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June 24-28, 2015
Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 726-7500

The 45th annual SABR convention, which is open to all baseball fans, includes top featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, writers and analysts — innovative panel discussions, groundbreaking research presentations, major and minor league games, tours of historic ballparks, the SABR Trivia Contest, the Awards Luncheon, and most of all, the opportunity to make and renew baseball friendships over the course of this spectacular and memorable event.

We hope you'll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 45 convention in the summer of 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Hotel and conference registration for the 2015 convention is now available. Click here for more information on SABR 45 registration rates, all-inclusive packages and optional sessions.

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SABR 45 information

Please note: The SABR 45 all-inclusive package includes 1 full conference registration; 1 ticket to the Cubs game on Thursday, June 25; 1 round-trip ticket on the CTA Red Line train; and 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 26. It does NOT include any other optional events such as the Downtown Baseball Walking Tour on Wednesday, June 24, The Baseball Project concert on Thursday, June 25, or the Historical Ballpark Sites Bus Tour on Sunday, June 28. Those tickets must be purchased separately. Click here for more information on registering for SABR 45.


Join us for a special concert with The Baseball Project

Attendees at the SABR 45 convention this summer in Chicago will have a special opportunity to see The Baseball Project in concert on Thursday, June 25, 2015, in the Grand Ballroom at the Palmer House Hilton. Click here for complete details.

Advance presale tickets for The Baseball Project at SABR 45 are available for an early-bird price of $25 members/$40 nonmembers when you register for the SABR convention online at before May 15, 2015. Tickets will be $40 online after May 15 or until the concert venue reaches capacity.

Formed in 2007 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Baseball Project is a supergroup that includes veteran musicians Steve Wynn, Linda Pitmon, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills. Buck and Mills are founding members of the R.E.M., one of the best-selling alternative rock bands of all time. Their mutual love of baseball inspired them to record their first album, Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails, in 2008. It includes baseball-themed songs such as “Gratitude (For Curt Flood),” “The Yankee Flipper,” and “The Death of Big Ed Delahanty.” They followed up with Volume 2: High and Inside in 2011, which features the San Francisco Giants World Series-themed hit “Panda and the Freak” along with “Tony (Boston's Chosen Son)” and “The Straw that Stirs the Drink.” Their third album, 3rd, was released in 2014. To learn more about The Baseball Project, visit their website at


All-Star lineup of guest speakers

The 45th annual SABR convention, which is open to all baseball fans, will include top featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, writers, and analysts — plus innovative panel discussions on the Cubs, White Sox, the Negro Leagues, women in baseball, and more. See below for details on featured panels as we announce them:

  • Broadcasters Panel: Panelists include Cubs announcers Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies, and Ron Coomer, along with moderator Curt Smith, baseball broadcasting author and historian. Click here for more details.
  • Negro Leagues Panel: Panelists include former Negro Leagues pitchers Al Spearman and Ernie Westfield, along with moderator Larry Lester, SABR's Negro Leagues Committee co-chair. Click here for more details.
  • Women in Baseball Panel: Panelists include Cubs executive Caroline Phillips, White Sox executive and author Martha Jo Black, author and historian John Kovach, and South Bend Blue Sox player Christie Spisak, along with moderator Leslie Heaphy, SABR's Women in Baseball Committee co-chair. Click here for more details.
  • More panels to be announced soon!


Attend SABR 45 for a souvenir copy of The National Pastime convention journal

All SABR 45 attendees will receive a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players and events in the Chicago area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer. Click here to register for SABR 45.


Download our free e-book on the 1929 Chicago Cubs

As we get ready for SABR 45 this summer in Chicago, add a Windy City baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library. SABR's newest e-book, Winning on the North Side: The 1929 Chicago Cubs, edited by Gregory H. Wolf, celebrates the 1929 Chicago Cubs, one of the most exciting teams in baseball history. SABR invites you to read the life and baseball stories of all the roster players and the coaching staff and relive an important part of baseball history. Also included are biographies of club owner William Wrigley, visionary executive Bill Veeck Sr., and Margaret Donahue, the first female executive in baseball history. Click here to learn more or download the e-book. SABR members get a free download of all SABR Digital Library e-books and a 50% discount off the paperback edition.


A note from our SABR 45 hosts

On behalf of Chicago and the Emil Rothe Chapter, we're excited about the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of all the fine places that have previously hosted SABR conventions. Our goals are clear and our work has been cut out for us, but we know that you'll enjoy everything our great city has to offer during SABR 45 in the summer of 2015.

Chicago is one of the most visited and historic cities in baseball. It is the home of the White Sox and Cubs, founding teams of the National League and American League. It is the home of original league offices of the National League, American League and Federal League as well as baseball’s first commissioner, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

People like Spalding, Comiskey, Anson, Wrigley, and Veeck created a rich history of Chicago baseball. It is a city with a rich Negro League history. And of course there are the ballparks. Comiskey Park, site of the first All-Star game and Negro All-Star games, is no longer around, but historic Wrigley Field is currently celebrating its centennial season and we'll be attending a game there this summer.

We will be lining up activities and seeking an array of speakers and panel guests that will interest even the most seasoned baseball people among us. The days will be filled with many of the past players, managers, and executives who call Chicago home. And you can count on interesting sessions related to the future of Wrigley Field, the Black Sox Scandal, and many other topics.

In addition to the activities inside the hotel, there will be other offerings to get you out into the city. You'll be staying in the heart of the famous Chicago Loop with its world renowned architecture. You will be within walking distance of the famous lakefront, Chicago river, Michigan Ave, Lake Shore Drive with Grant Park, Millennium Park, the Art Institute as well as top restaurants, bars, theatre and music venues. The museum district is only a short drive away, and if you wish to venture to the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Soldier Field or a little bit further north to Lincoln Park or south to the famous Museum of Science and Industry.

We'll even offer an insider's list of dining recommendations so you can sample a little of the world renowned deep dish pizza that has made our hometown a destination for travelers throughout America. So count on great food, hospitality, and talking baseball. What more can you ask? See you in June!

— Rich Hansen, Lorene Kennard, Richard Smiley
Emil Rothe (Chicago) Chapter


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