The Society for American Baseball Research was established in Cooperstown, New York, in 1971. Our mission is to foster the study of baseball past and present, and to provide an outlet for educational, historical and research information about the game.
The Pacific Northwest Chapter is excited to again participate in Seattle Mariners FanFest in January 2017. Chapter members should look for an email in early January for details on reserving a spot at the meeting. The meeting is our only one of the year that requires reservations. The meeting will be on Sunday, January 29 at 12 noon.
In addition, members who would like to volunteer to staff our information table on the main concourse should look for that email as well. It will also be sent out in early January. Volunteering is a great way to meet the many Mariners fans that show up, answer questions about SABR, and talk baseball!
The Pacific Northwest chapter of SABR held its annual Fall meeting on Saturday, November 5, at the Seattle Pacific University Ames Library seminar room. The Ames Library is at 3307 3rd Ave. West, Seattle WA 98119. The seminar room is on the second floor.
The meeting was called to order by Tip Wonhoff at 12 PM with a thank you for hosting/assistance from SABR member and SPU Professor Bill Woodward. Announcements were made about the upcoming January meeting at Safeco Field during the Seattle Mariner’s FanFest and the annual February meeting on President’s Day weekend in Portland. Mark Brunke will coordinate the January meeting and send out details as they become available between Thanksgiving and January. Bob Russon will once again coordinate the February meeting, which will be in Tualatin. Please check back for more detail. Mark Brunke also announced he would put together a chapter Facebook page (now completed).
The following presentations were made:
• Emily Hawks and Anthony Salazar, “Introduction to SABR’s Diversity Committee”
Emily Hawks, SABR Board Member and Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair, and Anthony Salazar, SABR Latino Baseball Committee Chair, introduced SABR’s Diversity Committee, and talked about the aspects of/and differences in diversity within the research committees and how to encourage greater diversity in membership. A Q and A followed their presentation. Members interested in participating or with ideas to share can reach out to the Diversity Committee.
• Luke Arkins, Prospect Insider, “Challenges Facing the 2017 Seattle Mariners”
Luke Arkins from Prospect Insider gave a presentation on what to expect from the upcoming Mariners offseason. Luke gave a thorough review of salaries, arbitration eligible players, and then a by position review, including both individual productivity and position productivity, and possible targets for off season acquisition. See Luke at Prospect Insider, http://prospectinsider.com/author/lukearkins/
• Jack Peters, “A Kid Remembers the Rockford Peaches”
Jack Peters was next. A native of Rockford, Illinois. Jack’s father Les had been business manager of the Rockford Peaches, not only one of the founding members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) but one of only two teams to remain active all 12 seasons. Jack talked about baseball in Rockford (a great historical tradition going back to the founding of the National Association), especially in the 1940s and 1950s, including memories of the teams, players, his eighth birthday at the ballpark, and his sister’s time as a ball girl. Jack presented personal photos to share with his memories and participated in a Q and A. See more of the Rockford Peaches at http://www.aagpbl.org/index.cfm/teams/1943/rockford-peaches/2
• Tim Herlich, “The Four-Home Run Club”
SABR member Tim Herlich was the next presenter, looking at devising a Game Score metric and using that to analyze the set of four home run games. From this he was able to hypothesize on which of each game was the most meaningful performance. Tim’s presentation, including box scores, a review of each game, and a model accounting for making it to base, base production, and the cumulative changes in win probability based on the outcome of each plate appearance. Here's a list of those games, not including the two from the 19th Century, http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/share.cgi?id=6YXpa
• Bruce Baskin, “Anonymous Heroes: Seattle Rainiers Baseball in the 1970s”
Bruce Baskin of Chehalis was next. Bruce shared his memories of growing up as a Seattle Rainiers fan, and especially of the mid-1970s single A club with the Rainiers name. Bruce covered the founding of the club through its five season. Bruce has written an invaluable record of this club called Anonymous Heroes, available on Ebay. Bruce also is operator of Baseball Mexico at http://baseballmexico.blogspot.com/
The meeting ended with several members converging on the Nickerson Street Saloon to commiserate over the recent World Series, which once again saw the absence of the Seattle Mariners but not a Mariner, and may have had other events of historical note occur.
Seattle Mariners FanFest is taking place Sat. Jan. 30 & Sun. Jan. 31, 2016. Pacific Northwest SABR will once again both have a booth as well as a chapter meeting during FanFest. We will again be hosted by the Mariners, with guest speakers provided by the team. Our SABR Day weekend meeting will be on Sunday, January 31, tentatively scheduled for 12 to 4 p.m.