This Week in SABR: January 11, 2019
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 January 11, 2019:
Join us for the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference on Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, where we'll bring together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. The early-bird registration discount ends on Monday, January 14, 2019, so register today to join us!
The Analytics Conference schedule consists of a combination of Guest Speakers, Panels, and Research Presentations — plus the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition, in which undergraduate, graduate and law school students from across the country analyze and present a real baseball operations decision.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference; the early-bird registration discount ends on January 14, 2019. See below for more details.
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $229/night (plus tax). Please note: Rooms are also available under the SABR group block for the nights of Wednesday, March 6; Thursday, March 7; and Sunday, March 10. If you are visiting Arizona for spring training, please contact Deb Jayne to check on availability.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2019 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Click here to learn more about the Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference.
- Research Awards: Stay tuned for more news on the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards. Click here for more information.
- Research presentations: Stay tuned for more news on 2019 SABR Analytics Conference research presentations. Click here to learn more about submitting an abstract.
For more information on the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans and are usually free to attend, so bring a friend! Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors. Check out SABR.org/sabrday for more information on a SABR Day meeting close to you.
Chapter leaders, please be sure to send any details on your SABR meeting to Jacob Pomrenke at email@example.com so we can update our SABR Day map.
SABR Day meetings are now scheduled for Saturday, January 26 in the following cities:
- Arlington, TX (Banks-Bragan Chapter)
- Atlanta, GA (Magnolia Chapter)
- Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
- Boston, MA (Boston Chapter)
- Burlington, VT (Gardner-Waterman Chapter)
- Cherry Hill, NJ (Goose Goslin Chapter)
- Cincinnati, OH (Hoyt-Allen Chapter)
- Columbus, OH (Hank Gowdy Chapter)
- Cooperstown, NY (Cliff Kachline Chapter)
- Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
- Hoboken, NJ (Elysian Fields Chapter)
- Houston, TX (Larry Dierker Chapter)
- Indianapolis, IN (Oscar Charleston Chapter)
- Knoxville, TN (East Tennessee Chapter)
- Lexington, KY (Sweet Lou Johnson Chapter)
- Little Rock, AR (Robinson-Kell Chapter)
- Los Angeles, CA (Allan Roth Chapter)
- Minneapolis, MN (Halsey Hall Chapter)
- Montreal, QC (Quebec Chapter)
- New Orleans, LA (Schott-Pelican Chapter)
- New York, NY (Casey Stengel Chapter)
- Phoenix, AZ (Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter)
- Rochester, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
- San Diego, CA (Ted Williams Chapter)
- Seattle, WA (Northwest Chapter)
- Tallahassee, FL (Buck O'Neil/North Florida Chapter)
- Toledo, OH (Bresnahan-Mud Hens Chapter)
- Toronto, ON (Hanlan's Point Chapter)
- Victoria, BC (Northwest Chapter)
- Washington, DC (Bob Davids Chapter)
In addition, SABR Day meetings will also be held on the following dates due to venue or chapter availability. Click on a link below for more information:
- January 12: Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
- January 19: Fort Wayne, IN (Kekionga Chapter)
- January 19: Louisville, KY (Pee Wee Reese Chapter)
- January 19: Norman, OK (Oklahoma Chapter)
- January 20: Baltimore, MD (Babe Ruth Chapter)
- January 21: Boston, MA (Boston Chapter)
- February 2: Buffalo, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
- February 2: Chicago, IL (Emil Rothe Chapter)
- February 2: Cleveland, OH (Jack Graney Chapter)
- February 2: Detroit, MI (Detroit Chapter)
- February 2: Kansas City, MO (Monarchs Chapter)
- February 2: St. Louis, MO (Bob Broeg Chapter)
- February 9: San Leandro, CA (joint meeting of Lefty O'Doul and Dusty Baker-Sacramento Chapters)
For a complete recap of 2018 SABR Day activities, visit SABR.org/sabrday/2018.
SABR's Rogers Hornsby Chapter will hold its 13th annual Winter Meeting from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 12 on the third floor of the Old Main Building at Texas State University-San Marcos (601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666).
Our meeting will feature a conversation with Rob Neyer. Rob is a pioneer in baseball analysis and writing, having worked for Bill James and STATS Inc. before spending 15 years as a columnist at ESPN. Since then he's worked at SB Nation, FOX Sports, and other outlets. He is currently the commissioner of the West Coast League and the author of the new book Power Ball. He will join us via Skype and will be interviewed by Gilbert Martinez.
