May 14, 2011
The May 14
SABR Houston meeting was held inside the offices
of the Houston Astros at Union Station adjacent
to Minute Maid Park. Some 48 SABR members and
friends attended, although some of our numbers
may have been diverted to the wine and cheese
function hosted by the Houston Astros in the
Our meeting included five presentations,
beginning with Houston Astros President of Baseball
Operations Tal Smith, who brought our group
up to date on the Astros' farm system and the
number of excellent prospects coming up through
the minor-league ranks. Many of those players
were drafted out of high school, and according
to Smith, are steadily working their way toward
the parent club.
Chapter member Tony Cavender
kicked off a new feature at our monthly meetings,
presenting a book review of "56: Joe DiMaggio
and the Last Magic Number in Sports" by
Kostya Kennedy. Tony shared the book covers
not only the famous DiMaggio hitting streak
but also includes information pertaining to
what took place in America and the world during
DiMaggio's playing career. Anyone interested
in presenting relevant book reviews in the future
should contact the chapter through the Web site.
Former St. Louis Cardinal and
Houston Buff player Larry Miggins delighted
those in attendance at the May meeting with
a recording of his musical tribute to Mark McGwire.
Larry wrote the song at the conclusion of McGwire's
historic 1998 season and recorded the song the
following year. Those who know Larry know his
love of music and the chapter took delight in
serving as the official launch party, albeit
a dozen years later, of the recording. To listen
to the song, click here.
Larry was followed by Tim Gregg
who discussed our brand new website that he
has developed (noted above) and encouraged us
to register for an email address for the site.
Tim took multiple photos of the meeting, along
with a group picture, which he has already posted.
In addition he recorded an oral introduction
to the site with Larry Dierker.
Bob Dorrill then outlined a proposal
that has been sent to SABR National volunteering
both the Larry Dierker and the Rogers Hornsby
Chapters as hosts for the 2013 convention in
Houston. A number of prominent local baseball
people have already agreed to participate and
speak at this convention and 3 hotels which
have the capacity to room 400 SABR out of town
attendees have been identified. The SABR board
is meeting on May 20th to consider potential
cities and should make a decision on the 2013
convention in early July.
Tom White presented an excellent
trivia contest based on the 1963 - 1969 Astros
and Mets that was won by Tom Kleinworth. Door
prizes provided by Mike Acosta and Scott Barzilla
were won by Bill Gilbert, Marsha Franty, Chris
Chestnut, Ann Jones and quest Gertjan Paff.
Following the meeting we spent
a glorious afternoon watching the Houston Astros
defeat the New York Mets with the roof of Minute
Maid Park open under an absolutely picturesque
sky and perfect weather conditions.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday
June 21st at the Ragin Cajun Restaurant, 4302
Richmond Ave. in Houston starting at 7:00 PM.
Speakers will be long time player and coach
Deacon Jones, now working with the Sugar Land
Skeeters, Mark Seegers who will review the book
"The Last Boy" about Mickey Mantle
and Bob Dorrill will share with the group the
"Owners Experience", an outstanding
promotion of the Corpus Christi Hooks.