Fans of the Cubs or just baseball history in general recognize the number 191 (or 190 not so long ago) as one of baseball’s most incredible feats. It is of course the record number of runs Hack Wilson drove home in his remarkable 1930 season. During that same campaign, Wilson also swatted a then league … More Could Hack have driven home 200?
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
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
I had circled the date on my calendar a couple months back when I first got word that fellow chapter member John Racanelli had secured Bobby Dernier for our March 20 meeting. It’s definitely not every day that we host a genuine Major Leaguer, much less a Gold Glover and fan favorite of Dernier’s caliber. … More This really happened?!
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
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)
by Jason Schwartz with support from Paul Proia (South Florida SABR) It takes a special blend of power and speed to join MLB’s 30-30 club, along with a little bit of luck. After all, we’ve only had about 100 years of baseball where a 30 home run season, even with no steals, would have been … More Baseball’s unsung 30-30 men
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
This interview/profile was contributed by Jason A. Schwartz of SABR Chicago I first met Mike Noren, the man behind the Gummy Arts brand, just over a year ago in Cooperstown, New York. I was in town for the opening of the baseball card-themed “Shoebox Treasures” exhibit, and Mike was too. I was there as a … More Gummy Arts makes Chicago proud
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