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Boston Chapter Fall Meeting, Saturday, November 1, 2014 at The Non-Profit Center
Written by Joanne Hulbert, David Laurila, and Daigo Fujiwara   
Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:59

The Boston Chapter will hold the Fall Meeting on

Saturday, November 1, 2014

at The Non-Profit Center,

89 South Street in Boston (map).

Meeting time will be from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Anyone that wants to meet at 11 am over at South Station for pre-meeting social/gathering for brunch/lunch is welcome. There's a large area of tables just above Pizzeria Regina on the mezzanine located in the station's main lobby, and we'll find a spot to settle in and start talking about baseball. After lunch we'll adjourn to The Non Profit Center, 89 South Street, just around the corner (Atlantic Ave, to Essex Street, and one block to South Street).

We'll have presentations and discussion from 1 PM to 5 PM, including...

We will be meeting on the second floor. The security guard can direct you to the elevator for access to the floor.

SABR membership is not required to attend this meeting (though we highly recommend you join). A $10 donation is humbly requested to defray our financial obligations, we thank you in advance for your understanding.

Stay tuned for updates as the meeting agenda grows, any questions, email Joanne.

Co-Chairs: Joanne Hulbert, David Laurila, and Daigo Fujiwara

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 November 2014 04:02
Victorian Baseball in Boston: A Look at the Era through the Lens of Local Baseball History
Written by Gibson House Museum   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 03:27

Gibson House Museum Presents 
Victorian Baseball in Boston:
A Look at the Era through the Lens of Local Baseball History

Gibson House Museum
137 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

BOSTON Baseball fans have a chance to view the present and visit the past on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.  The Gibson House Museum, in conjunction with The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the Boston Braves Historical Association (BBHA) will celebrate the Hundredth Anniversary of the Boston “Miracle“ Braves (and other Victorian and Baseball anecdotes). Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Gibson House Museum located at 137 Beacon Street, Boston with a "Ballpark Cocktail Hour" featuring beer and hot dogs. The program gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at Fisher College’s Alumni Hall (across the street at 118 Beacon Street).

The evening will feature vignettes of the team – a second division team in 1913 – in last place as recently as early July 1914, and its wondrous surge to win the pennant and sweep the World Series from Connie Mack’s Dynastic Philadelphia Athletics. Our feature storyteller, Bill Nowlin, is author of more than 30 Red Sox-related books, most recently editor of the SABR publication “The Boston Braves – Boston’s Original Worst to First” (  Bill will present vignettes on the team and the sport of the times.  SABR and BBHA members Bob Ruzzo and Mark Sternman, contributors to the publication, will add stories about the team and its most colorful characters. Gibson House Staff will also set the scene for the stories with period-relevant historical anecdotes of Victorian Boston, 1914. 

Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, with a special $25 admission for members of the Gibson House Museum, SABR, the Boston Braves Historical Society, the Boston Preservation Alliance, the Ayer Mansion, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, and the Victorian Society.

For more information or to purchase tickets, email or call 617-267-6338. 

The Gibson House Museum is an authentic Victorian row house located at 137 Beacon Street. Built in 1859, it is one of Back Bay’s earliest houses and stands as the historic house museum of the Back Bay. The Museum is open to the public and preserved as a time capsule of the daily life of a well-to-do Back Bay Boston family and its domestic staff. The Gibson House Museum is a National Historic Landmark and listed on the Massachusetts State Register of Historic Places.

The Society of American Baseball Research had its beginnings in Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1971. Founded by L. Robert Davids, its original members included 15 researchers from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Within a decade, SABR had grown to 1,500 members. It now stands at 6,000, including many major and minor league baseball officials, broadcasters, writers and former players. Membership is open to anyone interested in baseball.

Founded in 1992, the Boston Braves Historical Association has sought to keep alive the memory of the Boston Braves in a variety of ways.  In addition to an annual meeting, player reunions, and a highly acclaimed newsletter, they sponsor research publications (six of which are in the Baseball Hall of Fame Library), conduct tours of the remains of Braves Field, produce commemorative mementos and establish a Boston Braves Hall of Fame.  Membership information is available on the website (

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 03:36
2014 Boston Baseball Hack Day
Written by Daigo Fujiwara   
Monday, 03 February 2014 21:05

2014 Boston Baseball Hack Day


Sunday March 2nd, 9:30 am to 7 pm
at The Boston Globe
135 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA

Love creating stuff on your computer and LOVE baseball? Come hack with us!

The third annual Boston Baseball Hack Day on March 2nd, 2014, is a fun, friendly one-day hacking competition for baseball fans. SABR Boston Chapter is a commiunity sponsor of the event!

The event will be held at the Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA, a walking distance from MBTA Red Line "JFK/UMass" stop. Baseball Hack Day is a free event thanks to our generous sponsors, but RSVP is required. 

It is the day where area baseball minds come together and see what cool projects can be created within a limited time. The project could be (but is not limited to) a tool, app, website, or data visualization. 

Find out more at our webiste:  Boston detail and schedule is at

New to hack days? Have no fear. There'll be people of all skill levels and skill sets participating. It is also a great opportunity to network and socialize among like-minded people. Follow us on Twitter @BaseballHackDay

The event is based on the principal of the Hack Day Manifesto. It will always be free to attend, and we won’t make participants sign any type of documents. We are run by volunteers, and we’ll never be for-profit.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 21:15
RECAP: 2014 MLK Day meeting at the Baseball Tavern
Written by Joanne Hulbert   
Monday, 03 February 2014 20:58


What a week in Boston! Baseball beginning to end! The Boston Chapter held its annual Hot Stove/MLK Day meeting at The Baseball Tavern. If we have a a bigger, wilder more memorable meeting than this one, well, we've forgotten about it. We were very fortunate this year to have all the stars and moon aligned and the roster of speakers on January 20 exceeded our wildest expectations. We learned a lot, heard a lot, saw a lot and are now in revved up mood for the start of the 2014 season.

