January 13, 2014
It was standing
room only at the Larry Dierker Chapter's first
meeting in 2014 on Monday, January 13 as 42
loyal SABR members gathered to kick off the
To start the meeting it was our
honor and pleasure to salute our own Bill Brown,
Houston Astros broadcaster who last week was
selected as the 2013 Texas Broadcaster of the
Year. Well done, Bill!
Next we welcomed new members Todd
Farquharson and Stew Schmeila and recognized
Justin Wells, John Powell, Alex Milan, Mike
Mulvany and Josh Sullivan who have recently
jointed our chapter.
The first order of business was
to sign up volunteers for SABR Day and the Astros
FanFest, both to be held on January 25 at Minute
Maid Park. Steve Ashy agreed to host the event
along with Tom White, Ira Liebman, Tony Cavender,
Bob Stevens and Erika Everett.
The Sugar Land Skeeters are having
their second annual Baseball Dinner at Constellation
Field on January 30, at which time they will
honor local high school stars and have a program
featuring Jimmy Wynn. For details, please contact
Ira Liebman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dallas-Fort Worth SABR chapter
has invited those who might be in their area
to their next meeting on January 22 at Legends
Museum at the Ballpark in Arlington starting
at 7 PM where Mike Maddux of the Rangers will
be a guest and original New York Met Rick Herrscher
will be interviewed by Paul Rogers.
Our leadoff presenter Monday was
Jim Kreuz, who put on an amazing show and tell
presentation covering interviews he has conducted
over the years with former major league players
and an Indiana high school basketball legend.
The stories they shared with Jim were priceless
as were the photographs taken just days ago.
Ira Liebman, who recently returned
from Cuba, followed with an interesting commentary
about life in Cuba and the impact of baseball
on everyday Cubans. Did you know there are two
currencies in Cuba; one for locals who normally
earn about $15 a month and another for tourists?
Bob Dorrill then brought the chapter
up to date on SABR 44. The planning team has
met six times and is well along the way in the
selection of speakers and activities. Bob outlined
the responsibilities of the chapter for the
convention, particularly in staffing and asked
for volunteers. Thirty-five members stepped
to the plate and signed on the dotted line.
Amazing and wonderful. We also reviewed proposed
logos and voted on our favorites.
Tom White scored a perfect 10
for 10 in the trivia contest designed by Bill
Our next meeting will be on Monday,
February 10 and we are looking for speakers.
Joe Thompson volunteered and we need at least
two more people to come forward.