October 11, 2011
When Wally Moon stepped
to the plate in his rookie year for the St.
Louis Cardinals in 1954 he knew that he was
the only major league player to have earned
both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters
Degree. Using this knowledge and his tremendous
desire to succeed, Wally went on to be Rookie
of the Year in the National League that year,
play on 3 winning World Series teams and be
a three time NL All Star in his 12 year career.
This and many special moments, including his
"Moon Shots" and television career
were shared by Wally with 26 SABR members in
attendance last Tuesday. A quiet and gentle
man, it was a privilege to have this former
Cardinal and Dodger with us. Thanks to Tim Gregg
for making the arrangements.
Also on the program was Minute
Maid and Houston Astros Public Address Announcer
Bob Ford. Bob told us how he got the job initially
back in the days of the Astrodome and talked
about some of the interesting names he has had
to learn to pronounce over the years, sometimes
on the fly. And, he mentioned the between inning
activity that he is not keen on.
Bob Dorrill spoke on the Houston
Babies Vintage Baseball games scheduled for
October 22nd at the George Ranch and encouraged
the membership to attend the games as well as
Texian Market Days festivities taking place
the same day.
Mark Wernick was recognized as
the winner of the Astros Predicted Win Contest
as he came closest to the actual number of wins.
In addition 5 members (Bill Gilbert, Roland
Bassett, Phil Boudreaux. Harold Jones, and Tom
Plemons) correctly guessed Hunter Pence as the
Astros MVP and Chris Chestnut alone selected
Wandy Rodreguez as Pitcher of the Year.