Join us for SABR Day on January 30, 2016

You’re not going to want to miss the seventh annual SABR Day on Saturday, January 30, 2016!

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 Roland Hemond, three-time MLB Executive of the Year and Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, who will speak at SABR Day in Phoenix; Greg Rhodes, former Executive Director of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, at our SABR Day event in Louisville; and a special Yogi Berra-themed SABR Day event at the New York Public Library, with Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Anderson, writer and Yogi’s granddaughter Lindsay Berra, Bergino Baseball Clubhouse owner Jay Goldberg, and Dave Kaplan, founding director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center.

SABR’s oldest chapter, the Bob Davids Chapter, will have a special group of speakers at its SABR Day event in Arlington, Virginia: Chelsea Janes, Nationals beat writer for the Washington Post; Matt Kastel, Manager of Stadium Operations for Camden Yards; Samuel Mondry-Cohen, Director of Research and Baseball Analysis for the Nationals; Bruce Adams, co-founder of the Bethesda Big Train; and Tom Hetrick, author of MISFITS! Baseball’s Worst Ever Team on the 1899 Cleveland Spiders.

Other guest speakers for SABR Day include Bob Wirz, former Press Manager for two MLB commissioners (Connecticut); front-office executives Mike Girsch (St. Louis), Trevor Patch (Denver), Larry Blustein (Fort Lauderdale), and Tony Siegle and Mike Port (Phoenix); MLB Official Historian John Thorn (Rochester); college baseball coach Ray Birmingham (Albuquerque) and administrators Megan Shreffler and Sean Moth (Louisville); and authors/writers Jason Beck and Dan D’Addona (Detroit), Kirk McKnight and Ron Kantowski (Las Vegas); Norman Macht, Andy McCue, and Carlos Bauer (San Diego).

Some SABR chapters, such as those in Boston, New Orleans, 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 Cincinnati, we’ll have Reds beat writers C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Mark Sheldon of, along with authors Mark Bricker and Doug Feldman and artist Chris Felix.

In Cooperstown, we’ll listen to some great research presentations from Pete Henrici, Jeff Katz, Gabriel Schechter, and more at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Bullpen Theater.

In Philadelphia, we’ll hear from former Phillies player and farm director Howie Bedell, along with authors Rich Westcott and Dick Rosen, at Temple University’s Center City campus.

In San Francisco, filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis will introduce a special screening of his new documentary, Hano!, on the legendary sports writer Arnold Hano.

In Toronto, join us for a sneak peek at SABR member Bill Humber’s “Baseball Spring Training” class (now in its 38th year!) at Seneca College. This special class is free to all fans only on SABR Day, January 30, 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 Dennis Pajot.

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 33 meetings scheduled for SABR Day 2016 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 Babe Ruth Chapter event in Baltimore on Saturday, February 6, with guest speakers including SABR Vice President Bill Nowlin, a Red Sox historian and prolific author; John Eisenberg, Baltimore-based author and sportswriter who has written nearly 10 books including From 33rd Street to Camden Yards: An Oral History of the Baltimore Orioles; Brian Engelhardt, author of the recently released Reading’s Big League Exhibition Games; John Holway, esteemed Negro Leagues historian; and Mike Gimbel, former consultant on player evaluation for the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos. The meeting at Towson University’s Smith Hall is open to all baseball fans. (Click here for details or to RSVP.) The Orlando chapter is also planning to meet on February 6. Find complete details at Hope to see you there!


Originally published: January 27, 2016. Last Updated: January 27, 2016.