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MLK day Winter meeting - Monday, January 18, 2016
Written by Joanne Hulbert, Daigo Fujiwara, David Laurila   
Thursday, 07 January 2016 07:56
The January 18, 2016, MLK Day Meeting is coming along well and the agenda is filling up. We'll have a great lineup of speakers whose presentations should be interest to everyone.

Come on over to the Baseball Tavern -- 1270 Boylston Street, within sight of the right field wall at Fenway Park -- from 11 am to 5 pm for a day filled with baseball, a subject that is never off-season in Boston.

The featured speakers include:
  • Gordon Edes, recently named official historian for the Red Sox, who will talk about his new role. Edes is a former columnist for ESPN Boston and baseball beat writer the Boston Globe.
  • Andy Andres will present research on Positional Adjustments for WAR. Andres is a Boston University professor who teaches sabermetrics101 on the edX platform (BUx), and an Datacaster and Field Timing Coordinator.
  • Bill Nowlin will have a presentation on Sam Jethro.
  • Donna Halper will talk about how fans saw and heard baseball the 1920s. 
Other presenters are in the works, but not yet confirmed.

When: Monday, January 19, 2015
Time: 11am to 5 pm.
Where: The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston Street, Boston 

Lunch is available. The Tavern will provide a buffet. Price to join in is $10. Please RSVP if intending to partake of the buffet to help ensure we have rough headcount.

Take note that parking on MLK Day is set at holiday pricing -  free.

The Baseball Tavern is just around the corner from Fenway Park and the closest MBTA station is Kenmore on the Green line and allows for a short, pleasant walk down Yawkey Way to Boylston Street.

SABR membership is not required to attend this meeting (though we highly recommend you join). A $10 donation is humbly requested to defray our financial obligations, we thank you in advance for your understanding.

Stay tuned for updates as the meeting agenda grows, any questions, email Joanne

Co-Chairs: Joanne Hulbert, David Laurila, and Daigo Fujiwara
Boston Chapter Fall Meeting, November 7, 2015 at The Non Profit Center
Written by Daigo Fujiwara, Joanne Hulbert, David Laurila   
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 03:24

After much searching, negotiating, finagling and  just plan hard work, the Boston Chapter has put together an agenda that will please 'em all. We are happy to report that Ken Ryan, pitcher with the Red Sox, 1992 to 1995, and with the Pirates from 1996 to 1999, a local guy, born in Pawtucket, will be joining us. He'll have a lot to say, and we will have a lot to ask.

Mark it on the calendar - Saturday, November 7, at the Non Profit Center, 89 South Street, Boston.

David Kaiser will present "Park Effects and Dynasties: The Pitching and Hitting of Yankees and Red Sox, 1948-50 and 1976-78." Kevin McKelvey will have an interesting talk about his book, "Labor of Love" recounting his memorable search for baseball autographs and the stories they tell.  Bob Brady will have thoughts and reflections on the Boston Braves of 1915.

Also, there's a couple of books soon to be published in which several local chapter members have been involved. The 1986 Red Sox - Mets (oh, how timely) book is soon to be published. Also, the book on the 1871-1875 Boston Red Stockings is coming along fine, and Dixie Tourangeau will tell about players "Whoopin' it up at the Parker House Saloon."

There are other topics up for discussion as time will allow. If so desired and you are able, join us for the Boston Chapter's "Hey! In September They Were Looking Wicked Awesome" Fall Meeting.

Meet us early at South Station starting at 11 AM for lunch. The usual spot is in the main lobby up on the Mezzanine level behind Pizzeria Regina, and we'll be there up until 1 PM when the program will begin over at The Non Profit Center, 89 South Street, just a short walk from South Station. Directions from there are: Atlantic Avenue, to Essex Street (look left when exiting South Station) and walk to the corner, cross Atlantic Avenue and just one block on Essex street will get you to South Street. There is a parking garage right on Essex Street at Two Financial Center that is also very convenient to the Center.

A donation of $10 is humbly requested. SABR membership is not required to attend this meeting (though 
we highly recommend you join).

And so, mark your calendar, and let's keep some baseball on our minds, enough to hold us for the long Hot Stove season.

The details:

Saturday November 7, 2015

SABR Boston Chapter
at - The Non Profit Center, 89 South Street, Boston
Second Floor meeting room (security guard in the lobby will direct you to the elevator)

Lunch at 11 am at South Station
Gathering at 1 PM for the program
5 PM program ends.

For more information contact me:

Joanne Hulbert


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 03:32
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
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