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This Week in SABR: September 9, 2022

This Week in SABR: September 9, 2022

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 9, 2022:

Check out the full schedule for next week’s 2022 SABR/IWBC Virtual Women in Baseball Conference

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logoRegistration is now open for the fourth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, which will be held virtually on September 16-18, 2022. 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 — will be a virtual event centered around the theme “Title IX and Women’s Baseball: Where We’ve Been and Where We are Headed.” Presentations and panels will take place on Zoom.

The conference will be highlighted by a keynote panel discussion with Justine Siegal, Maybelle Blair and Sarah Domin; Baseball Journalism panel with Claire Smith, Shakeia Taylor, Jen McCaffrey, and Melissa Isaacson; an Umpires Panel with Perry Barber, Alesia Cicconi, and Sophiyah Liu; a book club discussion on Hall of Famer Effa Manley with author Andrea Williams; research presentations; pylon unveiling; and the announcement of the Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award.

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Heaphy at

Visit to learn more.

Sign up now for SABR’s Ballpark Figures on October 6 with umpire and author Perry Barber

SABR's Ballpark Figures on October 6 with Perry BarberJoin 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, October 6, our guest will be Perry Barber, a longtime professional umpire, author, and promoter of women in baseball.

Barber was the inaugural winner of the SABR Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and was recently inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame. She has umpired at all levels of the game, including Major League Baseball’s spring training and around the world to places such as Japan, Guam, Hong Kong, and the Caribbean. She is also a Jeopardy! champion, accomplished musician, and author. She also conducts umpire clinics, speaks about umpiring and women’s baseball, and serves as a board member for the International Women’s Baseball Center and an advisor for Baseball for All.

Visit to learn more or watch replays from previous events.

Sign up now for SABR Analytics Certification online course

Watch on YouTube: SABR Analytics Certification previewIt’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.

The SABR Analytics Certification program is an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics. The curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.

SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price.

Visit to sign up today or learn more.

More highlights, stories, and photos from SABR 50

Author Melissa Ludtke at SABR 50 in Baltimore on August 19, 2022Couldn’t make it to Baltimore for SABR 50? Check out more coverage of our 2022 convention from the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor online:

For more coverage of SABR 50, visit

Save the date! SABR 51 will be in Chicago in 2023

SABR 51 convention logoSave the date! SABR will be returning to Chicago for our 51st annual convention on July 5-9, 2023, at the Palmer House Hilton hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Registration information for SABR 51 and our special hotel room block will be available at in early 2023.

This will be SABR’s fifth convention held in the Windy City, and the first since SABR 45 in 2015.

Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.

SABR Digital Library: We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays

We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue JaysAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays
Edited by Adrian Fung and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Forewords by Buck Martinez and Dave Winfield
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-83-7, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-84-4, $34.95 US / $41.95 CDN
8.5″ x 11″, 394 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

Having trouble downloading our e-books? To view PDF files on your computer, click here to download the free Adobe Reader software. Having trouble downloading e-books to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.

  • Note for Kindle users: Beginning in August 2022, Amazon will no longer allow Kindle users to send new MOBI files to their Kindle library. EPUB files are now a compatible format for your Kindle library. Click here to learn more.

Read all stories from The National Pastime: Major Research on the Minor Leagues online

The National Pastime: Major Research on the Minor Leagues (2022)The National Pastime serves as SABR’s convention-focused publication. Published annually, this research journal provides in-depth articles focused on the respective geographic region where the national convention is taking place in a given year.

In 2020, we published a Baltimore-themed edition of The National Pastime while the convention shifted to a virtual event. Last year, the TNP theme was on the Future According to Baseball.

For the 2022 edition of The National Pastime, we decided to focus on the history and evolution of minor league baseball, with a special cover illustration by artist Andy Brown.

Having trouble downloading our e-books? Having trouble downloading SABR e-books or transferring them to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.

Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

1883 St. Louis BrownsSABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at, 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 announce the return of the 19cBB Speaker Series, a monthly series of virtual research presentations via Zoom. The 19cBB Speaker Series will be presented each second Tuesday of the month beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. Season 3 begins on Tuesday, September 13 when we’ll hear from Justin Mckinney on “The Union Association’s 10 Biggest Mistakes.” Click here to register for this free Zoom event. To watch replays of past presentations, click here to watch on YouTube. To learn more about upcoming 19cBB Speaker Series events, click here to sign up for committee announcements.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from Sam McDowell and Marty Gitlin (The Saga of Sudden Sam) and Kelly Park (Just Like Me: When the Pros Played on the Sandlot). Click here to view 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: Emil Rothe Chicago (IL) Chapter meeting with Mark Armour and Jason Cannon (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • September 10: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter meeting (9:30 a.m. EDT)
  • September 13: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Andy McCue (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • September 13: SABR 19th Century Speaker Series with Justin Mckinney (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 15: Larry Doby (SC) Chapter meeting with Mark Armour and Dan Levitt (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 16-18: 2022 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
  • September 17: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting (1:00 p.m. EDT)

In addition, the following events will be held in person:

  • September 10: Oscar Charleston Chapter meeting (Indianapolis, IN)
  • September 14: Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter meeting (Las Vegas, NV)
  • September 15: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
  • September 17: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
  • September 17: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (St. Louis Park, MN)
  • September 17: Sebring-Stovey Williamsport Chapter meeting (Williamsport, PA)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.

3 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Larry Brown (SEAMHEADS.COM)Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project:

All new biographies can be found here:

10 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Scott Hatteberg (TRADING CARD DB)Ten new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:

New Games Project stories can be found at

  • Read game stories from Baltimore Baseball: In 2021, Baltimore Baseball, edited by Bill Nowlin, was published at the SABR Digital Library. The book focused on the rich history of baseball in the Baltimore area, through recounts of 84 games from the major-league Orioles to the minor-league Orioles to the Negro Leagues. Click here to read all game stories from Baltimore Baseball online at the SABR Games Project.
  • 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.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with glove repairman Jimmy Lonetti

SABRcast #178: Jimmy LonettiBaseball 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 #178 on Tuesday, September 6 featured Jimmy Lonetti, owner and operator of D&J Glove Repair. The Minnesota-based repair shop started as a hobby with his son Dom before evolving into a small business in 2010. They specialize in vintage glove repair and use some of the original leatherworking equipment from a shoe-repair business that was run by Jim’s grandfather in St. Paul. Jim also works for the United States Postal Service and spent many years as a senior brewer for Summit Brewing Company.

Visit 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

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.

Writing opportunities for SABR members

SABR’s Minor Leagues Committee is seeking a few more writers and copy editors for an upcoming book project focused on the minor leagues between 1946 and 1963, a 17-year period when minor-league baseball experienced its highest highs and its lowest lows. In 1949 the minor leagues reached their zenith of success with 59 leagues and 448 teams. Just 13 years later, this high-water mark had dropped to 19 leagues and 130 teams. If you are new to SABR or have never been involved in a writing or research project, this is a great opportunity to share your interest. So far, we have committed articles on various topics from 25 members and we’re looking for 10 to 15 more.

We expect to complete this project by late 2023 or early 2024. If you are interested in contributing in any way, please contact George Pawlush for more details.

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:

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
Eric Arcella Crown Point, IN     John Maynard Baldwin City, KS
Gar Chisenhall Tallahassee, FL     Brent Messett Sauquoit, NY
David Clary San Diego, CA     Will Middleton Salt Lake City, UT
Marc Cowans Washington, DC     Gabriel Morris El Paso, TX
Maureen Curran San Diego, CA     Carson Myers Ramona, CA
Ivan Diaz Charlotte, NC     Jack Pelikan Columbia, MO
T.J. Krafnick Riverside, IL     Maya Senen Seattle, WA
Ronald Land Indianapolis, IN     Thomas Somerville East Aurora, NY
Christine Lo Bue-Estes Aurora, CO     Dan Travers Wilton, CT
Charlie Lobosco Mechanicville, NY     Robbie Wartburg Arlington, TX
Melissa Ludtke Cambridge, MA        

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 and chartered community updates this week:

Click here for more information on SABR regional chapters. Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web

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

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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

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Originally published: September 9, 2022. Last Updated: September 9, 2022.