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, 2022:
With the support of the City of Daytona Beach and the Volusia County-Daytona Beach Branch of the NAACP, SABR’s Central Florida Chapter installed a commemorative marker on Sunday, October 23 at the site of Kelly Field, where Jackie Robinson and John Wright integrated spring training with the Montreal Royals in 1946, in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Kelly Field’s role in the integration of baseball has long been overlooked and ignored. Located in the midst of one of the two predominantly African American sections of Daytona Beach, Kelly Field was the centerpiece of the Black community. Now an empty lot encompassing a retention pond, the site where the Royals practiced and an entire community gathered to watch and play baseball was unmarked and nearly lost to history.
Thanks to a Local Grant from SABR, the plaque was unveiled for the first time as part of a ceremony honoring the event at the Midtown Cultural Center in Daytona Beach. SABR CEO Scott Bush was on hand for the celebration.
Join us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.
- Register now: Click here to pre-register for Ballpark Figures on Thursday, November 3 with Erin Santana
On Thursday, November 3, we will hear from Erin Santana, Education Coordinator for the Chicago White Sox. In her role, she helps international players adjust to life in the United States through English classes, culture classes, cultural experiences, and general support. She is a member of the advisory board for the Alliance for Gender Equality in Baseball and co-chair of the Winter Meetings Educational Committee. She was born and raised in Maine, where she played soccer, basketball, and softball throughout school. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Seton Hall University.
Visit SABR.org/ballpark-figures to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.
Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:
From Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium: Great Games in Philadelphia’s Lost Ballpark
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-85-1, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-86-8 paperback, $39.95
8.5″ x 11″, 398 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of From Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, MOBI, EPUB/Kindle formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the From Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium paperback edition from the SABR Store ($19.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Amazon Kindle Direct can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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Last chance to register for 2022 SABR Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee, Lajoie-Start Chapter, and the Rhode Island College’s Department of History present the Southern New England 19cBB Interdisciplinary Symposium, which will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022, in Providence, Rhode Island.
The event will be held at Rhode Island College’s John Lincoln Alger Hall, 600 Library Road, Providence, RI 02908.
The symposium will be highlighted by a welcome address from author Ed Achorn (Fifty-Nine in ’84), a keynote address from Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, an interdisciplinary talk by Elizabeth Williams of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, plus research presentations by Robert Cvornyek, Howard Chudacoff, Lauren Tuiskula, and Rick Harris.
- How to Register: Click here to register online at SABR.org. Please note: Due to space limitations, we can only allow up to 80 registrants for this event.
- Schedule: Click here to download the full schedule (PDF)
- Cost: SABR members and up to two (2) guests can register for the symposium at $45 per person, which includes Continental breakfast, buffet lunch and AM & PM refreshments.
- Parking and Directions: Click here for directions to the campus and how to secure a parking permit.
The 2022 Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will be the sixth in our city-specific series. Previous symposiums were held in New York City (2014), Philadelphia (2016), Cleveland (2018), Minneapolis (2019), and Brooklyn (2021).
Early registration is now open for the SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held in person from March 10-12, 2023, at the Beus Center for Law and Society on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in Phoenix, Arizona.
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. Register today to join us!
General sessions will be held in person on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12 at the Beus Center for Law and Society in downtown Phoenix. General Session registration includes access to all programming held at the Beus Center for Law and Society, including research presentations, panel discussions, Friday evening networking reception, a boxed lunch on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and coffee talks on Saturday and Sunday morning.
Students will have two registration options, virtual or in-person, with both including access to the General Session on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12, and a student-only virtual session on Thursday, March 9.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2023 SABR Analytics Conference. Early-bird registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $150 for currently enrolled high school or college students. Student-only virtual registration is $50.
- Student Registration: Students should email Scott Carter with a photo of their student ID to receive a special link to register at a discounted rate. Students have the option of choosing virtual ($50) or in-person ($150) registration. All student registrations also include a complimentary one-year SABR membership, which will be fulfilled after event sign-up.
Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
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 preliminary and/or final results, and the expected contribution to the field of baseball analytics offered by this work. Please send all abstracts to this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org and clearly indicate whether you are submitting for the general track or for the student track of presentations.
The submission deadline for all 2023 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST on November 23, 2022.
With generous funding from The Nanar and Anthony Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR Analytics Conference on March 10-12, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging fees associated with the conference up to a total value of $1,250.
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 the SABR 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.
As SABR continues toward our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball, it is gifts from members like you who sustain our organization, allowing us to produce wonderful baseball research and programming that reaches people everywhere. There’s still time for your gift to go twice as far — as Baseball-Reference.com founder Sean Forman is matching donations up to a grand total of $10,000.
You can support SABR’s end of year Bring it Home Campaign by making a gift of $150 or more today. 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 in helping SABR maintain core mission programming, develop new initiatives, and ensure affordable membership access:
- Support for Core Programming: Your donations help make SABR events possible and accessible, while fueling the productivity and development of our publishing efforts.
- Support for New Initiatives: Your donations allow SABR to maintain its relevance and respectability in an ever-changing environment.
- Support for Affordable Membership Access: Your donations are crucial to keeping SABR membership affordable for all, a critical aspect of fulfilling our vision to become the essential community for the world of baseball.
Visit SABR.org/donate/2022 to learn more.
It’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.
The SABR Analytics Certification program is an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics. The curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.
SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/certification to sign up today or learn more.
- Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, November 2. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. SABR member Gary Cieradkowski will talk to us about his books and experience on the road. Click here to register in advance for this Zoom meeting.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from Dominick Denaro (“1947 Cleveland Buckeyes and the Negro League World Series”), Dan Taylor (Walking Alone: The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington), Michael Ortman (Opening Day: 50-for-50), Justin Mckinney (Baseball’s Union Association), and Mark Cohen of Digital Diamond Baseball. Click here to view video replays of virtual SABR events.
Here are some more upcoming virtual events all members can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:
- October 29: Hank Gowdy Columbus (OH) Chapter book club meeting (9:30 a.m. EDT)
- October 29: Mathewson-Plank (PA) Chapter meeting with Justin Mckinney (2:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 30: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- November 2: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with Gary Cieradkowski (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- November 3: Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Erin Santana (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- November 3: Central Illinois Chapter meeting with Jeff Pearlman (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- November 5: Talkin’ Baseball: Dan Joseph (9:00 a.m. EDT)
- November 6: Oklahoma Chapter meeting with Jesse Asbury and Howard Johnson (2:00 p.m. CST)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- October 29: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter fall meeting (Middletown, CT)
- October 29: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting (LaGrange, IL)
- October 29: Luke Easter Chapter World Series meet-up (Rochester, NY)
- November 2: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
- November 2: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter fellowship meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- November 2: Hank Gowdy Columbus Chapter World Series get-together (Columbus, OH)
- November 2: History on Trial: Black Sox Scandal (Chicago, IL)
- November 5: Halsey Hall Chapter fall meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
- November 5: Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter meeting (Las Vegas, NV)
- November 5: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting (Portland, OR)
- November 5: Baseball Reliquary: Shrine of the Eternals Induction Ceremony (Los Angeles, CA)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
One new interview was posted this week at the SABR Oral History Collection website. Here is the new interview:
- Pat Tabler, All-Star outfielder, 1992 World Series champion, and Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster
Recorded October 26, 2022, by John McMurray
The SABR Oral History Collection now includes more than 700 audio files of interviews conducted with ballplayers (Major Leagues, Minor Leagues, Negro Leagues, AAGPBL), executives, scouts, authors, writers, broadcasters, and other figures of historical baseball significance.
If you are interested in contributing to SABR’s Oral History Collection, the committee offers guidelines for conducting effective oral history interviews or contact Jacob Pomrenke to learn more about donating your own audio recordings.
