March 9, 2010

Last evening we had a very lively session with 25 SABR members and friends attending our monthly meeting.
Guest speakers included Greg Lucas of Fox Sports Houston who gave us his analysis on the 2010 Houston Astros as well as information on the Astros 161 tevision broadcasts including new features pitch track and super slow motion.

Tom Kennedy, Director of the newly reopened Fingers Sports Museum shared the history of the facility and the new exhibits and showcases being presented to the public.

Besides uniforms, bats and balls etc. they plan to display the world's oldest baseball card and an unopened pack of 1952 Topps classic cards.

Bill McCurdy challanged the group to assist him in researching the four most important unanswered questions about professional baseball in Houston.

He also passed out 11 baseball cards at random and asked those who picked a card to research the player involved and report back what they found to the group.

Tom Murrah brought in a variety of minor league baseball programs for viewing and talked about his family's baseball history going back to the 1860's.

Chris Chestnut, who had taken hundreds of photographs of the recent Houston Babies game showing each player at bat and in the field provided DVD's of the activity for teammates to use in analyzing their performance.

Tom White won the trivia contest written by Dick Rejmaniak.

The group decided to participate in the upcoming Astros' Fan Fest on April 3rd and signed up volunteers to man a SABR table to attract new members.

The group also plans to attend the May 22nd game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays in conjunction with a pregame meeting at Minute Maid Park. Mike McCroskey will coordinate ticket sales.

And, if that was not enough, there was a book exchange.

Upcoming Activities:
April 3rd. Astros Fan Fest. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 10th. Houston Babies game in Katy. Time TBD
April 13th. Regular monthly meeting at Molly's Pub, 7 p.m.
May 22nd. Meeting and attend major league game. 4 p.m.
Come join us. SABR is alive and well in Houston. 713.927.1976 2437 Bay Area Blvd.,#271, Houston, TX 77058
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