Washington D. C. - SABR Convention

Trip Start May 13, 2009
Trip End Aug 02, 2009

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Society for American Baseball Research has its annual convention in D.C. this year.  What a town!  I've already visited the Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the Museum of American History!  I was anxious to see the Capitol up close, since the last time I saw it I was only ten years old.  Of course, getting in the place has changed a lot since then. The main thing that I wanted to see was the King Kamehameha statue.  One is in Honolulu, which I've seen, but not as close up as this one in D.C. 

The Library of Congress (Jefferson Bldg.) has beautiful mosaic ceilings.  And the highlight at the Museum of History was seeing the original "Star Spangled Banner" (recently restored), which inspired our national anthem. I vaguely remember seeing it displayed when I was ten years old.  Afterward I joined a few ladies from the Women in Baseball committee for dinner.  Dorothy Seymour Mills is seated to my right in the photo.  She wrote a blurb for the back of my book.

The presentations that I attended were well done for the most part, but my favorite one was a panel of former Negro League Players.  There was even a woman among them!  During the Awards Luncheon I was the announcer for three award recipients, because I was the only convention attendee from a committee I was on this past year for the Sporting News-SABR award.

On the day of my oral presentation there was a full house that attended...possibly 200 people or more.  Afterward there were several people who either came up to me with questions, or complimented my presentation.  Also, there were a number of people who told me that they've already read my book and that they "loved it."  My book signing in the vendor room followed my presentation, and more books were sold than my editor expected!  My acquisitions editor, Rob Taylor, was hopping around being very busy selling books while I signed them. 

It's always great to see the friends that I've made through SABR, and make new ones too!  My next possible trip (though not definite yet) is visiting the San Francisco chapter of SABR in October.  I have tentative plans to visit Honolulu again in January to possibly speak at the Bishop Museum, and possibly another visit to Independence, Missouri, next April. 

Upon my return from the convention, I learned that my oral presentation earned an Honorable Mention!  In fact, there were three Honorable Mentions recognized, and all three were from women!!!  Also, the winner of the poster presentation was a female (a high school girl)!!!!
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