This Week in SABR: September 28, 2018

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 28, 2018:

One month away from 2018 SABR Arizona Fall League Experience; sign up now

We hope you’ll join us for the 10th annual SABR Arizona Fall League Experience, which will be held Thursday, November 1 to Saturday, November 3, 2018.

The event will feature four AFL games showcasing baseball’s top prospects. On Friday night, we’ll come together for a special poolside taco bar dinner at our host hotel, The Saguaro, just steps away from Scottsdale Stadium and many Old Town Scottsdale attractions. On Saturday morning after our conference breakfast, attendees will join members of SABR’s Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter for their regional fall meeting with research presentations and guest speakers. We’ll conclude the conference with the nationally televised Fall Stars Game on Saturday evening at Surprise Stadium. All of this is included in one low registration price.

  • Register now by clicking here! Registration is $199 for all SABR members and guests before October 12, 2018; $239 afterward.
  • Host hotel: SABR’s recommended hotel is The Saguaro (4000 North Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251) in Old Town Scottsdale. Click here to book your room online or call the hotel at (480) 470-8247 and mention “SABR” to book your room at our special group rate of $129/night (plus tax).
  • Schedule: Visit for the detailed schedule

Your registration fee includes four game tickets; an AFL Media Guide; the poolside taco bar dinner on Friday; and the conference breakfast on Saturday.

Note: Local or visiting SABR members can purchase extra or optional tickets to the Friday evening poolside taco bar dinner ($45) at The Saguaro, the Saturday morning breakfast at The Saguaro ($25), or any of the ballgames, including the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium ($7 apiece). Extra AFL Media Guides ($12) are also available for purchase while supplies last. Please contact Deb Jayne at for details.

The 2018 team rosters were released recently and MLB’s No. 1 prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays, leads a star-studded cast this season in the AFL.

The annual conference, hosted by SABR’s Arizona Hemond-Delhi Chapter, is held in conjunction with the Arizona Fall League (, baseball’s premier player development league. In the first nine years of the conference, attendees have been treated to sneak peeks at MLB stars like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Stephen Strasburg, Nolan Arenado, Gerrit Cole, Gary Sanchez, and Ronald Acuña Jr. before they hit the big leagues.

All baseball fans are welcome to attend the SABR Arizona Fall League Experience. Visit for photos and highlights from past conferences.

Get the Fall 2018 Baseball Research Journal delivered straight to your inbox

Once again, SABR is offering members the opportunity to opt in to receiving the e-book version of the Fall 2018 Baseball Research Journal. We’ll deliver the e-book version of the Fall 2018 BRJ in the format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI/Kindle or PDF) straight to your inbox in early November. Click here to learn more about receiving the e-book edition of the BRJ.

Opt in to receiving the e-book edition by Friday, October 5 in order to get early access to all the great content in the BRJ in e-book format and online at

  • To opt in to receiving the e-book version of the Baseball Research Journal: Click here to edit your membership profile. Scroll to the bottom and select “Receive publications electronically.” Then save your changes.

Please note: If you do nothing, you will continue to receive two print editions of the Baseball Research Journal every year by mail.

If you’ve never read a Baseball Research Journal in e-book form, click here to try it out with the Spring 2018 edition. The Baseball Research Journal, and all SABR e-books, are available in EPUB, MOBI/Kindle or PDF formats.

To read articles from the BRJ archives, click here.

Join us on September 30 for Bob Caruthers grave marker dedication ceremony in Chicago

All baseball fans are invited to join us at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 30 for a SABR 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project dedication ceremony at the burial site of Bob Caruthers at historic Graceland Cemetery, 4001 N. Clark Street in Chicago, Illinois.

Caruthers was among the greatest all-around players of his day, starring for the St. Louis Browns and Brooklyn Bridgegrooms of the American Association. He was an outstanding pitcher with a deceptive right-handed delivery and a hard-hitting outfielder who had a solid reputation as a defensive player and a baserunner.

Attendees should drive directly to Graceland Cemetery and, once inside, head directly to Section N (near the northwest corner of the cemetery.) Park near the gravesite where a number of SABR members will be on hand to conduct the dedication of the handsome stone monument.

The dedication ceremony will include a summary of Caruthers’ extraordinary career, how he got his nickname “Parisian Bob,” and a biographical sketch of this standout two-way star. Caruthers was selected by SABR members in 2017 as an Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend, worthy of further consideration for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Save the date! SABR 49 will be in San Diego in 2019

Save the date! SABR will be returning to San Diego for our 49th national convention on June 26-30, 2019, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, California. Registration information and our special hotel room block will be available at in early 2019. The Padres are scheduled to play at home against the St. Louis Cardinals that weekend.

The Manchester Grand Hyatt is conveniently located within walking distance from Petco Park; our host hotel, a frequent host of baseball’s Winter Meetings, features a spectacular waterfront resort-like setting with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues in abundance at the nearby Gaslamp Quarter. The San Diego Central Library’s Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center, just a few blocks away, is home to the spectacular SABR Collection curated by our host chapter, the San Diego Ted Williams Chapter.

