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2010 Fall SABR Boston meeting - October 30
Written by Boston SABR   
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 18:13

P1030969Lee Panas talked about his new book on Sabermetrics "Beyond Batting Average" and state of stats. He says the baseball statistics is keep evolving since 19 century, and talked a lot about history, such as =the Bill James Baseball Abstracts, Pete Palmer's book "The Hidden Game of Baseball." Explained some stats such as Runs Created and Wins Above Replacement (WAR).

P1030978Chris Kline, scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates, talked about his experience as a scout. He covered prospects for Baseball America before getting the job with the Pirates. As a scout he says he has to look at everything, tools, skills, athleticism, stats, and mental and physical make up.

P1030965Chad Finn, Boston Globe's sports writer/Sports Media columnist and author of popular blog "Touching All The Bases" discussed the changing landscape of Boston sports media. He talked about not only the more traditional media, such as newspaper, TV, radio (Boston Globe/Boston.com, Herald, ESPNBoston, WEEI, SportsHub, NESN, CSNNE etc), but also Online forum like Sons of Sam Horn, or Social Networking sits like Twitter is reshaping the world of baseball media.

P1030966Saul Wisnia talked about his "Fenway Book Project." He shared stories he heard by people. Audiences also got a chance to share some of their stories about and around Fenway park, possibly to be used in his book. If you have a story about, or in the Fenway Park that you would like to share with him, he would like to hear from you. Please contact Saul at

P1030972Bill Nowlin talked about his two new books "Pumpsie and Progress" and "The Great Red Sox Spring Training Tour of 1911". In 1911, the Red Sox embarked on the most ambitious spring training trip ever taken before or since. In the days when travel was by train, the Red Sox traveled from Boston to California and back again, playing 63 spring training games all over the United States. Bill talked about how the SABR's network helped him research this spring training almost one hundred years ago.

P1030976Andy Andres, who teaches Sabermetrics 101 at Tufts University's Experimental College, talked about his unique experiences around many baseball related things he is involved with. 

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The Boston Chapter has the unique opportunity of holding our next meeting on Saturday, October 30, at the headquarters of the Boston Globe, where many of Boston's great sportswriters apply their art. The lineup include Lee Panas will talk about his new book on Sabermetrics "Beyond Batting Average" and state of stats today. Chris Kline, scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates, will talk about his experience. Chad Finn, Boston Globe's sports writer/Sports Media columnist and author of popular blog "Touching All The Bases" will discuss the changing landscape of Boston sports media and his blog. Saul Wisnia will talk about his "Fenway Book Project." Bill Nowlin will talk about his two new books "Pumpsie and Progress" and "The Great Red Sox Spring Training Tour of 1911", and Andy Andres, who teaches Sabermetrics 101 at Tufts University's Experimental College, will talk about stats. 

DATE: Saturday, October 30
TIME: 11AM to 4 or 5 PM
LOCATION: The Boston Globe (Third floor in "The Link")
135 Morrissey Blvd,
Boston, MA -- MAP

SABR membership is not required to attend this meeting (though we highly recommend you join). A lunch buffet is available for $10 per person, and a $5 donation is humbly requested.

Directions:

By Driving - From I-93 Northbound/Southbound, take exit 15 for Columbia Rd toward J.F.K Library. At the Columbia Road rotary, take the first exit to right, onto William T Morrissey Blvd. The Boston Globe will be on your right, about 0.4 miles. Parking is available in front of building. If the lot is full, there is parking in the back. Go around the building and park passed the green trucks.

By MBTA - Take Red Line to JFK/UMass. About 10 min walk toward south/J.F.K. Library on Morrissey Blvd, on your right.

At the Building:

Enter through the front door, you need to sign your name at the security desk. Meeting is in "The Link" (third floor of the building), by the cafeteria (closed on Saturday). There will be signs.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 December 2010 21:51
 
June 2010 gathering with author Mark Armour
Written by SABR Boston   
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 11:40

The Society for American Baseball Research's Boston Chapter will have an informal gathering with author and SABR member Mark Armour in June. Save the date: June 25, 2010

DATE: Friday, June 25, 2010
TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: McGreevy's Boston
911 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115 MAP
(617) 262-0911

mcgreevys.jpgMark Armour will discuss his recently published biography of Red Sox shortstop, manager, GM, and American League president Joe Cronin, "Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball".

