Join us for SABR Day on January 28, 2017

You’re not going to want to miss the eighth annual SABR Day on Saturday, January 28, 2017!

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.

SABR Day meetings can include premier guest speakers, such as major-league pitcher R.A. Dickey, who will speak at the SABR Day event on Saturday in Nashville at Lipscomb University; J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Rick Hummel, “The Commish,” who will speak along with Cardinals scouting director Randy Flores at SABR Day in St. Louis; or former Angels and Red Sox general manager Mike Port, who speak at SABR Day in San Diego.

SABR’s Casey Stengel Chapter in New York City, hosts of the upcoming SABR 47 national convention this summer, will have a special SABR Day event on Saturday at the New York Public Library, with guest speakers that include Marc Appleman, SABR’s Chief Executive Officer; Marty Appel, best-selling author who will discuss his new book Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character; Kristie Ackert, Mets beat reporter for the New York Daily News, and Steve Nadel, who will give a talk on instant replay in baseball history.

Other guest speakers for SABR Day include former major-leaguers Rick Croushore (Little Rock), Chad Reineke (Louisville), and Howie Bedell (Philadelphia); MLB umpire Scott Grinder (Pittsburgh); minor-league executive John Simone (Toronto); college baseball coach Ray Birmingham (Albuquerque); reporters Thomas Harding, Jeff Huson, and Ed Henderson (Denver) and Barry Bloom, Tony DeMarco, and Bernie Pleskoff (Phoenix); and authors/historians John Carvalho (Birmingham); Jeff Katz and Mike Piazzi (Cooperstown), David Ezra and Don Zminda (Los Angeles); and Doug Wilson (Louisville).

Some SABR chapters, such as those in Austin, Boston, Columbus, Fort Wayne and Tallahassee, are meeting informally at a restaurant or library just to talk baseball or present their new research. Other chapters, such as Minneapolis and Seattle, will participate in their local MLB team FanFests scheduled for Saturday.

In Indianapolis, we’ll listen to Indianapolis Indians broadcaster Howard Kellman, along with talks from authors Peter Bjarkman (Cuba’s Baseball Defectors) and Chris Lamb (on Jackie Robinson and his faith).

In Rochester, New York, we’ll hear from Baseball Hall of Fame Senior Curator Tom Shieber at the Rochester Baseball Historical Society’s Hot Stove Dinner.

In San Francisco, our powerhouse lineup includes Nancy Finley, a cousin of former Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley and author of Finley Ball; Lincoln Mitchell, author of Will Big League Baseball Survive?, filmmakers Michael Pickman-Thoon and Randy Field (“The Crime of the Big Leagues: Lester Rodney and the Desegregation of Baseball”) and Jon Leonoudakis (“The Sweet Spot”); and Dan Taylor, author of A Scout’s Report: My 70 Years in Baseball.

In Toronto, join us for a sneak peek at SABR member Bill Humber’s “Baseball Spring Training” class (now in its 39th year!) at Seneca College. This special class is free to all fans only on SABR Day, January 28, and will include research presentations and discussions on Canadian baseball history.

The Chicago and Milwaukee chapters plan to meet in the middle — at the Brat Stop in Kenosha, Wisconsin — for a meeting with guest speakers including writers Scott Lindholm, Meredith Wills, and Chris Kamka.

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 all 30 meetings scheduled for SABR Day 2017 at Find one near you and join us!

  • SABR Day doesn’t end at midnight! Some chapters held their SABR Day meetings last week, due to venue or schedule availability. But don’t miss the upcoming Bob Davids Chapter event in Washington, DC on Saturday, February 4, with guest speakers including Mark Zuckerman, Nationals beat writer for MASN; Jerome Nelson, who will speak about the baseball arbitration process and the new Basic Agreement; Bruce Adams and Tim Wendel, on baseball in Cuba; Retrosheet’s David W. Smith, author Paul Dickson, who will speak on his upcoming book, Leo Durocher: Baseball’s Prodigal Son; and Glenn Donnellan, National Symphony violinist and National Anthem performer. The meeting at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge is open to all baseball fans. (Click here for details or to RSVP.) Our SABR chapters in Atlanta, Cleveland, and Detroit are also planning to meet on Saturday, February 4. Find complete details at Hope to see you there!

Originally published: January 25, 2017. Last Updated: January 25, 2017.