Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)

Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)


This is tough to read. I just finished an article on Buck for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and learned about his fascinating life and career. My prayers for him and his family.
Today is for our beloved Syracuse Mets so in honor of that our **lConnection looks at one of the newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: John “Bud” Fowler.
Born in the Erie Ca**l community of Fort Plain on January 16, 1858, Fowler was originally named John W. Jackson. His parents were John Jackson Sr. and Mary Lansing Jackson, both born in New York in the 1830s. According to baseball historian James Riley, John Sr was a “fugitive hop-picker,” indicating that he had been born enslaved under New York’s gradual emancipation law but had taken his freedom rather than serve out the 21 year period of enslavement that the law proscribed, evidently in the state’s large hop industry. His father worked as a barber in Fort Plain, a trade that Bud also picked up. The Jacksons moved in 1860 to nearby Cooperstown, where they lived for most of his youth. He would have learned to play baseball in the future home of the Hall of Fame and it is likely at this time that he began going by the last name of Fowler, though it is unclear why.
Fowler had his big break in 1878 when pitching for a local Massachusetts all star team, outdueling the 1877 champion Boston Red Caps and star pitcher Tommy Bond. Shortly thereafter he was signed by the Lynn Live Oaks of the International Association, becoming the first Black player to play professionally. He pitched three games with the Lynn Live Oaks, including a 9-3 loss here in Syracuse, before they merged with Worcester. Unfortunately, the racism Fowler faced from opposing players, fans, and teammates resulted in his stints with different professional teams being short ones despite his clear talent.
Bud Fowler traveled all over the nation playing baseball, while also serving as a manager, innovator, and organizer in the early game. To learn more about his baseball career we encourage you to read the attached article. Fowler retired from the game in 1904 and returned to the Ca**l Corridor of his youth, living with his sister in Frankfort. There he spent the final 9 years of his life, passing away on February 26, 1913. He was initially buried in an unmarked grave until 1987, when the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) raised the funds to properly honor this legend of baseball and the Ca**l Corridor with a headstone.
I am a fan of Mickey Mantle. You probably know his dad's name was Elvin. He had the nickname of "Mutt." I cannot find out from anyone on any Mickey Mantle sites or anywhere else how Elvin got the nickname of "Mutt." I was wondering if maybe anyone would know how Elvin received the nickname of "Mutt." Thank you. Respectfully, Michael Wagner
My Tribute To The Great Dick Allen
Thanks to an effort led by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Bud Fowler’s resting place was refurbished to honor his pioneering efforts in the game.

The Class of 2022 electee is buried only 30 miles from Cooperstown, in Frankfort, N.Y.
Question: Can anyone provide me with the average innings pitched by starting pitchers American League vs. National League in 2021?
Havana Hardball author Cesar Brioso's article about Jackie Robinson's 1947 spring training trip to Havana, Cuba, part of USA TODAY's 28 Black Stories in 28 Days series for :
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Fort Wayne’s Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Chapter is meeting this Saturday the 29th from 12 - 2:30pm at the Downtown Public Library (2nd floor conference room).

All fans of baseball and history are welcome! ⚾️
BASEBALL FLASH FICTION 5-minute reads with surprising twists & turns. Check out "BELLEVILLE"- a family man reacts to the mysterious death of his baseball hero.
Learn about the baseball ladies of Fishtown, Philadelphia, PA and more!

SABR is a nonprofit membership association with 6,000+ members worldwide whose mission is to help people do baseball research, provide a place to share baseball research, and to preserve baseball research information.

6,000+ members worldwide; 70+ regional and international chapters; 29 research committees. Many SABR members meet formally and informally in regional chapters throughout the year and hundreds come together for our annual events, like the SABR Convention, and SABR Analytics Conference. Anyone interested in baseball can join SABR.

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It’s time to get SABR Certified!

The first course in the SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is AVAILABLE NOW. Built for those looking to get a head start on a career in baseball, as well as fans looking to gain a better understanding of the way the game is analyzed today, you can register and start learning at!


Happy 50th Birthday SABR! To commemorate the day, a small gathering took place on the steps of the National Baseball Library this afternoon.

Clockwise from top right: Mark Armour (President, SABR), Michael Hauser (President, Cliff Kachline Chapter of SABR, Cooperstown), Cassidy Lent (Manager of Reference Services, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum), Tom Shieber (Senior Curator, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum), Jeanne Armour (Vice President, Production Manager at Regions Financial Corporation, North Port-Sarasota), Bill Francis (Senior Research & Writing Specialist, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum).

