Pictures from SABR44 Convention in Houston

I  am way behind in doing this post on the SABR44 convention in Houston. I did posted pictures from the event on Tweeter, IG and Facebook but I did not do a blog post.

I had a marvelous time in Houston. Weather was not too bad either. The hotel was away from Downtown but it all worked out. I am sorry that I missed going to see the minor league team “the Sugarland Skeeters”

This year I debated whether to go to the convention because I’ve known for a few months now that I will be out of job soon, but I am glad I did go.  Once you go to one of the SABR conventions, it is hard to stay away.  It is always a big pleasure seeing fellow SABR members and meeting new ones. Also of course I enjoy the lineup of speakers, going to see an MLB and a minor league game if possible. Also I try to attend as many baseball sessions as possible realizing that it is impossible to attend all.

The local chapters always do a great job of hosting and organizing the convention. In Houston it was hosted by the Larry DierkerChapter and greatly assisted by the Horsny Chapter.

This was my fourth convention in a row. I enjoyed every one of them. My first one was the Long Beach convention where I volunteered with our local Chapter, the Allan Roth Chapter. Hopefully I can make it next year to Chicago for SABR45.

Here are some pictures from the SABR convention:

SABR44 Houston

Art Howe

panel of former Astros players Alan Ashby, Larry Dierker and Art Howe

Eddie Robinson, longtime player, general manager and baseball executive;

Bob Aspromonte signing my baseball.  Picture from RyanPollack.com

Bob Watson

SABR ladies

Marie “Red” Mahoney.  The only women from Houston to play in the AAGPBL.

It was great chatting with Larry Dierker prior to the panel discussion.

Lesley Heaphy selected as Bob Davis award winner!

A SABR member was so nice giving me this baseball card so that Enos could sign it for me.

A kid took this picture  of Jose Cruz and myself.  It is a little blury.

Dodgers Jim Wynn and Bob Aspromonte signed my baseball.

Buck Martinez, broadcaster of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Max Kates dressed like Charlie Finley, had a presentation titled “The Bikers Beat the Boys Scouts”: Facial Hair and the 1972 World Series.  I think his dress attire helped him get Roger Clemens to sign his book.

Selfies with Roger Clemens in the background.

The Toy Cannon, Jim Wynn.

Brooklyn Dodger Bob Aspromonte.  Also a Colt .45 .

 

We got this huge book free.

 

Vivian L Smith, statue on the outside of the Astrodome. The plaque reads “She loved the Astros”

Jose Cruz and Enos Cabell

Art Howe.   I talked with both Jose Cruz and Art Howe on how debasted I was that Monday extra playoff game in 1980 between the Dodgers and Astros.  I told him I cried that Monday.  Art (or was it Jose) said “Better you than us.”

I can’t read this signature.  Hmm.  Roger Clemens?

 

Selfie at Minute Maid Park with Astro in the background.

Since SABR42 in Minnesota, we (Norm, Kent, Abby and I) have been taking a picture at a stadium with the team’s mickey mouse. This year Abby could not make it so we invited Evelyn to post with us.

These are only a part of the pictures I took at SABR44.  It is always so much fun attending the convention.  I hope to make it to SABR45.

Sidenote:   Today Wednesday, September 24, I can’t wait to head to Dodger Stadium to see Clayton Kershaw go for win #21 against the Giants and clinch the National League West!  Go Dodgers!

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is Endurance. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/endurance/

I started scanning the pictures in my iphone to see what I could use.  I came across a picture and a little video I took of an oldtimer Dodger fan  with a very old Dodger baseball cap.   I heard him talking with an usher about his hat  so I asked if I could take a picture.

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His name is Paul.   I caught him just before the elevator in the Top Deck of Dodger Stadium came.    I knew I had a short window to do a quick little video.

Dave got the hat on August 31, 1959.  This is the second year the Dodgers played at the Coliseum. He says in the Video that Sandy Koufax piched that day against the Giants. He had gone with his future father in law. At that time, the lady with him was his girlfriend. They were to marry the following week.

Dave could not remember who pitched for the Giants but I looked it up. http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN195908310.shtml
Jack Sanford pitched for the Giants. The Dodgers with Sandy Koufax on the mound won the game 5-2.

