This Week in SABR: October 19, 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 October 19, 2018:
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!
SABR's long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics, coupled with our mission of advancing the understanding and knowledge of baseball, makes us the perfect choice to coordinate and host this ground-breaking event.
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.
Programming will begin early Friday afternoon on March 8 and will run through Sunday afternoon on March 10. Click here for highlights of the high-quality content from the 2018 conference. A large block of rooms for SABR Analytics Conference attendees is available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
In addition, the Diamond Dollars Case Competition will start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening and the networking reception will be held on Saturday evening, March 9 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Lunch, which is included in your conference registration, will be served at noon on Friday — before the regular programming begins — and also on Saturday between the morning and afternoon sessions.
- 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)
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2019 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: We're seeking nominations for the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards.
- Research presentations: Stay tuned for more information on 2019 SABR Analytics research presentation abstracts.
For more information on the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
I am writing you today with great enthusiasm and excitement as SABR's new Chief Executive Officer. It is a thrill and an honor to have been chosen to steward such a prestigious community of baseball fans and I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to meet many of you in the coming years.
Chapters and membership are what make SABR tick. For that reason, I am hopeful you will reach out to me as you see fit with feedback on how we can create more value in membership and assist in making this organization even stronger. In my time working in Minor League Baseball, we often said our best ideas came from fans; there is no question the best ideas for SABR will come from chapters and members, so please do not be shy about sharing your thoughts.
We launched our annual membership renewal initiative this week and are hopeful to have a fruitful renewal period as we transition from postseason baseball into Hot Stove season. Please let me and the staff know how we can assist in your membership efforts.
Finally, we have precious few baseball games left in 2018 so I hope you are able to take the time to enjoy every inning that remains!
— Scott Bush
The event will feature four AFL games showcasing baseball's top prospects. On Friday night, we'll come together for a special taco bar dinner at our host hotel, The Saguaro, just steps away from Scottsdale Stadium and many Old Town Scottsdale attractions.
On Saturday morning after our conference breakfast, attendees will join members of SABR's Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter for their regional fall meeting with research presentations and these guest speakers:
- Scott Bush, SABR Chief Executive Officer
- Bernie Pleskoff, baseball scout and analyst at Clubhouse Corner, with a 2018 AFL prospect breakdown
- A panel discussion on MLB rule changes with Forbes MLB columnist Barry Bloom, San Francisco Giants radio broadcaster Marty Lurie, former major-league pitcher John D'Acquisto, and former Chicago Cubs general manager Ed Lynch
We'll conclude the conference with the nationally televised Fall Stars Game on Saturday evening at Surprise Stadium. All of this is included in one low registration price.
- Register now by clicking here! Registration is $239 for all SABR members and guests. (Note: The early-bird registration discount has now expired.)
- Host hotel: SABR's recommended hotel is The Saguaro (4000 North Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251) in Old Town Scottsdale. Click here to book your room online or call the hotel at (480) 470-8247 and mention "SABR" to book your room at our special group rate of $129/night (plus tax).
- Schedule: Visit SABR.org/AFL for the detailed schedule
Your registration fee includes four game tickets; an AFL Media Guide; the poolside taco bar dinner on Friday; and the conference breakfast on Saturday.
Note: Local or visiting SABR members can purchase extra or optional tickets to the Friday evening taco bar dinner ($45) at The Saguaro, the Saturday morning breakfast at The Saguaro ($25), or any of the ballgames, including the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium ($7 apiece). Extra AFL Media Guides ($12) are also available for purchase while supplies last. Please contact Deb Jayne at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
For those of you whose SABR memberships expire by December 31 — you can check your current membership status here — it's time for you to renew!
From the Baseball Research Journal and the SABR Digital Library to "This Week in SABR" and our extensive list of research resources — and, of course, all the memorable conferences, chapter meetings, and events — we hope you enjoyed the many benefits of SABR membership this past year.
We hope you please continue your support by renewing your SABR membership today.
- Pay online: Click here to renew your SABR membership for 2019!
