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January 11th, 2010
SABR meeting to be held at Texas State

010810usehornsbyRogers Hornsby, one of the best hitters in the game and the namesake of the local Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) chapter, was born in Winters, TX.

STAFF REPORT

The fourth annual mid-winter meeting of the Rogers Hornsby Central and South Texas Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) will be held at Texas State Saturday. The day-long session will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. in Room 320 of Old Main on the campus.

This year, the society will host Houston Astros announcer Bill Brown and several baseball authors who will make presentations. Brown will discuss Astros’ seasons past as well as the 2010 season.

Likely subjects for all speakers will include the induction of Andre Dawson to the Hall of Fame, as well as the chances for future inductees like Jeff Bagwell, who becomes eligible next year.

At 1 p.m., Scott Barzilla, author of Checks and Imbalances: Competitive Disparity in Major League Baseball, will discuss player rating stats. “Ballplayer Gravestones” will be the topic of Dr. Fred Worth, who has documented more than 1,000 gravestones of major league players.

Norman Macht, the celebrated author of Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball, will discuss and play portions of his interview with Hall of Famer Ted Lyons. Authors Jim Baker, Gene Watson and Mike Capps will be on a panel discussing the hot topics of baseball.

Each year, participants in the conference bring books that are available for exchange. There will be several members to share and discuss memorabilia from their personal collections.

Admission to the conference is free. Attendees may order box lunches upon arrival.

For more information about the event, contact Bill Gilbert at billcgilbert@sbcglobal.net.

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