SABR Day

SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The 10th annual SABR Day was held on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Check out highlights, stories, and photos of 2019 SABR Day events below:

Atlanta, GA (Magnolia Chapter): The Magnolia Chapter celebrated SABR Day with an afternoon of baseball talk, examining the game's history and numbers. Speaking of numbers, about 35 members attended the event, which was held from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. at the Embry Hills Public Library in metro Atlanta. Our main presenter was Russell Carleton of Baseball Prospectus fame and author of The Shift: The Next Generation of Baseball Thinking. Russell talked about the evolving language of baseball as it relates to the analytical movement. Batting second was noted sports artist Wayland Moore. Wayland designed the Atlanta Braves uniform that Hank Aaron made famous in April 1974 and Mr. Moore relayed stories of his interaction with Aaron and Eddie Matthews on the project. (The blue accent color was Hank's choice.) Batting third was UGA professor J.P.Caillault who took a statistical look at the Triple Crown winners and the "almost" winners. J.P. calculated a number value for each prominent season and the results led to some interesting discoveries. Batting cleanup was local historian Terry Sloope, who did a deep dive on the controversial end to the 1928 Southern Association season. (Atlanta got the short end of the stick.) The chapter met beforehand for lunch at a local BBQ joint. Overall, a good time was had by all. — Craig Brown

Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter): Honoring chapter founder Bill Gilbert, videoconferencing with acclaimed baseball writer Rob Neyer and hearing about the playing career of Bob Joyce were among the highlights at the 13th annual Winter Meeting of the Rogers Hornsby Chapter on Saturday, January 12. Nearly 40 chapter members and guests attended the winter meeting at Old Main on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos. Neyer, who connected with the meeting via Skype and was interviewed by Gilbert Martinez, discussed his newly published book, Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game. Click here to view the full recap and photos at SABRHornsby.org. — Gilbert Martinez

Baltimore, MD (Babe Ruth Chapter): More than 50 people braved the cold and rain to come to our annual meeting on Sunday, January 20 at the Peabody Heights Brewery. The chapter board/officers would like to extend our thanks to all the attendees and especially to our top notch list of speakers: F.X. Flinn, John Burbridge, Charlie Vascellaro, David Stinson, Ken Mars, Jane Leavy, Warren Grill, Cappy Gagnon, Larry Haney and Ron Hansen, and Bill Stetka for moderating. Mission BBQ provided a wonderful spread that seemed to go over very well.  Thanks to Dick & Eddie O'Keefe for their hospitality and generosity. And special thanks to Renee Coolbaugh of RCC Weddings & Events for helping pull the event together and providing professional advice on organizing the day. Click here to view more photos on our Facebook page. — Peter Coolbaugh

Boston, MA (Boston Chapter): Despite incessant obstacles and weather delays, 10 members and friends attended our impromptu SABR Day meeting at the Boston Beer Works near Fenway Park. We certainly made great use of the time, as we were there from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and we certainly got a lot done — and discussed, and debated, and decided. Luckily, we had sunlight and balmy breezes in the low 30s, just right for January in Boston. Otherwise, January has not been benevolent to the Boston Chapter. There was the classic combination of snow, sleet, rain, and ice covering that you could literally skate on and plunging temperatures to the minus zero wind chill column. We were forced to cancel our annual MLK Day program on January 21 at GameOn right by Fenway Park. A consolation was that we looked forward to SABR Day on Saturday, January 26, for lunch at the Bleacher Bar underneath the Green Monster. The chapter has met many times there over several years, but this time we were foiled by a previously scheduled event that required admission tickets all along Lansdowne Street. So we were all moved up to the street to the Beer Works instead and had a good time. — Joanne Hulbert

Burlington, VT (Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter): Our SABR Day gathering was held at the Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington. Congratulations to Chuck McGill for becoming the Floyd Patterson of the SABR-Vermont trivia contest, which had a spring training theme this time. Dick Allen and Minnie Minoso were elected to the Hall of Fame in our mock veterans committee vote. John Bennett made a fantastic case in absentia for Minnie Minoso and Lefty O'Doul's HOF credentials, as did Karl Lindholm for Negro League stars Josh Donaldson and Rap Dixon. Dick Leyden brought in some amazing pictures of the UVM ballfield on Riverside Avenue, circa 1900. Following the SABR Day gathering, most of our party headed down to Main Street Landing for the Lake Monsters' "Winter Warmer" with Galen Carr, Buster Olney, and Tim Neverett. Highlights of the evening included Tim Neverett discussing his departure from WEEI, the panelists dishing on spying in baseball, and Buster Olney describing his early-career run-in with Deion Sanders. — Clayton Trutor

