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 28, 2016:
We have an exciting list of speakers for next week’s eighth annual SABR Arizona Fall League Experience, and we hope you’ll join us Thursday, November 3 to Saturday, November 5, 2016. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Registration is still available online at SABR.org/AFL until Monday, October 31.
On Friday, November 4 at Scottsdale Stadium, Arizona Fall League President Steve Cobb will welcome conference attendees and the featured speaker will be Byron Browne, former outfielder with the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies from 1965-72.
On Saturday, November 5 at the Flame Delhi Chapter meeting in Scottsdale, we’ll have a Broadcasters Panel with Oakland A’s announcer Vince Cotroneo and KNBR radio host Marty Lurie; MLB.com columnist Barry Bloom along with former major-league pitcher John D’Acquisto, whose new autobiography Fastball John was just published; former scout Bernie Pleskoff will talk about the prospects we’ll see at the Fall Stars Game on Saturday night; and other member presentations.
Local/visiting members and guests can join us for the ballpark dinner next Friday night; tickets can be purchased for $35 at SABR.org/AFL and include the meal and game ticket. (Note: Tickets must be purchased before 10 a.m. MST Tuesday, November 1 in order to attend the ballpark dinner at Scottsdale Stadium.)
- Register for the 2016 SABR AFL Experience now by clicking here! Registration is $195 for all SABR members and guests (early registration has now expired.)
- Host hotel: SABR’s recommended hotel is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites (3131 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251) in Old Town Scottsdale. Click here to book your room online or call the hotel at (480) 675-7665 and mention “SABR” to book your room at our special group rate of $116/night (plus tax).
- Schedule: View the full 2016 SABR AFL Experience schedule here
Your registration fee includes all game tickets; an AFL Media Guide; a special evening with Arizona Major League Alumni; and transportation to and from all events.
The Arizona Fall League (mlbfallball.com) is baseball’s premier player development league. In the first seven years of the conference, attendees were treated to sneak peeks at Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Stephen Strasburg, Nolan Arenado, Gerrit Cole, Billy Hamilton, and Gary Sanchez before they hit the big leagues.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend, so join us in November for the SABR Arizona Fall League Experience!
- Related link: Jim Callis: Who are the top prospects in the 2016 Arizona Fall League? (MLB.com)
- SABR AFL highlights: Find photos and recaps of previous SABR AFL Experiences at SABR.org/AFL
Early registration is now open for the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference on March 9-11, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. We hope you’ll join us next spring in Arizona, where we’ll bring together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference; early registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $350 for students (includes one-year membership).
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $188/night (plus tax). Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference.
- Research Presentations: Click here to learn more about presenting your research at the SABR Analytics Conference; the submission deadline for 2017 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is November 14, 2016.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference; all applications must be sent to Jeff Schatzki at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 31, 2016.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2017 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: We’re seeking nominations for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards; click here to learn more.
SABR has a long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics. SABR’s long history in this area of baseball research, coupled with our mission of advancing the understanding and knowledge of baseball, makes us the perfect choice to coordinate and host this ground-breaking event.
The Analytics Conference schedule consists of a combination of Guest Speakers, Panels, and Research Presentations — plus the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition, in which undergraduate, graduate and law school students from across the country analyze and present a real baseball operations decision.
For more information on the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
The 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® winners will be unveiled during a one-hour, ESPN “Baseball Tonight” primetime special on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
- Gold Glove finalists: View the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists at MLB.com
- Latest SDI rankings: View the latest in-season SABR Defensive Index positional rankings among Rawlings Gold Glove Award qualifiers
For the fourth consecutive season, the SABR Defensive Index™ will be used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR. The SABR Defensive Index accounts for approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process that was added to the votes from the managers and coaches.
The latest SDI rankings can be found at SABR.org/SDI. The final SDI results will be released following the announcement of the Gold Glove winners.
Following the ESPN announcement telecast, voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ presented by SABR will begin at Rawlings.com, allowing the general public to weigh in as to who is “The Finest in the Field®” in both the American League and National League. Fans can only select one player among the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners from each League. A combination of the international fan vote and the SABR Defensive Index will determine who takes home the honor of each League’s top defensive player.
