This Week in SABR: August 30, 2019
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The SocialLink platform will allow for all groups (research committees, chapters, and more) to communicate in online forums. Each chapter and research committee will have its own dedicated discussion forum, and we will also have new community-wide discussion forums that all SABR members can access online or through the SocialLink app.
In addition, members will be able to message one another directly and there will be more traditional social media functionality, allowing all SABR members to connect with each other regardless of chapter affiliation or research committee involvement.
Finally, members who download the SocialLink app will be able to access this functionality from their smartphones or tablets, creating greater access to member benefits and eliminating the need to be on a computer to communicate with other members.
We'll highlight some of the new features in the SocialLink platform in the coming weeks, but we encourage you to start taking advantage of the new tools available to all SABR members today!
To start exploring SocialLink, visit profile.sabr.org.
We are pleased to announce some of our featured speakers at the 2019 SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience.
Join us on October 10-12, 2019, at The Saguaro in Scottsdale, Arizona. This conference is focused on women in baseball, co-hosted by the International Women's Baseball Center, and held in conjunction with the Arizona Fall League (MLB.com/AFL), baseball's premier player development league. Click here to register!
Here is some more information about our featured panelists:
- Elizabeth Benn, Coordinator of Labor, Diversity, and Baseball Development at MLB’s Office of the Commissioner
- Debbie Castaldo, Vice President, Corporate & Community Impact with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Executive Director of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation
- Meg Rowley, Managing Editor of FanGraphs and The Hardball Times
- Eric Longenhagen, Lead Prospect Analyst, FanGraphs
Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.
For more information, visit SABR.org/AFL.
All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a research presentation proposal abstract on any topic related to women in baseball for the SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience on Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 12, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona.
To apply: Please send a 150-200 word abstract to Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu by September 2, 2019. Please include full contact information and a short bio. Please note: You must be registered for the conference in order to give a presentation.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend the SABR Arizona Fall League Experience.
- Registration: Click here to register online. Registration is $199 for all SABR members and guests; $219 for non-members. Single-day rates are available for $90 on Friday (includes breakfast and game ticket) or $110 on Saturday (including breakfast, lunch, and game ticket).
- Hotel: SABR's recommended hotel is The Saguaro (4000 North Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251) in Old Town Scottsdale. Please e-mail Ally Bascom at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480-385-4800 and mention "SABR" to book your room at our special group rate of $189/night (plus tax).
Visit SABR.org/AFL for registration information and complete details.
We're excited to announce new speakers for the SABR Black Sox Scandal Centennial Symposium in Chicago.
The SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee will host this once-in-a-century event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1919 World Series from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Chicago History Museum. All baseball fans are welcome to attend; click here to register.
The full symposium schedule will be available soon. Here are our featured speakers:
- Bruce S. Allardice, history professor at South Suburban College near Chicago, and author of numerous articles on the Black Sox Scandal
- Dr. Susan Dellinger, author of Red Legs and Black Sox: Edd Roush and the Untold Story of the 1919 World Series and granddaughter of Hall of Famer Edd Roush
- Michael Haupert, Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and co-chair of SABR's Business of Baseball Committee
- Rick Huhn, associate editor of Scandal on the South Side and the author of three baseball books, including Eddie Collins: A Baseball Biography
- Bill Lamb, author of Black Sox in the Courtroom: The Grand Jury, Criminal Trial and Civil Litigation and the 2019 recipient of SABR's Bob Davids Award
- Daniel A. Nathan, Professor of American Studies at Skidmore College and author of Saying It’s So: A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal
- Jacob Pomrenke, SABR’s Director of Editorial Content, chair of the Black Sox Scandal Research Committee, and editor of Scandal on the South Side
- Bill Savage, English professor at Northwestern University, instructor at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and baseball author/historian
- More speakers to be announced soon!
Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed and Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman remain in the top spots in their respective leagues in the most recent SABR Defensive Index™ rankings.
For the seventh consecutive season, the SABR Defensive Index will be used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR. The SABR Defensive Index accounts for approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process that will be added to the votes from the managers and coaches.
