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Fall Meeting 2016 Save the Date! Saturday, November 5, 2016.
Written by Daigo Fujiwara, Joanne Hulbert, David Laurila   
Friday, 30 September 2016 09:50
The Boston Chapter announces the Fall Meeting 2016. There are a few changes, so listen up!
The meeting will be held at WBUR, radio station for the Boston University, located at 890 Commonwealth Avenue. There will be instructions about how, where and when to access the building, as, since they are an active site working on-air while we are there, we will endeavor to not disturb their busy work environment!
But otherwise, we will be looking for a few good presenters, and will be also seeking a speaker, so stay tuned, there's lots of work to be done yet to organize the meeting.
We look forward to meeting the staff at WBUR, and also, I want to thank Daigo Fujiwara for arranging the location for us.
So, stay tuned, and if you have questions, or are interested in participating via a presentation, contact Joanne at
Joanne Hulbert
Daigo Fujiwara
David Laurila
Gibson House Museum Event, April 14, 2016
Written by Joanne Hulbert   
Saturday, 09 April 2016 03:30

Gibson House Museum Presents Its Fifth Annual Program on
Early Baseball in Boston:
A Look at the Era through the Lens of Local Baseball History

April 14, 2016

BOSTON, MA Issued March x, 2016…. Baseball fans have a chance to explore the game’s present and revisit its past on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The Gibson House Museum, in conjunction with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the Boston Braves Historical Association (BBHA), proudly presents “Boston Baseball: The Blue Period 1920–1935.” During the era of the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age, and Prohibition, both the Red Sox and Braves staked claim to a fifteen-year period of lackluster performances. Yet although their playing may have been mediocre, the teams’ histories during this period were anything but dull. Both featured controversial owners (Emil Fuchs and Harry Frazee) and colorful players (Casey Stengel, Smead Jolley, Ernie Padgett—Who? Attend and find out!).

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Gibson House Museum at 137 Beacon Street, Boston, with a “Ballpark Cocktail Hour” featuring beer, hot dogs, and crackerjacks. The program, hosted by local authors Bill Nowlin, Wayne Soini, and Donna Halper, gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at the Trustees Reading Room at Fisher College (across the street at 118 Beacon Street).

Bill Nowlin has written or edited approximately fifty books, almost all on Boston baseball. He recently co-edited (with Bob Brady) a compendium of stories about Braves Field. Bill is currently co-editing a book on the 1871–75 Boston Red Stockings. A co-founder of Rounder Records music label, he also works occasionally as a professor of political science.
Wayne Soini helped the late Bob Fuchs write a book about his father, Judge Fuchs and the Boston Braves, 1923–1935. Wayne is the author of seven books (with two more forthcoming) primarily on New England topics.
Donna L. Halper is an Associate Professor of Communications at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.  A media historian who specializes in the history of broadcasting, she is the author of six books and many articles, including chapters for several SABR volumes. Donna will discuss how the invention of radio changed baseball forever, and how early media and athletes enjoyed a different relationship than they do today.
Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door (Early registration encouraged – space is limited!), with a special $25 admission for members of the Gibson House Museum, the SABR, the BBHA, 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 nineteenth-century Boston row house located at 137 Beacon Street. Built in 1859, it is one of Back Bay’s earliest homes and stands as the area’s only historic house museum. The museum is open to the public and preserved as a time capsule of the daily life of a well-to-do Boston family and its domestic staff. The Gibson House Museum is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the Massachusetts State Register of Historic Places.

The Society for American Baseball Research had its beginnings in Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1971. Founded by L. Robert Davids, its original members included fifteen researchers from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Within a decade, SABR had grown to 1,500 members. It now stands at 6,000 members, 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 hosting an annual meeting and player reunions, and publishing a highly acclaimed newsletter, the association sponsors research publications (six of which are in the Baseball Hall of Fame Library); conducts tours of the remains of Braves Field; produces commemorative mementos; and has established a Boston Braves Hall of Fame.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 April 2016 03:35
2016 Boston Baseball Hack Day
Written by Daigo Fujiwara   
Sunday, 06 March 2016 06:09
Do you like creating stuff on your computer and LOVE baseball? Come hack with us on March 19 at March 19 at General Assembly near South Station
2016 Baseball Hack Day is the fifth annual hacking event (also known as hackathon, hack fest or code fest) where area baseball minds come together, form a team, and collaborate to create baseball-related projects to compete in a friendly one-day competition. 
The goal of the day is to bring creative tech minds with passion for baseball into one room and see what they can produce within a limited time. The project could be (but is not limited to) a tool, simple web app, mobile app, web site, or data visualization. The event is also held in four other cities: Philadelphia, Montreal, Chicago and San Francisco!
Baseball Hack Day is a free event thanks to our generous sponsors. SABR Boston is its community sponsor. Registration is required and seating is limited. The event is based on the principal of the Hack Day Manifesto and it will always be free to attend, and we are run by volunteers, and we’ll never be for-profit (It's a labor of love).
Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
General Assembly Boston 51 Melcher Street, Boston, MA 02210
MLK day Winter meeting - Monday, January 18, 2016
Written by Joanne Hulbert, Daigo Fujiwara, David Laurila   
Thursday, 07 January 2016 07:56
The January 18, 2016, MLK Day Meeting is coming along well and the agenda is filling up. We'll have a great lineup of speakers whose presentations should be interest to everyone.

