Rogers Hornsby Chapter Annual Report for 2007

The Rogers Hornsby Chapter, serving Central and South Texas, was officially recognized as a SABR chapter early in 2006. The Chapter held 12 meetings in 2007 with one meeting in each month. Nine were dinner meetings, held on a monthly basis, with an average attendance of eleven people. In addition to baseball talk, these meetings allowed members to discuss areas of their research and were also used to plan chapter activities. Members are encouraged to bring guests to these meetings and some new active members have been added as a result.

The first annual winter meeting of the chapter was held in January 2007 on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos. Thirty four people were in attendance at the meeting which included 4 research presentations by Chapter members and guest appearances by former major league pitcher, Carl Scheib, former player and scout, Al LaMacchia, Texas League President, Tom Kayser and San Antonio sportswriter, David King.

After the successful annual meeting in January 2007, another successful meeting was held in January 2008, again at Texas State University in San Marcos, midway between Austin and San Antonio. Thirty one people were in attendance and four chapter members made research presentations. Guest speakers included Kansas City Royals Scout, Gene Watson, Round Rock Express Broadcaster, Mike Capps, Minor League Pitcher, Chris Young and Texas State Baseball Coach, Ty Harrington. Norman Macht presented a trivia quiz. A new feature was a book exchange with several members bringing baseball books to exchange with other members. Remaining books were donated to the library at Texas State University.

Two meetings in 2007 were held at Dell Diamond, the home of the Triple-A Round Rock Express. Both meetings included a pre-game get together and attendance at a game as a group. At the first meeting, attended by 21 people, three members gave research presentations.

The Chapter is continuing a project to identify and commemorate former major league spring training sites in Texas. Norman Macht and Tom Wancho are co-leaders of this project which also involves the other 3 SABR chapters in Texas. Chapter member Monte Cely researched the spring training history of Marlin, Texas, resulting in an article that was published as a three-part series in the local newspaper. A baseball display has also been developed at the Marlin Public Library.

The chapter has continued the monthly meetings in 2008 including a trip to a game in Round Rock. The Winter Meeting is expected to be an annual affair.

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