SABR 45: Call for research presentations

SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 45, the 2015 annual convention in Chicago.

Oral presentations are expected to last 20 minutes, followed by a five minute question-and-answer period. Posters will be presented, with the author on-hand to discuss the work, during a poster session of 90 or so minutes, and will probably remain on display throughout the convention.

Through on-site judging, the most highly-regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the USA Today Sports Weekly Award for best poster presentation. 

SABR 45 will be held June 24-28, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. (Registration and hotel information is now available at

2015 represents an anniversary of Chicago baseball-related events that could provide inspiration for topics. For example, it has been:

  • 10 years since the White Sox won the World Series, Chicago’s first champship since 1917
  • 15 years since the Cubs played the Mets in Tokyo, the first MLB regular-season game held outside of North America
  • 20 years since Michael Jordan realized he wasn’t a baseball player
  • 25 years since Wrigley Field last hosted an All-Star Game and old Comiskey Park closed
  • 40 years since the last surviving Black Sox player, Swede Risberg, died
  • 60 years since Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons, and Ray Schalk were all elected to the Hall of Fame
  • 70 years since the last time the Cubs reached the World Series
  • 85 years since Hack Wilson’s record-setting 191-RBI season
  • 100 years since Joe Tinker’s Chicago Whales won the last Federal League pennant
  • 135 years since Cap Anson and the Chicago White Stockings won the first of three consecutive NL pennants

In general, we will follow the procedures used in recent years for reviewing and selecting research abstracts.

  • Oral presentations will be limited to one presentation slot (20 minutes, plus five minutes for Q&A) in length.
  • While submitters may express preference for one format or the other, all abstracts will be evaluated as both oral and poster presentations. Reviewers will not be informed of the submitter’s preference if one is expressed. If you believe the presentation cannot possibly be delivered in one of the formats, please make that clear in your submission to help simplify the acceptance process.
  • At most two abstracts — one oral and one poster — will be accepted from each submitter. Researchers are encouraged to submit multiple abstracts, but no more than two of them will be accepted for presentation. In addition to the reviewers’ scores, the submitters preferred medium will be taken into consideration in the selection process. If more than one of a submitters abstracts scores well enough to be accepted in one medium (but neither scores well enough in the other medium for acceptance), the researcher will choose which one to present in its medium at SABR 45. 
  • Abstracts of proposed research presentations should be no more than 500 words in length, and must include the abstract’s title, review of previous work on the subject, a summary of the research methodology and anticipated results, and the expected contribution to the field of baseball research offered by this work.

The submission deadline for SABR 45 abstracts is midnight PST, Sunday, FEBRUARY 15, 2015.

Submit abstracts to, the research presentations address for SABR 45. You may also use the alternate address

Please note: If your abstract is accepted and you intend to make a research presentation, you must register to attend the SABR 45 convention. Registration details are now available at

When submitting an abstract, the author should describe anticipated audio-visual needs if the abstract is accepted as an oral presentation. For oral presentations at the convention site, SABR will provide laptops and computer-connected projection systems. If your work will need another type of AV equipment, please let us know.

As noted above, authors may submit multiple abstracts. SABR membership is not required in order to submit an abstract.

All research submissions will be evaluated by blind review. While it is not absolutely mandatory, we very strongly encourage researchers to submit their abstracts electronically, either in a standard word processor format (Microsoft Word preferred) or as plain-text email.

Questions regarding the submission, review, and evaluation procedures should also be sent to the address.


Originally published: January 2, 2015. Last Updated: January 2, 2015.