I am way behind in doing this post on the SABR44 convention in Houston. I did posted pictures from the event on Tweeter, IG and Facebook but I did not do a blog post.
I had a marvelous time in Houston. Weather was not too bad either. The hotel was away from Downtown but it all worked out. I am sorry that I missed going to see the minor league team “the Sugarland Skeeters”
This year I debated whether to go to the convention because I’ve known for a few months now that I will be out of job soon, but I am glad I did go. Once you go to one of the SABR conventions, it is hard to stay away. It is always a big pleasure seeing fellow SABR members and meeting new ones. Also of course I enjoy the lineup of speakers, going to see an MLB and a minor league game if possible. Also I try to attend as many baseball sessions as possible realizing that it is impossible to attend all.
The local chapters always do a great job of hosting and organizing the convention. In Houston it was hosted by the Larry DierkerChapter and greatly assisted by the Horsny Chapter.
This was my fourth convention in a row. I enjoyed every one of them. My first one was the Long Beach convention where I volunteered with our local Chapter, the Allan Roth Chapter. Hopefully I can make it next year to Chicago for SABR45.
Here are some pictures from the SABR convention:
panel of former Astros players Alan Ashby, Larry Dierker and Art Howe
Eddie Robinson, longtime player, general manager and baseball executive;
Bob Aspromonte signing my baseball. Picture from RyanPollack.com
Marie “Red” Mahoney. The only women from Houston to play in the AAGPBL.
It was great chatting with Larry Dierker prior to the panel discussion.
Lesley Heaphy selected as Bob Davis award winner!
A SABR member was so nice giving me this baseball card so that Enos could sign it for me.
A kid took this picture of Jose Cruz and myself. It is a little blury.
Dodgers Jim Wynn and Bob Aspromonte signed my baseball.
Buck Martinez, broadcaster of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Max Kates dressed like Charlie Finley, had a presentation titled “The Bikers Beat the Boys Scouts”: Facial Hair and the 1972 World Series. I think his dress attire helped him get Roger Clemens to sign his book.
Selfies with Roger Clemens in the background.
The Toy Cannon, Jim Wynn.
Brooklyn Dodger Bob Aspromonte. Also a Colt .45 .
We got this huge book free.
Vivian L Smith, statue on the outside of the Astrodome. The plaque reads “She loved the Astros”
Jose Cruz and Enos Cabell
Art Howe. I talked with both Jose Cruz and Art Howe on how debasted I was that Monday extra playoff game in 1980 between the Dodgers and Astros. I told him I cried that Monday. Art (or was it Jose) said “Better you than us.”
I can’t read this signature. Hmm. Roger Clemens?
Selfie at Minute Maid Park with Astro in the background.
Since SABR42 in Minnesota, we (Norm, Kent, Abby and I) have been taking a picture at a stadium with the team’s mickey mouse. This year Abby could not make it so we invited Evelyn to post with us.
These are only a part of the pictures I took at SABR44. It is always so much fun attending the convention. I hope to make it to SABR45.
Sidenote: Today Wednesday, September 24, I can’t wait to head to Dodger Stadium to see Clayton Kershaw go for win #21 against the Giants and clinch the National League West! Go Dodgers!
Thursday was my first day reporting for Jury Duty in Downtown LA. After waiting all morning, a group of us were told to report after lunch (1:30) to the 9th flloor. We were told the 9th floor has an extra security check. Before I went to lunch I asked a sheriff why the extra security there. He said because of the celebrities and cases that …well required extra security.
So guess who is our judge?
I like judge Ito. I go back to Jury Duty today for the final selection of the jurors. I have not been picked. I think I am one of the few that does not mind serving Jury Duty.
While being in Downtown, I picked up the LA Downtown News newspaper Check this cartoon I found in the paper by Doug Davis.
I love Doug Davis cartoons. Check this one out too.
Dodgers have dropped six in a row now after dropping the first game against the Astros.
My name is Emma. I was born in Honduras and came to the LA when I was 13. No one in my family followed baseball so my first boyfriend introduced me to the game when I was 20 (long time ago) . He took me to my first game and I remember that he would listen to Vin Scully on the radio. I did not pay much attention as I would argue with him that Football was better than baseball. He would explain baseball to me and I would explain Football. I was a big Ram Fan then. He was born in Maine so his baseball team was the Red Sox but he was also a fan of the Dodgers.
After we went our separate ways, I started attending some games with a very nice older Jewish lady from Brooklyn that used to talk about Sandy Koufax. I started getting into the game more and more.
The last games of 1980 had left me elated and devastated when The Dodgers pushed for an extra playoff game with the Astros. that was an incredible last 3 games of the season in 1980 where one game would have eliminated the Dodgers but they kept fighting back. I remember Bud Furillo playing “Another one Bites the Dust” on Dodger Talk.
Dodgers won in incredible fashion Friday, Saturday and Sunday. After it was official that the Dodgers had won Sunday’s game, I got in line to buy a ticket for the extra playoff game on Monday.
I remember I made sure to show up at working very early that Monday. I walked into my boss’s office to tell him I was only working half a day. His response was “I am surprise you are even here.”
Monday’s game was such a letdown with a lot of second guessing Lasorda. He should have used Fernando in that game! I sat in my car for quite a while all depressed. When I went home I did not want anyone talking to me.
But that November in 1980, I decided to purchase a season ticket. I remember they took me to see a Loge seat (aisle 103 N 3) and that became my seat for 1981 and 1982.
What a year 1981 was with the start of Fernandomaniaand culminating with the Dodgers beating the Yankees in the World Series!!
I had the season ticket for one more year and afterwards I still attended games but not so much as I wanted to go back to school. I started attending less and less games until I would only watch some on TV or just playoffs. Things like free agency, strikes started turning me off. I have a gap of many years that I’ve been catching up. Back in 2000 this guy from work had 3 extra tickets to a game and he invited me along with two other women from work, then someone else invited me to another game and before long my addiction, my love for the Dodgers & baseball was back in full force 🙂