November 8, 2011
Last night's session
was a busy one for the 23 SABR members attending.
We remembered former member Dick Rejmaniak who
passed away last week and were pleased to welcome
3 new members to our chapter: Stan Curtis, John
Farneti and Bob Watson.
The highlight of the evening
was the 90 minute presentation made by former
MLB player and executive Bob Watson. Bob discussed
the many hats he has worn throughout his career
starting as a young catcher in inner city Los
Angeles to his 19 year playing career with 4
major league clubs and then moving on to be
a highly successful General Manager for both
the Houston Astros and New York Yankees which
finally led to being named an Executive VP for
MLB. But Bob said, after considering all his
accomplishments including a World Series win
and scoring the 1,000,000th run in MLB history,
his biggest thrill was being named Chairman
of the US Olympic Baseball Team and watching
the players, manager and coaches he selected
win a Gold Metal for their country.
Mr. Watson was very candid in
responding to many questions covering a variety
of subjects including player and umpire discipline,
player unions, instant replay, former Yankee
and Astros ownership and the strike zone. He
also provided some batting tips that helped
him be successful and his teaching approach
to some of the players he had worked with.
Next, the group took a straw vote
on the 10 individuals nominated from the Golden
Age for Hall of Fame consideration. Since Mr.
Watson is one of the 16 individuals participating
in the actual vote, he recused himself and did
not hear the final tally. We will publish the
results next month.
We were fortunate to have 2 highly
challenging trivia contests; one developed by
Tim Gregg based on last month's guest Wally
Moon which was won by Tom Kleinworth and another
intriguing quiz prepared by Mike Vance asking
for all time RBI leaders by surname. This one
was won by Mike McCroskey