SABR 47: Call for presentations

SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 47, the 2017 annual convention in New York City.

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 47 will be held June 28-July 2, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan. Early registration rates and hotel information are now available at

Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 47:

The submission deadline for SABR 47 abstracts is midnight PST, Sunday, FEBRUARY 26, 2017.

2017 represents an anniversary of New York baseball-related events that could provide inspiration for topics. For example, it has been:

  • 5 years since the Yankees were swept by the Tigers in the 2012 ALCS
  • 10 years since the Mets blew a 7 game lead to the Phillies with 17 to play
  • 15 years since the Yankees and A’s both won 103 games – and failed to make the ALCS
  • 30 years since Doc Gooden’s drug suspension contributed to the Mets’ failure to repeat their 1986 World Series run
  • 40 years since the Yankees won their first World Series of the Steinbrenner Era — and the Mets traded Tom Seaver to the Reds
  • 50 years since Tom Seaver won the NL Rookie of the Year for the Mets
  • 55 years since the Yankees post-war dynasty collected their last World Series — and the ’62 Mets debuted with intense futility
  • 60 years since the Dodgers and Giants were approved to leave New York for California
  • 70 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 85 years since Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot” against the Cubs in the 1932 World Series
  • 90 years since the legendary 1927 Yankees
  • 100 years since the Giants lost the World Series to the White Sox, with the famous Heinie Zimmerman/Eddie Collins rundown play occurring in the decisive Game 6
  • 115 years since the last season of the old Baltimore Orioles, before being moved to New York for the 1903 season
  • 140 years since the National League first played without a team in New York due to the expulsion of the Mutuals in December 1876.

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 submitter’s 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 47.
  • 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.

Please note: If your abstract is accepted and you intend to make a research presentation, you must register to attend the SABR 47 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 through the website.

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

Originally published: January 17, 2017. Last Updated: January 17, 2017.