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The Society for American Baseball Research held its 49th annual national convention on June 26-30, 2019, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego. Check out stories, photos, and multimedia clips from the SABR 49 convention in San Diego below.
The annual SABR convention, which is open to all baseball fans, includes top featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, journalists, historians, and analysts — innovative panel discussions, groundbreaking research presentations, ballgames, the SABR Trivia Contest, the Awards Luncheon, and most of all, the opportunity to make and renew baseball friendships over the course of this exciting and memorable event.
- Bill Lamb selected as the winner of the 2019 Bob Davids Award
- Listen to Padres legend Steve Garvey’s oral history interview with John McMurray (audio)
- Listen to the 1984 San Diego Padres panel with Kurt Bevacqua, Ballard Smith, Ron Rapoport, Bill Center, and Bob Chandler (audio)
- Listen to the Women in Baseball Panel with Janet Marie Smith, Ila Borders, Perry Barber, Justine Siegal, Kelsie Whitmore, Jewel Greenberg, and Jean Hastings Ardell (audio)
- Listen to the MLB Umpires Panel with Gerry Davis, Mike Port, and Fred Rodgers (audio)
- Listen to the Padres Player Panel with Randy Jones, Mark Sweeney, and Rob Neyer on SABRcast with Rob Neyer (audio)
- Listen to highlights from The Baseball Encyclopedia 50th Anniversary Panel with David Neft, David W. Smith, Sean Forman, and John Thorn (audio)
- Listen to San Diego Padres Assistant GM Josh Stein deliver the opening remarks at SABR 49 (audio)
- Listen to MLB executive Del Matthews’s talk on increasing diversity and participation in youth baseball (audio)
- Listen to the Early California Baseball History Panel with Bill Swank, Carlos Bauer, and Angus Macfarlane (audio)
- Listen to highlights from all 32 research presentations delivered at SABR 49 (audio)
- Listen to special guest speakers at the SABR 49 committee meetings, including our Black Sox Scandal Panel, Rob Fitts, Roberta J. Newman, Norman Macht, and more (audio)
- Mark Pankin, Zachary Rewolinski win SABR 49 presentation awards
- Bill Carle pulls off daily double, teams with Jamie Selko to win Trivia Contest
- View photo galleries from each day of the SABR 49 convention
- Jim Creighton selected as Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2019
- Save the date! SABR 50 will be in Baltimore in 2020
- Jake Garegnani: SABR convention comes to San Diego (CBS-8)
- Jeff Sanders: Talking baseball with Padres assistant general manager Josh Stein (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Kirk Kenney: MLB umpire, former official concerned with technology replacing ‘human element’ (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- J.P. Hoornstra: Ready or not, here comes baseball’s first non-human defined strike zone (Orange County Register)
- Tom Hoffarth: The Baseball Encyclopedia landed with a thud 50 years ago (Los Angeles Times)
- Bill Shaikin: Many try, but few finish, the world’s toughest baseball quiz (Los Angeles Times)
Click on a link below for more information about SABR 49:
SABR 49 Welcoming Remarks
- Josh Stein, San Diego Padres Assistant General Manager
Oral History Q&A: Steve Garvey
- Steve Garvey, who hit arguably the most iconic home run in San Diego Padres history and was a fan favorite in the National League during his 19-season career
Padres Player Panel
- Randy Jones, 1976 National League Cy Young Award winner, charter member of Padres Hall of Fame, and owner of Randy Jones BBQ at Petco Park
- Mark Sweeney, who played 14 seasons in the major leagues as a outfielder, first baseman, and pinch-hitter extraordinaire from 1995 to 2008; now a TV analyst on Fox Sports San Diego
- Moderator: Rob Neyer, award-winning author and host of the weekly baseball podcast, SABRcast with Rob Neyer
1984 San Diego Padres Panel
- Kurt Bevacqua, San Diego Padres infielder and 1984 World Series hero
- Ron Rapoport, sports columnist and author
- Ballard Smith, President of the San Diego Padres from 1979 to 1987
- Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune sports columnist
- Moderator: Bob Chandler, San Diego Padres broadcaster, 1970-2003
MLB Umpires Panel
- Gerry Davis, MLB umpire since 1984, crew chief for three World Series, who has called more postseason games than any umpire in baseball history
- Mike Port, Major League Baseball’s Vice President of Umpiring from 2005 to 2011
- Moderator: Fred Rodgers, SABR Ted Williams Chapter
The Baseball Encyclopedia 50th Anniversary Panel
