Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 4, 2023, when we will hold our annual SABR Day celebration! SABR Day is a way for all baseball fans to come together, regardless of where they live, and talk about the game we all love.
Regional chapters are also encouraged to plan their own SABR Day events (virtually or in person, where it’s safe to do so) throughout the months of January or February to celebrate the start of a new baseball season.
- Please note: Some chapters have scheduled SABR Day events for dates before or after Saturday, February 4. Please check the SABR Events Calendar for complete details on all upcoming events.
Click on a link below to find more details on all 2023 SABR Day meetings:
Atlanta, GA (Magnolia Chapter)
The SABR Day Memorabilia Road Show is coming soon — and we need you!
When: SABR Day, February 4, 2023, 1pm to 4pm
Where: Reid H. Cofer Public Library, 5234 Lavista Rd, Tucker, GA 30084
The Magnolia Chapter will hold its very own “antiques road show” on SABR Day, February 4, with appraisals by Tony Cocchi. Tony is a noted baseball appraiser in Atlanta and has made appearances on the Discovery Channel’s show “Auction Kings.”
Here’s your chance to show-off your favorite baseball treasures. Got a Bowman card you think is rare? Wonder what that Yankee autograph is worth? Have a bobblehead from way back? On SABR Day, you may find out what your treasures are actually worth.
Chapter members may bring 1 to 3 memorabilia items to the road show on February 4. HOWEVER, for Tony to appraise an item, you will need to send me pictures of the items BEFORE THE EVENT. Please email pictures of your 1 to 3 items to Craig Brown NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JANUARY 23. Sending a picture is the only way for an item to be selected for appraisal at the event.
Please include the approximate original date of the item, when you acquired the item, and any interesting provenance. If the item has an important backside, please send a pic of that, too. Before the event Tony will review the photos and select the TOP 15 items in value. At the event, members will “show-and-tell” the items they bring, however the 15 items that Tony selects will be the centerpiece of discussion at the event.
Please don’t bring anything too large in size to the event. Items should be easy to carry and attendees are encouraged to bring their 1 to 3 selections in a tote bag. You will be responsible for taking care of your own items at the event.
Remember to send pictures to me NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JANUARY 23. Sending a picture is the only way for an item to be selected for appraisal at the event on Saturday, February 4. We will also meet for an optional lunch before the event. Details to come.
Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
The Rogers Hornsby Chapter in Central Texas will celebrate SABR Day at 1:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, February 11, 2023, with a virtual Zoom meeting. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
We’ll have longtime Astros broadcaster Bill Brown on Zoom. At Astros FanFest, Brownie – along with Bill Doran – were named as the Class of 2023 for the Houston Astros Hall of Fame. It’s just the latest accolade in his career, as he’s already a member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame and the Houston Media Wall at Minute Maid Park. In addition, he was named the Texas Sportscaster of the Year in 2013 by the National Sport Media Association in North Carolina. In addition, Brownie has long been a good friend to the Hornsby Chapter, many of whom remember his visits in past winter meetings and on Zoom meetings.
Please join us! To join the meeting on Zoom, please register at this link:
Baltimore, MD (Babe Ruth Chapter)
When: Monday, February 20, 2023; 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
members and guests) and includes lunch and drinks. Beer will be on tap for those interested in
purchasing and sampling such ballpark fare as Old Oriole Park Bohemian at this iconic
Adrienne Roberson and Jason Lee: The Baltimore Orioles PA announcer and an official MLB scorekeeper will be talking about their experiences in the press box before and during the game.
Tony Dahbura: Member of the Computer Science faculty at Johns Hopkins University in
Baltimore and a former part-owner of the Hagerstown Suns.
Ryan Ripken: A former minor leaguer in the Nationals and Orioles systems and only son of Hall
of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.
Baltimore Oriole speaker TBA: The Orioles’ Director of Oriole Alumni, Bill Stetka, has assured us that the speaker he has arranged will be interesting to all.
Additional Presenters: Speakers have approached the chapter leaders for the opportunity to speak at our annual meeting. Names and presentations will be available soon.
Lunch: Lunch is covered by your registration and will be sandwiches, salad and soup provided
by Panera Bread. A wide variety of drink will also be provided and—if you are so inclined—a
tempting array of beers can be purchased directly there at the brewery. We will have baseball books and memorabilia for the benefit of our annual raffle.
Winning raffle ticket numbers will be posted during the meeting. Holders of the first numbers
called will have the first choice to claim items in the order of ticket numbers drawn. Tickets are
$1 apiece (10 for $5), proceeds going to the chapter. If you have items to donate, please bring
them. Cash or check acceptable payment that day.
