The next Larry Dierker Chapter meeting is open to anyone who is interested in baseball and would like to join us! The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 14 at the Spaghetti Western on Shepherd Drive. For those who cannot join us in person, there will be an option for anyone to join us via Zoom. 

Anyone interested in attending our next SABR meeting, should reach out to chapter President Bob Dorrill or chapter Vice-President Joe Thompson, Bob McCann or any of the other staff members. For our contact information please select the “About” button at the top of the page.


Previous Meeting: November 15, 2021 Video

What Is SABR?

SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) is a national organization of 7,000 plus members who are dedicated to the history of the national pastime. While the emphasis is on baseball research and the preservation of the games history, SABR is not just about numbers. It’s about enjoying the sport, sharing stories and recollections, and being with like-minded individuals, men and women, who have a passion for baseball at every level of the game. Check us out and join the team. 

For a full listing of SABR events, click here: 

Chapter President Bob Dorrill
Houston Baseball History

While Houston has had a presence in Major League Baseball for nearly a half century, the game’s history in the Bayou City dates back to the Civil War. With teams as diversely and uniquely named as the Stonewalls, Babies, Buffs and Colt .45s, Houston’s rich baseball legacy is of keen interest to members of the local SABR chapter.

The Larry Dierker chapter of Houston mourns the loss of long time chapter member Vera Jo Russell. Jo was married to former President and General Manager of the Houston Buffs Allen Russell. Jo’s long association with the chapter included many years of participation in the Houston Baseball Dinner, Houston Athletic Committee, and more recently the Baseball Assistance Team which supported former players who needed help. Please click on her picture to find out more details about her life and funeral service details.

Chapter Library

Chapter Member and Long-time Houston Astros and MLB broadcaster Bill Brown

SportsCasting 101 is available at and also as an ebook at Amazon.

The book is filled with stories about play-by-play sportscasters.  They are listed on the “Contributors” link at

All of the Astros radio and television broadcasters are featured in the book, as well as Eric Nadel of the Texas Rangers, a Hall of Famer. Bill Worrell of the Rockets, Bill Schoening of the San Antonio Spurs, Marc Vandermeer of the Texans, Brad Sham of the Dallas Cowboys and Josh Bogorad of the Dallas Stars as well as Glenn Davis of the Houston Dynamo represent play-by-play voices of all the major team sports.

The book is written for young aspiring play-by-play artists, but fans who simply enjoy sports in general and broadcasters in particular can enjoy the unique stories they tell about their journeys to success.