- Renew by mail: To pay by check or money order, mail this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the office at SABR, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
- Pay by phone: To process your credit-card payment over the phone, please call the SABR office at (602) 496-1463 during regular business hours. (We accept Visa, Mastercard, or Discover Card.)
Dues are the same as they have been in recent years: $65 for one year or $175 for three years, with discounts available to anyone under 30 or over the age of 65.
Here are some of the membership benefits that SABR members enjoyed in the past year:
- Two issues of the Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime convention journal
- The SABR 48 convention in Pittsburgh, where we enjoyed a spectacular trip to PNC Park, along with entertaining panels focusing on Roberto Clemente, Branch Rickey, Wendell Smith, the 1979 Pirates, and more.
- The SABR Analytics Conference during spring training in Phoenix, where we heard from MLB Network's Brian Kenny, ESPN's Jon "Boog" Sciambi and Eduardo Perez, Seattle Mariners executives Dr. Lorena Martin and Andy McKay, Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagné, and more.
- 8-10 new e-books published by the SABR Digital Library — all FREE to members — including From Spring Training to Screen Test: Baseball Players Turned Actors, Major League Baseball A Mile High: The First Quarter Century of the Colorado Rockies, and The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant: The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies
- Discounted registration to SABR's national events and conferences, like the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference and the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference
- Hundreds of new articles published through the SABR BioProject and the SABR Games Project
- The work of our 30+ research committees and 70+ regional chapters
- Free access to The Sporting News archives through Paper of Record
Want to learn more? Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about getting the most out of your SABR membership.
Please note: If you have had trouble logging in to the SABR website, please try resetting your password using this reset link. Then try logging in to renew at the link above.
Thank you for your support of SABR as we continue to strive to make SABR membership a great experience and a great value!
As the Major League Baseball postseason continues today, let's take a whirl through the SABR archives for interviews with heroes of Octobers past conducted by members of our Oral History Research Committee.
Over the last four decades, the SABR Oral History Committee has compiled hundreds of interviews of former players in the majors, minors, Negro Leagues and All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, along with executives, scouts, authors and writers, broadcasters and fans.
- Click here to listen to excerpts from our Oral History Collection, including clips from Lew Burdette, Hank Bauer, Dusty Rhodes, Al Gionfriddo, and Marty Marion.
For more information on the SABR Oral History interview collection, visit SABR.org/research/oral-history-research-committee.
- Related link: Click here to read all stories about postseason games at the SABR Games Project, from the first "World's Series" in 1884 through the 20th century and into the modern Wild Card era.
What are the best baseball analytics articles you've read in 2018?
The 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year. Click here to learn more or to submit a nomination.
Voting for the winners will be conducted online in January-February 2019 at SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com, HardballTimes.com and BeyondtheBoxScore.com, with results weighted equally at 20%. Results will be announced and presented at the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 8-10, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Arizona.
The SABR Rocky Mountain Chapter is pleased to announce that our 21st Annual Chapter Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018. For the fourth consecutive year it will be held at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. The banquet is open to all SABR members and baseball fans.
Rocky Mountain SABR welcomes several special guests to this year’s event, including Keynote Speaker Jamey Wright, former Rockies pitcher and the franchise's first No. 1 draft pick; Featured Speaker Doug Marino of AT&T Sportsnet; SABR Director Emily Hawks; and our Master of Ceremonies for the evening, former Rockies pitcher Jason Hirsh.
As usual, we will conduct our Silent Auction of baseball memorabilia and artifacts. We will reprise last year’s popular book sale and feature a special sale of Rockies baseball cards. Tickets for the banquet are $65 per person and can be purchased online by visiting RMSABR.org and clicking on the "Banquet" tab. You may also mail a check to RMSABR Banquet, 5803 Orchard Creek Lane, Boulder, CO 80301. Please make checks payable to "Rocky Mountain SABR."
For more information, visit RMSABR.org.
Save the date! 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 at SABR.org/convention in early 2019. The Padres are scheduled to play at home against the St. Louis Cardinals that weekend.