Election: In addition to the program, this gathering is our official annual business meeting and election of officers to be held at the outset. Election will be by voice vote of members present.
For questions, please contact Peter Coolbaugh.
Boston, MA (Boston Chapter)
SABR Day events are filling the calendar, and the Boston Chapter will meet on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. at the Bleacher Bar on Landsdowne Street in Boston. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
Nestled neatly and hospitably under the Green Monster, the Bleacher Bar has been a frequent location for casual and impromptu Chapter gatherings. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the long-range weather prediction is for a sunny and cold day, so we will hope the farmer is correct this time.
We look forward to debating the latest concerns about the Red Sox, so bring along your solutions (and do not speak of curses!) and we’ll likely conjure up a free-for-all debate! See you there!
For questions or information, contact Joanne Hulbert.
Chicago, IL/Milwaukee WI (Emil Rothe/Ken Keltner Chapters)
SABR’s Chicago and Milwaukee chapters will hold a joint SABR Day meeting at 11:00 a.m. CST on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at the Brat Stop, 12304 75th Street in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This meeting will be a hybrid format of in-person and virtual.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
Vinny Rottino, the ninth Wisconsin-born Milwaukee Brewer will join us. In addition to the Brewers, he played for the Marlins, Mets and Indians and was the starting catcher for the Italian National Team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. For the past two years, he’s been doing Brewers pre- and post-games, and 10 games last year with color analysis. Vinny has a great deal to share with us. John Gehring will have his sketches of Rottino.
Gary Livacari will have a presentation on the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library. Jones was a photographer for the Boston Herald-Traveler from 1917 to 1956 taking pictures documenting aviation, crime, sports, Boston scenes, fires, maritime subjects, celebrities, and other newsworthy events. The library has approximately 40,000 negatives along with thousands of photographic prints from Jones’s personal collection. Livacari, who was one of the editors of a SABR project helping identify nearly 3,000 baseball photos from the collection, will discuss those pictures.
Lee Kluck will have a presentation on “The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang: Winning Baseball and the Changing Clubhouse of the 1989-1991 Milwaukee Brewers.”
Scott Lindholm will also discuss his work identifying the Best Negro League players.
Exchange Table – If you have book or memorabilia that you would like to divest yourself of, or are looking for something new, we will again have the exchange table.
Photo Booth – David Malamut will have a photo booth set up. Stop by to take photos with your fellow members and friends. Have a favorite jersey, baseball cap, glove or bat? Bring it along for the photo shoot.
Cincinnati, OH (Hoyt-Allen Chapter)
The Hoyt-Allen Chapter in Cincinnati will be hosting a meeting on SABR Day, Saturday, February 4. The meeting will be held at Xavier University as in past years. We will also use Zoom for remote access. The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. noon. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
More details will be sent out soon. In addition to research presentations, we will have guests speaking about a grave marker project for Paul Derringer, a 3D modeling project of Crosley Field among others.
Looking forward to a great meeting!
— Rich Gibson
Cleveland, OH (Jack Graney Chapter)
The Jack Graney Chapter will hold its SABR Day meeting on Saturday, February 4, 2023, and will be an all-day affair at the Terrace Club restaurant of Progressive Field. All baseball fans are welcome to attend, but you must pre-register in advance so we can provide a headcount. See below for details.
Here is the SABR Day schedule:
- 9:00 am: Doors open
- 9:30 am: Welcome, introductions, SABR business
- 9:45 am: Steve Dittmore, “Jim Gilliam and the unlikely $3,000 play to save the 1965 World Series”
- 10:15 am: Zach Morton, Cleveland Guardians
“Guardians-A Look Back at 2022 and a Look Forward to 2023”
- 11:00 am: Break
- 11:15 am: Zack Meisel, The Athletic, “Talkin’ Guards 2023”
- 12:00 pm: Lunch (Terrace Club buffet)
- 1:30 pm: Update on Jack Graney Chapter projects
- 2:15 pm: Trivia Contest, by Rick Bradley
- 2:45 pm: Bill McMahon, “The National Girls Baseball League”
- 3:15 pm: Breakout discussions on Chapter projects
- 3:30 pm: Adjourn
We have an exciting list of speakers lined up, a great buffet lunch and plenty of time for Talkin’ Baseball. We think this will be a great way to get ready for the 2023 season.
