The SABR Detroit Chapter will hold a special midsummer meeting from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, July 12, in the Ernie Harwell Room of the Detroit Public Library.

The featured speaker at the meeting will be SABR member John Rosengren, author of a much-needed new biography of Tigers Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg.

The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. with a quick quiz about the recent movie "42", followed by a discussion of its depiction of historical events. At 4 p.m., local SABR stalwart Rick Meister will speak briefly about the 2014 Jerry Malloy Negro League conference, which will be hosted in Detroit.

Rosengren's feature presentation on "Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes" will begin at 4:15, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. People can bring previously purchased copies of the book to be signed, or they can purchase a copy at the meeting directly from the author.

As always, non-members are welcome to attend and to participate. Hope to see you there!

For more information about the author or the book, check out or The author will also be speaking at the West Bloomfield Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 6800 Orchard Road on Thursday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m.

SABR Day 2013 Agenda

On Saturday, January 26, a joint meeting of the Toledo/Bresnahan-Mudhens Chapter, Southeast Michigan/Don Lund Chapter, West Michigan/Wally Pipp Chapter, and the Detroit Chapter will be held for SABR Day 2013.

The day will begin with an optional lunch at Tony Packo's Café at 11:30 a.m. (5827 Monroe St., Sylvania OH 43560). RSVP not required.

The formal meeting starts at Sylvania branch of Toledo-Lucas County Public Library at 1 p.m. (6749 Monroe St., Sylvania).

The lineup for the day:

  • Trivia quiz (prepared by Peter Morris)
  • Book fair, courtesy of Bob McConnell estate and Bruce Brown
  • San Francisco Giants advance scout Brian Johnson will speak at 1:30, followed by Q&A
  • Dave Fleitz will speak at 3:00 about his upcoming book on Nap Lajoie, followed by Q&A
  • John Husman, Mud Hens historian, will speak at 4:00
  • Announcements by each chapter
  • General comments and announcements by members

Adjournment at 5:30 or earlier

As always, there is no admission charge. All are welcome, including non-members--so bring a friend or family member.

1st Annual Greg Spira Baseball Research Award

The Greg Spira Baseball Research Award Committee is now accepting nominations for the first annual award in honor of one of the pioneers in online baseball research.from the press release:

The Greg Spira Baseball Research Award Committee ( has announced the rules and procedures for nominations for the inaugural Greg Spira Baseball Research Award. The winner of the Greg Spira Award will receive a cash prize of $1,000. The committee will also recognize two additional writers with awards of $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

September 2011 Chapter Meeting

Join us for an outstanding program on Sunday, September 18th as the SABR Detroit chapter presents the following speakers:

  • Lisa Alexander will speak about Race on First, Class on Second, Gender on Third, and Sexuality Up to Bat: Intersectionality and Power in Major League Baseball, 1995–2005. Alexander is a professor of Africana studies at Wayne State and is currently editing her dissertation for publication.

Detroit Tigers and Race by Willie Horton

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Willie Horton speaks on the Detroit Tigers and race at the April 2008 SABR-Detroit Race and Integration Symposium.

Integration Symposium Biographies

Here are some links to provide a little background on the speakers and panelists for the April 27th Integration Symposium - Late in the Game.

Maps and Directions

The first annual symposium on race and baseball, Late in The Game: The Tigers and Red Sox Long Road to Integration, will be held on April 26th & 27th at Detroit's Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center. Here are maps and directions on how to get to the Marriott, conveniently located just blocks away from Comerica Park, home to the Detroit Tigers. Use the Google Map below to find directions, or see the additional directions beneath the map.

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