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.
SABR 49 will be our second convention held in San Diego and first since 1993. Our 23rd annual convention that year featured a keynote address from former Padres manager Dick Williams and a panel celebrating the 1984 National League champions. Learn more about SABR's convention history by clicking here.
SABR's 2019 national convention will be our 49th annual gathering; the organization's founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first.
For more information on the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
New York Mets fans can soak in some Amazin' memories with the newest book from the SABR Digital Library:
Met-rospectives: A Collection of the Greatest Games in New York Mets History
Edited by Brian Wright and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-87-3, $14.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-943816-86-6, $9.99
139 pages, 8.5" x 11"
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Met-rospectives for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Met-rospectives paperback edition from the SABR Store ($9.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Createspace can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. Find all past titles in our collection at SABR.org/ebooks.
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.
All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a Research Presentation Proposal Abstract on any topic of 19th-century baseball for the 2019 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The 11th annual Ivor-Campbell Conference is scheduled for April 26-27, 2019.
The deadline for proposal Abstracts is October 31, 2018. 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 email@example.com.
To learn more about the Ivor-Campbell Conference, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.
Join us for the SABR Cleveland 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium, which will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the majestic Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library in the heart of downtown Cleveland.
- Register now: Click here to download a registration form and detailed schedule (PDF)
- Cost: $50 per person. Open to all SABR members and up to three guests are welcome.
- Payment: Please make check or M.O. (U.S. dollars) payable to: “SABR.” On memo line of check, please, print: “Cleve. 19cBB Symposium." Send check and completed registration form before November 1, 2018 to Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Road, New Hope, PA 18938.
- Questions: E-mail Peter Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The day-long Saturday symposium will be devoted to 19th-century baseball as it was played and evolved in Cleveland and its greater region of northeastern Ohio. A keynote luncheon address of interdisciplinary history by David Goldberg, Professor of History at Cleveland State University, will provide a look at late 19th-century Cleveland with a particular understanding of one of that city’s most important and powerful forces, its transportation system. In addition to the on-site luncheon, there will be both an early morning and mid-afternoon coffee and refreshments service.
Other speakers are expected to include John Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian; John Skrtic, Director of Public Services, CPL; Jeremy Feador, Cleveland Indians, Historian & Curator; and four SABR researchers and authors with specific focus on elements of 19th-century Cleveland area baseball: David Fleitz, Joseph Wancho, Ken Krsolovic, and Bryan Fritz. Click here to download a complete schedule (PDF).
We hope to see you there!
Our friends at Protoball.org are looking to hire a website developer/advisor with experience and expertise in the MediaWiki software to help out with general maintenance, organization of resources, helping to integrate new data that comes in (such as SABR member Bob Tholkes' repository of 5,000 pre-Civil War ballgames), and resolving any other technical issues or questions that pop up with their site from time to time.
The Protoball Project was established to help researchers and writers locate and refine primary data on the evolution and spread of ball play from ancient times to up to 1870, just before the first professional baseball league began.
This is a part-time remote position. If you are interested in applying, please contact Larry McCray at email@example.com.
Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,650 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Joe Decker, by Steve Dunn
- Bill Jennings, by Brian Flaspohler
- Glenn Myatt, by Chris Rainey
- Don Newhauser, by Bill Nowlin
- Melville Webb, by Charlie Bevis
- Carl Zamloch, by Dan Schoenholz (first-time author)
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.
- Check out new BioProject page on famous figures outside of baseball: The SABR Baseball Biography Project includes thousands of biographies on major-league players, managers, scouts, and umpires. But we also like to tell stories of people who had a notable impact on the world outside of the game we love, too — including politicians, business owners, lawyers, activists, actors, writers, and star athletes in other sports. Click here to read more bios on these figures at the SABR BioProject.
