April 8, 2013
Thanks to the
30 Houston/Larry Dierker Chapter members and
friends who attended our meeting on Monday,
April 8. As announced, we have added nine new
members this year; we welcome Grant Soverign,
Larry Jones, Chris Shonka, Ken Thompson, Sam
Treynor, Bradley Welborn, Cliff Robertson, Ira
Liebman and Chalie Braun to our group.
Larry Miggins, former Houston
Buff, Jersey City Giant and St. Louis Cardinal,
opened the session by showing us a photograph
of himself attempting to tag Jackie Robinson
at third base in Robinson's very first game
as a professional player in organized baseball.
This occured on April 18, 1946 at Roosevelt
Stadium in Jersey City, NJ in front of 25,000
fans. #42 went on to get 4 hits that day (Larry
had 2 hits himself), steal 2 bases and hit a
home run. Quite a debut.
Larry regaled us with numerous
stories about his playing days and how Babe
Ruth personally had impacted his post-baseball
career. And, upon request, Larry told his very
famous Vin Scully story.
Next came David Fanucchi, a local
author, who has written a fascinating book about
the 2000 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal-winning team.
David was the press officer for the team and
was exposed to all the interworkings of forming
such a team and being with the players over
a nine-month period. His relationship with Tommy
Lasorda, the teams skipper, was priceless. His
book Miracle on Grass is available at the SABR
Batting cleanup, Mike Vance led
a stimulating debate on the background and impact
of the Designated Hitter on baseball over its
40-year life. Numerous opinions were voiced,
some rather forcefully, about the pros, the
cons and statistical results of the DH over
time. An interesting and challenging dialogue.
Tony Cavender presented a complex
trivia contest, which was won by Mike Vance
with Tom White coming in second.
Our next meeting will be on Saturday,
May 4 at Constellation Field as we take in a
Sugar Land Skeeters game. Arrangements have
been made for us to sit in the picnic area (with
a swimming pool) and enjoy a buffet dinner.
Tickets for admission and food will cost $35
each. Please mail your check along with a postage-paid,
self-addressed return envelope to Mark Hudec,
235 River Grove Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478.
Mark's telephone number is 281-313-4015 and
Game time is 6:05 PM and we will be allowed
in at 4:30 PM, ahead of the crowd. Fireworks