SABR 50 convention in Baltimore

SABR 50 Daily Schedule
August 17-21, 2022
Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD

Here is the daily schedule for the SABR 50 convention in Baltimore. Click on a link below for more details about each session.

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Wednesday, August 17

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Executive Boardroom, 3rd Floor)
SABR Board Meeting

1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (Foyer, 2nd Floor)
Registration Desk Open
The registration desk will be open for attendees to get their materials. You can also exchange your chit for a Orioles game ticket and pick up your pre-ordered SABR 50 souvenir shirts and caps.

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (Pisces Ballroom, 15th Floor)
Research Committee Chairs Meeting
Leslie Heaphy, chair (lheaphy@kent.edu)

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Pisces Ballroom, 15th Floor)
Regional Chapter Leaders Meeting
Peter Cottrell, chair (pcottrell@sabr.org)

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (Pisces Ballroom, 15th Floor)
Ross Adell Welcome Reception, presented by Baseball-Reference.com
Ross Adell, a SABR member for almost 25 years before he died of cancer in 2006 at the tender age of 50, loved a good party. He enjoyed making new friends and introducing them to kindred baseball spirits. That’s what the SABR convention is all about. For those of you attending your first convention, we know it can be a bit daunting. But we want you to feel welcome and Ross would, too. So come join us at the Ross Adell Welcome Reception — everyone is welcome, not just first-timers. We’ll talk baseball and help show you how to get the most out of your SABR convention experience. Presented by Baseball-Reference.com.


Thursday, August 18

7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Foyer, 2nd Floor)
Registration Desk Open
The registration desk will be open for attendees to get their materials. You can also exchange your chit for an Orioles game ticket and pick up your pre-ordered SABR 50 souvenir shirts and caps.

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
Annual Business Meeting

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Maryland Suites, 2nd Floor)
Exhibitors Room Open
The Exhibitors Room will have books and other baseball items available for purchase all week.

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
Opening Remarks: Sig Mejdal
Sig Mejdal
, Baltimore Orioles’ Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Analytics, will be on hand to deliver the opening remarks at SABR 50.

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
Babe Ruth Panel
Award-winning authors Jane Leavy (The Big Fella) and Bill Jenkinson (The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs) along with Mike Gibbons, Director Emeritus and Historian for the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, will speak about the life and legacy of Babe Ruth, who was born in Baltimore in 1895, learned to play baseball at St. Marys Industrial School for Boys, and began his professional career at the age of 19 with the minor-league Baltimore Orioles in 1914.

11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (Lombard/Camden Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Baseball Landmarks
Mark Armour, visiting chair (markarmour04@gmail.com)

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Calvert/Pratt Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Spring Training
David Krell, chair (david@davidkrell.com)

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Charles Ballroom, 3rd floor)
Committee Meeting: Games and Simulations
Mark Wendling, visiting chair (mwendlingremote@shaw.ca)
Leslie Heaphy, visiting chair (lheaphy@kent.edu)

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (Calvert/Pratt Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Nineteenth Century
Peter Mancuso, chair (peterplus4@earthlink.net)
Bob Bailey, vice-chair (bobbailey@cox.net)

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (Charles Ballroom, 3rd floor)
How to Do Baseball Research: Bill Nowlin
SABR Director Bill Nowlin will be available at the How to Do Baseball Research table in the Charles Ballroom (3rd floor) to discuss research resources and answer questions on improving your research techniques.

1:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m. (Constellation A-F Ballroom)
SABR Awards Luncheon
Keynote speaker: Tim Kurkjian, winner of the BBWAA’s 2022 Career Excellence Award
Awards presented or announced at the luncheon include the SABR Baseball Research Awards, the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Awards, and the Henry Chadwick Awards. The Awards portion of the luncheon concludes with the awarding of the Bob Davids Award, SABR’s highest honor.

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Calvert/Pratt Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Black Sox Scandal
Jacob Pomrenke, chair (buckweaver@gmail.com)

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Lombard/Camden Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Baseball and the Arts
Joanne Hulbert, co-chair (jhulbert49@gmail.com)
Jay Hurd, co-chair (jayh0912@gmail.com)

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Charles Ballroom, 3rd floor)
How to Do Baseball Research: Cecilia Tan
SABR Publications Director Cecilia Tan will be available in the Charles Ballroom (3rd floor) to discuss how to publish research in the Baseball Research Journal or get involved in the SABR publications program.

3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Off-Site)
Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum open house
The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum will host an open house for SABR 50 attendees on Thursday afternoon. Show your SABR 50 registration badge at the admission desk to purchase tickets for $10, which is a 20% discount off regular adult admission.

