The Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter gathered at The Original Crusoe’s Restaurant in South St. Louis on Monday, October 20, 2014 with 18 members and guests in attendance.
Chapter vice-president Jeff Ecker called the meeting to order.
Chapter secretary Jim Leefers announced that the winner of the pre-season predictions contest was chapter president Brian Flaspohler (unable to attend the meeting due to work obligations). Brian correctly predicted 5 of 6 division winners, 2 of the 4 wild card teams, and 3 of the 4 League Championship teams. However, he had picked the Cardinals and Tigers to advance to the World Series, but had accumulated enough points to win. No one picked the Giants to advance to the Series and only one picked the Royals to do so, but did not pick them to win it. Great job Brian!
Items noted in “Today in Baseball History” were Jack Coombs’s 12-5 complete game victory over the Cubs in Game 3 of the 1910 World Series, the Cardinals Game 7, 6-3 victory over the Brewers in the 1982 World Series, the Cardinals Game 2, 4-2 victory over the Royals in 1987, and the Cardinals Game 3, 3-1 victory over the Twins in 1987. It was also noted that it was the birth date of Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Juan Marichal, and former Cardinal first baseman Keith Hernandez.
There was more discussion spearheaded by Kris Lokemoen about creating an annual chapter research award in honor of the late Jim Rygelski.
Jeff Ecker informed the attendees of a new book, “The Boyer Brothers of Baseball” by Lew Freedman, due to be released in late December.
Open discussion included the positives and the negatives of the Cardinals playoff appearance, the lack of postseason games on network television, and the continued talk and upcoming experiments to speed up the game.
Bob Tiemann’s trivia topic this month was Kansas City Baseball Trivia. Steve Gietschier, Jim Leefers, and Mark Stangl tied with 19 correct answers out of a possible 29. Leefers won the tie-breaker question by knowing that the Federal League Kansas City team was known as the Packers.
Tuesday, November 18 is the date for the next roundtable meeting at Crusoe’s.
— Jim Leefers, Secretary