jr., Clayton Trutor, Eric Vickrey, Bob Webster, Phil Williams, Gregory H. Wolf, Jack Zerby, and Don Zminda.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of One-Hit Wonders for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the One-Hit Wonders 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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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 31, 2021. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable).
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 Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 2:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday, October 23. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Our guest speaker is Dan Epstein, author of a couple of great books on baseball in the 1970s. His most recent book is entitled The Captain and Me: On and Off the Field with Thurman Munson, co-authored with Ron Blomberg. Click here to register for the October 23 virtual meeting on Zoom.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from author Jack Bales (The Chicago Cub Shot For Love) and the Southern Michigan Chapter held a book club meeting. 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 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)
- October 25: Roush-Lopez Gulf Coast (FL) Chapter meeting with Peter Golenbock (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 31: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- October 25: Larry Dierker Chapter meeting (Houston, TX)
- October 30: Oscar Charleston Chapter meeting (Indianapolis, IN)
- October 30: Sebring-Stovey Williamsport Chapter meeting (Williamsport, PA)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Episode #133 on Monday, October 18 featured Rich Burk, a longtime broadcaster for the Pac-12 Network, NBC Sports ESPN, and, in recent years, the Hillsboro Hops minor-league team in Oregon. He has also filled in as an announcer for three major-league teams, the San Diego Padres, Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays. From 1995 until 2010, he was the primary radio and television play-by-play announcer for Portland’s professional baseball teams. He is a graduate of Pacific University and lives outside of Portland, Oregon.
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.
The SABR Team Ownership Histories Project is a joint effort of SABR’s Business of Baseball Committee and the BioProject. The intention is to keep its essays up-to-date and to provide as much detail as possible about the organization and composition of ownership groups, franchise sales, relocations, stadiums, and other issues that provide the financial context for team success on the field.
One new article was published this week:
- St. Louis Cardinals team ownership history, by Mark Stangl
With 21 of the current 30 major-league franchises having at least some part of their ownership history published at SABR.org, this is a good opportunity to acknowledge the sterling work done by Len Levin, who has been invaluable in editing all of the essays published so far. Opportunities are still available for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, and all editions of the Athletics.
The project has also begun researching franchises of defunct National League franchises, the American Association, Union Association, Players League, Federal League, Negro Leagues, and the AAGPBL. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Andy McCue at email@example.com.
- Jack Dittmer, by Darrell Hanson
- Greg A. Harris, by Bill Nowlin
- Jud Smith, by Terry Bohn
- Eddie Stack, by Bill Lamb
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.
- September 15, 1901: ‘The Least Said, the Better’: Tigers top Cleveland, 21-0, by Joe Schuster
- July 17, 1908: Biff Bang Boom! Cobb, Tigers score 21 runs to beat Mack’s Athletics, by Jeff Nayadley
- June 4, 1911: Baseball in the fast lane: Reds race past Boston Rustlers, 26-3, by Bob LeMoine
- September 18, 1915: Braves, trying to keep pace, drub Cardinals 20-1, by Andrew Sharp
- July 17, 1917: William Rumler delivers a win for Eddie Plank and the Browns, by Thomas E. Merrick
- October 11, 1921: Jesse Barnes’ stellar relief outing knots World Series at three games each, by Peter Seidel
- July 7, 1923: Rube Lutzke, Riggs Stephenson spearhead Cleveland to record 27-3 rout, by Harry Schoger
- August 7, 1923: Indians trounce three Red Sox rookies as Frank Brower delivers 6 hits, by Gordon Gattie
- September 5, 1924: Tigers roar with 20-run outburst against Cleveland, by Kevin Larkin
- June 17, 1925: Tigers bat around twice in the 6th, Hooks Dauss earns 200th career win, by Paul Hofmann
- September 19, 1925: Ted Lyons misses out on no-hit bid as White Sox thump Washington, 17-0, by Stephen D. Boren
- April 14, 1928: Herb Bradley, Milt Gaston both throw shutouts in 50-minute game, quickest in Red Sox history, by Bill Nowlin
- August 23, 1931: Chick Hafey goes 5-for-5 in Cardinals’ 16-1 win over Braves, by Tim Hagerty
- May 26, 1933: Chuck Klein homers in 13th to hit for the cycle but Phillies fall to Cardinals, by Mike Huber
- August 12, 1948: Cleveland wins a blowout game in a pennant race, 26-3 over Browns, by David W. Pugh
- September 4, 1949: Phillies score a miraculous doubleheader sweep over Braves, by Russ Walsh
- October 5, 1949: Allie Reynolds two-hitter, Tommy Henrich home run give Yankees a 1-0 win in World Series opener, by Steven C. Weiner
- July 3, 1960: Rookie Pete Rose and Geneva Redlegs drop 21-17 slugfest, by Kurt Blumenau
- July 6, 1969: Don’t blink: Gary Waslewski’s 1-hitter sets record for shortest Expos game, by Kurt Blumenau
- April 18, 1971: Gary Gentry pitches his second career 1-hitter for Mets, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- October 1, 1978: Luis Tiant blanks Toronto on final day as Boston ties New York for AL East lead, by David Krell
- July 9, 1985: Catcher Buck Martinez tags out two baserunners on same play, by David Firstman
- July 5, 1987: Don’t ‘Believe It’: When Sports Illustrated missed on the Cleveland Indians, by Graham Womack
- May 20, 1996: Chipper Jones, Tyler Houston each drive in 5 runs as Atlanta crushes Cubs, 18-1, by Joseph Wancho
- July 28, 1998: Giants’ Kirk Rueter fires 2-hitter, drives in go-ahead run to beat former team, by Madison McEntire
- October 3, 1999: ‘This was the whole zoo’: Braves end regular season with 18-0 whitewash of Marlins, by Creg Stephenson
- October 5, 2001: Braves clinch NL East division in grand fashion, beat Marlins, 20-3, by John Paul Hill
- August 31, 2004: Indians set AL shutout record with unexpected 22-0 rout of Yankees, by Gordon Gattie
- September 4, 2017: Diamondbacks’ J.D. Martinez hits 4 home runs at Dodger Stadium, by Gabriella Garr
- September 30, 2018: Oakland’s Khris Davis ends fourth consecutive season batting .247, by David Firstman
- October 24, 2018: Red Sox pitchers throw a 3-hitter to win Game 2 over Dodgers, 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
- SABR Research Collection highlights 35th anniversary of 1986 Mets season
- 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
- SABR Digital Library: When the Monarchs Reigned: Kansas City’s 1942 Negro League Champions
- 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
- 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.