Come on over to the Baseball Tavern -- 1270 Boylston Street, within sight of the right field wall at Fenway Park -- from 11 am to 5 pm for a day filled with baseball, a subject that is never off-season in Boston.

The featured speakers include:
  • Gordon Edes, recently named official historian for the Red Sox, who will talk about his new role. Edes is a former columnist for ESPN Boston and baseball beat writer the Boston Globe.
  • Andy Andres will present research on Positional Adjustments for WAR. Andres is a Boston University professor who teaches sabermetrics101 on the edX platform (BUx), and an Datacaster and Field Timing Coordinator.
  • Bill Nowlin will have a presentation on Sam Jethro.
  • Donna Halper will talk about how fans saw and heard baseball the 1920s. 
Other presenters are in the works, but not yet confirmed.

When: Monday, January 19, 2015
Time: 11am to 5 pm.
Where: The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston Street, Boston 

Lunch is available. The Tavern will provide a buffet. Price to join in is $10. Please RSVP if intending to partake of the buffet to help ensure we have rough headcount.

Take note that parking on MLK Day is set at holiday pricing -  free.

The Baseball Tavern is just around the corner from Fenway Park and the closest MBTA station is Kenmore on the Green line and allows for a short, pleasant walk down Yawkey Way to Boylston Street.

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
Boston Chapter Fall Meeting, November 7, 2015 at The Non Profit Center
Written by Daigo Fujiwara, Joanne Hulbert, David Laurila   
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 03:24

After much searching, negotiating, finagling and  just plan hard work, the Boston Chapter has put together an agenda that will please 'em all. We are happy to report that Ken Ryan, pitcher with the Red Sox, 1992 to 1995, and with the Pirates from 1996 to 1999, a local guy, born in Pawtucket, will be joining us. He'll have a lot to say, and we will have a lot to ask.

Mark it on the calendar - Saturday, November 7, at the Non Profit Center, 89 South Street, Boston.

David Kaiser will present "Park Effects and Dynasties: The Pitching and Hitting of Yankees and Red Sox, 1948-50 and 1976-78." Kevin McKelvey will have an interesting talk about his book, "Labor of Love" recounting his memorable search for baseball autographs and the stories they tell.  Bob Brady will have thoughts and reflections on the Boston Braves of 1915.

Also, there's a couple of books soon to be published in which several local chapter members have been involved. The 1986 Red Sox - Mets (oh, how timely) book is soon to be published. Also, the book on the 1871-1875 Boston Red Stockings is coming along fine, and Dixie Tourangeau will tell about players "Whoopin' it up at the Parker House Saloon."

There are other topics up for discussion as time will allow. If so desired and you are able, join us for the Boston Chapter's "Hey! In September They Were Looking Wicked Awesome" Fall Meeting.

Meet us early at South Station starting at 11 AM for lunch. The usual spot is in the main lobby up on the Mezzanine level behind Pizzeria Regina, and we'll be there up until 1 PM when the program will begin over at The Non Profit Center, 89 South Street, just a short walk from South Station. Directions from there are: Atlantic Avenue, to Essex Street (look left when exiting South Station) and walk to the corner, cross Atlantic Avenue and just one block on Essex street will get you to South Street. There is a parking garage right on Essex Street at Two Financial Center that is also very convenient to the Center.

A donation of $10 is humbly requested. SABR membership is not required to attend this meeting (though 
we highly recommend you join).

And so, mark your calendar, and let's keep some baseball on our minds, enough to hold us for the long Hot Stove season.

The details:

Saturday November 7, 2015

SABR Boston Chapter
at - The Non Profit Center, 89 South Street, Boston
Second Floor meeting room (security guard in the lobby will direct you to the elevator)

Lunch at 11 am at South Station
Gathering at 1 PM for the program
5 PM program ends.

For more information contact me:

Joanne Hulbert


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 03:32
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SABR Boston is the Eastern Massachusetts local Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). SABR is a non-profit membership association whose purpose is to help people do baseball research, provide a place to share baseball research.

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