Cherry Hill, NJ (Goose Goslin Chapter): The Goose Goslin Chapter celebrated their second SABR Day at the Cherry Hill Library. Members enjoyed a discussion and Q&A session with Pat McFarlane and Michael Czahor, Quantitative Analysts from the Philadelphia Phillies Research & Development Department. Some members brought in memorabilia that they shared with the group afterwards. The Goose Goslin Chapter has been in existence for a year now and is growing and planning to increase the number of events and meetings in the future. — Anthony Arot

Chicago, IL (Emil Rothe Chapter): On Saturday, February 2, SABR Chicago members packed the Evanston Public Library’s Falcon Room to celebrate SABR Day. Members were treated to an afternoon of diverse presentations and a lively trivia challenge between two local powerhouses. Prior to the festivities, a small group gathered for lunch across the street from the Evanston Public Library at The Celtic Knot. Analyst Scott Lindholm kicked off the festivities with a statistics-based look at the best teams in baseball history. According to his number crunching, he produced his list of the top 10 teams. Did your favorites make the list? Our second presenter, Chapter member Jon Daniels, provided an update regarding his longstanding efforts to place a marker in Chicago’s Millennium Park to commemorate the site of two 19th century professional ballparks. We turned back the clocks for our third presentation. Gary “The Professor” Schiappacsse and Ellie “The Boss Lady” of the Chicago Salmon discussed vintage baseball ... err, base ball. Neal Johnson and his son Matt highlighted Thinking Baseball their innovative new training/coaching app. During their presentation, they shared their story about how Chicago Cubs broadcaster, Pat Hughes, became involved with the project. Finally, SABR Day 2019 drew to a close with a trivia challenge between local baseball heavyweights, Dave Zeman and Chris Kamka. Chris emerged victorious. Click here for a full recap and more photos (PDF). — Bill Pearch

Cincinnati, OH (Hoyt-Allen Chapter): The Hoyt-Allen Chapter met for SABR Day at the Price Hill Historical Society Museum. Our guest speakers included Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty; Leo Bradley, author of the play "Bleachers"; Mark Bricker on 1940s Reds ace Ewell Blackwell; Richard Jones on a 19th-century Cincinnati player named Uriah "Ri" Jones; and Callie Batts Maddox with her SABR convention award-winning presentation on women’s collegiate baseball in Ohio. The Price Hill museum has a room devoted to Price Hill baseball history, primarily Knothole, Little League, American Legion, and some sponsored adult teams. Click here to read Paul Daugherty's column recapping his talk on SABR Day at Cincinnati.com. — Rich Gibson

Cooperstown, NY (Cliff Kachline Chapter): The Cliff Kachline Chapter held its SABR Day meeting at the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Bullpen Theater. Our guest speakers this year included Pete Henrici with an update on his continuing research on Hall of Fame Inductions; John Odell, the Hall of Fame curator who gave us a sneak peek of the new Shoebox Treasures baseball cards exhibit slated to open in 2019; Tom Shieber, Hall of Fame senior curator and Chadwick Award winner, who gave a presentation on Babe Ruth in the movies; and Jim Gates, Hall of Fame librarian who gave an update on recent library happenings. We concluded with a group discussion on the recent Hall of Fame voting results . — Jeff Katz

Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter): The Rocky Mountain Chapter hosted its 10th annual SABR Day with 92 SABR members and friends in attendance at the Blake Street Tavern in lower downtown Denver. Paul Parker introduced a special guest, Scott Bush, SABR's newly appointed Chief Executive Officer. Bush provided his own welcoming remarks and his views of what he feels SABR means to him and what it could become in the future. He also previewed the upcoming annual SABR 49 convention in San Diego, and invited everyone to attend. Bush spoke about a new weekly SABR podcast, hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer. Chip Atkison gave an outstanding presentation about the first-ever College World Series that was held in Denver, and included local college participant of the University of Denver. Our panel with MLB.com's Thomas Harding and Manny Randhawa, KOA broadcaster Jerry Schemmel, Roxpile writer Kevin Henry, and AT&T SportsNet reporter Taylor McGregor previewed the Rockies' upcoming season and held a wide-ranging discussion on baseball analytics, the recent Hall of Fame election, team chemistry, and more. Upon conclusion of the media panel, the traditional mass game of catch began at approximately 3:30 p.m. with the call “Play Ball!” The weather was extremely cooperative providing a warm and partly sunny afternoon. The bullpen warmups and games of catch were a little rusty, but the baseballs flew and mitts popped in short order! Click here to read a full recap and view more photos. — Alex Marks