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|Robert Anderson||Lovettsville, VA||Kevin O’Donnell||N. Andover, MA|
|Ethan Aronoff||Los Angeles, CA||Eric Phillips||Bethesda, MD|
|Patrick Carroll||Rocky River, OH||Glenn Russell||Golden, CO|
|Andrew Craven||St. Petersburg, FL||Michael Sain||Shelby, NC|
|Matt Flesch||Arlington Heights, IL||Stephen Stine||Tyler, TX|
|Doug Gabrielson||Cupertino, CA||Joseph Tonely||Harpswell, ME|
|Kevin Hanlon||Cranston, RI||Jaison Viglietta||Pittsburgh, PA|
|Jeff Huelster||Glendale, AZ||Shawn Woods||Bartlesville, OK|
|Gary Lash||Fredonia, NY|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington Chapter: October 14 meeting recap (Lexington, KY)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Hall of Fame’s Early Baseball Era Committee and Golden Days Era Committee to Meet this Winter (BaseballHall.org)
- Jay Jaffe: The Mookie Betts Trade Continues to Cast a Shadow on the Postseason (FanGraphs)
- Stephanie Apstein: Dodgers Inch Closer to NLCS Comeback With Another Elimination Game Victory (Sports Illustrated)
- Matt Kelly/Sarah Langs/Andrew Simon: Three-feat: Taylor’s game by the numbers (MLB.com)
- Eno Sarris: Is there a such a thing as a ‘Dodgers Slider’? (The Athletic)
- Jayson Stark: The Braves hit the home-run trifecta and everything’s coming up Eddie Rosario (The Athletic)
- Stephen J. Nesbitt: Pranks, bananas and a $1 million bet: The Kiké Hernández experience in 16 stories (The Athletic)
- Tyler Kepner: Justin Verlander Is Not Walking Through That Door (New York Times)
- Hannah Keyser: José Iglesias can’t play in October. But the Red Sox wouldn’t be here without him (Yahoo! Sports)
- Emma Baccellieri: Rookie Garrett Whitlock Emerging as Lockdown Red Sox Reliever (Sports Illustrated)
- Alex Speier: The objective for chess-playing Red Sox relievers: Hold the opponent in check (Boston Globe)
- Evan Drellich: Chaim Bloom, the Red Sox’ return to contention, and the hunt for ‘surplus value’ (The Athletic)
- David Laurila: Brent Strom Ponders the End of the Road (FanGraphs)
- Rob Arthur: Playoff Pace Is The Slowest Yet (Baseball Prospectus)
- Patrick Dubuque: Replay and the State of Limbo (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mark Simon: Fielding Bible Awards Preview (ACTA Sports)
- Grant Brisbee: The 2021 Giants were a treasure trove of fun facts, records and historical anomalies (The Athletic)
- Ben Lindbergh/Rob Arthur: How Well Did MLB’s Experimental Minor League Rules Work? (The Ringer)
- J.J. Cooper: If There’s A MLB Lockout In 2022, What Happens To The Minor Leagues? (Baseball America)
- Rob Mains: PECOTA’s Annus Horribilis (Baseball Prospectus)
- Evan Grant: There’s a shocking lack of Black catchers in MLB — Can Rangers prospect Ian Moller be the change? (Dallas Morning News)
- Russell A. Carleton: On the House (Baseball Prospectus)
- Michael Ajeto: Major League Baseball Has an Assimilation Problem (Baseball Prospectus)
- Eric Nusbaum/Adam Villacin: Nobody Beats the Biz (Sports Stories)
- Sam Gazdziak: Grave Story: Shoeless Joe Jackson (1887-1951) (RIP Baseball)
- Pete Peterson: 50 Years Ago, Clemente Proved His Greatness (Pittsburgh Quarterly)
- Michael Clair: How the Pirates chose ‘We Are Family’ in ’79 (MLB.com)
- Michael Farber: A look back at Blue Monday through the prism of redemption (Montreal Gazette)
- Steve Zalusky: Chicago baseball’s link to the Great Chicago Fire (Daily Herald)
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 22, 2021. Last Updated: October 25, 2021.