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 9, 2020:
SABR is pleased to welcome Chanel Zapata as its new Community Engagement Manager. In this role, which begins on October 12 and is based at the SABR office in Phoenix, Arizona, she will lead SABR’s membership service efforts, including new member on-boarding, membership transactions, and chapter and research committee support.
Zapata joins SABR after spending two years working at the Minor League Baseball headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she focused on multicultural marketing, spearheading the Hispanic, Latino/a and Latinx fan engagement initiative Copa de la Diversión. She also supported programs that reached out to the LGBTQ+ community and individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Zapata has also worked with Baloncesto Superior Nacional (Puerto Rico), the Burlington Royals, the New York Yankees, and Puerto Rico F.C. She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and graduated from the University of Tampa with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and from Arizona State University with a master’s degree in Sport Law & Business.
You can join SABR’s Golden Lineup by making a gift of at least $100 by December 31, 2020. We will use your best gift of $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to bring more young people into the beautiful world of baseball; to publish groundbreaking books and articles; and to promote research, preservation, and scholarship.
All donors joining the Golden Lineup with a $100 gift or more will receive a copy of From Rube to Robinson, our anthology of research celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Negro Leagues.
Donors supporting SABR with a gift of $500 or more will also receive a miniature Rawlings Gold Glove Award replica and be entered to win the SABR Golden Ticket.
The winner of the SABR Golden Ticket will receive:
- Lifetime membership to SABR
- All expenses paid to a SABR conference of their choice
- Attend the 2021 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Banquet in New York City
Visit SABR.org/donate/2020 to learn more.
In his first World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964, Bob Gibson was running on fumes by the end of Game Seven. Just two days earlier, he had pitched a 10-inning complete game against the mighty New York Yankees and said he felt like he had come out of a 10-round boxing match afterward. Manager Johnny Keane handed his ace the ball again for the winner-take-all finale.
An exhausted Gibson allowed two home runs in the ninth inning, but Keane’s faith was rewarded when he induced New York’s Bobby Richardson to pop out and clinch the Cardinals’ World Series championship with a 7-5 victory. Gibson was named the Series MVP. When Keane was asked why he left Gibson in even though his starter was clearly tiring near the end, the manager replied, “I was committed to this fellow’s heart.”
Gibson, who died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 84 on October 2, showed as much heart as any pitcher of his generation over a stellar 17-year career in St. Louis, leading the Cardinals to three World Series in five years, including another title (and another World Series MVP award) in 1967, setting a live-ball-era record with an eye-popping 1.12 ERA in 1968, throwing a no-hitter in 1971, and becoming the first National League pitcher to reach the 3,000-strikeout plateau. It all added up to a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981, his first year of eligibility.
- Read the SABR biography of Bob Gibson, by Terry Sloope
- Find SABR Games Project stories about Bob Gibson’s most memorable games
- Bijan C. Bayne: Giving a Hoot about Gibby (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jay Jaffe: Remembering the Intense and Indomitable Bob Gibson (FanGraphs)
- Richard Goldstein: Bob Gibson, Feared Flamethrower for the Cardinals, Dies at 84 (New York Times)
- Rick Hummel: Tough-as-steel Gibson also had a softer side (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- John Florio/Ouisie Shapiro: In a year of assassinations, an angry Bob Gibson pitched his way into the record books (The Undefeated)
- Roger Angell: Bob Gibson Keeps His Distance (The New Yorker)
A new publication produced by SABR’s Baseball and the Arts Committee vividly brings to life the art and literature of the game we all love:
Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts, Volume 2 (2020)
Edited by Joanne Hulbert and Jay Hurd
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9701-5944-8, $5.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5945-5, $9.95
6″ x 9″, 117 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Turnstyle, Volume 2 for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Turnstyle, Volume 2 paperback edition from the SABR Store ($12.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
Click here to download or purchase a copy of Turnstyle, Volume 1 (2019).
A monument honoring Baseball Hall of Famer James “Deacon” White and his ballplaying family will be dedicated at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 10 at Margaret E. Smyers Memorial Park in Caton, New York.
The monument, organized by SABR members Joe Williams and David Stalker, honors Caton native Deacon White — who was honored as SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Legend in 2010 and inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 — and his brothers LeRoy White and Will White, and their cousin Elmer White.
