Join us for SABR Day on January 25, 2020

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You’re not going to want to miss the 11th annual SABR Day on Saturday, January 25, 2020!

SABR Day is our annual Hot Stove gathering to celebrate the beginning of a new baseball season. It’s always held on the weekend between the NFL championship games and the Super Bowl. On that day, SABR’s regional chapters organize baseball events around the globe, and you’re all invited to attend.

Here are some highlights for SABR Day 2020 this weekend:

The Casey Stengel Chapter in New York City will meet at the Scandinavia House on Park Avenue for a panel discussion on “The Babe — As You Never Knew Him” with New York Yankees historian Marty Appel, former Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum Director Mike Gibbons and author Bill Jenkinson, plus a presentation by SABR Director and MLB executive Tyrone Brooks. To register, visit

In Burlington, Vermont, the Gardner-Waterman Chapter will join the Vermont Lake Monsters for the second annual “Winter Warmer,” which will feature ESPN’s Buster Olney and Jon “Boog” Sciambi, and Los Angeles Dodgers Director of Player Personnel Galen Carr. Ticket proceeds will benefit the local SABR Vermont chapter. For further information or to purchase tickets, please visit

At the Louisville Slugger Museum in Kentucky, the Pee Wee Reese Chapter will hear from Louisville’s own Tom Hallion, longtime major-league umpire who is famous for, among other things, his dynamic punch-out.

In Atlanta, the Magnolia Chapter will gather at the Sandy Springs Public Library for a commemoration of Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta’s home for baseball for more than 50 years, with presentations from Paul Crater of the Atlanta History Center, Andrew Mearns of Georgia Tech, award-winning author Ken Fenster, and Sam Gazdziak of

In Philadelphia, the Connie Mack Chapter will meet at Temple University City Center and hear presentations on a variety of baseball topics from Mike Gimbel, Dan Joseph, Mitchell Nathanson, Brian Engelhart, Ted Knorr, Mark Kanter, Alex Cheremeteff, and Steven Glassman.

In Cooperstown, our SABR Day meeting at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Bullpen Theater will include presentations from Hall of Fame Librarian Jim Gates, Senior Curator Tom Shieber on 1912 baseball cards, and Collin Miller on Delaware County’s 200-year-old baseball history.

At the Yogi Berra Museum in Little Falls, New Jersey, the Elysian Fields Chapter will be entertained by a panel discussion on the New York Mets

In Montreal, the Quebec Chapter will be treated to presentations from historians Patrick Carpentier and Marcel Dugas on the evolution of French baseball terms in the province.

In Nashville, the Rice-Russell Chapter will hear from Harriet Kimbro-Hamilton, daughter of Negro Leagues star Henry Kimbro, vintage baseball player Christopher Ryland, and sports gaming lobbyist Thomas Lee.

In Kansas City, the Monarchs Chapter will hear from author Todd Peterson on the 100th anniversary of the Negro National League.

In Indianapolis, the Oscar Charleston Chapter will hear from Indianapolis Indians broadcaster Howard Kellman; Dr. Alan Nathan on the MLB Home Run Committee’s report; Tim Tassler on the history of black baseball teams in Northeast Indiana; and David Bohmer on Ford Frick, the Hoosier commissioner.

Our newest chapter in Starkville, Mississippi, will hold its inaugural meeting for SABR Day. The Cool Papa Bell Chapter will hear from John Cohen, athletic director and former head baseball coach at Mississippi State University.

Other guest speakers for SABR Day on Saturday are expected to include: former major-league players Broderick Perkins (San Diego), Rey Palacios (Rochester, NY), and Willie Banks (Little Rock); Nick Gandy of the Florida Sports Foundation (Tallahassee); broadcaster Tim Grubb (Kansas City); historians Dr. William Hardy (Knoxville), Dr. Michael Green (Las Vegas), and Richard Puerzer (Cherry Hill, NJ).

Some SABR chapters, such as Austin, Boston, Cincinnati, Harrisburg, New Orleans, Toledo, Victoria, and Virginia Beach will meet informally for lunch or just to talk baseball with friends. We hope you’ll come check it out.

All baseball fans are welcome on SABR Day; you don’t have to be a SABR member to attend, although if you like what you see we hope you’ll sign up.

You can find details of more than 40 meetings scheduled for SABR Day 2020 at Find one near you and join us!

Originally published: January 24, 2020. Last Updated: January 24, 2020.