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This Week in SABR: October 27, 2023

This Week in SABR: October 27, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, October 27, 2023.
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Top Headlines

Apply now for the 2024 Sarah Langs Women in Baseball Analytics Scholarship
Double your donation’s impact alongside founder Sean Forman
Present your research at the 2024 SABR Analytics Conference
Sign up now for Ballpark Figures with Meg Rowley
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

Sarah Langs

Apply now for the 2024 Sarah Langs Women in Baseball Analytics Scholarship

Named in honor of baseball researcher, analyst, and SABR member Sarah Langs, SABR is thrilled to introduce the Sarah Langs Women in Baseball Analytics Scholarship. Awarded annually to two recipients, the scholarship will provide meaningful professional development and networking opportunities for female identifying students or young professionals pursuing a career in baseball analytics and data science. Recipients will receive:

  • Registration for the SABR Analytics Conference, baseball’s premier analytics symposium, including hotel accommodations and travel stipend
  • Registration for all courses in the SABR Analytics Certification program, an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics
  • One-year SABR membership, which includes access to quarterly SABR Scholar Session virtual networking events

Click here to download an application form or learn more at

Bring It Home for SABR in 2023!

Double your donation’s impact alongside founder Sean Forman

SABR continues toward our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball, and it is gifts from members like you who sustain our organization, allowing us to produce wonderful baseball research and programming that reaches people everywhere. As 2023 comes to a close, we need your support to Bring It Home and ensure this vision turns into a reality. 

Thanks to one generous member, you now have the opportunity to double the impact of your donation. Baseball-Reference founder Sean Forman is a Chadwick Award winner and was honored in 2020 with the SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award. And he’s matching donations up to a grand total of $7,500.

Visit to learn more.

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.

Visit to learn more:

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

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

Last 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 #237: 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 #237 on Monday, October 23 featured part 2 of our interview with 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: Don Newcombe, 1927 Fresno Athletic Club in Japan, Freddie Velázquez

6 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 Team That Couldn't Hit: The 1972 Texas Rangers, edited by Steve West and Bill Nowlin

The Team That Couldn’t Hit: The 1972 Texas Rangers
Edited by Steve West and Bill Nowlin

With the Texas Rangers seeking their first World Series title since they moved to Arlington in 1972, check out new essays on the franchise’s early history in the SABR Research Collection from “The Team That Couldn’t Hit” (2019). 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.

Ken Akerman Tempe, AZ     Samantha Hare Phoenix, AZ
Douglas Byers Edina, MN     Patrick Holcomb San Diego, CA
James Campbell North Haven, CT     Gary Joaquin Beaverton, OR
George Casey Sunderland, MA     Bruce Meier Bethesda, MD
Jerry Coker Ashland, OR     Matthew Plotnick Rockville, MD
Ryan Drake Galena, OH     Brad Skillman Brooklyn, NY
Erica Fan Pittsburgh, PA     Nick Taylor Cambridge, MA
Jake Fayette Westville, NJ     Robert Valeno Oaklyn, NJ
Paul Freeborne Aldie, VA     Michael Wallace Kitchener, ON
Radley Haddad Baden, PA        

SABR Events Calendar

SABR's Babe Ruth Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 7:00 PM Eastern Time. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Guest speaker Lindsay Berra will talk about her grandfather Yogi and the recent documentary on his life IT AIN"T OVER

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • 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)
  • October 30: Northern New England Chapter meeting with Anna DiTomasso (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • October 30: South Florida Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • November 1: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with Lindsay Berra (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • November 2: Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Meg Rowley (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • November 2: Pacific NW Chapter meeting with Zak Ford (7:00 p.m. PDT)
  • November 4: Ted Williams (CA) Chapter meeting (10:00 a.m. PDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • 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)
  • October 28: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meet-up (Austin, TX)
  • October 28: Juan Marichal Chapter meeting (Santo Domingo, DOM)
  • October 28-29: SABR Board of Directors meeting (Cleveland, OH)
  • October 30: Hank Gowdy Columbus Chapter meet-up (Columbus, OH)
  • October 30: Pee Wee Reese Chapter meet-up (Louisville, KY)
  • November 1: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
  • November 1: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter fellowship meeting (St. Louis, MO)
  • November 4: Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter meeting (Las Vegas, NV)
  • November 4-5: 2023 Canadian Baseball History Conference (Toronto, ON)

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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Around the Web headlines

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

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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 27, 2023. Last Updated: October 27, 2023.