Deacon White’s pioneering baseball career spanned the end of the amateur era and the start of professionalism, the establishment and demise of the National Association, the founding of the National League, and a players’ revolt that led to the creation of the Players’ League in 1890.
SABR 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.
This week, we heard from Ted Knorr on Negro Leagues great Rap Dixon, How Baseball Happened author Thomas W. Gilbert joined the Pandemic Baseball Book Club for a chat, and the Baseball Reminiscence chartered community held an introductory meeting.
Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:
- October 10: Pee Wee Reese (Ky.) Chapter meeting with Howard Kellman (11:00 a.m. EDT)
- October 10: Baseball Heritage Museum talk with Vince Guerrieri (12:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 10: SABR Board of Directors conference call (2:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 12: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting with Bob Schron (6:30 p.m. CDT)
- October 12: Halsey Hall (Minn.) Chapter Research Committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- October 13: 19th Century Committee Speaker Series with Jon Popovich (8:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 14: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Jerry Amernic (7:30 p.m. EDT)
- October 15: Boston Chapter meeting with Luis Tiant and Saul Wisnia (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 17: NW Ohio Chapter book club meeting with David Fleitz (9:00 a.m. EDT)
- October 17: Cool Papa Bell Chapter (Miss.) meeting with Bill Nowlin (12:00 p.m. CDT)
- October 17: Rogers Hornsby Chapter (Texas) meeting with Bill Brown (1:00 p.m. CDT)
- October 19: Larry Dierker Chapter (Texas) meeting with Bill Nowlin (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- October 20: Central Florida Chapter meeting with Victor Rojas (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 21: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Adam Korengold (12:00 p.m. EDT)
- October 21: Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting (12:30 p.m. MDT)
Find more upcoming virtual meetings on our SABR Events Calendar page.
Click here to view replays of any SABR virtual event in 2020.
Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:
Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games
Edited by Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5943-1, $24.95
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5942-4, $9.99
8.5″ x 11″, 396 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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SABR members can download all of our Digital Library e-books for free or get 50% off the paperback edition. Find all past titles at SABR.org/ebooks.
The SABR office, housed at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, has been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Staff members will work remotely until it is advisable to resume normal operations on-site.
Please contact a member of the SABR staff by email or phone with any questions.
Episode #80 on Monday, October 2 featured Josh Schaub, a sports law attorney at Gutwein Law in Minneapolis, where he focuses on general corporate, fundraising, and international sports and entertainment law, and commissioner of the independent American Association. He also serves as commissioner of the Major Arena Soccer League. He is a former CEO/Co-Owner of the Frontier League’s Joliet Slammers and an Associate Scout with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
Nine new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Jack Clark, by Dan Taylor
- Andy Hassler, by Bill Nowlin
- Jack Katoll, by Bill Lamb
- Roger LaFrancois, by Bill Nowlin
- Larry Pezold, by Darren Gibson
- Hank Steinbacher, by Adam Klinker
- Jim Traber, by Malcolm Allen
- Fred Wood, by Martin Lacoste
- Pete Wood, by Martin Lacoste
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
- Sign up to view Trello submission pipeline: Chief Editor Rory Costello has made the BioProject submission pipeline visible to project contributors using the signboard app Trello. If you would like to see the pipeline — to know where your story stands in the review process or how many articles we have in the system — e-mail Rory for an invitation to become an observer.
In SABR’s Kansas City Royals: A Royal Tradition (2019), edited by Bill Nowlin, we captured the stories some of the greatest figures in Royals history — from George Brett, Frank White, and Dan Quisenberry to Dick Howser, Johnny Damon, and Bo Jackson — and took baseball fans through some of the most memorable moments since the team’s inaugural season in 1969.
You can now read all of the biographies that appeared in our Kansas City Royals 50th anniversary book at the SABR BioProject:
SABR members can download Kansas City Royals: A Royal Tradition as a free e-book or get 50% off their purchase of the paperback edition at SABR.org/ebooks.
