SABR 42: Day 1 wrap-up

SABR 42 has begun in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Check out top tweets from throughout Day 1 on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

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  1. SABR 42 has begun in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Check out top tweets from throughout Day 1 on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. More coverage, including a detailed daily schedule, can be found online at SABR.org/convention.
  2. Even before the SABR convention officially opened on Wednesday, baseball fans were getting excited for one of the best events of the year. More than 500 SABR members and guests had registered for the convention, as of Tuesday night.

  3. Meanwhile, the SABR staff, including our wonderful interns from the University of Minnesota, was hard at work preparing for registration to open Wednesday afternoon.
  4. We also took a look back at the last time the SABR convention was held in the North Star State, in 1988. (A record heat wave hit the Twin Cities then. Hope we don't get more of the same this week!) More SABR convention history can be found at  SABR.org/content/sabr-convention-history .
  5. As Wednesday dawned, we had everything ready to go at the Marriott City Center ...
  6. Before registration opened, some SABR 42 attendees checked out the baseball resources at the Minneapolis Public Library (where we learned that the library once had to place all the state's high school yearbooks in special collections because too many people were clipping out photos of the musician Prince!)
  7. A different group took a tour of the Minnesota Twins' former home, the Metrodome.
  8. Registration opened at 2 p.m., and attendees were lined up waiting to see what we had in store for their convention goody bags. Among the highlights was the 2012 edition of The National Pastime and other magazines.
  9. After the research committee and regional chapter leader meetings, the first panel discussion — on the development and financing of Target Field, led by SABR's Business of Baseball Committee and Ballparks Committee — was held in the Deer Room.

    You can watch video highlights of the Target Field panel at YouTube.com/SABRvideos below:
     
  10. SABR 42: Target Field Business of Baseball/Ballparks panel discussion
  11. Down the street at the Barnes & Noble on Nicollet Mall, an Authors Panel was also held Wednesday night with Mark Armour, Rob Fitts, Dan Levitt, John Thorn and Steve Treder. They took questions and discussed all manner of baseball issues.
  12. Back at the hotel, we were regaled by a legendary baseball historian's impromptu rendition of a classic song:
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