At SABR, who knows what you'll run into?

Only at a SABR convention can you meet Bill James and get the lowdown on Dontrelle Willis' Little League years.

Updated: July 14, 2003, 11:46 PM ET
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

There's nothing else quite like the annual convention of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

Where else will you run into somebody who played against Dontrelle Willis at both the Little League and Babe Ruth levels?

At the SABR convention, I met a young man named Gray Claytor, who grew up -- as did Willis -- in Alameda County, Calif. To Gray's credit, he doesn't open with the Willis material; rather, he waits until Willis comes into the conversation, and then he drops ...

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