The meeting is open to all baseball fans and is free to attend. Click here for more details.
- Events Calendar: Visit SABR.org/events to find more upcoming SABR events in your area
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 next week at SABR.org/convention, along with a call for presentation abstracts and the Yoseloff Scholarship application.
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.
For more information on the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
The 2018 George Michael SABR Pictorial History Award, which was established by SABR's Pictorial History Research Committee to honor significant contributions to the knowledge and understanding of historical baseball imagery, has been awarded to Craig Brown, founder of the Threads of Our Game website on 19th-century baseball uniforms.
Brown launched Threads Of Our Game in the summer of 2014 and over the past four years he has been working his way through the 19th century. He currently is studying the uniforms of 1895. In the four years since the launch, Threads had reached several important milestones. More than 500 pages have now been posted to the site, with more than 1,200 historical baseball images shown. The project now has more than 50 baseball historians contributing research, with "diggers" specializing in player identifications and newspaper research.
- Learn more about the George Michael SABR Pictorial History Award
- Download the Pictorial History Committee's December 2018 newsletter
SABR's Negro Leagues Research Committee was pleased to award $1,000 scholarships to four high school seniors in its 10th annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2018. The winners are:
- Rube Foster Scholarship: Marith Anderson, Rush-Henrietta Senior High School (Henrietta, New York)
- Jimmie Crutchfield Scholarship: Kasey Fung, St. Ignatius College Preparatory (San Francisco, California)
- Robert Peterson Scholarship: Dallas Lim, Lincoln East High School (Lincoln, Nebraska)
- Tweed Webb Scholarship: Kiaran Octavius Turner, Ridgeview High School (Orange Park, Florida)
The contest was open to high school seniors and carrying a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the end of their junior year. Students had to write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships.
The 11th annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference will be held April 26-27, 2019, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Note: Space is extremely limited and some research presentations will be double-tracked. On the final page of your registration form, please indicate your preferred choice of Research Presentation for each of the six pairs that are double-tracked.
- Registration: Click here to download the registration form (PDF). Registrations can be accepted by mail only: send BOTH completed 19th Century Base Ball Conference registration forms to: Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Road, New Hope, PA 18938. Enclose your personal check for the appropriate amount and make payable to “SABR,” with “Fred 19cBB Conference" written on the check’s memo line.
- Cost: Conference registration is $65 per person, including the Saturday luncheon. Tickets for the optional Friday evening Welcoming Dinner ($45) at Templeton Hall and Saturday evening Post-Conference Gathering ($35) at the historic Otesaga Hotel can also be purchased in advance for you or a guest. Anyone who wishes to purchase an extra ticket for a guest to attend the Saturday luncheon only ($35) can also do so.
- RSVP: Please mail your registration form no later than February 6. Registration is limited to the first 80 people to sign up, so please register early!
- Contact: For questions, or if you miss the registration mailing deadline, contact Peter Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if space is still available.
The 2019 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Joanne Hulbert, along with a panel discussion on “The Birth of Baseball Cards” with John Thorn, Peter Devereaux, Tom Shieber, and Jeff Katz; a special presentation by Richard Hershberger on "The Evolution of Baseball Rules"; a Member Spotlight interview of Priscilla Astifan by Bob Bailey; plus book signings, research presentations, and a welcome dinner.
For more information, or to register, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.
The hot stove is heating up, so settle in and add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:
Base Ball's 19th Century “Winter” Meetings, 1857-1900
Edited by Jeremy K. Hodges and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Robert Tholkes, Jim Frutchey, William J. Ryczek, Clifford Blau, and Maurice Bouchard
Foreword by John Thorn
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1691-0, $29.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9438-1690-3, $9.99
384 pages, 8.5" x 11"
Base Ball's 19th Century "Winter" Meetings is one of three volumes — totaling more than 1,500 pages — devoted to the study of the business of baseball. Published previously were Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957 (published in December 2016) and Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1958-2016 (published in December 2017.) This volume looks at the years from 1857 through 1900, thus completing SABR’s study of the business meetings for a period spanning 161 years.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE:
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Base Ball's 19th Century "Winter" Meetings for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Base Ball's 19th Century "Winter" Meetings paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 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.
