SABR’s 50th National Convention, Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference to swap dates in 2021

JULY 21, 2020 — SABR is pleased to announce a trade — between the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference and the 50th annual National Convention.

Two of SABR’s signature events will switch dates in the summer of 2021 to enhance the experience for everyone involved. The SABR 50 convention will now take place on June 16-20, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. The Malloy Conference will be held on July 29-31, 2021, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.

“The Jerry Malloy Negro League Committee has decided to trade conference dates with SABR’s 50th National Convention in Baltimore next season,” said Larry Lester, chair of SABR’s Negro League Committee. “The trade will provide us with more time to develop incoming rookies as the Malloy Conference reboots after a three-year hiatus. We promise to put a solid team of presenters at the podium en route to another championship season.”

The switch also ensures SABR 50 attendees will be able to attend a Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards. The Orioles are scheduled to play the Toronto Blue Jays in a weekend series at home on June 18-20, 2021.

“I didn’t expect SABR to make a trade before Jerry Dipoto this summer, but we’re receiving tremendous value from the Malloy Conference in the month of June,” SABR CEO Scott Bush said. “We are excited for the return of our National Convention in 2021!”

Stay tuned for more information on registration and hotel availability for SABR 50 and the Malloy Conference in early 2021.

Since 1971, the SABR National Convention has been an annual gathering of writers, researchers, fans, players, executives, scouts and many others throughout the baseball community. Attendance is open to all, regardless of SABR membership. The convention includes five days of activities and excursions, including dozens of research presentations, panel discussions, and group trips to major league and minor league ballgames. Visit to learn more.

Since 1998, the Jerry Malloy Conference has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of Black baseball history. The conference, which is open to baseball and history fans of all ages, promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and an annual art contest. Visit to learn more.

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Originally published: July 20, 2020. Last Updated: July 20, 2020.