This Week in SABR: August 1, 2014
Live from Houston, welcome to "This Week in SABR!" Here's what we've been up to as of August 1, 2014:
Leslie Heaphy, a SABR Director since 2010 and a recognized authority on the Negro Leagues and women in baseball, was announced as the winner of the Bob Davids Award during the SABR 44 Awards Luncheon on Friday, August 1, 2014, in Houston, Texas.
The award — which is the Society's highest honor — honors SABR members whose contributions to SABR and baseball reflect the ingenuity, integrity, and self-sacrifice of the founder and past president of SABR, L. Robert "Bob" Davids.
"I'm truly humbled by this honor," Heaphy said. "I hope I'm worthy of being part of this wonderful group."
Heaphy is Associate Professor of History at Kent State (Ohio) University at Stark, teaching survey classes along with courses in Asian, 20th-century American, and sports history.
She joined SABR in 1989 and has chaired the Women in Baseball Research Committee since 1995. In 1997, she and Larry Lester founded SABR's Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. Elected to SABR's Board of Directors in 2010, she continues to serve with distinction.
"Leslie carries her achievements lightly. Everything she does, she does with good sense, good humor, and good will," said Jan Finkel, a Bob Davids Award recipient in 2012 who served on the award selection committee. "Everyone in SABR knows Leslie for her genuine smile and welcoming hand. To know Leslie is to know why we’re in SABR: We get to meet people who share our varied interests in baseball and offer friendship and kindness."
Heaphy is a first-rate scholar and researcher. Her work resulted in the 1950s team rosters in The Negro Leagues Book (1994). In 2003, McFarland published her magnum opus (so far), The Negro Leagues, 1869-1960. Since then, and with McFarland, she has edited or co-edited The Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball (2006) and two collections of essays on black baseball in Chicago and Kansas City. In 2008, she became the founding editor of the journal Black Ball, a position she holds to this day. She is currently at work editing a team book on the Colorado Silver Bullets.
Previous Bob Davids Award winners in attendance Friday at the SABR 44 Awards Luncheon were: Bill Carle (1993), Len Levin (1997), David W. Smith (2005), John Thorn (2006), Andy McCue (2007), Mark Armour (2008), Tom Ruane (2009), Bill Nowlin (2011), Jan Finkel (2012), and Dick Beverage (2013).
The Bob Davids Award was established by the Board of Directors in 1985, and is awarded each year at the annual convention. Click here to view previous winners.
A few Texas college baseball icons stopped by for the SABR 44 College Baseball Panel on Thursday, July 31 at the Royal Sonesta Houston.
Roger Clemens, star pitcher at the University of Texas who went on to win 354 games and seven Cy Young Awards in the major leagues, was joined by Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the College Baseball Hall of Fame, and Lamar University coach Jim Gilligan. The panel was moderated by SABR member Mike Vance.
- Audio: Click here to listen to the SABR 44 College Baseball Panel (56:26; 56.1 MB)
Click here for more highlights from the SABR 44 College Baseball Panel.
Houston Astros executive Reid Ryan delivered the opening remarks at SABR 44 on Thursday, July 31 at the Royal Sonesta Houston.
Ryan was named President of Business Operations for the Houston Astros in May 2013. The oldest son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, he compiled a great deal of experience moving up through professional baseball, as founder and CEO of the Round Rock Express and Corpus Christi Hooks, affiliates of the Astros and Texas Rangers that are annually among the minor league attendance leaders. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Minor League Baseball. After playing collegiately and graduating from Texas Christian University, Reid Ryan pitched in the Texas Rangers organization in 1994 and '95 before moving into management.
- Audio: Click here to listen to Reid Ryan's opening remarks at SABR 44 (46:06; 42.1 MB)
Click here for more highlights from Reid Ryan's opening remarks at SABR 44.
Can't make it to Houston for SABR 44? Check out some early coverage from the 2014 convention festivities by clicking on the links below:
- Check out photo galleries from Wednesday and Thursday at SABR 44
- Cecilia Tan: SABR 44 research presentations: Injuries, Surgery and Drugs (Why I Like Baseball)
- Max Mannis: Day 1, Baseball, Houston, and Clemens (SI For Kids)
- Spencer Fordin: Roger Clemens stars at SABR gathering in Houston (MLB.com)
- Spencer Fordin: Astros president Reid Ryan opens SABR event (MLB.com)
- Brett Dolan: SABR convention under way in Houston (SportsRadio 610)
- Graham Womack: An interview with Jimmy Wynn (Baseball Past and Present)
- Clemson study: MLB teams should grow their own left fielders (Greenville News)
- David Barron: Baseball history buffs descend on Houston (Houston Chronicle)
- Bill McCurdy: Recapping Day 1 of the SABR 44 convention (Pecan Park Eagle)
- Terri Schlather: Houston hosts seamheads at SABR 44 convention (The Crawfish Boxes)
For more coverage of the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
And stay tuned for more coverage next week from SABR 44 in Houston!
