SABR 43: Information

SABR 43 is July 31-August 4, 2013, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, just blocks from City Hall, Independence Hall and many other Philadelphia landmarks. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

Complete schedule and details can be found online at Please consult the "pocket schedule" that will be available in your registration packet for the most up-to-date schedule at SABR 43.

The featured speakers at SABR 43 include Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball's Executive Vice President of Economics and League Affairs; and David Montgomery, General Partner, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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

In addition, we'll have 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
  • 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 that includes former Phillies greats Gary "Sarge" Matthews and Dickie Noles, moderated by longtime Philadelphia PA announcer Dan Baker.

There will be 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'll also have a special tour of historic Philadelphia ballpark sites, a vintage 1860s-style base ball game (near Pat's and Geno's!), and a special video presenation by ESPN's Steve Wulf on Phillies great Johnny Callison. The Awards Luncheon on Friday will include keynote speaker Rob Manfred, 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’s the highly competitive and entertaining SABR Trivia Contest finals on Saturday night.