SABRcast with Rob Neyer

Baseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer. SABRcast features 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.

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Neyer is a longtime baseball writer and editor for ESPN.com, SB Nation, and FoxSports.com. He began his career as a research assistant for groundbreaking baseball author Bill James and later worked for STATS, Inc. He has also written or co-written seven baseball books, including The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers (with Bill James), winner of the Sporting News/SABR Baseball Research Award, and most recently Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game, winner of the 2019 CASEY Award.

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Episode #86: November 16, 2020

Scott SimkusThis week’s guest is Scott Simkus, author of Outsider Baseball: The Weird World of Hardball on the Fringe, 1876–1950. He is one of the co-creators of the award-winning Negro Leagues Database at Seamheads.com and he recently detailed the process behind its creation on Twitter. He has also been a consultant to Strat-O-Matic, helping to create the first full set of cards for Negro Leagues players. He lives outside of Chicago, Illinois.

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What’s Rob Reading?

How Baseball Happened: Outrageous Lies Exposed! The True Story Revealed
By Thomas W. Gilbert

“The wrongness of baseball history can be staggering. You may have heard that Abner Doubleday or Alexander Cartwright invented baseball. Neither did. You may have been told that a club called the Knickerbockers played the first baseball game in 1846. They didn’t. You have read that baseball’s color line was uncrossed and unchallenged until Jackie Robinson in 1947. Nope. … When the first professional league was formed in 1871, baseball was already a fully formed modern sport with championships, media coverage, and famous stars. Professional baseball invented an organization, but not the sport itself. Baseball’s amazing amateurs had already done that. ”

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