RIO GRANDE SABR DAY CELEBRATION
Let us celebrate the 2015 SABR day together on the afternoon of January 24th!
Our guest speaker will be Toby Smith is one of the best feature writers around, and he's always managed to have a way with words. A big baseball fan, he spent one summer hawking beer at Isotopes Park.
His newest book, "Bush League Boys," was published in late 2014 and tells many stories, all in Smith's inimitable style, about baseball in "the bushes," such as Clovis and Hobbs and Carlsbad back in the 1950s, when minor-league baseball ruled southeastern New Mexico -- and where Willie Stargell spent part of the 1959 season with Roswell, then a farm team of the Pirates. Toby writes about Joe Bauman, who set the pro home run record with 72 longballs in 1954... before Barry Bonds and PEDs broke that record in 2007. And he will likely mention the supposed longest home run ever hit in a professional baseball game. (It was discussed in a Sports Illustrated blurb way back when.)
Toby will sell copies of his book, which makes a great gift or addition to your own bookshelves, and he will happily sign them
We have been working on having several area professional baseball players drop in. A few were planning to do so, but the "Throw Cancer a Curve" at the Albuquerque Baseball Academy was changed to the 24th, and they had obligations to be there. We are "twisting arms" to have them come by after they are finished at that charity event.
And what kind of SABR Chapter would we be if we didn't talk about this year's class headed for induction in Cooperstown: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. Any and all Hot-Stove League talk will be appreciated. Remember, the first pitchers and catchers report to spring training on February 18th!
When: Saturday, January 24, 1 pm
Where: Albuquerque Public Library, Special Collections Branch, 423 Central NE, "Center for the Book" room (see information below)
Speaker: Long time Albuquerque sports writer and recent baseball book author Toby Smith.
Location information: There is no parking lot for the Special Collections Branch library, located at the NW corner of Central and Edith. However, immediately east of the building, there is a shuttered fast food restaurant with about 25 parking spaces generally unused. There is paid on street parking, but more importantly, after one block south of Central, there are no more parking meters.
Chapter Elections will be held at the meeting