Astros World Series memories, Cuban beisbol and Ted Williams dominate 12th Annual Winter Meeting

Branch B. Rickey (Photos by Gilbert D. Martinez)

Baseball memories dominated the 12th Annual Winter Meeting on Saturday – reminiscing about the Houston Astros’ memorable World Series win, hearing about beisbol in Cuba, learning about volunteer opportunities with RBI Austin and electing just one player in our mock Hall of Fame vote.

Keynote speaker Branch B. Rickey (pictured above), president of the Pacific Coast League, returned to the winter meeting to share anecdotes about his career in Major League and Minor League Baseball. He talked about the difficulty of enforcing rules, such as those that punish players for leaving the dugout during brawls. He also shared some background in how San Antonio will feature a Triple-A team in 2019, and what that means for the other PCL teams.

Anne Keene, author of The Cloudbuster Nine

Nearly 50 chapter members and guests also heard from author Anne Keene (pictured above), the daughter of former professional baseball player Jim Raugh. She talked about baseball in the 1940s and a little-known Navy team that featured Ted Williams. Her father was a batboy on that team, which also featured Johnny Pesky and Johnny Sain. Her forthcoming book, The Cloudbuster Nine, is scheduled to be published on May 1 and can be pre-ordered on amazon.com.

LIsa Carter, digital content producer with KHOU and Texas State alumna

KHOU Digital Content Producer and proud Texas State alumna Lisa Carter (pictured above) shared her perspectives and photos from the 2017 World Series, in which she covered every game in Los Angeles and Houston. She talked about receiving a call from her editor immediately after the Astros won the American League Championship Series, which gave the Astros their ticket to the World Series. Little did she realize that she would be on a plane the next day to cover the first game of the World Series in Los Angeles.

Monte Cely, Caribbean World Series correspondent

Chapter member Monte Cely (pictured above) talked about his week-long trip to Cuba in September with other SABR members to watch baseball and learn about the Caribbean island nation, noting that even though politics may divide our countries, it’s beisbol that unites us. Highlights of his trip included meeting the son of legendary Cuban player Martin Dihigo and Cuban national team star pitcher Pedro Luis Lazo.

Mike Capps, the voice of the Round Rock Express

Award-winning journalist, broadcaster and voice of the Round Rock Express, Mike Capps (pictured above), returned to the winter meeting to give his insight about the Express and outlook for the Texas Rangers in the upcoming season. He said he’s looking forward to adding San Antonio to the travel schedule for the Express in 2019 and beyond. He expressed concern for the Rangers’ chances, especially in a division with a strong Astros team and an improved Angels squad. He suggested that Rangers fans hope that their team can play .500 ball during most of the season, giving them a shot at a Wild Card spot, that Rougned Odor returns to form and that the Rangers find effective starting pitching, whether through trades, free agent acquisition or from the farm system.

As has been the practice at the winter meeting recent years, Jan Larson conducted a Hall of Fame election for everyone in attendance at the meeting. At the end of the meeting, he shared that our meeting participants elected only one player to the Baseball Hall of Fame – Chipper Jones, who was selected on 27 of the 31 ballots. Twenty-four votes (or 75 percent) were needed to be elected. Close calls on our ballots included Jim Thome (19 votes) and Curt Schilling (18 votes). Roger Clemens, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina all had 16 votes. Barry Bonds and Vladimir Guerrero had 15 votes each, and Trevor Hoffman had 12 votes. All other names on the ballot were in single-digit vote totals or had zero votes. Also, there were an average of 7.1 selections (out of a maximum of 10) on each ballot. The official Hall of Fame vote is scheduled to be revealed on Jan. 24.

Ira Siegel (right) and Jordan Boessling, volunteers with RBI Austin

Chapter member Ira Siegel talked about his volunteer work with RBI Austin, an affiliate of MLB’s RBI program. In addition, Jordan Boessling, who also volunteers with RBI Austin, talked about working with underserved communities in Austin and helping teach baseball and provide opportunities for young people. More information about RBI Austin can be found at their website: http://www.rbiaustin.org/

Jim Baker, ice-breaker extraordinare

Jim Baker (pictured above) kicked off the meeting with an entertaining group activity – Name the Player, Name the Car, which featured advertisements and promotions of baseball players posing with motor vehicles.

