Larry Dierker Chapter meeting recap – 4/17/2023
Our April 2023 Larry Dierker Chapter meeting was held on Monday, April 17 at the Spaghetti Western Italian Restaurant at 1608 Shepherd Drive in Houston. There was a Zoom option for those wishing to attend remotely.
The April 17, 2023, chapter meeting video can be found on the chapter’s YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/Tlxe2Z4dbYI
Twenty-five (25) chapter members and guests gathered in person and via Zoom for the April chapter meeting. President Joe Thompson opened the meeting and asked the group if they were worried about the Astros start to the season. Most of the crowd was not too worried especially after he shared that according to Brian McTaggart, the Astros had opened the season 7-9 for the fourth straight season.
The chapter received 38 entries for the annual Larry Dierker Chapter Astros Win Contest for the 2023 season. The chapter asked all members to guess how many games the Astros would win, how many homers Yordan Alvarez would hit, and how many bases Kyle Tucker would steal for the 2023 season.
Our next in-person chapter meeting will be held on Monday, June 12. The speaker will be Bailey Hall. Bailey will offer a presentation on the history of statistics in baseball, and how much technology has changed how the game is watched and analyzed.
Justin Mckinney, a baseball researcher and archivist who lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada was the guest speaker of the evening. He is the author of Baseball’s Union Association: The Short, Strange Life of a 19th Century Major League which was recently awarded the 2023 SABR Baseball Research Award. He has written articles on 19th-century and early 20th-century baseball for the SABR Research Journal, Base Ball: Journal of the Early Game, and the SABR Biography Project.
As a reminder, there will not be a regular chapter meeting in May because the chapter will hold an event at Constellation Field on May 13. I hope to see a lot of you there. Don’t forget that our next in-person chapter meeting will be held on Monday, June 12. The speaker will be Bailey Hall.
— Joseph Thompson