SABR 49 will be our second convention held in San Diego and first since 1993. Our 23rd annual convention that year featured a keynote address from former Padres manager Dick Williams and a panel celebrating the 1984 National League champions. Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.

SABR’s 2019 national convention will be our 49th annual gathering; the organization’s founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first.

For more information on the SABR convention, visit

2018 Southern Negro League Baseball Conference opens next weekend in Birmingham

SABR’s Rickwood Field Chapter is joining with the Center for Negro Baseball Research, the Southern Negro League Baseball Museum, and Friends of Rickwood to host the inaugural Southern Negro League Baseball Conference on October 4-6, 2018, at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

This conference is dedicated to the preservation of the history of Southern Negro League Baseball, and the history of Negro Leagues players from the South. Download the registration form for full details and schedule.

This year’s conference’s theme will be the final Negro League World Series in 1948, including a visit with Rev. Bill Greason, who played for the Birmingham Black Barons in that series 70 years ago. Please consider attending and sharing your commitment to keeping alive the rich history of Southern Negro League Baseball.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Save the date! 2019 SABR Black Sox Scandal symposium to be held in Chicago

The SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee is pleased to announce a special symposium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1919 World Series on September 27-29, 2019, in Chicago.

This once-in-a-century event will be highlighted by a SABR research symposium with panels and presentations from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Chicago History Museum. The museum is home to an extensive collection of Black Sox artifacts and documents, and we’ll gather in the beautiful Morse Genius Chicago Room event space to discuss the continued relevance of the 1919 World Series and its aftermath.

The weekend will also include a visit to see a Chicago White Sox game, a Prohibition era-themed dinner/pub crawl, a walking tour of downtown Chicago baseball history sites, and book signings with SABR authors, including our own Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox.

Pre-registration for this event will be available at beginning in early 2019. Sign up now to receive email announcements from the Black Sox Scandal committee for updates on this 100th anniversary symposium.

SABR Digital Library: Met-rospectives: A Collection of the Greatest Games in New York Mets History

New York Mets fans can soak in some Amazin’ memories with the newest book from the SABR Digital Library:

Met-rospectives: A Collection of the Greatest Games in New York Mets History
Edited by Brian Wright and Bill Nowlin

Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-87-3, $14.95

ISBN (e-book): 978-1-943816-86-6, $9.99

139 pages, 8.5″ x 11″

Click here to read the full description at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. Find all past titles in our collection at

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Deadline extended! Submit nominations for the 2019 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are still open for the 2019 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.

To submit a nomination for The Dorothy in 2019, please submit a letter of nomination (self or external); supporting letters; list of accomplishments with supporting documentation (including articles written by/about the candidate; book reviews for books written; links to organizations/tournaments/others that the candidate participated in or helped organize); awards received; or other achievements by October 8, 2018, to Dr. Leslie Heaphy by e-mail at or by mail at Dr. Leslie Heaphy, KSU at Stark, 6000 Frank Ave., North Canton, OH 44720.

Eligible candidates include any person with a sustained involvement in women’s baseball or any woman with a longtime involvement in baseball in any fashion — player, umpire, writer, executive, team owner, scout, etc.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Call for papers: 2019 SABR 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 2019 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The 11th annual Ivor-Campbell Conference is scheduled for April 26-27, 2019.

The deadline for proposal Abstracts is October 31, 2018. Your abstract must be between 200-400 words for a 20- to 25-minute presentation. Please include name, title, and contact information and send your proposal as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to Peter Mancuso at

Click here for complete details and submission criteria at

To learn more about the Ivor-Campbell Conference, visit

Join us for the 2018 SABR Cleveland 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium

Join us for the SABR Cleveland 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium, which will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the majestic Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library in the heart of downtown Cleveland.

The day-long Saturday symposium will be devoted to 19th-century baseball as it was played and evolved in Cleveland and its greater region of northeastern Ohio. A keynote luncheon address of interdisciplinary history by David Goldberg, Professor of History at Cleveland State University, will provide a look at late 19th-century Cleveland with a particular understanding of one of that city’s most important and powerful forces, its transportation system. In addition to the on-site luncheon, there will be both an early morning and mid-afternoon coffee and refreshments service.

Other speakers are expected to include John Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian; John Skrtic, Director of Public Services, CPL; Jeremy Feador, Cleveland Indians, Historian & Curator; and four SABR researchers and authors with specific focus on elements of 19th-century Cleveland area baseball: David Fleitz, Joseph Wancho, Ken Krsolovic, and Bryan Fritz. Click here to download a complete schedule (PDF).

We hope to see you there!

Scott Bush begins as SABR Chief Executive Officer on October 1

The SABR Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Scott Bush as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. Bush comes to SABR after serving as the Senior Vice President for Business Development with the Goldklang Group, a premier baseball ownership group that operates both independent clubs and MLB affiliates.

Since graduating from the University of Minnesota, Bush has held positions with increasing responsibilities in both sports and media, including a five-year stint as Assistant General Manager for the St. Paul Saints, where he played a key role in establishing CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. His demonstrated commitment to creativity and his established track record of generating revenue, cultivating new markets, and collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders make Bush an ideal fit for the next stage of SABR’s evolution within the baseball ecosystem.