Many thanks to everyone who attended another very successful day of baseball chatter at the Winter Meeting! Also, well wishes are in order for Ryan Pollack, who coordinated the agenda for the Winter Meeting but was unable to attend because of illness. Get well soon, Ryan! And, much appreciation to Raeanne Martinez for arranging and organizing lunch from Which Wich.

This was the 134th consecutive month in which the chapter has met, a streak dating to December 2006.

In honor of the Ninth Annual SABR Day, the chapter is planning on gathering for lunch at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Macaroni Grill at the Arboretum in north Austin. More details of this and other SABR Day events around the country can be found at this link: http://sabr.org/sabrday

More pictures from the winter meeting:

Mark Wernick’s Houston Colt .45’s official program
Jeremy Schmidt brought two baseballs signed by Houston Buffs players
Anne Keene brought Ted Williams memorabilia
Gilbert D. Martinez brought his scorecard from World Series Game 5 in which the Astros outlasted the Dodgers, 13-12, in 10 innings

 

12th Annual Winter Meeting: January 13th, 2018

On Saturday, January 13th we’ll gather at Old Main Building on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos, TX for our 12th annual Winter Meeting. We cordially invite all SABR members and their guests to join us.

Our keynote speaker, Branch B. Rickey, president of the Pacific Coast League, will highlight a fun-filled day of baseball talk, pictures, and memorabilia.

Other presentations include:

  • Mike Capps of the Round Rock Express giving us the run-down on the Rangers’ 2017 season, offseason, and future.
  • Lisa Carter from KHOU in Houston discussing how she covered the Astros and the 2017 World Series.
  • Ira Siegel sharing his experiences with RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Austin, an MLB-led effort to keep the passion of the game alive in underprivileged youth.
  • Anne Keene telling us how her father played ball with Ted Williams and Johnny Sain during their WWII service days.
  • Monte Cely regaling us with tales of his recent Cuban baseball adventure.
  • Jim Baker leading us in a fun, challenging guessing game.

Of course we’ll have a mock Hall of Fame voting led by Jan Larson. Does Chipper Jones make your ballot? How about Andruw? Do Jim Thome’s 612 home runs make you want to check the box next to his name? You’ll get to have your say.

Finally, we’re excited to bring you a different kind of event: Baseball Bingo! Get ready to mingle with your fellow seamheads, because you’ll need their signatures on your card in order to win.

Please remember to bring:

  • $10 cash for lunch from Which Which.
  • Any memorabilia you’d like to share or discuss. We’ll have a table for display and have scheduled time for people to present their items to the group.
  • Any baseball-related books you’d like to exchange.

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Details:
12th Annual Hornsby Chapter Winter Meeting
Saturday, January 13th 2018, 9:30 AM – 4:30PM

Old Main Building, third floor. Texas State Campus, San Marcos TX

Directions:

  1. From I-35, take exit 206 (Aquarena Springs Dr.)
  2. Travel west on Aquarena Springs Drive, which turns into University Drive.
  3. After crossing the San Marcos River, you will come to a traffic light. Turn right onto Sessom Drive.
  4. Just before the first light, turn left on State Street and go up a steep road toward Old Main.
  5. Go through a gate (the gate should be up) and continue up the hill.
  6. At the top of the hill, make a sharp left turn and drive up to Old Main.
  7. Look for parking on this road that winds around the side and back of Old Main.

You can find additional parking at the Pleasant Street Garage, located at the corner of N. LBJ and Pleasant Street. To reach this garage, after you pass through the gate, continue up the hill, then down the hill to the stop sign on Pleasant Street. Turn left; the entrance to the parking garage will be on your left.

