This Week in SABR: July 8, 2011

Here’s what we’ve been up to as of July 8, 2011:

Live coverage from SABR 41

Couldn’t make it to Long Beach for SABR 41? We’re bringing you live, on-site coverage of the national convention at the Long Beach Hilton. Check every day for stories, audio and video clips, photo galleries and more.

For the night owls on Saturday, July 9, you can test your knowledge against SABR’s best by participating in our real-time chat from the Trivia Contest finals (begins at approximately 10 p.m. PDT.) We’ll be posting questions and answers live from the finals, so play along at home by clicking here:

MEDICAL PANEL: Listen to the SABR 41 Medical Panel from Wednesday evening, featuring Will Carroll of Sports Illustrated (moderator); Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Dr. Ned Bergert of the Los Angeles Angels; and Dr. Kevin Wilk of the American Sports Medicine Institute.

MEDIA PANEL: Listen to the SABR 41 Media Panel from Thursday afternoon, featuring SABR President Andy McCue (moderator); Dave Cameron, Managing Editor of; Sean Forman, founder of, Bill Squadron, head of Bloomberg Sports; and Russ Stanton, Editor of the Los Angeles Times.

SCOTT BORAS KEYNOTE SPEECH: Listen to Thursday’s keynote speech from super-agent Scott Boras — in which he emphasized the importance of assimilating data and using psychological development to help a player’s development — and watch a portion of our exclusive interview with him afterward.

Here are some other stories from the first few days of SABR 41:

Visit SABR at the MLB All-Star FanFest on July 11-12

If you’re coming to Phoenix for the Midsummer Classic, stop by to visit SABR at the Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest on July 11-12 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

SABR will be at the MLB Advanced Media booth from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, July 11 and from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, when the Arizona Diamondbacks will play host to the 82nd All-Star Game across the street at Chase Field.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under, seniors and military personnel. Children under 2 are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at, the Diamondbacks’ website, the box office at Chase Field or by calling 1-888-FanFest (326-3378).

2010-11 SABR Annual Report has been posted online

Our 2010-11 Annual Report was posted on the website this week and can be downloaded here:

All previous SABR Annual Reports can be found on the Annual Reports page. If you have a copy of any Annual Report from before 2002 (the oldest currently available), please e-mail a copy of it to or mail one to the SABR office at 4455 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. D-140, Phoenix, AZ 85018.

Larry Dierker Chapter begins project on early Houston baseball

SABR’s Larry Dierker Chapter recently took on the multi-year, multi-task job of researching and writing a book on a segment of Houston’s rich history that has been long overdue. The working title of the project is “Houston Baseball, The Early Years: 1861-1961.”

The century of note covers a long and colorful period, from the formation of the first Houston Base Ball Club in 1861 through the last minor league season of the Houston Buffs in 1961. After 1961, Houston’s baseball stage moved to the major leagues, first with the Houston Colt .45s (1962-64) and then to their new and still present identity as the Houston Astros (1965-2011 and counting).

The members of the sixteen-member SABR research team are: Steve Bertone, Lance Carter, Tony Cavender, Bob Dorrill, Marsha Franty, Harold Jones, Bill McCurdy, Tom Murrah, Darrell Pittman, Susan Pittman, Jo Russell, Story Sloane, Joe Thompson, Tom Trimble, Mike Vance and Herb Whalley.

If you have an interest in helping the Larry Dierker Chapter piece together the true history of baseball in Houston — or if you are in possession of any artifacts or scrapbooks that might shed light on the history of baseball in Houston — especially of black baseball or the women’s game — contact Bill McCurdy.

For more information on the Larry Dierker Chapter, visit http://www.sabrhouston

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Originally published: July 9, 2011. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.