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SABR 51: Call for Presentations

SABR 51 logoSABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 51, the 2023 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 60 minutes and they will 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 SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for best poster presentation. 

SABR 51 will be held July 5-9, 2023, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Early registration rates and hotel information are available now at

Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 51

The submission deadline for SABR 51 abstracts is 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, February 26, 2023.

SABR returns to Chicago, with a rich baseball history that includes Al Spalding’s Chicago White Stockings, who won the National League pennant in its inaugural season of 1876. From the great Cubs teams of Tinker to Evers to Chance through the dark days of the Black Sox, and from the Chicago American Giants’ back to back Negro National League championships through Babe Ruth’s Called Shot, the great Cubs teams of Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Billy Williams and Ferguson Jenkins, and the White Sox and Cubs breaking their long championship droughts in 2005 and 2016, there are many great local stories to research.

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 50.
  • The poster presentation display boards measure at 48″ x 48″ and all posters must include the SABR 51 convention logo (at least 2″ x 2″) somewhere on their poster. Please check out our Tipsheet to learn more about designing and displaying a high-quality poster at the SABR convention.
  • 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 51 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. 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. All abstracts must be submitted electronically through the online form above.

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

Originally published: January 24, 2023. Last Updated: February 8, 2023.