Learn more about the SABR Defensive Index and view updated rankings at SABR.org/SDI.
Add a Family-friendly baseball book to your collection with the newest title from the SABR Digital Library:
When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pitttsburgh Pirates
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: Russ Lake and Len Levin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1635-4, $19.95
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9438-1634-7, $9.99
372 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
The 1979 World Series champion Pirates are one of the most memorable teams in baseball history and helped define an era. One look at their pillbox caps—adorned with stars distributed by team captain Willie Stargell—or their typically garish uniforms, complete with striking yellow jerseys often worn with same-colored pants, and the viewer is transported back to the Steel City at the close of the 1970s.
When Pops Led the Family celebrates this team and its cast of characters, including Willie Stargell, Manny Sanguillen, John Candelaria, and Kent Tekulve. Featuring contributions from 39 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), this book includes biographies of all of the players, members of the coaching staff, and some of the the front office, an in-depth season summary, and detailed game accounts from some of the most pivotal games of the season and all of the postseason games. Essays on Three Rivers Stadium, manager Chuck Tanner’s use of his bullpen, and the “We Are Family” Song help round out the volume.
Contributors include: Phillip Bolda, Frederick C. (Rick) Bush, Alan Cohen, Warren Corbett, Rory Costello, Tom Crist, Dan Fields, James Forr, Gordon J. Gattie, Paul Geisler, Paul Hofmann, Rock Hoffman, Mike Huber, Bob Hurte, Michael Jaffe, Maxwell Kates, Norm King, Russ Lake, Len Levin, Mark Miller, Rod Nelson, Bill Nowlin, Carole Olshavsky, J.G. Preston, Richard J. Puerzer, Richard Riis, Eric Robinson, Thomas E. Schott, Richard L. Shook, Matthew Silverman, David E. Skelton, George Skornickel, Jon Springer, Wayne Strumpfer, Clayton Trutor, Nick Waddell, Joseph Wancho, Steve West, and Gregory H. Wolf.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pitttsburgh Pirates for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pitttsburgh Pirates paperback edition for $10.00 (plus shipping) from CreateSpace.
Having trouble downloading our e-books? To view PDF files on your computer, click here to download the free Adobe Reader software. Having trouble downloading e-books to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. To find more SABR Digital Library books, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
SABR and Baseball Info Solutions are excited to announce the call for presentations for the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference. Abstracts of proposed research presentations should be no more than 500 words in length, and must include the abstract’s title, review of previous work on the subject, a summary of the research methodology and anticipated results, and the expected contribution to the field of baseball analytics offered by this work. Submissions are open to the general public, with student presenters considered in a separate track.
Please send all abstracts to this e-mail address: email@example.com. The submission deadline for 2017 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST, Monday, November 14, 2016. Note: If your presentation abstract is selected as a semi-finalist, you will be required to register for the conference in order to be eligible for a presentation slot.
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference. This scholarship will pay for registration, air transportation and lodging up to a total value of $1,250. All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 31, 2016.
The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage student engagement with baseball analytics, and to engender an active interest in baseball research and SABR. The Yoseloff scholarship is to assist young researchers who want to attend SABR’s Analytics Conference and to introduce them to fellow SABR members and professionals within the baseball community. Through this fund, SABR hopes to inspire future baseball research, expose students to high-quality research and build the research capability of interested students.
The SABR Analytics Conference is pleased to host the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Click here for more details.
In the Diamond Dollars Case Competition, undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from colleges and universities across the country compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a baseball operations decision — the type of decision a team’s GM and his staff is faced with over the course of a season. The cases are developed by SABR President Vince Gennaro, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, and consultant to MLB teams. The Diamond Dollars Case Competition is the first national competition to be based solely on baseball operations issues.
Four- to five-person student teams are asked to evaluate a baseball operations case problem. The student team presents their analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges that includes MLB front office executives. More than a dozen alumni from the first five Diamond Dollars Case Competitions have secured internships or permanent positions within Major League Baseball.
This has been a banner year for SABR, and your year-end charitable gift can help us bring 2016 to an even more successful close.