We steadfastly maintain that there is nothing trivial about baseball trivia. The world-famous SABR Trivia Contest finals will be taking place tonight at SABR 44 in Houston, and it's always an entertaining and competitive battle to crown the individual and team champions.
We invite you to follow along with us live on Twitter beginning at 7:30 p.m. CDT/8:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 1 by visiting Twitter.com and searching for the hashtag #SABR44. We'll be live-tweeting questions (and answers if everyone gets stumped!), and you'll have your chance to test your knowledge online with other SABR members and friends.
The SABR Trivia Contest is moderated by D. Bruce Brown, co-chair of Horsehide Trivia with T. Scott Brandon and president of the Bob Davids Chapter in Washington/Baltimore. The questions are written and edited by Brown and Brandon, who also assembles the game boards, illustration and animation of the semifinal and final rounds.
The questions are presented in ascending difficulty. The early-round questions will be at a relatively easy starting point, while the late-round questions, though more difficult, will still interest casual fans.
The individual semifinalists are three-time individual champion David Fleitz (2006-08) of Pleasant Ridge, Michigan; Dan Massey of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; two-time team champion Rob Rafal (2005, '09) of Douglaston, New York; and Steve Schaeffer.
You can view all past Trivia Contest winners by clicking here.
For more coverage of SABR 44, visit SABR.org/convention.
Save the date! SABR 45 will be held June 24-28, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. The SABR Board of Directors announced the convention dates during the SABR 44 Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, July 31. Registration information will be available at SABR.org in early 2015.
The 2015 national convention will be SABR's 45th annual gathering; the organization's founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first.
Chicago is one of the most visited and historic cities in Baseball. It is the home of the White Sox and Cubs, founding teams of the National League and American League. It is the home of original league offices of the National League, American League and Federal League as well as baseball’s first commissioner, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Men like Spalding, Comiskey, Anson, Wrigley and Veeck created a rich history of Chicago baseball. It is a city with a rich Negro League history. And of course there are the ballparks. Comiskey Park, site of the first All-Star game and Negro All-Star games, is no longer around, but historic Wrigley Field is currently celebrating its centennial season.
In addition to the activities inside the hotel, there will be other offerings to get you out into the city. SABR 45 attendees will be staying in the heart of the famous Chicago Loop with its world renowned architecture. You will be within walking distance of the famous lakefront, Chicago river, Michigan Ave, Lake Shore Drive with Grant Park, Millennium Park, the Art Institute as well as top restaurants, bars, theatre and music venues. The museum district is only a short drive away, and if you wish to venture to the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Soldier Field or a little bit further north to Lincoln Park or south to the famous Museum of Science and Industry.
This will be SABR's fourth national convention in the Windy City, and the first since SABR 16 in 1986. The third annual convention in 1973 featured broadcaster Bob Elson and Negro Leaguer Dave Malarcher as guest speakers. In 1976, SABR members gathered again in Chicago as former White Sox manager Lew Fonseca, the 1929 American League batting champion, served as the keynote speaker.
Longtime Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bill Gleason was the featured speaker at the 1986 convention, which attracted a then-record 479 attendees. Learn more about SABR's convention history by clicking here.
For more information on the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams has been selected as SABR's Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend for 2014. The announcement was made Thursday, July 31 at the Nineteenth Century Committee’s annual business meeting held at SABR 44 in Houston.
In June, members of SABR submitted their votes for the 2014 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.
To read a biographical profile of Adams written by SABR member Adam Darowski, who chairs the Overlooked Legends project, click the link below:
Previous Overlooked Legends were Pete Browning in 2009, Deacon White in 2010, Harry Stovey in 2011, Bill Dahlen in 2012, and Ross Barnes last year. White became the first Overlooked Legend to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.
For more information about Doc Adams, see his SABR biography written by John Thorn: SABR.org/bioproj/person/14ec7492
For more coverage of SABR 44, visit SABR.org/convention.
Paul Hirsch, 56, a former SABR Director and past president of the Lefty O'Doul Bay Area Chapter, passed away of brain cancer on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in San Diego, California.
Frank Hamilton, longtime team member of SABR's Minor League Statistics Project, is stepping down from his everyday duties of marshaling the effort required to enhance and prepare the minor league statistical data that appears at Baseball-Reference.com. This project, launched in 2006, has been one of the highest priority research projects in SABR, and has compiled nearly 1,600 league-seasons.
