September 21, 2010
Tuesday evening 24
SABR members were treated to a lively program
led by Houston Astros Professional Scout Scipio
Spinks, who now is the newest member of our
Scipio, a baseball lifer, entertained
us with stories about Harry "The Hat"
Walker, Red Schoendienst, Bob Gibson and Satchel
Paige. Scipio started his career by strucking
out 20 batters in his first professional game
in N. Dakota and figured he was on his way.
Then again, come the last day of spring training
in 1969, the final cut came down to either Scipio
or Bob Watson. When called in by Harry Walker,
he received a lecture on how to hit a curve
ball. After 10 minutes Scipio said "but
I'm a pitcher". The skipper said "makes
no difference"; and sent him to Oklahoma
Scipio also talked about scouting
and what he looked for in a prospect abd how
he tried to relate to those he worked with.
He is very pleased with the progress being made
by the younger Astros.
Next came a research presentation
by Chris Chestnut on "One Time Winners
of Twenty Games" where, since 1901, there
have been 804 twenty-win seasons by 398 pitchers
but only 219 have won twenty games in a season
once. This number includes three HOFers; Jim
Bunning, Dennis Eckersley and Don Sutton. The
Astros have had 5 pitchers who won twenty games
once (Dierker, Scott, Lima, Hampton and JR Richard).
Ten pitchers won twenty in their first season,
one won twenty in his last season (Mussina)
but only Henry Schmidt won twenty in his first
and last seasons.
Bob Dorrill then reviewed SABR
40 held in Atlanta and attended by 400 plus
SABR members. Highlights included a discussion
on the Altanta Braves progress from Worst to
First in 1991 led by Bobby Cox, Phil Niekro,
Ron Gant and Mark Lemke and a presentation on
Shoeless Joe Jackson and whether or not he participated
in the 1919 World Series fix. As researchers
have recently determined the book and movie
"8 Men Out" is a fabrication and clearly
does not reflect accurately the details on how
the fix took place.
In all there were 41 research
presentations, 14 poster presentations and 17
committee meetings from which to choose. The
goodie bag included 3 new books and there were
a number of side trips available to the participants.
It was a fun activity.
During the convention we were
approached about the possibility of our chapter
hosting SABR 43 in 2013. While many details
would have to be worked out, there seems to
be interest from our group in taking on this
project. Feedback will be appreciated.
The trivia contest prepared by
Matt and Dick Rejmaniak was won by Mike McCroskey
and Tom White.
Our next meeting will be on October
12th at Molly's starting at 7 pm.