Sixteen members and guests of the Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter gathered at The Original Crusoe’s Restaurant in South St. Louis on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
With the Cardinals/Mets game (which the Cardinals eventually won 10-2) playing silently on the television at the far end of the room chapter president Brian Flaspohler called the meeting to order.
Yogi Berra’s 90th birthday on May 12 was recognized with mention of his many accomplishments, most notably in the postseason, which for Yogi occurred entirely in the World Series. Many present also quoted their favorite Berraisms.
Items noted in our ‘Today in Baseball History’ segment were Cy Young’s 500th victory as the Indians defeated the Senators in 1910, the game in 1933 when the Ferrell brothers – Rick and Wes – homered in the same game for the only time in their careers, the 1960 Major League debut of Juan Marichal as he pitched a one-hitter to defeat the Phillies 2-0, and Earl Wilson stopping Frank Howard’s consecutive games with a home run at six.
Bob Tiemann gave a research presentation on Cy Young vs. Rube Waddell and the sixteen games in which they both appeared, fourteen as opposing starters. They were evenly matched as Young was 6-8 and Waddell was 6-6 in those games.
Allison Levin shared a recent article by a local radio personality on the top five Cardinals teams of all time. His conclusion was the 1967 team was #1 while the consensus in the room was the 1942 team, which hadn’t even gained a mention in the article.
Other topics of discussion were the recent ‘Zero Attendance Game’ in Baltimore, and the rise of the Astros.
Bob Tiemann’s trivia topic this month was Busch Memorial Memories. Mark Stangl was the winner with a score of 16 out of 26.
The next chapter meeting will be Monday, June 22nd at Crusoe’s.
— Jim Leefers, Secretary