The final SDI results will be released following the conclusion of the 2019 season at SABR.org/SDI. The SDI is compiled by the SABR Defensive Committee, which includes former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro; Sean Forman of Baseball-Reference.com; Ben Jedlovec, MLB's Director of Engineering, Data Quality; SABR Director F.X. Flinn; author and defensive metrics expert Chris Dial; and author Michael Humphreys.
What are the best baseball analytics articles you've read so far in 2019?
We're seeking nominations for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, which recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year in the following categories:
- Contemporary Baseball Analysis: Honoring the best analysis focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
- Contemporary Baseball Commentary: Honoring the best commentary focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
- Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary: Honoring the best original analysis or commentary focusing on a subject related to a game(s), team(s) or player(s) throughout baseball history.
Please send all nominations via e-mail to this address: email@example.com no later than December 31, 2019. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable).
Results will be announced and presented at the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 13-15, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more at SABR.org/analytics.
All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a Research Presentation Proposal Abstract on any topic of 19th-century baseball for the 2020 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The 12th annual Ivor-Campbell Conference is scheduled for April 24-25, 2020.
The deadline for proposal Abstracts is October 31, 2019. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us on September 14 in Philadelphia to honor baseball pioneers Hicks Hayhurst and Octavius Catto
The SABR Nineteenth Century Grave Marker Project will hold a commemoration to honor Philadelphia baseball pioneers Hicks Hayhurst and Octavius Catto in a dual ceremony to further recognize their contributions to American and Philadelphia history.
The ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Mount Peace Cemetery, 3111 W. Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia. All baseball fans are welcome to attend this free event, which should last about 30 minutes.
A Republican councilman for Philadelphia, Hayhurst was also a baseball player and president of the National Association champion Athletics of Philadelphia of the late nineteenth century. In 1866 Catto, a civil rights activist, helped found one of the earliest black clubs in the U.S., the Pythian Base Ball Club. Together they organized the first widely reported integrated baseball game in United States history in September 1869; the game was the first of its kind in Philadelphia.
SABR's Connie Mack Chapter will honor the 150th anniversary of the first integrated game between the Olympic Ball Club and Catto’s Pythians Club. The game was played on September 3, 1869, a victory for the Olympics witnessed by 4,000 fans. The SABR Nineteenth Century Gravemarker Project will dedicate a new grave marker for Elias Hicks Hayhurst and his wife Elizabeth.
SABR is pleased to announce that the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference will be held Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown is at 100 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Conference registration and hotel information for the 2020 conference will be available beginning in October 2019 at SABR.org/analytics.
The SABR Analytics Conference brings together industry insiders from the baseball community, data innovators, thought leaders, members of the media and college students who will participate in the popular Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
Add a soaring baseball book to your collection with our newest title from the SABR Digital Library:
The Newark Eagles Take Flight: The Story of the 1946 Negro League Champions
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Rich Applegate and Len Levin
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9701-5906-6, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5907-3, $29.99
8.5" x 11", 230 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of The Newark Eagles Take Flight for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the The Newark Eagles Take Flight paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
Listen to a new episode of SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer — which is now available on your favorite podcast streaming services! Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it's released on Mondays.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to Episode #22 — our guest this week is J.J. Cooper, Executive Editor at Baseball America, where he has covered baseball at all levels since 2002. This season, he has written extensively about the home-run explosion in Triple-A thanks to a new baseball, along with stories on the Atlantic League's rules changes and the impact of "robot umpires."
Every week, SABRcast will feature insights and analysis of what's happening in modern baseball on and off the field, plus compelling interviews with figures from around the game — and music from The Baseball Project.
To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
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Baseball Digest is pleased to announce the launch of the Baseball Digest Archive.
Every regular print issue of Baseball Digest from 1942 through March/April 2019 is viewable and searchable online at BaseballDigestArchive.com.
The SABR Minnesota 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Minneapolis Public Library, 300 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The day-long Saturday symposium will be devoted to 19th-century baseball as it was played and evolved in Minnesota and the greater Midwest region. The event is a joint project of the SABR Nineteenth Century Committee, SABR's Halsey Hall Chapter, and the Hennepin County Library.
- Register: Click here to register online for the symposium. You may also download the registration form and mail a check made out to "SABR" to Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Road, New Hope, PA 18938. The deadline to register is November 8, 2019.