SABR continues to offer unparalleled opportunities for involvement and benefits for members around the world. We depend upon the volunteer work of members to mount our exciting events like the SABR Convention (in New York City next summer), the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, and the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference; to produce groundbreaking research through the SABR Digital Library e-book program (with 8-10 free e-books provided to members each year), the Baseball Research Journal, and The National Pastime; and to expand the online resources of the research committees, regional chapters, the BioProject, the Games Project, and much more. SABR continues to offer unparalleled opportunities for involvement and benefits for members around the world.
As a 501(c)3 organization, tax-deductible donations allow SABR to expand member opportunities and to become an even larger voice in the baseball community. Many members have already become donors, and you can join them right now by making your gift online at SABR.org/donate. Please help us reach our donation drive goal!
You can also send your donation by check to: SABR, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
All of us at SABR appreciate your support of our great organization and the game we love.
To learn more, visit SABR.org/donate.
For those of you whose SABR memberships expire by December 31 — you can check your current membership status here — it’s almost time for you to renew! We’re excited about the upcoming year ahead of us and we hope you’ll take advantage of all the great membership benefits offered to SABR members in 2017.
You can renew your membership for 1 year or 3 years online at the SABR Store; by phone at (602) 496-1460; or by mailing this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the office at: SABR, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Dues are the same as they have been in recent years: $65 for one year or $175 for three years, with discounts available to anyone under 30 or over the age of 65.
For one low price, you get two editions of the Baseball Research Journal, the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime; 8-10 free e-books published by the SABR Digital Library; “This Week in SABR” every Friday; access to research resources such as Paper of Record (with complete archives of The Sporting News); discounts to all SABR conferences such as the National Convention (New York City in 2017), the SABR Analytics Conference, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, and the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference; and much, much more.
We believe SABR has something for everyone, from the active researcher to someone passionate about baseball. We hope you’ll invite your friends, colleagues and family members to join at store.sabr.org.
- Add a family member for $15: Any SABR member can add a family member in the same household for $15 per year; they will receive all electronic member benefits and access to the website, but no printed publications. To add a new family member, please contact Membership Director Deb Jayne. Note: In order to renew your existing family membership, you must log in to the SABR website under the family member’s username/e-mail address, not your own.
SABR members once again have the opportunity to play a key role in selecting the winners of the 2016 Esurance MLB Awards. Cast your vote today! As soon as the World Series ends, you’ll be able to vote for two new categories: Best Postseason Moment & Best Major Leaguer, Postseason. The votes from SABR members will be equal to each of the other four categories.
- SABR members (20%)
- MLB.com fans (20%)
- Front office personnel (20%)
- Retired players (20%)
- Media (20%)
This year’s Esurance MLB Awards will feature nominees in 20 suspenseful categories. Individual awards will go to the Best Major Leaguer, Best Hitter, Best Pitcher, Best Rookie, Best Defensive Player, Best Social Media Personality, Best Play-Offense, Best Play-Defense, Best Moment, Best Performance, Best Social Media Post, Best Fan Catch, Best MLB Interview, Best Call, TV/Radio, Best Player-Fan Interaction, Best Trending Topic, Best Manager, and Best Executive.
Plus, check out the top MLB Fans of the Year presented by Esurance, including SABR member Emma X. Amaya, who was voted as the Los Angeles Dodgers Fan of the Year.
To cast your SABR vote in the 2016 Esurance MLB Awards, click here. Voting will remain open through November 11, 2016.
Visit mlb.com/awards to learn more. Winners will be announced live on MLB Network and MLB.com on November 18, 2016.
SABR’s new Diversity and Inclusion Committee is dedicated to promoting outreach into traditionally underrepresented communities in our membership base. We would greatly appreciate the participation of all SABR members in a quick survey to help us ensure that future SABR events and activities provide a welcoming environment to individuals of all backgrounds.
Please take two minutes and click the link below to fill out the survey:
If you’ve already responded, we appreciate your input. For questions, please contact Emily Hawks at email@example.com. Thanks for your help!
You still have until November 7 to register for the Philadelphia 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium, co-hosted by SABR’s Nineteenth Century Research Committee and the Connie Mack/Philadelphia Chapter. The special event will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Maggiano’s Restaurant, 1201 Filbert St. in the Center City of Philadelphia.
