For the 49th consecutive month, 11 chapter members met to discuss baseball, including such topics as Cliff Lee’s surprise signing with the Phillies and the passing of Hall-of-Famer Bob Feller.
Bill Gilbert brought a trivia quiz covering the 2010 season, which caused some of us to groan when we realized that we had forgotten more about this past season than we had remembered. Cy Morong easily won the contest with 28 out of a total 41 points.
Bill also passed around a card with Bob Feller’s autograph — a souvenir he had obtained during SABR 38, the annual convention held in Cleveland in 2008.
Chuck Kaufman brought copies of a press release from the Baseball Hall of Fame that included quotes from notable Hall-of-Famers Gaylord Perry, Cal Ripken, Nolan Ryan, Dennis Eckersley and Bobby Doerr, who is now the oldest living Hall of Fame player.
Monte Cely shared his plans for a trip with his sons to the Caribbean World Series in Puerto Rico in February. There will be six consecutive days of double-header baseball before they crown a champion. The twelve-game round robin tournament dates back to 1949.
We also discussed some details about the Rogers Hornsby Chapter Winter Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Texas State University in San Marcos.
Also, we talked about holding a gathering on SABR Day, which will be Jan. 29. More details to be announced at the Winter Meeting.