Des Moines, IA (Field of Dreams Chapter): We had 11 members and guests at our meeting on Saturday, February 9 for a belated SABR Day. Clayton Grandquist, Ticket Manager for the Iowa Cubs, addressed our group to talk about his time in baseball. Clayton could be called something of a baseball lifer, as his grandfather, Ken Grandquist, once owned the Iowa franchise, and Clayton took his first steps at the ballpark. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Clayton has also interned with the San Diego Padres and served as an assistant GM for the Waterloo Bucks in the Northwoods League. Thanks to Mike Coveyou for arranging Clayton's presence with us and for writing Saturday's trivia quiz, which was won by Steve Dunn (a feat which earned him four tickets to a future I-Cubs game). Our next scheduled event will be a joint meeting/ballpark outing with the Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter on May 4 in Clinton, Iowa. — Tim Rask

Detroit, MI (Detroit Chapter): There was neither a groundhog nor a shadow to be observed on Saturday, February 2 as the Detroit Chapter met within the confines of the Detroit Public Library on a sunless Michigan winter day. The meeting opened with trivia centering around the subjects at hand. After stumping many of us with his trivia questions, Peter Hoyos shared a book review of Bill Freehan’s Behind the Mask. Although you don’t hear much about it today, it was released before it was common to divulge inside info about the locker room and team chemistry. Freehan’s book is sometimes blamed for the Tigers’ disappointing 1970 season which was discussed and the subject of much debate. Gary Gillette took time to share his collection of Negro League baseball cards. Gillette’s collection consists of a variety of special releases that have been issued over the last few decades. Sadly, contemporary cards of Negro Leaguers are nonexistent or relegated to foreign issues where they played winter ball. Meeting participants passed around Gillette’s cards in three-ring binders as he described some of the more notable cards which were also displayed on the projection screen. Attendees also discussed Jackie Robinson and his impact as we recently passed 100 years since his birth. Memories of Lenny Green from several contributors were read by Gary Gillette. These provided the foundation for the articles within this issue. Author Mike Betzold talked about his new book Tiger Stadium: Essays and Memories of Detroit's Historic Ballpark, 1912-2009. Betzold, also co-founder of the Tiger Stadium Fan Club, provided great insight into the efforts that went into trying to keep Tiger Stadium alive. — Brandon Robetoy

Hoboken, NJ (Elysian Fields Chapter): About 35 members and friends attended SABR Day at the Hoboken Public Library. Our hosts at the library were very generous, providing the pizza, soda, and meeting space at no cost. Our guest speakers included an Authors Panel with Ron Kaplan (Hank Greenberg in 1938), Lincoln Mitchell (Baseball Goes West), and Howard Megdal (The Cardinal Way), along with presentations on "The Future of Women in Baseball" by Perry Barber, and "The Rise and Fall of Roosevelt Stadium" by David Krell. Click here to view a video of the Authors Panel at Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf website. — David Krell

Houston, TX (Larry Dierker Chapter): The Larry Dierker Chapter celebrated SABR Day at Minute Maid Park in conjunction with the Houston Astros FanFest. Hundreds of baseball fans stopped by a table staffed by our members to learn more about SABR membership and receive free baseball cards. We also made available for sale several baseball books written by our members such as Houston Baseball: The Early Years, It's Time for Expansion Baseball, and Breathing Orange Fire. Click here to view more photos. — Bob Dorrill

Indianapolis, IN (Oscar Charleston Chapter): Twenty-four diehard fans converged at the Irvington Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library for the SABR Day observance of the Oscar Charleston Chapter. Howard Kellman, the Voice of the Indianapolis Indians, led off the program with an interview of former major leaguer Dyar Miller, a Batesville native who pitched for the Orioles, Angels, Blue Jays, and Mets from 1975-81. Miller served as a coach and instructor when his playing days ended, and retired after spending 2018 as pitching coach for the Fresno Grizzlies, the top farm team of the Houston Astros. Geri Driscoll followed with a presentation on Indianapolis native Oscar Charleston, the legendary Negro league player and manager. Pete Cava followed with a tribute to Peter Bjarkman, the award-winning author from Lafayette who passed away last October in Havana. Andrew Reinbold provided a talk on the results of a chapter survey. The session ended with a trivia contest based on the 1969 season. John Rickert scored over 90 percent for first place and received a copy of Peter Bjarkman’s final book, Fidel Castro and Baseball: The Untold Story. Providing the prize was Ronnie Wilbur, wife of the late Cuban baseball expert. — Trent Morton

