The Society for American Baseball Research was formed in Cooperstown, NY in August 1971. Its mission is to:
* preserve and promote baseball's historical status as a preeminent social and cultural institution;
* establish an accurate historical record of the game and the people associated with it;
* encourage and support research into all aspects of the game, and;
* provide assorted outlets for the dissemination of the research efforts of its members.
Members can share their love for the game by joining local SABR chapters.
The Magnolia Chapter takes it name from the magnolia tree (left) that once dominated the center field skyline at Ponce De Leon Park, home of the old Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association. Today, the tree still stands behind a shopping center that now occupies the space of the old ballpark on Ponce De Leon Avenue.
The Magnolia Chapter serves members in the state of Georgia and members from other surrounding states where there are no active local chapters. Our meetings are open to all members regardless of where they live, however, and to the general public as well.
former pitcher Bob Hendley (left) and the late Furman Bisher. Other meetings may be held at other times of the year depending on the availability of program participants.
The chapter also participates in SABR Day. SABR Day is designed to be the one day of the year when every SABR chapter and members have a chance to celebrate SABR and welcome new members into the fold. National SABR Day is usually in late January; however, in recent years, the Magnolia Chapter has been folding SABR Day into its own Hot Stove League meeting in early February.
The chapter holds a couple of informal get-togethers each month as well. "Third Thursdays" is held on (obviously) the third Thursday of each month at Hudson's Grille in Sandy Springs. There are no formal presentations; just a chance to discuss/argue baseball with fellow members, and great trivia brainteasers from David Washburn. Also, the chapter holds a "Fourth Wednesdays" get-together at a location on the east side of Atlanta. The current location is Matthews Cafeteria in downtown Tucker. This get-together usually starts around 6pm.
Members also have the opportunity to attend minor league games with other local members and an occasional game at Turner Field, as well as other special events such as the Rickwood Classic in Birmingham, the annual Southern Association Conference, and the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
We hope you will visit our website often to keep up on what's going on in the Magnolia Chapter!