We’ll have a full day of programming that will include a Welcoming Address by Major League Baseball’s Official Historian John Thorn; a Luncheon Keynote presentation by veteran Philadelphia newspaper reporters and editors Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin, co-authors of Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America; a panel discussion on Philadelphia’s 19th Century Baseball’s Movers & Shakers, moderated by Dick Rosen; four other Research Presentations devoted to seldom addressed aspects of 19th-century baseball by such experts as Jerrold Casway, Ralph Carhart, Richard Hershberger, John Shiffert, and Matt Albertson.
Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!
- Registration: Click here to download a registration form. Registration is $95 per person, for SABR members and up to three guests. Please make check or money order payable to SABR and include “Phila. 19cBB Symposium” on the memo line. Mail form and payment to Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Rd., New Hope, PA 18938, before November 7, 2016.
- Schedule: Click here to view the detailed schedule for the Philadelphia 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
For more information, please contact Peter Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,882 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- George Pechiney, by Bill Lamb
- Ken Retzer, by David E. Skelton
- Jeff Stone, by David E. Skelton
- Myles Thomas, by Steve Wulf
- Ellis Valentine, by Norm King
All new biographies can be found here: /bioproj/recent
- Seeking authors for 2017 Hall of Fame candidates: As part of our Bioproject Hall of Fame Ballot initiative, we are seeking authors for the following players: Mike Cameron, Jeff Kent, Derrek Lee, Mike Mussina, Magglio Ordoñez, Edgar Renteria, Gary Sheffield, Jason Varitek, and Tim Wakefield. Ideally, we would like to have the bios written, edited, and fact-checked by the end of 2016 so we can post them on the BioProject website and on social media before the election announcements. Please contact Emily Hawks at email@example.com if you are interested in writing about one of these players.
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
In SABR’s The 1986 New York Mets: There Was More Than Game Six, edited by Leslie Heaphy and Bill Nowlin and published by SABR in 2016, we paid tribute to a historic team whose World Series championship remains a touchstone for generations of Mets fans.
The 1986 New York Mets includes biographies of every player, coach, broadcaster, and other important figures in baseball’s top organization that year — from stars like Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Gary Carter, and Keith Hernandez to manager Davey Johnson to iconic voices like Ralph Kiner and Tim McCarver.
This book on the 1986 season re-tells the story of that year’s classic World Series between the Mets and the Boston Red Sox. After four games, each team had won two away games and neither had won at home. Then the Red Sox won Game Five at Fenway, and were one game away from winning their first world championship in 86 years. It came to the point they were one pitch away from baseball Nirvana. And then …
Just about everyone knows what happened, but there are takes on it here you might not have read elsewhere. Mostly, this is the story of each of the players, coaches, managers, and broadcasters, their lives in baseball, and the way the 1986 season fit into their lives.
The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in The 1986 New York Mets can now be read online at: /category/completed-book-projects/1986-new-york-mets
You can also purchase the book or download the e-book — along with its companion volume on the 1986 Boston Red Sox — by clicking here. SABR members can download all SABR Digital Library e-books for free at SABR.org/ebooks.
Five new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- May 8, 1929: Carl Hubbell tosses no-hitter in 18th career start, by Gregory H. Wolf
- April 29, 1934: Sunday professional baseball comes to Pittsburgh, by Jack Zerby
- April 11, 1962: New York Mets open inaugural season with loss to Cardinals, by Thomas J. Brown (first-time author)
- July 6, 1970: The game when Sam McDowell played second base for the Indians, by Joseph Wancho
- May 6, 1984: Cal Ripken Jr. breaks out of slump with cycle, by Mike Huber
All new Games Project stories can be found here: /gamesproject/recent
- Get involved: 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.
- Still seeking a Chief Editor: For those of you who have reached out offering to edit or fact-check games over the past few weeks: Thank you! Thanks to numerous responses, we are now sufficiently staffed in this area to more quickly process game articles toward publication. However, we are still seeking a Chief Editor to help coordinate the editing for all Games Project stories. This is a crucial role that is necessary to keep the project running smoothly. If you are interested, please contact Greg Erion or Bruce Slutsky for more information.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, will be on hiatus during the MLB postseason. After the World Series ends, the show will air again at its regular time, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio. But you can still listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
You can also watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com.