Kansas City, MO (Monarchs Chapter): SABR Day on Saturday, February 2 in in Kansas City featured two speakers, former Dodgers pitcher Fred Kipp and former Royals trainer Mickey Cobb. Kipp is the subject of the recent Ron Gabriel Award-nominated book, The Last Yankee Dodger: Fred Kipp from Brooklyn to LA and the Bronx. The book was co-written with his son Scott Kipp. Kipp is a native of Piqua and attended college at Emporia State University. Though he spent parts of four seasons in the majors, he spoke primarily of his journey getting to the big leagues. He brought a map that showed the location of all the teams he played for, which covered quite an area because it included teams in four different countries. During the offseason he played winter ball in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, and toured Japan with the Dodgers after they won the 1959 World Series. Like many players during the early 1950s, he lost a season and a half while serving in the Army. After a short break where Kipp and Cobb signed books for the 26 attendees, Cobb took the floor. Cobb is the author of two books, Blue Whistler on the Pine Tar Game, and an autobiography, A Step and a Half. Cobb wore two World Series rings as he spoke. Cobb received a graduate degree from Indiana University in athletic training and worked in the Pirates organization before joining the Royals in 1971 at their Baseball Academy in Florida. Just like a player, he moved up from there to Omaha before finally joining the major league club in 1978. He was with the club until 1990. At 76 years old, Cobb is still a bundle of energy. — Mike Webber

Lexington, KY (Sweet Lou Johnson Chapter): On January 26, baseball fans and members of the Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington Chapter gathered to celebrate SABR Day 2019. After an invigorating discussion on the offseason, David Baker presented information on the history of gambling and baseball. This was followed by a group discussion on MLB’s announcement regarding the league's new partnership with MGM Resorts. Don Boes shared information about his trip to the Reds Tour stop here in Lexington. Don also brought Reds swag and literature to share with our members. Cindy Baker mentioned that the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jackie Robinson occurs this week on January 31. She also reminded guests that Joe Cox’s book, A Fine Team Man: Jackie Robinson and the Lives He Touched, will be officially released February 1. Cindy reminded us that Joe has spoken to the group in the past. We ended the meeting with a challenging Baseball Trivia Game, won by Bob Tannenbaum. — Cindy Baker

Little Rock, AR (Robinson-Kell Chapter): The Robinson-Kell SABR Chapter met for SABR Day at the First Southern Baptist Church in Bryant, Arkansas. There were 18 members and guests present. Our guest speaker was former major leaguer Russ Nagelson, who appeared in 62 games for the Indians and Tigers from 1968 to 1970. We also heard presentations from Thomas Van Hyning, on baseball pioneer Carlos Bernier; Johnny Mullins on "The Two Rub Walkers: The Good of Baseball Research"; Fred Worth on his latest grave-hunting research trip; and Jim Yeager on "Backroads and Ballplayers." Click here to view a full recap and photos of the meeting (PDF). — Madison McEntire

Los Angeles, CA (Allan Roth Chapter): Thirty-five members and guests met at the Pasadena Public Library for SABR Day. Noel Hynd provided updates to his book The Giants of the Polo Grounds. Anne Keene explained how she had researched her book, The Cloudbuster Nine, about Ted Williams' training and ballplaying during World War II. Warren Campbell discussed the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Mario Phillips talked about how he became an agent and the action at the winter meetings. Jon Leonodoukis presented an update on the chapter's successful Alzheimers' project. Barry Mednick showed his work in progress on "The Real Mr. October," players whose postseason stats exceeded their regular season stats. Peter Dreier gave a biography of Sam Nahem. The book auction offered more books than we could sell. The trivia contest focused on baseball lingo. — Barry Mednick