- Read bios from the 1948 Negro League World Series book online: In Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series (SABR, 2017), edited by Frederick C. "Rick" Bush and Bill Nowlin, we focused on the end of an era in black baseball. All of the biographies that appeared in Bittersweet Goodbye are now available to read online at the SABR BioProject. Click here to read them online at SABR.org. To download the e-book edition of Bittersweet Goodbye for free or get a 50% discount off the paperback edition, click here.
In 20-Game Losers (SABR, 2017), edited by Bill Nowlin and Emmet R. Nowlin, we told the stories of the pitchers who reached the ignomious milestone of 20 losses in a season — from Hall of Famers like Steve Carlton, Phil Niekro, and Old Hoss Radbourn to lesser-known hurlers like Mike Maroth, Brian Kingman, and Kaiser Wilhelm. You have to be a very good pitcher to lose 20 games in one season. Why would a manager keep putting you out there to pitch, time after time, if you didn’t have a chance to win the game?
All of the biographies that appeared in 20-Game Losers are now available to read online at the SABR BioProject.
To download the e-book edition of 20-Game Losers for free or get a 50% discount off the paperback edition, click here.
Five new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- July 3, 1922: Bob Meusel hits for the cycle in Yankees' 12-1 romp over A's, by Mike Huber
- July 26, 1928: Yankees' Bob Meusel becomes first AL player to hit for cycle three times, by Mike Huber
- July 31, 1932: Lefty Grove shuts out Indians in first game at Cleveland Stadium, by Joseph Wancho
- April 5, 1993: Yankees sail past Indians 9-1 on final Opening Day at Cleveland Stadium, by Joseph Wancho
- April 24, 2016: Chris Heisey's homer in 16th wins marathon game for Nationals, by Laura H. Peebles
In addition, these game stories from No-Hitters (SABR, 2017), edited by Bill Nowlin, were also posted online at the SABR Games Project:
- October 8, 1956: Don Larsen throws a perfect game in the World Series, by Charles F. Faber
- June 30, 1962: Sandy Koufax hurls first career no-hitter against Mets, by Marc Z. Aaron
- May 11, 1963: Sandy Koufax throws second no-hitter to beat Marichal, Giants, by Marc Z. Aaron
- April 23, 1964: Ken Johnson pitches a no-hitter for Houston ... and loses the game to Reds, by Steve Schmitt
- June 4, 1964: Sandy Koufax 'puts everything together' in third career no-hitter, by Marc Z. Aaron
- April 27, 1973: Royals rookie Steve Busby throws a no-hitter, by John DiFonzo
- June 19, 1974: Royals' Steve Busby makes history with second no-hitter in second season, by John DiFonzo
- April 16, 1978: Cardinals' Bob Forsch pitches his first no-hitter, by Ben Girard
- May 15, 1981: Cleveland's Len Barker makes history with perfect game against Blue Jays, by Joseph Wancho
- September 26, 1983: Bob Forsch settles the score and throws his second no-hitter, by Ben Girard
- April 21, 1984: David Palmer throws five perfect innings in Expos' rain-shortened win, by Norm King
- September 30, 1984: Mike Witt throws perfect game in Angels' final game of the season, by Paul Hensler
- September 16, 1988: Reds' Tom Browning waits out rain delay and delivers perfect game, by Joe Cox
- July 1, 1990: Andy Hawkins no-hitter is 'no winner' for Yankees, by Stew Thornley
Click here to read more stories from the No-Hitters book online at the SABR Games Project.
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 stories from Dome Sweet Dome online at the SABR Games Project: In Dome Sweet Dome: History and Highlights from 35 Years of the Houston Astrodome (SABR, 2017), edited by Gregory H. Wolf, we focused on memorable moments that took place at the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Now, 70 outstanding and historic game stories from this book can be found online at the SABR Games Project — from Mickey Mantle's epic blast in the Astrodome's first game in 1965 to Mike Scott's no-hitter to clinch the NL West in 1986 to "Lima Time!" in the Dome's final season in 1999. Click here to read more stories from Dome Sweet Dome at the SABR Games Project. All SABR members can download this e-book for free or get 50% off the paperback edition at SABR.org/ebooks.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, will be on hiatus during the MLB postseason. After the World Series ends, the show will air again at its regular time, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
You can still 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.
