In Memoriam
What Is SABR?

SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) is a national organization of 7,000 plus members who are dedicated to the history of the national pastime. While the emphasis is on baseball research and the preservation of the games history, SABR is not just about numbers. It's about enjoying the sport, sharing stories and recollections, and being with like-minded individuals, men and women, who have a passion for baseball at every level of the game. Check us out and join the team. MORE
Houston History

While Houston has had a presence in Major League Baseball for nearly a half century, the game's history in the Bayou City dates back to the Civil War. With teams as diversely and uniquely named as the Stonewalls, Babies, Buffs and Colt .45s, Houston's rich baseball legacy is of keen interest to members of the local SABR chapter. MORE
Next Meeting

Monday, May 16
7 p.m.
Spaghetti Western Italian Cafe
1608 Shepherd Drive
President's Message

2015 has been an exciting year for the Larry Dierker SABR Chapter where our membership has now climbed to 134 members. Not only did the Houston Astros had a banner season but so too did the chapter. In the past 12 months we held 12 monthly meetings, attended 3 baseball games, participated in several vintage baseball tournaments, sponsored an awards banquet with the Sugar Land Skeeters, participated in the 50th anniversary of the Astrodome and initiated the Larry Dierker Chapter SABR Award for Long and Meritorious Service which was presented to Monte Irvin.

If that was not enough we released and promoted the critically acclaimed historical book "Houston Baseball, The Early Years - 1861-1961"
written, edited and published by chapter members.

Come check us out our next meeting held on the 3rd Monday of the month at the Spaghetti Western Restaurant, 1606 Shepherd Drive, Houston just off I-10 beginning at 7:00 PM

Special Feature

Houston Hall-Of-Famer Monte Irvin Celebrates 96th Birthday

by Greg Lucas

In recent years many Houston SABR members have had a chance to talk baseball with a man who can go back to the days of Babe Ruth with first hand experiences. Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, noted as the first black player in New York Giants history and a member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame is that man

Having passed his 96th birthday in late February Monte resides in an assisted living facility under the watchful eye of one of his daughters who has been a Houston resident for years. Monte, a native of New Jersey and later resident of Florida, has only been in Houston for a few years after he decided his advancing age might require some adjustments in lifestyle. He has made the adjustment.

Thanks to his many contacts from his years as both a Negro league star and later key player on both the 1951 and 1954 New York Giants World Series teams his phone is often busy. One frequent caller is Willie Mays. Mays was just breaking in with the Giants when manager Leo Durocher asked Irvin to take him under his wing and show him how major leaguers needed to comport themselves. Both became frequent visitors to jazz clubs in the New York area. That was in part because they loved the music and became first name friends with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday and countless others, but also because at one time Monte had thoughts of being a musician himself.


SABR Convention Highlights
Author Bill McCurdy Reports On A Jam-Packed Convention Weekend

The weekend was great, with Saturday being crammed full of more opportunities to learn and exchange ideas and information than any single person could ever hope to fulfill at a single SABR convention. It would also be a weekend in which our local Houston Astros would play baseball as good teams normally play, taking two from the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-2 on Saturday and 6-2 on Sunday. Because of our Larry Dierker Chapter’s excellent relationship with the Astros, SABR 44 attendees had the chance Saturday to attend two panel discussions in the great hall that is the old Union Station Depot and home office building that now serves as the main entry foyer for Minute Maid Park.

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