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 17, 2021:
The third annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, hosted by SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center, took place virtually on September 10-12, 2021.
- Watch: Visit SABR.org/women-in-baseball-conference to watch video replays from each day’s panels and presentations.
The conference was highlighted by keynote speaker Dana Bookman, founder and CEO of Canadian Girls Baseball and the founding Vice President of American Girls Baseball; and a presentation about an upcoming documentary film, Her Game is Hardball, with director/producer Mark Durand and writer/producer Selena Roberts. Pioneering baseball writer Claire Smith was honored with the 2021 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award. We also heard 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.
This year’s conference theme was “Breaking Barriers: Women in Baseball Around the World.”
Claire Smith, a pioneering baseball beat writer and columnist, was honored on Saturday, September 11, 2021, with the Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award during the SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference.
SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee established the Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award — “The Dorothy” — named in honor of Dorothy Seymour Mills and her lifetime of contributions to promoting women’s baseball.
In addition to Smith, the other finalists for the 2021 award were Janet Marie Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers’ Executive Vice President of Planning and Development and acclaimed baseball stadium architect; Justine Siegal, Baseball For All founder and longtime baseball player, coach, and advocate; and Toni Stone, one of only three women to play in the Negro Leagues.
Click here for a list of previous award recipients.
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 Elysian Fields Chapter in Northern New Jersey will hold its next virtual Zoom meeting at 7:30-8:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 20. All SABR members are invited to attend. Our guest speaker is Willie Steele, author of Going the Distance: The Life and Works of W.P. Kinsella. SABR members wishing to receive the access information should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from Bruce Allardice on “Baseball in the Wild West” as part of the SABR Nineteenth Century Committee’s Monthly Speaker Series and from Tom Hanrahan on the 1971 Baltimore Orioles. 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 18: Hanlan’s Point (ON) Chapter meeting with David Krell and Allen Tait (10:00 a.m. EDT)
- September 18: SABR Baseball Memories meeting (4:00 p.m. EDT)
- September 20: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Willie Steele (7:30 p.m. EDT)
- September 20: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
- September 20: Rocky Mountain (CO) Chapter meeting (8:15 p.m. MDT)
- September 22: Roush-Lopez (FL) Gulf Coast Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
- September 25: Rogers Hornsby (TX) Chapter meeting with Monte Cely and Ira Siegel (1:00 p.m. CDT)
- September 26: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- 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)
- September 20: Larry Dierker Chapter meeting (Houston, TX)
- September 25: Rocky Mountain Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Denver, CO)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Episode #128 on Monday, September 13 featured Dan Evans, a baseball executive who has had decision-making roles with five Major League Baseball franchises over the past four decades, including a stint as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2001 to 2004 and, most recently, a scout and Director of Pacific Rim Operations for the Toronto Blue Jays. He is also President of Baseball Operations for Athelyix, Inc., mentors Sports Management Worldwide’s Baseball GM & Scouting online course, consults for The Field of Dreams Movie Site, and serves on SABR’s Board of Directors. He is a native of Chicago and a graduate of DePaul University. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.
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The SABR Team Ownership Histories Project is a joint effort of SABR’s Business of Baseball Committee and the BioProject. The intention is to keep its essays up-to-date and to provide as much detail as possible about the organization and composition of ownership groups, franchise sales, relocations, stadiums, and other issues that provide the financial context for team success on the field.
One new article was published this week:
- Indianapolis Hoosiers team ownership history, by Bill Lamb
With the addition of Bill Lamb’s essay, the Team Ownership History Project continues to expand its work beyond the current 30 major league franchises. In addition to Federal League teams, there are essays on AAGPBL, Negro League, Players League and defunct 19th-century NL franchise ownership groups. Opportunities are still available in all of these areas, as well as for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, and all editions of the Athletics.
The project has also begun researching franchises of the American Association and Union Association. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Andy McCue at email@example.com.
- Dick Bates, by Eric Vickrey
- Harry Fanwell, by Darren Gibson
- Al Johnson, by Bill Lamb
- Ricardo Joseph, by Malcolm Allen
- Randy Kutcher, by Bill Nowlin
- Gene Michael, by Robert Blackstock
- Joe Price, by Bill Nowlin
- Bugs Reisigl, by Darren Gibson
- Gus Suhr, by Bob Trostler
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.
