Watch 2020 SABR Virtual panels and presentations

SABR Virtual Convention 2020

Baseball fans joined us throughout the month of July 2020 for SABR Virtual, a series of online presentations, chats, and panel discussions featuring authors, scholars, and figures from around the game.

SABR Virtual sessions were scheduled each weekend from July 9 to July 26, 2020. Click on a link below to watch highlights on YouTube:

  • Nearly 40 research presentations on all aspects of baseball, past and present, from the major leagues, minor leagues, and Negro Leagues
  • Half a Century in Half an Hour: SABR’s 50 at 50 Project, with Leslie Heaphy, John Thorn, and Jason Schwartz (Watch now)
  • Evaluating Baseball Art: Storytelling in a Digital Age, with Graig Kreindler, Anika Orrock, Dick Perez, and Anthony Salazar (Watch now)
  • Civil Rights and Baseball: Perception and Reality, with Dr. Louis Moore and Emily Hawks (Watch now)
  • Baseball Then and Now: Arnold Hano’s 94 Years in the Bleachers, with Jon Leonoudakis, Mark Armour, and Jean Ardell. (Watch now. Click here to watch the film on Amazon Prime.)
  • MLB Diversity Initiatives and Social Justice Resources, with Tyrone Brooks and Corey Smith (Watch now)
  • One on One: MLB’s Cory Schwartz, interviewed by Dan Evans (Watch now)
  • Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, July 11, with Bob Davids Award announcement
  • Online raffle in which all SABR members had the opportunity to win baseball memorabilia. Click here to learn more about the SABR Virtual Raffle.
  • Take a 40% discount and get free shipping on selected University of Nebraska Press baseball books during SABR Virtual. Offer good through August 15, 2020.

SABR members had first priority to reserve their spot for each daily two-hour session. Recordings are now available for all baseball fans to view afterward on the SABR Virtual playlist on YouTube.

Click on a date below to watch the replay of each day’s session.

SABR Virtual: Thursday, July 9

  • Watch: Click here to watch the replay of this session on YouTube
  • Schedule: Here is the schedule of presentations for Thursday, July 9, hosted by Scott Bush:
    — 7:00-7:30 p.m. EDT: Richard Moraski, “George Bamberger, Orioles Pitching Coach 1968 thru 1977: The Way to Exceptional Performance” (RP1)
    — 7:30-8:00 p.m. EDT: Mark Kanter, “Frank Robinson Changes Everything” (RP2)
    — 8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT: John Burbridge, “Billy Martin’s Baltimore Brawls” (RP3)
    — 8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT: Paul Scimonelli, “Joe Cambria: Saint or Scoundrel? The Controversial Life of the Washington Senators ‘Super Scout’ (RP4)

Join us for SABR Virtual on Friday, July 10!

  • Replay: Click here to watch a replay of this session on YouTube.
  • Schedule: Here is the schedule of presentations for Friday, July 10, hosted by Dan Evans:
    — 7:00-7:30 p.m. EDT: Tom Thress, “Building a Left Fielder Out of Spare Parts” (RP5)
    — 7:30-8:00 p.m. EDT: David W. Smith, “Ejections Through the Years and the Effect of Expanded Replay” (RP6)
    — 8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT: One-on-One: MLB’s Cory Schwartz, interviewed by Dan Evans
    — 8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT: Mark Pankin, “REBOOT: Batting out of Turn (BOOT): Baseball’s Most Confounding Rule Revisited” (RP7)

Join us for SABR Virtual on Saturday, July 11!

  • Replay: Click here to watch a replay of this session on YouTube.
  • Schedule: Here is the schedule of presentations for Saturday, July 11:
    — 3:00-3:30 p.m. EDT: Lindsay Bell, “Uncle Sam Strikes Out: Landis and the Rehabilitation of Baseball’s Patriotism” (RP8)
    — 3:30-4:00 p.m. EDT: Andy McCue, “Franchise Whack-a-Mole: The Expansion of 1977 – Why and How” (RP9)
    — 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT: Annual Business Meeting and presentation of 2020 SABR Bob Davids Award

Join us for SABR Virtual on Sunday, July 12!

  • Replay: Click here to watch a replay of this session on YouTube.
  • Schedule: Here is the schedule of presentations for Sunday, July 12, hosted by Jason Schwartz:
    — 3:00-3:30 p.m. EDT: Jerry Amernic, “The Impact of Babe Ruth Beyond Baseball” (RP10)
    — 3:30-4:00 p.m. EDT: Half a Century in Half an Hour: SABR’s 50 at 50 Project (Leslie Heaphy, John Thorn, and moderator Jason Schwartz)
    — 4:00-4:30 p.m. EDT: Michael Haupert, “Steal of the Century: How the Red Sox Paid the Yankees to Take Babe Ruth” (RP11)
    — 4:30-5:00 p.m. EDT: Herm Krabbenhoft, “Day-In/Day-Out Double-Duty Diamondeers” (RP12)

Join us for SABR Virtual on Thursday, July 16!

  • Replay: Click here to watch a replay of this session on YouTube
  • Schedule: Here is the schedule of presentations for Thursday, July 16, hosted by Emily Hawks:
    — 7:00-7:30 p.m. EDT: Mark Armour, “The Best Player in Baseball” (RP13)
    — 7:30-8:00 p.m. EDT: Perry Barber, “Two is Better Than One” (RP14)
    — 8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT: Civil Rights and Baseball: Perception and Reality with Dr. Louis Moore and Emily Hawks
    — 8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT: Roberta J. Newman, “Infinite Power, Infinite Synergy: Major League Baseball and the Marvel Universe” (RP15)

Join us for SABR Virtual on Friday, July 17!

