In Memoriam
What Is SABR?

SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) is a national organization of 7,000 plus members who are dedicated to the history of the national pastime. While the emphasis is on baseball research and the preservation of the games history, SABR is not just about numbers. It's about enjoying the sport, sharing stories and recollections, and being with like-minded individuals, men and women, who have a passion for baseball at every level of the game. Check us out and join the team. MORE
Houston History

While Houston has had a presence in Major League Baseball for nearly a half century, the game's history in the Bayou City dates back to the Civil War. With teams as diversely and uniquely named as the Stonewalls, Babies, Buffs and Colt .45s, Houston's rich baseball legacy is of keen interest to members of the local SABR chapter. MORE
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Monday August, 11th
4:00 p.m.
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002
President's Message

The Larry Dierker SABR chapter continues to be very active having conducting monthly meetings, attending 2 professional games and playing in 2 Vintage Baseball tournaments . In fact the Chapter was recognized at the National SABR Convention in New York City this past summer as having been the most active of all 57 SABR chapters in the past 12 months.

Recent speakers include such baseball luminaries as Huston Astros Manager A. J. Hinch, Reid Ryan Houston Astros President of Baseball Operations, Todd Kalas Astros television broadcaster, Larry Dierker local baseball icon and chapter namesake, Tal Smith former Astros president, Bill Brown retired Astros TV voice and Ira Liebman play by play announcer for the Sugar Land Skeeters plus a variety of former players. Many chapter members also gave excellent presentations about their particular baseball field of interest.

The year was extra special in that the Astros and their players won their very first World Championship which in fact brought together all of metropolitan Houston after the devastating hurricane that hit the area in September. We relished celebrating with the team all year long.

As a special surprise each member present in December received a replica championship ring from the Atlantic League 2016 champion Sugar Land Skeeters.

Come join us on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Spaghetti Western Restaurant, 1608 Shepherd Drive, Houston starting at 7:00 PM.

Special Feature

Bill Brown: Great Man, Great Broadcaster

by Bill McCurdy, The Pecan Park Eagle

The retirement of Bill Brown from 30 Years as the Play-By-Play Telecaster for the Houston Astros on Thursday came as only a mild surprise to all of us who heard him defer from answering that query at a SABR Meeting only three days earlier, this past Monday night. "I won't be answering any question about my future palns tonight," Brown said, "but something will be coming out soon in that regard."

"Well, Bill, what are you going to do whenever you do actually retire?" Another SABR member asked.

"Go to SABR meetings," Bill answered with a smile.

How typical of Bill Brown to answer in that fashion. He's one of us fans too, you know - and not some rarified sports diva ego who holds himself...

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Are the Changes in Baseball Long Term Benefits or Not?

By Greg Lucas

It is true that the essentials of baseball have changed less than in any major sport played in the United States over the last 100 years except for soccer, but that doesn't mean baseball has been unscathed by modern times.

Consider the use of instant replay on televised major league games. That was once an idea that would "never come" if one listened to long time baseball people. But it is now here and still a work in progress concerning how extensively it should be used...

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