Dave did remember that Wally Moon hit one of his famous moonshots. Dave also remembers Willie McCovey hitting a homerun off Koufax.

Some endurance that LA Dodgers hat has withstood!The hat is 55 years old and he still wears to Dodger Stadium.

Dave’s hat, marraige and his his love lasting 55 years years and still going.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

This week’s Photo Challenge is Humanity.   http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/humanity/

We are asked to share a photo.

Photos that comes to mind is when I went to Hiccups Payaso’s monthly Pizza Project to feed the Homeless in Lols Angeles  Skid Row area. The exact location is 6th and Gladys.  Visit Hiccups Payaso facebook page for more information.

Here is a picture of a homeless woman

Hiccups Payaso's photo.

We don’t aks but you wonder what is her story.  Here she is with her slice of pizza and other goodies that are brought by voluntees like bottle of water, a cup cake and anything else that Hiccups is collecting for the month.

Here is another picture at another Pizza project.  Here she is with Hiccups.

Yes, Hiccups is a Dodger fan. Many Dodger fans volunteer at the monthly pizza projects and we wear our Blue, Dodger Blue.

Shootout at the SF Corral. Dodgers Giant Series

Dodgers with a two game lead in the National League West, are in San Francisco!! image

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Shootout at the SF Corral!  Wish I   Was  there! But I will watch the games at Home. I cant wait!

Dodgers Giants games!  It does not  get any better than that this weekend!

Friday:  Ryu 14-6 3.16 ERA goes against Bumgarner 17-9 3.02 ERA.

Saturday:  Greinke 14-8 2.73 against Hudson 9-10  3.12

Sunday: Cy Young Clayton Kershaw 18.3 1.67 ERA against Petit 5.3  3.62 ERA

It is going to he a wild ride!!

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Matt Kemp 9/5/14 Homerun ball

Our friend Javier Gonzalez ended up with the homerun ball that Matt Kemp hit into the bullpen.  D’Back catcher caught it and gave it to Javier who has his season ticketsimage

In the field level section 52 row 8. That was Kemp’s 18th homerun this season.  The homerun came inthe 3rd inning off Nuno.  Haren won his 12th game. Credit Jansen with his 40th save, a good thing after Kenley had blown away the save on Wednesday day game. 

Congratulations Javier!  Hope Matt signs the baseball. 

 

 

Game Tankas 09/02/14 Dodgers 4, Nationals 1

I have done haikus in the past but did not know about Tankas.  Haikus are a three-line poem of 5/7/5 syllables.   Tankas have two additional lines of 7 syllables so they are 5/7/5/7/7.   I was reading the WordPress Monday writing challenge for this week to write a tanka or a set of tankas https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_writing_challenge/full-tanka/

Here it is what I came up with during Clayton Kershaw masterpiece performance yesterday at Dodger Dodger Stadium.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Kershaw on the mound
Pederson playing center
Good omen this night
First Major League hit for Joc
A single in the second!

WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The crowd is roaring
Kershaw wheeling and dealing
Cy Young performance
reached 200 K’s tonight
5th straight time in his career

Kershaw can hit too
With a single in the fifth
Daring base running
after a single by Dee
broke open the scoreless game

WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Home-run Uribe!
With Crawford on base Woo-Hoo!
score four to zero
but in the fifth Bryce homered
Only run Kershaw allowed

Kershaw 8 innings
3 hits, 1 earned run allowed
2 walks, 8 strikeouts
Kershaw wins his 17
ERA 1.7

 

pictures by Jon SooHoo

Rene Cardenas interviews Dodger Catcher Mike Scioscia in Spanish

I love this old  interview!  Long time Spanish broadcaster Rene Cardenas interviews Mike Scioscia in Spanish.   I love hearing Mike talk in Spanish.   Mike Scioscia used to be one of my favorite players.  I loved how he blocked the plate.   I used to sit behind homeplate in the Loge level.   There was an older lady sitting behind me that like me, used to go to the games by herself.   Whenever she was not at the game because she also had tickets to the Lakers, I used to buy her ticket so that I could take one of my little cousins to the game.  