You do not need a parking pass to park on campus – however, do not park in spaces not marked as parking spaces or in handicapped parking (unless you have the appropriate tag displayed).
The meeting room is on the third floor in Room 320. There is an elevator on the first floor, or you can take the stairs.
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Tell your friends! Hope to see you there!

Homemade treats complement hot stove talk and Mexican food

Ten chapter members and guests munched on delicious homemade treats and pondered two surprising moves in baseball — Shohei Otani joining the Los Angeles Angels and Giancarlo Stanton landing with the New York Yankees.

Thanks to Linda Cely, the group enjoyed her homemade desserts before, during and after lunch at Serranos in southwest Austin on Saturday, Dec. 9. Thanks so much, Linda!

We talked about looking forward to Astros-Angels matchups in Houston in 2018, which will give us a chance to see the defending World Series champions and the pairing of Mike Trout and Otani with the Angels.

In addition, Gary McIntosh shared some details of the Great American Fantasy League, a board game adapted from Statis-Pro Baseball that realistically simulates the career performances of baseball greatest players, using only stats with their primary teams. Gary shared with us that in their league, the Los Angeles Dodgers recently won Game 1 of the World Series over the Kansas City Royals. To read a summary of that game, click here: http://www.sabrhornsby.org/2017/12/great-american-fantasy-league-season-3-world-series-game-1/

For more information about the GAFL, check out this WordPress site: https://statispro.wordpress.com/

This led to a discussion about all-time best players for various teams. For example, it would seem that Jose Altuve has surpassed Hall-of-Famer Craig Biggio at second base, but Gary pointed out that a GAFL manager of the Astros could place Biggio at catcher or outfield. We also discussed which team might best use Nolan Ryan, as his best years were with the Astros, but not with the Mets or Angels.

The group was also anticipating the announcement from the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee, but we had yet to hear at lunchtime about the selection of Alan Trammel and Jack Morris.

Meanwhile, Raeanne and I are still celebrating the Astros’ World Series Championship. I wrote a song, The Twelve Days of Astros! You can read the lyrics on the chapter website by clicking here: http://www.sabrhornsby.org/2017/12/the-twelve-days-of-astros/

For the next meeting, it’s something we’ve been waiting all year for – the 12th Annual Rogers Hornsby Chapter Winter Meeting! It will be on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Old Main at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Also, the chapter plans to take part in the 9th Annual SABR Day on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.

Save these dates! More information to come.

Great American Fantasy League Season 3 World Series Game 1

[Editor’s note: This summary by chapter member Gary McIntosh details the first game of the Great American Fantasy League Season 3 World Series.]

Extra Inning Affairs Continue in Makeup Game #1

By Gary McIntosh

LOS ANGELES–Oct 28.  The redo of game #1 of the GAFL Season Three World Series looked much like many of the playoff games that have been played to get the two teams to this point.  It went 14 innings, with LA tying the game in the bottom of the eighth and finally winning it six innings later.

The Kansas City Royals had gotten a first inning single from Hal McRae, and then LA pitcher Sandy Koufax walked Billy Butler, before uncorking a wild pitch moving both runners up.  So two in scoring position for the Royals and one out.  But Koufax struck out Danny Tartabull, and Mike Sweeney bounced out to short to end the threat.

The strikeout was ominous, and telling, for this game.  Kevin Appier, the KC starter pitched 8.1 innings, striking out 10.  He was followed by 3 relievers, but no Dodgers struck out after Appier left the game.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers threw seven pitchers into the contest, and all struck out at least one, as the Bums staff struck out 17 Royals hitters.  Koufax fanned 7 in five innings and Kenley Jansen nailed down 4 in his 3 innings.

So several potential rallies went by the wayside, controlled by the pitchers.

In the first four innings, after the top of the first, there were no threats.  Koufax retired 12 in a row after the Butler walk.  The Royals hit a couple of drives deep to left but the FD7s were hauled in by Dodgers left fielder Zach Wheat.  Meanwile, Appier gave up a one out walk in the first and a one out single to Koufax himself in the bottom of the third.  He retired 12 of the first 14 he faced.

