SABR welcomes new chapter in East Tennessee

At its winter meeting on February 3-4, 2012, SABR’s Board of Directors approved the formation of a new regional chapter in East Tennessee.

The East Tennessee Chapter will serve the region around Knoxville, Tennessee — including the following counties: Anderson, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union and Washington.

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Chapter leader Mark Aubrey says the East Tennessee Chapter plans to publish a quarterly newsletter and hold at least three meetings per year, likely rotating around Knoxville, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities. “It would be very convenient to attend a minor league game and have a brief meeting beforehand,” he said.

SABR members in the area first discussed forming an organized chapter in the summer of 2010 at a Tennessee Smokies game. Aubrey says Skip Nipper, president of the Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter, has been extremely supportive throughout the whole process.

“I’m encouraging the chapter members to do research that is local and then to share that back with the community,” Aubrey said. “Currently, I’m researching the 1904 Tennessee-Alabama League, the Knoxville baseball pioneer Frank Moffett, local college and university baseball programs and the black Knoxville Giants team.”

There are 59 SABR regional chapters covering 36 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.; plus international chapters in Canada (Quebec and Ontario), Japan and the United Kingdom. At the February meeting, the Board of Directors also formally dissolved the inactive Jesse Burkett Chapter in Central Massachusetts.

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Originally published: February 21, 2012. Last Updated: February 21, 2012.