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Meet Masanori Murakami, Japan’s First Major Leaguer Monday, June 29, 2015
Written by Daigo Fujiwara, Joanne Hulbert, David Laurila   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 18:03

Meet Masanori Murakami- Japan’s First Major Leaguer

Royal Rooters Club in Fenway Park
Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7 PM.

Here is a  great opportunity to meet a former player who played an important role in baseball history.
Masanori Murakami, a native of Otsuki Japan, pitched for the San Francisco Giants in 1964 and 1965.

The event is free and open to the public. It will begin with a short clip by filmmaker Yuriko Gamo Romer, from her upcoming documentary "Diamond Diplomacy: U.S. Japan Relations Through a Shared Love of Baseball." Following a discussion on that topic, Murakami and his biographer, Robert Fitts, will speak about Murakami's career and his experience as Japan’s first Big Leaguer. Afterwards, "Mashi" will meet with fans and sign copies of his biography.

The Japan Society of Boston has generously rented the Royal Rooters Club for the event. Food will be served—there will also be a cash bar -- and Mashi will sign copies of his biography for free (the book is $25). Other autographs will be $25 each.

We urge all SABR members to attend this exciting summer event.

Please visit Rob Fitts' websiite for more.

For more information, contact,

Daigo Fujiwara
Joanne Hulbert
David Laurila

Boston Chapter


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 18:18
A Look at the Era through the Lens of Local Baseball History - April 30
Written by Daigo Fujiwara, Joanne Hulbert, and David Laurila   
Friday, 17 April 2015 12:15
Gibson House Museum Presents 
Our 4th Annual Early Baseball in Boston: 
A Look at the Era through the Lens of Local Baseball History

BOSTON, MA …. Baseball fans have a chance to learn more about the game’s present and visit its past on Thursday, April 30, 2015. The Gibson House Museum, in conjunction with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the Boston Braves Historical Association (BBHA), will celebrate one of professional baseball’s first dynasties – the 1912-1918 Boston Red Sox. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Gibson House Museum at 137 Beacon Street, Boston, with a “Ballpark Cocktail Hour” featuring beer and hot dogs. The program gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at the Trustees Reading Room at Fisher College (across the street at 118 Beacon Street).

The evening will feature vignettes of this era, when the Red Sox won four world championships in seven years with a roster that included Babe Ruth, Smoky Joe Wood, Tris Speaker, and a cast of somewhat lesser-known but equally colorful players. 

Our featured storyteller is Tom Whalen, author of When the Red Sox Ruled: Boston’s First Dynasty, 1912–1918.  Also sharing stories of the period will be Bob Ruzzo from the Boston Braves Historical Association. Gibson House board members will set the scene with period-relevant historical anecdotes about Boston in this second decade of the 20th Century. [.  

Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, with a special $25 admission for members of the Gibson House Museum, the SABR, the BBHS, the Boston Preservation Alliance, the Ayer Mansion, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, and the Victorian Society.
For more information or to purchase tickets, email or call 617-267-6338.

The Gibson House Museum is an authentic Victorian row house located at 137 Beacon Street. Built in 1859, it is one of Back Bay’s earliest homes and stands as the area’s only historic house museum. The museum is open to the public and preserved as a time capsule of the daily life of a well-to-do Boston family and its domestic staff. The Gibson House Museum is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the Massachusetts State Register of Historic Places.

The Society for American Baseball Research had its beginnings in Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1971. Founded by L. Robert Davids, its original members included fifteen researchers from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Within a decade, SABR had grown to 1,500 members. It now stands at 6,000 members, including many major and minor league baseball officials, broadcasters, writers, and former players. Membership is open to anyone interested in baseball. 
Founded in 1992, the Boston Braves Historical Association has sought to keep alive the memory of the Boston Braves in a variety of ways. In addition to hosting an annual meeting and player reunions, and publishing a highly acclaimed newsletter, the association sponsors research publications (six of which are in the Baseball Hall of Fame Library), conduct tours of the remains of Braves Field, produce commemorative mementos, and have established a Boston Braves Hall of Fame. Membership information is available  at 
Featured Speakers:
Tom Whalen, the author of When the Red Sox Ruled: Baseball’s First Dynasty, 1912–1918, is an Associate Professor of Social Sciences at Boston University.  Prof. Whalen is a prolific author on a number of regional subjects, primarily Massachusetts politics and sports; his books include JFK and His Enemies: A Portrait of Power, A Higher Purpose: Profiles in Presidential Courage, Dynasty’s End: Bill Russell and the 1968–69 World Champion Boston Celtics, and Kennedy Versus Lodge: The 1952 Massachusetts Senate Race. A regular contributor to National Public Radio on local and national political issues, Mr. Whalen currently teaches a course on, “The History, Literature, Film, and Science of Baseball” at Boston University.
Bob Ruzzo is Senior Counsel at the Boston office of the law firm of Holland and Knight. From 2001 to 2012 he was the Chief Operating Officer at MassHousing, the state's affordable housing bank. Prior to that, he served in a number of leadership roles in the transportation sector, including a stint at the Central Artery project. His many faults require him (in fairness) to overlook the fact that his wife is a Yankees fan. He has authored articles on Braves Field and the unfortunate demise of the Federal League for the SABR Research Journal

Contact: Gibson House Museum
137 Beacon Street 
Boston, MA 02116
Michelle Coughlin, Museum Administrator
Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 12:34
RECAP SABR MLK day Winter meeting - Monday, January 19, 2015
Written by Daigo Fujiwara   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 06:51

The annual MLK Day Boston chapter meeting at The Baseball Tavern  gathered up a great lineup of presenters and speakers on January 19. Donna Halper led off with her  presentation about Marion Downer, the notable African American sports reporter. Donna always gives an informative and entertaining story filled with memorable  details about obscure but important baseball history. Her presentations are never to be missed.

