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This Week in SABR: September 17, 2021

This Week in SABR: September 17, 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 17, 2021:


Watch highlights from the 2021 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logoThe 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.

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 selected as 2021 SABR Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award winner

Claire Smith (AUTHOR PHOTO)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.


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

"Going the Distance: The Life and Works of W.P. Kinsella," by Willie SteeleSABR 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 david@davidkrell.com.
  • 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.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with baseball executive Dan Evans

SABRcast #128: Dan EvansBaseball 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 #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.

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.


New Team Ownership History: Indianapolis Hoosiers, Federal League

Benny Kauff (TRADING CARD DB)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:

Click here to read all published team ownership histories at SABR.org.

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 amccue@sabr.org.


9 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Gene Michael (TRADING CARD DB)Nine 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


14 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Oscar Charleston (SABR-RUCKER ARCHIVE)Fourteen 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
Neil Callaghan Tampa, FL     Rafael Pena Bronx, NY
Glenn Evans Leichhardt, AUS     Evelyn Pollard Louisville, KY
Tracey Heggins Jackson Woodland Hills, CA     Michael Stefanek Ridgeland, MS
Walt Hutchinson Charlotte, NC     Christian Taylor San Jose, CA
Dan Iyall Olympia, WA     Alec Tongour Washington, DC
Sean McKillop Frederick, MD     Jim Williams Tujunga, CA

Research Committee news

Here are the 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 17, 2021. Last Updated: September 17, 2021.

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