In the top of the fifth, after Joe Randa struck out, Frank White got the first solid connection that wasn’t caught.  His blast of a 2-1 fastball from Koufax landed in the left field seats, and KC had a 1-0 lead.  Freddie Patek laid down a bunt single, but Koufax struck out Appier and Wilson to end any thoughts of adding to the lead.

Reggie Smith led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, the first of his three hits on the night, but Appier managed to sail through the rest of that inning.

The Dodgers started going to the bullpen from then on.  After lifting Koufax for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth, Alston called on Eric Gagne.  Despite terrible stuff, he retired the Royals in order in the sixth on two fly balls to left and a strikeout.

LA got an infield single from Pete Reiser in the bottom of the frame, but Jackie Robinson lined into a double play on a hit and run attempt.

In the seventh, Jonathan Broxton relieved Gagne, and was greeted by a Mike Sweeney double to right.  George Brett hit for Randa, but struck out, and so did White.  Alcides Escobar hit for Patek, and laid down a perfect bunt.  Runners at the corners with two outs.  Dick Howser decided to leave Appier in the game, and Broxton struck him out, stranding the runners.

In the bottom of the seventh, Babe Herman singled to left.  Two pitches later, he stole second.  Mike Piazza popped to short, and Appier fanned Smith and Wheat to end any threat.

Jeff Pfeffer came on for LA, and retired the Royals in order in the eighth.  And Appier kept sailing along, getting Rafael Furcal on a lazy fly to right and Augie Galan on a grounder to short.  Two down and no one on base

Reiser was up for LA.  He hit a drive to left center field.  Hal McRae was on his horse, but he couldn’t make the defensive play.  The ball bounced just away from his outstretched glove and Reiser had a double (Z 46/65, CD2)

Jackie Robinson was up next.  He singled sharply into left field and the Dodgers third base coach sent Reiser.  Everyone thought he’d be out (46 chance) but the Bums had tied the game as Reiser slid around the tag of Salvador Perez.  It was 1-1.

Ron Perranoski was pitching for LA and he retired KC in order in the ninth.  Junior Gilliam had come in on a double switch in the top of the inning and was now hitting, leading off the bottom of the ninth.  Gilliam laced a double off the wall in left.  Appier struck out Piazza again for out number one.

Smith was up and his second hit of the game was a single to right.  Runners at the corners for the west coasters and Appier’s night was done.  Greg Holland came on for KC.  Holland threw a pitch down low, and it broke into the dirt.  But Perez blocked it, and the runners had to hold.  On a full count breaking ball, Wheat lined a shot to left.  Wilson got himself lined up, making the catch.  Gilliam tagged and steamed towards the plate with the winning run.

Wilson’s throw was on the money.  Gilliam slid in and Perez blocked the plate!  Nestor Chylak called Gilliam out!  Junior was slow to get up, and limped off the field.  We were on to extra innings, and the Dodgers had to make some defensive moves, as Gil Hodges came in at first with Augie Galan moving to third and Robinson back to second base, with Gilliam holding ice to his ankle.

The scoresheet was getting cumbersome.

The boys from KC got a one out single by Escobar, but he was thrown out trying to steal in the tenth. Perranoski faced the minimum through his two innings of work.  Kenley Jansen replaced him in the eleventh and gave up a lead off bunt single and a stolen base to Wilson.  Buit he retired nine in a row, including four whiffs, through the 13th inning.

Dan Quisenberry meanwhile did the same for KC.  He threw the 10th through the 12th, giving up a couple of singles and a walk, but getting two double plays to erase threats. The DP in the 12th was critical as Smith had singled, and stolen second when Wheat couldn’t get the bat on the ball on a hit and run.  Wheat walked and there were two on.  But Furcal’s bouncer back to Quiz was turned into the double play.   Joakin Soria retired the Dodgers in order in the 13th.

So it was on to the 14th.  Jansen was replaced by Jay Howell.  After striking out Johnny Damon, who had replaced McRae, the Dodgers ace gave up a single to Butler.  Another twin killing wiped that out though when Lorenzo Cain grounded to Galan, and the ball went around the horn.