Louisville, KY (Pee Wee Reese Chapter): Missing a serious ice and snowstorm only by twelve hours, 26 SABR members and guests braved heavy rains to attend the annual SABR Day gathering of the Pee Wee Reese SABR Chapter on Saturday, January 19 at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Harry Rothgerber presented an entertaining look at the history of the Chapter since its first meeting under the supervision of Bob Bailey in 1984. Indiana author Doug Wilson discussed his newest book, Let's Play Two: The Life and Times of Ernie Banks, soon to be released. The audience, which included many Cubs fans, appreciated hearing several "inside" stories about Banks, especially his relationship with manager Leo Durocher. Then, Wisconsin SABR member Cory Ritterbusch presented a fascinating look at his lifetime personal relationship with the legend of Pee Wee Reese, especially his trip to Reese's Kentucky landmarks during the summer of 2018. He answered questions and received much acclaim for his insightful presentation. Click here to view the full recap and more photos. — Harry Rothgerber

Milwaukee, WI (Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter): SABR Day in Milwaukee was held at J&B's Blue Ribbon Bar and Grill outside of Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Our guest speaker was Lane Grindle, who will be entering his fourth season as a part of the Brewers radio broadcast team. Lane had a lot of great stories to tell about not only his own career, but also the Brewers' fabulous 2018 season, when they won the National League Central Division and contended for the NL pennant. SABR member Patrick Steele, author of Home of the Braves: The Battle for Baseball in Milwaukee, gave a presentation titled, "Baseball and the Meuse-Argonne," discussing baseball during the war years. We also had our usual open discussions when attendees talk about whatever baseball topic they might have on their minds. — Rick Schabowski

Montreal, QC (Quebec Chapter): The SABR Quebec Chapter met at Madison’s Restaurant in Montreal to celebrate SABR Day. We had the pleasure of welcoming a new member, Quentin Sallat, who recently moved to Montreal from Brittany in France. The first presentation was by Warren Wilansky, who reported on the latest Canadian Baseball History Conference organized by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. This past year, the conference took place in London, Ontario and not in the Hall of Fame’s headquarters in St. Mary’s. Presentations touched largely local London baseball history as well as on Labatt Park, the local ballpark, which stands on a site where baseball has been played since the middle of the 19th century. The next presentation, by Marcel Dugas, touched on the 1949 season of the Royals, to mark the 70th anniversary of a team that has been somewhat forgotten, even though it won the International League pennant. The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss the most recent elections to the Hall of Fame, as well as the publication on the chapter’s website of the first installment of the series “Quebecers in Major League Baseball”, written by our members. The first article features pitcher Éric Cyr. Click here to read the full recap. — Patrick Carpentier

New York, NY (Casey Stengel Chapter): On SABR Day, the New York City chapter met at the Scandinavia House on Park Avenue to commemorate two historic occasions of baseball excellence: the 1969 World Series triumph of the New York Mets and the first Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1939. Art Shamsky, back by popular demand, headed the all-star lineup of stellar speakers. Joining the former Mets playerwere  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ira Berkow, the New York Daily News' Mets beat writer and columnist Kristie Ackert, and Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson, who for a time worked as a Yankees director of media relations and publicity. He discussed the recent Hall of Fame voting announcement, as well. — Evelyn Begley

Philadelphia, PA (Connie Mack Chapter): The Connie Mack Chapter hosted a SABR Day gathering at Temple University in Center City. Our guest speakers included Lou Scheinfeld from The Museum of Sports, Ed Morton on the history of the Baker Bowl, Paul Ember on the baseball art of Andy Warhol, Seamus Kearney with a special performance of “Casey at the Bat in the Manner and Style of Lord Buckley," Steven King on Rube Waddell, "The Most Forgotten Great Player in Philadelphia History," and Ted Knorr on "The Negro Leagues as a Major League." — Seamus Kearney

Phoenix, AZ (Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter): About 30 members and friends of the Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter attended SABR Day at Casino Arizona's Eagles Buffet restaurant in south Scottsdale. Our guest speakers were Diamondbacks beat writers Steve Gilbert of MLB.com and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, who answered questions about the team's prospects and new acquisitions for the upcoming season. They were joined by chapter president and Forbes.com baseball columnist Barry Bloom and San Francisco Giants radio host Marty Lurie of KNBR for a more wide-ranging discussion on baseball in 2019 and the recent Baseball Hall of Fame voting announcement. — Jacob Pomrenke

