The Breakfast Wrap

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Thirteen people attended the Feb. 10 chapter breakfast in Cromwell.  In between bites and talk about how fabulous Norm Cash was in 1961, the following was heard:

TRAVEL IN TIME.  Bill Ryczek will soon perform a play-by-play broadcast of the June 14, 1870 game between the Red Stockings and Brooklyn Atlantics.  This legendary game saw the Red Stockings ride an 81 game win streak into the Capitoline Grounds for an extra inning nail biter against the Atlantics.  The actual game took place 51 years before the first ever BB game radio broadcast, so this re-creation is an exciting and possibly unprecedented way to relive history.  The performance will be given live at the 10th annual (F.I. Campbell) 19th Century BB Conference in April.  When a recording becomes available we’ll strive to make it accessible and to play it at one of our meetings.

YANKEE GAME TRIP.  The chapter is looking at dates for a Yankee game.  Although we’ve had a great time at Old Timer’s Day recently we are looking for a different game because there’s a conflict with Fathers Day.  If you have thoughts about a game date for a chapter trip let Steve know at skrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu

You can peruse the schedule at:  http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/schedule/printable.jsp

MARCH SPEAKERS, TENTATIVE.  Chapter leaders huddled for a gut check on who is speaking on March 17 at Q.U..   Subject to change, we have author Greg Rubano on Napoleon Lajoie, author George Pawlush on the Colonial League, performer Mickey Tangel in character as Lipman Pike, author and SABR honcho Bill Nowlin on Tom Yawkey, and a panel discussion honoring recently retired Courant Sports Editor Jeff Otterbein.  (The Wiffle Ball people unfortunately took a pass.)  And someone is having a birthday.    More to come.

TOM SAYS IT’S STRAT TIME.  Tom Monitto suggested we have a chapter Strat-O-Matic session soon and we are jumping on that.  We’ll try hold it before the MLB regular season opens on March 29.  Details to come soon.

Best,

Karl

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Lip, Nap & Otto Highlight March General

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On March 17, 2018, our spring general meeting will be held at Quinnipiac University in the College of Liberal Arts, building #1, Hamden, CT. from  11:00 am to 3 pm.  (Note early start time!)  Subject to change, here is the tentative speaker list:  George Pawlush will speak about his new book on the Colonial League.  There will be a panel discussion honoring recently retired Courant Sports Editor Jeff Otterbein.  Greg Rubano will present on his book, In Ty Cobb’s Shadow, which is about Napoleon Lajoie.  Mickey Tangel will perform in-character as 19th Century player Lipman Pike, baseball’s first Jewish star.  We are finalizing the addition of one more speaker — details to come.  There will be a Book Sale and Refreshments.  For more information contact Steve Krevisky at SKrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu.

CT SABR Newsletter is Out!

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Hi, SABR Friends.  The Jan issue of The Wood Pile, newsletter of the Smoky Joe Wood Chapter, is now available.  In it you’ll read:

-A Poetic salute to 1917 (Steve Krevisky)

-Bridgeport Bluefish leave the pond (Stan Osowiecki)

-Provocative Q’s (Ezra Counts)

-Corrections from last issue, (Cliff Blau)

-The last MLB tripleheader (Steve Krevisky)

-First Negro baseball game at Wrigley (Alan Cohen)

-Waterman, millennials++ highlight Oct general meeting

-Calculating PRO with the Padres (Steve Krevisky)

-New Book Releases

-CT’s Little League legacy (Michael Frank)

-Ryczek & Kaplan present new books at holiday luncheon

If God Invented Baseball (Poetry by E. Ethelbert Miller,)

-CT Born Players Birthday Calendar (Jan-June)

-Current CT MLB Player Stats

-SABR Writing Opportunities For All

-Coming Events

You can read and download The Wood Pile at this link:

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Terese Karmel, Pioneering CT Sports Writer, Passes.