Cost/Registration: $15 for SABR members and $20 for non members/guests. Since we must guarantee this reservation — including headcount for food purposes — on the Monday before our meeting, we will need to request payment in advance. If you plan on attending please contact our secretary/treasurer Vince Guerrieri for payment details. Checks should be made out to “SABR Jack Graney Chapter”.
Since we have to interface with Guardians’ security on admission for this event, please email Joe Shaw when you mail your check. Please be advised that if you do not sign up in advance and make a last-minute decision to attend, it is unlikely we will be able to get you through the building security and have food service availability.
Entrance/Parking: Attendees should enter through the Media Gate, which is located on Eagle Ave., next to the Left Field Gate. Parking is on your own.
For any questions, please contact Joe Shaw.
Columbus, OH (Hank Gowdy Chapter)
SABR Day – Feb 4
The Hank Gowdy Chapter in Columbus, Ohio, will be scheduling a SABR Day meeting on Saturday, February 4, at 9:30 am at the Trillium Meeting Room at Northwest Library located at 2280 Hard Road in Worthington, Ohio.
It will also be available as a Zoom meeting as well. Agenda and Zoom info will be coming later.
Welcome to the offseason. Spring Training is right around the corner!
For questions, please contact Blake Sherry.
Concord, NH (Northern New England Chapter)
SABR DAY is Saturday, February 4 for the Northern New England Chapter. We’ll host our very first in-person meeting at Buffalo Wild Wings, 8 Loudon Road in Concord, New Hampshire. We’ll be gathering at 12 p.m. noon. We’ll enjoy some wings (members are responsible for their checks), a great social hour and two great presentations from our own local authors. All baseball fans are invited! The more the merrier!
Our friend and chapter member Bob LeMoine has agreed to present his book, When The Babe Went Back To Boston. I know many of us were excited to hear about this book at our organizational meeting a few months ago, so this should be a great talk. His website is bob-lemoine.com.
Following that up, Clayton Trutor (chair of the Gardner-Waterman Chapter in Vermont) will also present his wonderful book about Atlanta sports, Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta—and How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports. Another talk you won’t want to miss. More here at nebraskapress.unl.
For questions, please contact Bruce McClure.
Cooperstown, NY (Cliff Kachline Chapter)
Cliff Kachline Chapter SABR Day meeting
Saturday, February 4, 2023
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Bullpen Theater – National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Guest speakers will include Tom Shieber, David Krutz, Erik Sherman and David Karpinski.
Tom Shieber, the Senior Curator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, will do a presentation on “What Jackie Robinson wore during his 1947 season with the Dodgers.”
David Krutz, an executive officer with the Little Falls Historical Society, will present on “Early Base Ball in Little Falls and the Central New York League.”
Erik Sherman, a baseball historian and the New York Times best-selling author of eight books on baseball, will be discussing his newest book, Two Sides of Glory: The 1986 Boston Red Sox In Their Own Words. He will also give a sneak-peek at his upcoming book Daybreak at Chavez Ravine: Fernandomania and the remaking of the Los Angeles Dodgers set to be released in the spring.
David Karpinski, the Executive Director of the Parkhurst Field Foundation, will give an update on the Parkhurst Field Renovation Project and unveil baseball relics from the original parks grandstands (1906) discovered during construction of the new park.
If you are on Facebook, please like & follow our groups page, SABR – Cliff Kachline Chapter – Cooperstown, for more details on this event and others in the chapter’s territory. If you have questions or are interested in presenting at a future chapter meeting, please contact Mike Hauser at email@example.com.
Dayton, OH (Dayton Chapter)
Celebrate SABR Day with the Dayton Chapter on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at the downtown Main Branch of the Dayton Metro Library Room 3-A in Dayton, Ohio. The meeting will run from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
Speakers will include Tom Nichols, the voice of the Dayton Dragons, and John Kiesewetter, author of Joe Nuxhall, The Old Lefthander and Me.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mark Miller.
Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
We are pleased to announce a special SABR Day meet-up for members and followers of SABR’s Rocky Mountain Chapter, scheduled for Sunday, February 5 beginning at 12:00 p.m. and ending around 2:00 pm Mountain time.
We will be privileged to be the guests at the FAST Performance facility, an athletic training facility owned and operated by former big leaguer and Colorado Rockie Jason Hirsh in downtown Denver, Colorado. Jason will provide us with a personal tour of his facility, as well as introduce us to the field of athletic performance training, including some of the advanced analytics used and provided to its members, specifically in the baseball world. We will observe and have access to see local position players and pitchers in workouts as they prepare for the upcoming season and see how analytics is incorporated into their daily evaluation and routine. In addition, Jason and his staff will teach you about the various analytics utilized in today’s game and available daily at FAST Performance
If you wish to know more about FAST Performance in advance of SABR Day, visit fastcolorado.com.