We are pleased to pass along this update from SABR member Gary Ashwill at Seamheads.com on October 17:
The latest addition to the Seamheads Negro Leagues DB encompasses the 1948 Negro American League, Negro National League, and World Series.
This was the last season for the NNL, which ceased operations in 1949 as the Homestead Grays and Black Yankees dropped out, and the four remaining teams joined the Negro American League. It was thus also the last season for the Black World Series.
In the NAL the Kansas City Monarchs won the first half behind the efforts of Jim LaMarque (8-1, 2.74), Hank Thompson (.368/.460/.613), and Willard Brown (.387/.460/.622), but were upset in the league championship series by the second-half champion Birmingham Black Barons, led by a 17-year-old rookie named Willie Mays. The Black Barons had plenty of other good players, though, not the least of which was shortstop and batting champ Artie Wilson, who became the last player in a U.S. professional league to bat .400 in the 20th century (.402 according to official statistics, and a whopping .462 in the subset of games with box scores).
The Barons met their match in the World Series in the form of the veteran Homestead Grays, who cut them down in five games despite being exiled from both of their home parks due to scheduling conflicts with the Pirates and Senators, their major league landlords. This marked the third time in six years that the Grays defeated Birmingham in the black fall classic.
To view the award-winning Seamheads Negro Leagues Database, visit Seamheads.com/NegroLgs/index.php
To read SABR biographies from Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series, 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:
- Scott Bush hired as SABR's new Chief Executive Officer
- SABR 19th Century Grave Marker Project dedicates new headstone for Bob Caruthers in Chicago
- Mark Liptak's White Sox interviews added to SABR Oral History Collection
- 2019 SABR Black Sox Scandal symposium to be held in Chicago
- Check out photos and highlights from the 2018 Southern Negro League Baseball Conference in Birmingham
- SABR 48: Check out complete coverage from our 2018 convention in Pittsburgh
- Read SABR biographies of Baseball Hall of Fame's 2018 class
- Updated SABR Defensive Index rankings for games through August 19
- Seeking nominations for 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
- Listen to a new episode from the SABR Media Committee's Baseball Buffet podcast
- Read articles from The National Pastime: Steel City Stories online
- SABR Digital Library: Cincinnati’s Crosley Field: A Gem in the Queen City
- Check out the new SABR Statistical Analysis Committee website
- Read all articles from the Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal online
- Seamheads.com updates Negro Leagues Database with 1901 Cuban League stats
- New SABR Oral History Collection website is now available
- New SABR book on the World Series in the Deadball Era brings baseball history to life
- Check out highlights and photos from the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference
- 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
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- 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).
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|Russell Eassom||London, ENG||Michael Pompili||Pawtucket, RI|
|Drew Heiderscheidt||Aurora, CO||Trifin Roule||Silver Spring, MD|
|Ryan Johnston||Golden, CO||Robert Saunders||Windermere, FL|
|Richard Kocemba||Reminderville, OH||Evelyn Skoumbourdis||Philadelphia, PA|
|Sam Nalli||Cleveland, OH||Matt Whelan||Southborough, MA|
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Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Black Sox Scandal: 2019 SABR Black Sox Scandal symposium to be held at Chicago History Museum
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter: October 15 meeting recap (St. Louis, MO)
- Larry Dierker Chapter: October 15 meeting recap (Houston, TX)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- October 20: Detroit Chapter meeting (Detroit, MI)
- October 20: Jane Leavy: "The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created" (Washington, DC)
