SABR 43: Thursday
Highlights from the first full day of the SABR 43 convention in Philadelphia, on August 1, 2013.
- The Society for American Baseball Research's annual convention is back in Philadelphia for the first time since 1974 — and SABR 43 was definitely been worth the wait.The early part of the week is always spent preparing for hundreds of the most passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans around to arrive in the convention city, and the host Connie Mack Chapter provided many eager volunteers to get everything ready at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.
- On Wednesday, SABR members and guests were invited on a special walking tour of historic Philadelphia. The tour was led by Drexel University professor Scott Gabriel Knowles. Although it was limited to 25, more than 85 showed up at Welcome Park on 2nd Street for the tour! Dr. Knowles graciously shepherded the flock all the way through the 3-hour tour.
- It was a spectacular tour, thanks to Dr. Knowles' enthusiastic and informative guidance. We were told he couldn't be stumped with a question about Philadelphia history, and not even our great trivia experts could get one past him.Back at the Marriott, the night ended with the Ross Adell Welcome Reception ... which featured a Philly-centric menu of cheesesteaks and TastyKakes. The diet can wait; it's convention week!
- On Thursday, August 1 — the day after MLB's trade deadline — the Annual Business Meeting produced a big swap, as Larry Bowa of MLB Network agreed to step in for MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred as the keynote speaker for SABR 43 on Friday. Manfred, of course, had some other important business to attend to ...The other big announcement was the site of the 2015 SABR convention, which seemed to make EVERYONE happy:
- Phillies CEO David Montgomery delivered the opening remarks, and spoke openly about his lifelong fandom, the building of Citizens Bank Park, and the team's "anti-sabermetric" reputation.
- You can listen to David Montgomery's opening remarks by clicking here.The morning continued with the first of 32 research presentations, with subjects as varied as the 1964 American League pennant race to an integrated league in 1926. Other attendees went downstairs to the Vendors Room or across the street to grab a bite at nearby Reading Terminal Market.
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