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(Posted early Saturday, but the time references refer to Friday.) The second full day began with “A Celebration of 70 Years: Jackie Robinson’s Journey,” with panelists Lee Lowenfish, author of Branch Rickey: The Ferocious Gentleman among other baseball titles; author and former NY Times columnist William C. Rhoden; and Della Britton Baeza, CEO of the […]

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The first full day of the annual convention for the Society for American Baseball Research was about what I expected. A chance to catch up with old friends and meet others with whom I’ve only had a social media/email correspondence. Please forgive the somewhat sloppy but it’s late and I’m tired A few personal highlights: […]

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I know, I know. “Hey, Ron,” you say, “What’s going on? You don’t call, you don’t write…” Things have been a bit hectic since I lost my job as sports and features editor of the NJ Jewish News last September due to a corporate takeover. Although I was able to distract myself for a month […]

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It’s always a pleasure to post a review from a friend of the blog. In this case we have Dorothy Mills, baseball historian and author of such books as A Woman’s Work: Writing Baseball History With Harold Seymour; Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People and Places; and Drawing Card: A Baseball Novel, […]

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You don’t have to be a SABR member to enjoy The Emerald Guide to Baseball 2014. That is, if you’re willing to access the 600-plus page PDF version. Otherwise you’ll have to pay for the printed edition, which comes out around opening day. According to the page at the SABR site, The 2014 edition of […]

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To paraphrase a Groucho Marx line (and with all due respect to the PETA faction), you can’t swing a dead cat (if that’s your idea of a good time) at the annual SABR conference without hitting a baseball writer. While in Philadelphia, I caught up with a few of them (writers, not cats) to see […]

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Yeh, I know, these don’t actually count as dispatches from, since the conference ended Sunday. But I didn’t have a laptop, the wifi wasn’t free, and I didn’t want to burn my data minutes (not to mention cramp my fingers) typing away on my iPhone. This was my fourth SABR meeting and each time I […]

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Review roundup, May 11

May 11, 2012

So, back to bidness. ♦ The Hardball Times reviewed Great Hitting Pitchers, published by the Society for American Baseball Research. ♦ Baseball Reflections posted this on Major League Dads: Baseball’s Best Players Reflect on the Fathers Who Inspired Them to Love the Game. ♦ I don’t know if this really counts as a review, but […]

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Bill King of Baseball Reflections posted this piece about some new ideas coming out of the SABR Analytics Conference in Mesa, AZ, March 15-17. John Thorn, MLB’s official historian, will also be there. In 1985, Thorn, along with Pete Palmer, published one of the earlier books on the game’s new generation of metrics in The […]

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The 2012 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Art Competition is looking for submissions. Winners receive a cash award, publication in the journal Black Ball and exhibition at the Baseball Heritage Museum in Cleveland. There are three categories: professional, amateur, and youth (under 16). The deadline for submission is May 7. For more information and to […]

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One of the benefits for a bibliophile of being a member of the Society for American baseball Research is all the cool publications that are a part of the package. The two primary annual titles are the Baseball Research Journal, which tends to be more numbers-driven,  and The National Pastime, which offers a wide range […]

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As many of you know, I serve as editor of the SABR Bibliography Committee quarterly newsletter. The most recent issues (Nov. 2011), features reviews on Under Pallor, Under Shadow: The 1920 American League Pennant Race That Rattled and Rebuilt Baseball, by Bill Felber; 1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in […]

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Before he began working with an actual publisher, James used to type out The  Baseball Analyst on a bi-monthly basis and make copies as needed for distribution. How times have changed. Like SABR’s annual publications, The National Pastime and Baseball Research Journal, the Analysts were contributor-driven. The first issue contains articles such as “Ballpark Effects […]

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The Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award, which recognizes outstanding baseball research in areas other than history and biography, has been awarded for the following books published in 2010: Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson, by Timothy M. Gay (Simon & Schuster) Evaluating Baseball’s Managers: A History and […]

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The Casey Stengel Chapter of SABR hosts a program in honor of the Ole Perfessor on Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (212-534-1672 or www.mcny.org Among the writers participating in the event: Marty Appel, former public relations director and television producer for the New […]

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John Thorn, who today was named as Major League Baseball’s official historian, will be one of several authors presenting at the March 5 meeting of SABR’s Casey Stengel Chapter. The day-long event — which is open to the public — will be held at the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NY Public Library (Fifth Avenue and […]

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