Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of October 31, 2014:
Major League Baseball’s A-listers will take home 2014 GIBBY trophies — the ultimate honors of the industry’s awards season — based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
SABR members will again help get to decide who had the best performances of the 2014 baseball season in the 13th annual MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards.
This year’s GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 23 categories. Individual honors will go to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year’s best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, bounceback player, defensive player, manager, executive, and postseason performer.
GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year’s top play, outfield throw, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 topic, regular-season moment and postseason moment, with video available via MLB.com’s Must C highlight reels.
All 30 clubs are represented among the award candidates. In fact, every team has multiple nominees in 2014 — a testament to the parity of talent around the game.
- To cast your SABR vote in the 2014 GIBBYs, click here: http://sabr.org/research/sabr-members-vote-2014-mlb-gibbys
The deadline to cast your SABR vote is 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, November 21. You can still cast a fan vote without logging in through the end of the public voting period on MLB.com.
SABR members have the opportunity to play a key role in selecting the winners of the GIBBYs. 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%)
The winners will be announced at a reception at the annual Baseball Winter Meetings on December 6, 2014, in San Diego, California.
The Hot Stove League kicked off on Thursday, October 30 with the start of the sixth annual SABR Arizona Fall League Conference.
About 25 conference guests toured the new Cubs Park at Mesa before attending an AFL game between the Scottsdale Scorpions and Mesa Solar Sox on Thursday afternoon, then took part in a special ballpark dinner with guest speaker Brett Butler, a former major league outfielder and current Miami Marlins coach, at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick before a game between the Surprise Saguaros and Salt River Rafters.
Today, AFL conference attendees will take in another game at Salt River Fields before enjoying dinner with members of the Arizona Major League Alumni at the legendary baseball hangout Don and Charlie’s in Scottsdale.
On Saturday morning, attendees will join members of SABR’s Flame Delhi (Arizona) Chapter for their regional fall meeting. Saturday night is always a highlight of the conference as the top prospects from every organization participate in the AFL Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields.
For more details and a complete schedule, visit SABR.org/AFL.
- Related link: 2015 AFL Fall Stars Game rosters filled to brim with talent (MLB.com)
The 45th annual SABR national convention will take place June 24-28, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois.
To coincide with the annual convention, the summer 2015 issue of The National Pastime will focus on Chicago-area baseball. Chicago, home to two of the oldest major league teams, has a long association with baseball.
The National Pastime is not limited only to the study of the major leagues; we’re open to topics including college baseball, fan studies, women’s baseball, Little League, semipro ball, and more. Articles may be historical, biographical, or analytical, but please avoid personal narrative.
Please also note that concurrent with the convention, SABR is releasing two Digital Library e-books — one on the 1919 White Sox and one on the 1929 Cubs. Therefore, we discourage submissions on those teams, although articles on other periods of Cubs and Sox history are certainly welcomed.
This issue of The National Pastime will be edited by longtime Chicago-based SABR member Stuart Shea. Stu will be taking queries and abstracts until November 15, 2014, and will make assignments no later than December 1. First drafts of articles will be due by February 1, 2014, and rewrites (if needed) will be due by March 1.
To query, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “TNP Query” and a key word or two on your subject. (For example: “TNP Query: Economics of Wrigley Rooftops.”)
Please note that the TNP will have both a print edition (given out to SABR 45 convention attendees) and an expanded e-book version that will be sent to all SABR members. Some, but not all, of the articles will be selected to appear in the print edition, while more will appear in the electronic edition.
For the second 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 30 total “votes” — or approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process — which are 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 conclusion of the 2014 season at SABR.org.
The 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® winners will be unveiled during a one-hour, ESPN2 “Baseball Tonight” primetime special on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, beginning at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.
- View the finalists: See the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists at MLB.com
- Latest SDI rankings: View the full positional rankings among Rawlings Gold Glove Award qualifiers (final season rankings will be unveiled next week)
Following the ESPN2 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 2014 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.
The SDI is compiled by the SABR Defensive Committee, which includes SABR President Vince Gennaro, Sean Forman of Baseball-Reference.com, Ben Jedlovec of Baseball Info Solutions, SABR Director F.X. Flinn, author and defensive metrics expert Chris Dial, and author Michael Humphreys.
The SABR Defensive Index 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. The three metrics representing batted ball data include Defensive Runs Saved from Baseball Info Solutions, Ultimate Zone Rating developed by noted sabermetrician Mitchel Lichtman, and Runs Effectively Defended based on STATS Zone Rating and built by SABR Defensive Committee member Chris Dial. The two metrics included in the SDI originating from play-by-play data are Defensive Regression Analysis, created by committee member Michael Humphreys, and Total Zone Rating.
