Twelve chapter members gathered at Iron Works BBQ for traditional Texas barbeque and baseball talk. Chapter "godfather," Bill Gilbert made a triumphant return after an extended stint on the disabled list.
Michael Bass presented a challenging trivia quiz that had been written by Washington Post columnist George Will. Bill showed no signs of rust in taking the first place prize.
Topics of discussion included the Orioles’ hot start to the 2011 season but recent woes, Norman Macht’s forthcoming second edition of his Connie Mack trilogy, Gilbert Martinez’ research project on pitcher no-decisions that he will present at the SABR41 convention and Jim Baker’s "predictatron" contest.
Norman Macht also posed a question for discussion, that being whether pitcher wins, losses, saves and ERA are obsolete measures of pitcher effectiveness.
The May meeting will be held at Iron Works on Tuesday, May 17 starting at 6:00 p.m.