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MLK day Winter meeting - Monday, January 19, 2015
Written by Joanne Hulbert, Daigo Fujiwara, David Laurila   
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 11:42
Rico Brogna currently serves as the Quality Control Coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. A first-round pick by the Tigers in 1988, Brogna played nine big-league seasons and hit 20 or more home runs four times. Playing for the Red Sox in 2000, he hit a walk-off grand slam at Fenway Park against Tampa Bay.

A small group of panelists will discuss life in the minor leagues. Confirmed are Ryan O'Rourke, a pitcher in the Twins organization, and Marc Deschene, who played in the Red Sox and Indians systems. A third player will tentatively join the panel.

Brian Rose pitched for the Red Sox from 1997-2000, before finishing his career with three other teams. A third-round pick in 1994 out of North Dartmouth (MA) High School, the right-hander went 17-5 for Triple-A Pawtucket before getting called up late in the 1997 season. Rose made 46 appearances in a Red Sox uniform and had a record of 11-15.

Mike Murov was recently promoted to Assistant Director, Major League Operations by the Boston Red Sox. Murov has worked for the Red Sox since 2010, most recently as Coordinator, Baseball Operations. Prior to joining the Red Sox organization, he interned in the baseball operations departments of the Florida Marlins and Cincinnati Reds.

We'll also hear update from the Boston Renegades. Thier video is available from this link.

Also, Donna Halper will present "Defying Expectations - How Marian Foster Downer Became one of Baseball's Few Black Female Reporters."

Mark Kanter will present his research on what could potentially happen to the game when batters have less time to make decisions during an at bat if pitches reach 100 miles/hour.
 
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.

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

 
 
Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 13:34
 
SABR DAY 2015
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 Saturday, 17 January 2015 06:09
 
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 - www.blindcitizens.org -  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
 
Victorian Baseball in Boston: A Look at the Era through the Lens of Local Baseball History
Written by Gibson House Museum   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 03:27

Gibson House Museum Presents 
Victorian Baseball in Boston:
A Look at the Era through the Lens of Local Baseball History
 

Gibson House Museum
137 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 
www.thegibsonhouse.org/events.asp
617-267-6338

BOSTON Baseball fans have a chance to view the present and visit the past on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.  The Gibson House Museum, in conjunction with The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the Boston Braves Historical Association (BBHA) will celebrate the Hundredth Anniversary of the Boston “Miracle“ Braves (and other Victorian and Baseball anecdotes). Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Gibson House Museum located 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 Fisher College’s Alumni Hall (across the street at 118 Beacon Street).

The evening will feature vignettes of the team – a second division team in 1913 – in last place as recently as early July 1914, and its wondrous surge to win the pennant and sweep the World Series from Connie Mack’s Dynastic Philadelphia Athletics. Our feature storyteller, Bill Nowlin, is author of more than 30 Red Sox-related books, most recently editor of the SABR publication “The Boston Braves – Boston’s Original Worst to First” (http://sabr.org/latest/sabr-digital-library-miracle-braves-1914).  Bill will present vignettes on the team and the sport of the times.  SABR and BBHA members Bob Ruzzo and Mark Sternman, contributors to the publication, will add stories about the team and its most colorful characters. Gibson House Staff will also set the scene for the stories with period-relevant historical anecdotes of Victorian Boston, 1914. 

Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, with a special $25 admission for members of the Gibson House Museum, SABR, the Boston Braves Historical Society, 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 info@thegibsonhouse.org 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 houses and stands as the historic house museum of the Back Bay. The Museum is open to the public and preserved as a time capsule of the daily life of a well-to-do Back Bay Boston family and its domestic staff. The Gibson House Museum is a National Historic Landmark and listed on the Massachusetts State Register of Historic Places. thegibsonhouse.org

The Society of American Baseball Research had its beginnings in Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1971. Founded by L. Robert Davids, its original members included 15 researchers from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Within a decade, SABR had grown to 1,500 members. It now stands at 6,000, 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 an annual meeting, player reunions, and a highly acclaimed newsletter, they sponsor 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 establish a Boston Braves Hall of Fame.  Membership information is available on the website (Boston-braves.com).

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 03:36
 
2014 Boston Baseball Hack Day
Written by Daigo Fujiwara   
Monday, 03 February 2014 21:05

2014 Boston Baseball Hack Day

 

Sunday March 2nd, 9:30 am to 7 pm
at The Boston Globe
135 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA

Love creating stuff on your computer and LOVE baseball? Come hack with us!

The third annual Boston Baseball Hack Day on March 2nd, 2014, is a fun, friendly one-day hacking competition for baseball fans. SABR Boston Chapter is a commiunity sponsor of the event!

The event will be held at the Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA, a walking distance from MBTA Red Line "JFK/UMass" stop. Baseball Hack Day is a free event thanks to our generous sponsors, but RSVP is required. 

It is the day where area baseball minds come together and see what cool projects can be created within a limited time. The project could be (but is not limited to) a tool, app, website, or data visualization. 

Find out more at our webiste: http://baseballhackday.com/  Boston detail and schedule is at http://baseballhackday.com/boston

New to hack days? Have no fear. There'll be people of all skill levels and skill sets participating. It is also a great opportunity to network and socialize among like-minded people. Follow us on Twitter @BaseballHackDay

The event is based on the principal of the Hack Day Manifesto. It will always be free to attend, and we won’t make participants sign any type of documents. We are run by volunteers, and we’ll never be for-profit.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 21:15
 
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