Learn more about the SABR Defensive Index and view updated rankings at SABR.org/SDI.
SABR has a long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics. While SABR is a multi-faceted organization involved in virtually every aspect of baseball, we have taken a major step to re-connect with our beginnings by producing and hosting the fourth annual:
SABR Analytics Conference
March 12-14, 2015
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Once again, we’re bringing together the top minds of the baseball analytic community under one roof to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball.
The schedule will consist 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.
- Conference registration is available now at the SABR Store. Click here to register. The conference is open to all baseball fans. The early registration rate is $395 for SABR members and $495 for nonmembers, or $350 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year membership to SABR).
The 2015 SABR Analytics Conference will be held Thursday, March 12 through Saturday, March 14 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Click here to book your hotel room at the special SABR group rate of $174/night (plus tax) for double occupancy. Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference.
Check back soon as we announce some of our featured speakers, panels and presentations!
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.
For complete details and information, visit SABR.org/analytics.
The third annual SABR Analytics Conference was held March 13-15, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona. Check out highlights at SABR.org/analytics/2014.
- Submit your presentation abstract for the 2015 SABR Analytics Conference
- Nominate your favorite baseball analytics research for the 2015 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
- Click here for rules and entry requirements for Diamond Dollars Case Competition
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 2015 SABR Analytics Conference on March 12-14, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona. This scholarship will pay for registration, air transportation and lodging 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 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.
- Download an application form: Click here to apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2015 SABR Analytics Conference
Click here for more information on submission guidelines and eligibility requirements.
All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than December 31, 2014
The Baseball Hall of Fame made the following announcement on Thursday, October 30:
The nine players on the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Golden Era Committee ballot for 2015 totaled three Most Valuable Player Awards, an average of more than six All-Star Game selections per player and seven World Series titles.
And the 10th member of the ballot? Well, all he did was assemble the great Cardinals teams of the 1960s and the Big Red Machine of the 1970s.
The 10-person ballot for consideration by this year’s Golden Era Committee — featuring candidates whose main contribution to the National Pastime came between 1947 and 1972 — consists of Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills.
Kaat (10 votes in 2011), Hodges (9 votes), Minoso (9 votes), Oliva (8 votes), Boyer (less than 3 votes) and Tiant (less than three votes) return to the ballot after appearing in the fall in 2011 in the first vote of the Golden Era Committee. Allen, Howsam, Pierce and Wills will be considered by the Golden Era Committee for the first time.
The 16-person Golden Era Committee consists of SABR members Pat Gillick, Roland Hemond, Steve Hirdt, and Tracy Ringolsby, along with Hall of Famers Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Ferguson Jenkins, Al Kaline, Joe Morgan, Ozzie Smith and Don Sutton; baseball executives Jim Frey, David Glass, and Bob Watson; and veteran media members Dick Kaegel and Phil Pepe.
Any candidate receiving votes on 75 percent of all ballots cast will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2015 on July 26.
For candidate bios and more information, visit BaseballHall.org.
For those of you whose SABR memberships expire on 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 2015. Here’s a short list:
You can renew your membership for 1 year or 3 years online at the SABR Store; by phone at (602) 343-6450; or by mailing this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the SABR office at 4455 E. Camelback Road, Ste. D-140, Phoenix, AZ 85018.
Dues are the same as they have been in recent years: for this, 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 (Chicago 2015), the SABR Analytics Conference, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, and the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference; discounts to MLB.TV; 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 http://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.
In my 31 years as a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, I have seen SABR evolve greatly as an organization, offering unparalleled opportunities and benefits for members and commanding respect throughout the baseball community. And I have seen that first-hand: In 1983, I attended my first SABR Convention in my hometown of Milwaukee, where I was thrilled to meet some of the organization’s founders. This past year, I attended both the 2014 Analytics Conference and the 44th annual convention in Houston — and I’m equally thrilled for SABR’s future after getting to know the staff and volunteer leadership now in place.
To continue to grow as an organization, and to seize the great opportunities now within reach, SABR is in need of charitable gifts. Many members have already become donors, and you can join them right now by making your gift online at SABR.org/donate.
SABR is a 501(c)3 organization, which means your donation is tax deductible in the U.S. to the fullest extent of the law.
While the incentives are attractive, the real benefit is the satisfaction received from contributing to the continuing knowledge and appreciation of our national pastime.
