We welcome new members interested in baseball research, books, history, collections and general fandom in the national capital area. In order to join our Ottawa Chapter you must first join the international organization. You can do so through the link below:
Once you sign up you choose your local chapter to get the latest info on events, meetings and all sorts of fun stuff about local baseball research and fandom.
SABR memberships are available on annual, multi-year, or monthly subscription basis. Annual and monthly subscription memberships auto-renew for your convenience. Young Professional memberships are for ages 30 and under. Senior memberships are for ages 65 and older. Student memberships are available to currently enrolled middle/high school or full-time college/university students.
Monthly subscription members receive SABR publications electronically and are eligible for SABR event discounts after 12 months.
SABR was formed in 1971 in Cooperstown, New York, with the mission of fostering the research and dissemination of the history and record of the game. Our members include everyone from academics to professional sportswriters to amateur historians and statisticians to students and casual fans who merely enjoy reading about baseball history and occasionally gathering with other members to talk baseball.
SABR members have a variety of interests, and this is reflected in the diversity of its research committees. There are more than two dozen groups devoted to the study of a specific area related to the game — from Baseball and the Arts to Statistical Analysis to the Deadball Era to Women in Baseball. In addition, many SABR members meet formally and informally in regional chapters throughout the year and hundreds come together for the annual national convention, the organization’s premier event. These meetings often include panel discussions with former major league players and research presentations by members.
Most of all, SABR members love talking baseball with like-minded friends. What unites them all is an interest in the game and joy in learning more about it.
So, if you’re interested in baseball — writing about it, reading about it, talking about it — there’s a place for you in the Society for American Baseball Research. Any baseball fan is eligible to become a SABR member.
Frank ‘Shag’ Shaughnessy
This bio is copied from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Shaughnessy was inducted August 3,1983
After a brief major league career with the Washington Senators and Philadelphia Athletics, Frank Shaughnessy moved to Montreal in 1912 to coach the football team at McGill University. The former Notre Dame gridiron star would lead the university to two championships.
In the off-season, “Shag” managed semi-pro baseball clubs in Hamilton and Ottawa. He also coached for the Detroit Tigers and was later hired by the International League’s Montreal Royals. While employed by the Royals in 1933, Shaughnessy introduced night baseball to the city and a revised playoff system that saw the league’s top four teams advance to the post-season. This format – dubbed the “Shaughnessy Plan” – was quickly adopted by other minor leagues.
After serving as interim field manager for part of the 1934 season, Shag returned to the Royals dugout for the 1935 campaign and transformed a sixth-place squad into pennant winners. A widely respected baseball man, Shaughnessy was named president of the International League in 1936 – a post he would hold until 1960. It was under his reign that baseball’s colour barrier would finally be broken, when the Montreal Royals signed Jackie Robinson on October 23, 1945.
For a full bio consult the article by Charles Bevis at SABR.org