We will then conclude our SABR Day festivities with our traditional “Mass Game of Catch” (regardless of the weather). Don’t forget to bring your ball cap, ball, and glove for the game of catch after “Play Ball” is announced. Great photo opportunity too!
Jason’s FAST Performance facility is located at 4650 Leyden Street, Unit F, in downtown Denver. NOTE: You may park only in the parking spaces in front of Unit F.
Des Moines, IA (Field of Dreams Chapter)
The Field of Dreams Chapter in Iowa will hold its SABR Day meeting at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Confluence Brewing’s taproom, 1235 Thomas Beck Road in Des Moines.
Please contact Steve Elsberry if you plan on attending so that we can get a head count for free pizza. All baseball fans are welcome!
Detroit, MI (Southern Michigan Chapter)
On, Saturday, February 4, the Southern Michigan Chapter will hold its SABR Day 2023 meeting via Zoom from 1-3 p.m. EST.
Our featured speaker will be Cody Stavenhagen, ace Detroit Tigers beat writer for The Athletic. Stavenhagen will speak and take member questions from 1:15-2:00.
In the second hour, Gary Gillette will moderate a panel discussion about the recent changes to Comerica Park. Featured panelists will be Kevin Johnson, co-chair of SABR’s Ballparks Committee and principal at Seamheads.com, and Stuart Shea, Wrigley Field historian and ballparks expert.
The Zoom registration link for the Southern Michigan Chapter meeting on Feb 4, 2023, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). Click here to register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Additional details for the program will follow in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, please reserve the date. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Gary Gillette.
Houston, TX (Larry Dierker Chapter)
The Larry Dierker Chapter in Houston will hold an in-person luncheon for SABR Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 4 at Jax Grill (1613 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX). All baseball fans are welcome.
We will have a book exchange, memorabilia stories, conversation about upcoming Astros and MLB spring training and prizes to give out for the random trivia contests that will occur throughout the afternoon. Stay tuned for more details on guest speakers and presenters.
Kansas City, MO (Monarchs Chapter)
The Monarchs Chapter in Kansas City will hold a SABR Day meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at the Trailside Center, 99th and Holmes, Kansas City, MO. It is a quarter-mile north of I-435 on Holmes. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
We have one confirmed speaker at this time, Phil S. Dixon. Phil is a long-time SABR member, historian and co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. He is the author of many baseball books, the latest being John “Buck” O’Neil: The Rookie, His Words, His Voice.
In addition, we will have the usual trivia, discussion topics, and Hall of Fame arguments that accompany any SABR gathering.
If you have any news, questions, or upcoming announcements you would like to share with the entire chapter, please contact chapter president Roger Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Las Vegas, NV (Maddux Bros. Chapter)
On Saturday, February 4, 2023, we will again host our monthly meeting of the Maddux Brothers Chapter. This meeting coincides with a national celebration of SABR Day. We’ll get together to talk baseball, but it’s also a good opportunity for us to emphasize the R in SABR: Research. All baseball fans are welcome to join us!
The meeting will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on February 4 at Park Towers, located at One Hughes Center Drive (just next door to Lawry’s near the corner of Flamingo and Howard Hughes Parkway). Free parking is plentiful and available directly across the street from the entrance to Park Towers. Front desk staff will direct you to the Board Room, where our meeting and conversation will take place.
Here’s our general agenda:
1. 10:30am. – What is going on in the baseball world? …Informal conversation as we wait for everyone to arrive and settle down
2. 20 minute presentation by SABR member Rob Sheinkopf – “The Eddie Scissons Syndrome.” I can tell you, it’s going to be fascinating.
3. Baseball talk, and discussion of planning for 2023 SABR activities, future SABR member presentations or plans, and more.
4. Memorabilia – please bring an item to share with the group and/or a story to tell.
5. We plan a trivia quiz, with absolutely NO valuable prizes for the winner!
6. Adjourn, between 12:30 and 1pm. or whenever you’ve had enough.
For questions, please contact Michael Green.
Lexington, KY (Sweet Lou Johnson Chapter)
Hello Baseball Fans! Join us for the SABR Day meeting of the Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington Chapter. We will be meeting virtually on Zoom and all baseball fans are invited to attend.