- Audio preview: Vince Gennaro on why the Indians’ Andrew Miller, not the Orioles’ Zach Britton, has been baseball’s best reliever in 2016 (Soundcloud)
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 will be returning to the Big Apple for our 47th national convention on June 28-July 2, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt New York. Registration information will be available at SABR.org/convention in early 2017. The New York Mets are scheduled to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series at Citi Field during SABR 47.
The Grand Hyatt New York, one of the city’s most historic and luxurious hotels, is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan just steps from Grand Central Terminal and within walking distance of many major attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the New York Public Library. The Grand Hyatt is also easily accessible to all forms of transportation: planes, trains, automobiles (including car services), and more.
SABR 47, which is open to all baseball fans, will include top featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, writers and analysts. More details will be announced in early 2017 at SABR.org/convention.
SABR’s 2017 national convention will be our 47th annual gathering; the organization’s founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first. Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.
For more information on the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
We’ve heard your feedback: Some of you have said you look forward to “This Week in SABR” every Friday, but sometimes there are just too many compelling articles and announcements to read every week. We’re not complaining — hey, keep up the great work! — but we know the feeling. So in an effort to make the length of this newsletter more manageable to read, we’ll summarize some of the repeating/recurring announcements in a special “In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)” section of “This Week in SABR”.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- SABR 46: Check out complete multimedia highlights from our Miami convention
- Download your free e-book copy of The National Pastime: Baseball in the Sunshine State
- Learn more about new SABR Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- 10 finalists named for Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2017 Today’s Game Era ballot
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Blane Ferguson joins SABR as new Manager of Chapter/Partner Relations
- Looking back at Cleveland’s first two World Series championships
- New SABR resource: Near Major Leaguers and the ‘Bill Sharman Society’
- Call for papers: 2017 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference
- Stew Thornley is the 2016 recipient of the Bob Davids Award
- SABR Defensive Index rankings released through games of August 7
- View highlights and photos from 2016 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Kansas City
- Watch SABR panels from the 2016 MLB All-Star FanFest in San Diego
- When Billy Bottenus hit four home runs in a game for the Buffalo Bisons
- SABR Digital Library: Boston’s First Nine: The 1871-75 Boston Red Stockings
- Read articles from the Spring 2016 Baseball Research Journal online at SABR.org
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: /content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
For more information, click here.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|George Berti||Kingston, ON||Peter Koch||Mt. Prospect, IL|
|Bob Byrnes||Baltimore, MD||Steven Koplove||Philadelphia, PA|
|Michael Carden||Livonia, MI||Erik Pinkerman||Manuta, OH|
|Kevin Chamblin||Mukilteo, WA||Paul Plaine||White Plains, NY|
|Matt Johnson||Zimmerman, MN||Barry Stockhamer||La Quinta, CA|
|Richard Karcher||Saline, MI||Donald Weng||Georgetown, MA|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
- Oral History: Each year, the Mayo Smith Society, a nationwide organization of Detroit Tigers fans, holds an annual gathering in or near Detroit. In recent years, the Smithers have been able to secure a retired Tiger of some repute. The guest at the 2011 gathering was Dave Rozema, who pitched for Detroit in 1977-84, and with Texas in 1985. The audio is unavailable, but thanks to Mark Pattison, click here to read a transcript of Rozema’s remarks. The SABR biography of Dave Rozema, written by Chip Greene, can be found by clicking here.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting recap (October 17; St. Louis, MO)
- Rocky Mountain Chapter annual banquet: Register now for the Rocky Mountain Chapter’s 19th annual banquet on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Coors Field in Denver. Our special guest speakers this year are Vinny Castilla and Ellis Burks, who were stars when the “Blake Street Bombers” ruled Denver in the 1990s. Additionally, Rockies then-General Manager Bob Gebhard will be on hand to receive the Rocky Mountain SABR Award for lifetime achievement in baseball. Our Master of Ceremonies will be former Rockies pitcher Jason Hirsh. Tickets are $65 and open to all SABR members and guests. Visit RMSABR.org to learn more.