He will take questions and have signed copies available for purchase. Armour is the founder and chair of SABR BioProject, to which many Boston members have contributed. He spent his childhood in Connecticut and several years in Massachusetts before moving to Oregon in 1993, so he is well-versed in New England's rich baseball history.

We'll gather for a pre-event drink at 6:30 PM, then dinner at 7 PM. The Red Sox are on the west coast for a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 10pm -- so plan to stay and watch the inter-league contest!

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 July 2010 06:14
 
SABR Day in America: Saturday, January 30, 2010
Written by SABR Boston   
Sunday, 13 December 2009 20:43

Society for American Baseball Research National has announced that Saturday, January 30 is "SABR Day in America."

mcgreevys.jpgAfter a very successful meeting on January 18th, the Boston Chapter will meet again on Saturday, January 30, at 5:30 pm at MCGREEVY'S, 911 Boylston Street, Boston, (directly across the street from Hynes Auditorium) to re-convene the Hot Stove League Meeting and to pick up where we left off. Since we did not have much time to just talk baseball, the SABR Day, January 30, will give us a chance to look to the upcoming season. The meeting is casual, you can arrive at 5:30 or catchup with us later. We will meet near the back of the main room, beyond the bar area.

DATE: Saturday, January 30, 2010
TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: McGreevy's Boston
911 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115 MAP
(617) 262-0911


Didn't have a chance to attend the Monday meeting? Here's your chance to find out all the highlights and  to think ahead as the truck leaves Fenway Park in a few days, and when the pitcher and catchers report. There are changes on the Sox roster and we will be talking up the news. Don't miss it!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:28
 
January 2010 meeting: MLK Day Hot Stove Wrap
Written by SABR Boston   
Sunday, 13 December 2009 20:24

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(From left: Monbouquette, Perez and Tye. Photo by Daigo Fujiwara. MORE PHOTOS)

Larry Tye is the author of the best-selling biography of Satchel Paige. An avid baseball fan, Larry now runs a Boston-based training program for medical journalists. Everyone who has read his work knows he will give us an interesting and lively discussion about one of baseball’s most enduring characters and greatest pitchers of all time.

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Bill Monbouquette, a pitcher for the Red Sox from 1958 to 1965, will also be here. Need we say more? Bill has the reputation of being a no-nonsense guy who tells it like it is. He has attended meetings before and we look forward to hearing is take on baseball, then and now.

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Fernando Perez is not your run-of-the-mill professional athlete. A speedy outfielder who made his big-league debut in early September 2008 and went on to play in both the ALCS and World Series. He appeared in 18 games for the Rays after missing much of the campaign with a wrist injury. The 25-year-old New Yorker is not only a big part of the Rays’ future, he also holds a degree in American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia University. He sat down with Boston Chapter co-chair David Laurila in September 2008  to talk about his views on both baseball and life.

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Bob Brady of Boston Braves Historical Association on Braves Field.

 

Sons of Sam Horn thread on the event is here.

 

 

The Boston Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research announces their Hot Stove Winter Meeting on Monday, January 18, 2010, 11am to 4pm at The Baseball Tavern, second floor meeting room, 1270 Boylston Street, Boston – one block from Fenway Park. Once again we have a stellar lineup of presentations by an all-star cast.

DATE: Monday, January 18, 2010
TIME: 11 AM to 4:30 PM
LOCATION: The Baseball Tavern,
1270 Boylston Street, Boston  MAP


There will also be the lunch buffet for $10 provided by The Tavern. Please let us know if you are interested so I can provide the cook with a head count. A $5 donation to help defray meeting costs is humbly requested.  We also have received a donation of books for the raffle from our compadres to the south. The Southern New England  Chapter has kindly given us three boxes of high quality baseball reading material, so bring your donations to add to the inventory and plan on returninghome a few new ones as well. We have a few time slots available for Ten-Minute Presentations. Let me know if you are interested.
Stay tuned for more information as it become available. The meeting looks to be a one-day Hot Stove League Convention extraordinaire. We hope you can be there on January 18 –  the birthday of 36 players,  including Curt Flood, Charlie Eden, Pinky May and Eddie Moore  who played 54 games for the Boston Braves in 1926.
All we are unable to come up with is the ghost of Babe Ruth – keep in mind that January 20 is the 90th anniversary of his departure from Boston to New York – and we all know the rest of the story.