  • Replay: Click here to watch a replay of this session on YouTube
  • Schedule: Here is the schedule of presentations for Friday, July 17, hosted by Jacob Pomrenke:
    — 7:00-7:30 p.m. EDT: Todd Peterson, “Negro Leagues vs Major Leagues” (RP16)
    — 7:30-8:00 p.m. EDT: Bernard McKenna, “1913 Baltimore Black Sox: The Intersection of Baseball and Race Relations in the City” (RP17)
    — 8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT: Brian Engelhardt, “October 6, 1882: The Third Time is the Charm as the Wild and Crazy Reading Actives Defeat The Dismal Baltimore Orioles After Two Lopsided Defeats” (RP18)
    — 8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT: Greg Gajus, “The Year After: The Story of the 1870 Cincinnati Red Stockings” (RP19)

Join us for SABR Virtual on Saturday, July 18!

  • Replay: Click here to watch a replay of this session on YouTube
  • Schedule: Here is the schedule of presentations for Saturday, July 18, hosted by Mark Armour:
    — 3:00-3:30 p.m. EDT: Mitchell Nathanson, “From ‘Tell-Some’ to ‘Tell-All’: How We Went From Brosnan to Bouton” (RP20)
    — 3:30-4:00 p.m. EDT: Baseball Then and Now: Arnold Hano’s 94 Years in the Bleachers, with Jon Leonoudakis, Mark Armour, and Jean Ardell. (Watch the film on Amazon Prime.)
    — 4:00-4:30 p.m. EDT: Karen DeLuca Stephens, “A Heck of a Game” (RP21)
    — 4:30-5:00 p.m. EDT: David Paulson, “Baseball’s Impact on U.S. Stamp History” (RP22)

Join us for SABR Virtual on Sunday, July 19!

  • Replay: Click here to watch a replay of this session on YouTube
  • Schedule: Here is the schedule of presentations for Sunday, July 19, hosted by John McMurray:
    — 3:00-3:30 p.m. EDT: Curt Smith, “Orioles 1954: Broadcast Magic” (RP23)
    — 3:30-4:00 p.m. EDT: Rob Fitts, “Scapegoat! How the First Japanese Professional Ball Player was Framed as a Spy” (RP24)
    — 4:00-4:30 p.m. EDT: Alan Cohen, “Baltimore’s Forgotten Dynasty” (RP25)
    — 4:30-5:00 p.m. EDT: Keith Spalding Robbins, “Baltimore, Berlin and The Babe: the 1936 Olympic Baseball Team” (RP26)

Join us for SABR Virtual on Thursday, July 23!

  • Replay: Click here to watch a replay of this session on YouTube
  • Schedule: Here is the schedule of presentations for Thursday, July 23, hosted by Jacob Pomrenke:
    — 7:00-7:30 p.m. EDT: Chuck Hildebrandt, “What the Balk Is Going on Here?! Baseball’s Most Difficult-to-Master Rule and the Season It Broke” (RP27)
    — 7:30-8:00 p.m. EDT: Steve Treder, “The Triumph of the Whiff: A History of the Strikeout” (RP28)
    — 8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT: Nick Elam, “More Action in Less Time: Introducing the Dynamic Strike Zone Concept” (RP29)
    — 8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT: Christina Knoedler, “Does Weather Affect Pitched Balls: Delving Deeper with Physics” (RP30)

Join us for SABR Virtual on Friday, July 24!

  • Replay: Click here to watch a replay of this session on YouTube
  • Schedule: Here is the schedule of presentations for Friday, July 24, hosted by Scott Fischthal:
    — 7:00-7:30 p.m. EDT: Gordon Gattie, “Fifty Hits: Ron Hunt’s 1971 Single-Season Modern-Era Record for Times Hit-By-Pitch” (RP31)
    — 7:30-8:00 p.m. EDT: F.X. Flinn, “SABR 2020: What did we get right in 2003?” (RP32)
    — 8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT: MLB Diversity Initiatives and Social Justice Resources (Tyrone Brooks, Corey Smith)
    — 8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT: Jeff J. Snider, “The Disappearance — and Reappearance? — of Garry Templeton’s Record” (RP33)

Join us for SABR Virtual on Saturday, July 25!

  • Replay: Click here to watch a replay of this session on YouTube
  • Schedule: Here is the schedule of presentations for Saturday, July 25, hosted by Neal Traven:
    — 3:00-3:30 p.m. EDT: Daniel Levitt, “John McGraw and the Creation of the Modern Sports Environment” (RP34)
    — 3:30-4:00 p.m. EDT: Rob Garratt, “Rogers Hornsby of the New York Giants: McGraw and Stoneham’s 1927 Gambit to Win the City’s Fan Base” (RP35)
    — 4:00-4:30 p.m. EDT: R.J. Lesch, “Bugs Raymond, Fact and Fiction: How Stories about the Ballplayer Reflect Popular Attitudes about Alcoholism and Substance Abuse during the 20th Century” (RP36)
    — 4:30-5:00 p.m. EDT: Edward Scahill, “Hugh Jennings & John McGraw at St. Bonaventure University” (RP37)

Join us for SABR Virtual on Sunday, July 26!

  • Replay: Click here to watch a replay of this session on YouTube
  • Schedule: Here is the schedule of presentations for Sunday, July 26, hosted by Anthony Salazar:
    — 3:00-3:30 p.m. EDT: Jim Case, “May the Best Team Lose: An Analysis of the Proposed Expansion of Baseball’s Postseason Playoff System” (RP38)
    — 3:30-4:00 p.m. EDT: Rob Mains, “Can’t Tell The Players Without a Scorecard: Changes in Roster Turnover Trends” (RP39)
    — 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT: Evaluating Baseball Art: Storytelling in a Digital Age, with Graig Kreindler, Anika Orrock, Dick Perez, and moderator Anthony Salazar

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