Find all past SABR Digital Library titles at SABR.org/ebooks.
Add a brand-new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection this season:
Time for Expansion Baseball
Edited by Maxwell Kates and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-4-2940-9768-7, $24.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9438-1688-0, $9.99
429 pages, 8.5" x 11"
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE:
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Time for Expansion Baseball for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Time for Expansion Baseball paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,695 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
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.
In From Spring Training to Screen Test: Baseball Players Turned Actors, published by SABR in 2018 and edited by Rob Edelman and Bill Nowlin, we told the stories of the stars and supporting players on baseball diamonds who also became stars and supporting players in the movies, on Broadway, in vaudeville and, eventually, on television and in concert halls. Included are biographies of selected individuals from the famous (Gene Autry, Joe DiMaggio, Jim Thorpe, Bernie Williams ...) to the forgotten (Al Gettel, Lou Stringer, Wally Hebert, Wally Hood ...)
All of the biographies from From Spring Training to Screen Test are now available to be read online at the SABR BioProject:
Click here to download a free e-book edition or get 50% off the paperback edition of From Spring Training to Screen Test.
To find all titles in the SABR Digital Library, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
Seven new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- May 17, 1944: Boston's Bobby Doerr hits for the cycle in Browns' 'good, sloppy, indifferent' romp, by Mike Huber
- May 28, 1979: George Brett hits for the cycle with walk-off home run in 16th, by Mike Huber
- August 12, 1984: Braves-Padres brawl leaves 17 players ejected in one game, by Bill Nowlin
- August 5, 1985: Mets' Darryl Strawberry hits three home runs at Wrigley Field, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- July 4, 2006: Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman provides the walk-off fireworks, by Laura H. Peebles
- June 29, 2014: Mookie Betts debuts in Red Sox outfield, by Bill Nowlin
- August 2, 2016: Andrew Benintendi makes his debut; Edwin Diaz records first save, by Bill Nowlin
- 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 all stories from Sportsman's Park in St. Louis online: In Sportsman's Park in St. Louis: Home of the Browns and Cardinals at Grand and Dodier, edited by Gregory H. Wolf and published by SABR in 2017, we shared stories of 100 memorable games at the venerable ballpark which played host to the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns from 1909 through 1966. From Babe Ruth's 3-homer World Series day to one-armed outfielder Pete Gray's major-league debut to Eddie Gaedel's pinch-hitting appearance to Bob Gibson's Game 7 heroics, you can now find all game stories from the Sportsman's Park in St. Louis book online at the SABR Games Project. Click here to read them all. Or click here to download a free e-book copy or get 50% off the paperback edition.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the Hot Stove League offseason at a new time, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
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.
- SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2019: The SABR Baseball Research Award (formerly the Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award) honors those whose outstanding research projects completed during the preceding calendar year have significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball. To submit a nomination for the 2019 awards, please contact Bill Felber at email@example.com.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2019: The McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award honors the authors of the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year. To submit a nomination for the 2019 awards, please contact Len Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Only ONE entry per nomination will be considered (do not submit multiple nominations for the same award). For more information on SABR Awards, click here.
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:
- SABR member Jayson Stark wins 2019 J.G. Taylor Spink Award
- Read articles from the Fall 2018 Baseball Research Journal online
- The Baseball Index adds 1,500 entries to baseball bibliography resource in 2018
- Seamheads.com updates Negro Leagues Database with 1927 stats
- SABR presents 2018 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards to Matt Chapman, Nolan Arenado
- Find the SABR Bookshelf listings for Fall 2018
- Check out new SABR Collegiate Baseball Team Guides
- Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2019
- SABR Digital Library: Met-rospectives: A Collection of the Greatest Games in New York Mets History
- 2019 SABR Black Sox Scandal symposium to be held in Chicago
- SABR 48: Check out complete coverage from our 2018 convention in Pittsburgh
- Read articles from The National Pastime: Steel City Stories online
- Read all articles from the Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal online
- New SABR Oral History Collection website is now available
- 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
- Help support SABR's 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- 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).