- Sean Forman, founder of Baseball-Reference.com and president of Sports Reference, LLC
- David S. Neft, the driving force behind The Baseball Encyclopedia in 1969
- David W. Smith, president and founder of Retrosheet.org
- Moderator: John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s Official Historian
Women in Baseball Panel
- Ila Borders, who broke barriers and became a role model to millions in 1997 when she became the first woman to pitch in baseball’s minor leagues with the Northern League’s St. Paul Saints
- Perry Barber, professional baseball umpire for more than 30 years and 2018 recipient of SABR’s Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
- Jewel Greenberg, producer of Girls of Summer: Big Diamond Dreams, a documentary film about the girls and women who play baseball throughout the world
- Justine Siegal, founder of Baseball For All and the first female coach in Major League Baseball
- Janet Marie Smith, Senior Vice President of Planning and Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who oversaw construction and renovations to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Fenway Park, Turner Field, and Dodger Stadium
- Kelsie Whitmore, US National Women’s Baseball Team player and pitcher/outfielder with the Sonoma Stompers from 2016-18
- Moderator: Jean Ardell, author of Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime and co-author with Ila Borders of Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey
Increasing Diversity in Youth Participation
- Del Matthews, Vice President of Baseball Development at Major League Baseball
Early California Baseball History Panel
- Carlos Bauer, a prolific baseball historian whose specialities include early California baseball and the minor leagues
- Angus Macfarlane, a San Francisco-based “baseball treasure hunter” who focuses on baseball’s pre-history in the Bay Area
- Moderator: Bill Swank, author of numerous books and articles on San Diego baseball history
Special film screening of Moe Berg documentary
The film was screened on the evening of Thursday, June 27 at the San Diego Central Library. The event was open to all SABR convention attendees. Click here to learn more.
Before the film screening, convention attendees visited the library’s Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center, home of the SABR Collection, housed on the 8th floor there. Members of the local SABR Ted Williams Chapter were on hand to meet, greet, and guide visitors around the BRC and its featured highlights.
In this first ever feature-length documentary about the enigmatic Berg, Kempner focuses her camera on a little-known Jewish hero. Learn more about the film or to view a trailer, visit spybehindhomeplate.org.
Get your copy of The National Pastime convention journal
All SABR 49 attendees received a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players, and events in the San Diego and Mexicali area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer.
New SABR book commemorates the Padres’ 50th anniversary
Take in some memorable moments from the Old Mission with our newest book from the SABR Digital Library.
San Diego Padres: The First Half Century captures some of the great players to wear a Padres uniform and takes baseball fans through some of the more memorable dates in Padres history — not just dates that we always read about but the ones that truly tell the story of the franchise. If you’re a longtime Padres fan or baseball fan, you’ll enjoy the wonderful stories put together by SABR on the first 50 years of the Padres franchise. Includes a foreword by Padres Hall of Famer Randy Jones and an afterword by Major Garrett of CBS News.
SABR members can download all of our e-books for free and get a 50% discount off the paperback editions. Click here to get your copy of San Diego Padres: The First Half Century.
Win cool prizes in the SABR 49 Raffle
Attendees at this summer’s SABR 49 convention in San Diego had a chance to enter the SABR 49 Raffle for a chance to win a 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle card and other cool prizes.
Other raffle items include a 1953 Topps Yogi Berra card, vintage Hall of Fame inductee postcards, Negro Leagues Centennial Team Bobbleheads, a Ty Cobb commemorative plate, vintage team mini-pennants, and much more. Raffle winners were announced on Saturday, June 29 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.
Raffle tickets were $20 each or six for $100, and could be purchased at the Friends of SABR table near the SABR registration area at the Grand Hyatt during the convention.