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 23, 2020:
For the eighth 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 Thursday, Rawlings announced the finalists for the 2020 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 live, one-hour airing of ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” at 8:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 3.
Following the show, voting will begin online for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, presented by SABR. A combination of the SABR Defensive Index and the national fan vote will determine who takes home the honor in each League. The final SABR Defensive Index rankings will be released at SABR.org/SDI on November 3, immediately following the ESPN broadcast.
Due to the compressed 2020 MLB season, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award qualifications have been amended to rely solely on the SABR Defensive Index this year. The SDI draws on and aggregates two types of existing defensive metrics: those derived from batted ball location-based data and those collected from play-by-play accounts, including data from MLBAM’s Statcast, Sports Information Solutions, and STATS, LLC.
The Pandemic Baseball Book Club hosted a special panel discussion on SABR 50 at 50: The Society for American Baseball Research’s Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game with editors John Thorn, Mark Armour, Bill Nowlin, and Leslie Heaphy on September 23.
The virtual Zoom chat, moderated by Jason Turbow, brought to life the 50 stories in this new anthology book and celebrates the breadth and depth of SABR’s groundbreaking research over the past 50 years.
The discussion covered how the book came to be, the criteria for selecting stories, the challenges of editing the book, how to republish original versions of the articles, and the evolution of baseball and SABR over the last half-century.
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.
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
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).
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.
This week, we heard from Eddie Cicotte author David Fleitz, Working a Perfect Game author Bill Nowlin, baseball card and pop art historian Adam Korengold, and new SABR Executive Vice President Scott Carter.
Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:
- October 24: Schott-Pelican (La.) Chapter meeting (10:00 a.m. CDT)
- October 24: Ken Keltner Badger State (Wis.) Chapter meeting with Bill Nowlin and Bill Pearch (1:00 p.m. CDT)
- October 25: Detroit Chapter book club meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 26: SABR Board of Directors conference call (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 29: Larry Doby (S.C.) Chapter meeting with Jerry Meyers (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 29: Dusty Baker-Sacramento Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. PDT)
- October 31: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with Sharon Hamilton and Bill Nowlin (1:00 p.m. CDT)
- November 4: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Maxwell Kates (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.
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.
Abby Altman, a senior at Highland Park High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, was honored recently by the SABR Halsey Hall Chapter, which sponsored a prize for Minnesota History Day, an annual project-based competition for high school seniors. Sarah Johnson served as the chapter coordinator for the regional History Day competition.
With a theme of “Breaking Barriers,” Altman won for her exhibit on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Her exhibit was chosen from a range of projects involving baseball and other sports. Altman will receive $150, an invitation to present her exhibit at an upcoming chapter meeting, and information on other student opportunities to get involved in SABR.
To learn more about the Halsey Hall Chapter, visit HalseyHall.org.
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 #82 on Monday, October 19 featured Sean Gibson, executive director of the Pittsburgh-based Josh Gibson Foundation and the great-grandson of the Negro Leagues catcher. Since 1994, the foundation has been dedicated to providing academic and athletic programs for under-served youth, including the Josh Gibson Negro Leagues Youth Classic tournament and Josh Gibson Field in The Hill district of Pittsburgh, and to establish a museum in honor of the Baseball Hall of Fame legend.
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.
Eight new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Walker Cooper, by C. Paul Rogers III
- Lee DeMontreville, by Terry Bohn
- Steve Macko, by John Fredland
- Rodney McCray, by Mark Simon
- Dan McGeehan, by Malcolm Allen
- Gordon McLendon, by Warren Corbett
- Emil Verban, by Steven Schmitt
- Lefty Wilkie, by Stephen V. Rice
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 The Newark Eagles Take Flight: The Story of the 1946 Negro League Champions (2019), edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin, we captured the stories of a Negro Leagues team for the ages, the 1946 squad that ran away with the Negro National League and then triumphed over the Kansas City Monarchs in a thrilling seven-game World Series.
Four of the Eagles’ stars — Leon Day, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, and player/manager Raleigh “Biz” Mackey, as well as co-owner Effa Manley — have been enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the veterans on that team composed a veritable “Who’s Who in the Negro Leagues.”
You can now read all of the biographies that appeared in our 1946 Newark Eagles book at the SABR BioProject:
SABR members can download The Newark Eagles Take Flight: The Story of the 1946 Negro League Champions as a free e-book or get 50% off their purchase of the paperback edition at SABR.org/ebooks.
