2018 SABR convention: SABR 48 in Pittsburgh

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Couldn't make it to Pittsburgh for SABR 48? Check out more coverage of our 2018 national convention from the Steel City below.

The Society for American Baseball Research held its 48th annual national convention on June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh hotel. 

Check out stories, photos, and multimedia clips from the SABR 48 convention in Pittsburgh below:

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SABR 48 featured speakers

Our convention in Pittsburgh included top guest speakers from around the baseball world. Click here to learn more about our featured speakers or to listen to highlights from any session at SABR 48.

A Day at the Ballpark: PNC Park 

Attendees at the SABR 48 convention in Pittsburgh had a special opportunity to visit PNC Park for an exclusive pregame ballpark session with Pittsburgh Pirates executives, broadcasters, and manager on Friday, June 22. Before the Pirates' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, special SABR 48 presentations took place at PNC Park with:

  • Neal Huntington, Pittsburgh Pirates general manager
  • Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates manager
  • Joe Block, Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster
  • Dan Fox, Pittsburgh Pirates Director of Baseball Informatics
  • Thomas E. Kennedy, former project executive for the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

Click on a link below to listen to highlights from other featured panels at SABR 48:

Opening Remarks: Frank Coonelly

  • Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly delivered the opening remarks at SABR 48 on Thursday, June 21.

The Great One: The Life and Legacy of Roberto Clemente

  • Duane Rieder, Executive Director and Curator of the Roberto Clemente Museum
  • Danny Torres, LatinoSports.com and LaVidaBaseball.com writer
  • Moderator: Adrian Burgos Jr., Editor-in-Chief of La Vida Baseball and author of Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line

Wendell Smith of the Pittsburgh Courier: His Life and Legacy

  • Larry Lester, chair of SABR's Negro Leagues Research Committee and author of nine books on baseball history 
  • Pamela E. Walck, media professor at Duquesne University and author of an upcoming book on the Pittsburgh Courier
  • David K. Wiggins, professor at George Mason University and author of the upcoming book, More than a Game: A History of the African American Experience in Sport
  • Moderator: Chris Lamb, professor of journalism at Indiana University-Indianapolis and author of Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Campaign to End Segregated Baseball

Media Panel

  • Steve Blass, Pittsburgh Pirates color commentator and former major-league pitcher
  • Joe Block, Pittsburgh Pirates play-by-play announcer
  • Greg Brown, Pittsburgh Pirates play-by-play announcer
  • Lanny Frattare, the longest-tenured broadcaster in Pittsburgh Pirates history
  • Moderator: Curt Smith, author and baseball broadcasting historian

Pirates Player Panel

  • John Candelaria and Grant Jackson, former Pirates pitchers and 1979 World Series champions 
  • Moderator: Joe Block, Pirates broadcaster

Branch Rickey: The Pittsburgh Pirates Years

  • Frank Thomas, All-Star outfielder who played for the Pirates from 1951-58
  • Jeffrey Flannery, who oversees the "Branch Rickey Papers" at the Library of Congress
  • Jack Bowen, son of legendary Pirates scout Rex Bowen
  • Moderator: Lee Lowenfish, author of Branch Rickey: The Ferocious Gentleman


Get your copy of The National Pastime convention journal

All SABR 48 attendees received a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime: Steel City Stories, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players, and events in the Pittsburgh area. All SABR members, whether they attended the convention or not, received a complimentary copy of the e-book edition of The National Pastime.

Click here to download the e-book edition at SABR.org or click here to purchase the print edition at Amazon.com.

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


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