Photos from SABR Chicago's post 07/21/2021

Photos from SABR Chicago's post


Our chapter will reconvene with the Lefty O’Doul–San Francisco Bay Area SABR Chapter on Tuesday, July 27, at 7 PM PST. We have allocated extra time for this special meeting, which will feature three great speakers discussing women in baseball. We are excited to welcome Sherry Davis, Giants Public address announcer from 1993 to 1999; Perry Barber, professional umpire; and Anika Orrock, author and illustrator. Please email [email protected] for Zoom details.


Congratulations to Vince Gennaro, who has been selected as the winner of the 2021 Bob Davids Award, SABR's highest honor!

Gennaro served on SABR’s Board of Directors from 2009 to 2019, including four terms as Board President, where he co-founded (with former CEO Marc Appleman) the SABR Analytics Conference — which has become a must-attend event for baseball industry professionals — and helped establish SABR’s involvement in the Rawlings Gold Glove Award voting process.

Gennaro is also the architect of the Diamond Dollars Case Competition series, which has brought together students and baseball officials for a unique learning experience and networking opportunity for aspiring sports executives. More than 120 Case Competition participants have secured internships or permanent positions within Major League Baseball since 2012.


A battle of Negro League aces takes place on this day in1921 and Tim Odzer tells all about it as part of the SABR Games Project.


Lou Gehrig plays his 2000th consecutive game on this day in 1938. Dan Joseph tells how Gehrig fared in his record setting game as part of the SABR Games Project.


Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series – Society for American Baseball Research

As part of SABR’s 50th anniversary in 2021, all baseball fans are invited to join us online for the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series, presented by Major League Baseball and The opening session begins on June 25-27, 2021.

Join us this summer for a series of presentations, chats, and panel discussions featuring authors, scholars, and figures from around the game, including: Katie Krall, Cincinnati Reds; Bianca Smith, Boston Red Sox; Janet Marie Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers; J.J. Cooper, Baseball America; Rick White, Atlantic League; Sean Forman, Sports Reference; Gary Ashwill,; and Larry Lester, SABR Negro Leagues Committee; and more.

Visit to sign up today!

Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series – Society for American Baseball Research As part of SABR’s 50th anniversary in 2021, all baseball fans are invited to join us online for the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series, presented by Major League Baseball and


Our May-June 2021 newsletter is now ready! We have a full issue with member stories about attending games again, visits to area museums, a story about a semipro team that beat the Chicago White Sox, and so much more. We even have the latest History Hunters, Scoreboard Puzzler, Chicago Random Tandem, and Cardboard Detective. Enjoy!


"Jackie: Perspectives on 42," our newest SABR Digital Library book, celebrates the life and legacy of Dodgers pioneer Jackie Robinson, with dozens of essays on his impact on and off the baseball field.

SABR members can download a free e-book copy or save 50% off the paperback edition by ordering through the SABR Digital Library:


The Dusty Baker and Lefty O’Doul SABR Chapters invite you to join us on Tuesday, April 20th at 7 p.m. PST, for a special virtual chapter meeting. We are teaming with the Pacific Coast League Historical Society and author Dan Taylor. Dan will talk about his new book, “Lights, Camera, Fastball: How the Hollywood Stars Changed Baseball.” Please contact Zak Ford at [email protected] for Zoom details.


40 years ago today, on Opening Day 1981, Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Fernando Valenzuela became an international sensation with a 5-hit shutout vs. the Houston Astros, beginning a season-long run that saw the Mexican-born left handed win Rookie of the Year and Cy Young honors, and a World Series trophy.

Read more about Fernandomania! in the SABR archives:


The Boston Red Stockings play their first game on this date in 1871. Bob LeMoine tells the story of the beginning of one of baseball's legendary teams. You can read about it and others in the SABR Games Project.

Photos from SABR Baltimore/Babe Ruth Chapter's post 04/05/2021

Photos from SABR Baltimore/Babe Ruth Chapter's post


Happy Opening Day! As we open a new baseball season, check out an original collection of articles from the SABR Games Project on historic openers — from a Federal League debut in Baltimore in 1914 to the Blue Jays’ “home” opener in Washington, DC last year. We also highlight a gem from our archives: Leon Day’s Opening Day no-hitter for the Newark Eagles 75 years ago in 1946.


The 2021 edition of the SABR Opening Day games effort just went online. Enjoy stories about opening day games from 1914 through last year. The games provide some excellent reading to prepare the upcoming season, which begins in a few days!


Can't wait for Opening Day? Get your baseball fix by tuning in to Tuesday night's SABR Boston Zoom conversation with Red Sox Hall of Famer Rico Petrocelli!