So bottom of the 14th.  Soria still pitching for KC.  Duke Snider walked to lead off the innng.  Soria held him close, and he couldn’t get a jump.  Gil Hodges lad down a great sacrifice bunt, moving Snider into scoring position.  Roy Campanella was up.  Soria’s splitter stayed up and Campy drove the ball into left center.    Snider was around third and the throw was just up the line.  Snider scored, and the Dodgers had won game one, a prolonged game that essentially started the night before, and was washed out.

Game Two will pit Bret Saberhagen against a still to be decided Dodgers pitcher.  Junior Gilliam, hurt on the play at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, will be ok and available for the Dodgers according to the training staff.  What drama awaits as GAFL’s World Series rolls on?

KC  000 010 000 000 00 — 1 8 0

LA   000 000 010 000 01 — 2 11 0

WP  Howell (2-0)

LP  Soria

Sv   none

MVP  Campanella 1 for 2, game winning RBI

Jansen, 3 innings, 1 hit, no runs, 4 strike outs

Appier 8.1 innings, 1 run, 1 walk, 10 Ks

GG  Furcal +1 Z play in first; McRae -2  failed to make Z play on CD2 that fell for double, and was the game tying run; Wilson +2 threw out winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth; White, bottom of 11th L4 converted into a double play

E – none

2b – Sweeney, Reiser, Gilliam

HR – White (1st)

DP – Robinson (L1-3), Hodges (L4-3), Furcal (1-6-3), Cain (5-4-3)

SB – Lopes, Wilson, Smith

CS – Escobar

SH – Hodges

 

Innings:

Appier 8.1

Holland 0.2 (great stuff)

Quisenberry 3.0

Soria 1.1

 

Koufax 5.0

Gagne 1.0 (terrrible stuff)

Broxton 1.0

Pfeffer 1.0

Perranoski 2.0

Jansen 3.0

Howell 1.0

Rest Rules for game #2 on 10/29, off day is now 11/1

Dodgers

Kershaw 1 day rest, eligible 10/30

Koufax 3 days rest, eligible 11/1

Jansen 1 day rest, eligible 10/30

Gagne, 3 inning limit

Broxton, 3 inning limit

Pfeffer, 3 inning limit

Perranoski 2 inning limit

Howell 3 inning limit

Royals:

Appier 3 days rest, eligible 11/1

Quisenberry 1 day rest, eligible 10/30

Holland 3.1 inning limit

Soria 2.2 inning limit

 

December Lunch Meeting

Join us on Sunday, December 10 at 12:30pm at Serranos-Mopac at 5030 Highway 290 West, Austin, TX 78735 (near intersection of MoPac & 290).  M0nte Cely’s wife Linda will be providing her annual batch of holiday cookies, brownies and Jim Baker’s favorite, “buckeyes.”

Please RSVP to Jan Larson at jan.a.larson@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

The Twelve Days of Astros

It’s been one month since the Astros capped an amazing 2017 campaign with their franchise-first World Series championship. In honor of this amazing season, I’ve written a song about it. Like to hear it? Here it go! (cap tip to Calhoun Tubbs).

The Twelve Days of Astros

On the first day of Astros
my true love sent to me:
An Astros championship team

On the second day of Astros
my true love sent to me:
Two franchise names
and an Astros championship team

On the third day of Astros
my true love sent to me:
Three ball parks
Two franchise names
and an Astros championship team

On the fourth day of Astros
my true love sent to me:
Four Fall Classic wins
Three ball parks
Two franchise names
and an Astros championship team

On the fifth day of Astros
my true love sent to me:
Five Springer Dingers!
Four Fall Classic wins
Three ball parks
Two franchise names
and an Astros championship team

On the sixth day of Astros
my true love sent to me:
Six decades waiting
Five Springer Dingers!
Four Fall Classic wins
Three ball parks
Two franchise names
and an Astros championship team

