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This Week in SABR: October 29, 2021

This Week in SABR: October 29, 2021

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 29, 2021:


Early registration now open for 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceEarly registration is now open for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over three days in online sessions from March 18-20, 2022. 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!

Note: Should future conditions allow for a hybrid event, virtual registrations will be applicable toward in-person registration if desired.

The Virtual Analytics Conference schedule consists of research presentations and guest speakers from throughout the baseball analytics community, career development sessions led by experienced sports professionals, and industry networking opportunities — all available online for any aspiring front office executive or baseball fan to attend from the comfort of home. Students will have opportunities for skill acquisition and development, including sessions on how to work with baseball-related data sets as well as databasing and SQL.

Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panelists, and presenters soon! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.


Submit your presentation abstract for 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR and Sports Info Solutions are excited to announce the call for presentations for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held online on March 18-20, 2022.

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. Please send all abstracts to this e-mail address: analytics@sportsinfosolutions.com. Please clearly indicate whether you are submitting for the general track or for the student track of presentations.

The submission deadline for all 2022 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST, Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

Click here for more information on the call for papers.


Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

2020 SABR Analytics Yoseloff ScholarsWith generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to six scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference on March 18-20, 2022. This scholarship will pay for all registration fees and expenses associated with the conference.

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 Virtual Analytics Conference and to introduce them to fellow SABR members and professionals within the baseball community.

All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Leslie Heaphy at lheaphy@kent.edu no later than December 31, 2021.

Click here to learn more at SABR.org.


2021 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists announced

SABR Defensive IndexFor the ninth 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 2021 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 one-hour, special-edition broadcast of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 7.

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 7, immediately following the ESPN broadcast.

Click here to view the 2021 Gold Glove Award finalists at SABR.org.


SABR Digital Library: Baltimore Baseball

Baltimore Baseball, edited by Bill NowlinAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Baltimore Baseball
Edited by Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5954-7, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5955-4, $32.95
8.5″ x 11″, 293 pages

“The history of baseball in Baltimore is as deep-rooted and tradition-rich as anywhere in America. If you are a fan of our national pastime, I am certain you will enjoy scrolling through this compelling chronicle of what makes Baltimore baseball unique. From Ruth to Ripken, from the Elite Giants to our Baltimore Orioles, there’s nothing quite as intriguing as these tales of our orange and black.” — Mike Gibbons, Director Emeritus, Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation

Baltimore Baseball touches on some of the rich history of baseball in the Baltimore area, through recounts of 84 games from 1876 through 2019.

The bulk of the games feature the Baltimore Orioles — the current franchise from 1954 to the present — but we also have games from the nineteenth century, the early twentieth century, and the Negro Leagues. Some of the most memorable games in Baltimore history are included, along with some unique contests, and Hall of Fame players featured throughout.

Also included are “ballpark biographies” of seven Baltimore ballparks — Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Memorial Stadium, Union Park, American League Park, Bugle Field, Terrapin Park, and Maryland Park, and an essay on other early ballparks.

Fifty-four members of the Society for American Baseball Research and SABR’s Babe Ruth Chapter contributed their talents as researchers, writers, and editors to create this look at Baltimore Baseball, an ideal keepsake for diehard O’s fans and an apt introduction for those coming to Charm City for the first time.

Contributors include: Malcolm Allen, Steve Behnke, Gary Belleville, Luis A. Blandon Jr., Bob Brown, John J. Burbridge Jr., Frederick C. Bush, Sean Church, Matt Clever, Alan Cohen, Peter Coolbaugh, Chris Corrigan, Richard Cuicchi, Tim Deale, Bill Felber, Bob Fleishman, Brian Frank, Gordon J. Gattie, Mike Gibbons, Austin Gisriel, Bill Haelig, Mike Huber, Bill Johnson, Timothy Kearns, Jimmy Keenan, Robert Kimball, Leonte Landino, Kevin Larkin, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Mike Lynch, Jody Madron, Tom Mank, Ken Mars, Mark R. Millikin, Dave Moniz, Bill Nowlin, Chad Osborne, Rich Ottone, Jim Overmyer, Laura H. Peebles, Ralph Peluso, Carl Riechers, Benjamin Sabin, Gary A. Sarnoff, Thomas E. Schott, Paul Scimonelli, Peter Seidel, Curt Smith, Bill Staples Jr., Bill Stetka, David B. Stinson, Joseph Wancho, and Steven C. Weiner.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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SABR Local Grant applications open beginning November 1

SABR logoWhile 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 beginning on November 1, 2021. 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.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


SABR Editorial Board seeks new project proposals by November 1

2019 SABR booksSABR’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.

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.

