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This Week in SABR: September 1, 2023

This Week in SABR: September 1, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, September 1, 2023. Please note: The SABR office will be closed on Monday, September 4 for the Labor Day holiday. Click here to view this newsletter on the web.

Top Headlines

Register now for 2023 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
Join us on September 7 for Ballpark Figures with Bianca Smith
Join us in October for a special SABR Scholar Session
Coming soon: Third course in SABR Analytics Certification program
19th Century Grave Marker Project honors Bobby Mathews in Baltimore
Submit new project ideas to SABR Editorial Board

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logo

Register now for the 2023 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

Join us for the fifth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, which will be held virtually on September 29-October 1, 2023. All baseball fans are welcome to attend!

This year’s conference — co-sponsored by SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center and hosted by Rockford University — is a virtual event with the theme “Through the Lens of Baseball.” The conference will feature research presentations, panels, pylon unveiling, presentation of the Dorothy Award and keynote speaker Melissa Ludtke. Stay tuned for the full schedule to be released soon.

Visit for complete details. Hope to see you there!

Ballpark Figures with Bianca Smith

Join us on September 7 for Ballpark Figures with Bianca Smith

Join us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.

On Thursday, September 7, we’ll hear from Bianca Smith, who in 2020 became the first African-American woman to serve as a professional baseball coach when she was hired by the Boston Red Sox. She now works in Japan as a Sports Exchange Advisor with the JET Program.

Visit to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.

Join us on October 3 for a special SABR Scholar Session

All student and young professional members of SABR are invited to our first SABR Scholar Session, held virtually on Zoom at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 3, 2023.

Join host Tyrone Brooks, Senior Director, Front Office and Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program at Major League Baseball, for a new quarterly virtual series created exclusively for SABR student and young professional members. Our guest will be Katie Krall, Senior Product Manager, Baseball Strategy at Hawk-Eye Innovations and former Boston Red Sox Development Coach. 

  • To learn more or to pre-register for the SABR Scholar Session on Zoom, please contact Jessica Smyth.

Coming soon: Third course in SABR Analytics Certification program

We’re excited to announce that in the coming weeks, we will introduce the newest course in the SABR Analytics Certification program, Level Three – Introduction to Baseball Programming.

Taught by award-winning baseball writer and analyst Rob Arthur, the Level Three course provides an introduction to programming using a practical approach in its application for baseball and focusing on R (with a dash of SQL) as a programming language, the goal of this online, on-demand course is to give learners a foundational understanding of the technical skills necessary for a career in data science and baseball analytics.

To sign up to be notified as soon as Level Three is available, or to learn more about previous courses, visit

Bobby Mathews grave marker in Baltimore, Maryland

SABR 19th Century Grave Marker Project honors star pitcher Bobby Mathews

SABR’s Baltimore/Babe Ruth Chapter and the 19th Century Grave Marker Project held a dedication ceremony at Bobby Mathews’ grave on Saturday, August 26 at New Cathedral Cemetery. The event also included a tour of the cemetery, including the gravesites of other baseball notables buried there.

Mathews won 297 games over a 15-year career that ended in 1887. He was one of the 19th century’s greatest and longest-lasting pitchers, having achieved his success in the era when the pitcher was becoming the game’s most important position.

Click here to find more photos of the newly installed Mathews grave marker and dedication ceremony at

Bob Bailey at the 2023 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference in Cooperstown (Photo: Dixie Tourangeau)

Call for papers: 2024 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference

All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a Research Presentation Proposal Abstract on any topic of 19th-century baseball for the 2024 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The 15th annual Ivor-Campbell Conference is scheduled for April 19-20, 2024.

The deadline for proposal Abstracts is October 31, 2023. 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

Click here to read the full announcement at

Submit new project proposals to SABR Editorial Board by November 1

SABR’s Editorial Board welcomes new project proposals from members to be considered for publication through the Digital Library,, or any other multimedia formats. We strongly encourage new proposals that involve collaboration between SABR research committees and/or chapters, and web-based projects with an eye toward enhanced multimedia presentation.

SABR seeks to publish 2-4 web-based multimedia projects 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.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Vote now for 2023 IBWAA Content Creator Awards

Voting is open for the inaugural Internet Baseball Writers Association of America Content Creator Awards, through September 8. Nominees were submitted by IBWAA and SABR members. Click here to cast your vote; all baseball fans are welcome to participate. Winners will be announced during a live, online show on Sunday, October 1.

In addition, the IBWAA is pleased to announce that Mark Armour will receive the IBWAA Lifetime Achievement Award. Armour is the founder of the SABR BioProject and SABR Baseball Cards Committee, co-author of Intentional Balk: Baseball’s Thin Line Between Innovation and Cheating and six other books, and a dedicated SABR volunteer, organizer, and leader.

— Daniel R. Epstein

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #229: Earl Santee

Baseball 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 #229 on Monday, August 28 featured Earl Santee, Senior Principal, Global Chair, and Co-Founder of Populous. Visit to listen to the full episode or subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks.

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: Johnny Damon, Dennis Biddle, Ryan Howard

New Oral History interview: Dennis Biddle

  • Dennis Biddle, former Negro Leagues pitcher with the Chicago American Giants
    Recorded August 20, 2023, by Nicholas Digrispino

Visit to find more interviews from the SABR Oral History Collection.

6 new biographies published at the SABR BioProject

Visit to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.

10 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

The Stars Shone on Philadelphia: The 1934 Negro National League Champions, edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin

The Stars Shone on Philadelphia: The 1934 Negro National League Champions
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin

Visit to download any SABR Digital Library e-book for free or save 50% off the paperback edition.

Recent Highlights

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

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Aiden Aqui Richmond Hill, ON     Jerry Mikorenda East Northport, NY
Robert Babb Baltimore, MD     Geoff Ng Deerfield, IL
Ken Cromley Blue Springs, MO     David Ormandy London, ON
Tom Farrell Cincinnati, OH     Douglas Penner Eloy, AZ
Christopher Gilbert West Columbia, TX     Barry Shollenberger Valrico, FL
John Ginther Benton, AR     Gurleen Singh Philadelphia, PA
Robin Jettinghoff Penobscot, ME     Patrick Stern Midland Park, NJ
Alex Kiiffner Ottawa, ON     Richard Vachet Belchertown, MA
Amy Kohan Birmingham, AL     Anthony Zheng Brookline, MA
Timothy Melville Santa Monica, CA        

SABR Events Calendar

SABR's Babe Ruth Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at 7:00 PM Eastern Time. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Guest speaker Robert Garratt will speak on his newest book on Charles Stoneham, "Jazz Age Giant."

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • September 5: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Paul Hensler (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 6: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter Meeting with Robert Garratt (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 7: Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Bianca Smith (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 12: Northern New England Chapter meeting with Matt Dahlgren (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 12: 19th Century Speaker Series with Bill Humber (8:00 p.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • September 4: Gardner-Waterman Chapter lunch meeting (Burlington, VT)
  • September 6: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter fellowship meeting (St. Louis, MO)
  • September 6: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
  • September 10: Field of Dreams Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Des Moines, IA)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.

Research Committee news

Sign up for SABR research committee announcements at

Regional Chapter news

Sign up for SABR chapter announcements at

Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

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.

This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article, or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail To find past editions of TWIS, click here.

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Originally published: September 1, 2023. Last Updated: August 30, 2023.