A day to remember

SABR Day to take place on Jan. 29 throughout the world and in Cooperstown

January 13, 2011
SABR members will flock to Cooperstown on January 29th for a fun-filled event. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – There may be more than six inches of snow on the ground, but it is always baseball season in Cooperstown.

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) will hold its second annual SABR Day Jan. 29 throughout its 55 chapters in North America, Europe and Asia, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will welcome SABR members to Cooperstown that day as a part of SABR Day festivities.

"We started SABR Day last year, and it is a chance in the middle of winter, with three weeks before pitchers and catchers report, to get back in the baseball frame of mind," said Marc Appleman, executive director of SABR.

About 30-35 chapters are scheduled to meet on SABR day around the United States and internationally. Some chapters choose to get together and talk baseball, some play catch out in the snow and some hold research presentations with knowledgeable speakers.

"It is just a reason to celebrate baseball and get together," said Appleman.

SABR's chapter in Cooperstown, the Cliff Kachline Chapter, will host the gathering at the Hall of Fame beginning at 1:15 p.m. ET on Jan. 29.

"SABR is loaded with a membership that has an extensive knowledge of the game," said Jim Gates, librarian for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "We hope to expand the relationship between the Hall of Fame and SABR so that we can draw upon that knowledge and provide a direct benefit to the Hall of Fame and to SABR."

SABR has nearly 7,000 members world-wide and was formed in August of 1971 in Cooperstown. Hall of Fame members and fans are encouraged to attend and participate in the celebration.

"This is a chance to introduce people to SABR, meet its members, see what they do and maybe learn about attending other events," said Appleman. "We want to extend the invite to Hall of Fame members and fans to come find out more about SABR."

The Hall of Fame will hold a videoconference with the San Francisco chapter at AT&T Park during the day, home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants and the Cleveland chapter, the site of the home offices of SABR. Members of the Sacramento chapter are planning to be in San Francisco and members of the Philadelphia chapter are coming to Cooperstown. It will give an opportunity for baseball fans on opposite ends of the country to talk about baseball.

"What place symbolizes baseball better than the Hall of Fame," said Appleman.

Samantha Carr is the manager of web and digital media for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum