Allan Roth Chapter meeting recap – 10/26/2013

More than 50 SABR members and guests of the Allan Roth Chapter had the pleasure of meeting and touring at  the Los Angeles Sports Museum on Saturday, October 26.

The museum houses treasures from the icons of sport, such as Babe Ruth’s 1934 U.S.-Japan tour uniform and record-breaking home run bat; the New York Yankees warmup jacket worn by Lou Gehrig on the day he ended his consecutive game streak in 1939; as well as more than 10,000 sports items in a huge 32,000-square-foot building owned by SABR member Gary Cypres, a prominent Los Angeles business executive and leading sports memorabilia collector.

Jay Johnstone, longtime major leaguer, was our celebrity guest. He regaled members and guests with many baseball stories from his 20-year career. We heard how to give a “hot foot” to an unsuspecting umpire when he visited a dugout to get a drink of water, along with stories about noteworthy managers like Tommy Lasorda and Billy Martin; and famous players like Ted Williams and Jimmy Piersall who helped Jay become a better ballplayer.

Barry Mednick prepared a Trivia Quiz on Jay Johnstone’s career, which everyone enjoyed.

The day concluded with two outstanding presentations by SABR members Andy McCue and Rick Smith. Andy showed slides as he discussed the contentious tenancy of the Angels in Dodger Stadium in the early 1960s, which ended when Gene Autry built Angel Stadium in 1966. Rick talked about Character Resemblances from the movies “42” and “Eight Men Out.” He handed out a well-done booklet that contained photos of the actors and the players side by side, as well as quotations from the two movies.

— Al Parnis