Society for American Baseball Research

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The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)
Headquarters555 N Central Ave #416
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
URL sabr.org

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is a membership organization dedicated to fostering the research and dissemination of the history and record of baseball primarily through the use of statistics. Established in Cooperstown, New York, on August 10, 1971 by sportswriter Bob Davids, [1] it is based in Phoenix, Arizona. Its membership as of June 1, 2019, is 5,367. [2]

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Membership

While the acronym "SABR" was used to coin the word sabermetrics (for the use of sophisticated mathematical tools to analyze baseball), the Society is about much more than statistics. Well known figures in the baseball world such as Bob Costas, Keith Olbermann, Craig R. Wright, and Rollie Hemond are members, along with highly regarded "sabermetricians" such as Bill James and Rob Neyer.

Among Major League players Jeff Bajenaru was believed to have been (until 2006) the only active player with a SABR membership; Elden Auker, Larry Dierker, and Andy Seminick also have been involved.

Some prominent SABR members include:

Activities

Only a minority of members pursue "number crunching" research. Rather, the SABR community is organized both by interest and geography:

SABR members keep in touch through online directories and electronic mailing lists set up through the SABR headquarters. The headquarters also maintains a number of research tools on its website, including a lending library, home run and triple play logs, and course syllabi related to the game.

SABR holds annual conventions in a different city each year. The conference generally includes panel discussions, research presentations, city-specific tourism, a ballgame, and an awards banquet. The 2007 convention in St. Louis, Missouri set the attendance record with 726 registered attendees out of approximately 7,000 SABR members. [4] The organization also hosts an annual baseball analytics conference in Phoenix and a Negro Leagues conference, which is held in a different location each year. [5] [6]

Publications

The Baseball Research Journal (BRJ) is SABR's flagship publication since 1972 for members to publish and share their research with like-minded students of baseball. The National Pastime is an annual, published from 1982 to 2008 as The National Pastime: A Review of Baseball History, when it was intended as a more literary outlet than the stats oriented BRJ; since 2009 it is a convention-focused journal, with articles about the geographic region where the convention is taking place that year. [7] Other Society publications are an increasing variety of books (since 1976) and ebooks (since 2011); [8] 8-10 new e-books published annually are all free to members. [9]

Awards

SABR annual awards include:

In 2013, SABR began collaborating with Rawlings on the Gold Glove Award. Rawlings changed the voting process to incorporate SABR Defensive Index, a sabermetric component provided by SABR, which accounts for approximately 25 percent of the vote for the defensive award. [23]

Research committees

Retrosheet is a research and archives organization independent of SABR which holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the society's annual convention.

Regional chapters

Past convention sites and keynote speakers

Source: SABR Convention History Society for American Baseball Research.

See also

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References

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 "Bob Davids". Society for American Baseball Research. Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  2. It's impossible for me to get the online link for this -- I can download it as a PDF and find the membership page but I am totally unable to use the SABR membership website to view the information online.
  3. "Designing People..." Computer Gaming World. August 1992. pp. 48–54. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  4. "SABR Convention History - Society for American Baseball Research".
  5. "SABR Analytics Conference - Society for American Baseball Research".
  6. "Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference | Society for American Baseball Research". sabr.org. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  7. "Publications". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  8. "Other Society Publications". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  9. "The SABR Story". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  10. "Bob Davids Award - Society for American Baseball Research".
  11. Established in November 2009, the Henry Chadwick Award was first presented in 2010. "Henry Chadwick Award". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  12. "Henry Chadwick Award". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  13. "SABR Creates New "Henry Chadwick Award": James, Ritter, Palmer Among Honorees". OriolesHangout. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  14. Chuck, Bill (February 15, 2011). "SABR Announces 2011 Chadwick Award Recipients". Billy-Ball. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  15. Harold Seymour and his wife Dorothy Seymour Mills together wrote a three-volume history: Baseball: The Early Years (1960), Baseball: The Golden Age (1971), and Baseball: The People's Game (1991). "Harold Seymour and Dorothy Seymour Mills". Society for American Baseball Research. Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  16. The Seymour Medal was first awarded in 1996, at the SABR national convention. SABR held the first Seymour Medal Conference in 1999, at Cleveland State University, in conjunction with the presentation of the medal. "The Seymour Medal". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  17. "SABR and The Seymour Medal: How Did it Happen?". Dr. Harold Seymour, Baseball Historian. drharoldseymour.com. Archived from the original on 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  18. "The Seymour Medal: Winners and Finalists". Dr. Harold Seymour, Baseball Historian. drharoldseymour.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  19. "Seymour Medal Award". Baseball-Almanac. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  20. Mondout, Patrick. "Seymour Medal Honorees". BaseballChronology.com. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  21. 1 2 See also: Baseball awards#Baseball book of the year.
  22. The McFarland award was "previously named The Macmillan-SABR Baseball Research Award (1987–1999)", according to "McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  23. "Rawlings Gold Glove Award Finalists Announced" (Press release). Rawlings. October 25, 2013. Archived from the original on February 8, 2014.

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