4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Off-Site)
Historic Ballparks Bus Tour
Join us for a Historic Ballparks Bus Tour through Baltimore to see the former sites of six major-league stadiums, including walking on the field at old Memorial Stadium and a stop inside Peabody Heights Brewery, the site of old Oriole Park. Cost: $15 per person when you register for SABR 50. Note: Anyone who purchases a bus tour ticket will receive a tear-off chit in their registration packet; you must bring this chit with you in order to board the bus. Click here to learn more about the tour.

7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
Trivia Contest preliminary round & quarterfinals
Trivia at SABR 50 is for all baseball fans. Come test your knowledge against SABR’s best! The Trivia Contest is open to all SABR convention attendees. Just show up with your thinking cap on and follow the instructions.


Friday, August 19

Presented by Populous

7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Foyer, 2nd Floor)
Registration Desk Open
The registration desk will be open for attendees to get their materials. You can also exchange your chit for an Orioles game ticket and pick up your pre-ordered SABR 50 souvenir shirts and caps. Please note: Chits for your Orioles ballgame ticket must be redeemed at the Registration Area before 11:00 a.m. Friday.

8:00 a.m.-8:25 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP01: Angel on His Shoulder: The Life and Times of Moe Drabowsky
David Krell

8:00 a.m.-8:25 a.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP02: Baltimore’s Baby Birds: Their Impact and Legacy
Steve Krevisky and Elliott Hines

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. (Constellation D Ballroom)
Research Committee Meeting: Collegiate Baseball
Karl Green, chair (atlcrackersfan@gmail.com)

8:30 a.m.-8:55 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP03: Roland Hemond, My Mentor, My Friend
Charlie Vascellaro

8:30 a.m.-8:55 a.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP04: Baltimore Orioles’ 17-Year Minor League Highs and Lows: 1966-1982
Sam Zygner

9:00 a.m.-9:25 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP05: Pitching Against Alzheimer’s: A Study of Baseball Reminiscence Programs
Barry Mednick and Jeff Hubbard

9:00 a.m.-9:25 a.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP06: The Forgotten Man: Harry Dalton, The Best Team in Baseball, and the Oriole Way
Lee C. Kluck

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (Constellation D Ballroom)
Research Committee Meeting: Minor Leagues
George Pawlush, chair (george.pawlush@wilkes.edu)

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Maryland Suites, 2nd Floor)
Exhibitors Room Open
The Exhibitors Room will have books and other baseball items available for purchase all week.

9:30 a.m.-9:55 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP07: Bambino, Shmambino! The 1918 American League Pennant Race and the Curse of the Three-Penny Mayor
Tim Herlich

9:30 a.m.-9:55 a.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP08: The Real Strength of the Famous 1971 Orioles
Tom Hanrahan

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
Oriole Park at Camden Yards Panel
Guest speakers: Bill Stetka, Baltimore Orioles Team Historian; Greg Bader, Orioles Senior Vice President, Administration & Experience; and Joe Spear, founder of Populous.

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
Women in Leadership Panel
Guest speakers: Eve Rosenbaum, Baltimore Orioles Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations; Nicole Sherry, Orioles Director, Field Operations; Jennifer Grondahl, Orioles Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications; and Lisa Tolson, Orioles Senior Vice President, Human Resources.

12:00-1:00 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Women in Baseball
Leslie Heaphy, co-chair (lheaphy@kent.edu)
Guest speaker: Melissa Ludtke on “Moms + Daughters, Baseball, Equality”
Baseball lore tells us that love for the game passes from father to son. Melissa’s mother birthed her with baseball’s DNA in her blood, and at the age of 27, as a baseball reporter for Sports Illustrated, she won an equal access federal court lawsuit against Major League Baseball that forced Commissioner Bowie Kuhn to open the clubhouse doors to women writers. She is working on a book titled Locker Room Talk: A Woman’s Struggle to Get Inside.

12:00-1:00 p.m. (Constellation D Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Deadball Era
John McMurray, chair (deadball@sabr.org)

1:00 p.m.-1:25 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP09: Salaries, Skinflints, and Scandals: The Cost of the Black Sox Scandal
Mike Haupert

1:00 p.m.-1:25 p.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP10: Richard Stoll (Dick) Armstrong: Orioles Public Relations Pioneer and the Original Mr. Oriole
Bob Golon

1:00-2:00 p.m. (Constellation D Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Games Project
Bill Nowlin, visiting chair (bill.nowlin@rounder.com)

1:30 p.m.-1:55 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP11: Even The Grounds: Cheating the Very Dimensions of the Game
Mark Armour

1:30 p.m.-1:55 p.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP12: The 1966 Hall of Fame Class and Its Balloting
Steven Glassman