Thirty-one new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Many of these articles are from our recent SABR Digital Library books commemorating the 50th anniversaries of the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals franchises. Here are the new game stories:
- July 25, 1930: Athletics pull off two triple steals in rout of Cleveland, by Joseph Wancho
- May 22, 1956: Troy Herriage earns first and only major-league win for Kansas City A’s, by Kurt Blumenau
- July 17, 1960: Murtaugh, Pirates use rules to thwart Big Newk; Tom Cheney shines, by Jack Zerby
- October 2, 1963: Sandy Koufax sets World Series strikeout record, fanning 15 Yankees, by Andy McCue
- October 3, 1963: Johnny Podres extends Dodgers’ World Series lead in Game 2, by Andy McCue
- October 5, 1963: Drysdale gives Dodgers 3-0 lead in ‘best pitched game of superbly pitched series’, by Andy McCue
- October 6, 1963: Koufax stifles Yankee bats again as Dodgers sweep World Series, by Andy McCue
- October 11, 1985: George Brett’s ‘best game’ lifts Royals in ALCS with two homers, by Brian Frank
- October 27, 1985: Royals rout Cardinals 11-0 in Game 7 to clinch first World Series title, by Frederick “Rick” Bush
- April 12, 1986: Dennis Leonard returns to Royals for first start in three years, by Bill Carle
- August 19, 1986: Frank White’s 7 RBIs help Royals overcome Rangers in 11 innings, by Richard Cuicchi
- August 2, 1987: Kevin Seitzer goes 6-for-6 as Royals rout Red Sox, by Bill Carle
- September 29, 1996: Padres complete sweep of Dodgers to claim NL West title, by Paul Hofmann
- August 16, 1996: Valenzuela, Padres enjoy a baseball fiesta in Mexico, by Paul E. Doutrich
- August 18, 1996: The end of La Primera Serie: Padres win again in Mexico, by Paul E. Doutrich
- October 14, 1998: Simply Sterling: On short rest, Hitchcock leads Padres to the World Series, by Brian Wright
- October 17, 1998: Greg Vaughn homers twice and Tony Gwynn once, but Yankees rally to beat Padres in World Series opener, by Mark S. Sternman
- August 6, 1999: Tony Gwynn reaches milestone with 3,000th career hit, by Amy Essington
- October 4, 2001: Rickey Henderson slides into record book with 2,245th career run scored to pass Ty Cobb, by Mike Huber
- October 7, 2001: Rickey Henderson records 3,000th hit in Tony Gwynn’s final game, by Frederick “Rick” Bush
- October 1, 2006: Padres win NL West again on controversial call, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- June 6, 2007: Padres’ Trevor Hoffman closes out Dodgers for 500th career save, by Mike Huber
- May 25, 2008: Padres win on Adrian Gonzalez’s walk-off homer in 18th inning, by Richard Cuicchi
- October 3, 2010: ‘Cinderella’ Padres comes up a game short in playoff hunt, by Tom Larwin
- July 19, 2012: Padres’ Edinson Volquez one-hits the Astros, by Paul Hofmann
- August 14, 2015: After 7,444 games, Matt Kemp becomes first Padre to hit for the cycle, by Mike Huber
- October 12, 2015: The Miracle at Minute Maid: Royals rally to beat Astros in ALDS, by Paul Hofmann
- October 17, 2015: Communication breakdown sparks Royals’ late rally in Game 2, by Darin Watson
- October 23, 2015: Lorenzo Cain races home, sends Royals to World Series, by Andrew Stockmann (first-time author)
- May 28, 2016: Royals score 7 in the ninth to beat the White Sox, by Robert P. Nash (first-time author)
- August 1, 2016: Danny Duffy’s sweet sixteen is a Royal masterpiece, by Richard Cuicchi
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.