WHEN: 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 4, 2023
DISCUSSION: Let’s talk about the off-season moves and our favorite ever baseball player.
BASEBALL TRIVIA: All baseball fans are invited to write up to FOUR baseball trivia questions for our trivia game. Members should email these questions/answers to Cindy at email@example.com
WHERE: We’ll be meeting via Zoom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
Little Rock, AR (Robinson-Kell Chapter)
The Robinson-Kell SABR chapter will meet on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at First Southern Baptist Church in Bryant, Arkansas, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Drinks and snacks will be provided. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
The guest speaker will be Marty Sullivan who will bringing a large collection of his signed 1933 Goudey baseball cards and talk about how he came to collect them. Included in the collection are many HOFers, including Rogers Hornsby, Mel Ott, Leo Durocher, etc. He also has a book that just came out about the collection. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
If you would like to give a research presentation, email Madison McEntire.
Louisville, KY (Pee Wee Reese Chapter)
The Pee Wee Reese Chapter will hold its SABR Day event on Saturday, January 28, 2023, starting (officially) at 9 am and running until noon. The Louisville Slugger Museum (800 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202) once again is graciously offering its second floor event space for the meeting (special thanks to our friend Bailey Mazik).
All baseball fans are welcome; the meeting is not limited to SABR members, so feel free to bring friends and relatives. We’ll have coffee, OJ and some light snacks. Hope everyone can attend. There is no admission charge and no arm-twisting. These meetings are very relaxed and great way to gear up for the season!
Our keynote speaker is author and professor Doug Feldmann, a professor in the College of Education at Northern Kentucky University and a former scout for the Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, and San Diego Padres. Dr. Feldmann has written extensively on baseball history and the sport’s sociological impact on urban and small-town America. A multiple-time nominee for the Casey Award and the Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research, Dr. Feldmann is married and lives in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.
We’ll also hear from:
Nick Curran, the Louisville Bats’ excellent and longtime radio announcer, who will give us a preview of the upcoming Bats season, talk about the announcing profession and allow plenty of time for Q & A.
We don’t have Dodger catcher Will Smith, but we have the next best, Will’s dad, Mark Smith. Here’s a nice article that discusses Will’s love for Louisville and the inspiration and influence handed down from father to son.
Our Western Kentucky member-author Kelly Park will join us to discuss Volume 2 of his excellent series, Just Like Me. Kelly will bring some copies for sale and signing.
Gary Cieradkowski will make a return visit to discuss his latest work and projects (Gary is helping out with our chapter newsletter). https://studiogaryc.com/
Chris Betsch will give a presentation about the integration of the Louisville Colonels, a story that is a little more involved than one might expect.
Bailey Mazik of the Slugger Museum will join us to talk briefly about what’s planned for the upcoming year.
Trivia contest. While we’re not sure Jack Sullivan will be able to attend, I am sure he’ll be more than happy to torture us remotely with a trivia contest.
–Finally, Tad Myre will discuss projects, trips, meetings and speakers for the upcoming year.
Middletown, CT (Smoky Joe Wood Chapter)
SABR’s Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter will meet for an informal lunch meeting at 12 noon on Saturday, February 4 — SABR Day. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
We’ll meet at the Athenian Diner on 864 Washington Street in Middletown, CT. We hope to see you then!
For questions, please contact Steve Krevisky.
Nashville, TN (Rice-Russell Chapter)
Saturday, February 4, 2023
Grantland Rice – Fred Russell (Nashville) Chapter Meeting
Held annually on the Saturday one week before the Super Bowl, it gives a chance for all baseball fans to come together on the same day regardless of where they live. Dozens of our regional chapters hold meetings on that day.
Location: TBD (Virtual or In-person)
More details to be posted soon. Please contact Skip Nipper for questions.
New Orleans, LA (Schott-Pelican Chapter)
SABR’s Louisiana Schott-Pelican Chapter will hold a SABR Day meeting on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 10:30 AM Central Time. All baseball fans are invited to attend.
This will be a joint in-person/virtual meeting. The in-person meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn New Orleans West Bank Tower, at 275 Whitney Avenue, Gretna, LA
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
For questions, please contact Richard Cuicchi.
Orlando, FL (Central Florida Chapter)
SABR Day is Saturday, February 4, 2023. Our Central Florida Chapter is coming off the highly praised and highly successful Kelly Field historical site project. Our chapter is choosing not to rest on its laurels.