On the seventh day of Astros
my true love sent to me:
Seven games a playing
Six decades waiting
Five Springer Dingers!
Four Fall Classic wins
Three ball parks
Two franchise names
and an Astros championship team

On the eighth day of Astros
my true love sent to me:
Eight fielders fielding
Seven games a playing
Six decades waiting
Five Springer Dingers!
Four Fall Classic wins
Three ball parks
Two franchise names
and an Astros championship team

On the ninth day of Astros
my true love sent to me:
Nine J.V. victories
Eight fielders fielding
Seven games a playing
Six decades waiting
Five Springer Dingers!
Four Fall Classic wins
Three ball parks
Two franchise names
and an Astros championship team

On the tenth day of Astros
my true love sent to me:
Ten thrilling innings
Nine J.V. victories
Eight fielders fielding
Seven games a playing
Six decades waiting
Five Springer Dingers!
Four Fall Classic wins
Three ball parks
Two franchise names
and an Astros championship team

On the eleventh day of Astros
my true love sent to me:
Eleven games a winning
Ten thrilling innings
Nine J.V. victories
Eight fielders fielding
Seven games a playing
Six decades waiting
Five Springer Dingers!
Four Fall Classic wins
Three ball parks
Two franchise names
and an Astros championship team

On the twelfth day of Astros
my true love sent to me:
A Twelve Midnight ending
Eleven games a winning
Ten thrilling innings
Nine J.V. victories
Eight fielders fielding
Seven games a playing
Six decades waiting
Five Springer Dingers!
Four Fall Classic wins
Three ball parks
Two franchise names
and an Astros championship team

November meeting filled with talk of Astros victory and Cuban baseball

Bill Gilbert and Gilbert Martinez recall the Astros thrilling postseason (Photo by Ryan Pollack).

Fourteen chapter members and guests wore gear representing seven professional sports teams – the Astros, Dodgers, Mets, Orioles, Cardinals, Cienfuegos Elefantes, and Cleveland Browns – and the chapter’s BasebALZ Alzheimer’s reminiscence project at the November chapter meeting on Saturday.

Monte Cely, donning an Elefantes cap, created and shared a trivia quiz about Cuban baseball history, which Dan Walsh won. For his efforts, Dan was awarded a Minor League Baseball signed by the son of National Baseball Hall of Fame member Martin Dihigo. Jim Baker (in his usual Mets gear) and Chuck Kaufman tied for second, receiving a Che Guevara bookmark and Cuban peso, respectively.

Monte also shared some details from his trip to Cuba with the SABR Cuban Ball group in September. Two dozen SABR members spent a week in Cuba, attending baseball games and taking in Cuban culture.

Other topics included the MLB Awards (such as Jose Altuve’s dominant selection as AL MVP over Aaron Judge), the postseason and thrilling (for some) World Series. We also briefly discussed Bill James’ essay about the Altuve/Judge MVP vote and WAR (Wins Above Replacement), which appear to be his first public statement about that particular statistic. Here’s a link to his critique: https://www.billjamesonline.com/judge_and_altuve/

Astros fans Bill Gilbert, Raeanne Martinez and this author wore Astros championship gear recognizing the team’s dramatic postseason run. Linda Cely, who often bakes a tray of desserts for chapter holiday gatherings, wore a Cardinals shirt. Ryan Pollack, analyst and writer for The Hardball Times and coordinator of the chapter’s annual winter meeting, was clad in an Orioles shirt. Tom Wancho, who joked that the group should expand conversation topics beyond baseball, wore a Cleveland Browns shirt. Dodgers fan Jerry Miller donned a 1988 World Series Champs shirt. Man of many caps Jan Larson was nearly unrecognizable when he appeared cap-less.

