This Week in SABR: May 18, 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 May 18, 2018:


SABR 48: Last chance to register early for 2018 national convention in Pittsburgh

We hope you'll join us next month for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 48 convention on June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Early registration is still available — but only through 11:59 p.m. MST tonight, Friday, May 18 — at SABR.org/convention; all baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here for more information on SABR 48 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 48.

Our block of tickets to the Pirates vs. Diamondbacks game on Friday, June 22 in the SABR block (Corner Box-LF section) will also expire after May 18. After that, you must purchase a Pirates ticket on your own in order to attend the game and special SABR 48 ballpark session. Note: Purchase of SABR 48 conference registration AND a game ticket will be required to attend the pregame ballpark session.

Our featured speakers and panelists at SABR 48 are expected to include: Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly, Executive VP/General Manager Neal Huntington, Senior Director of Baseball Informatics Dan Fox, Pirates broadcasters Joe Block, Steve Blass, Greg Brown, and Lanny Frattare, 1960 NL MVP Dick Groat, former major-league pitchers and 1979 World Series champions John Candelaria, Grant Jackson, and Dick Bosman, Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh project executive Thomas E. Kennedy, Pirates official scorers Bob Webb and Evan Pattak, and many more. Click here to learn more.

The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh is conveniently located within walking distance from PNC Park and a light rail station, many downtown cultural amenities, and right across the street from the picturesque 36-acre Point State Park where the three rivers converge.

Click on a link below for more information about SABR 48.

All SABR 48 attendees will also receive a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players and events in the Pittsburgh area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer.

Stay tuned for more featured speakers and the complete schedule to be announced in the coming months. Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.

We hope to see you this summer in Pittsburgh!


SABR 48 schedule now posted online

We hope you'll join us for SABR 48 next month at the Wyndham Grand hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. Our annual convention is chock-full of interesting panels, presentations, and research committee meetings.

Click here to view the SABR 48 daily schedule.

For more information on SABR 48, or to register, visit SABR.org/convention.


SABR 48: Research committee meetings to include Bosman, Shieber, Pirates official scorers

From the Nineteenth Century to modern Statistical Analysis, SABR's nearly three dozen research committees reflect the diverse interests of our membership, and the committees' annual meetings at this summer's SABR 48 convention in Pittsburgh will also have a variety of interesting guest speakers.

From former major-league pitcher Dick Bosman (Business of Baseball) to Hall of Fame senior curator and Henry Chadwick Award recipient Tom Shieber (Baseball Cards) to Pirates official scorers Bob Webb and Evan Pattak (Official Scoring) to statistician Tom Ruane (Baseball Records) to Cuban baseball writer Clem Axel Paredes (Negro Leagues) to writers Jim Leeke (Deadball Era), Anne Keene (Oral History), and Mary Darling (Black Sox Scandal), convention attendees won't lack for fun stories and insight from our guest speakers at SABR 48.

The full schedule of research committee meetings at SABR 48 in Pittsburgh is now available by clicking on the link below:

https://sabr.org/convention/sabr48-committees

Committee meetings are open to any SABR convention attendee. Any committee leaders who do not see their annual meeting listed here should contact Jacob Pomrenke to get added to the schedule.


Read all articles from the Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal online

Good news! The Spring 2018 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members.

Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next two to four weeks. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered on Thursday, May 3.

To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.

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.

We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal!


Vote now for the 2018 SABR Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend

Each year, SABR's Nineteenth Century Research Committee selects its Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend — a 19th century player, manager, executive or other baseball personality not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Committee members vote to narrow down the ballot to 10 finalists, then all SABR members are eligible to cast a vote for the winner. The winner is announced at the Nineteenth Century Committee's annual meeting at the SABR convention.

  • 2018 finalists: Earlier this year, members of the Nineteenth Century Research Committee selected the finalists for the 2018 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend. Click here to download a PDF with the finalists' bios, compiled by project chair Adam Darowski and Joe Williams. Voting in the final election will run until May 28, and will be open to all SABR members.
  • Vote now! Click here to access the 2018 ballot. All SABR members are eligible to vote in the election for this year's Overlooked 19th Century Legend. You *MUST* select five candidates — ranking them from first choice to fifth choice — from among the candidates presented. You are only allowed to vote once. You are on the honor system to submit only one ballot. ALL BALLOTS MUST BE CAST PRIOR TO 11:59 p.m. PDT on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Click here for a list of past winners.

For more information on the Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends Project, contact Project Chairman Adam Darowski or visit the project's Facebook page.


SABR Digital Library: Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates

As we gear up for the SABR 48 convention this summer in Pittsburgh, add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:

Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates
Edited by Jorge Iber and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Russ Lake and Len Levin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-73-6, $19.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-943816-72-9, $9.99

201 pages, 8.5" x 11"

Click here to read the full description of this book at SABR.org.

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.

SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. For a full list of SABR Digital Library titles, visit SABR.org/ebooks.


6 new SABR biographies published

Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,517 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.
  • Read bios from SABR's No-Hitters book: In SABR's No-Hitters, edited by Bill Nowlin and published in 2017, we focused on pitchers who threw no-hitters and the no-hitters they threw. Naturally, we couldn’t present biographies of everyone who ever threw a no-hitter nor could we present Games Project accounts of all of them. From around 300 no-hitters thrown in the majors (out of over 213,000 games), we have selected 59 no-hitters to include, along with the biographies of the men who threw them. All of the biographies — from Hall of Famers such as Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, and Randy Johnson to more obscure pitchers such as Larry Corcoran, Charlie Robertson, and Dallas Braden — that appeared in No-Hitters can now be read online at the SABR BioProject. More game summaries from the No-Hitters book will be posted at the SABR Games Project soon. You can also download the No-Hitters e-book for free or purchase the paperback edition at 50% off by clicking here.

4 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

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

New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject/recent. Find all published Games Project articles at SABR.org/GamesProject.

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 all articles from SABR book on greatest games at Milwaukee's County Stadium: In SABR's From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, edited by Gregory H. Wolf and published in 2016, we told the stories of memorable moments from the heart of the Badger State. All of the stories that appeared in this book are now available to be read online at the SABR Games Project by clicking here.

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 Alex Chamberlain of Rotographs and Dan Syzmborski of ESPN.

You can listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, and you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com.

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 May 2018 episode, where our buffet-commentators-slash-diners look at MLB’s latest rumblings about expansion; the growing gap between MLB’s have and have nots; whether the Astros have a secret pitching potion; and whether baseball has a generation gap in interpreting its unwritten rules. (25:12)

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: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.

For more information, click 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 members.sabr.org 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 (SABR.org/directory).

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Anthony Bell Poland, OH     Larry Hayes San Francisco, CA
Richard Brean Pittsburgh, PA     Elena Kelsh Antioch, IL
Steve Brehl Carmel, IN     Mike Krautner Berlin, MD
Jim Buske Sun Prairie, WI     James McDuffie San Gabriel, CA
David Christiansen Costa Mesa, CA     Chuck Murr Olmsted Falls, OH
Fernando Crema Rome, ITA     Jeffrey Orens Fairfield, NJ
Paula Darling Richmond, VA     Kevin Schwarz Monaca, PA
Stanley DeViney Baltimore, MD     Greg St. Martin Sebastopol, CA
Joseph Fiore Philadelphia, PA        

 


Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.


Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit SABR.org/chapters 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 SABR.org/events.


Around the Web

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

Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.


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 jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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