Save the date! SABR 45 will be held June 24-28, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. The SABR Board of Directors announced the convention dates during the SABR 44 Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, July 31. Registration information will be available at SABR.org in early 2015.
The 2015 national convention will be SABR’s 45th annual gathering; the organization’s founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first.
Chicago is one of the most visited and historic cities in Baseball. It is the home of the White Sox and Cubs, founding teams of the National League and American League. It is the home of original league offices of the National League, American League and Federal League as well as baseball’s first commissioner, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Men like Spalding, Comiskey, Anson, Wrigley and Veeck created a rich history of Chicago baseball. It is a city with a rich Negro League history. And of course there are the ballparks. Comiskey Park, site of the first All-Star game and Negro All-Star games, is no longer around, but historic Wrigley Field is currently celebrating its centennial season.
In addition to the activities inside the hotel, there will be other offerings to get you out into the city. SABR 45 attendees will be staying in the heart of the famous Chicago Loop with its world renowned architecture. You will be within walking distance of the famous lakefront, Chicago river, Michigan Ave, Lake Shore Drive with Grant Park, Millennium Park, the Art Institute as well as top restaurants, bars, theatre and music venues. The museum district is only a short drive away, and if you wish to venture to the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Soldier Field or a little bit further north to Lincoln Park or south to the famous Museum of Science and Industry.
This will be SABR’s fourth national convention in the Windy City, and the first since SABR 16 in 1986. The third annual convention in 1973 featured broadcaster Bob Elson and Negro Leaguer Dave Malarcher as guest speakers. In 1976, SABR members gathered again in Chicago as former White Sox manager Lew Fonseca, the 1929 American League batting champion, served as the keynote speaker.
Longtime Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bill Gleason was the featured speaker at the 1986 convention, which attracted a then-record 479 attendees. Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.
For more information on the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
Originally published: July 31, 2014. Last Updated: April 16, 2020.