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There are no membership requirements for SABR, other than enjoying baseball.
Our membership in the Rogers Hornsby Chapter of SABR is as diverse as the attendance at any baseball game. While we do have writers, historians, curators and university professors in our chapter, we also have engineers, accountants, and craftsmen and workers from all walks of life. What we share in common is being baseball fans and enjoying watching, reading, and talking about the national pastime.
If you’d like to learn more about the Society for American Baseball Research, please visit the membership link at the SABR national website.
The Rogers Hornsby chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research serves members in Central and South Texas. We were officially recognized as a SABR chapter in early 2006 (our members having previously been part of the Houston chapter).
Our membership is active in baseball research, including recently published books, articles, and active blogs. We meet monthly for dinner to talk baseball. We also hold an annual Summer Meeting (usually at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, home of the Rangers’ AAA affiliate, the Round Rock Express).
The big event for our chapter is our annual Winter Meeting, held at Texas State University in San Marcos. The Winter Meeting features presentations and panel discussions by baseball insiders, as well as research presentations by our members.
In addition to this web site, the Rogers Hornsby chapter also operates its own email group list and Facebook page to facilitate discussion among chapter members.
The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is a member-driven, nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster the research, preservation and dissemination of the history and record of baseball. SABR members number over 7,000 world-wide. While SABR does include historians, statisticians, journalists, and professional baseball players, most “SABR-ites” are baseball fans that enjoy watching and discussing the National Pastime.
The Rogers Hornsby chapter of SABR serves Central and South Texas. Our members live in Austin, Belton, San Antonio, San Marcos, the Rio Grande Valley, and all points in between.
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The Numbers Game is a book that should appeal to many SABR members. Although the theme of the book is baseball statistics, the stories are really about the history, people, and organizations behind the numbers. There is actually very little mathematics in the book, so if you’re turned off by polynomials you should not let that deter you from reading this well-told story.
Schwarz tells the tale of baseball statistics, beginning with “Father” Henry Chadwick in the 1850s, through Bill James in the 1970s and ‘80s, and coming current with the likes of Billy Beane, Theo Epstein and Paul DePodesta in the 21st century. The histories of many of the statistics-oriented sports organizations are also told – the Elias Sports Bureau, STATS, Inc., Project Scoresheet, Retrosheet, MLB.com, and baseballprospectus.com, among others.
Of course, SABR is prominently featured in several of the chapters.
A theme that runs throughout the book is the battle for recognition faced by the statistics proponents. On one level, there’s the battle for acceptance of statistical analyses by “traditional” baseball men. But also, on another level, there’s the battle between those that “control” the official statistics and those that are challenging the meaning, and often-times the accuracy, of those statistics.
I found the book to be an easy, enjoyable read. This book would be especially useful for new SABR members to familiarize themselves with the statistical landscape of the sport.
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