A smaller than usual but enthusastic group of seven gathered at Iron Works BBQ on Tuesday, April 17 to discuss baseball and consume meat. Returning from a stint on the disabled list was chapter founder Bill Gilbert.
With no trivia quiz on the agenda there was more time to concentrate on the baseball topics of the day including (in no particular order) Ozzie Guillen, Bobby Valentine, the Dodgers' triple play, the Astros' early season competitiveness, various members' upcoming baseball-related trips and the 2012 post-season format. Other baseball topics, not necessarily of the day, that came up for discussion included Dave Kingman, the starting rotation of the '81 Oakland Athletics, the 1990s Cleveland Indians, members' first major league games, the relative abilities of past baseball greats versus modern players, some recent baseball books and former Astros' second baseman Craig Biggio's chances of first ballot election to the baseball Hall of Fame.
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 15 at Iron Works. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 16 when we'll attend the Round Rock vs. Oklahoma City game at the Dell Diamond. More information will be forthcoming.
Chapter members kicked off the new baseball season by taking in an exhibition game between the Texas Rangers and the Round Rock Express on April 2 at the Dell Diamond. The teams combined for six home runs, three apiece per team.
Ten members and guests enjoyed the three Rangers home runs by Adrian Beltre, Josh Hamilton and Mitch Moreland, and the other three by Express players Yangervis Solarte, Luis Hernandez and Michael Bianucci. For more about the game, check out the team’s summary by clicking here.
Both starting pitchers, Derek Holland for the Rangers and Greg Reynolds for the Express, labored early in the game, throwing more than 40 pitches apiece in the first few innings.
Above is a view from the nice seats secured by Jan Larson.
The next chapter meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Iron Works BBQ in downtown Austin.
The March chapter meeting turned into a book signing as Norman Macht brought and signed copies of the newly published “Connie Mack: The Turbulent & Triumphant Years, 1915-1931.”
Macht told 11 members and guests about how he is making good progress on the third and final volume of the Connie Mack biography, which is expected to be published in two years.
The group also welcomed Summer Anne Burton and Brian Campbell, who both attended a chapter meeting for the first time. Both are longtime Astros fans. Summer is an artist who is drawing every member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. She’s up to inductees from the early 1980s. She shared some nifty business cards that featured her drawings. She’s been invited to share her work at a future Hornsby meeting, possibly the next winter meeting. To view her work, go to her website by clicking here.
Dan Walsh sprung on the group a Ron Santo-themed quiz, which was won by Jim Baker. You can try your hand at the quiz by clicking here, or going to the “Contests” tab above.
For Baker’s impressive win (he scored 13 of 15 points), Walsh presented him with a postcard reproduction of a Rogers Hornsby Barnstorming Poster. The back of the postcard reveals that the image is a stone litho advertisement used to promote Hornsby’s 1923 off-season tour. According to the post card, the poster sold for $8,250 at Leland’s August 1992 Hall of Fame Auction. The image is pictured below.
The next chapter meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Iron Works BBQ. Meanwhile, nine members will be attending an exhibition game between the Texas Rangers and the Round Rock Express on April 2.
Monte tells chapter members about his trip to Santo Domingo for the 54th Serie del Caribe
Fifteen members and guests gathered at Iron Works BBQ in downtown Austin on Thursday February 16 for our chapter's regular monthly meeting.
Guest Don Anson introduced himself. Don is from Nolanville (west of Belton), is an Army veteran and retired civil servant, is active with veterans' affairs, and has an interest in sabermetrics.
Jim Baker reminded everyone to be thinking about their Predictatron entries, as Jim will again manage the Predictatron contest for the 2012 season.
Jan Larson is making arrangements for us to attend the Rangers-Express exhibition game at Dell Diamond on Monday evening, April 2. If you want to pre-order tickets, get in touch with Jan asap at email@example.com
General topics of discussion included pending trades (especially current speculation about AJ Burnett), the recent death of Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter at age 57, and the status of arbitration (Steve Fall reports that all pending arbitrations are settled as of tonight).
Monte Cely discussed his recent trip to Santo Domingo, DR to attend the 54th Serie del Caribe (the Caribbean World Series). The quiz topic was "Latin American Baseball - with a Dominican flavor". Chuck Kauffman won the quiz with an excellent score of 22 of a possible 25. You can take the quiz by clicking here.
The next chapter meeting will be Tuesday, March 20 - 6pm, back at Iron Works. More information will be forthcoming.
Thirteen members and guests celebrated SABR Day 2012 on Saturday with good food, fun baseball highlight shows and demonstrations of baseball simulation games.
Hosts Gilbert and Raeanne Martinez served dinner at their home in southwest Austin, while attendees brought appetizers, side dishes, beverages and desserts.
We watched a variety of highlight shows on MLB Network, including ones that featured the 75 greatest catches of all time, the most memorable League Championship Series moments, and baseball bloopers. There was also some viewing of the 40 most overlooked plays/players in MLB history.
We also watched a video of Reese “Goose” Tatum of the Negro Leagues Indianapolis Clowns from 1946 depicting his comedic warm up routine. The SABR national office shared the link on their Twitter account last week. We learned that Tatum later went on to perform with the Harlem Globetrotters, which wasn’t a big surprise considering his antics in the baseball video. Click here to see that video.
Another clip we watched was a video game depiction of the bottom of the 10th inning of the 1986 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets. The video uses footage from R.B.I. Baseball, a Nintendo video game from the 1980s, and matches it with Vin Scully’s broadcast. Click here to see that video.
In addition, Cy Morong brought two electronic baseball simulation games with him to share with the group: Main Street Baseball and Starting Lineup Talking Baseball. Both games involved the use of baseball statistics to enhance the simulation. Gilbert Martinez showed a more mechanical baseball simulation from his childhood in Okinawa, Japan. Epoch’s Baseball Game involved a small ball bearing as the ball, a small bat and a playing field. (See photo below with the Epoch’s Baseball Game in the foreground; Cy Morong, seated, and one of his electronic baseball games, and Tom Thayer, left, and Jan Larson.)