Santo Domingo, DOM (Juan Marichal Chapter): At noon on Sunday, January 27, at the Atracciones del Lago (Attractions by the Lake) in Santo Domingo, the St. Louis Cardinals held a ceremony to honor the first class of high school graduates from their academy in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. This event was so meaningful for the Cardinals that their President of Baseball Operations, John Mozeliak, was present. It was meaningful for SABR too, because Mr. Pablo Ulloa, who runs the school for the players, is a member of SABR and his facility at 121st Nicolas Ureña de Mendoza in Los Prados is where SABR's Juan Marichal Chapter monthly meetings take place. It was a well planned and executed ceremony. Moises Rodriguez, the Cardinals' assistant general manager, and Luis Morales, chief of international operations, had words for the graduates. Click here to read the full recap and view photos. — Julio Rodriguez

Ben HochmanSt. Louis, MO (Bob Broeg Chapter): On Saturday, February 2, 50 members and guests of the Bob Broeg SABR Chapter of St. Louis gathered at Favazza’s Restaurant, in the Historic Hill section of the city, for their annual Hot Stove Luncheon to celebrate SABR Day. We heard from Marty Maier, a special assistant to the GM with the Cincinnati Reds whose baseball career stretches back more than four decades. After spending two seasons in the minor leagues it wasn’t long before he was approached to be a scout. He remembered the first player to catch his eye early on as a scout was Scott Fletcher, who eventually enjoyed a 15-year career in the majors. This convinced him that he could do the job and he has been helping different organizations evaluate talent for 40+ years. He scouted many years for the St. Louis Cardinals, signing players like Vince Coleman, Danny Cox, Placido Polanco, Matt Morris, and Rick Ankiel. We also heard from Benjamin Hochman, sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While other people say jokingly that they are “living the dream”, he truly believes that he is. As a St. Louis native and lifelong Cardinals fan he relishes the fact that one of his “offices” is Busch Stadium. He shared some of the stories that he included in his recent book, The Big 50: St. Louis Cardinals: The Men and Moments that Made the St. Louis Cardinals. Chapter President Rick Zucker presented the fourth annual Jim Rygelski Research Award to Scott Jensen for his presentation, “Winning and Modernization: Implications of the ‘New’ Chicago Cubs on Fandom, Tradition, and the Cubs as ‘Promised Land’." Mark Stangl won the trivia quiz on the St. Louis Browns. Click here to read the full recap and view more photos. — Jim Leefers

Tallahassee, FL (Buck O'Neil/North Florida Chapter): 14 members and friends attended the chapter's annual SABR Day celebration in the Biletnikoff Room of the Fourth Quarter Bar and Grill in Tallahassee. Attendees introduced themselves, discussing their baseball connections and favorite teams. Conversation segued into the recent Baseball Hall of Fame elections and noteworthy soon-to-be eligible players, then the chapter's upcoming activities were discussed. The next topic was a documentary film called The Other Boys of Summer on Negro League baseball during and immediately following integration of MLB. Rick Swaine made a presentation on his book Do It For Chappie, which will soon be published. It is a fictional account of the death of Cleveland Indians star shortstop Ray Chapman after being hit in the head by a pitch in 1920. The author’s presentation was much appreciated and a lively discussion followed. The remaining time was devoted to the annual trivia contest, moderated by Brent Kallestad. Jeff English took home the trophy and Swaine was awarded second place. — Kent Putnam 

Toronto, ON (Hanlan's Point Chapter): In collaboration with the 41st anniversary of Seneca College's Baseball for Spring Training Class, the Hanlan's Point Chapter celebrated with our annual SABR Day meeting. Our guests for SABR Day were Scott Crawford, Director of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, and Rob Thomson, a Canadian bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies. — Barry Naymark

Washington, DC (Bob Davids Chapter): More than 100 members and friends attended the 48th annual meeting of the Bob Davids Chapter on SABR Day at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn in Arlington, Virginia. Our guest speakers included Washington Nationals R&D baseball analysts Lee Mendelowitz and Scott Van Lentenax; Aviva Kempner, who talked about her upcoming documentary on catcher-turned-spy Moe Berg; Jimmy Williams, assistant baseball coach of the Prince George's Community College team and a former minor-league player in the Orioles and Dodgers organizations; Dave Paulson with a talk on "Baseball and U.S. Postage Stamps"; Johnny Asel with a talk on "Inherited Runners"; Sydney Bergman with a talk on "Umpires Disproportionately Eject Non-White Players"; and Steve Klein with a talk on "20 Myths (in 20 Minutes) About Coverage of the Black Sox Scandal." Click here to read a full recap by Laura Peebles at TalkNats.com.

 


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