Eleven new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:
- May 24, 1886: Fred Dunlap hits for the cycle, records 16 chances at second base, by Mike Huber
- October 3, 1917: Senators’ Walter Johnson earns first career win against Babe Ruth with arm, bat, by Kevin Larkin
- August 19, 1921: Ty Cobb joins the 3,000-hit club, by Douglas Jordan
- June 8, 1934: A’s rookie Mort Flohr’s wayward first pitch nails Babe Ruth, by Kurt Blumenau
- September 27, 1947: Red Sox shoot for second place as Dobson, Williams, and Pesky excel, by Bill Nowlin
- May 4, 1966: Willie Mays passes Mel Ott for NL career lead with 512th homer, by Jake Bell
- August 4, 1972: Dick Allen adds to his MVP résumé by beating Texas with a ninth-inning double, by Thomas E. Merrick
- April 16, 1985: Ron Darling’s one-hitter bests José DeLeon’s 14 strikeouts in Mets’ win over Pirates, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- June 6, 1990: Nolan Ryan falls to A’s in return from back injury, by Steve Ginader
- May 18, 1998: Mike Piazza triples, but is more impressed by another Mark McGwire homer, by Dan Cichalski
- October 28, 2018: Red Sox roll to another World Series crown behind David Price, Steve Pearce, by Bill Nowlin
In addition, the following stories from SABR’s Baseball’s Greatest Comeback Games (2021), edited by Bill Nowlin, have also been posted online:
- September 10, 1916: Pirates’ 6-run ninth completes comeback and makes Burleigh Grimes a winner in debut, by Gregory H. Wolf
- August 30, 1919: Outburst by Tigers’ inert offense stuns St. Louis, by Nathan Bierma
- June 25, 1929: Robins stun Giants with 5 ninth-inning runs to tie game, then win in 10th, by Gordon J. Gattie
- September 20, 1942: War worries overshadow Senators’ huge 9th inning against A’s, by Andrew Sharp
- June 10, 1946: No no-hitter for Borowy as Phillies rally at Wrigley, by James Forr
- September 8, 1947: Giants stage surprising comeback to beat Pirates, by John J. Burbridge Jr.
- May 18, 1950: Rough inning for Cardinals leads to improbable Dodgers comeback, by Brian Frank
- May 18, 1976: Yankees score 5 runs in 9th to tie and 5 in 16th to win, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- July 5, 1978: Braves blast Dodgers for 6 runs in ninth for epic comeback, by Frederick C. Bush
- April 29, 1979: Bobby Murcer’s 9th-inning grand slam shocks Braves, by Richard Cuicchi
- July 25, 1980: Seven-run 9th inning launches Astros to 9-8 victory over Expos, by Gary Belleville
- October 20, 1993: Blue Jays battle back to win 15-14 in highest-scoring game in World Series history, by Brian Frank
- May 2, 2005: Cardinals score 7 runs in 9th to complete comeback against Reds, by Justin Mattingly (first-time author)
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.
Episode #185 on Monday, October 24 featured Brad Snyder, a Georgetown University law professor and Guggenheim fellow who teaches constitutional law, sports law, and twentieth century American legal history. He has written books and law review articles about the history of the Supreme Court, including his forthcoming title, Democratic Justice: Felix Frankfurter, the Supreme Court, and the Making of the Liberal Establishment. Prior to law teaching, he worked as an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP and wrote two critically acclaimed books about baseball, including A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood’s Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports.
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.
