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4th Annual Wharton Club SF Giants Event at AT&T Park!

Evaluating ML Baseball Players through Statistical Analysis
With Wharton Profs Adi Wyner and Shane Jensen. Bill Schlough, SF Giants CIO
AND your chance to win an autographed baseball personally presented by Hall of Famer Willie McCovey!

Back by popular demand! Join us for a very special WCNC members-only "Wharton Club Day at AT&T Park" on Sunday, August 2nd! The day's activities will be jam-packed and features (1) an exclusive tour of AT&T Park; (2) a Chalk Talk session: "Evaluating Major League Baseball Players through Statistical Analysis”; (3) a Giants sports memorabilia raffle for charity (featuring the chance of a lifetime to receive an autographed baseball from Hall of Famer Willie McCovey!); (4) a picnic-style lunch; and of course, (5) the game which will be special for Wharton alumni since it's our hometown SF Giants vs. our alma mater's hometown Philadelphia Phillies!

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 Exclusive Baseball Park Tour
Get to the park early, and enjoy an insider's tour of AT&T Park. You'll be taken throughout the park by a Giants tour guide where you can listen and ask questions about the ball park.

Chalk Talk
The main event is an exclusive Chalk Talk session that features Wharton Professors Abraham (Adi) Wyner and Shane Jensen. Wharton alumnus Bill Schlough, Senior Vice President and CIO of the San Francisco Giants will be moderating their talk. Both Prof. Wyner and Prof. Jensen possess a wealth of knowledge and experience of applying statistical analysis to sporting, and their work has been featured in numerous mainstream publications such as the Boston Globe, New York Times, and New York Post.

Adi and Shane will share some of their research findings and how they evaluate major league baseball players by the numbers. The format will be highly interactive, with ample opportunity for Q&A . . . please bring your questions and ask away!

 A Very Special Giants Community Fund Stretch Drive!
To help benefit our local community, the Club will again have a sports memorabilia raffle. This was a great success last year, and all proceeds of the raffle go to the Giants Community Fund, an organization that uses baseball as a forum to encourage youngsters and families to live healthy, productive lives. Through the kindness of the Giants organization, our raffle will this year include the chance of a lifetime -- to receive an autographed baseball personally presented by Hall of Famer Willie McCovey! Buy as many raffle tickets as you can to support the Giants Community Fund and have your chance to win a chance of a lifetime!

Picnic-style Lunch
Immediately following the talk, we will host a picnic-style lunch after which we will adjourn to our seats to watch the SF Giants vs. the Philadelphia Phillies game. The weather is great for baseball during this time of the year, and this is a special opportunity to learn more about sports analysis from two Wharton Professors and enjoy a game while meeting and getting to know other Wharton alumni who live in the area.

We anticipate high demand for this event and expect it to sell out quickly. If you would like to reserve a seat for you and your guest, please do so as soon as possible!

Note to families: AT&T Park is very kid-friendly with slides in the Coke Bottle and a mini-ballpark in leftfield where youngsters can play whiffle ball throughout the game.

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Date: Sunday, August 2, 2009. 9:30am
Location: AT&T Park, Giants Executive Offices (in between Acme Chophouse and Dugout Store) 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107
Event fee: $30 per person for current WCNC members. $15 per person for current Wharton Club Gold Ticket Members. Members-only for this event. Members may purchase up to one additional ticket for an accompanied adult at the member rate. Members may also purchase up to three additional tickets for their children, who must be accompanied by a parent. Note: these children's tickets are not transferrable to an adult--they are intended only for Club members who would like to bring their 1-3 of their children. Up to 30 tickets have been set aside for accompanied children, but all 120 of our tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

We do expect this event to sell out quickly, so buy your tickets early if you would like to attend. Extra $10 for tickets after July 24th, if available. All sales final (and you always have the option to have another person attend in your place once a ticket has been purchased.)

9:30am-10:15am. Check-in and Tour
10:30am-11:45am. Chalk Talk & Charity Raffle
12:00pm-12:50pm. Lunch
1:05pm. First Pitch!

 Abraham Wyner
Associate Professor of Statistics
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Professor Abraham (Adi) Wyner is Associate Professor of Statistics at the Wharton School of Business. He came to Wharton in 1999, from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was an Assistant Professor and a NSF Post-Doctoral Fellow. Professor Wyner's principle focus at Wharton has been research in Applied Probability, Information Theory and Statistical Learning. He has published in numerous articles in leading journals in many different fields, including Statistics, Probability, Information Theory, Computer Science and Bio-Informatics. His interest in sports statistics has led to several research articles and collaborations with ESPN.com and “ESPN: the Magazine”.

 Shane T. Jensen
Assistant Professor of Statistics
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Shane T. Jensen is an Assistant Professor of Statistics in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been teaching since completing his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 2004. Dr. Jensen has published over thirty academic papers in statistical methodology for a variety of applied areas, including molecular biology, psychology and sports. Dr. Jensen maintains an active research program in developing sophisticated statistical models for the evaluation of player performance in baseball.

 Bill Schlough
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
San Francisco Giants

Bill Schlough oversees a team of dedicated professionals that provide day-to-day technical support while working with internal clients to set the technological direction for the organization. Since he joined the team in 1999, the Giants have demonstrated a sustained commitment to enhancing the fan experience through innovations such as the “Double Play Ticket Window,” “Ticket Relay,” the “Digital Dugout,” customer-facing contactless payment systems, universal gift card, HDTV and the first 100-percent wireless facility in professional sports. Most recently, Schlough and his team directed the implementation of AT&T Park's Diamond Vision display and Hi-Definition video production facility.

A member of the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC) Board, Schlough served as a technology lead for San Francisco's bids to host the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. His event experience includes assignments at the 1994 World Cup along with Olympic Games in Atlanta, Salt Lake and Torino, Italy. Previously, he worked as a consultant with Booz-Allen Hamilton and Electronic Data Systems, supporting a diverse collection of clients including AMD, Northrop Grumman and General Motors.

A San Francisco native, Schlough holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School. He and his wife, Erin, reside in Redwood City.

About the Giants Community Fund
The Giants Community Fund uses baseball as a forum to encourage youngsters and families to live healthy, productive lives. The Fund supports Junior Giants summer leagues throughout California, Nevada and Oregon and collaborates with the San Francisco Giants to provide assistance to targeted community efforts.

The Fund supports Junior Giants summer leagues, providing self-esteem and values training, along with baseball equipment, uniforms and instructional service, to over 13,000 boys and girls 5-18 years old who otherwise could not afford to play organized baseball. Parents, volunteer coaches, and umpires place a higher value on character than on wins and losses, and with their help, the Junior Giants program prepares young people to be leaders in their community.

In addition to supporting public awareness campaigns such as Until There's A Cure Day and Strike Out Violence Day, the Fund also annually provides grants to charitable organizations that provide important programs in the following areas:

* Education/Literacy
* Health
* Violence Prevention

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