Register for your free sign-in at:


SABR Analytics: Analyze This panel discussion

Thanks to MLB’s Diversity and Inclusion Department, all baseball fans are invited to join us on Facebook Live to watch a free livestream of this SABR Analytics panel at 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 13:

Analyze This: The Varying Roles and Skillsets of Baseball Analysts

- Ehsan Bokhari, Senior Director of Player Evaluation, Houston Astros
- Maggie O’Hara, Senior Analyst in Baseball Operations, Detroit Tigers
- Josh Ruffin, Advanced Scouting Analyst, Minnesota Twins
- Moderator: Eduardo Perez, ESPN analyst and former major-league infielder for 13 seasons


The 10th annual SABR Analytics Conference, presented by MLB, Rawlings Sporting Goods, and Sports Info Solutions, begins today! This all-virtual event will be held online over four days from March 11-14. We have some terrific panels and presentations on the schedule this weekend from some of the top minds in the baseball analytics community.

Learn more about our panelists and presenters, find the full schedule, and download the digital program at


All baseball fans are invited to join us on Saturday, March 13 for a free Facebook Live stream of the "Analyze This: The Varying Roles and Skillsets of Baseball Analysts" panel at the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference!

We'll be livestreaming this panel from SABR's page from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 13. Thanks to MLB's Diversity and Inclusion Department for their support.

The Analyze This panel is expected to include: Ehsan Bokhari of the Houston Astros, Maggie O’Hara of the Detroit Tigers, Josh Ruffin of the Minnesota Twins, and moderator Eduardo Perez of ESPN.

To register for the full SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, or to learn more, visit


Congratulations to Eric Nusbaum, winner of the 2021 SABR Seymour Medal!

“Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between,” written by Nusbaum and published by PublicAffairs, is the winner of the 2021 Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal, which honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year.

Nusbaum will receive his award during the 28th annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 20. The NINE Conference will be held virtually over three weekends in March.


SABR is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the Henry Chadwick Award, established to honor the game’s great researchers — historians, statisticians, annalists, and archivists — for their invaluable contributions to making baseball the game that links America’s present with its past.

The 2021 recipients of the Henry Chadwick Award are Negro Leagues historian Gary Ashwill, baseball physicist Alan Nathan, and author Robert W. Peterson.

Learn more about each of these Chadwick Award recipients at


What better way to forget about the snow than talking baseball -- and who better to talk baseball with than the man who has seen more Red Sox games in the last half-century than anybody else?

Join SABR Boston Wednesday night at 7:00 EST, as we discuss Dustin Pedroia, pandemic play-by-play, spring training, Tom Seaver, and more with longtime Red Sox radio voice Joe Castiglione.
To register for your Zoom link, go to:


Getting hungry for baseball? Join SABR Boston on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7:00 pm EST, as we discuss Dustin Pedroia, the upcoming season, pandemic play-by-play, and more with longtime Red Sox radio voice Joe Castiglione.

To register for your Zoom link, and send in a question for Joe, go to:


Baseball fans, there’s still time to sign up and join us for a special SABR Day event from 2:00-4:00 pm ET today (January 30) with broadcasting legend Bob Costas of MLB Network and Tim Mead, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum!

All baseball fans are welcome to join us for this one-of-a-kind virtual conversation on Saturday. Sign up now at

Announcing finalists for 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards – Society for American Baseball Research 01/29/2021

Announcing finalists for 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards – Society for American Baseball Research

We’re pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, which will recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year.

Nominations were solicited by representatives from SABR, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, and the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America. Voting for the winners begins online Monday, February 1.

Congratulations to all the finalists! You can read each of their nominated articles here:

Announcing finalists for 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards – Society for American Baseball Research Announcing finalists for 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards January 29, 2021/in Headlines /by sabr We’re pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, which will recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original anal...

Timeline photos 01/27/2021

Timeline photos

In the 2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame voting, no candidate received votes on at least 75 percent of all ballots cast.


In Memoriam: Hank Aaron, who died on Friday at the age of 86, was a brilliant all-around superstar for 23 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, enduring racist threats off the field as he was surpassing MLB’s most iconic home run record on the field.


We are saddened to learn of the death of Henry Aaron, 86, an Atlanta Braves legend and one of baseball’s most iconic figures. His prodigious power and grace during his quest to break Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record in 1974 transcended the game.

Read our SABR biography of Hammerin’ Hank to learn more about his life and legacy:


George Bell goes wild and hits three home runs on opening day in 1988. Adrian Fung tells how Bell led Toronto to victory in this story from the SABR Games Project.


Kazuo Sayama, a prolific baseball historian and SABR member, was elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Katsuji Kawashima, who managed Japan’s national team to a silver medal during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Sayama, who joined SABR in 1983, is the author of numerous articles and dozens of acclaimed books on Japanese baseball history, including Gentle Black Giants: A History of Negro Leaguers in Japan (1986); The Mystery of “Jap Mikado”: First Japanese in American Professional Baseball (1996); and An Inside History of US-Japan Baseball (2005). He also appeared in a 2006 PBS documentary film about Japan’s iconic Koshien high school baseball tournament.

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