BasebALZ Season 6 Sets Attendance Mark on Opening Day

Our baseball-themed Alzheimer’s reminiscence program, BasebALZ, opened “Season Six” on Monday May 8 at the Alzheimer’s Texas offices in Austin.  We had thirteen participants, caregivers and guests in attendance, and we’re expecting more as this “season” progresses.  Nine volunteers from the SABR-Hornsby Chapter and Alzheimer’s Texas were there to deliver and support the program:

BasebALZ leader Jim Kenton opens the session.

In a discussion of “Things from 1960 that we don’t use anymore”, we see if anyone can remember how to use a slide rule …

Season Six of BasebALZ will run through July.  For more information on the BasebALZ program, click here.

 

June Meeting or Let’s Play Two

Following our entertaining trip to the ol’ ballyard for our May meeting, the June Hornsby Chapter meeting will include a return trip to the Salt Lick BBQ and the Dell Diamond on Saturday, June 3 when the Round Rock Express take on the New Orleans Baby Cakes at 7:05 p.m.

Preceding the game, we will meet at the nearby Salt Lick BBQ for dinner at 5:30 p.m.  A limited number of game tickets have been reserved at the discounted price of $12 each.  If you plan to attend please RSVP with the number of game tickets you require and number in your party that will attend the dinner to Jan Larson at jan.a.larson@gmail.com no later than Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day).

May Baseball and BBQ

Our May meeting will take us on our first 2017 trip to the ballpark on Saturday, May 6 when the Round Rock Express host the Oklahoma City Dodgers with game time at 7:05 p.m.  Preceding the game, we will meet at the nearby Salt Lick BBQ for dinner at 5:30 p.m.  A block of seats has been reserved for $12/seat.  If you plan to attend please RSVP with the number of game tickets required and number that will attend the dinner to Jan Larson at jan.a.larson@gmail.com no later than Sunday, April 30.

Bill Gilbert swings a big bat at April meeting

Eleven members and guests met for Mexican food and baseball chatter in southwest Austin on Saturday.

Topics included the start of the new season, including the good baseball thus far by the Houston Astros (in sharp contrast to their start in April last year), Manny Machado’s spike-ful slide into Dustin Pedroia’s calf the night before, and the New York Yankees’ surprising start in a so-called rebuilding year.

Dan Walsh provided a quiz based on the two 2016 editions of SABR’s Baseball Research Journal. Bill Gilbert trounced the competition with a score of 9 out of 12 (note: previous report of 11 of 12 was author’s error). Tom Thayer took second with 8 points, and Jim Baker took third with 5 points. Others may or may not have scored any points on this quiz, but they could not be reached for comment after the meeting. Dan also provided trivia prizes – Bill won a mini-bat with Babe Ruth’s signature; Tom won a baseball trivia book; and Jim won a replica of an advertisement for Ken-Wel brand gloves. Many thanks to Dan for the quiz and prizes.

Next meeting will be dinner and a ballgame at the Dell Diamond on Saturday, May 6. Watch for information about tickets from Jan Larson in the coming weeks.

 

 

March Lunch Meeting Wrap-up

Twelve Hornsby chapter members and guests met for lunch on Saturday, March 18 at the Third Base restaurant at US183 and Anderson Mill Road.

Topics of discussion included the World Baseball Classic and performance of the remaining teams – Japan, Netherlands, Puerto Rico and the pending USA-Dominican Republic elimination game.  Of special interest was the “international extra-inning” rule that attempts to shorten games by placing runners on first and second with no outs, beginning in the eleventh inning.  Spring Training was another hot topic, with chapter members discussing the performance – so far – of their favorite teams.

Jan Larson provided the quiz, a review of general baseball history and records.  The results were hotly-contested and Jim Baker walked away with the valuable prize – a Mark Saccomanno Corpus Christi Hooks bobble-head.

The April chapter meeting is TBD, but April 22 appears to be a likely date.  More information will be forthcoming.

March Lunch at Third Base

We will be returning to a new, but familiar establishment for our March lunch meeting.  As many will recall, we used to be regulars at the now defunct West Sixth Street Third Base restaurant so it will be just like old times when we gather at the Third Base located at 13301 US 183 on Saturday, March 18 at 12:30 p.m.

If you’re traveling from the south, take the Anderson Mill exit and travel up the service road until you see the sign for Main Event.  There is an entrance to the shopping area just past that sign and just before you get to Third Base.  If you miss it, don’t worry you can proceed up the service road to the Kerbey Lane sign and enter there or, failing that proceed to Anderson Mill Road, take a right, enter immediately after the Walgreen’s and proceed to double back through the shopping area to the restaurant.

Map here.

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

February Lunch Meeting Wrap-Up

Fourteen members and guests gathered at the birthplace of the Rogers Hornsby Chapter, County Line by the Lake barbecue, on Saturday, February 18 to consume meat and to talk baseball.  With spring training beginning in Florida and Arizona, everyone is looking forward to the start of the 2017 season.  When asked about his outlook on the upcoming season, lifelong Indians fan Tom Wancho explained that he was “cautiously pessimistic.”

Monte Cely recently returned from his annual pilgrimage to the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) held this year in Culiacan, Mexico.  He answered questions about his trip and also provided a Serie del Caribe/South of the Border-themed trivia quiz.  Jan Larson won the prize in a tie-breaker over the always formidable Raeanne Martinez and took home a replica of the caps worn by the Mexican Pacific League champion Aguilas de Mexicali in the Series.

Our March meeting has been tentatively set for Saturday, March 18 at a new, but somewhat familiar venue, Third Base Sports Bar/Restaurant located at 13301 US 183 in Austin.  Watch this space for more information.