Ira Siegel wore a shirt with the logo for BasebALZ, the Hornsby Chapter’s reminiscence project, which just completed its seventh season of programming. Read more about those activities by clicking here: http://www.sabrhornsby.org/2017/11/basebalz-wrap-up-2017/

Predictatron impresario Jim Baker presented this author a framed certificate for winning the chapter’s regular season Predictatron by virtue of successfully selecting the Houston Astros as 2017 World Series Champs. Had the Los Angeles Dodgers won the Series, then runner-up Bill Gilbert would’ve taken the Predictatron title. As a result of winning their divisions, Gilbert Martinez and Wells Oliver will have the Predictatron divisions named in their honor for the 2018 season.

This was the 132nd consecutive month in which the chapter has met, a streak dating to December 2006.

Meanwhile, planning for the 12th Annual Rogers Hornsby Chapter Winter Meeting in San Marcos continues. Save the date: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. We hope to see you then at Texas State’s Old Main building!

We’ve also set the date for our next monthly chapter meeting. It will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Serranos (5030 W. U.S. Highway 290) in Southwest Austin.

Gilbert Martinez with the certificate recognizing his 2017 Predicatron Championship (Photo by Charles Kaufman).

BasebALZ Wrap-up – 2017

The Alzheimer’s Baseball Reminiscence program (BasebALZ) has had a busy and successful 2017:

We continued our monthly programs at the Kerrville (Texas) Veterans Administration Hospital.  A highlight was the November 10th session preceding Veteran’s Day:

The driveway leading to the Kerrville VA hospital.

Volunteers chat with an early arrival.

A full house of participants (Kerrville photos by Ann Walsh)

We conducted a pilot session of BasebALZ at the Austin offices of AGE of Central Texas on October 30.  We had 12 participants in attendance for the one-hour trial reminiscence program.  We had great participation with lots of discussion about baseball, old autos, and the golden age of television.  We hope to be able to continue this partnership in 2018.

At the Alzheimer’s Texas offices in Austin, we held three “seasons” of BasebALZ – 18 biweekly sessions in all.  We wrapped up our most recent “season” – Season Seven – on November 13:

Our Astros fans celebrate the 2017 World Series victory.

We had a full house (21 participants and volunteers) for the season finale.

Every session, Bobby does his best to “Stump the Experts”

The Talkin’ Baseball Band plays “Take me out to the Ballgame” (Austin photos by Linda Cely)

click here for a short video:  video short

After a break for the holidays, BasebALZ will start up again at Alzheimer’s Texas on January 29, 2018.  For more information on the BasebALZ program – visit our information page here.

November Lunch Meeting

After a nine month absence (which followed a previous ten month absence) we will return to the birthplace of the Rogers Hornsby Chapter for our November lunch meeting.  Join us for barbecue at the County Line BBQ located at 5204 Ranch Road 2222 (a short distance east of Hwy 360 on 2222) at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 18.

We will discuss the just completed post-season and the World Series championship for the Houston Astros.  Following his recent trip to Cuba, Monte Cely will also present a quiz on Cuban baseball.  He has assured this writer that the majority of quiz scores will be greater than zero.

Please RSVP to Jan Larson at jan.a.larson@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Dodgers even the World Series with the Astros at chapter watch party

A dozen chapter members and guests gathered at Jim Baker’s house on Saturday and saw the Los Angeles Dodgers even the World Series with the Houston Astros two games apiece.

Dodgers fans Jerry Miller (pictured below) and Dan Walsh cheered on their Dodgers, while Astros fans had little to shout about in the 6-2 win by the Dodgers in Game 4, played at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Jim Baker provided tasty pulled pork sandwiches and sliders. Raeanne Martinez baked delicious brownies accented with Astros-orange sprinkles. Many thanks to Jim, Raeanne and everyone who brought snacks, beverages and goodies to our watch party.

We also had a score-prediction contest won by Jerry Miller who forecast a 6-4 Dodgers win. Two others also picked the Dodgers to win by two runs, but Jerry was the only one to get the Dodgers’ tally correct. For his effort, Jerry won a program from the inaugural year of the Round Rock Express.

Now, with a deciding World Series Game 7 on tap for Nov. 1, we get maximum baseball. No one knows who will prevail, but I’m sure we’ll have a lot to talk about at our next meeting in November (to be determined).