Fourteen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- July 5, 1952: Shotgun Shuba’s homer, Erskine’s pitching lead Dodgers to win, by Steven C. Weiner
- April 15, 1972: Mets mourn Gil Hodges, win on Opening Day, by David Krell
- June 15, 1975: Kent Tekulve throws a complete game for Charleston, by Kurt Blumenau
- July 9, 1977: Lenny Randle’s homer lifts Mets to 17th-inning win over Expos, by David Krell
- August 28, 1986: Stan Wasiak, King of the Minors, reaches end of the road, by Kurt Blumenau
- September 11, 1993: A sign of things to come as Ramirez, Thome, Lofton lift Cleveland in 8th-inning rally, by Tim Otto
- October 17, 1996: Braves roll over Cardinals, 15-0, to complete NLCS comeback, by Jack Zerby
- August 2, 1998: Randy Johnson strikes out 12 in Houston Astros debut, by John Fredland
- October 16, 2004: Yankees obliterate Red Sox, 19-8, to take commanding lead in ALCS, by Bill Nowlin
- October 17, 2004: ‘Don’t Let Us Win Tonight!’ Red Sox begin ALCS comeback in Game 4, by Bill Nowlin
- October 18, 2004: David Ortiz’s walk-off single in 14th lifts Red Sox in Game 5, by Bill Nowlin
- October 19, 2004: Curt Schilling keeps Red Sox alive in ‘Bloody Sock Game’, by Bill Nowlin
- October 20, 2004: ‘Hell freezes over’; Red Sox complete historic ALCS comeback over Yankees in Game 7, by Bill Nowlin
- June 13, 2008: Phillies score 20 runs on Friday the 13th, by Steven M. Glassman
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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- SABR unveils 50th Anniversary logo for 2021
- Deborah Jayne to leave SABR staff in November
- SABR 50 at 50: Record-Setting Events of the Past 50 Years
- Watch more highlights from the 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
- Scott Carter joins SABR staff as Executive Vice President
- Chanel Zapata joins SABR staff as Community Engagement Manager
- Read articles from The National Pastime: A Bird’s Eye View of Baltimore
- 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
- 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: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
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Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Minor Leagues: Fall 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)
- Larry Dierker Chapter: October 19 meeting recap (Houston, TX)
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:
- Andrew Bucholtz: HBO’s Real Sports examines Negro Leagues statistics: “kind of like digging for gold” (Awful Announcing)
- Jeff Wilson: Only one MLB player saved more runs than these two Rangers who could win Gold Gloves (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
- Tim Stebbins: 7 Cubs Nominated for Gold Gloves, Including Javy Báez and Anthony Rizzo (NBC Chicago)
- Matt Snyder: Yadier Molina claims MLB doesn’t want him to catch Johnny Bench in Gold Gloves, but there’s a problem (CBS Sports)
- Mark Simon: 2020 Fielding Bible Awards Preview (ACTA Sports)
- Jay Jaffe: Mookie Betts’ Postseason Tour de Force (FanGraphs)
- Rob Arthur: The Playoffs Are Blasting By Velocity Records (Baseball Prospectus)
- Hannah Keyser: Why the Dodgers still have a home-field advantage, and what the Rays are doing about it (Yahoo! Sports)
- Eno Sarris: ‘He’s definitely a postseason stud’: How Charlie Morton came to dominate October (The Athletic)
- Rob Mains: The Rarity of Chalk in the World Series (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jayson Stark: Weird and Wild from the World Series (The Athletic)
- Emma Baccellieri: Are the Rays Fun to Watch? It’s Complicated (Sports Illustrated)
- Thomas Boswell: The World Series framed my life; after 44 straight, I’m sitting this one out (Washington Post)
- Steven Goldman/J.P. Breen: Maybe Clayton Kershaw Can Still Change the Narrative (Baseball Prospectus)
- Ben Lindbergh: The Shift May Have Cost the Braves a Pennant; Will It Cost Someone a World Series? (The Ringer)
- David Laurila: With Tom House’s Help, Jose Altuve Conquered “The Creature” (FanGraphs)
- Chris Lamb: How baseball’s first commissioner led a conspiracy of silence to preserve baseball’s color line (The Conversation)
- Shakeia Taylor: Bob Gibson, from ghetto to glory (Baseball Prospectus)
- Rachel Bachman: When Women and Politics Took Over Baseball (Wall Street Journal)
- Bruce Jenkins: Oakland’s own: From Joe Morgan to Rickey Henderson, the town could take any city in baseball (San Francisco Chronicle)
- William C. Rhoden: How Andre Dawson continued Curt Flood’s legacy of protecting players’ rights (The Undefeated)
- Daniel Brown: ‘It’s not only me who is hurting’: 6 amazing stories about 6 Hall of Famers (The Athletic)
- Josh Jackson: Juan Marichal broke through with Michigan City White Caps in 1958 (MiLB.com)
- Roger Cormier: Before You Vote, Here Are Some Pie Charts (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jeff Cohen: Baseball and BBQ interview with Shoeless Joe Jackson historian Mike Nola and KCBS CEO Emily Detwiler (Baseball and BBQ)
- Tom Hanrahan: The Best for the Longest: A Reasonable Argument that Tom Seaver was the GOAT Pitcher (SABR Statistical Analysis)
- Mark Armour: Joe Morgan, 1943-2020 (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Arthur Zillante: Player Collection Spotlight – Keith Hernandez (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jason Schwartz: Uncommon Common: Charlie Berry (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Mark Del Franco: Farewell to Whitey who was Built Ford Tough (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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Originally published: October 23, 2020. Last Updated: October 30, 2020.