 

I did not know how well Mike speaks Spanish.   Unlike now, back then I only used to listen to the games in English.

Here is the interview:

Pictures of the No-Hitters Pins

I got pictures of the no-Hitters Pins. Usher and friend Cynthia had them on to promote the games
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Monday 9/1, Labor Day josh Beckett no-hitter pin will be given out.  The Washington Nationals will be in town.  The  no-hitter was 5/25 against the Phillies at Philadelphia.

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Josh Beckett no-hitter pin

Monday September 22 against the Giants we will get the Clayton Kershaw no-hitter pin. The no-hitter was at Dodger Stadium June 13 against the Rockies. Yes! I was at the stadium.

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Clayton Kershaw no-hitter pin

Post done on my iphone from Dodger Stadium.  It is not too easy to do that on your phone.  Maybe with practice I can get better doing this on my phone.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhoutte

Getting back to posting about the Weekly Photo Chalkenge. A nice way to get me back to the routine of posting in my blog that I have neglected. Hopefully after this post I will get back to posting more often

This week’s challenge Silhoutte   made me think of a picture I took at … Where else? Dodger Stadium.  Here the link to this week’s photo Challenge

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/silhouette-2014/

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I like how you can see the kid with his baseball hat

 

 

Baseball Reliquary 2014 Induction Day pictures

If you are a baseball fan, I highly recommend you to join the Baseball Reliquary.   The annual fees are $25.  Go to http://www.baseballreliquary.org for more information.

Like many Baseball Reliquarian members I look forward to the yearly Induction Day.   Here are some of the pictures I took Sunday 7/20/14:

Reliquary executive director Terry Cannon getting things started.  Too bad I missed taking a picture with the annual cowbells ringing.  everyone is encouraged to bring a cowbell to join  the ringing.

First award:  The Hilda Award

Jerry Pritikin, also known as Bleacher preacher, the 2014 Recipient of the Hilda Award.

 

The Tony Salin award is giving to individuals for their commitment to the preservation of baseball history.  Jerry Cohen founded Ebbets Field Flannels received the award.

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the keynote address was  delivered by Joseph L. Price, a professor of religious studies at Whittier College whom  has taught courses and published numerous essays on the subject of sports and  religion.

Joseph L. Price sings the national anthem at Louisville Slugger Field

John SchulianDizzy Dean

Writer and historian John Schulian did a wonderful presentation of Dizzy Dean. Nephew Sandy Dean could not attend due to a good baseball reason so Terry Cannon accepted the award.

Dodger Historian waiting his turn to talk about Don Zimmer and present the award to Jean “Zoot” Zimmer.

Mark Langill shared some stories about Don Zimmer from 1958 at the Coliseum.  He also found in Don Zimmer an invitation to Don and Zoot Simmer when they got married during a minor league game.  The “invitation” was provided you had a ticket to the game

 

Zoot Zimmer.

Peter Dreier, the Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics at Occidental College, introduced the induction of Rachel Robinson, which was accepted by her sister-in-law, Delano Robinson.

From Dr. Peter Dreier “Rachel was a real pioneer. In 1940, only five percent of all women – and less than two percent of black women – earned a college degree. But Rachel wasn’t about to let those odds get in her way.”

After earning her master’s degree, Rachel worked as a nurse-therapist and researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

Delano Robinson, sister-in-law of Jackie Robinson. wife of Olympian Mack Robinson accepting the award for Rachel Robinson.

From Peter Dreier speech:  “

Rachel was hired as a riveter at the Lockheed Aircraft factory in LA, where they made airplanes for the war effort. She worked the night shift, drove to UCLA at dawn, changed clothes in the parking lot, and then went to class.

To encourage women to take factory jobs during the war, the federal government created an iconic figure – “Rosie the Riveter” – whose image adorned this famous poster.

But if America hadn’t been such a racist and segregated society back then, perhaps the government would have selected another woman to represent the nation’s female workers – “Rachel the Riveter”.”

 

Afterwards a large group of us went to dinner.

 

The 2014 and 2013 Recipients of the Hilda Award.

Like every year I had a wonderful time at the Baseball Reliquary Induction Day.  Looking forward to next year Induction Day but before that to receiving our ballot in the mail

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