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:
The 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.”
- Register: Click here to register online. The conference is open to all baseball fans.
- Cost: Virtual attendance is $50 per person, and includes access to all panels and presentations, pylon unveiling, a digital program, and 1 raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets are $5 apiece.
- Schedule: Click here for complete details on panels and presentations.
- Contact: For questions, please contact Leslie Heaphy or Kat Williams.
For more details, visit SABR.org/women-in-baseball-conference.
SABR 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.
We 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.
In 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.
Add 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
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of When the Monarchs Reigned for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the When the Monarchs Reigned 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 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.
Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of August 2021:
|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|
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.
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- Jocko Fields, by Vincent T. Ciaramella (first-time author)
- Frank Gabler, by Warren Corbett
- Gene Woodburn, by Ken Liss (first-time author)
- Al Yeargin, by Bill Nowlin
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.
Nine new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- May 22, 1921: Chicago Giants’ John Beckwith hits first home run over fence at Redland Field in Cincinnati, by John Fredland
- July 17, 1955: Dodgers’ Roger Craig pitches three-hitter to beat Redlegs in major-league debut, by Steven C. Weiner
- July 17, 1955: Don Bessent completes Dodgers’ debut sweep of Redlegs, by Steven C. Weiner
- April 20, 1967: Mets beat Cubs to give Tom Seaver his first major-league victory, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- April 15, 1972: After an uncertain spring, Red Sox drop Opening Day game in Detroit, by Christopher D. Chavis
- August 28, 1980: Dane Iorg collects 7 RBIs; Whitey Herzog wins final game of first stint as Cardinals manager, by Tom Schott
- August 13, 1995: Ken Griffey Jr. makes Triple-A debut after six seasons in the majors, by Andrew Harner
- April 27, 2003: Kevin Millwood’s masterpiece is second no-hitter in Veterans Stadium history, by Russ Walsh
- September 10, 2019: Brooklyn Cyclones win title in final NY-Penn League game, by Kurt Blumenau
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 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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- SABR Research Collection celebrates new Baseball Hall of Fame inductees in 2021
- SABR Defensive Index rankings released for games through August 22
- Check out SABR Century Committee’s new 1921 Year in Review project
- Watch video highlights from the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series
- SABR 50 convention in Baltimore rescheduled for August 17-21, 2022
- Member Benefit Spotlight: Joining Groups
- Dan Evans appointed to SABR Board of Directors
- Read articles from The National Pastime: The Future According to Baseball online
- Watch an inspiring short film about SABR’s Baseball Memories program
- Call for papers: 2022 SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference
- Register now for the 2021 SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
- Find all 50 years of Baseball Research Journals and The National Pastimes online now at SABR.org
- Get free access to Newspapers.com World Collection online archives with your SABR membership
- Check out the complete SABR 50 at 50 series as we look back at baseball over the past 50 years
- SABR Digital Library: Jackie: Perspectives on 42
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the 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: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
|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|
There are no new research committee updates this week.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Rickwood Field Chapter: September 2021 newsletter (Birmingham, AL)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Jay Jaffe: The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 Nears the End of a Long Road to Cooperstown (FanGraphs)
- Tyler Kepner: On His Biggest Stage Yet, Derek Jeter Delivered One More Time (New York Times)
- Evan Drellich: ‘We didn’t lose. And the players didn’t break’: How Marvin Miller shaped baseball and influenced the labor movement (The Athletic)
- Patrick Saunders: Rockies’ Larry Walker inducted into Hall of Fame with grace, flair and SpongeBob (Denver Post)
- Jon Paul Morosi: Ted Simmons’ Hall of Fame speech long time in making (MLB.com)
- Andrea Williams: A Flood of New Negro Leagues Hall of Famers, Followed by a Grinding Halt (New York Times)
- Kimmy Yam: Why There Isn’t a Single Asian-American Player in the Hall of Fame (NBC News)
- Steve Henson: Josh Rawitch finds ‘perfect place’ as Hall of Fame president (Los Angeles Times)
- Emma Baccellieri: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s Epic Season and the Limit of His Triple Crown Run (Sports Illustrated)
- Jayson Stark: Weird and Wild, September History Watch Edition — Shohei Ohtani, Juan Soto, the Orioles and more (The Athletic)
- J.P. Hoornstra: What’s in a brand? Fans of Topps baseball cards are about to find out (Orange County Register)
- David Laurila: Cleveland’s Eli Morgan on the Art of the Changeup (FanGraphs)
- Ben Lindbergh: Fancy Footwork: A Complete Breakdown of the Soto Shuffle (The Ringer)
- Michael Baumann: The Blue Jays Are Reaching Their Potential—and Maybe Even a Playoff Berth (The Ringer)
- Alex Speier: While the roster has been in constant flux, somehow the Red Sox have held onto a postseason spot (Boston Globe)
- Grant Brisbee: The Giants and Dodgers have already given us one of the greatest baseball gifts imaginable (The Athletic)
- Eno Sarris: How five struggling bats (and one special case) could power their teams to playoffs (The Athletic)
- Rob Arthur: What Was Barry Bonds’ Exit Velocity? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Phil Birnbaum: Are umpires racially biased? A 2021 study (Sabermetric Research)
- Mark Simon: Marcus Semien’s Sensational Season (ACTA Sports)
- Ryan Hockensmith: 20 years later, the enduring legacy of the Mike Piazza home run (ESPN.com)
- Russell A. Carleton: Batting Back the Objections (Baseball Prospectus)
- Anne R. Keene: Is Baseball Still the Great American Constant? (Saturday Evening Post)
- Luca Evans: Rick Obrand is part collector, part historian and fully a fan of City Section sports (Los Angeles Times)
- Emma Baccellieri: MLB authenticators: How a little silver sticker stopped baseball’s counterfeit problem (Sports Illustrated)
- Alexis Brudnicki: Women In Baseball: Katie Krall Focuses On The Big Picture (Baseball America)
- Michael Clair: Babe’s final start: ‘I lost 8 pounds that game’ (MLB.com)
- John Robinson: Tiger Saves Tiger: The Day Willie Horton Saved Al Kaline’s Life (WBCK Radio)
- Dan Cichalski: Visit Lehigh Valley’s Coca-Cola Park (MLB.com)
- Rob Mains: What Is A Starting Pitcher? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Paul Ember: Covering the Bases: 1997 Topps #13 Derek Jeter (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Randy S. Robbins: 2b Or Not 2b? When American Caramel Charted a New Course for the Flying Dutchman (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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: September 10, 2021. Last Updated: September 10, 2021.