Houston/Larry Dierker Chapter meeting recap – 11/17/2014

Last night, Monday, November 17, 31 hearty SABR members braved the cold to hear lots of good news at the Larry Dierker Chapter meeting.

We first welcomed new member Kevin Fontenot, out of state member Bruce Stevens and recognized Larry Dierker. We also celebrated that ROOT TV was up and running as of this morning so the Houston Astros will be available on television for 4 million Houstonites in 2015.

Greg Lucas introduced Rene Cardenas, a historic Spanish-speaking baseball broadcaster for the Dodgers and Astros, who told us of his far ranging career with many broadcasting firsts. Rene is on the ballot for the 2015 Ford C. Frick Award and we are rooting for his induction into the Broadcasters Wing of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown this coming summer.

We are pleased to advise that a number of our members agreed to serve on newly formed committees for the chapter. They are:

Speakers Committee: Jim Kreuz, Tony Cavender and Ira Liebman.

Membership Committee: Stan Curtis and Bob Stevens

Meetings and Special Projects Committee: Mike McCroskey, Tom Plemons, Marsha Frantry and Todd Farquhavson.

This team is to report back to us possibilities for a Baseball Dinner in 2016. We could use a few more volunteers so please let me know how you would like to serve the chapter.

Matt Rejmaniak showed us a unique movie on the 1980 Cincinnati Reds where one of the narrators was our own Bill Brown. Stan Curtis offered to sign copies of his recently revised book “Covering All Bases”.

The trivia contest furnished by Tom White was won once again by our young champion Ben Brink. Our next meeting will be on Monday, December 8 at the Spaghetti Western.

— Bob Dorrill