The Robinson-Kell SABR chapter met on August 3, 2019, at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock at 12:00 p.m. There were 22 members and guests present.
The guest speaker was former left-handed major league pitcher Allen McDill, who appeared from 1997 to 2001 with Kansas City, Detroit, and Boston. He appeared in 38 games (all in relief) without recording a win, loss, or save – tied for fourth most all-time appearances without a decision.
Jim Yeager kicked off the presentations with another installment of his series of Backroads and Ballplayers. This one focused on the accomplishments of Arkansas ballplayers in the year 1934.
Steve Dittmore followed with “Six Days in Los Angeles, June 1968: Drysdale’s streak, RFK’s assassination, and the best draft in MLB history.”
The next presentation was “Dick Hall: A Fine Baseball Career” by Tom Van Hyning.
Fred Worth concluded the meeting with a recap of his latest grave- hunting adventure. This trip was thru Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Maine, covering 9,120 miles and over six weeks as he visited 953 baseball graves (and 24 non-baseball graves).
Following the meeting, 11 members enjoyed a nice night at the ballpark which included a pre-game midget wrestling match followed by a well-played 2-1 win by the Springfield Cardinals over the Arkansas Travelers.
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— Madison McEntire