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Wes Parker 2nd video from SABR41

Ok, so it took me a while to upload and release the second video I taped of Wes Paker at SABR41 but here it is.  Wes talks about McCourt, Dodgers, World Series, Sandy Koufax, Drysdale and Clemente among other things. 

 

Wes Parker Video at SABR 41 in Long Beach, CA

Greetings everyone!   I have not been able to load my pictures from my trip to Minnesota & also from the SABR41 convention.  But I have this video of Wes Parker when we caught him outside one of the sessions.    I love Wes Parker’s   love for the game. 

I had such a great time at the convention.   Everyone was so nice and friendly.   Love the fangraph group, loved talking to lots of people there.   I bought some great books.   I love the volunteering, going to the tour of old baseball ballparks in LA.   Never knew that there was a ballpark in Vernon so close to where the Farmer John company is.   Loved listening to Rob Neyer, Dennis Gilbert, Al Ferrara, Tommy Davis,  Francisco Balderrama, oh just everyone! 

Loved going back to Dodger Stadium with the group & going to my first trip to see the Storms against the Visalia Rawhides.  Did you know that  the Rawhides is locally-owned and operated by Tom and his cousin, Kevin O’Malley?   Tom’s grandfather was the legendary Walter O’Malley. 

SABR41 was a great experience and I made some  wonderful friends like Abby& Kent in this picture:

 

 I need to go to Minnesota next year where SABR42 will be held.   Also SABR43 will be in Philadelphia!  

Enjoy the video 

7/25/11.  It worked embedding the video!   

Video by me.  pic by Maxwell Kates

Don’t Miss the Big One!

Don’t miss the big what?  The 41st Annual Convention 2011!   This time is in Southern California.  July 6th to July 10. 

There is plenty to do at the convention in Long Beach!  Check out the presenters and the convention activities at http://sabr.org.  

This will be my first time attending a SABR convention.  I really wanted to go last year to Atlanta but I could not work it out into my schedule.  But this time being so close to home, I am there!   

I am also looking forward to meeting more members of SABR and going to the Dodger game on Friday night and the Angel game on Saturday.   Also the tour of historical Southern California ballparks sites, including Wrigley Field, The Los Angeles Coliseum, Gilmore Field, Washington Park and the Vernon ballpark.  

I am not sure if I can make it to see the Visalia Rawhide at Lake Elsinore.  I never been there.   Did you know that Tom and his cousin Kevin O’Malley own the team?   Tom’s grandfather was the legendary Walter O’Malley,

Check it out!  Don’t miss the big one!   The price is very reasonable, more so if you are a member.  

ref:  www.sabr.org.

Dodgers Select A Seat, Open House and SABR Day

Later on this morning is my Select A Seat appointment at Dodger Stadium.    Is my first time to taste a Dodger dog for 2011 and see the Dodger friends that I have not seen since the season ended.    

I would have gone to Saturday’s Dodger Stadium Open House but I am already committed to the SABR Day on Saturday.   

From the SABR link below:

SABR Day 2011 takes place on Saturday, January 29. The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is a member-driven nonprofit organization made up of nearly 7,000 members who are fans of baseball and its rich and varied history. Although a sizable portion (about 10%) of the membership comes together for SABR’s national convention each year, with 55 chapters scattered through the US (as well as Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and Japan), it would impossible to gather the entire SABR community in one place at one time. Our alternative solution is to have as many members as possible come together on the same day–regardless of where they live. On our first SABR Day in 2010, more than 700 SABR members from 37 chapters got together at 34 separate meetings across North America.

Below is a list of chapter and chartered community events already scheduled for SABR Day 2011. Be sure to check back often as more chapters finalize their plans. Whether or not you’re a member of SABR, you’re invited to attend a SABR Day 2011 event and be a part of a community of dedicated fans of the greatest game around.

http://sabr.org/sabrwide.cfm?a=cms,c,3136,3,158

The one in Boston is at Fenway Park and a couple of them at the MLB team Fanfest.  Wish the one in the LA area was at Dodger Stadium but is at Ervine, CA.  

Scott Boras at the SABR 2011 Conference and the Winter Meetings

 SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) 2011 Conference.

The 2011 SABR conference (#41) will be in Long Beach, California next year! the dates are July 6 to 10, 2011.

I went my first SABR meeting last Saturday with the purpose of volunteering . There were 15 guys at the meeting and me.   

Anyway, I found out that Scott Boras will be one of the speakers Also Arte Moreno for the Angels and THE speaker from the Dodgers is still pending. The player speakers will be announced at a later date.

The Dodgers and Angels are in town so the Dodger game that we will be attending from the conference will be Thursday July 7th when the Dodgers play the Mets.   This is also Andre Ethier Bobblehead night so It will be a popular night.  The Angel game will be on Saturday against the Mariners.  There will be much more added to the conference.  In the meantime,

Make Your Room Reservation for SABR 41 Now

SABR 41 is starting to take shape. The Long Beach Hilton is accepting reservations at the convention rate of $119/night.