Please join me in supporting SABR and send your donation by check to SABR Donor Program, 4455 E. Camelback Road, Ste. D-140, Phoenix, AZ 85018 — or by visiting SABR.org and pressing the convenient DONATE button at the top of the page. By doing so you help SABR fulfill its mission and increase the impact of our baseball analysis and historical study.
Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Please check with your company to see if it offers a matching gift program that will match your gift or volunteer hours to the Society for American Baseball Research. If you have questions regarding your gift, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Phillip Bolda, Chair, SABR Fundraising and Development Committee
Just a reminder to all that the sixth annual SABR Day will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015. We’re starting to compile details now on 2015 SABR Day chapter meetings around the country. We’ll post them as soon as we get them at SABR.org/sabrday.
Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans and are usually free to attend, so bring a friend! Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.
Check back soon at SABR.org/sabrday for more information on a SABR Day meeting close to you.
For a complete recap of 2014 SABR Day activities, visit SABR.org/sabrday.
Both baseball and non-baseball historians of the 19th century will present a day-long NYC 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (524 W. 59th Street in New York). This interdisciplinary symposium, co-hosted by SABR’s Nineteenth Century and Origins Committees, is intended to illuminate New York City’s indelible contributions to the origins, growth, spread, and institutionalization of the game as we know it today, and how, in turn New York baseball of the era, impacted the lives of 19th-century New Yorkers and Americans beyond.
- Register today: Click here to download the registration form and information packet (PDF)
To help derive a greater understanding of what is known and what is not known about 19th-century baseball in and around New York City, SABR’s Nineteenth Century and Origins Committees have established the inaugural NYC 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium on Saturday, November 15, 2014, to bring together a rare assembly of both leading baseball historians and experts on 19th-century New York City and 19th-century life.
The all-day program of panel discussions and research presentations will cover the last six decades of the 19th century, which will be divided between baseball’s Pre-Professional Era (1840s-1870) in the morning and its Professional Era (1871-1900) in the afternoon. The $95.00 registration fee ($45.00 for students with currently valid College IDs) will include a comprehensive packet of symposium handout materials, a continental breakfast service, and a full hot buffet luncheon with a keynote address by NYC historian, author, and curator, Steven H. Jaffe (see below).
There will also be an optional post-symposium gathering immediately following the day’s program at a nearby restaurant (food and beverage are individual pay).
The interdisciplinary program will feature baseball historians, authors and researchers, including: Major League Baseball Official Historian John Thorn; William Ryczek; Tom Gilbert; George Thompson; Robert Bailey; David Dyte; William Lamb; David Nemec; Donald Jensen; Ralph Carhart; and David Krell, among others.
An exclusive “interview” by Gary O’Maxfield of NYC baseball pioneer Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams (1814-1899) will be provided by his great-granddaughter and “Doc” Adams historian, Marjorie Adams.
Three dedicated and highly regarded non-baseball historians, whose devotion to their respective studies go well beyond the letters following their names, will be joining this program as guest faculty. They are:
- Keynote Speaker Dr. Steven H. Jaffe, historian, author and curator, currently the guest curator of the exhibition “Activist New York” at the Museum of the City of New York and author of New York at War: Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham (Basic Books, 2012) and Who Were the Founding Fathers? Two Hundred Years of Reinventing American History (Henry Holt, 1996).
- Dr. Ann Fabian, who will present on “Gambling in 19th Century America”. Dr. Fabian is Distinguished Professor of History and American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is the author of Card Sharps, Dream Books & Bucket Shops: Gambling in Nineteenth-Century America (Cornell University Press, 1991; paperback, Routledge, 1999).
- Dr. David Hochfelder will present on “How the Telegraph Helped Make Baseball the National Pastime”. Dr. Hochfelder is Associate Professor of History at University of Albany and author of The Telegraph in America: A History (Baltimore and London: John Hopkins University Press, 2012).
The symposium is open to both SABR members and to the general public. See the Registration Form for fees and payment information. To download the application for your passport to 19th-century New York City and a front-row seat to baseball being played there, please click here to download the registration form and information packet (PDF). Registration will continue until November 1, 2014 or until registration is announced “closed” due to space constraints. For questions, please contact Peter Mancuso or John Zinn.
Add a musical new book to your baseball collection with the newest title from the SABR Digital Library:
Van Lingle Mungo: The Man, The Song, The Players
Edited by Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: James Forr and Len Levin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-933599-76-2
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-933599-77-9
Just as 1930s and 1940s Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants pitcher Van Lingle Mungo was surprised that Dave Frishberg wrote a song around his name back in 1969, so he might have been surprised to come across this book in the year 2014. Frishberg’s song “Van Lingle Mungo” listed 37 ballplayers in the lyrics. A different version contained three different names. That’s a total of 40, and all 40 are represented with biographies in this book.
