The other Billy Ball

When most fans think of “Billy Ball” in 1980 they think of Billy Martin’s Oakland A’s. Under Martin’s leadership the team improved 29 games and jumped from seventh to second in the American League West. This brand of Billy Ball was characterized by aggressiveness on the base paths, pushing starting pitchers to their breaking point, … More The other Billy Ball

Josh Gibson MVP campaign comes to Chicago

On April 17, our Chicago SABR chapter had the pleasure of hosting three terrific baseball luminaries: Sean Gibson, Executive Director of the Josh Gibson Foundation (and great-grandson of Josh!) Tom Kern, Historian for the Josh Gibson Foundation and SABR member Ted Knorr, Negro Leagues scholar and SABR member Sean, Tom, and Ted treated our virtual … More Josh Gibson MVP campaign comes to Chicago

Highlights and video from SABR Day 2021

For the second consecutive year, the Chicago-based Emil Rothe chapter joined forces with the Milwaukee-based Ken Keltner chapter to put on an outstanding SABR Day. The event included two very timely presentations of great interest to members and guests. SABR CEO Scott Bush kicked off the event with his presentation on Minor League Realignment, subtitled … More Highlights and video from SABR Day 2021

Author Ralph Carhart and “The Hall Ball” – Virtual Meeting, January 16, 2021, 2 p.m. (CST)

Over the course of eight years, Ralph Carhart embarked on a baseball adventure unlike any other before. He endeavored to collect photos of a single baseball with each member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, whether living or dead. In his amazing book, The Hall Ball, Ralph provides a concise biography of each individual, a … More Author Ralph Carhart and “The Hall Ball” – Virtual Meeting, January 16, 2021, 2 p.m. (CST)

Chapter member has an ambitious goal

Chicago chapter member Jason Schwartz, co-chair of the SABR Baseball Cards committee, has taken it upon himself to raise $25,000 for some great baseball-related causes. “How?” you ask. Turning his prized baseball card collection into art. Earlier this month he launched Heavy J Studios, where donors to any of his eligible organizations receive unique “1 … More Chapter member has an ambitious goal

Former White Sox infielder Micah Johnson on SABR panel this Sunday

The SABR Baseball Cards Research Committee is hosting a virtual panel on Sunday that will feature former White Sox second baseman Micah Johnson. The topic of the panel is “The Future of Baseball Cards.” In addition to Mr. Johnson, other panelists will include Baseball Cards Committee co-chair Nick Vossbrink and sports/pop culture artist Scott Hodges. … More Former White Sox infielder Micah Johnson on SABR panel this Sunday