 For more information visit the SABR website at http://www.sabr.org/

 

Hot Stove and Winter Meetings

Don’t you just love all the Hot Stove trade rumors coming out of the 2010 Winter Meetings?  My head spins on one direction then another with all the rumors.   Are the Dodgers going after a left fielder or Prince Fielder?   

In the meantime the Dodgers have signed Vicente Padilla for 2 Million.   I like this signing at this price.  Padilla must like it here in LA. 

 Note also that SABR will be at booth #1907 during the Baseball Trade Show at the Winter Meetings, December 6-8.  

The McCourt divorce.

And just to make things more …..interesting for the Dodgers, the judge has ruled in favor of Jaime McCourt so she owns 50% of the team.      These two have not played nice since the divorce started so what now?    Do we move into appeal hell now?  Does she get her office back?  Do they sell the team?  What does Selig have to say?  Stay tune for more of   “As The Dodgers turns”  

Negro Leagues Baseball Stamps and September’s Birthdays

Some of you might know that I am a member of the SABR (Society for American Baseball Research).  I love their publications!  

Lots of great reads in the publications including reports from the Negro League conference, good book reading suggestions and much much more but I’ll just share a couple of things.  

Negro Leagues Baseball Stamps

In case you have not seen it, here is the Negro Leagues Baseball stamp that was released in July.   The stamp was designed by award winning artist Kadir Nelson (author of We are the Shift).  These are the stamps I bought after reading it in the publication. 

Negro Leagues Baseball Stamp.jpg

 

September Birthdays from players that played in the Negro League

3rd – Rev. Bill Greason – 86

4th – Jose Santiago – 82

5th – Billy Ray Haggins – 81

7th – Ricky Maroto – 78

9th – Jim Proctor – 75

11th – Clyde Parris – 88

16th – Ollie Brantley – 79

19th – Stanley “Doc” Glenn – 84

21st – Louis Clarizio – 79

22nd – Sweet Lou Johnson – 76     Our own Dodger Sweet Lou !

26th – Emilio Navarro – 105   WOW Mr. Mellito!   I blogged about Mr. Mellito  back in February of 2009. 

27th- Mamie “Peanut” Johnson – 75    I blogged about the remarkable “Peanut” Johnson in February of 2010.

28th – William Deck – 95

29th – Harold Gould – 86

30th – Archie Young – 80.     

 

Here is my old post on Mamie “Peanut” Johnson

http://mlblogscrzblue.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/early20sept20201020002-thumb-425×318-2413451.jpgarchives/2010/02/black_history_month_mamie_pean.html

And here is a picture I found with her posing with her Wheaties Box.   Wish I had that box!

Mamie  

Here is my old on  post on Emilio Navarro http://mlblogscrzblue.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/early20sept20201020002-thumb-425×318-2413451.jpgarchives/2009/02/oldest_living_explayer_in_mlb.html 

If you like to send Emilio Navarro a birthday card, here is the address:

Emilio Navarro

Torres Street #97

Ponce,  PR 00730 

Emilio Navarro - Playing Baseball  Emilio Navarro

Reference:  SABR 3rd quarter 2010 publication (www.sabr.org)

Peanut Johnson pic:  www. photographybywashington.com 

Emlio Navarro’s pic:  Experience.org.com

Society for American Baseball (SABR) Convention

Dodgers lost 1-0.  Billingsley pitched well.  We lost the series with the Nats,  Weaver, Manny and Padilla went on the DL on this trip.  Dodgers go to to New York where the Mets are playing well.  

I am a little depressed so I need to write about something else

In January, I became a member of the society for American Baseball Research (SABR).   Reading the Spring 2010 Newsletter I see the annual convention will be in Atlanta.  I never been to Atlanta. atlanta2.jpg

 This convention (their 40th) sounds like a lot of fun.   Here are some highlights

SABR 40 Events


Wednesday, August 4

Turner Field Ballpark Tour – time TBD

Tour cost is $6 per person. This is the only day we will host group tours of Turner Field. Limited availability


Thursday, August 5

1:00 p.m. Ballparks of the Southern Association I

An impressive lineup of panelists will offer a series of presentations on the history, evolution, and demise/preservation of various Southern Association ballparks. These include Russwood Field in Memphis; Rickwood Field in Birmingham, and Pelican Field in New Orleans.

2:30-7:30 p.m. Visit to Ty Cobb Museum and Gravesite, Royston, GA

(pending sufficient pre-registration)
Event fee is $19 and includes round-trip bus transportation and museum admission.  The museum is located approximately a 75-minute drive from metro Atlanta. The mission of the Ty Cobb Museum is to foster education and understanding to the broadest possible audience of Tyrus Raymond Cobb. The museum fosters education and understanding of baseball and Ty Cobb by providing art and memorabilia, film, video, books, and historical archives. The museum also houses the Franklin County Sports Hall of Fame. Charter inductees are Cobb, 1943 A.L. MVP Spud Chandler, Pro Bowl lineman Tony Jones, and All-American quarterback Dee Dowis

Ty Cobb is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Royston, GA.

