With the upcoming annual SABR day coming up in just over a week I thought I would take a moment to comment on why any baseball fan should join SABR.
When most people think of SABR they think of sabermetrics and the study of advanced statistics, but it is so much more than that. I am not into the statistics as I am the history of the game. I just started working on my master’s degree in history and have decided to do my thesis on how baseball influenced the war effort during the 1940’s.
As a member of SABR I have had a lot of great resources available to me. Over the past few weeks I have been able to listen to oral histories put together and saved online by SABR to help in my research. All it took as a member was an email with a short list of names to get the audio files sent to me. There are hundreds available and I have been fortunate to find a few from players that also served in the war.
But that is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a research group that will fit anyone’s interest where you can learn about a part of the game that interest you.
Then there are the different chapters around the US, and now around the world. Many of the chapters have meetings throughout the year or meetups somewhere to talk about baseball. There is such a wealth of knowledge in these chapters that you can learn more and more about baseball that might be specific to your area.
Each year there is a SABR convention as well. In 2014 the convention will be in Houston. I have not yet been to one of these conventions since I have lived overseas for the past few years, but I am going to try and make my first one this summer since it won’t be far from me. Here they have presentations, meetings, and different outings for baseball fans of all ages and interests.
SABR is definitely a worthwhile endeavor for any baseball fan. I will continue as a member in order to hopefully meet more baseball fans that have similar interests than myself as well as to continue to learn about the history of the great game.