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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
July 11, 2009 - PGE Park, Portland OR
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On Saturday July 11, 2009 NWSABR had an informational booth at the AAA All-Star FanFest held at PGE Park in Portland, OR.  Reaching out to potential members were chapter president Tim Herlich (and wife Leslie), chapter vice-president John Henshell, former chapter president Bob Russon, and chapter members Mike Lynch and Mary Groebner.  The booth displayed publications distributed by SABR available to members only, numerous books that had been written by NWSABR chapter members, a special Portland-baseball focused quiz from John Henshell and the requisite SABR brochures.  Several attendees signed up for the NWSABR mailing list, but many more took brochures or just stopped to chat and check in on what SABR really is.  Special thanks to Bob Russon for working out the logistical details and booth set-up/breakdown.
Bob Russon manning NWSABR booth at PGE Park

Bob Russon manning NWSABR booth at PGE Park

Maury Brown after visiting NWSABR booth manned by Mike Lynch, Leslie & Tim Herlich, and Mary Groebner

Maury Brown after visiting NWSABR booth manned by Mike Lynch, Leslie & Tim Herlich, and Mary Groebner

Mike Lynch, Leslie & Tim Herlich, and Mary Groebner manning the booth (John Henshell taking photos)

Mike Lynch, Leslie & Tim Herlich, and Mary Groebner manning the booth (John Henshell taking photos)


Last Updated on Monday, 31 May 2010 23:05
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
May 16, 2009 - Safeco Field, Seattle WA
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The Northwest Regional Chapter of SABR (NWSABR) met on Saturday, May 16, from 12 noon to 5pm at Safeco Field.  Approximately twenty-five members and guests were in attendance. Featured guests were Tony Blengino of the Seattle Mariners, former major league ballplayers Bill North and Joe Staton, and SPU engineering student Ben Walker.
Former Major League ballplayers Joe Staton (called up by the A.L. East champion Detroit Tigers during the heat of the 1972 pennant race and again late 1973, played with the Mexican League champion Mexico City Reds in 1974) and Billy North (center fielder on the World Champion Oakland A's of 1973-74 and NL pennant-winning Los Angeles Dodgers of 1978) led off the meeting. Joe and Billy are native Seattle-ites and graduates of Garfield High School. 
They shared memories of their careers, as well as thoughts on various issues affecting baseball today and answered questions. Additionally, they spoke passionately of their desire to ‘give back’ and help at-risk area youth through their involvement in the Revive Baseball in the Inner-Cities (RBI) program. Joe is Board President of the Central Area Youth Association; Billy provides hitting instruction to area youth. Together, they are hoping to find funding to construct an indoor hitting facility to complement the RBI program in Seattle. Bill’s mom Frances and nephew Marlon were also in attendance, sometimes offering their own recollections on aspects of Bill’s career.
After chapter president Tim Herlich took care of some chapter business, the meeting continued on with Seattle Pacific University (SPU) engineering student Ben Walker’s presentation of his Honors project, which dealt with the evolution of design in baseball bats, and impact of design/materials on batted ball speed. Chapter member Bill Woodward, a faculty member at SPU, was one of the supporters and readers of Ben’s work which we hope will be published at some future point in a SABR publication.
Following Ben’s presentation, Tony Blengino, Assistant to Mariners GM Jack Zdurienck engaged us with a question and answer session for over an hour. Tony is a long-time SABR member, though new to the Northwest Chapter. Topics discussed were wide-ranging from how Tony transformed himself from an accountant into a GM’s assistant, to minor league prospects and organizational philosophy to potential draft picks. 
Lastly, member Mike Rice led a quick discussion on the state of the Mariners and their minor leagues in what can only be considered a rebuilding year. 
The meeting adjourned at 5pm, with many members heading to local watering-hole establishments before returning to attend the Mariners-Red Sox game later that evening.
Special thanks due to Randy Adamack and the Seattle Mariners for allowing use of facilities at Safeco Field.

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
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