|Gene Abercrombie||Maumee, OH||Joseph Loskywitz||Bronxville, NY|
|Evan Alvarez||Philadelphia, PA||Tom Mank||Ithaca, NY|
|Allan Bell||Columbia, MO||W Myles Mayberry||Montgomery, AL|
|Thomas Brubaker||Altoona, PA||Thomas Merrick||Buffalo, MN|
|Michael Carver||Arlington, VA||Ann B. Murphy||Aptos, CA|
|Matthew Castelhano||Silver Spring, MD||Eugene Powers||St. Charles, MO|
|Jenna Ciccotelli||Methuen, MA||Robert Reuther||Pittsburgh, PA|
|Gary Coon||Andover, MA||Jean-Pierre Rossi||Montreal, QC|
|D.J. Daugherty||Broomfield, CO||Jeremy Rothstein||Jersey City, NJ|
|Devon Davila||Alexandria, VA||Lorenzo Samaniego||Mansfield, TX|
|Brendan Donley||Oak Park, IL||Joel Sanchez||San Juan, PRI|
|Chris Gabriel||Centerport, NY||Russell Sharples||Albemarle, NC|
|Tim Korey||Cumming, GA||Alan Thurston||New York, NY|
|Zachary Levinson||Staten Island, NY||Ray Wilbur||Lawrence, KS|
|Mats Lindeborg||Uppsala, SWE|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Pictorial History: December 2018 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- SABR Day is coming soon! Chapter leaders, please be sure to send any details on your SABR Day meeting to Jacob Pomrenke at email@example.com so we can update our interactive map at SABR.org/sabrday.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- January 12: Rogers Hornsby Chapter SABR Day Winter Meeting (San Marcos, TX)
- January 12: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting (Elmhurst, IL)
- January 12: Halsey Hall Chapter "Play Ball" exhibit tour (Shakopee, MN)
- January 13: Lou Hernandez book signing (Coral Gables, FL)
- January 14: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter monthly meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- January 14: Halsey Hall Chapter research committee meeting (Brooklyn Center, MN)
- January 15: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- January 16: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter "Called Shot" monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- January 16: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- January 17: Magnolia Chapter "Third Thursday" meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- January 19: Kekionga Chapter SABR Day meeting (Fort Wayne, IN)
- January 19: Pee Wee Reese Chapter SABR Day meeting (Louisville, KY)
- January 19: Oklahoma Chapter SABR Day meeting (Norman, OK)
- January 19: David Rapp: "Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America" (Chicago, IL)
- January 20: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter SABR Day meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- January 21: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- January 21: Boston Chapter MLK Day meeting (Boston, MA)
- January 23: Magnolia Chapter "Fourth Wednesday" meeting (Tucker, GA)
- January 26: 10th annual SABR Day
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:
- Jayson Stark: Does baseball’s slow free-agent market hurt attendance? (The Athletic)
- J.J. Cooper: Technology has transformed the coaching of hitters faster than expected (Baseball America)
- Sung Min Kim: Why baseball broadcasts can be an effective tool for learning English (The Athletic)
- Jeff Passan: Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration (ESPN.com)
- John Dewan's Stat of the Week: The Hall of Fame value standard (ACTA Sports)
- Jay Jaffe: JAWS and the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot: big jumps redux (FanGraphs)
- Bruce Allardice: The first multiracial ballgame, two years earlier than previously thought (Our Game)
- Michael Powell: Deep in winter, let's discuss the stifling of starting pitchers (New York Times)
- Rob Arthur: Why did 29 other teams not offer Yasmani Grandal $20 million? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Shane Tourtellotte: Do batters learn to narrow their splits? (The Hardball Times)
- Rob Mains: Change agents: measuring team turnover (Baseball Prospectus)
- Tim Hagerty: Abner Powell, the forgotten Hall of Fame candidate (The Hardball Times)
- David Laurila: Q&A with Dan Otero on baseball history and being a fan of the game (FanGraphs)
- David Kagan: The physics of a bad hop (The Hardball Times)
- Gary Cieradkowski: Alta Weiss, the wonder girl (Studio Gary C)
- Jeff Kallman: Missing Mr. Yogi (Wordpress)
- Charlie Bevis: 50 years ago, baseball (finally) adopts playoffs (Wordpress)
- Tim Jenkins: Real Ballplayers of Orange County (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jason Schwartz: Prehistory of the Record Breakers (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Nick Vossbrink: One of My Favorite Things (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Anthony Salazar: Cha-Cha and the Circle K (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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