Hamilton's contributions to this project, and to the field of minor league research, have been remarkable. He has not only managed the Herculean task of shepherding hundreds of files and juggling a team of volunteer contributors, but he has lent his considerable skills and expertise as a baseball researcher to the project.
In the short term, volunteers should send completed workbooks and any inquiries to Sean Lahman, who will attempt to fill Hamilton's shoes while we seek a permanent replacement.
Hamilton has agreed to support and advise the project to ensure a smooth transition. If you have questions or would like to volunteer for the Minor League Statistics Project, please feel free to contact Lahman at email@example.com or say hello to him at SABR 44 in Houston.
One new game story was posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here is the new game story:
- August 13, 1969: Jim Palmer no-hits the Athletics, by Jimmy Keenan
The SABR Baseball Games Project was launched in January 2014 to research and write articles on major-league and Negro League regular, postseason, and All-Star Games. These game accounts will complement Retrosheet and Baseball-Reference box scores as well as BioProject essays on the players involved.
The articles are not intended to be mere play-by-play summaries, nor should they be first-person narratives. Rather the goal is to put each game in historical context — whether that history is of a particular player, team, season, or something even broader.
Visit the new Games Project website at SABR.org/gamesproject.
- Get involved: 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.
- Questions: Contact Greg Erion for more information about the Games Project, James Forr to request an assignment, or Chip Greene to submit your draft article.
The 2014 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be held in downtown Detroit from August 14-16. As the only national conference devoted to the history of the Negro Leagues, the Malloy is coming to Detroit for the first time. This year's theme is "Turkey Stearnes and Black Baseball in Michigan."
In addition to great research presentations and an education program a few highlights for the conference include a visit to location of the old Hamtramck Stadium, a discussion with Robert Paige and the family of Turkey Stearnes, a Tigers-Mariners game on Friday night, and a panel with former Negro League players. Come and join us for the full conference or even just a day.
Registration is open to all baseball fans; single-day rates are available. Click here to learn more about the schedule and speakers:
What are the best baseball analytics articles you've read in 2014?
We're seeking nominations for the 2015 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: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 15, 2015. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable).
For more information about the criteria, click here.
Voting for the winners will be conducted online in January-February 2015 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 fourth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 12-14, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more at SABR.org/analytics.
To view past award winners and finalists, 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 44: Find complete coverage of the Houston convention
- Video: Watch SABR panels from 2014 MLB All-Star FanFest in Minnesota
- Introducing the new SABR/Baseball-Reference Encyclopedia
- Check out the new SABR Games Project website
- 2014 SABR Annual Report has been posted online
- Download your free copy of Baseball: The Fan's Game, by Mickey Cochrane
- Introducing the 2014 NYC 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
- Join SABR Deadball Era Committee members at 2014 Christy Mathewson Days festival
- SABR members, get 20% discount on all MLB.TV Premium Monthly subscriptions in 2014
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library now available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
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Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week.
- Latino Baseball: Summer 2014
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates for this week:
- Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting recap (July 21; St. Louis, MO)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- August 1-3: SABR 44 (Houston, TX)
- August 4: The Most Powerful Man in Baseball? An Evening With Superagent Scott Boras (Washington, DC)
- August 8: Luke Easter Chapter at Batavia Muckdogs (Batavia, NY)
- August 8-9: Christy Mathewson Days festival (Factoryville, PA)
- August 9: Halsey Hall Chapter book club (Roseville, MN)
- August 9: Robinson-Kell Chapter meeting (Little Rock, AR)
- August 9: Ted Williams Chapter meeting (San Diego, CA)
- August 9: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
- August 13: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- August 14-16: 2014 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference (Detroit, MI)
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:
- Kriston Capps: Houston considering replacing Astrodome with smaller Astrodome (The Atlantic)
- Richard Sandomir: In Cooperstown, baseball author Jeff Katz is also its manager (New York Times)
- Tim Wendel: Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa, baseball lifers (The National Pastime Museum)
- Garagiola praises O'Neil in accepting honor from Hall of Fame (MLB.com)
- Wendy Thurm: The dark side of booming local TV deals (FanGraphs)
- R.J. Anderson: With big data in baseball, 'Moneyball' will be on steroids (Newsweek)
- Steven Marcus: Difference of opinion on baseball stats as Jeter climbs hits list (Newsday)
- John Dewan's Stat of the Week: How do shifts affect league-wide BABIP? (ACTA Sports)
- Mike Lynch: Ned Garvin, the 'Navasota Tarantula' (The National Pastime Museum)
- David Kagan: Lost in the sun: The physics of ballpark orientation (The Hardball Times)
- John Rosengren: Baseball in snowshoes at Lake Tomahawk (Sports on Earth)
- Scott Ferkovich: My favorite player, Schoolboy Rowe (The National Pastime Museum)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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