- Chapter websites/social media: Chapter leaders, all chapters are encouraged to have a presence online to help raise awareness of SABR and bring extra attention to our research, events, and activities. Click here if your chapter is interested in learning more about creating a new chapter website or social media accounts, and for a complete list of chapter sites and social media accounts.
- Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, download the new Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook on the Admin Tools page at admin.sabr.org. The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- October 29: Luke Easter Chapter World Series viewing party (Rochester, NY)
- October 29: Halsey Hall Chapter fall meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
- October 29: Schott-Pelican Chapter fall meeting (New Orleans, LA)
- October 29: “Topeka Jack” Johnson grave marker dedication ceremony (Topeka, KS)
- October 29: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter fall meeting (Hamden, CT)
- October 29: Leon Day Foundation 100th birthday celebration (Baltimore, MD)
- November 2: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter “First Wednesday” meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- November 3: Bergino: “The Eighth Wonder of the World” with Robert Trumpbour/Kenneth Womack (New York, NY)
- November 3-5: SABR Arizona Fall League Experience (Scottsdale, AZ)
- November 5: Luke Easter Chapter Hot Stove Talks (Rochester, NY)
- November 5: Northwest Chapter fall meeting (Seattle, WA)
- November 5: Dayton Chapter meeting (Dayton, OH)
- November 5: Rocky Mountain Chapter 19th annual banquet (Denver, CO)
- November 5: Boston Chapter fall meeting (Boston, MA)
- November 9: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- November 9: Johnny Tallant’s Hot Stove League meeting (Cumming, GA)
- November 10: Bergino: “Baseball’s Most Baffling MVP Ballots” with Jeremy Lehrman (New York, NY)
- November 12: Quebec Chapter fall meeting (Montreal, QC)
- November 12: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday morning (Minneapolis, MN)
- November 12: Canadian Baseball History Conference (St. Mary’s, ON)
- November 12: Philadelphia 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium (Philadelphia, PA)
All SABR meetings and events are open to the public. Feel free to bring a baseball-loving friend … and make many new ones! Check out the SABR Events Calendar at SABR.org/events.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- John Dewan: 2016 Fielding Bible Award winners announced (ACTA Sports)
- Amanda Claunch: Rare baseball find: a photo of Stars Park in St. Louis (Missouri History Museum)
- Cory Brosnahan: ‘All the ancient gods come to life’: An interview with John Thorn (PBS American Experience)
- Graham Womack: How the World Series originated — and almost unraveled (The National Pastime Museum)
- Steven Goldman: How Theo Epstein saved the Red Sox and now the Cubs (Slate)
- Adam Rosen: The strange story of why Belize is full of Chicago Cubs fans (Atlas Obscura)
- Susan Petrone: Who do you take to the World Series, your husband or your daughter? (ESPN.com)
- Dave Barry: Indians fans can hear that 1948 whistle blowin’ (New York Times)
- Nick Diunte: Clint Conatser recalls how he almost changed the course of 1948 World Series (Baseball Happenings)
- Mark Simon: Tony Fernandez mulls Indians’ near-miss in 1997 (ESPN.com)
- Bill Savage: Cubs are lovable losers no more (ESPN.com)
- Andrew Huckman: Orchestra crowds cheered on 1908 Cubs in World Series (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
- Michael Wunder: One Nebraska town’s century-old connection to the Chicago Cubs (Waverly News)
- Shane Tourtellotte: Game 6, 2011 versus Game 6, 1975, an anniversary challenge (The Hardball Times)
- Marty Appel: The strange case of Warren Spahn v. Messner, Inc. (The National Pastime Museum)
- Curt Brown: SABR member Pete Gorton is rekindling a Minnesota legend’s legacy (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
- Peter Cozzens: The 1953 Boston baseball massacre (The National Pastime Museum)
- Bill Deane: Chiefs of staff: The presidential surname all-star team (WordPress)
- Bob Klapisch: The 1956 World Series and the end of a rivalry (The National Pastime Museum)
- Craig Calcaterra: Baseball violence has always been a low-tech affair (The National Pastime Museum)
- Phil Birnbaum: Why the 2016 AL was harder to predict than the NL (Sabermetric Research)
- Derek Bain: The worst in-season trades since 1950 (Seamheads)
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Originally published: October 28, 2016. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.