- October 22: Halsey Hall Chapter research committee meeting (Brooklyn Center, MN)
- October 23: Hank Gowdy Chapter World Series meet-up (Columbus, OH)
- October 23: David Rapp: "Tinker to Evers to Chance" book event (Washington, DC)
- October 24: Magnolia Chapter "Fourth Wednesday" meeting (Tucker, GA)
- October 25: David Raglin/Mark Pattison: "Baseball: A Look Back, A Look Ahead" (Washington, DC)
- October 25: Tim Wendel: "Summer of '68" book event (Whittier, CA)
- October 26: Luke Easter Chapter World Series meet-up (Rochester, NY)
- October 27: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter fall meeting (Hamden, CT)
- October 27: Dayton Chapter fall meeting (Springfield, OH)
- October 27: Schott-Pelican Chapter fall meeting (New Orleans, LA)
- October 30: Rocky Mountain Chapter: "The Building of Coors Field" panel discussion (Denver, CO)
- November 1-3: SABR Arizona Fall League Experience (Scottsdale, AZ)
- November 3: Northwest Chapter fall meeting (Seattle, WA)
- November 3: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting (Chicago, IL)
- November 3: Rocky Mountain Chapter annual banquet (Denver, CO)
- November 3: Boston Chapter fall meeting (Boston, MA)
- November 3: Halsey Hall Chapter fall meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
- November 3: Monarchs Chapter meeting (Kansas City, MO)
- November 3: Luke Easter Chapter Hot Stove talks (Rochester, NY)
- November 3: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter fall meeting (Middletown, CT)
- November 3-4: 2018 Canadian Baseball History Conference (London, ON)
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:
- Tyler Kepner: For Dave Dombrowski, another World Series on the path to the Hall of Fame (New York Times)
- Jeff Sullivan: The fan interference call was probably good (FanGraphs)
- Jay Jaffe: The gambit versus the ace (FanGraphs)
- Eno Sarris: 'You don't rise to the occasion; the occasion rises to you': The mysticism of Rich Hill (The Athletic)
- Adam Bittner: Sabermetrics pioneer Sherri Nichols leads lineup at CMU analytics conference (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
- Danny Gallagher: 1877 radio rebroadcast a highlight of upcoming Canadian Baseball History Conference (Canadian Baseball Network)
- John Dewan's Stat of the Week: Fielding Bible Awards preview (ACTA Sports)
- Sydney Bergman: Umpire ejections and player ethnicity: an analysis (The Hardball Times)
- Rustin Dodd: 'Astroman lives!' The forgotten story of 10 days and nights on the Astrodome roof (The Athletic)
- John Thorn: Why baseball: An American Eden of the mind (Our Game)
- Zach Helfand: Jane Leavy and what it took to write about baseball as a woman (The New Yorker)
- Scott Detrow: Jane Leavy's 'The Big Fella' highlights Babe Ruth as first celebrity sports star (NPR)
- Tim Britton: How team lawyer Sandy Alderson became one of the most influential GMs in baseball history (The Athletic)
- Darin Watson: The Kansas City Royals and the 1968 expansion draft (Baseball Prospectus)
- Stephanie Springer: Just breathe: Finding new ways to test for banned substances (The Hardball Times)
- Bill Staples Jr.: Nisei vs. Negro League baseball behind barbed wire in 1943 (Blogspot)
- Norma Adams-Wade: Dallas event to commemorate Negro League pitcher Bill Blair Jr. (Dallas Morning News)
- Danny Torres: The good hands of Ray Ramirez, baseball's first Puerto Rican trainer (Hispanic Outlook)
- Adrian Burgos Jr: Jose Santiago, pioneering Puerto Rican pitcher, dies at 90 (La Vida Baseball)
- Tom Shieber: A second look at illustrations in 'Our National Game' (Baseball Researcher)
- Jerry Casway: The Irish and Jim Crow baseball: competing for the badge of assimilation (Our Game)
- Rob Mains: The fastest teams ever (Baseball Prospectus)
- Sarah Connell: Q&A with Janet Marie Smith, ballpark architect (Worcester Magazine)
- Richard Cuicchi: A look at baseball family ties through the cardboard hobby (Sports Collectors Digest)
- Al Yellon: A modest proposal for Wrigley Field's landmark scoreboard (Bleed Cubbie Blue)
- Jeff Katz: Super Topps, My Super Fave (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
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