June 10, 2013
members and friends attended our monthly meeting
at the Inn at the BALLPARK. Welcome to Corey
Austin, Gary Shulte, Richard and Nancy Brinlee.
The big news of the night is that
we are rapidly approaching the finaincial target
for our book. We sincerely thank those of you
who have so generously contributed to the project
and ask that those who plan to make a donation
do so this month if possible. Thanks you.
To this end Mike Vance showed
us some of the fabulous artwork prepared by
local artist Petrick Lopez for the book. Pat's
renderings on former Houston ballparks are truly
outstanding. Many of you asked about purchasing
copies of his work and we will try to make that
Local SABR members made lots of
headlines and apprered in various newspapers
and magazines in the past 30 days. We congratulate
Larry Miggins, Mike McCroskey, Stan Curtis,
Bob Stevens and Jimmy Wynn for looking good.
Our first presentation came from
Cliff Roberson who attended the SABR Analytics
Conference in Phoenix during March. Cliff showed
us many graphs and advised that in the future
SABR will use a new matrix called SABR Defensive
Index (SDI) to determine Gold Glove winners.
Another study is underway to determine which
promotions are truly cost effective for ballclubs.
Interestingly, the group decided the most unusual
baseball promotion ever held happened right
here in Houston in 1951 sponsored by the Houston
Buffs. Perhaps you can guess what it was. Several
members were there.
Joe Thompson then took the stage
and told us how he had applied for and been
selected to speak at a national sysposium in
Cooperstown headlined by Frank DeFord. Joe's
topic was "Five Women in Baseball",
one of the women being our own "Red Mahoney".
Joe then took us an an enthustiac slide tour
of Cooperstown the town and the Hall of Fame.
The trivia contest, prepared by
Mike Vance, was won by Tom White with Robert
Beal coming in 2nd.
There will be no formal meeting
in July as a number of us are traveling to SABR
In August Larry Miggins and the
Houston Babies are participating in an event
at Constellation Field on Friday the 9th before
the Skeeters game where old time baseball is
We also plan to attend an Astros
game on August 24th and hold a pregame session.
Details to follow.
Please be sure to check out our
website www.sabrhouston.org for all the latest