2:00 p.m.-2:25 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP13: Sign Stealing Before the Astros: The Tangled Web of What Was Legal
Daniel Levitt

2:00 p.m.-2:25 p.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP14: From Reggie to Camden Yards: Baltimore’s Small-Market Success in the Post-Messersmith Era
Paul Hensler

2:00-3:00 p.m. (Constellation D Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Educational Resources
Allison Levin, chair (allison.levin@gmail.com)

2:00-3:00 p.m. (Constellation E Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Oral History
John McMurray, chair (sabroralhistorycommittee@gmail.com)

2:30 p.m.-2:55 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP15: A Fresh Scent of Scandal: The O’Connell-Dolan Affair
Robert F. Garratt

2:30 p.m.-2:55 p.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP16: A Hard Road to the Top: The Ups and Downs of Major Leaguers in the 1970s
Bill Ballew

3:00 p.m.-3:25 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP17: Jackie Robinson Comes to Baltimore
John Burbridge

3:00 p.m.-3:25 p.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP18: The Klein Chocolate Company Baseball Team’s Remarkable 1919 Season
Russ Walsh

3:00-4:00 p.m. (Constellation D Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Statistical Analysis
Phil Birnbaum, chair (110phil@gmail.com)
Guest speaker: Vinay Kumar, “Talent Differential: The Balance of Talent Across the NL and AL”

3:30 p.m.-3:55 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP19: Dawn of the Long Night: The Origin of Baseball’s Color Barrier
Sam Sundermeyer

3:30 p.m.-3:55 p.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP20: Cardboard Birds
Tim Jenkins

4:00-5:00 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Baseball and the Media
Chuck Hildebrandt, visiting chair (chuck.sabr@gmail.com)
Guest speakers: Joe Castiglione, play-by-play voice of the Boston Red Sox Radio Network; Kevin Brown, Baltimore Orioles primary television play-by-play announcer for MASN; Moderator: Chuck Hildebrandt, visiting chair of the Baseball and the Media Committee.

4:00-5:00 p.m. (Constellation E Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Baseball Memories
Barry Mednick, visiting chair (bmednick@roadrunner.com)
Jeff Hubbard, visiting chair (drjeffreyhubbard@gmail.com)
SABR’s Baseball Memories program, which now has local chapters in nine regions around the US, works with participants suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia as well as with people isolated with long term disabilities. Learn more at sabrbaseballmemories.org.

7:05-10:05 p.m. (Off-Site)
Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m.

On Friday evening, SABR convention attendees will have the opportunity to visit beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards for a game between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox. Chits for your ballgame ticket must be redeemed at the SABR registration area in the Foyer by 11:00 a.m. on Friday.

Directions to Camden Yards (333 W. Camden St.): From the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor host hotel, exit the west entrance to Charles Street and turn left. Walk one block past the parking garage and turn right on Conway Street. Walk 0.3 miles past the convention center toward the B&O warehouse ahead. Follow the warehouse to the right and enter the ballpark via the Eutaw Street plaza in center field.


Saturday, August 20

8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Foyer, 2nd Floor)
Registration Desk Open
The registration desk will be open for attendees to get their materials.

8:00 a.m.-8:25 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP21: When Big Data was Small: A Story Told By the Pioneers of Sabermetrics
Brian Hall

8:00 a.m.-8:25 a.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP22: The State of the Union: The Life and Death of Union Park, Baltimore’s First Mythical Stadium
Teddie Arnold

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. (Pisces Ballroom, 15th Floor)
Friends of SABR Donor Breakfast
The Friends of SABR philanthropy program hosts an invitation-only special breakfast to honor our top donors and help them learn about how their gifts have made a difference to the organization and to the betterment of baseball. SABR Chief Executive Officer Scott Bush and Executive Vice President Scott Carter will be at the breakfast to engage in discussions on any topics of interest to members. To learn more, visit SABR.org/donate.

8:30 a.m.-8:55 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP23: Meta Pitch Tracking: How The Changes In Pitch Tracking Technologies Should Change How We Look At The Data They Collect
John Asel

8:30 a.m.-8:55 a.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP24: The Afterlife of a Baseball Stadium: Braves Field and the Creation of Boston University’s West Campus
David Garfield Lewis

9:00 a.m.-9:25 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP25: Time for Expansion Baseball
Maxwell Kates

9:00 a.m.-9:25 a.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP26: Beyond the Gates: The Future of Baseball Stadium Development
Michael Friedman

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (Constellation D Ballroom)
Research Committee Meeting: Biographical Research
Bill Carle, chair (bbxpert@aol.com)
Guest speaker: Paul Scimonelli on super-scout Joe Cambria

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Maryland Suites, 2nd Floor)
Exhibitors Room Open
The Exhibitors Room will have books and other baseball items available for purchase all week.

