March 12, 2012
About 35 regular and prospective
members attended our meeting at the Inn at the
Ballpark on March 12th and found the facilities
to be outstanding. At the entrance to the lobby
we were met by a life sized bronze statue of
Nolan Ryan and throughout the hotel were photographs
and sketches of former baseball players and
It was also our honor to celebrate
the birthday of SABR member and friend Jimmy
Wynn who turned 70 years young that day. Jimmy
is an icon, not just as an outstanding player
but as a wonderful human being as well.
New member Johnny Valeriote was
welcomed along with first time visitors Mike
Davilia, Patrick Lopez and Erika Everett, all
of whom appeared to be eager to join SABR asap.
Bill Brown kicked off the official
proceedings with a review of team prospects
for the 2012 Houston Astros. position by position.
Bill commented on the many young athletes in
camp and the upbeat atmosphere around the club
this spring. Bill said he would not be surprised
if the club improved their record in 2012 by
winning an additional 16 games; something traditionally
tough to do.
Bill and Tim Gregg next discussed
the book they are writing about Bill's many
years as a television broadcaster highlighting
moments that were both motivational and inspirational.
The book is to be released this summer.
Harry McHahon then talked
about an historic baseball tabletop simulation
game that he and others have been playing locally
for years. He demonstrated a half of an inning
of an actual game, stressing all of the significant
strategic options available to both managers.
Harry is looking for 2 or 3 managers for the
2012 season. If have an interest contact Harry
Robert Beal provided an interesting
report on the Astros 25th Reunion held in February
and shared with the group player comments on
the 1986 season and what they were doing today.
Jim Kruez passed out his trivia
contest which started out asking who had sung
the National Anthem at the Baseball Dinner in
January (SABR member Mike McCroksey) and got
progressively harder. Bob Dorrill had the most
Our next meeting will be on MONDAY
April 16th (since the Astros are home during
the 2nd week of the month), again at the Inn
at the Ballpark, and feature noted baseball
author and fellow SABR member Norman Macht.