Couldn't make it to Chicago for SABR 45? Check out full coverage of our 45th annual convention in the Windy City!
The Society for American Baseball Research held its 45th annual convention on June 24-28, 2015, at the elegant Palmer House Hilton hotel.
Check out stories, photos, and multimedia clips from the SABR 45 convention in Chicago below:
- View highlights and photos from our special SABR 45 concert with The Baseball Project
- Listen to Phil Rogers deliver a tribute to Ernie Banks and Minnie Minoso at the SABR 45 Awards Luncheon (audio)
- Broadcasters Panel: Listen to highlights from our SABR 45 session with Cubs announcers Len Kasper, Ron Coomer, Jim Deshaies, and moderator Curt Smith (audio)
- White Sox Panel: Listen to highlights from our SABR 45 player panel with Ron Kittle, Carlos May, Mike Huff, and moderator Dan Migala (audio)
- Curveballs Panel: Listen to highlights from our SABR 45 pitching prodigies panel with Steve Trout, Joe Berton ("Sidd Finch"), and moderator Barry Bloom (audio)
- Women in Baseball Panel: Listen to highlights from our SABR 45 panel with Martha Jo Black, Christy Spisak, John Kovach, Caroline Phillips, and moderator Leslie Heaphy (audio)
- Negro Leagues Panel: Listen to highlights from our SABR 45 panel with Al Spearman, Ernie Westfield, and moderator Larry Lester (audio)
- Listen to audio highlights from SABR 45 committee meetings with Masanaori Murakami, Christina Kahrl, and Charles Alexander (audio)
- Dan Levitt selected as 2015 Bob Davids Award winner
- Photo galleries from each day at the SABR 45 convention in Chicago
- Chuck Hildebrandt, Brandon Grilc win 2015 presentation awards
- Listen to audio highlights from select SABR 45 research presentations (audio)
- Mark Kanter reaches milestone by winning 10th Trivia Contest; Rob Rafal takes individual title
- Tony Mullane selected as SABR Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2015
Around the Web
- Max Mannis: A pictorial recap of the SABR 45 Downtown Baseball Walking Tour (Sports Illustrated For Kids)
- Cecilia Tan: SABR's first rock concert! (Why I Like Baseball)
- Max Mannis: Chicago broadcasters talk Cubs baseball (Sports Illustrated For Kids)
- Cecilia Tan: A recap of SABR 45 Women in Baseball Panel (Why I Like Baseball)
- David Laurila: Snapshots from SABR 45 (FanGraphs)
- Barry Bloom: History mostly unkind for Chicago's baseball clubs (MLB.com)
- Cecilia Tan: Masanori Murakami speaks at SABR 45 (Why I Like Baseball)
- Jim Margalus: Notes from the SABR Conference in Chicago (South Side Sox)
- Adrian Burgos Jr.: SABR's Negro Leagues Committee has been historical game-changer (Sporting News)
- Barry Bloom: Sidd Finch hoax recalled at SABR convention (MLB.com)
- Steve Krah: The Baseball Project puts unique musical spin on the game (Elkhart Truth)
- Max Mannis: A fun end to the SABR 45 convention (Sports Illustrated For Kids)
- Matt Mitchell: A partial review of SABR 45 (Four Pitch Random Walk)
About SABR 45
The 45th annual SABR convention, which is open to all baseball fans, included top featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, writers, and analysts — plus these innovative panel discussions:
- Ernie Banks/Minnie Minoso Tribute: The SABR 45 Awards Banquet included a special tribute to Chicago baseball icons Ernie Banks and Minnie Minoso, presented by MLB.com national columnist Phil Rogers. Listen to audio highlights from this session.
- White Sox Players Panel: Panelists included two-time AL All-Star Carlos May; 1983 AL Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle; and former White Sox outfielder Mike Huff, along with moderator Dan Migala of Property Consulting Group. Listen to audio highlights from this panel.
- Curveballs: Pitching Prodigies, Real and Imagined: Panelists included two of the most colorful characters in baseball during the 1980s: Joe Berton, who played the role of Sidd Finch in Sports Illustrated's classic hoax "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch;" Steve Trout, a former MLB first-round draft pick who starred for the Cubs and White Sox in real life; and moderator Barry M. Bloom. Listen to audio highlights from this panel.
- Broadcasters Panel: Panelists included Cubs announcers Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies, and Ron Coomer, along with moderator Curt Smith, baseball broadcasting author and historian. Listen to audio highlights from this panel.
- Negro Leagues Panel: Panelists included former Negro Leagues pitchers Al Spearman and Ernie Westfield, along with moderator Larry Lester, SABR's Negro Leagues Committee co-chair. Listen to audio highlights from this panel.
- Women in Baseball Panel: Panelists included 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. Listen to audio highlights from this panel.
- ESPN presents "1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas": Panelists included Steve Wulf, a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine; John Thorn, the Official Historian of Major League Baseball; and Douglas Alden, the Myles Thomas project's creator, head writer, and executive producer, and a multiple Emmy Award-winning writer/producer/director. Click here for more details.
Read articles from our SABR 45 convention journal, The National Pastime
Since 2009, The National Pastime has served as SABR's convention-focused publication. Published annually, this research journal provides in-depth articles focused on the respective geographic region where the national convention is taking place in a given year.
The SABR 45 convention took place in Chicago, and we have dedicated the theme of The National Pastime to baseball in the Windy City. All SABR members receive a free expanded e-book copy of The National Pastime as part of their membership benefits, while attendees of the national convention also received a souvenir print edition in their goody bags.
Click here to read articles from the SABR 45 convention journal, The National Pastime: Baseball in Chicago, edited by Stuart Shea. Or download the expanded e-book edition in either Kindle or EPUB (iBooks/Nook) formats.
Download our free Chicago e-books on 1919 White Sox, 1929 Cubs
Add a Windy City baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library. Winning on the North Side: The 1929 Chicago Cubs, edited by Gregory H. Wolf, celebrates an offensive juggernaut that won the NL pennant under Hall of Fame manager Joe McCarthy. Click here to learn more or download the e-book. Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox, edited by Jacob Pomrenke, tells the full story of the most infamous team in baseball history, including new and crucial information on the Black Sox Scandal. 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.
For more information on SABR conferences throughout the year, visit SABR.org/events.
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- 2014 convention coverage: For complete coverage of SABR 44 in Houston, click here
- Convention history: For a multimedia look at every SABR convention since 1971, click here