SABR 43: Friday

Highlights from Friday, August 2, 2013, at SABR's 43rd annual convention in Philadelphia.


  1. It was an action-packed Friday morning at SABR 43. We kicked it off with a Baseball Scouting Panel led by Roland Hemond, one of the great ambassadors in baseball, Tom Tippett of the Boston Red Sox   and Ian Levin of the New York Mets. After a thoughtful discussion on the recent Jake Peavy and Ian Kennedy trades, Hemond's phone suddenly interrupted the panel ...  
  2. Alas, he wasn't swinging a trade but fielding a call from Minnesota Twins GM Terry Ryan, who was scheduled to fly in to SABR 43 to receive the Roland Hemond Award later that day. Ryan's flight was canceled and Hemond accepted the award on his behalf. 

    Next up was the creative Imagining Baseball panel, organized by MLB Official Historian John Thorn to discuss "the game between the ears."
  3. The third and final panel of the morning was to commemorate and discuss the 50th anniversary of Eliot Asinof's Eight Men Out (published in 1963.) The panel included Black Sox researchers Bill Lamb, Dr. David Fletcher and Jacob Pomrenke and a very special guest: Patricia Anderson, 86, the niece and surrogate daughter of Buck Weaver.
  4. At the SABR 43 Awards Luncheon, former Phillies player and manager Larry Bowa was the keynote speaker in a Q&A session moderated by's Barry Bloom, who wrote two books with Bowa. 
  5. Afterward, all of SABR's 2013 research award winners were recognized, including Henry Chadwick Award winners John Thorn, Bill Carle and Paul Dickson, followed by the announcement of the Bob Davids Award, SABR's highest honor. 
  6. Friday afternoon consisted of some great research presentations on Philadelphia baseball history, including "The Mysterious Case of Elmer Valo" and "Philadelphia's Rooftop Bleachers."

    Then came a fascinating panel covering all eras of Philly's baseball history with Dr. Jerry Casway, author of Ed Delahanty in the Emerald Age of Baseball; Richard Hershberger, author of numerous articles on early baseball; David Jordan, president/chairman of the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society; Norman Macht, author of an award-winning three-volume biography of Connie Mack; Rich Westcott, author of a dozen books on Philadelphia baseball history; and moderator John Thorn. 
  7. Finally, it was time for the traditional SABR convention ballgame — Braves vs. Phillies at Citizens Bank park, where the home team was honoring former star pitcher Curt Schilling during an emotional pregame ceremony.
  8. Schilling  getting a plaque into the Wall of Fame at Citizen Bank Park. sabr #sabr43 phillies braves
    Schilling getting a plaque into the Wall of Fame at Citizen Bank Park. sabr #sabr43 phillies braves nL23/