I confess that sometimes the sabrmetrics discussions are over my head and I get lost after paragraph two. But Dan Brooks and his presentation on pitch tracking was eminently understandable. Even mention of neural circuitry of visual attention did not discourage me. Thank you, Dan, for not losing me deep in the statistics - nor were any others lost.

For a quite while over the years, we had talked about getting Tommy Harper to a meeting, having heard rumors that he is a particularly dynamic speaker who can steal the hearts of fans like he used to steal bases. OK, kind of sappy, but true. I think anyone who was there would back me up. I had the great fortune of talking one on one with him after his presentation and he is truly a baseball treasure (OK sappy again). If you ever get the chance, talk to him!

Then along came Adam Darowski , creator of Hall of Stats (.com), and here we go, more stat stuff. And he was just as approachable and understandable as Dan. He used a lot of math - but was not intimidating. I learned  a lot. Here he made WAR totally understandable to the sabrmetrically challenged. What could be bad? Nothing! See his website! Great stuff, no regrets.

The Boston Chapter is admittedly surrounded by great baseball resources. Any time of the year, you can hear baseball discussed in the bars, on the T, and the hats with B's on them are ubiquitous - yes, that -  no matter if the Patriots, Celtics or Bruins are in high gear. The Boston Globe has a great full page baseball column every Sunday and most days has at least some baseball news. We also are lucky to have many great baseball writers. Peter Gammons luckily hangs around Boston, and he was able to stop by and regale us with stories for over an hour. No one left their seats for that one.

And as if that was not enough, we had a last minute addition to the agenda. Just days before the meeting,  John Farrell confirmed he was free for an hour and walked over from Fenway Park and spent nearly an hour answering questions from the crowd, giving us his take on the upcoming season.

By the end of the meeting, we were all elated at the turnout - about 75 attended - exhausted - good thing The Tavern has Green Monstah Ale on tap - and wondering what we could do for an encore.We are simply thankful that Boston is such a big baseball town, all day, every day of the year.

The next big holiday in Boston is Saturday, February 8 - TRUCK DAY! ! ! Each year, a crowd gathers at Fenway Park to cheer as the truck pulls away from the curb with all the stuff for Spring Training  at Ft. Myers. Yes, people do show up for this every year - it is better than Groundhog Day. Be there, if you can, it'll mark the turning point away from the polar vortex - I hope.

Joanne Hulbert
Boston Chapter

Listen to the sound of  Tommy Harper:

Listen to the sound of  John Farrell:

Next Meeting: January 20, 2014, MLK Day at the Baseball Tavern
Written by Joanne Hulbert, David Laurila, and Daigo Fujiwara   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 09:02

We will hold our annual meeting on Martin Luther King, Jr's Day on Monday, January 20, 2014 at The Baseball Tavern, right near Fenway Park. (Also see SABR Day 2014)

DATE: Monday, January 20, 2014
TIME: 10:30AM to 5 PM
LOCATION: The Baseball Tavern
1270 Boylston Street, Boston, MA (map)

Presentations starts at 11 am. (Check back here for updates!):

John Farrell is the current manager of the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.
Peter Gammons, a recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for outstanding baseball writing, needs no introduction to the SABR community. You have seen his work in The Boston Globe, ESPN, NESN, as well as on the MLB Network and as a rock star at Hot Stove Cool Music. He once opened for Buddy Guy. Follow him on twitter at @pgammo
Tommy Harper is a former All-Star who had a 15-year MLB career. He played with the Red Sox from 1972-1974 and later served as a coach from 1980–84 and 2000–02. Currently with the team as a player development consultant, he was elected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2010. Harper twice led the  American League in stolen bases, and his career 408 steals rank him 61st on the all-time list.
Dan Brooks, founder of will talk about PITCHf/x. PITCHf/x is a pitch tracking system, and is installed in every MLB stadium. This system tracks the velocity, movement, release point, spin, and pitch location for every pitch thrown in baseball, allowing pitches and pitchers to be analyzed and compared at a detailed level. At, you can explore individual pitchers every pitch going back to around 2007. Dr. Dan Brooks is a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at Brown University, where he studies the neural circuitry of visual attention. He is also an author of Baseball Prospectus.
Adam Darowski created a website, Hall of Stats ( An alternate Hall of Fame populated by a mathematical formula, and his poster presentation at SABR 43 in Philadelphia last year was well received. The Hall of Stats shows us what the Hall of Fame would look like if we removed all 208 inductees (plus this year's new inductees) and replaced them with the top 208 eligible players in history, according to his version of stats combining Wins Above Average (WAA) and Wins Above Replacement (WAR)
More will be forthcoming about the meeting agenda as plans unfold.

Be sure to be subscribed to SABR Nation's Boston Chapter group, and you will get latest info emailed to you.  

SABR membership is not required to attend this meeting (though we highly recommend you join). A lunch buffet is available for $10 per person, and a $10 donation is humbly requested to defray our financial obligations, we thank you in advance for your understanding.

If you have not been to a meeting at The Tavern, be advised that it is located one block from Fenway Park. There are parking lots in the area, and meter parking all along Boylston St. In front of the Tavern is free for the holiday. It is otherwise advised to take public transportation as the best way to get there. The Tavern is nearest the Kenmore or Fenway stations on the Green Line.


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:05
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