- Cost: $40 per person. Fee includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and afternoon beverages and snacks.
- Schedule: Click here to download the full schedule and registration details (PDF)
Guest speakers are expected to include John Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian; Larry Millett, longtime St. Paul Pioneer Press architecture critic and author of more than 10 books, including The Curve of the Arch and Lost Twin Cities; Stew Thornley, author of Baseball in Minnesota: A Definitive History and other books; Dan Levitt, author of Paths to Glory: How Great Baseball Teams Got That Way and other books; Mike Haupert, Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; Kristin Anderson, art and architecture professor and author of an upcoming book on the history of sports facilities in the Twin Cities; Frank White, author of They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota; Brian Madigan, SABR member and associate librarian for Hennepin County Libraries; and more.
For more information, contact event organizers at sabrMN19c@gmail.com.
Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,991 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Andy Coakley, by Tara Krieger
- Andy Coakley at Columbia, by Tara Krieger
- Ovid Nicholson, by Bill Nowlin
- John Olerud, by Steve Sisto
- Charlie Schmutz, by Bill Lamb
- Willie Sudhoff, by Brian Flaspohler
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproj/recent
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
Five new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- September 27, 1967: A's take first game of doubleheader on their last day in Kansas City, by Thomas M. Knosby
- September 27, 1967: Catfish Hunter shuts out White Sox in A's final home game in Kansas City, by Thomas M. Knosby
- May 20, 1970: Red-hot Rod Carew hits for the cycle, raises average to .432, by Mike Huber
- April 29, 1974: Astros' win over Cubs marred by Roger Metzger's near-fatal collision, by Frederick "Rick" Bush
- October 12, 1997: Sandy Alomar Jr. delivers dramatic finish to give Cleveland a 3-1 ALCS lead, by Gordon Gattie
- 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.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, will air this season at a new time. Listen in from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.
This week's guests are Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight and SABR Director F.X. Flinn.
You can also 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.
Are you a SABR member with book design experience? As our Publications Program grows, so does our need for folks who can handle book layout and ebook creation duties. QuarkXPress or InDesign preferred.
If you'd like more information or to throw your hat into the ring, please email your resume and book design samples to Cecilia Tan at PubDir@sabr.org.
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:
- Bill Lamb selected as Bob Davids Award winner
- Tyrone Brooks appointed to SABR Board of Directors
- SABR member Jayson Stark honored in Cooperstown with 2019 J.G. Taylor Spink Award
- Read all stories from The National Pastime: Pacific Ghosts online
- Save the date! SABR 50 will be in Baltimore in 2020
- Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts inaugural issue released
- Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center honored with 2019 SABR Russell Gabay Award
- TCU's Jake Guenther honored by SABR Dallas-Fort Worth chapter
- SABR's The Baseball Index announces midseason 2019 updates
- SABR Digital Library: Kansas City Royals: A Royal Tradition
- Read all articles from Spring 2019 Baseball Research Journal online at SABR.org
- Give back to SABR through AmazonSmile
- Check out highlights and photos from the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference
- View SABR's Eight Myths Out project on misconceptions about the Black Sox Scandal
- SABR Media Committee's Baseball Buffet podcast now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
- Check out new articles from the SABR Team Ownership Histories Project
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new 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: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Rob Bain||San Francisco, CA||Ryan Gomez||San Francisco, CA|
|Collin Barnett||Little Rock, AR||Allen Hoag||Nashua, NH|
|Jared Chesnut||Effingham, IL||Max Krueger||Denver, CO|
|John Crawford||Overland Park, KS||Greg Parson||Payson, UT|
|Jeffrey Dominique||El Dorado Hills, CA||Addison Payden||Overland Park, KS|
|Maximilian Effgen||Seattle, WA||Alex Richmond||Ottawa, ON|
|Nick Elam||Fishers, IN||Chris Rudd||San Jose, CA|
|Ryan Eversole||Columbus, IN||Ken Ruth||Fredericksburg, VA|
|Bob Garrett||Potomac, MD||Kenneth Spencer||Jacksonville, AL|
|James Gelvin||Belleville, IL||Weston Tate||San Francisco, CA|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Business of Baseball: Seeking volunteers for MLB Team Employee Directory project