Thanks to new member Michael Ortman of Clermont and his connections, we have planned a major league program for our SABR Day on February 4. We will meet in Orlando in the Pat Williams Leadership Library at the First Orlando Baptist Church, 3000 S. John Young Parkway. Doors will open at 9:30 AM, program to begin at 10:00. There will be no charge, but donations to the chapter are encouraged.
Hall of Famer Pat Williams himself will host and headline our fun and informative morning of baseball, books, and banter. Our SABR Day Celebration will also include presentations from authors and SABR members Rick Vaughn and Michael Ortman, both of whom appeared earlier this year on MLB Network and “The Pat Williams Show” on Orlando’s WDBO. We will even have a short trivia session just to encourage everyone’s participation.
We have placed a tentative hold on space at the nearby Bloodhound Brew Pub and Eatery for those who may wish to gather for lunch afterward. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, and everyone can order and pay for whatever they want.
Pat Williams is one of the world’s most prolific authors, readers, and motivational speakers. He recently donated his collection of more than 25,000 books (he’d read them all and wrote more than 100 of them!!!) to First Orlando to establish this one-of-a-kind library. Pat’s incredible journey from life as a minor league baseball player to Hall of Fame NBA executive and father of 19 children (14 adopted from four nations) has inspired millions and fills the pages of many of his books. In 2019, Pat kicked off an effort to bring Major League Baseball to Orlando. For more on Pat, click here.
Rick Vaughn is one of baseball’s most respected communications executives of the past 40 years and now run’s Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation. For some of his memories of working with the Orioles, including closing Memorial Stadium and opening Camden Yards, and launching the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays and his book 100 Years of Baseball on St. Petersburg’s Waterfront check out Rick’s recent interview on MLB Network.
Mike Ortman attended a home opener every season for 50 consecutive years (1970-2019). His book Opening Day: 50-for-50 is a collection of one fan’s baseball stories like no other. It became an Amazon No. 1 bestseller among baseball history books in April 2022. For more on his book, including his appearance on MLB Network, visit the book’s companion website www.OpeningDay5050.com.
There is no real limit on the number of people we can accommodate. The church is prepared to move us to a different room if our response is overwhelming. Let’s strongly encourage our chapter members to not only bring guests (including wives, girlfriends, and significant others), but to recruit new members. The Kelly Field project got us started this year, let’s keep the ball rolling.
We will need to provide the church with a head count the week prior to the event. So please contact Pam Bard at email@example.com to register.
Philadelphia, PA (Connie Mack-Dick Allen Chapter)
* We will also have a hybrid option for those who do not wish to or cannot attend in person. Details on that will be sent at a later date.
SABR MACK-ALLEN CHAPTER SABR DAY MEETING
February 4, 2023
Temple University Center City
1515 Market Street, Room TBD
[NOTE: A PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED TO GET INTO THE BUILDING]
Registration: 8AM–8:45 AM
Lunch: 12:00PM –12:30 PM
Below is the expected lineup, in no particular order:
- Ed Morton – A biography of early Phillies co-owner John I. Rogers
- Bob Warrington – “The Athletics-Phillies City Series: A Postscript”
- Brian Engelhardt – “Eddie Day: The Black Delahanty” “…But For The Color Rule…”
- Mark Kanter – “Mark Kanter’s Trip to the DR and Impromptu Meeting with Cristopher Sanchez”
- Tom Silknitter – A presentation on his time covering the Phillies as a freelance photographer
- Brian Michael – Will speak to us about an upcoming Philadelphia Negro Leagues art installation
- Phil Dixon (via Zoom) – Will speak to us about the work being done at Hinchcliffe Stadium (NJ)
- Frank Klose – TBD
Meeting Charge: $35.00 per SABR member or member’s guest. $40.00 for non-members.
[Meeting Reservations: Make $35.00 check or money order payable to SABR, Connie Mack-Dick Allen and send to Seamus Kearney, 2201 Pennsylvania Ave. Apt 501. Philadelphia, PA 19130.]
Receipt deadline is February 1 but PLEASE, help us meet our advance guarantees and payment deadline by reserving SOONER!
You can also PAY AT DOOR.
For questions, please contact Matt Albertson.
Phoenix, AZ (Hemond-Delhi Chapter)
The Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter will hold a SABR Day meeting on Saturday, February 4, 2023. It’ll be our first live gathering since 2019 before the pandemic hit.
We’ll be back over at the Eagles Buffet at Casino Arizona, 524 N. 92nd St. in Scottsdale right off the 101 freeway.
We’ll line up at noon, purchase the all-you-can-eat brunch for $18 each, and we will have the back room reserved. More details on speakers and presenters soon.
