SABR welcomes new chapters in Mississippi, South Carolina

SABR’s Board of Directors has approved the formation of two new chapters.

The Cool Papa Bell Chapter serves members in the state of Mississippi; the chapter leader is Michael Jaffe. The chapter is named after the great Negro Leagues outfielder James “Cool Papa” Bell, who was born in Starkville and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

The chapter’s inaugural meeting will be held on SABR Day, at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25 at Oby’s Restaurant in Starkville. Our guest speakers will be John Cohen, athletic director and former head baseball coach at Mississippi State University, who will talk about his experiences at the College World Series; and Thomas VanHyning on major-leaguers in Puerto Rico’s Winter League. Member Glenn Lautzenhiser will present a baseball trivia contest. All baseball fans are welcome to attend this free event.

The South Carolina Chapter, based in Aiken, serves members in western South Carolina and nearby Augusta, Georgia. The chapter leader is Tim Deale.

SABR’s 78 regional chapters cover 39 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.; plus international chapters in Canada (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia), Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Latin America (Venezuela, Dominican Republic), the United Kingdom, Europe (Netherlands), and Italy. For a list of all SABR chapters, visit A calendar of upcoming SABR meetings can be found at

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Originally published: January 15, 2020. Last Updated: January 15, 2020.