Oscar Charleston Chapter meeting recap – 1/28/2021

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, SABR’s Oscar Charleston Chapter hosted its virtual SABR Day meeting, albeit a couple days before the official SABR Day of January 30. Our program included:

  • Howard Kellman previewed the Indianapolis Indians’ and Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2021 season, touching on the potential increased team numbers in the Indians’ International league and Victory Field’s 25th anniversary, on July 11, 2021.
  • Kimberly Parkhurst discussed baseball’s modern origins from 1845, when the earliest known teams debuted, seeking gentlemanly, cosmopolitan leisure, to the tumultuous period during and after the Civil War, and up to 1905, two years after the first World Series.
  • Andrew Heckroth covered Henry Aaron’s early career, starting with the Indianapolis Clowns — which included almost nonexistent ties to Indianapolis! — leading up to his debut with the Milwaukee Braves, whose scout said, about Aaron, “This kid could be the answer.”

The silver lining of our Zoom-based world is that we can provide those who missed the meeting with a recording:


(YouTube link)


I apologize for not pressing “play” early enough, which resulted in cutting off the first few seconds of the first presentation. Please let me know if you have trouble accessing the recording. Thank you to everyone who presented!

Please pencil in Saturday, April 24, as the date of our next Oscar Charleston Chapter meeting, although that might still change. If you or anyone you know would like to present at a future meeting, please contact me.

— Trenton Morton