SABR Chapter Mourns Loss of Larry Joe Miggins
Moon Shots: Reflections on a Baseball Life

Larry Joe Miggins, son of chapter member Larry Miggins, passed away September 14 as the result of a tragic highway accident. Known as "Long Ball" by his Houston Babies Vintage Baseball teammates, Larry Joe had played in every Babies game since their inception. He loved his teammates and the game of baseball and we loved him. He will be missed. Larry Joe is survived by his wife, 2 adult children, his mother and father and 10 siblings. Read more

Houston Base Ball Club Opens Season with Win
Moon Shots: Reflections on a Baseball Life

Houston's vintage Base Ball club, the Babies, kicked off their 2012 season in Sealy. The team faced the Katy Combine in Sealy and opened the year with a resounding 13-4 victory. Alex "Beef" Hajduk had three hits, including a home run, to pace the Babies attack. Kyle "3rd Degree" Burns also had three hits for Houston, which scored five runs in the third and six in the fourth to break open a see-saw contest. For a "vintage" account of the day's play, team general manager Bill "Doc" McCurdy provided a summary on his Pecan Park Eagle blog. To read more about the game click here

Moon Shots Remembered
Moon Shots: Reflections on a Baseball Life

Wally Moon Launches Moon Shots at October Meeting

When Wally Moon stepped to the plate in his rookie year for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954 he knew that he was the only major league player to have earned both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters Degree. Using this knowledge and his tremendous desire to succeed, Wally went on to be Rookie of the Year in the National League that year, play on 3 winning World Series teams and be a three time NL All Star in his 12 year career. This and many special moments, including his "Moon Shots" and television career were shared by Wally with 26 SABR members in attendance last Tuesday. A quiet and gentle man, it was a privilege to have this former Cardinal and Dodger with us. To purchase Wally's book visit

*61 in '61
Andy Strasberg has had one incredible life as the super-fan of former Yankee great Roger Maris. Strasberg spoke in February to the Houston SABR chapter about his amazing personal experiences with the late slugger whom some still call baseball's single-season home run king. That journey began in 1960 when Maris became a Yankee and continues in 2011 as Strasberg seeks to visit all 50 states in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the former Yankee slugger's record-breaking season. MORE
Dorrills Set to Celebrate Marriage Milestone
SABR Houston Chair Bob Dorrill and his wife Peggy were honored at the chapter's March meeting in advance of their 50th wedding anniversary on May 12. Fellow chapter members Bill McCurdy and Jimmy Wynn and their wives, Norma and Marie, presented Bob and Peggy a framed print of Joe DiMaggio sliding into third base, although McCurdy scores the Dorrill union a "home run." The entire chapter congratulates Bob and Peggy and wishes them all the best for their next 50.
Barzilla Book Garners TSN Nomination
Chapter member Scott Barzilla has been nominated for The Sporting News award for statistical advancement. His latest book, The Hall of Fame Index, takes three popular sabermetrics and combines them into one number that rates players past and present on their fitness for the Baseball Hall of Fame. The book is a must for every fan and offers an easy-to-understand look inside the world of baseball statistics. Scott is a school counselor in Galveston. You can catch him on line at
SABR Houston Ground Zero for Toy Cannon
Former Houston Astros great and SABR Houston member Jimmy Wynn pulls no punches in the always-revealing and frequently-humorous account of his life in the new book "Toy Cannon: The Autobiography of Baseball's Jimmy Wynn," co-authored by chapter historian Bill McCurdy. Jimmy's hard-hitting style comes through as he covers his life from his boyhood in Cincinnati to baseball stardom as an all-time Houston Astro great. FACEBOOK
Uncover Baseball's Past
One of SABR's primary missions is to discover and preserve baseball history. That continues to be an ongoing effort by the Larry Dierker Chapter. We're frequently contacted by other chapters, historians, and even baseball authors to provide assistance in acquiring or confirming new information of local, regional, and national importance. There are a number of ways you can assist in these efforts. MORE 713.927.1976 2437 Bay Area Blvd.,#271, Houston, TX 77058
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