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Former Board Member, NWSABR Chapter President Andresen Loses Battle with Cancer
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Paul Andresen, a giant in the NWSABR chapter, serving as president three times, and as secretary/treasurer for the past 10 years or more, lost his battle with cancer on August 26. He was 62.

Paul was a regular attendee from the start of the NWSABR Chapter in 1981. The core group has evolved over the years, but Paul was the only constant--certainly Paul attended more chapter meetings than anyone else by a factor of two. He was a beloved figure.

Paul served on the SABR board for four years as treasurer (1995-99). He wrote articles for both of the Deadball books. He presented at many chapter meetings and at at least one National. He served on the nominating committee for a few years, and a few other national committees as well. He attended 16 SABR nationals. Paul loved SABR.

Paul loved baseball at all levels. He loved the Dodgers from boyhood, the Mariners since their existence (he was in Seattle at the time), the Eugene Emeralds and the Oregon State Beavers. He volunteered in the press box at the OSU game for many years, and one of his happiest moments was his trip to the College World Series in 2007, the second of the Beavers two championships. He and Kip Carlson published a great book a few years ago on the history of the Portland Beavers of the PCL.

Paul loved people,though not in the sense that phrase is normally used. People amused Paul, and he loved watching and talking about them. Though he never gambled, he loved Las Vegas, which was filled with people who amused him. Paul's full life included many close friends from different circles. Besides the SABR convention, his other annual event was the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert, for which he and his friends would spent weeks building a booth and costumes around some humorous (and politically-incorrect) theme.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie, three grown sons, and a grandson--a very close family. Debbie, went to several SABR conventions with Paul, and was well known by many. His only sibling, Marc, is a pastor in town and also very close to Paul.

NWSABR Members Tim Herlich and Monica Nucciarone recognized at SABR Convention
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NWSABR members Tim Herlich and Monica Nucciarone received awards for their oral presentations at SABR’s 39th annual convention in Washington, DC, which was held July 30-August 2.

Herlich won the Doug Pappas Award for Best Oral Presentation for “21*,” a tribute to Washington player Tom Cheney’s forgotten 21-strikeout game. Herlich’s presentation detailed that record-setting performance and reviewed Cheney’s careers, appealing for proper recognition for this baseball record and record holder. Born in Darby, PA and raised on Long Island, Herlich is now a long-time resident of Seattle and is president of the Northwest SABR chapter.
Nucciarone received Honorable Mention for her presentation entitled “An Overview of Alexander Cartwright’s Life and the Claims for his Baseball Fame.” She is the author of the book Alexander Cartwright: The Life Behind the Baseball Legend, which was published in June of this year.
NWSABR was well represented at the convention. Other members who made presentations were Mark Armour and Steve Steinberg.


Last Updated on Sunday, 10 January 2010 17:04
NWSABR Member Kit Krieger wins 2009 Eduardo Valero Award
Written by Anthony Salazar   


It is with great pride that I am pleased to announce the winner of the Second Annual Eduardo Valero Award, honoring the writer whose piece submitted to the committee's publication, La Prensa del Beisbol Latino, this past year, best reflects the integrity and honor of our past committee chair, Eduardo Valero.
Kit Krieger, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, won the 2009 prize for his article that reflected on the relationships of various baseball players to Conrado Marrero, former pitcher with the Washington Senators, now a 98-year old man living meagerly in Cuba.
Krieger’s piece, “The Marrero Letters” (Autumn 2008, Vol. 5, No. 2), looked at his own relationship with the ballplayer, while examining the content of letters written to Marrero by former major leaguers such as Dom DiMaggio, who recently passed away; Eddie Robinson; Gus Zernial; Irv Noren; Bobby Bagan; Yogi Berra; and Tommy Lasorda, among many others.
The award is presented to the recipient at the Latino baseball committee meeting at SABR’s annual convention.  The 2009 SABR convention was held in Washington, DC, Wednesday, July 29 through Sunday, August 2.
Please join me in congratulating Kit for his fine work!

Anthony Salazar, Chair of the Latino baseball committee (and NWSABR member)


Last Updated on Sunday, 10 January 2010 17:00
NWSABR Member Dave Baldwin featured on Art Website
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One of Dave Baldwin's paintings “Mockingbird sings to the Relief Pitcher’ is currently featured on an art website entitled Art Thursday. Search for ‘Dave Baldwin’ on the page to find it.


Last Updated on Sunday, 10 January 2010 16:57
SABR Member Tony Blengino hired by Seattle Mariners
Written by Anthony Salazar   

One encouraging factor about Jack Zduriencik, the Mariners' new general manager, is an apparent open-mindedness to considering a variety of ways to evaluate a player. And, by extension, to build a baseball team.
His first outside hire with the Mariners, Tony Blengino, is testimony to that. Blengino, a former certified public accountant and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), has a strong background in statistical analysis. Thanks to John Delahanty for remembering Tony Blengino was featured in SABR's "Meet a Member" a couple of years ago: Meet a Member: Tony Blengino.

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