September 20, 2011
This past Tuesday
25 SABR members met for our regular monthly
meeting at the Ragin Cajun Restaurant in Houston,
first enjoying some outstanding cajun food,
followed by our session at 7 o'clock.
Bob Dorrill led a discussion on
SABR activity including chapter membership,
prospective meeting locations, vintage baseball
and the necessity to begin making plans for
the SABR Day in America celebration scheduled
for January 2012.
Scott Barzilla brought us up to
date on the recently completed SABR National
Convention and showed us the poster he had entered
which placed second. He thoroughly enjoyed the
convention, the seminars, the visits to various
ballparks in the Los Angeles area but mostly
the baseball atmosphere and networking with
authors he had only read about in the past.
Bill McCurdy brought everyone
up to date on the fast moving Houston baseball
historical project he is chairing. Already amazing
discoveries have been found such as Houston
being the site of the very first night game
ever played. There are 12 local SABR members
involved in the research phase including the
recently added Houston Icon Author Mickey Herskowitz.
For our first formal presentation
our chapter was privileged to be the first group
to see a brand new art history poster created
by artist Randy Foltin entitled "1888-1931
Houston Baseball". This massive poster
contains 39 photographs that made up the origin
of baseball as played in Houston and included
photographs of long gone ballparks like West
End Park and East End Park as well as key high
school, college and Houston Buff teams. Randy
spent a year and a half creating, designing
and producing this outstanding poster.
Next came Stan "The Man"
Curtis. a local author who has written the book
"Covering all the Bases". Stan. who
grew up in Maryland has had a lifetime love
affair with major league ballparks starting
with Griffith Stadium in Washington, DC. He
has now visited over 50 such stadiums and his
book tells a story (with photographs) about
each visit from a fan's prospective.
We also had 2 trivia contests;
one authored by Tom Kleinworth on "Name
that Player" which was won by Andy Lopez
and a second contest based on the Houston Astros
in the 70's prepared by Joe Thompson and won
by Mike Vance. You can see we had a busy evening.