SABR 48: Join us for the Branch Rickey panel with Pirates MVP Dick Groat

We are pleased to announce another featured panel at the SABR 48 convention this summer in Pittsburgh.

Branch Rickey: The Pittsburgh Pirates Years is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, just blocks from PNC Park. The conference is open to all baseball fans, and early registration is now available online. Click here to register!

Here is some more information about our featured speakers:

  •  Dick Groat, 1960 NL MVP and World Series champion with the Pirates
  • Jeffrey Flannery, who oversees the “Branch Rickey Papers” at the Library of Congress
  • Jack Bowen, son of legendary Pirates scout Rex Bowen
  • Moderator: Lee Lowenfish, author of Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman

They will join our other featured speakers and panelists at SABR 48, including Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly, Executive VP/General Manager Neal Huntington, Senior Director of Baseball Informatics Dan Fox, Pirates broadcasters Joe Block, Steve Blass, Greg Brown, and Lanny Frattare, Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh project executive Thomas E. Kennedy, former major-league pitchers and 1979 World Series champions John Candelaria and Grant Jackson, and many more. Click here to learn more.

Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.

The annual SABR convention, which is open to all baseball fans, includes top featured speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, journalists, historians, 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 exciting and memorable event.

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Originally published: May 10, 2018. Last Updated: May 10, 2018.