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 5:00-6:00 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:
- Watch more highlights from the 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
- Scott Carter joins SABR staff as Executive Vice President
- Read articles from The National Pastime: A Bird’s Eye View of Baltimore
- SABR 50 at 50: Most Impactful Players of the Past 50 Years
- IWBC unveils memorial dedicated to African American women in baseball
- SABR welcomes Pandemic Baseball Book Club as new chartered community
- Effa Manley selected as 2020 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award winner
- Watch SABR Virtual panels and presentations online
- New SABR Baseball Reminiscence group launched
- SABR Digital Library: Pride of Smoketown: The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords
- Take a tour of the newly redesigned SABR.org website
- Peter Mancuso selected as 2020 Bob Davids Award winner
- SABR 50, Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference to swap dates in 2021
- SABR members: Join the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America for access to more online events
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new 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: https://sabr.org/content/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:
- Games Project: Please give a warm welcome to John Fredland as the new chair of the Games Project committee. He replaces Mike Huber, who has served in the role since 2018. Mike’s leadership and energy, along with the rest of the leadership team of Steven C. Weiner, Bruce Slutsky, Len Levin, and Laura H. Peebles, have helped transform the Games Project and made it one of SABR’s most productive and popular initiatives. To learn more about the Games Project or to get involved as a writer, editor, or project leader, visit SABR.org/gamesproject.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Boston Chapter: Read a new “Dispatches From the Mudville Bureau,” by Joanne Hulbert (Boston, MA)
- Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter: October 2020 newsletter (Milwaukee, WI)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Scroll up to the top of this newsletter to learn more about the upcoming virtual events on the SABR calendar. In addition, the following in-person events are scheduled:
- October 10: Deacon White monument ceremony (Caton, NY)
We strongly recommend that all SABR chapters follow CDC public health guidelines and your local/state government regulations when scheduling any in-person meetings and events.
Find details on all upcoming meetings on our SABR Events Calendar page.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Paul Dickson: An Essential Sport: Two Books on Baseball (Wall Street Journal)
- Richard Goldstein: Whitey Ford, Beloved Yankees Pitcher Who Confounded Batters, Dies at 91 (New York Times)
- Kennedi Landry: Virtual art show backs Negro Leagues Museum (MLB.com)
- R.J. Anderson: Why MLB has a brain drain problem in front offices; and how the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated it (CBS Sports)
- Rob Arthur: The Postseason Baseball May Be Juiced (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jayson Stark: The weird and wild of the MLB Division Series round (The Athletic)
- Mike Branom: Fair skies, foul balls: How weather influences baseball (Washington Post)
- Tyler Kepner: Randy Arozarena Can’t Stop Hitting (New York Times)
- Jay Jaffe: With Kenley Jansen’s Struggles, the Dodgers Have a Closer Crisis (FanGraphs)
- Marc Carig: Sultans of the Spreadsheet are suddenly facing an early winter (The Athletic)
- Eno Sarris: The Stanton Superlatives: Giancarlo is a Statcast Icon (The Athletic)
- Rachael McDaniel: Astros Homer Their Way To Fourth Consecutive ALCS (FanGraphs)
- Hannah Keyser: Why are so many players making their MLB debuts during the 2020 postseason? (Yahoo! Sports)
- Jared Diamond: Who Wins in October? Teams That Don’t Strike Out (Wall Street Journal)
- Mike Petriello: Year of the Homer: How long ball plays in October (MLB.com)
- Emma Baccellieri: The Theories of Zack Greinke Giving Signs, Ranked (Sports Illustrated)
- Matt Kelly/Sarah Langs: Braves’ staff joins elite company for postseason shutouts (MLB.com)
- David Laurila: Pitching, Dingers, and Nick Markakis Put the Braves on the Doorstep, and the Marlins in Deep Water (FanGraphs)
- Rob Mains: The Bill James World Series Prediction System, 2020 Edition (Baseball Prospectus)
- Grant Brisbee: Ten years ago, Tim Lincecum dominated the Braves and started something beautiful (The Athletic)
- John Thorn: Hugh Fullerton’s The Fine Points of the Game (Our Game)
- Bill Deane: Gibson was great in ’68 (WordPress)
- Roger Castillo: Chico Fernández started the path for Latin players in Detroit (Motor City Bengals)
- Ryan Whirty: Negro Leagues managers and the Hall of Fame (Home Plate Don’t Move)
- Al Yellon: Recently Discovered Video of the 1962 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field (Bleed Cubbie Blue)
- Derek Bain: State of the Game – Mike Port on Umpiring, Rule Changes and Analytics (Baseball Analytics)
- Jeff Katz: Roberto Alomar: Un Pelotero Especial (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Kenneth Nichols: A Brief Analysis of Baseball Card Prose and How It Makes Us Better Writers (1960-1963) (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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Originally published: October 9, 2020. Last Updated: October 9, 2020.