SABR’s Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter held its monthly meeting on April 6, 2022, at the Glory Days Grill in Tallahassee, Florida. In attendance were:
- Matt Keelean, Chapter President
- Jim Wolf
- Kent Putnam
- Brent Kallestad
- Chuck Rosciam
- Jeff Lickson
- Terry Mahoney
- Fred Dunphy
- Frank Alarcon
- Jim Turner
- Bruce Grant
After informal conversation, the meeting was called to order. The first item of business was review of picks by Chapter members in the 2022 MLB prediction contest. The Dodgers are favored to win the World Series but not unanimously so. Predictions re the American League standings and earlier series in the postseason may be determinative.
Matt presented Brent with the trophy for winning the 2022 trivia contest, albeit late because the trophy was not in hand until recently.
Members who have read The Baseball 100 by Joe Posnanski once again recommended it highly to those who have not.
We were reminded that the Braves’ World Series trophy will be on display at the Cairo (GA) Boys’ and Girls’ Club on April 15 from 4 to 7 PM. Several members plan to make the short trip. Funds were raised for a donation to the Club in the Chapter’s name. It was also noted that the WS trophy will be on display at Howser Stadium during a future FSU baseball game.
Matt recommended the upcoming SABR Malloy Conference in Birmingham on June 2-4, 2022, the subject being Negro League baseball. We discussed the need to increase diversity in Chapter membership.
Chuck described his database of statistics re former FSU athletes who have played or are now playing professional baseball. He is looking for someone to take over the project.
Fred shared some coded baseball themed correspondence from his childhood. This opened the door for other members to share our own memories of watching and playing the game as well as our experiences, both good and bad, with collecting memorabilia.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:30 PM.
— Kent Putnam