Dave Frishberg himself has been a member of SABR since 1984. This book, largely comprised of biographies of all the players mentioned in the song, is the product of the hard work and dedication of 31 other SABR members.
SABR is the Society for American Baseball Research, a group of over 6,000 enthusiasts about the game of baseball whose research interests range from the game’s history to statistical analysis, records, cultural impact, and more. The BioProject is a SABR effort to research, write, and publish biographies of every player — and every person — ever connected with organized baseball. Anyone with a love of baseball can join SABR and become a part of these efforts.
With contributions by Mark Armour, Lawrence Baldassaro, Ralph Berger, Alan Cohen, Warren Corbett, Rob Edelman, Dave Eskenazi, David Fleitz, James Forr, Jerry Grillo, Eric Hanauer, Mark Hodermarsky, Joanne Hulbert, Bill Johnson, James W. Johnson, Greg King, Norm King, Tara Krieger, Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, Armand Peterson, C. Paul Rogers III, Steve Rudman, Jim Sargent, Rick Swaine, Jim Sweetman, Stew Thornley, Joseph Wancho, Charlie Weatherby, and Gregory H. Wolf.
- Audio: Listen to Dave Frishberg’s song “Van Lingle Mungo” (YouTube)
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Van Lingle Mungo for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Van Lingle Mungo paperback edition for $9.95 (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 all Digital Library e-books for free, and significant discounts on paperback versions. You can find all of our SABR Digital Library publications at SABR.org/ebooks.
Stay tuned throughout the year for new (and old!) titles that we’ll be adding to the SABR Digital Library!
Two new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,944 published biographies. Here are the new bios:
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
You can find the SABR BioProject at SABR.org/BioProject.
Bios on more than just ballplayers: The ambitious goal of the SABR Baseball Biography Project is to publish a full-life biography of every major league player in history. But SABR members write about a lot more than just ballplayers. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires and a lot more on the BioProject website. You can browse all of these categories at http://sabr.org/bioproj/browse. So if you’ve ever thought, “Hey, that person (or ballpark) should get the full BioProject treatment” — write the story and we’ll publish it!
Get involved! If you’d like to help contribute to the SABR BioProject, visit our BioProject Resources page or read the FAQs section to get started. We’re also looking to expand the BioProject to include all “encyclopedic” articles on baseball-related subjects from past SABR publications or committee newsletters. If you come across an article you think should be included in the SABR “baseball repository” at the BioProject, send a copy or link to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SABR member Gregory Trandel, 52, of Athens, Georgia, died suddenly on October 21, 2014. Greg joined SABR in 2012 and recently authored a critique of the Atlanta Braves’ pending move to a new stadium in Cobb County. A native of Chicago and a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, he participated for many years in Athens Little League as a coach, treasurer, and enthusiastic parent supporting both his sons on the field. Greg was actively involved in Clarke County Public Schools for 20 years, supporting son Philip on the Clarke Central Gladiators baseball team and wife Marg as a teacher in the school district. He was the son of Lois Schwerdtfeger Trandel and the late Raymond Trandel and was preceded in death by a brother, Henry Trandel. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include wife, Margaret Jean Trandel; daughter, Elizabeth Treacy Trandel, and sons, Philip James Trandel and Luke Edward Trandel, all of Athens. He graduated from Holy Cross High School in River Grove, Illinois in 1980 and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1984, where he played the trombone in the marching band. He then earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University. Since 1989, Greg had been a faculty member at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and recently celebrated his 25th year of teaching at the University. Greg was highly regarded as an instructor and had been honored with awards for his teaching. Greg and Marg met through common friends in Chicago at age 18 and began dating soon after. They married in the summer of 1988 at her childhood church, Saints Peter and Paul in Naperville, Illinois, and moved to Athens in 1989. Greg will be remembered by his family and friends as a devoted fan of the local music scene, frequently attending shows in downtown Athens. He was also a trivia enthusiast, attending trivia nights with friends and volunteering his time reading questions at high school academic tournaments. The family will welcome friends at one of Greg and Marg’s favorite local venues, Ciné (234 W. Hancock Avenue, Athens) from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 2. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Greg’s honor to AIDS Athens or Ciné. Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
