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"1921", Co-authored by NWSABR member Steve Steinberg, is Published
Written by Mary Groebner   

NWSABR member Steve Steinberg and his East Coast colleague Lyle Spatz announce that their new book on the 1921 baseball season 1921, The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York has been published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Set in America's greatest city at the dawn of its most flamboyant decade,this is the story of the 1921 baseball season.  It revolves around two sensational pennant races culminating in a dramatic World Series. The book is highlighted by the New York Yankees winning their first pennant and then battling their Polo Grounds landlords and hated rivals, John McGraw's Giants, in the first all-New York World Series. A subtext of this battle is the charismatic Babe Ruth and his assault on baseball records in the face of McGraw's disdain for the American League and the Ruth-led new slugging style.

Find out more about 1921 by visiting Steve's website and clicking on the 1921 tab.  Among other features, you'll find an "Interview" with Lyle and Steve, as well as "Ten Intriguing Facts about 1921.

Click 'Read More' to see a schedule of Steve's upcoming book-signing/promotional events.


Last Updated on Monday, 08 March 2010 07:03
New Members Since January 1, 2010
Written by Tim Herlich   

We welcome the following individuals who have joined the NWSABR chapter since January 1, 2010:

Name Home Joined SABR


Steven Jager

Seattle WA



Michael Mccannn      Fife WA 1/30/10 2/1/10
Brian Coughlin Yachats OR 1/31/10 2/1/10
Eric White Vancouver WA 1/31/10 2/1/10
David McDonald Honolulu HA 1/26/10 1/26/10
Sean Gilman Seattle WA 1/21/10 1/21/10
Herman Gilman Seattle WA 1/21/10



Ricardo Lopez Portland OR 1/18/10                      1/19/10                             
Jonathan Kay Moscow ID 1/12/10 1/13/10
David Cho Portland OR 1/12/10 1/12/10
Drew Foster Philomath OR            1/1/10 1/12/10
Wesley Keat Eureka CA 1/9/10 1/11/10

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 February 2010 13:14
Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball by Mark Armour
Written by Tim Herlich   

NWSABR member and Corvallis resident Mark Armour has recently finished a book, Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball, published by the University of Nebraska Press.  It is a standard biography of a man who rose from the streets of San Francisco to baseball star to manager to general manager to league president.  Events are scheduled on April 22 at Annie Bloom's Books in Portland, May 11 at the Benton County Library in Corvallis, and May 21 at Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle (joint appearance with Steve Steinberg).  For more information, visit Mark's web site:

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 March 2010 16:53
2/13/10 Meeting Recap
Written by Mary Groebner   

The Northwest Regional Chapter of SABR (NWSABR) met on Saturday, February 13, 2010, from around 1:00pm until just before 5pm at the Cedar Mill Community Library in the Portland area. Approximately fifteen (15) members and guests were in attendance.

Speakers included NWSABR members Tim Herlich, John Henshell, Mike Rice and special guest/former player and long-time pitching coach Rick Wise.


Rick Wise, at 2/13/10 NWSABR meeting

Rick Wise, at 2/13/10 NWSABR meeting

The meeting began with introductions all around; NWSABR was pleased to welcome two members (Eric and Bob) to their first chapter meetings.

The first presenter of the day was chapter president Tim Herlich, who reprised his national conference presentation ‘21*’ on long-forgotten pitcher Tom Cheney.  This presentation won the Doug Pappas Award for Best Oral Presentation at the 2009 SABR National Convention.   On 9/12/62, Cheney threw 21 strikeouts while pitching a 16-inning game (and throwing 228 pitches).  Tim’s presentation reviewed Cheney’s career, as well as noting that various respected publications (Sporting News and SABR’s own list of baseball records) devalue Cheney's achievement.  Tim’s thesis is that this is at least partially due to the fact that Cheney’s lifetime pitching career is not on par with those noted as record holders (Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, etc.); Tim believes this is a disservice and appeals for proper recognition for this baseball record and record holder.


Last Updated on Saturday, 20 February 2010 08:41
NWSABR at Mariners Fan Fest 2010
Written by Tim Herlich   

The chapter celebrated SABR Day in America by participating in the annual Mariners Fan Fest on January 30 and 31.  Over 16,000 fans attended, and many stopped by the SABR booth hosted by several chapter members.  Nearly 1000 vintage Mariners baseball cards featuring Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Jay Buhner, Alvin Davis, Omar Vizquel, Harold Reynolds and others were handed out to boys and girls.  Approximately 75 fans requested more information about SABR and the Northwest Chapter.  A big thank you to the Mariners for providing the booth at no cost to SABR, and to the NWSABR members who agreed to staff it during the two-day event.

Tim Jenkins, Tim Herlich, David Alvarez staff the NWSABR booth at Mariners FanFest 2010

Tim Jenkins, Tim Herlich, David Alvarez staff the NWSABR booth at Mariners FanFest 2010

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2010 10:36
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Portland, President

Tip Wonhoff
Tacoma, Vice President

Mark Brunke
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