Mark Kanter presented on his theories on the impact of 100 mile/hr pitchers. His presentation inspired much discussion and we expect to hear from Mark again as he gathers more research.

We als heard brief announcements, updates and offers from Brian Davenport, Guy Zuccarella and Christine Fry.

Once Brian Rose was able to find a parking space nearby - the construction in the Fenway Park area caused a scarcity of spaces -  he kept the crowd entertained with stories from inside the club house, and if you weren’t there to hear it all, then, we can't tell you, but the talk and it was one memorable tale involving, well, . . .. you really did have to be there to hear it…..

Mike Murov, from the Red Sox  front office, enlightened us to the experiences he’s had as the Assistant Director of Major League Operations. of Baseball Operations. There was one thing several people wanted to know - how can I get a job like that!?

Next up was Ryan O’Rourke, currently a pitcher with the Twins organization. David Laurila conducted a one-on-one interview with him. Very informative, very inspiriting to hear the experience of an up and coming prospect and all the challenges he has faced.

Last but certainly not least, Rico Brogna carried on a lively conversation about his career as first baseman for the Red Sox and his time with the Phillies. No better way to wind up a chapter meeting than a the give and take of history, baseball theory and practice.

Thank you, all presenters and speakers for making the 2015 MLK Day meeting a great success.



Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 12:30
Written by Joanne Hulbert   
Saturday, 17 January 2015 05:59

Boston will meet for the annual SABR Day event, on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Bleacher Bar, underneath Fenway Park on Landsdowne Street. Meet us there for lunch at 12 noon, and join us for lively innings of hot stove conversation. You'll have no trouble finding us, we'll be the ones making all the noise.

SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The sixth annual SABR Day will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

See SABR national site to see what else is happening around the world

Boston detail: 

Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Noon
Bleacher Bar
82A Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215
(617) 262-2424


Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 07:07
2014 Fall Meeting Recap
Written by Joanne Hulbert, Daigo Fujiwara   
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 11:27

Forty attendees enjoyed a day inside away from the blustery, rainy weather in Boston yesterday. We started to gather over at South Station, and enjoyed a lively lunch trading stories, arguments and jokes and then moved on to predictions for next season after a two minute Pity Party - we all got over it, the season past is completely past now.

At 1 PM, at the Non Profit Center, the meeting agenda was filled from the first minute until the last with a wide range of presentations.After presenting the latest SABR publication, "Van Lingle Mungo, The Man The Song, The Players," Mark Sternman gave an interesting talk about his experiences researching the history of a player, Ben Cardoni, a player who will appear in an upcoming publication on World War II replacement players. He described the challenges of writing about a player who, he said, had very little history, but still turned out to be an interesting character.
David Kaiser presented 'the Greatest Players of Generation X and used WAA (wins above average) instead of WAR. His presentation inspired a lot of conversation about who were the best players of each generation as compared to their contemporaries.
The Boston Renegades, a prominent team of the Beep Ball Association, introduced us to their players, staff and described the way their version of baseball  is played. Affiliated with the Association for Blind Citizens, we urge all SABR members to learn what they do and become involved in promoting their organization. They have a video documentary available for purchase and the film can be acquired via the Association website, as well as film clips that are available on Youtube. Check them out! They are a great and worthy baseball team.
(photo by Daigo Fujiwara)
Saul Wisnia, once again, gave a lively presentation with heavy audience participation  about his latest book, "Miracle at Fenway." As always, Saul entertains, enlightens and impresses us with his great discoveries in base ball history.
Larry McCray and Brian Sheehy, Origins Committee presented the latest findings on early baseball, particularly in New England. they urge everyone to keep a sharp eye out for any new historical findings. They posed the questions of: Who? When? and Why?  And we can also add: Where? Keep your eye out, while researching, for clues about early base ball history!

More info on Boston Renegades: 

The Boston Renegades are a team of visually impaired athletes and volunteer coaches from the greater Boston area that compete in an adaptive form of baseball. This is a competitive team which is part of the NBBA and plays against opponents all over the country. The Boston Renegades are operated by the Association of Blind Citizens.
Go to their website - -  and read how, after their presentation at the November 1, 2014 Boston Chapter meeting, they got to thinking about statistics. All you stats geeks - and others more inclined to history and philosophy as well - will find their thoughts and theories very interesting. And for those who attended the November meeting, who knew how complex stats could be when applied to beep ball!
Looking for a unique baseball gift this season? Their documentary, The Renegades, A Beep Ball Story, can be purchased on their website, and has been shown at Cooperstown where it received rave reviews.  You will be inspired by their story and there is no better way to support their team. And there’s no more inspiring Boston baseball film to be found anywhere this season. Also find them on facebook, and youtube
Our next meeting is planned for Monday, Martin Luther King Day, January 19. 2015. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 11:58
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