Mannis: SABR 45 rolls into Chicago next week

From SABR member Max Mannis at on June 19, 2015:

As the school year winds down and the weather gets warmer, kids around the world are able to enjoy themselves by playing and watching sports. Another way to enjoy sports is by learning more about the ones we love.

That’s exactly the opportunity available in Chicago from June 24-28. That’s when the 45th Annual Society for American Baseball Research, or SABR, convention hits town. SABR has more than 6,000 members who love the game of baseball from different angles: as players, writers, historians, fans, or statisticians. SABR has 69 local chapters, but this is the biggest convention of the year, with people attending from across the US and the world. 

Regular readers of SI Kids will know that we also cover another SABR event in March. So what’s the difference between that one and this one. The earlier event, called the Analytics Conference, focuses more on the statistical side of baseball. SABR 45, meanwhile, will focus more on the history of the game. 

This conference is special for me because I was in the room when Chicago and a few other cities were first being tossed around as the possible site for SABR 45. Chicago won out in the end, which worked out perfectly.

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Originally published: June 19, 2015. Last Updated: June 19, 2015.