Two sample project proposals can be downloaded by clicking here. Previously published web projects can be viewed at SABR.org/eight-myths-out or SABR.org/gamesproj/first-games-back.

Deadlines for review are April and October, with a likely publication timeline of about 18-24 months.


Join us November 6 for Ed Williamson grave marker dedication ceremony

Ned Williamson (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)The SABR 19th Century Grave Marker Project is excited to announce the dedication of its latest project — a gravestone for 19th-century home run king Ed Williamson. The dedication will take place at 1:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

Edward Nagle “Ned” Williamson was a talented and powerful third baseman during the 1880s for the Chicago White Stockings, now known as the Cubs. In 1884, Williamson slugged a record-setting 27 homers. It was the most home runs ever hit by a National League ballplayer in the 19th century and was the major-league single-season record for 25 years, until Babe Ruth hit 29 homers in 1919.

The 19th Century Grave Marker Project identifies 19th-century baseball notables who either lack a grave marker or whose headstone is in dire disrepair, and then rectify those issues.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


SABR Digital Library: One-Hit Wonders

One-Hit Wonders, edited by Bill NowlinAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

One-Hit Wonders
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

Click here to read the full description of this book at SABR.org.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!


Register now for SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium

The virtual SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will take place on November 13-14, 2021.

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.

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.


Bring It Home in 2021 and support the future of SABR and baseball research

Bring It Home and support SABR today!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.


Last call: Submit abstracts for 2022 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference

SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century ConferenceAll 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 peterplus4@earthlink.net.

For any questions, please contact Peter Mancuso at peterplus4@earthlink.net.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta―and How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports, by Clayton TrutorSABR 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 Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting from 7:00-9:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, November 3. All SABR members are invited to attend. Our guest speaker will be Clayton Trutor, SABR Vermont’s chapter chair, who will present on his forthcoming book Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta – and How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports. Click here to register in advance for this meeting.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from author Dan Epstein (The Captain and Me). 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 31: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • November 3: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with Clayton Trutor (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • November 4: Dusty Baker-Sacramento (CA) Chapter meeting with Dave Newhouse (7:00 p.m. PDT)
  • November 6: Talkin’ Baseball: David Gordon (9:00 a.m. EDT)

In addition, the following events will be held in person:

  • October 30: Oscar Charleston Chapter meeting (Indianapolis, IN)
  • October 30: Sebring-Stovey Williamsport Chapter meeting (Williamsport, PA)
  • November 6: Hank Gowdy Columbus Chapter meeting (Columbus, OH)
  • November 6: Allan Roth Chapter meeting (Anaheim Hills, CA)
  • November 6: Ed Williamson Grave Marker Dedication Ceremony (Chicago, IL)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with broadcaster Tim Hagerty

SABRcast #134: Tim HagertyBaseball 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 #134 on Monday, October 25 featured Tim Hagerty, broadcaster for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas since 2014. He has called professional baseball games for nearly two decades, previously working for the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in Tucson and Portland, as well as for lower-level teams in Idaho Falls and Mobile. He is the author of one baseball book, Root for the Home Team, and numerous articles for SABR, The Sporting News, The Hardball Times, and other publications. Find more of his work at timhagerty.com.

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.


24 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Henry Aaron (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Twenty-four new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project, including articles from our Digital Library book, Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games. Here are the new game stories:

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.

Listen to archives of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroDuring 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.


ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.


Welcome, new members!

We’d like to welcome all of our new SABR members who have joined this week. You can find all Members-Only resources at members.sabr.org and the Membership Handbook can be downloaded here.

Please give these new members a warm welcome and help them make the most of their membership by giving them the opportunity to get involved in their local chapter or a research committee.

You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Brad Abney Prosper, TX     AJ Lea Caldwell, ID
Samuel Brown Montpelier, VA     Isaac Lindquist Omaha, NE
David Cantor Montclair, NJ     Shawn Manning Butler, PA
Glynn Clapsaddle Escondido, CA     Will Otting Cascade, IA
Kat Coykendall San Francisco, CA     Michael Prasinos Des Plaines, IL
Harry Deitz Reading, PA     Chris Riehl Columbia, MD
Chris Foran Glendale, WI     Cory Sechrest Chicago, IL
Gary Hamel Bristol, CT     David Seigerman Larchmont, NY
Adam Hann Allentown, PA     Olin Simpson Shabbona, IL
Scott Kent Celina, TX     Joshua Stamey Salisbury, NC
Adolfo López Toa Baja, PRI     Jack Toner Oakland, CA
Carmen Lampe Zeitler Des Moines, IA     Cody Williams Callaway, VA

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.


Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:

Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.


Around the Web

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

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 29, 2021. Last Updated: October 29, 2021.

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