Fourteen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- October 8, 1903: Boston’s Bill Dinneen wins Game 6 to even World Series at three apiece, by Bill Nowlin
- October 10, 1903: Pirates’ Deacon Phillippe finally proves mortal as Boston wins Game 7, by Bill Nowlin
- September 5, 1908: Brooklyn’s Nap Rucker no-hits Boston Doves, striking out 14, by Thomas E. Merrick
- October 9, 1912: Giants make 5 errors and still finish in tie with Red Sox in Game 2, by Bill Nowlin
- October 10, 1912: Josh Devore’s spectacular catch saves Game 3 for the Giants, by Bill Nowlin
- October 14, 1912: Boston’s Buck O’Brien battered and beaten by Giants in Game 6, by Bill Nowlin
- October 15, 1912: Giants tie the World Series with a lopsided win in Game 7, by Bill Nowlin
- September 9, 1916: The Babe and the Big Train, Round Five, by Kevin Larkin
- September 11, 1918: Red Sox win their fifth World Series as Carl Mays stops Cubs, by Bill Nowlin
- September 8, 1921: Phillies rally for eight runs in ninth inning for comeback victory, by Charlie Bevis
- October 3, 1921: A Negro League team plays in Sportsman’s Park for the first time, by Gregory H. Wolf
- October 4, 1921: Oscar Charleston and Charlie Blackwell bash the Cardinals’ barnstormers in Game 2, by Gregory H. Wolf
- October 4, 1921: Speed and power propel Chicago American Giants past Hilldale in Game 1, by James Overmyer
- August 7, 1939: Ottawa Senators’ Wally Schang homers two weeks before his 50th birthday, by Gary Belleville
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
- Courtney Baker joins SABR staff as Community Engagement Manager
- 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.
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|Glenn Evans||Leichhardt, AUS||Evelyn Pollard||Louisville, KY|
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|Dan Iyall||Olympia, WA||Alec Tongour||Washington, DC|
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Here are the 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:
- Hanlan’s Point Chapter: September 2021 newsletter (Toronto, ON)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- David Maraniss: No gentle saint: Roberto Clemente was a fierce critic of both baseball and American society (The Undefeated)
- Howard Bryant: Sports after 9/11 and the remaking of the American athlete (ESPN.com)
- Rob Arthur: Manager Challenges Are A Skill (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jay Jaffe: Ryan Braun’s Complicated Legacy (FanGraphs)
- Peter Sagal: Jason Benetti: The Storyteller of the White Sox (Chicago Magazine)
- Jason Turbow: Slick As A Whistle: Mets Not Pleased With Perceived Yankees Signaling (The Baseball Codes)
- Grant Brisbee: The Giants bullpen workload might actually be good news heading into the postseason (The Athletic)
- Sarah Langs: Best average in Majors … but no batting title? (MLB.com)
- Russell A. Carleton: Does Winter Ball Actually Help? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jayson Stark: Can this minor-league pitch clock solve all of MLB’s problems? (The Athletic)
- Jesse Dougherty: This 17-year-old pitcher has found a place in baseball. She doesn’t want to give it up. (Washington Post)
- Emma Baccellieri: Salvador Perez’s Career Year Bucks Trend for Aging Catchers (Sports Illustrated)
- Tyler Kepner: In an Era of Throwers, a Pitcher Remains (New York Times)
- Matt Monagan: The magic of Doc Gooden’s 1983 MiLB season (MLB.com)
- Justice delos Santos: Jon SooHoo, Dodgers photographer, has captured it all (MLB.com)
- Stephen J. Nesbitt: Shohei Ohtani, the World Baseball Classic and a closer look at MLB’s global growth strategy (The Athletic)
- Alex Speier: Kiké Hernández caught COVID-19. Then the Red Sox’ outbreak imploded (Boston Globe)
- Jonathan Judge: An Alternate Baseball Salary System (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mark Simon: Cardinals Lead The Way … Again (ACTA Sports)
- Dan Szymborski: Should Yuli Gurriel and José Abreu Be Hall of Famers? (FanGraphs)
- Brian McTaggart: Robin Yount’s brother Larry holds an unusual MLB record (MLB.com)
- Bob D’Angelo: Arizona Collector Finds 1959 Mexican League Cards with Josh Gibson (Sports Collectors Daily)
- Rob Mains: Another Victim of 21st Century Offenses (Baseball Prospectus)
- David Laurila: Josh Donaldson Talks Hitting (FanGraphs)
- Dan Epstein: 22 all-star books about California baseball including the Dodgers, Angels, Padres and more (Orange County Register)
- Eno Sarris: As craft beer booms around the country, why isn’t it thriving at the ballpark? (The Athletic)
- Tom Ruane: A Retro-review of the 1920s (Retrosheet.org)
- Justin Klugh: The Violent History of Being Kind to Umpires (Baseball Prospectus)
- Terry Gallagher: Cleveland Fans Could Root-Root-Root for Three Indians Teams 90 Years Ago (The Sport Digest)
- Jason Schwartz: The Ted Williams code (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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Originally published: September 17, 2021. Last Updated: September 17, 2021.