“I’m excited to build on SABR’s great foundation, expand its relationships within the baseball industry, and explore new media channels for the great content produced by our devoted group of baseball lovers,” Bush said. “I will also look for ways that regional chapters can engage their local communities to help cultivate new baseball fans and, ultimately, new members. Having been fortunate enough to build a career around the game of baseball, I am honored to be responsible for the direction of SABR.”

Bush will begin in his role on October 1 and be based at the SABR headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. updates Negro Leagues Database with 1901 Cuban League stats

We are pleased to pass along this update from SABR member Gary Ashwill at on September 25:

Our newest addition to the DB is the 1901 Cuban League. This is another product of our collaboration with, based on research in 1899-1901 Cuban sports newspapers from the collections of Jay Caldwell and Ryan Christoff.

The 1901 season was the second year of integrated pro baseball in Cuba. After San Francisco’s shock pennant win in 1900, the powerhouse Habana club raided them for their pitcher (Salvador Rosado) and shortstop (Rogelio Valdés), added Carlos Royer from the Cubano club, and won the 1901 league going away. San Francisco was still good, despite being forced to scrounge for pitching; they added Julián Castillo, who would become perhaps the first true Cuban slugger, as well as pitcher/outfielder Emilio Palomino, a future batting champ, and Gervasio González, who would eventually be recognized as perhaps the greatest of all Cuban catchers—but got his start here as a little-used backup shortstop.

After the regular Cuban League concluded at the end of July, another championship was organized. Called El Gran Premio Particular (I’ve called it the Cuban Fall Championship in English), it seems to have been an attempt to revitalize interest after Habana ran away with the pennant. The two weakest clubs, Cubano and Fé, were dropped, and some of their best players redistributed to the remaining clubs. Unfortunately Habana also easily won the fall championship.

Click here to read the full announcement at

To view the award-winning Seamheads Negro Leagues Database, visit

1 new SABR biography published

One new biography was posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,628 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week: 

All new biographies can be found here:

2 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Two new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

In addition, more stories from Dome Sweet Dome: History and Highlights from 35 Years of the Houston Astrodome (SABR, 2017), edited by Gregory H. Wolf, were posted online this week:  

New Games Project stories can be found at Find all published Games Project articles at

If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Mike Huber. To request an assignment, please contact Steven C. Weiner. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors’ Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story started toward publication.

  • 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.
  • Read stories from Boston’s First Nine book at the SABR Games Project: In Boston’s First Nine: The 1871-75 Boston Red Stockings (SABR, 2016), edited by Bob LeMoine and Bill Nowlin, we looked at the most dominant team in the old National Association, considered by many to be baseball’s first major league. In this five-year period, the Red Stockings won four pennants and were led by five future Hall of Famers. You can now read about the Red Stockings’ most memorable moments on the field with new stories from this book posted online at the SABR Games Project. SABR members, click here to download the e-book edition of Boston’s First Nine for free or get 50% off the paperback at

Listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Sunday nights

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the 2018 season at its regular time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.

This week’s guests are SABR member Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions and Cleveland Indians broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus.

You can listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App. Click here to learn more.

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.

Listen to a new episode from the SABR Media Committee’s Baseball Buffet podcast

SABR’s Baseball and the Media Committee welcomes you to The Baseball Buffet, our monthly roundtable podcast focusing on recent baseball events, the media’s coverage of the national pastime, and more.

Our buffet of baseball commentators include Andie Giafaglione, Thom Henninger, Chuck Hildebrandt, Stuart Shea, and host Jim Walker. Each podcast runs about 20-25 minutes, a length which fits quite nicely as a quick listen into your own lunch schedule.

Listen to the September 2018 episode, where our baseball buffet commentators/diners contemplate the impact of the sabermetric revolution on major league baseball — has it helped or hurt the game? — and then share our varying levels of passion for baseball music. Just how does John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” rate? (24:42)

To learn more about The Baseball Buffet podcast, or to listen to recent episodes, click here.

ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

We’ve heard your feedback: Some of you have said you look forward to “This Week in SABR” every Friday, but sometimes there are just too many compelling articles and announcements to read every week. We’re not complaining — hey, keep up the great work! — but we know the feeling. So in an effort to make the length of this newsletter more manageable to read, we’ll summarize some of the repeating/recurring announcements in a special “In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)” section of “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:

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 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
Dennis Bidwell Morgantown, WV     Dan Mason Whitman, MA
Robert Blomberg Woods Hole, MA     Ellis Minton Fort Worth, TX
Robert Franks Columbia, TN     Claire Paul Pulaski, TN
Patrick Haley Sandy, UT     Larry Smith Columbia, MD
Craig Hammack Albany, CA     Thomas Wilmowski St. Louis, MO
Steven Harmon Sacramento, CA     Russell Wong Pleasant Hill, CA
Jamil Laboy Toa Bajam, PRI        


Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:

All SABR meetings and events are open to the public. Feel free to bring a baseball-loving friend … and make many new ones! Check out the SABR Events Calendar at

Around the Web

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

Read these articles and more at

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Originally published: September 28, 2018. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.