McCurdy: 2015 Houston Hot Stove Banquet was a smash hit

From SABR member Bill McCurdy at The Pecan Park Eagle on January 23, 2015:

Thanks to the Sugar Land Skeeters, loyal banquet sponsors, and the Larry Dierker Chapter of SABR, the greater Houston area again enjoyed the taste of a winter baseball banquet that from early on, until 2013, had convened annually to honor the great game we all love and honor those deemed worthy of honoring, including the top high school players from our area.

Held at Constellation Field, home of the Sugar land Skeeters, a mustard seed crowd of under three hundred dyed in the wool fans and other esteemed professional members of the baseball community gathered to both enjoy and resurrect what has been a Houston baseball tradition since the early years of the city’s enfranchisement as a major league city.

Although this is the third year the Skeeters have held such a function, it also marked the end in many of our minds of the two-year blackout from 2013 to 2014 of the former Houston Athletic Club Winter Baseball Dinners that once carried the larger crowds into the brink of spring training on many other levels. Those of us who attended last night are determined to pursue the return of even larger annual celebrations in 2016. It is in our blood and part of our make-up as the Greater Houston baseball community to see that day return. This morning, our genuine thanks go out to the Sugar land Skeeters and their wonderful supporters for making this rise from the abandonment of a great idea by others to a germinal state of normalcy for the entire local baseball community.

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