For questions, please contact Barry Bloom.
Rochester, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
Join us on Saturday, January 28, 2023, for the Rochester Baseball Historical Society and Luke Easter SABR Chapter’s 10th Annual Hot Stove Dinner featuring special guest Josh Whetzel!
Josh is the longest tenured Rochester Red Wings play-by-play broadcaster in history, serving in the role since 2003 after stints with the Albany Polecats, Kinston Indians, and Binghamton Mets. He is recipient of the 2015 Minor League Broadcaster of Year award from BallparkDigest.com, and spends his offseason as radio broadcaster for the University of Buffalo men’s basketball team. We hope you can join us as Josh shares his stories from the booth.
Tickets will be limited and are available now for $45 per person. Please mail payment to:
Rochester Baseball Historical Society
1600 Stone Road
Rochester, NY 14615
If you prefer electronic payment through Venmo or Paypal, contact me directly.
Hope to see you there! Please share with anyone you think may be interested in this event.
Yours in baseball –
— Ryan Brecker
St. Louis, MO (Bob Broeg Chapter)
The Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter will hold its SABR Day event on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at Mike Duffy’s, 124 W. Jefferson Ave. in Kirkwood, MO. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will begin at noon. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
Our guest speakers are Cardinals broadcaster and former player Ricky Horton and Hall of Fame sports writer Rick Hummel.
The cost is $40 for SABR members, $45 for non- members and $50 after January 23. Please RSVP in advance to Clem Hamilton for details; checks and Venmo payment accepted.
For more information, contact Allison Levin.
San Diego, CA (Ted Williams Chapter)
SABR’s San Diego Ted Williams Chapter will be holding an in-person SABR Day meeting from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. PST on Saturday, January 28, 2023. We will meet in the first-floor conference room at the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. in downtown San Diego.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Our guest speakers will include:
– Mike Koser, host of the “Lost Ballparks” podcast, will present highlights from his most interesting interviews.
– Mel Proctor, veteran sports broadcaster and author of several books, including his latest, I Love the Work, But I Hate the Business, will cover special moments he witnessed over his 40 years in the booth.
– Andy McCue, former SABR president and author of several books, including his latest, Stumbling Around the Bases, will discuss the various impacts over time that resulted from a string of bad decisions made by American League owners.
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Mel and Andy will host a book signing at the conclusion of the meeting and will have their books available for purchase.
There is no admission charge, and non-members (of SABR) are welcome.
San Francisco/Sacramento, CA (Lefty O’Doul/Dusty Baker Chapters)
The Dusty Baker and Lefty O’Doul SABR Chapters invite you to celebrate SABR Day on Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 10 am to 12 noon PST on Zoom. Please contact Zak Ford for the Zoom link. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
We are delighted to kick off the new year with presentations from documentary film producer Jon Leonoudakis and Japanese baseball historian and author Rob Fitts.
Jon will talk about the recent documentary, Ball Four Turns Forty, which is available to view on Vimeo. Hard to believe it is forty years since Jim Bouton wrote that book! Jon will also bring us up to date on projects he is working on now. Jon has produced a wide range of baseball films and it is always great to catch up with him on what he’s doing.
Rob will chat with us about his newest book Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, Volume 1, 1907 – 1958. Over 100 baseball teams from the United States and Hawaii have crossed the Pacific to play baseball in Japan. Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan is the first book written in English that focuses on these international tours.
Please plan to join us for an interesting morning of baseball conversation!
Stillwater, OK (Oklahoma Chapter)
Tallahassee, FL (Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter)
Saturday, February 4
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Discussion of results of 2023 BBWAA Ballot for election to BBHOF
- Review of FAMU 2023 Baseball Schedule and selection of game(s) to attend by Chapter members/as a group
- Brief discussion of SABR 51 dates and possibility of members attending
- Ed Creech presentation/discussion/Q&A – In-person
- Perry Barber presentation/discussion/Q&A – via Zoom
- Annual trivia contest
Toronto, ON (Hanlan’s Point Chapter)
The Hanlan’s Point Chapter is pleased to announce Rob Thomson, Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, will be our featured speaker for our 2023 SABR Day meeting. Rob was the first Canadian to manage in the modern World Series that began in 1903. (However, we would be remiss to not recognize the first Canadian to manage in a World Series. That honor belongs to William Watkins when his Detroit Wolverines defeated the St. Louis Browns in the 1887 World Series.)
Please note the special meeting time of Thursday, January 26 at 8 p.m. EST via Zoom.
