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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!

 

 

 

Honoring the Brooklyn Dodgers Players Alive as of January 6, 2014

Here is my annual post of updating this list of the Brooklyn Dodgers players alive.   From the Brooklyn Dodger players, we lost Andy Pafko, Don Lund, Preston Ward and the youngest one, Don Miller.

We now have 38 surviving Broklyn Dodger players with Mike Sandlock who continues to be the oldest one.  Mr. Sandlock will turn 99 on October 17.  The youngest one is now Bob Aspromonte who will turn 75 on June 19.

Happy birthday to Ralph Branca who turns 88 today January 6, Dia de Los Reyes, Day of the Kings.

I wish you all a healthy 2014.
Name Birthplace.   Born Uni#
Mike Sandlock Old Greenwich, CT 10/17/1915 1, 4
Ray Hathaway Grinville, OH 10/13/1916 22
Lee Pfund Oakpark, IL 10/10/1919 14
Luis   Olmo Puerto Rico 10/11/1919 21
Jean-Pierre Roy Canada. 6/26/1920 34
Pat McGlothin Coalfield, TN 10/20/1920 23
Marv   Rackley Seneca, SC 7/25/1921 35
Chuck   Kress Philadelphia, PA 12/9/1921 5
Eddie   Basinksi  Buffalo, NY 11/4/1922 3
Tim Thompson Coalport, PA 3/1/1924 21
George Shuba Youngstown, OH 12/13/1924 8
Johnny Rutherford Ontario, CN. 5/5/1925 15
 Wayne Terwilliger Clare, Mi. 6/27/1925 34
Chris Haughey Astoria, NY. 10/3/1925 14
 Ralph Branca Mount Vernon, NY 1/6/1926 13,20,28
Bob Borkowski Dayton, OH 1/27/1926 27
Randy Jackson Little Rock, AR 2/10/1926 2
 Dick Teed Springfield, MA 3/8/1926 37
Don Newcombe Madison, NJ 6/14/1926 36
 Bobby Morgan Oklahoma city.  OK 6/29/1926 2
Charlie Osgood Sommerville, MA 11/23/1926 20
Carl Erskine Anderson, IN 12/13/1926 17
Rocky Bridges   Refugio, TX 8/7/1927 9
 Tommy Lasorda   Norristown, PA 9/22/1927 2,27,29
 Tommy Brown    Brooklyn, NY 12/6/1927 9
 Joe Landrum    Columbia, SC 12/13/1928 19
 Joe Pignatano    Brooklyn, NY 8/4/1929 58
Roger   Craig    Durham, NC 2/17/1930 38
 Ron   Negray    Akron, OH 2/26/1930 38
Glenn   Mickens    Wilman, CA 7/26/1930 46
 Don   Zimmer    Cincinnati, OH 1/17/1931 23
 Ed   Roebuck    East Millboro, PA. 7/3/1931 37
 Fred   Kipp     Iqua, KS 10/1/1931 26
 Chico Fernandez    Cuba 3/2/1932 3
Jim Gentile    San Francisco, CA 6/3/1934 38
 Don Demeter    Oklahoma City.  OK 6/25/1935 2
Sandy Koufax      Brooklyn, NY 12/30/1935 32
Bob Aspromonte    Brooklyn, NY 6/19/1938 28. 34
Update:
Rest in peace to the following Brooklyn Dodgers:
Charlie Osgood.   November 23, 1926 – January 23, 2014.
Chuck Kress.    December 9, 1921 – March 4, 2014.
Don Zimmer.   January 17, 1931 – June 4, 2014
George Shuba December 13,  1924 – September 29, 2014.

Rod Miller (January 16, 1940 – November 8, 2013)

Reading the LA Times newspaper this morning on the train, the obituary  of  Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney.caught my attention.  She played a major  role in the completion of the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  RIP Diane.

I noticed Diane’s husband’s name is Ron Miller.  This made me think of Rod Miller, the Brooklyn Dodger that had only one at bat with the Dodgers.  Also I thought , the youngest Brooklyn Dodger alive.   After reading the newspaper, I moved to my Iphone to catch up with more news.   That is when I ran into the obituary of Rod Miller.  Rod passed away on November 8, 2013, he was 73.   Rest in peace Mr. Miller.

Rod_Miller

Here is the obituary http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rgj/obituary.aspx?n=Rod-Miller&pid=168087199#

The 17 year-old Miller was signed by the Dodgers out of Lynwood HS in SoCal on June 26, 1957.  He was brought up to Brooklyn in September.  He appeared in only one game facing the Philadelphia Phillies on September 28. Rodney Carter “Rod” Miller went swinging on his only major league at bat in 1957.

Walter Alston was the classiest human being I’ve ever known giving me a chance to bat. That one at-bat opened more doors for me than I could ever have imagined.” – Miller in “Once Around the Bases”

Rest in peace Mr. Rodney Miller

With the passing of Rod Miller, the youngest Brooklyn Dodger alive is Bob Aspromonte at 75, followed by Sandy Koufax who will be 78 on December 30.

Ref:  Baseball Reference.

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