SABR 45: Highlights from The Baseball Project concert in Chicago

SABR 45 attendees were treated to one of the most memorable sessions — and certainly the loudest — at any SABR convention during a special concert with the rock ‘n’ roll supergroup The Baseball Project on June 25, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

Veteran rockers Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Linda Pitmon, and Mike Mills took the stage in the Palmer House’s elegant Grand Ballroom on Thursday night and delivered an energetic 90-minute performance of baseball-themed songs that tapped into their shared kindred spirit with SABR members’ passion for the game — a perfect match of artist and audience.

The show, attended by nearly 300 SABR members and guests, was highlighted by old Baseball Project favorites like “Box Scores” and “Ted ****ing Williams,” along with rousing renditions of “Buckner’s Bolero” and “¡Hola America!”; an updated version of “Harvey Haddix” about perfect games; and the live debut of a new Mills song, “Stuff,” about the many foreign substances that have been applied to the baseball by crafty pitchers.

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Originally published: June 26, 2015. Last Updated: July 27, 2020.