8:00 p.m. Signs of the Time (2009)

Screening of the documentary Signs of the Time including discussion and commentary with producer Ray Manard. This one-hour documentary discusses the origination of umpire hand signals, with significant emphasis on the careers of Dummy Hoy and Bill Klem.


Friday, August 6

9:00 a.m. Presentation by National Archives & Records Administration, Morrow, GA

10:00 a.m. 1990s Braves .Worst to First. Era Panel

Moderated by former Braves play-by-play man Pete Van Wieren. Potential guests include Bobby Cox, Mark Lemke, Ron Gant, and Tom Glavine.

1:00 p.m. Ballparks of the Southern Association II

Includes presentations on the history, evolution, and demise/preservation of Sulphur Dell in Nashville, Engel Field in Chattanooga, and Ponce de Leon Park in Atlanta.

7:35 p.m. Braves vs. Giants, Turner Field

Round-trip bus to Turner Field is $15. The stadium is approximately two miles from the hotel. Public buses, taxis, and walking are also viable options.

You have two ticket options:

  • Center field pavilion seats are $48 each. Cost includes game ticket and unlimited hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, French fries, nachos, frozen treats, soda, Coca-Cola, and water.
  • Field reserve seats (third base side) are $33 each. Cost includes $10 coupon to spend on concessions or merchandise.

We will have more information online on getting to the game soon.


Saturday, August 7

9:30 a.m. Discussion of Shoeless Joe Jackson with sportswriter Furman Bisher

Furman Bisher is a retired sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he once served as sports editor, and a columnist for The Sporting News. Bisher wrote for Sports Illustrated, The Saturday Evening Post, and many other national publications. His final column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was published in the print version of the October 11, 2009, Sunday paper.

12-3:00 p.m. Awards luncheon, Keynote Speaker John Schuerholz

Luncheon cost is $33 (choice of blackened chicken or tilapia) John Schuerholz is president of the Atlanta Braves. Before joining the Braves in 1990, he spent 22 years with the Kansas City Royals, where he was farm director, Scouting Director, Assistant GM, and General Manager. He was the Braves GM until 2007, when he left the post to become team president. Schuerholz has a reputation for building strong farm systems and championship teams. Among the teams he has built are the world champion 1985 Royals and 1995 Braves. His teams have won their division 15 times. Schuerholz shared the inside life of a GM in his 2006 book Built to Win. He is the only General Manager in baseball to win a World Series championship in both leagues.

The luncheon honors the winners of the McFarland-SABR Award, the Sporting News-SABR Award, and SABR’s highest honor, the Bob Davids Award.

2:45 p.m. Visit to Joe Jackson Museum and Greenville Drive baseball game, Greenville, SC

(pending sufficient registration)
Cost is $29 and includes round-trip bus transportation, admission to the Joe Jackson Museum, and one ticket to the Rome Braves at Greenville Drive minor league game. (Class A, South Atlantic League. Rome Braves are Atlanta Braves Class A affiliate. Greenville Drive are Boston Red Sox Class A affiliate.)

In 2006, the home of Joe Jackson was dismantled, moved three miles, and reassembled in the historic west end of Greenville, South Carolina. The house was deeded to the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Library Foundation in July 2007. The museum held its grand opening and dedication on June 21, 2008. The new house number is 356 – also Jackson’s lifetime batting average.

3:00 p.m. New Technologies in Baseball, panel moderated by Alan Nathan

Learn more about Pitch/Hit/Field FX and Trackman

7:30 p.m. Ty Cobb, a one-man play by Norm Coleman


Sunday, August 8

9:00 a.m. The Research Process: Seymour Medal Winners Panel

Dorothy Seymour Mills and local member Ken Fenster will co-moderate .Trials and Tribulations of the Research Process: A Panel Discussion with Recent Recipients of the Seymour Medal.. This panel will focus on the creative processes and problems involved in seeing a research project all the way through from conception to execution to publishing a final product. Participants will draw on their experiences with their award-winning works and their current research.

9:00 a.m. Visit to Rickwood Field, Birmingham, AL

(pending sufficient registration)
Cost is $27 and includes round-trip bus transportation and ballpark admission/tour. Rickwood Field is the oldest surviving professional baseball park in the United States. It was built for the Birmingham Barons in 1910 by industrialist and team owner Rick Woodward and has served as the home park for the Birmingham barons and the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues. The field has been used for minor league affiliates, spring training, and football games.  Since 1992, the ballpark has been under the care of the Friends of Rickwood, who are trying to restore the facility to its former glory. The field now hosts frequent amateur, police and semi-pro games and is open to visitors and tours.

 More information here http://convention.sabr.org/schedule/events 

Dodgers are home but I am seriously thinking about attending my first SABR convention.  Registration for members is $119 and $149 for non-members before July 4th.  Registration, under 18 is free with registered adults.   Also SABR has a negotiated rate of $129/nite plus tax  with Sheraton Atlanta.     

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