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 8:00-9:00 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:
- 2022 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists announced
- SABR Digital Library: ¡Arriba! The Heroic Life of Roberto Clemente
- The SABR Bookshelf: Fall 2022
- In Memoriam: Bruce Sutter
- Watch highlights from the 2022 SABR/IWBC Virtual Women in Baseball Conference
- Read stories from new SABR Convention Games project at SABR.org
- Read articles from SABR 50 at 50 anthology book online at SABR.org
- Check out highlights, stories, and photos from SABR 50 in Baltimore
- SABR’s The Baseball Index introduces faster, more flexible searches
- Read all stories from The National Pastime: Major Research on the Minor Leagues online
- New SABR Century project: Baseball and the Supreme Court
- SABR Digital Library: We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays
- Watch a preview of the Landmarks Committee’s new SABR Baseball Map
- Seven baseball projects to receive SABR Local Grants in 2022
- Save the date! SABR 51 will be in Chicago in 2023
- 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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Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Pictorial History: Check out the Pictorial History Committee’s new website at SABRPictorial.com. Any SABR member who is interested in writing an article about a baseball photograph or moving image, please contact Cary Smith.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Larry Dierker Chapter: October 16 meeting recap (Houston, TX)
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame Historic Markers Recognized by SABR Landmarks Committee (Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame)
- Paul Casella: 2022 Fielding Bible Awards announced (MLB.com)
- Jay Jaffe: The World Series-Sized Hole in Justin Verlander’s Hall of Fame Resumé (FanGraphs)
- Ben Lindbergh: The World Series Is a Colossal Mismatch. In Other Words, It’s Totally Up for Grabs. (The Ringer)
- Ken Rosenthal: What would justify Astros owner Jim Crane parting ways with GM James Click? (The Athletic)
- Michael Clair: Can this World Series match the madness of the 1980 Phillies-Astros NLCS? (MLB.com)
- Neil Paine: The Astros Are Chasing History. But The Phillies Know How To Pull A Historic Upset. (FiveThirtyEight)
- Clinton Yates: ‘It’s what we all aspire to be’: Dave Sims is a beacon in broadcasting, an icon in Seattle (Andscape)
- Emma Baccellieri: The Trials and Tribulations of Changing How Pitchers and Catchers Communicate (Sports Illustrated)
- Howard Megdal: Aaron Nola Embodies The Phillies’ Topsy-Turvy Path To The World Series (FiveThirtyEight)
- Jayson Stark: Bryce Harper’s home run was historic, but was it ‘clutch’? (The Athletic)
- Tyler Kepner: ‘It’s His Time’: Bryce Harper Is Building His Legacy (New York Times)
- Scott Miller: How the Phillies Decided to Travel Home Early (New York Times)
- Russell A. Carleton: Rest or Rust? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Eno Sarris: The postseason is the test kitchen for next year’s baseball trends. So what’s new? (The Athletic)
- Michael Baumann: How Much Will Adam Wainwright’s Victory Lap Contribute to Actual Victories? (FanGraphs)
- Stephanie Apstein: Yankees’ Elimination Turns Attention, Again, Toward Aaron Judge (Sports Illustrated)
- Alex Speier: World Series offers windows into Red Sox past, and their dreamed-of future (Boston Globe)
- Justice B. Hill: Guardians’ Triston McKenzie has arrived as an MLB star and a mentor (Andscape)
- Rob Mains: The Weird Thing About Position Players Pitching in 2022 (Baseball Prospectus)
- David Laurila: He’s Not Timmy Trumpet, But D-Backs Prospect Jordan Lawlar Can Play (FanGraphs)
- Steven Goldman: Hire Skip, Fire Aaron… or Don’t (Baseball Prospectus)
- Lucas Seehafer: Reviewing Tommy John Surgery Research (Baseball Prospectus)
- Kaelen Jones: Sports History This Week: 1992 Toronto Blue Jays (History.com)
- Miranda Collinge: Uncovering the Secrets of My Great-Grandfather Fred’s Surprisingly Non-Terrible Baseball Career (Esquire)
- Jeff J. Snider: On Mark Sweeney’s Birthday, Let’s Talk About Him Giving Number 22 to Clayton Kershaw (Inside the Dodgers)
- Valerie J. Nelson/Kenneth Reich: Roz Wyman, city’s youngest council member who helped bring Dodgers to L.A., dies at 92 (Los Angeles Times)
- J. Eric Eckard: Buck Leonard Association to launch new hall of fame (Rocky Mount Telegram)
- Harvey Sahker: Happy trails: Banned big leaguer’s journey took him to Regina in 1920s (Calgary Herald)
- Bill Staples Jr: NFL Star Warren Lahr and His Lifelong Dream to “Play Big League Baseball” (International Pastime)
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Originally published: October 28, 2022. Last Updated: October 28, 2022.