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:
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.
- Register now: Click here to register for this event at SABR.org. Registration is $60, and includes Zoom access to all presentations and panels, awards ceremony, and virtual social hour.
- Schedule: Click here for the full schedule of panels and presentations. Zoom sessions will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16; 10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m., and 6:30-8:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, and 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. (All times listed are in the Eastern Time Zone.)
If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Heaphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit SABR.org/women-in-baseball-conference to learn more.
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 SABR.org/ballpark-figures to learn more or watch replays from previous events.
It’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 SABR.org/analytics/certification to sign up today or learn more.
- Listen to highlights from Sig Mejdal’s opening remarks (audio)
- Listen to highlights from Tim Kurkjian’s keynote address (audio)
- Listen to highlights from Boog Powell’s one-on-one interview with Dan Connolly (audio)
- Listen to highlights from Mike Bordick’s Oral History interview with Mike Gibbons (audio)
- Listen to highlights from Curt Flood 50th anniversary panel with Judy Pace Flood, Brad Snyder, Mark Armour, and Shakeia Taylor (audio)
- Listen to highlights from SABR 50 committee meetings with Larry Lucchino, Janet Marie Smith, Charles Steinberg, Melissa Ludtke, Joe Castiglione, Kevin Brown, and more (audio)
- Listen to highlights from SABR 50 research presentations and view PowerPoint slides (audio)
- View photo galleries from each day of the SABR 50 convention
- F.X. Flinn selected as 2022 Bob Davids Award winner
- John Asel, Bill Marston win 2022 convention presentation awards
- Founding member Tom Hufford honored before Orioles game at Camden Yards
- Moses Fleetwood Walker selected as SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend of 2022
- Bill Carle wins record 5th Trivia Contest; Pennsylvanians take team title
- Stay tuned for more highlights, photos, and stories from SABR 50!
For more coverage of SABR 50, visit SABR.org/convention.
Save 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 SABR.org/convention 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.
Add 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
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of We Are, We Can, We Will for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, MOBI, EPUB/Kindle formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the We Are, We Can, We Will paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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.
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.
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.
- Read articles online: Click here to read stories from The National Pastime online at SABR.org.
- Download the e-book: Click here to download a free e-book edition of The National Pastime at the SABR Store.
- Purchase the print edition: Click here to pre-order the print edition of The National Pastime from Amazon.com.
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.
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 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.
Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project:
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.
Ten new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:
- August 16, 1914: Pittsburgh Rebels hurler George LeClair takes one for the team, gets blasted for 21 runs, by Gary Belleville
- September 11, 1923: Howard Ehmke’s encore: Red Sox pitcher throws 1-hitter following historic no-hitter, by Bill Nowlin
- June 10, 1952: Browns players present cup to Bill Veeck after firing of manager Rogers Hornsby, by Chris Betsch
- August 13, 1967: Tom Seaver pitches his first career shutout for Mets, by Howard Rosenberg (first-time author)
- July 9, 1971: ‘Little Man makes a big difference’: Freddie Patek completes cycle with game-winning homer in ninth, by Mike Huber
- July 9, 1971: A’s Angel Mangual ends AL’s longest scoreless game with 20th-inning walk-off single, by Andrew Harner
- September 3, 1985: Yankees farmhand Troy Evers pitches playoff no-hitter in New York-Penn League, by Kurt Blumenau
- September 8, 1998: Cardinals’ Mark McGwire wins the race to 62 against Sammy Sosa’s Cubs, by Alexander Harriman
- September 4, 2002: ‘Moneyball’ Oakland A’s win 20th game in a row on Scott Hatteberg’s walk-off homer, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- July 26, 2021: Shohei Ohtani sets records as Angels beat Rockies, by Laura H. Peebles
New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject.
- 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Check out more highlights, stories, and photos from SABR 50 in Baltimore
- SABR Defensive Index rankings released through Sunday, August 28
- Announcing finalists for 2022 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
- SABR 50: Founding member Tom Hufford honored by Orioles in pregame ceremony
- F.X. Flinn selected as 2022 Bob Davids Award winner
- New SABR Century project: Baseball and the Supreme Court
- Moses Fleetwood Walker selected as SABR’s 2022 Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend
- Register now for 2022 SABR Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
- Watch a preview of the Landmarks Committee’s new SABR Baseball Map
- Sign up now for SABR Analytics Certification online course
- SABR Digital Library: Our Game, Too: Influential Figures and Milestones in Canadian Baseball
- SABR Latino Baseball Committee welcomes new Cuban Baseball Research Group
- Seven baseball projects to receive SABR Local Grants in 2022
- 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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Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Baseball Landmarks: Check out the new Landmarks Committee website and articles at sabrlandmarks.com
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter: September 2022 newsletter (Milwaukee, WI)
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Gordon Edes: MLBPA support marks seismic shift in fight for minor leaguers’ rights (Bally Sports)
- Marc Normandin: A House Undivided: A Minor League Union Won’t Fracture the MLBPA (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jesse Rogers: A 15-second pitch clock? The end of the shift? What you need to know about MLB’s 2023 rule changes (ESPN.com)
- Chelsea Janes: MLB is overdue for a female umpire. One may be on the way. (Washington Post)
- Tyler Kepner: With the Yankees on His Shoulders, Aaron Judge Stays Ahead of Maris (New York Times)
- Mike Petriello: Judge’s run to 60 might be harder than anyone else’s (MLB.com)
- Jay Jaffe: Shohei Ohtani, the AL Awards Races, and Unicorns (FanGraphs)
- Alex Speier: Red Sox’ record against AL East foes isn’t just bad — it could be historically bad (Boston Globe)
- Russell A. Carleton: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About WAR (But Were Afraid To Ask) (Baseball Prospectus)
- Cody Christie: Multiple Twins on Pace to Be Gold Glove Finalists (Twins Daily)
- Michael Baumann: So, You Want to Seize the Means of Production (FanGraphs)
- Emma Baccellieri: MLB’s Most Traded Player Is Happy to Be Back Home (Sports Illustrated)
- Sarah Langs/Mandy Bell: Andrés Giménez making Lindor trade look better for Guardians every day (MLB.com)
- Mark Simon: The Yankees and 100 Defensive Runs Saved (ACTA Sports)
- David Laurila: Detroit Pitching Prospect Ty Madden Is Embracing Data (FanGraphs)
- Rob Mains: What’s Really Going On with Offense (Baseball Prospectus)
- Matt Breen: Dick Perez is still the ‘Diamond King’ 40 years later. Here’s how he earned his title. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Adam Korengold: Insights Of Their Own: Visualizing Women’s Baseball (Nightingale VS)
- M. Shawn Hennessy: 29th Infantry Division’s Blues and Grays: the Men Behind one of the Army’s best World War II Baseball Teams (Chevrons and Diamonds)
- Craig Brown: Who makes more errors — those playing the game, or those writing about the game? (Threads of Our Game)
- John Racanelli: Welcome to Marengo or: How I Accidentally Visited My First Ballplayer’s Grave (SABRLandmarks.com)
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Originally published: September 9, 2022. Last Updated: September 9, 2022.