New speakers announced for SABR 44 convention in Houston

Have you registered for SABR 44 yet? We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR Convention on July 30-August 3, 2014, at the Royal Sonesta (2222 W Loop S Fwy.) in Houston, Texas.

Click here for more information on SABR 44 registration rates, all-inclusive packages and optional sessions.

The SABR Convention, which is open to all baseball fans, includes top featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, writers and analysts — innovative panel discussions, groundbreaking research presentations, major and minor league games, tours of historic ballparks, the SABR Trivia Contest, the Awards Luncheon, and most of all, the opportunity to make and renew baseball friendships over the course of this spectacular and memorable event.

Guest speakers at SABR 44 are expected to include: Reid Ryan, the Astros’ President of Business Operations; Jeff Luhnow, General Manager for the Houston Astros; Tal Smith, former Astros President and former SABR Director; Jimmy Wynn, original Colt .45 and Astros legend; Larry Dierker, longtime Astros player, broadcaster and manager; Bill Brown, Astros TV broadcaster; Pam Gardner, former Astros President of Business Operations; Dr. Bobby Brown, former American League President; Buck Martinez, former player and current Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster; Bob Watson, former player and general manager for the Astros; Bill Virdon, former player and manager for the Astros; Eddie Robinson, longtime player, general manager and baseball executive; Bob Aspromonte, original Colt .45 and former Brooklyn Dodger; Mickey Herskowitz, noted baseball author and sportswriter; Marie “Red” Mahoney, alumnus of All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; Jim Gilligan, Lamar University baseball coach with more than 1,000 career wins; and many more!

Oh, and did we mention that SABR 44 attendees will get to attend an exclusive ballpark session with Astros executives and players at Minute Maid Park’s Champions Pavilion on Saturday, August 2? All convention attendees will also receive complimentary copies of Houston Baseball: The Early Years 1861-1961, edited by Mike Vance and produced by SABR’s Larry Dierker Chapter; and The National Pastime, our annual convention journal focusing on baseball in the Houston area. And you might even get to see former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters at our SABR 44 minor league game on Thursday, July 31, too.

You can register online for SABR 44 at or by phone at (602) 343-6450. Contact Deb Jayne at if you have any questions.

  • Don’t forget to donate! Did you know that anyone who donates $100 or more to SABR gets admitted to a special Donors Breakfast at the annual convention? Membership dues allow SABR to survive; it is donations from people like you that help us thrive. (A donation of $200 or more entitles the donor to one additional ticket.)

Please note: The special all-inclusive rate for SABR 44 will expire at 11:59 p.m. MST on Friday, May 30. Our block of Astros ballgame tickets will not be available after that date and the early registration rate will increase to $199. You can still register for the convention, the Awards Luncheon and other   off-site events at, but the discounted all-inclusive rate and our block of Astros ballgame tickets will no longer be available after Friday, May 30.

We look forward to seeing you in Houston this summer!


Originally published: April 24, 2014. Last Updated: April 24, 2014.