April 20, 2015
On Monday night,
April 20, 2015, we had a large and enthusiastic
group of 34 including longtime member June Higgins
making her first appearance at one of our sessions.
Thanks to Greg Moore, Sam Quintero,
Bill McCurdy and Mike McCroskey for manning
the SABR table at the Astrodome's 50th Anniversary
Celebration last week. What a massive turnout
of 30,000-plus who wanted the opportunity to
look inside this historic site that has meant
so much to them.
Chris Chestnut led off the meeting
with a wonderful presentation, using J.D. Martrinez
as an example, of those who had a career year
(hitting .300 or better for the first time)
and what happened in subsequent years. The list
is long but the number who continued to hit
at the .300 level or better is short.
Jim Kreuz then showed us "Chop
Shots" a visual program where we saw a
small portion of a photo and had to determine
who was in the photo. Lots of guesses and laughs.
Bill McCurdy next spoke and moderated
a discussion on the Astrodome, including personal
experiences with this landmark building including
the time he owned the UH mascot and their escapades
Numerous members talked about
their own memories of the Dome and Tal Smith
related two poignant recollections of the building
he helped design. The first involved getting
ready for Opening Day in 1965 and then the actual
day itself. The second was about the impact
the Dome has had on the City of Houston, the
State of Texas, the United States of America,
and indeed the entire world. Nothing like it
had ever been done before anywhere at any time
in history. The Astrodome deserves to be preserved.
Tal then passed out his trivia
contest which was won by Mike McCroskey who
got 15 questions correct out of 23 in a rather
Our next meeting will be on Monday,
May 18 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land
where we will watch the Skeeters play York.
We plan to enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet
and sit at the tables in the outfield area.
Tickets for the buffet and game are $30 each.
Please mail your checks to Mark Hudec, 235 River
Grove Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478 by no later
than May 8.
Thanks for your continuing
support of SABR.