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This Week in SABR: September 10, 2021

This Week in SABR: September 10, 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 September 10, 2021:


2021 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference opens today

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logoThe virtual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, hosted by SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center, begins today!

The conference will be highlighted by keynote speaker Dana Bookman, founder and CEO of Canadian Girls Baseball and the founding Vice President of American Girls Baseball; a presentation about an upcoming documentary film, Her Game is Hardball, with director/producer Mark Durand and writer/producer Selena Roberts; a virtual awards ceremony and pylon unveiling; panel discussions on international umpires, with Lisa Turbitt, Sophiyah Liu, Eva Moo, and Perry Barber; researching women’s baseball with Cecilia Tan and Kate Haines; and personal stories, with Laura Hirai and Suzie Hunter; and more insightful research presentations.

Attendees can also participate in the SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Raffle. Prizes include a Rockford Peaches jigsaw puzzle; Phil Niekro signed baseball; Bob Feller signed baseball; Colorado Silver Bullets baseball cards; AAGPBL bobblehead; and more.

This year’s conference theme is “Breaking Barriers: Women in Baseball Around the World.”

For more details, visit SABR.org/women-in-baseball-conference.


Courtney Baker joins SABR staff as Community Engagement Manager

Courtney BakerSABR is pleased to welcome Courtney Baker as its new Community Engagement Manager beginning on September 7, 2021. In this role, she will lead SABR’s membership service efforts, including new member on-boarding, membership transactions, and chapter and research committee support.

Baker joins SABR after serving as Corporate Partnerships Account Manager with the Reno Aces and Reno 1868 FC for the past three years. She has also worked in marketing, game operations, and client services with iHeartMedia, Camelback Ranch Glendale, Talking Stick at Salt River Fields, and the Phoenix Suns. She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in communications.


Announcing finalists for 2021 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award

2021 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award finalists: Justine Siegal, Claire Smith, Toni Stone, Janet Marie SmithWe are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee. Each of these finalists has made important contributions promoting the participation of women in baseball, on the field and off.

The winner of the 2021 award will be announced during the SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference on Saturday, September 11, following the unveiling of the International Women’s Baseball pylon at 5:30 p.m. EDT. All baseball fans are welcome to register for the three-day virtual Zoom conference. Click here to sign up.

Here are the finalists for the 2021 award:

  • Justine Siegal is the founder of Baseball for All and the first woman to pitch MLB batting practice as well coach at the collegiate and major league level.
  • Claire Smith was the first woman to win the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in 2017 and a pioneering baseball beat writer and columnist.
  • Janet Marie Smith has helped in the construction and renovation of some of baseball’s most well-known stadiums including with the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Toni Stone was the first woman to play in the Negro Leagues when she was signed by the Indianapolis Clowns in 1953.

Other nominees included: Ila Borders, Amanda Clement, Edith Houghton, Margaret Nabel, Kim Ng, Ayami Sato, and Connie Wisniewski.

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


Call for papers: 2022 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

2022 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceIn 2022, SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee will host the SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held on June 2-4, 2022, in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to two days of research presentations and player/author panels, attendees will also enjoy special presentations about local black baseball and a baseball game with the Birmingham Barons.

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields. Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the Negro League centennial, black baseball in Birmingham, or other related topics, especially the Negro Southern League. Some possibilities include: Rube Foster; the 1920 season; the formation of the NSL, the formation of the NNL, the original eight teams, and so much more.

Please email your proposal as a Word attachment to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu before March 1, 2022.

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


SABR Digital Library: When the Monarchs Reigned: Kansas City’s 1942 Negro League Champions

When the Monarchs Reigned: Kansas City's 1942 Negro League Champions Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill NowlinAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

When the Monarchs Reigned: Kansas City’s 1942 Negro League Champions
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5952-3, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5953-0, $29.95
8.5″ x 11″, 268 pages

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

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Bruce Allardice (COURTESY OF RON VESELY)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.

  • Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s Ninteenth Century Committee is excited to open the second season of its monthly virtual research presentation series next week. The 19th Century Speaker Series begins at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 14 as Bruce Allardice presents on “Baseball in the Wild West.” All baseball fans are invited to attend. Click here to register for the Zoom meeting details.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster and former major-league pitcher Tim Dillard. 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:

  • September 10: SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference (4:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 11: SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference (11:30 a.m. EDT)
  • September 12: SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference (1:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 14: Goose Goslin (NJ) Chapter meeting with Ira Siegel and Monte Cely (7:30 p.m. EDT)
  • September 14: SABR 19th Century Speaker Series with Bruce Allardice (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 15: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Tom Hanrahan (1:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 15: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter meeting with Neil Paine, Ike Brooks, Dominick Denaro, and Ray Danner (7:30 p.m. EDT)
  • September 16: New Member Experience with Courtney Baker (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 16: Northwest Chapter meeting (6:30 p.m. PDT)
  • September 18: Hanlan’s Point (ON) Chapter meeting (10:00 a.m. EDT)
  • September 18: SABR Baseball Memories meeting (4:00 p.m. EDT)

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

  • September 11: Chicago-Milwaukee chapter ballgame and meet-up (Beloit, WI)
  • September 15: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
  • September 16: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Roswell, GA)
  • September 18: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • September 18: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter research conference (St. Louis, MO)
  • September 18: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


Friends of SABR: August 2021

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of August 2021:

NAME   NAME
Chris Betsch   Charles Roussel
D. Bruce Brown   Bob Russon
John Burbridge III   Jason Scheller
Ken Carrano   Douglas Schoppert
Norm Coleman   Jonathan Schwebel
Jim Cox   Jeffrey Self
Steven Elsberry   John Smith
David Firstman   Paul Soyka
Adam Foldes   Mark Stangl
Leslie Heaphy   Thomas Stone
Tim Herlich   Wesley Story
Rockwell Hoffman   Joseph Thompson
David Hughes   John Thorn
Donald Jensen   Stew Thornley
Joe Leisek   Neal Traven
Henry Levy   Fay Vincent
Peter Mancuso   Marlene Vogelsang
Roderic Nelson   Steve West
Bill Nowlin   Phil Williams
Blanca Palencia   Beach Wires
Gregg Pericich   Jeffrey Wood
John Rall   Don Zminda
Michael Rosenwasser    

Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with Rob Friedman, Pitching Ninja

SABRcast #127: Rob Friedman, Pitching NinjaBaseball 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 #127 on Monday, September 6 featured Rob Friedman, better known as Pitching Ninja, a social media sensation whose videos and GIFs of “the filthiest pitchers in baseball” have earned him a worldwide following, and deals with ESPN and Major League Baseball. He is also the founder of FlatGround Pitching, which tracks and scouts amateur pitchers. By day, he is an attorney and Executive Vice President for Digital Envoy, an Internet software firm that he founded that is based in Atlanta. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and the Emory University School of Law.

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.


4 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Jocko Fields (BASEBALL-REFERENCE.COM)Four new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject


9 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

John Beckwith (TRADING CARD DB)Nine new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. 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 a new episode of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroBehind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time for the regular season. 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.


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
Damien Burks Erie, CO     Shawn Hoagland Easton, PA
Larry DeFillipo Kennewick, WA     Bill King Phoenix, AZ
Michael Dooley Norwood, MA     Eli Nellis Pittsburgh, PA
Jim Hancock Memphis, TN     Howard Pate Newhall, CA
Tanith Harley Mayfield East, AUS     Chris Tompkins Medina, NY
Takafumi Hayashi Gifu, JPN     Richard Vaughn Palm Harbor, FL

Research Committee news

There are no 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.


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 jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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Originally published: September 10, 2021. Last Updated: September 10, 2021.

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