February 10, 2014
38 hearty SABR members and friends traveled
through rain and cold to attend our monthly
meeting where we welcomed new member Josh Sullivan
and had the pleasure of greeting Dave Raymond's
We were privileged to hear 17
year professional baseball player Joe Stanka
discuss his storied career which he called "The
Good, The Bad and The Ugly". Good represents
the 3 complete game shutouts he pitched to win
the 1964 Japanese World Series for the Nankai
Hawks, the last two coming on successive days
to win games 6 and 7. That same year, with a
record of 26-7 in a 130 game season, he became
the first foreigner voted league MVP.
The bad was based on a few confrontations
he had with Chicago White Sox management and
other players and the ugly, well Joe started
4 games in the minor leagues and left in the
first inning after allowing 4 runs, then filling
the bases but getting no outs.
Tom White filled us in on SABR
Day in America activities and handed out the
trivia quiz which was won by Bob Stevens. Chris
Chestnut updated us on key statistical data
that he follows regularly and Ira Liebman reviewed
a 2006 copy of Texas Baseball Magazine featuring
an article on our own "Red" Mahoney.
Batting clean up Joe Thompson
delivered Part One of his Master's Degree Thesis
on recreational drugs prior to the steroid area
and the fact that professional baseball was
the first sport to conduct drug testing.
Our next meeting will be on Monday
March 17th, St. Patrick's Day. See you then.