Today’s  Courant has the obituary of Terese Karmel, who covered the Bristol and New Britain Red Sox in the early 1980’s.  (She also covered the Whalers.)  Here is her 1983 write up of Roger Clemens and the Brit Sox’s Eastern League Title win.  A link to Terese’s obituary is below, too.    -Karl

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Terese’s obituary can be read at this link:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=terese-karmel&pid=187667226

 

 

Authors, Food & Cheer At Holiday Luncheon

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Two authors will speak and two more will offer their books at the CT SABR Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 16.  Here are the details:

Jim Kaplan, longtime writer for Sports Illustrated, will be speaking on his newest book Clearing the Bases: A Veteran Sportswriter on the National Pastime.

Bill Ryczek, longtime member of our chapter and author of many books will be discussing his newest book Baseball on the Brink: The Crisis of 1968.

Two other authors will be in attendance at the meeting with copies of their recent books. Paul Hensler’s The New Boys of Summer: Baseball’s Radical Transformation in the Late Sixties and Bob Wirz’s The Passion of Baseball are great gifts as is our own book 100: The 100 Year Journey of Mike Sandlock.

The CT SABR Holiday Luncheon will be on Sat., Dec. 16 at 12 PM at the Baci Grill, 134 Berlin Rd., Cromwell, CT 06416. Attendees will enjoy a buffet of four entrees with sides & dessert. $30 per person including tax and tip. Bring a guest for $20. Please reserve your tickets before Dec. 7 by emailing Alan Cohen at adc0317@comcast.net Checks should be made out to CT SABR and mailed to Alan Cohen, 7 Longlane Rd., West Hartford, CT. 06117. Please mail your check when you make your reservation. For more info, please contact Stan at stanyank5@yahoo.com

Thank you!

Karl

Holiday Luncheon Deadline is Dec. 7

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To make it easier to bring your significant other or family member to the Holiday Luncheon, a Plus-One rate has been established.

The deadline for sending in a check to reserve your seats is Dec 7.

Here are the updated event details.

Mark Your Calendar for the CT SABR Holiday Luncheon on Sat., Dec. 16 at 12 PM. We have a private room at the Baci Grill, 134 Berlin Rd., Cromwell, CT 06416. Attendees will enjoy a buffet of four entrees with sides & desert. We plan to have a speaker. $30 per person including tax and tip. Bring a guest for $20. Please reserve your tickets before Dec. 7 by emailing Alan Cohen at adc0317@comcast.net Checks should be made out to CT SABR and mailed to Alan Cohen, 7 Longlane Rd., West Hartford, CT. 06117. Please mail your check when you make your reservation. Speaker details to come soon. For more info, please contact Stan at stanyank5@yahoo.com

Thank you!

Karl

Paul Hensler Author Talk Saturday

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Join CT SABR member Paul Hensler this Saturday, Nov. 4, as he talks about his just released book, The New Boys Of Summer.  Paul examines how sweeping internal changes within Baseball in the late Sixties fused with the cultural upheaval of the time.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase.  Location:  Book Club Bookstore, 869 Sullivan Ave., South Windsor, CT.  Starts at 2 pm.  More info, contact Karl at Kcicitto@cox.net.

Holiday Luncheon: Save The Date!

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Mark Your Calendar for the CT SABR Holiday Luncheon on Sat., Dec. 16 at 12 PM.  We have a private room at the Baci Grill, 134 Berlin Rd., Cromwell, CT 06416.  Attendees will  enjoy a buffet of four entrees with sides & desert.  We plan to have a speaker.  $30 per person including tax and tip. Please reserve your tickets before Dec. 7 by emailing Alan Cohen at  adc0317@comcast.net   Checks should be made out to CT SABR and mailed to Alan Cohen, 7 Longlane Rd., West Hartford, CT. 06117.  Please mail your check when you make your reservation.  Speaker details to come soon.  For more info, please contact Stan at stanyank5@yahoo.com

33 Attend A Great General At Q.U. Details…

 

 

33 attended today’s CT SABR General Meeting at Quinnipiac.  Some highlights:

 

Kevin Cook, a former senior editor at Sports Illustrated , spoke about his new book Electric October: Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of Fame That Lasted Forever.

