2013 SABR Convention: SABR 43 in Philadelphia

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Couldn't make it to Philadelphia for SABR 43? Check out complete coverage of our 43rd annual convention in the City of Brotherly Love!

The Society for American Baseball Research held its 43rd annual convention on July 31-August 4, 2013, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, just blocks from City Hall, Independence Hall, the Reading Terminal Market and many other Philadelphia landmarks.

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The featured speakers at SABR 43 included David Montgomery, General Partner, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Phillies; and Larry Bowa, a player, manager, coach and analyst in baseball for more than 40 years.

Film producer Aviva Kempner also hosted an exclusive screening of film extras from her award-winning documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg.

In addition, we had several exciting panel discussions, including:

  • an innovative Statistical Analysis Panel with SABR President Vince Gennaro, Bill Petti of FanGraphs, sabermetrics pioneer Dick Cramer and fantasy baseball expert Steve Mann — and special guest moderator Brian Kenny
  • a Women in Baseball Panel with Phillies executive Susan Ingersoll Papaneri, U.S. National Women's Baseball Team members Robin Wallace and Kristin Mills Caldwell, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League alumnus Sarah Ferguson and pro umpire Perry Barber
  • the colorful “Imagining Baseball” Panel with MLB Official Historian John Thorn, authors Steve Wulf and Eric Rolfe Greenberg, and memorabilia collector Dr. Mark Cooper 
  • a Media Panel with Jayson Stark of ESPN, 2013 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Paul Hagen, Alan Schwarz of the New York Times, longtime Philadelphia sportswriter Donald Hunt and ESPN Deportes' Leonte Landino 
  • a Philadelphia Baseball History Panel with award-winning authors Norman Macht, Jerry Casway, Richard Hershberger, Rich Westcott and David Jordan 
  • a Player Panel with former Phillies greats Brad Lidge, Gary "Sarge" Matthews and Dickie Noles, moderated by longtime Philadelphia PA announcer Dan Baker.
  • a panel commemorating the 50th anniversary of Eight Men Out with Patricia Anderson (the niece and surrogate daughter of Buck Weaver), Dr. David Fletcher, Bill Lamb and Jacob Pomrenke

There were 32 groundbreaking presentations of baseball research — including a study of integration in independent baseball decades before Jackie Robinson's debut; untold stories of Bill Veeck's promotional genius; the exciting possibilities of motion-capture technology in baseball analytics; using Big Data to examine pitcher vs. batter performance; and the Great Rube Waddell Straw Hat Mystery of 1905.

We also had a special tour of historic Philadelphia ballpark sites, a vintage 1860s-style base ball game, and a special video presentation by ESPN's Steve Wulf on Phillies great Johnny Callison. The Awards Luncheon on Friday included keynote speaker Larry Bowa, Kevin Kane's "Breaking the Line with the Mudville Nine," and the presentation of SABR's highest honor, the Bob Davids Award. As always, there was the highly competitive and entertaining SABR Trivia Contest finals on Saturday night.


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