Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting recap – 12/17/2013

Nine Rogers Hornsby Chapter members gathered on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to review the baseball season, discuss the hot stove deals and anticipate next month’s winter meeting.

Topics of discussion included Jan Larson’s successful prognostication of the chapter’s MLB Cy Young Awards, organized by Monte Cely, who presented Jan (pictured above) with a major award (baseball-shaped ceramic container filled with baseball-wrapped chocolates) and a certificate.

Much thanks to Monte’s wife, Linda, who sent a plate of delicious baked goods to help celebrate the holiday season.

Jan Larson brought along his trivia quiz, “You Rank ‘em,” asking participants to rank the league leaders in various batting and pitching categories. Dan Walsh and Eric Robinson tied with 20 total points, with Dan winning on the tie-breaker. For his win, Dan received the highly sought (and highly traveled) Stephen King novel, “Blockade Billy,” which features a catcher blocking home plate in front of a sliding runner (it was pointed out by a few of us that this is a move soon to be made obsolete with MLB’s announcement to ban collisions at home plate).

“Blockade Billy” was won by Jan at a previous chapter meeting and received from Jim Baker. Dan explained that Jim’s recent trivia quiz won him “Blockade Billy” from Dan himself! Dan graciously gave up his award and presented it to Eric Robinson, who gratefully accepted.

A flow chart would look something like this:

BB (Dan) –> BB (Jim) –> BB (Jan) –> BB (Dan) –> BB (Eric)

To try your hand at Jan’s trivia quiz, click here, or go to the “Contests” tab above.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 – the date of the Eighth Annual Winter Meeting of the Rogers Hornsby Chapter of SABR. It is our chapter’s biggest meeting of the year, and you wouldn’t want to miss it! More details to come.

— Monte Cely