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This Week in SABR: September 15, 2023

This Week in SABR: September 15, 2023

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, September 15, 2023. Click here to view this newsletter on the web.

Top Headlines

Full schedule for 2023 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
Join us in October for a special SABR Scholar Session
Watch a replay of Ballpark Figures with Bianca Smith
Coming soon: Third course in SABR Analytics Certification program
Submit new project proposals to SABR Editorial Board by November 1

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logo

Check out the schedule 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.

Visit for complete details. Hope to see you there!

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.

Ballpark Figures with Bianca Smith

Watch a replay of 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, our guest was 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 about upcoming shows or view past episodes.

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

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.

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

Member Benefit Spotlight: Digital Library

As a SABR member, you have vast resources and benefits at your disposal. With so much information at your fingertips, we realize it can be overwhelming to absorb it all! To highlight key benefits, read on for this month’s SABR Member Benefit Spotlight, an email series that identifies and explains some of the most valuable features of your membership. We hope this allows you to take full advantage of all SABR has to offer.

This issue shows you how to search and access all of the new books from the SABR Digital Library — which will soon be publishing our 100th baseball book since 2011!

Click here to watch the full video at

SABRcast with Rob Neyer

SABRcast #231: Marty Appel

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 #231 on Monday, September 11 featured Marty Appel, author of Pinstripes by the Tale: Half a Century In and Around Yankees Baseball. 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: Hoyt Wilhelm, Pat Venditte, Tinti Molina

3 new biographies published at the SABR BioProject

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

11 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

¡Arriba! The Heroic Life of Roberto Clemente, edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks

¡Arriba! The Heroic Life of Roberto Clemente
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks

As the baseball world celebrates Roberto Clemente Day on September 15, read essays from our SABR Digital Library book on “The Great One.” Or visit to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback edition. Available in English or en Español.

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.

Mike Bowers McLean, VA     Albert Lopez Urbana, IL
Douglas Ganey Providence, RI     Gianluca MacKinnon Edmonton, AB
Bob Hymes New York, NY     John McGowan Reliance, TN
Gergely Krenn Mainz, GER     Israel Monzon Gonzalez Toronto, ON
Al Lautenslager Phoenix, AZ     John Parker Cedar Falls, IA
Renato Leonelli Providence, RI     Maria Souki Antioch, TN

SABR Events Calendar

SABR's Games and Simulations Committee will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, September 21, 2023. All baseball fans are invited to attend.
Our guest speaker is Don Daglow, video game designer and producer of Intellivision World Series Major League Baseball and Earl Weaver Baseball (with Eddie Dombrower), the Tony La Russa Baseball series, ESPN Baseball Tonight and Old Time Baseball.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • September 18: Northern New England Chapter meeting with Joe Ross (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 18: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • September 19: New SABR Member Experience Meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 21: Games and Simulations meeting with Don Daglow (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 23: Baseball Cards Committee: Jefferson Burdick Award ceremony (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • September 24: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting with Dan Taylor (7:00 p.m. EDT)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • September 15: Forbes Field Chapter: Three Rivers Stadium historical marker ceremony (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • September 16: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • September 16: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • September 16: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter lunch meeting (Chicago, IL)
  • September 17: Rogers Hornsby Chapter ballgame/meet-up (San Antonio, TX)
  • September 19: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
  • September 20: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (Baltimore, MD)
  • September 20: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
  • September 21: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
  • September 23: Williamsport Chapter meeting (Williamsport, PA)
  • September 23: Central Florida Chapter ballgame/meet-up (St. Petersburg, FL)

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

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

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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 15, 2023. Last Updated: September 15, 2023.