- Negro Leagues: September 2019 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Babe Ruth/Connie Mack Chapters: August 24 meeting recap (Wilmington, DE)
- Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter: August 26 meeting recap (St. Louis, MO)
- Quebec Chapter: August 24 meeting recap (Quebec City, QC)
- Robinson-Kell Chapter: August 3 meeting recap (Little Rock, AR)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- August 30: Dusty Baker-Sacramento Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Sacramento, CA)
- August 31: Lefty O'Doul Chapter meeting (San Francisco, CA)
- September 2: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter tailgate party/ballgame (Milwaukee, WI)
- September 4: Buck O'Neil/North Florida Chapter monthly meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
- September 4: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter: "Peeps at the Peeb" monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- September 7: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
- September 7: Ted Williams Chapter meeting (San Diego, CA)
- September 7: Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter monthly luncheon (Phoenix, AZ)
- September 7: Talkin' Baseball: Rich Donnelly (Columbia, MD)
- September 9: Halsey Hall Chapter research committee meeting (Brooklyn Center, MN)
- September 11: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- September 14: Hank Gowdy Chapter book club meeting (Columbus, OH)
- September 14: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting (Lisle, IL)
- September 14: Hanlan's Point Chapter meeting/ballgame (Beachville, ON)
- September 15: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter ballgame/meet-up (New York, NY)
- September 15: Bud Metheny/Virginia Eastern Shore Chapter meeting (Williamsburg, VA)
- September 16: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- September 17: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- September 18: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter "Called Shot" monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- September 19: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- September 19: Magnolia Chapter "Third Thursday" meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
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 SABR.org/events.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Call for papers: 2020 NINE Spring Training Conference
- Eric Longenhagen: 2019 Arizona Fall League rosters announced (FanGraphs)
- Emma Baccellieri: A brief history of the many times baseball has 'died' (Sports Illustrated)
- Ryan Whirty: Summing the magical Detroit Stars Conference (Home Plate Don't Move)
- Mark Simon: Taking a look at the hitters who’ve fared best against the shift — and a few who’ve lost to it (The Athletic)
- Corey Brock: Saving Dave Niehaus: The work to preserve a beloved broadcaster’s voice (The Athletic)
- Jared Diamond: The Astros' secret weapon: tons of strikeouts and never striking out (Wall Street Journal)
- Jay Jaffe: The Cubs' road woes threaten their playoff perch (FanGraphs)
- Rob Mains: The 2019 Cubs and home-field advantage (Baseball Prospectus)
- Tom Shieber: Walk-off firsts in baseball history (Baseball Researcher)
- Molly Knight: What you didn’t know about this year’s baseballs — all 1.1 million of them (The Athletic)
- C. Trent Rosecrans/Eno Sarris: How Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson engineered the rotation’s historic turnaround (The Athletic)
- David Laurila: JT Chargois, Brad Keller, and Adam Ottavino on developing their sliders (FanGraphs)
- Daniel Brown: In search of Halicki, Hector and Howdy: The strangest tale you’ve ever heard about the 1970s Giants (The Athletic)
- Frank Jackson: Mooning over baseball in Miami (The Hardball Times)
- Anne Keene: Major-leaguers recall memories of the first televised baseball games (Saturday Evening Post)
- Chris Wimmer: The Big Fix and the Black Sox Scandal (Infamous America podcast)
- Rashaad Jorden: A review of 'Gentle Black Giants: A History of Negro Leaguers in Japan' (JETAA New York)
- Marc Bona: Ex-Indian Hal Naragon recalls famous handshake, teammate 50 years after leaving baseball (Cleveland.com)
- Ben Schulman: Should we already deride the donut stadiums? (The Hardball Times)
- Rian Watt: We've never had this many multi-homer games (The Hardball Times)
- Bill Deane: 2019 numbers and musings (Wordpress)
- Derek Bain: Retro computer baseball game review: Statis Pro Baseball (Tuatara Software)
- Warren Rogan: Sports' Forgotten Heroes: Burleigh Grimes (Sports' Forgotten Heroes)
- Jason Schwartz: Profiles in Profiles (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Adam Sanders: Heading East? 1974 Topps “Washington Nat’l League” Cards (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: A Really Big, Though Not National, Show (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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