9:30 a.m.-9:55 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP27: Going Downtown with a Golden Sombrero (1891-2021)
Herm Krabbenhoft

9:30 a.m.-9:55 a.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP28: The First Ball Four Saga: The Seattle Pilots’ Journey to Bankruptcy
Andy McCue

10:00 a.m.-10:25 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP29: A Look at Success in MLB Playoffs: Updated Methods and What Works
Edward Wong and Andy Andres

10:00 a.m.-10:25 a.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP30: Show It to Me: Strategies for Growing the MLB Fan Base
Allison R. Levin

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (Constellation D Ballroom)
Research Committee Meeting: Asian Baseball
Rob Fitts, visiting chair (robertfitts@verizon.net)
Guest speakers: Rob Fitts on the 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers Tour of Japan and Adam Berenbak on “100 Years On: A Centennial Review of Herb Hunter’s 1922 Tour of Japan”

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (Lombard/Camden Ballroom)
How to Do Baseball Research: Leslie Heaphy
SABR Vice President Leslie Heaphy will be available at the How to Do Baseball Research table in the Lombard/Camden Ballroom to discuss research resources and answer questions on improving your research techniques.

10:30 a.m.-10:55 a.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
RP31: Longer Game Lengths … How Much are Foul Balls to Blame?
David Firstman

10:30 a.m.-10:55 a.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
RP32: The Business of Overseas Baseball: How KBO Teams Work to Sign Foreign Players
Sung Min Kim

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
One-on-One: Boog Powell
Join us for a one-on-one conversation with Boog Powell, one of the most beloved Baltimore Orioles players in the team’s storied history. He played first base for 17 major-league seasons from 1961 to 1977, winning two World Series championships with the O’s in 1966 and ’70. He earned American League MVP honors in 1970 and finished his career with 339 home runs. Since 1992, he has operated Boog’s BBQ on Eutaw Street, a must-visit attraction for any baseball fan. Moderator: Dan Connolly, The Athletic.

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (Foyer/Atrium, 2nd Floor)
Poster Presentations
From 12:00–1:00 p.m. on Saturday, SABR 50 poster presenters will be available for questions and discussion with their posters in the Foyer/Atrium area on the second floor. The posters will be available for viewing all week during the convention. Click here to learn more about the SABR 50 poster presentations.

1:00-1:30 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
Committee Meeting: Business of Baseball
Mike Haupert, co-chair (mhaupert@uwlax.edu)
Dan Levitt, co-chair (dan@danlevitt.com)

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
Featured Panel TBA

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
Research Committee Meeting: Ballparks
Kevin Johnson, co-chair (kjokbaseball@yahoo.com)
Guest speakers: Former Baltimore Orioles president Larry Lucchino and acclaimed ballpark design director Janet Marie Smith will talk about the construction and design of Camden Yards, which set the standard for a new wave of ballparks after its opening in 1992. Moderator: Scott Bush, SABR CEO.

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
Research Committee Meeting: Latino Baseball
Leslie Heaphy, visiting chair (lheaphy@kent.edu)
Film screening: Baltimore and Cuba: From Babe Ruth to César Prieto
Baltimore and Cuba have had more connections than the ones people may think when talking about great players form the past like Mike Cuéllar or Willie Miranda, or the two-game friendly series held between both teams in 1999. Before the revolution, there were teams from Baltimore visiting Havana to play, and the most iconic player ever born in the city, Babe Ruth, spent a few days in November 1920 capturing the attention of Cuban baseball fans. This documentary intends to show some of the things that have drawn Baltimore and Cuba closer together.

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (Constellation D Ballroom)
Research Committee Meeting: Baseball Records
Trent McCotter, chair (trent.mccotter@gmail.com)
Guest speakers: Herm Krabbenhoft and Thomas Thress

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Constellation D Ballroom)
Research Committee Meeting: Retrosheet
Thomas Thress, chair (tthress@retrosheet.org)

7:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (Constellation C Ballroom)
Encore presentation: Doug Pappas Research Award
The winners of the Doug Pappas Research Award and SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award will be announced, and an encore presentation will be given.

7:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. (Constellation A/B Ballroom)
Trivia Contest Semifinals/Finals
We steadfastly maintain that there is nothing trivial about baseball trivia. Come watch SABR’s best as they try to answer questions that are presented in ascending difficulty. The early-round questions will be at a relatively easy starting point, while the late-round questions, though more difficult, will still interest casual fans. Who will win the SABR 50 Trivia Contest? Come watch to find out.


Sunday, August 21

8:30 a.m.-11 :30 a.m. (Executive Boardroom, 3rd Floor)
SABR Board Meeting

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