Barry Naymark will provide the Zoom meeting link to registrants of Eventbrite 72 hours prior and a final reminder at 12:00 pm on the day of the event! All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
The full meeting agenda:
8:00 Chapter member Justin Mckinney speaking about his recently released book Baseball’s Union Association: The Short Strange Life of a 19th Century Major League.
8:30 Rob Thomson, Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer and Manager, Philadephia Phillies
9:15 Chapter enhancements to broaden member participation and types of programming offered.
Washington, DC (Bob Davids Chapter)
The Bob Davids SABR Chapter annual SABR Day meeting returns on Saturday, January 28, 2023, and this will be an in-person meeting for the first time in 3 years. The Chapter is pleased to have DC-area-based Consulting Services and Analytics firm Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) as our hosts.
This year’s meeting will take place in The Helix Center For Innovation, Booz Allen’s brand-new State-of-the-Art immersive visualization center, located in the heart of D. C. at McPherson Square. Our speaker lineup is shaping up and will include research presentations from chapter members and a Booz Allen-led panel discussion on how analytics are being used in baseball. The price of admission includes a box lunch and beverages, and the book raffle will also be back.
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023, from 9:30 AM to 3+ PM.
Site: The Helix Center For Innovation (Booz Allen Hamilton), 901 15th St, NW Washington DC 20005
Seating: Seating is limited to 75 guests in order to maximize the comfort of those attending in person. [We hope to make the presentations available via the Internet for those who aren’t able to attend in person and are working with The Helix staff to work out those details. We’ll send a separate announcement with those details if we determine that will be possible].
Transportation: The McPherson Square Metro station on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines is directly across the street from The Helix, and the Farragut North Station on the Red line is just a few blocks away. There is no parking at the building, but there are multiple parking garages nearby within walking distance.
Cost: $35 for all guests. Includes a box lunch from Subway with a sandwich, chips, and a cookie, water and assorted soft drinks, and morning and afternoon coffee service. To register for the meeting, please send payment via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org (please make Paypal payments as a friend and not as a business so that we don’t incur services charges). To pay by check, please contact Mark Pattison for details. You need to register by January 25, 2023 so we can give an attendee list to Booz Allen.
The Speakers List:
* Panel Discussion – Brian Hall (SABR AI committee chair and Adjunct Professor NYU ), Allison Levin (SABR AI committee chair/Bob Broeg Chapter President and Adj Associate Professor Sport Communication at Webster University), and Mike Carney (Nationals Executive Vice President, Business Operations) will discuss the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Baseball, from gameplay to team management and operations to fan experience and engagement
* Charlie Pavitt: What Baseball Fans Should Know about WAR
* Adam Korengold: Visualizing Rules Changes and Impacts on Games
* Brian Engelhardt: Eddie Day: “The Black Delahanty” “…But for the color rule…”
* David Raglin: The 2005 Washington Nationals
* AND, we hope to announce another Special Guest Speaker soon.
Book Raffle: Guests are limited to bringing a single box of baseball-related items and books for contribution to the Book Raffle. Please do not bring SABR publications, annuals, and media guides.
Vendors: Due to limited space, we cannot accommodate vendors this year.
Please bring a photo ID for check-in to the facility. Please note that Booz Allen Hamilton is a U.S. Government contractor and requires that Foreign Nationals be identified to them as part of their security compliance measures.
Questions? Please contact Peter Cottrell at email@example.com.
Williamsport, PA (Sebring-Stovey Chapter)
Williamsport SABR Chapter presents SABR Day 2023 at the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 11 a.m. The event is free and everyone is welcome for this special event and presentation.
Special Presentation by: Jack Houston, Lou Hunsinger, and Marc Pompeo:
– The formative years and baseball history of Black Baseball and The Negro Leagues
– Williamsport’s George Stovey place in late 19th century baseball history
– Major League Baseball welcomes Negro Leagues Statistics: 1920-1948
– The “classic” 1936 East-West All Star Game in Comiskey Park in Chicago
– Cooperstown – Hall of Fame – Negro League Players
– Williamsport “Bowman Field” – April 27, 1926: first professional game at Bowman Field:
Williamsport Grays and the Negro League Harrisburg Giants
SABR – Williamsport Chapter – “Jimmy Sebring – George Stovey Chapter” – February 4, 2023 meeting:
“National SABR Day – Meeting and Presentation”
James V. Brown Library – Lowry Room. Saturday morning at 11am
Everyone Welcome – see you on February 4, 2023