2017 SABR Convention: SABR 47 in New York City

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The Society for American Baseball Research held its 47th annual national convention on June 28-July 2, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt New York. A record attendance of 806 SABR members and friends joined us in New York City. 

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SABR 47 featured speakers

Our convention in New York City included top guest speakers from around the baseball world. Click here to learn more or to listen to highlights from SABR 47.

A Day at the Ballpark: Citi Field

Attendees at the SABR 47 convention in New York City had a special opportunity to visit Citi Field for an exclusive pregame ballpark session with New York Mets executives, coaches, and broadcasters on June 30, 2017. Before the Mets' game against the Philadelphia Phillies, special SABR 47 interview sessions took place at Citi Field with:

  • Sandy Alderson, New York Mets General Manager
  • Tom Goodwin, New York Mets first-base coach and former major-leaguer 
  • T.J. Barra, New York Mets' Manager of Baseball Research and Development
  • Joe Lefkowitz, Senior Manager, Baseball Systems & Development for the Mets
  • Pat Roessler, Assistant Hitting Coach for the Mets
  • Josh Lewin, New York Mets radio play-by-play announcer
  • Wayne Randazzo, New York Mets pregame and postgame show host
  • Steve Gelbs, New York Mets field reporter

The session was emceed by SABR CEO Marc Appleman, with interviews by Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com. Click here to listen to highlights from "A Day at the Ballpark" at Citi Field.

Click on a link below to listen to highlights from other featured panels at SABR 47:

The One on One: Jean Afterman and Claire Smith panel included:

  • Jean Afterman, New York Yankees Senior Vice President/Assistant GM
  • Claire Smith, acclaimed baseball writer and 2017 J.G. Taylor Spink Award recipient

The Jim Bouton: A Life in Baseball panel included:

  • Jim Bouton, author of Ball Four and former major-league pitcher
  • Paula Kurman, wife of Jim Bouton and a retired psychologist and professor
  • Mark Armour, author of Jim Bouton's SABR biography and founding director of the BioProject
  • Mitchell Nathanson, author of A People’s History of Baseball, God Almighty Hisself: The Life and Legacy of Dick Allen, and other books
  • Marty Appel, author of Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character and former New York Yankees PR director
  • Moderator: John Thorn, Official Historian for Major League Baseball

The A Celebration of 70 Years: Jackie Robinson's Journey panel included:

  • William C. Rhoden, columnist and editor-at-large for TheUndefeated.com and former award-winning columnist and author at the New York Times
  • Della Britton Baeza, President and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation
  • Lee Lowenfish, author of Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman
  • Moderator: Larry Lester is the chair of SABR's Negro Leagues Research Committee and one of the founders of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City

The It Ain't Over: The Legacy of Yogi Berra panel included:

  • Lindsay Berra, MLB.com correspondent and the granddaughter of Yogi and Carmen Berra 
  • Harvey Araton, best-selling author of Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry and Baseball’s Greatest Gift and a New York Times reporter and columnist 
  • George Vecsey, best-selling author of Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game and former New York Times reporter and columnist
  • Moderator: Dave Kaplan, former director of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center

The MLB Now: The Changing Face of Sabermetrics panel included:

  • Mark DeRosa, MLB Network studio analyst and a versatile former major-league player for 16 seasons
  • Joel Sherman, national baseball columnist for the New York Post who appears regularly on MLB Network
  • Mike Petriello, Stats Analyst for MLB Advanced Media and host of the Statcast Podcast
  • Vince Gennaro, SABR President
  • Moderator: Brian Kenny, host at MLB Network and the author of Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution

The Casey Stengel: A Man For All Seasons panel included:

  • Ira Berkow, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and retired columnist with the New York Times
  • Steve Jacobson, retired Newsday writer and author
  • Marty Appel, author of Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character
  • Moderator: Ed Randall, host of "Talking Baseball" on WFAN Radio and MLB Network Radio

In addition, the SABR 47 convention also included these special guests at our research committee meetings, which were open to all convention attendees. Click here to listen to highlights.

  • Keith Olbermann, a longtime SABR member, author, and award-winning sports and political commentator, spoke at the Baseball Cards Committee annual meeting at SABR 47   
  • David S. Neft, a Henry Chadwick Award recipient and the driving force behind Macmillan's The Baseball Encyclopedia, participated in a one-on-one interview with MLB Official Historian John Thorn at the Baseball Records Committee annual meeting at SABR 47
  • Peter C. Bjarkman, a Henry Chadwick Award recipient and expert on Cuban baseball history, and Cuban journalist Reynaldo Cruz spoke at the Latino Baseball Committee annual meeting at SABR 47
  • Glenn Stout, this year's Larry Ritter Book Award winner for The Selling of the Babe, accepted his award at the Deadball Era Committee annual meeting at SABR 47
  • Hal Richman, CEO and founder of Strat-O-Matic, spoke at the Games and Simulations Committee meeting at SABR 47
  • Alain Usereau, French-language play-by-play broadcaster for RDS network in Canada, was interviewed by Chuck Hildebrandt during the Baseball and the Media Committee annual meeting at SABR 47
  • Perry Barber, pioneering baseball umpire, author, and musician, spoke at the Women in Baseball Committee annual meeting along with Spink Award winner Claire Smith
  • Jim Robinson, three-time Negro Leagues All-Star and former Kansas City Monarchs captain, spoke at the Negro Leagues Committee meeting at SABR 47
  • Tom Villante, batboy for the 1944 and 1945 New York Yankees under manager Joe McCarthy, producer of Brooklyn Dodgers TV and radio broadcasts from 1950-57, and founding director of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, spoke at the Oral History Committee meeting at SABR 47
  • Keith Avallone of PLAAY.com Sports Simulation Board games spoke at the Games and Simulations Committee meeting at SABR 47


Get your copy of The National Pastime convention journal

All SABR 47 attendees received a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players, and events in the New York City area.

All SABR members, whether you attended the convention or not, received the e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes. Click here to download the e-book or click here to purchase the print edition at the SABR Bookstore.

The articles from this journal are now available to read online at SABR.org.







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