SABR Convention

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

  • Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Palmer House Hilton online. The deadline to book your room at the SABR group rate of $189/night (plus tax) is 11:59 p.m. MST Friday, May 15, 2015, or until our room block is full. Book your room today, because our block is going fast! The Palmer House Hilton is at 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603, in the heart of the downtown Loop, near two CTA stops — from O'Hare Airport, take the Blue Line to Monroe/Dearborn stop and then walk two blocks east on Monroe; from Midway Airport, take the Orange Line to the Adams/Wabash stop. If you have any questions about your reservation, please call the hotel at (312) 726-7500.
  • Overflow hotel: If the Palmer House Hilton fills up before you've booked your room, we've reserved a small block of rooms at the nearby ACME Hotel, 15 E. Ohio Street, less than a mile north of the Palmer House Hilton and one block away from a CTA Red Line station (at Grand Avenue) that takes you straight to the convention hotel. Click here to book a room at the ACME Hotel for a special SABR rate of $189/night (plus tax). Or call the hotel at (312) 894-0800 to book your room; be sure to mention the SABR convention. Standard King rooms and City View Queen rooms are available until our block runs out.
  • Conference registration: Click here for complete information on SABR 45 registration rates. Once again, we're offering a discounted all-inclusive package for the annual SABR convention. For a savings of $44 off the regular rate, SABR members can get:
         — 1 full conference registration (regular rate: $199)
         — Choose: 1 Upper Deck Box ticket to the Cubs game on Thursday, June 25 (regular: $48) OR 1 Terrace Reserved ticket (regular: $38)
         — 1 round-trip ticket on the CTA Red Line train to and from Wrigley Field (regular: $6)
         — 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 26 (regular: $50)
    The all-inclusive package is available to SABR members for $259 with an Upper Deck Box ticket or $249 with a Terrace Reserved ticket to the Cubs game instead, plus all of the above amenities. Non-members can pay $289 (with Upper Deck Box ticket) or $279 (with Terrace Reserved ticket) for the all-inclusive rate. Please note: The all-inclusive packages are only available until May 15, 2015. Click here to register for SABR 45.
  • Cubs ballgame: At SABR 45, we'll be attending the Cubs-Dodgers game on Thursday afternoon, June 25, at Wrigley Field. The SABR block of tickets is available in two sections when you register: Upper Deck Box-Outfield ($48) or Terrace Reserved-Outfield ($38). Update 4/24/15: Our Upper Deck Box block is almost sold out, so once they sell out, tickets will no longer be available in that section when you register online. Tickets are still available in the Terrace Reserved section until Friday, May 15. This game is expected to sell out and our ticket block is only available on a first-come, first-serve basis through Friday, May 15, 2015. Game tickets in the SABR block will NOT be available for purchase on-site at the convention. Please note: Your purchase of a SABR 45 all-inclusive package includes round-trip transportation to and from Wrigley Field on the CTA Red Line train. (Purchasing a game ticket as part of regular/a la carte registration does NOT include transportation.) Click here for more details on SABR 45 registration.
  • The Baseball Project concert: On Thursday evening, June 25, SABR 45 attendees will have a special opportunity to see The Baseball Project in concert in the Grand Ballroom at the Palmer House Hilton. Advance presale tickets are available for $25 members/$40 non-members when you register for SABR 45 before May 15, 2015. Tickets will be $40 online after May 15 or until the concert venue reaches capacity. Click here for more details. (Note: For those interested, The Baseball Project concert will not conflict with the Trivia Contest preliminaries on the schedule.)
  • Research presentations: Click here for a full schedule of research presentations at SABR 45. Please note: If your abstract is accepted and you intend to make a research presentation, you must register to attend the SABR 45 convention. The deadline to apply was February 15, 2015.
  • Committee meetings: Click here for the schedule of research committee meetings at SABR 45.
  • Yoseloff Scholarship: With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school or college students to attend SABR 45 on June 24-28, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250. The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage high school and college-level student engagement with baseball research and to engender an active interest in baseball and SABR. Click here for more details. The deadline to submit your application was April 24, 2015.
  • Vendors Room: Click here to visit our SABR 45 digital vendors room; come visit our supporters in Chicago, too.

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: TBA
  • 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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