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:
- Teachers, sign up your students for a SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Call for papers: 2015 NINE Spring Training Conference
- From the SABR archives: Judge Landis dismisses 1915 Federal League lawsuit
- Ed Gruver: The greatest World Series never played
- SABR “author” pages updated with Games Project, journal articles
- John Smoltz to speak at Magnolia/Georgia Chapter fall banquet on Nov. 15
- View photos from the 2014 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
- SABR 44: Find complete coverage of the Houston convention online
- Download your e-book edition of The National Pastime: Baseball in the Space Age
- Save the date: SABR 45 will be June 24-28, 2015, at Palmer House Hilton in Chicago
- Introducing the new SABR/Baseball-Reference Encyclopedia
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library now available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
|Joseph Allard||Brooklyn, NY||Jean Huskamp||Tacoma, WA|
|Douglas Barnaby||Bayville, NY||David Katz||Lyndhurst, OH|
|Matthew Carlin||Brooklyn, NY||Ben Kelly||Manassas Park, VA|
|Anna Carpenter||Grand Rapids, MI||David Levine||Brooklyn, NY|
|Richard Craswell||Stanford, CA||Ryan Mansfield||Saugus, MA|
|Ted Curtis||Boca Raton, FL||Joey Myers||Fresno, CA|
|Mark Eberle||Hays, KS||David Panciera||Westerly, RI|
|Stuart Foster||Bowling Green, KY||Zachary Reynolds||Kettering, OH|
|Greg Gajus||Mableton, GA||Andrew Smoot||Urbana, MD|
|Steve Greanias||McLean, VA||Richard Wheatley||Federalsburg, MD|
There were no new SABR research committee newsletters published this week.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates published this week:
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting recap (October 25; Cedar Park, TX)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- October 31-November 1: SABR Arizona Fall League Conference (Scottsdale, AZ)
- November 1: Schott-Pelican Chapter meeting (New Orleans, LA)
- November 1: Boston Chapter fall meeting (Boston, MA)
- November 1: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
- November 1: Northwest Chapter fall meeting (Seattle, WA)
- November 1: Talkin’ Baseball: Austin Gisriel (Columbia, MD)
- November 1-2: SABR Board of Directors fall meeting (Rye, NY)
- November 8: East Tennessee Chapter meeting (Knoxville, TN)
- November 8: Dayton Chapter meeting (Dayton, OH)
- November 8: Connie Mack Chapter meeting (Philadelphia, PA)
- November 12: Bob Davids Chapter monthly Hot Stove dinner (Arlington, VA)
- November 12: Bergino: Bill Giles: “A Baseball Life” (New York, NY)
- November 15: NYC 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium (New York, NY)
- November 15: Rocky Mountain Chapter annual banquet (Denver, CO)
- November 15: Lefty O’Doul Chapter tour of Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, CA)
- November 15: Magnolia/Georgia Chapter fall banquet (Atlanta, GA)
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: 2014 Fielding Bible Award winners announced (FieldingBible.com)
- Thomas Barrabi: Royals, not Giants, to see bigger jump in 2015 revenue (International Business Times)
- Sahadev Sharma: A year with Rick Renteria (Baseball Prospectus)
- David Laurila: Q&A with Chip Hale, new Arizona Diamondbacks manager (FanGraphs)
- Lynn Olszowy: How one Giant PA voice is influencing generations of women (espnW)
- Carson Cistulli: Strikeout rate for AFL pitchers as indicator of future success (FanGraphs)
- Alex Woodie: Today’s baseball analytics make ‘Moneyball’ look like child’s play (Datanami)
- Washington Nationals expand analytics department with promotions (Washington Post)
- Mark Alden Branch: A Yale presence in baseball’s beginnings (Yale Alumni Magazine)
- SABR member Barry M. Bloom wins a San Diego Press Club award for this Tony Gwynn column (MLB.com)
- 1917 World Series footage discovered in Canadian archive (New York Times)
- Nisei Baseball Project: Rare 1927 film footage of Ruth, Gehrig, and Japanese-American all-stars (Nisei Baseball Project)
- Ryan Whirty: Mystery still surrounds ex-Negro Leaguer Albritton’s death in Philadelphia (Philly.com)
- Ryan Swanson: The Charleston baseball riot of 1869 (The National Pastime Museum)
- Graham Womack: Why Irv Waldron left the majors in 1901 (Baseball Past and Present)
- Frank Jackson: Bombing in the Bronx: The Babe Ruth story (The Hardball Times)
- Richard Cuicchi: Family ties for the 2014 MLB season (Baseball’s Relatives)
- Rob Neyer: My first game, Kansas City Royals, May 1976 (The National Pastime Museum)
- Jonathan Judge: Sabermetrics and a plea for statistical tolerance (The Hardball Times)
- Mark Byrnes: How did baseball fans watch the World Series before TV? (The Atlantic)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: October 31, 2014. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.