Babies Deal Bob Stevens
to Astros for Jose Altuve
By Bill McCurdy
FOR ALTUVE! (Thats new Astro
Bob Stevens modeling his 2013 road
jersey for the news conference at MMP.)
Houston Babies GM Bill McCurdy
announced today that star right fielder
Bob Stevens and a bag of vintage base
balls had been traded to the Houston Astros
for rookie 2nd baseman Jose Altuve
and a written SABR report by some literate
member of the Astros staff on a baseball
book to be named later. Babies Manager
Bob Dorrill expressed both his
gratitude and regret. The Babies
are happy to get Altuve, Dorrill
said, but we really are going to
miss Bob Stevens and his rifle-arm in
right next Babies vintage ball season..
It didnt really happen.
What really happened Monday night was that SABR/Houston
Babies member/right fielder Bob Stevens established
himself as the first and only person, so far,
to wear any of the new Houston Astros 2013 uniform
gear to the November 2012 SABR meeting at the
Inn at the Ballpark next to Minute Maid Park.
Bob wore a 2013 Houston Astros road jersey through
the door and, in his usual quiet and reserved
style, he took his seat in a far corner table
and allowed his jersey to speak for him.
Bob Stevens is not your everyday
run-of-the-mill runway clothing model. It was
all I could do to get him to turn around for
a couple of photos. But, in his equally common
courteous way, he managed to pivot in his chair
long enough to allow two good shots of a good-looking
SABR/Babies guy dressed as an Astro.
The trade ruse here simply jumped
into my mind as an early morning curve ball
from this columns ethereal muses as an
alternative to my intended opener Last
night we held our November 2013 SABR meeting
downtown as the Larry Dierker Chapter in Houston,
which is really todays article subject.
So, dont worry. The Houston
Babies will not have to contend with a barehanded
second baseman named Jose Altuve in 2013
and they hold on to their rocket-armed and fiercely
quick right fielder that is Bob Stevens.
Meanwhile, heres a pictorial
quick view of the Larry Dierker Chapter SABR
Meeting at the Inn at the Ballpark onTexas @
Crawford in Houston at 7:00 PM on the evening
of Monday, November 5, 2012:
television analyst and former big league
pitcher Steve Sparks delivered a talk
that was equivalently informative, instructive,
entertaining and funny. Steves minor
league time in Stockton even carried him
through a short period of service with
the Mudville Nine, old Caseys
per usual, we have SABR Chapter leader
Bob Dorrill to thank for corralling the
best available baseball talent in our
area to speak at our monthly chapter meetings.
Those of you who dont attend must
not realize how much GREAT baseball talk
you are missing.
Cavender presented a humorous book report
on a large work that detailed some of
the funniest things that baseball players
do and say to each other, among other
things. One of the stories involved some
language a player was using to describe
a devilish curve ball, but Gentleman
Tony was having trouble telling
the tale because of the vulgarity. When
we discussed the dilemma prior to the
meeting at dinner. I suggested that Tony
simply call it a mofo curve
because I was sure that most would know
what he really meant. Tony ran with that
one and guess what? Everybody
got it. Thanks, Tony, for a great
Russell brought a framed aerial photo
of Buff Stadium, looking west toward downtown
from the Gulf Freeway. It was done by
the Bob Bailey Studio in the early 1950s
and it is not the one from the late 1930s
that also contains a look at old West
End Park. Mike McCroskey did most of the
narration on this one.
Liebman, the Event Marketing Manager
and Broadcaster for the Sugar Land Skeeters,
was one of several visiting guests of
SABR. Welcome, Ira! We shall hope to see
you and all the others at further SABR
Greg Lucas was among our regular chapter
member folks on hand.
Astros Radio Broadcasting Icon Bill
Brown and 25-30 of his friends
were also in the house Monday night.
Bill also spoke to us about his new book
on the history of the Astros, seeking,
as good writers do, fresh perspective
from SABR people on strategies for maximizing
interest in the story and the book.
SABR member Matt Rejmaniak and
his sweet mom were also there.
All American Girls Leaguer Marie
Red Mahoney is now a new
SABR member and was also there last night
with new SABR friend Marsha Franty.
Irish Miggins, 87, and
Marie Red Mahoney, 88
are now our two SABR and Baseball History
senior icons. Larry played in Jackie
Robinsons first professional
game as a member of organized baseball
in 1946. Marie was a charter member
of the famous League of Their Own
for women that began in the 1940s. Both
are deep baseball people and both
are now happy members of the Larry
Dierker Chapter. Join us sometime.
Our next meeting is set for 12/10/12.
For further details, e-mail Bob Dorrill
at BDorrill@aol.com or call him
at 281.361.7874. We would love
to have you join us in our non-stop celebration
of baseball and rich historical contributions
to our culture and country.
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Early Houston Baseball Research Project
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