SABR Day in America – 1/20/2010

Written by Lefty O’Doul Chapter

Twenty members and guests from the Lefty O’Doul and Sacramento chapters convened at Armadillo Willy’s Restaurant in Dublin, Calif. to enjoy half-priced burgers and to celebrate SABR Day in America.

We discussed some recent research that members had completed, including biographies of Joe Pignatano, Ralph Branca and Ed Roebuck and further research on the Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles. Doug McWilliams of Berkeley shared his collection of Lee Sussman baseball cartoons, including game day scorecard covers for the Oakland Oaks and Oakland Athletics. McWilliams, a professional photographer who shot baseball cards for Topps among other clients during his career, also announced that his personal collection had been accepted for the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Board member Paul Hirsch of Danville moderated a spirited trivia contest won by Mike Tormey of Alameda, with 24 out of 33 correct answers. Mike won the book Mathematician at the Ballpark and a box of Cracker Jack. Hirsch also shared recent board developments and answered member questions. Topics covered SABR’s financial state and 2010-2011 convention planning. For the last hour, we settled in to watch Game One of the 1979 NLCS on The MLB Network.

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