Heavy afternoon rain and lots of traffic did not deter chapter members from returning to Third Base with the largest turnout for a monthly meeting in more than two years. Fourteen members and guests were treated to a Dan Walsh quiz, College Baseball and the College World Series.
Bill Gilbert, showing no ill effects from his stint on the DL last year, won the trivia quiz with 28 total points. It should also be noted that for the first, and perhaps last time, Gilbert Martinez bested Jim Baker by two points in the quiz.
Tentative plans for the July meeting include dinner at the Salt Lick followed by a Round Rock Express game (versus the Iowa Cubs) on Saturday, July 24. More details to follow.
Nine members gathered at Cover 3 for the May chapter meeting. Jim Baker wrote a quiz, 30 Teams/30 Questions, featuring multiple choice and open-ended questions on all 30 current Major League franchises (Look under the Contests tab above to view the quiz and answers). Cy Morong, who traveled the farthest to attend the meeting, also left as the winner of the quiz, answering 23 questions correctly.
Next meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, with location to be determined.
On Saturday, April 17, ten members and guests enjoyed a hearty meal at the Salt Lick restaurant followed by the Round Rock Express vs. New Orleans Zephyrs game at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.
After dinner we made our way across the parking lot and into the stadium. Shortly after finding our seats, the Texas skies opened up and the game was delayed nearly 90 minutes by rain.
Eventually the rain ceased, the tarp was removed, the field prepared and a baseball game was played on what turned out to be a fairly pleasant evening.
Several members suffered from divided attention while following not only the action on the field, but also following (via smart phone) the action in St. Louis where the Mets defeated the Cardinals 2-1 in 20 innings and in Atlanta where the Rockies' Ubaldo Jiminez threw the first no-hitter in franchise history at the Braves.
Although the visiting Zephyrs left the field with a 5-4 win, a good time was had by all.
Eight members of the Rogers Hornsby Chapter met Tuesday evening, March 30, 2010 for dinner at Cover3 in Austin. Discussion centered around the upcoming season and the Astros' prospects for the 2010 campaign. Interest was expressed in a summer road trip to see the Corpus Christi Hooks or San Antonio Missions.
Monte Cely presented a quiz on the history of the Cy Young Award (a copy of the quiz is under the "Contests" tab above). Michael Bass won the quiz and a copy of the book, "Cy Young Award Winners". Jan Larson was also presented with a St. Patrick's green Astros cap for winning the February quiz.
The next chapter meeting will be an outing to Dell Diamond to see a Round Rock Express game. Tentative date is Saturday evening, April 17. More information will be forthcoming.