Register now for the SABR Black Sox Scandal Centennial Symposium in Chicago

Register now to join us for the SABR Black Sox Scandal Centennial Symposium on September 27-29, 2019, in Chicago. The SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee will host this once-in-a-century event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1919 World Series.

The event — which is open to all baseball fans — will be highlighted by a research symposium on Saturday, September 28 at the Chicago History Museum. The museum is home to an extensive collection of Black Sox artifacts and documents, and we'll gather in the beautiful Morse Genius Chicago Room event space to discuss the continued relevance of the 1919 World Series and its aftermath. A book signing with SABR authors, including our own Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox, will follow.

Click here for details on our featured speakers and presenters. We're excited to welcome the following speakers:

  • Bruce S. Allardice, history professor at South Suburban College near Chicago, and author of numerous articles on the Black Sox Scandal 
  • Kevin P. Braig, a partner with the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, and a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law 
  • Dr. Susan Dellinger, author of Red Legs and Black Sox: Edd Roush and the Untold Story of the 1919 World Series and granddaughter of Hall of Famer Edd Roush  
  • Michael Haupert, Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and co-chair of SABR's Business of Baseball Committee 
  • Rick Huhn, associate editor of Scandal on the South Side and the author of three baseball books, including Eddie Collins: A Baseball Biography 
  • Bill Lamb, author of Black Sox in the Courtroom: The Grand Jury, Criminal Trial and Civil Litigation and the 2019 recipient of SABR's Bob Davids Award 
  • Daniel A. Nathan, Professor of American Studies at Skidmore College and author of Saying It’s So: A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal
  • David Pietrusza, author of Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series and other award-winning books
  • Jacob Pomrenke, SABR’s Director of Editorial Content, chair of the Black Sox Scandal Research Committee, and editor of Scandal on the South Side
  • Bill Savage, English professor at Northwestern University, instructor at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and baseball author/historian

Registration for the symposium only is $20 for SABR members, $25 for non-members. Walk-ups (cash only) are welcome on the day of the event. The All-Inclusive Package, our White Sox ticket block, and the Chicago baseball history walking tours are now sold out. Click here to register!

Following the symposium, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, we will also gather for a reception at the historic Nisei Lounge near Wrigley Field. The reception is included in your symposium registration.

The full schedule is available below. For questions or more information, please contact Jacob Pomrenke at

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SABR Black Sox Scandal Centennial Symposium
Schedule of Events

Friday, September 27

  • 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Chicago baseball history walking tour #1SOLD OUT! 
  • Meet at Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Branch, 400 S. State St. Limited to first 50 people who sign up.
  • 3:40-10:00 p.m.: White Sox vs. Tigers doubleheader, Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W. 35th St.
    Note: Because this game has been rescheduled from a single game at 7:05 p.m. to a traditional doubleheader beginning at 3:40 p.m., we will meet from 2:30-3:10 p.m. at "home plate" of Old Comiskey Park in the north parking lot. Our ticket block is in the Upper Box Reserved section (#534.) The second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the first game ends. If you ordered a ticket through our SABR block, your ticket(s) will be mailed out in early September. 

Saturday, September 28

  • 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Black Sox Scandal Centennial Symposium at Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street. Click here for more details on our featured speakers and presenters.

    • 9:00-9:10 a.m.: Welcome and introduction
    • 9:10-10:10 a.m.: Say It Ain’t So: The Legacy of the Black Sox Scandal. Panelists: Daniel Nathan, David Pietrusza, Bill Savage. Moderator: Jacob Pomrenke.
    • 10:20-10:45 a.m.: Michael Haupert: "How Cheap was Charles Comiskey? Salaries and the Black Sox"
    • 10:55-11:20 a.m.: Dr. Susan Dellinger: "The 1919 Cincinnati Reds, Synthetic Champions?"
    • 11:25-11:50 a.m.: Kevin P. Braig: "Sports Gambling From 1919 to 2019"
    • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Eight Myths Out: Shedding New Light on Baseball's Darkest Hour. Panelists: Bruce S. Allardice, Rick Huhn, Bill Lamb. Moderator: Jacob Pomrenke.
  • 1:00-4:30 p.m.: Book signings/museum visit afterward. (Museum admission is included in your registration.)
  • 8:00-10:00 p.m.: Evening reception (cash bar), Nisei Lounge, 3439 N. Sheffield Ave.

Sunday, September 29

Note: If you are traveling to Chicago for this event, click here for a list of recommended hotels in Downtown/Loop, Lincoln Park, and Wrigleyville.

This page was last updated September 13, 2019 at 12:49 pm MST.