If you have not been to a meeting at The Tavern, be advised that it is located one block from Fenway Park. There are parking lots in the area, or it is otherwise advised to take public transportation as the best way to get there. The Tavern is nearest the Kenmore or Fenway stations on the Green Line.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:08
 
2009 Fall Meeting: November 7, 2009
Written by SABR Boston   
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 12:15

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(Justine Siegal (middle) and Jeff Natale (right) with SABR Boston's co-chair David Laurila)

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(MLB.com's Red Sox beat writer, Ian Browne)

The Boston Chapter fall meeting was held on Saturday, November 7, 2009.

The November 7, 2009 meeting at The Baseball Tavern was a memorable occasion.  Justine Siegal, Jeff Natale and Ian Browne were entertaining, informative and we were honored by their presence at the meeting. We hope in the future to have them back. More photos can be found on SABR Boston's Flickr page.

DATE: Saturday, November 7, 2009
TIME: 10:30 AM to 4 or 5 PM
LOCATION: The Baseball Tavern,
1270 Boylston Street, Boston  MAP

The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston St., BostonIf you have not been to a meeting at The Tavern, be advised that it is located one block from Fenway Park. There are parking lots in the area, or it is otherwise advised to take public transportation as the best way to get there. The Tavern is nearest the Kenmore or Fenway stations on the Green Line.

Jeff Natale, Red Sox minor league prospect who spent this past season with AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, will be there to pick up where he left off at a meeting a few years back when he impressed everyone with his knack for telling great stories.

We will have Justine Siegal, from the Brockton Rox who will have her own unique stories to tell about her experiences with professional baseball. Also see: NCAA Champion magazine, 2009 Fall profile

MLB.com's Red Sox beat writer, Ian Browne will also give a talk about the team he covers, along with what goes into the job of a beat writer. You can follow his twitter feed at @IanMBrowne.

Also: the "1950 Red Sox Panel." Herb Crehan with an advance preview of the up-coming publication of Red Sox players of the 1950s by Chapter members .

Research presentations:
Jim Kaplan  Spahn-Marichal, 1963
Mark Kanter – How Bad Does a Pitcher have to be and still be a Closer?
Jay Hughes – Baseball Literature for Children and Young Adults
 

Ttrivia contest by Mark Kanter

There are three enthusiastic research presenters lined up as well as

Lunch buffet is available as usual.

And as always, there will be many baseball items on the raffle table!

All of the Boston Chapter meeting are open to public (though we highly recommend becoming the SABR member) and a $5 donation is humbly requested. It is a great place to network with other people who are interested in learning more about baseball. Everyone's expertise are unique, so bring your own baseball knowledge/expertise!

If you are a new SABR member and have not yet attended a Chapter meeting, this will be  a great meeting for you! Don't be shy. Bring a friend for moral support, and we are sure you will be glad you did.


For information please contact:
jhulbert@earthlink.net


Joanne Hulbert, co-chair
SABR Boston Chapter

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 October 2010 09:37
 
The Home Run Derby Party, July 13, 2009
Written by SABR Boston   
Monday, 13 July 2009 00:00

The word is out, the menu is all set and the speakers are on the lineup card. The Home Run Derby Party at The Baseball Tavern, 1270  Boylston Street, Boston is coming together. The July 13, Monday night gathering begins at 6PM, and dinner will be served around 7 PM. Feel free to arrive at any time. We will forgo any formalities as we talk baseball into the evening and keep an eye on the Home Run Derby.

The weather gods have cooperated, the rain has finally stopped in New England, so the meeting on the open-air upper deck will not be threatened with a rain delay.

The Boston Chapter will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pumpsie Green's arrival with the Red Sox and we'll hear commentary from John Holway about baseball and integration and Bill Nowlin, who has interviewed Pumpsie.
Saul Wisnia will have copies of his new book, "For the Love of the Boston Red Sox" so plan on acquiring an addition to your library.

Let me know if you are planning on attending for dinner, so that we'll be sure to have enough food, and we hope to see you there on Monday night.

Joanne Hulbert, co-chair
SABR Boston Chapter

 
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