Chicago chosen as 2015 SABR convention site

The SABR Board of Directors has awarded the 2015 national convention to Chicago, Illinois. The decision was announced at the SABR 43 Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, August 1.

The 2015 convention will be SABR’s 45th annual gathering; the organization’s founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first.

This will be SABR’s fourth national convention in the Windy City, and the first since SABR 16 in 1986.

The third annual convention in 1973 featured broadcaster Bob Elson and Negro Leaguer Dave Malarcher as guest speakers.

In 1976, SABR members gathered again in Chicago as former White Sox manager Lew Fonseca, the 1929 American League batting champion, served as the keynote speaker.

Longtime Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bill Gleason was the featured speaker at the 1986 convention, which attracted a then-record 479 attendees. Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.

The 2014 convention will be held in Houston, Texas. Dates will be announced later this fall.

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Originally published: August 1, 2013. Last Updated: April 16, 2020.