The Rogers Hornsby Chapter joined chapters all across the country and around the world to celebrate SABR Day on Saturday, Jan. 30.
Thirteen people gathered at Chuck Kaufman’s house in northwest Austin to share baseball stories, memorabilia and thoughts about the upcoming season. Chuck and Jennifer Kaufman prepared a veggie tray, chips and salsa and pizza. Monte and Linda Cely brought delicious cupcakes that spelled out SABR Day.
Bill Gilbert brought the ball he threw out as the first pitch to Jeff Kent at Minute Maid Park in April 2009. The Astros invited current and former players who were involved in great games and plays during the first decade of the ballpark. Included with the ball was a photo of Bill and Jeff Kent standing on the field.
Gilbert Martinez shared a photo of Jackie Robinson taken at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, N.J., in 1946, when he played for the Montreal Royals. The group discussed ways to figure out at which game the photo was taken.
Pictured above are, in the front row, from left, Monte Cely, Bill Gilbert and Gilbert Martinez; in the back row, from left, Chuck Kaufman, Jim Baker, Rob Radmer and Jan Larson. Not pictured is Michael Bass. In the photo below are Monte and Linda Cely.