Baseball fans celebrate 4th annual SABR Day

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  1. Our favorite winter tradition of the past few years has been SABR Day, celebrated annually on the last Saturday of January, just a few weeks before pitchers and catchers report. Here are some highlights from the 2013 SABR Day.
  2. On Saturday, January 26, 2013, hundreds of baseball fans gathered for Hot Stove meetings around the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. It's a chance for SABR members and friends to talk baseball, share their research and talk about the upcoming season (or any season.)

    We kicked it off in Philadelphia — site of our SABR 43 national convention this summer — with a banquet at Drexel University that included guest speakers Robin Roberts Jr., son of the Hall of Fame pitcher; former Philadelphia A's executive Dick Armstrong; and author Brett Mandel.
  3. SABR meetings are always open to the public; guest speakers often include beat writers, authors, broadcasters or former players.
  4. SABR members and friends gathered on Saturday in formal and informal settings — from ballparks to restaurants to universities and even the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  5. As part of SABR day, the Cliff Kachline Chapter here in Cooperstown held a gathering in the Hall of Fame's Bullpen Theater. I'd have to say it was the best meeting that I've ever attended for the chapter. Pete Henrici, Jim Gates, and Tom Shieber all delivered informative presentations, which covered a range of topics from nonagenerian (age 90 or older) Hall of Famers, to Hall of Fame election and induction facts, to the Gary Cooper film, "Pride of the Yankees." Someone even presented a baseball card mystery about Dick Green. And then there was a lively discussion about the recent Hall of Fame election. Afterwards, we congregated at the award-winning New York Pizzeria for some delicious slices! All in all, a good time.
  6. The great thing about hanging out with SABR members is no matter how much you think you know about baseball, you usually come away learning something new.
  7. SABR Day brings together baseball fans of all generations. Our Buster Olney Junior Chapter in Vermont — seen here with their namesake — meets regularly throughout the year to play dice baseball:
  8. Hope you all had a great SABR Day! We'll be posting recaps and more photos at SABR.org/sabrday.
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