 

Jackie Robinson and Joe DiMaggio were big parts of this Fall Classic, obviously, but it was the role of smaller players that took center stage.  The book traces the lives of Snuffy Stirnweiss, Cookie Lavagetto, Al Gionfriddo, Bucky Harris, Burt Shotton and Bill Bevens.  Biting poverty followed by baseball success was a constant theme for these men.  Cook writes about their upbringings as well as their lives after Baseball, sometimes fulfilling and sometimes bitter.  Bitter was the case for Bevens, who was treated as a WS failure all his post-MLB life.  Bevens often imagined how his life would have been different had Cookie not broken up his WS no-hitter with two out in the ninth.

 

Mr. Cook kept us very entertained.  He credited some of his successful research for the book to the families of the players who allowed him to study the family scrapbooks.  (They played in the age of scrapbooks, of course.)  The author shared delicious pearls, including the curious one that the person who could really drink all the other Yankees under the table was…Billy Martin’s mother, Joan.

 

Cook is the author of seven books.  His writing has appeared in the New York TimesMen’s JournalGQPlayboySmithsonianDetails, and many other publications.

 

 

Ty Waterman explored the trade of Tris Speaker from the Red Sox to the Tribe days before the start of the 1916 season.  Was it that Boston owner Joe Lanin had Tillie Walker available at a lower wage than Speaker?  Was that enough to displace a crack fielder who had batted .337 in nine years for the crimson hose?

 

Ty uncovered how Lanin felt pressured by the efforts of the Federal League to lure Speaker away.  Lanin increased Speaker’s salary from $9,000 in 1913 to $17,500 in 1914 and in 1915.  The pay increase would later foment Speaker’s departure.

 

When the Federal League collapsed in December of 1915, Lanin decided to cut expenses.  He dragged his heels to re-sign Speak for ‘16, deflecting trade rumors until he pulled the trigger in April, 1916.

 

He traded Speaker for Sad Sam Jones, Fred Thomas and $55,000.

 

The swap was a bombshell.  In the April 8, 1916 edition of the Boston Globe, Melville E. Webb wrote, “No aeroplane could have startled the little coterie of world’s champions more than Manager Carrigan’s announcement.”

 

Speaker said “I’ll go where the money is.”  Indeed, after taking a $2,500 annual pay cut for 1916 through 1918, his salary jumped to almost $27,000 per annum on average from 1919- to 1926 with the Indians.

 

Ty documented the Federal League enticement, Lanin’s subsequent “generosity” and the other events that led to Speaker’s departure, through newspaper accounts in the Boston papers.

 

(Note:  I used payroll info from BB Ref to summarize here, which may vary a smidge from those Ty found in the papers.)

 

Paul Hensler spoke about his new book, The New Boys of Summer: Baseball’s Radical Transformation in the Late Sixties.  Paul set the stage for the 1969 season against a background of expansion, a new Commissioner, and rule changes.  Those big internal factors were enjoined by external ones: racial tension, political upheaval and cultural change.  Throw baseball’s suddenly confrontational labor situation in and you have a volatile combination.

 

Paul said that racial conflict was one of the more compelling themes.  These times saw the first bi-racial roommate assignments with Curt Blefary and Don Wilson sharing a room on the road.  The times also saw the trading of ‘uppity” Dick Allen, with many people taking issue with this “troublemaker.”  Meanwhile, rioting and arson scarred African American urban neighborhoods.

 

Paul described how MLB owners and players reacted to the MLK and RFK assassinations in disjointed and shocking ways.  Walter O’Malley, owner of the team that broke the color line, was firm in his decision NOT to delay the Dodgers’ 1968 opener, which was played 6 days after King was killed.  He did so despite LA being convulsed in rioting.

 

Paul touched on the rise of TV, improved broadcasting, the Centennial celebration, the 1969 Mets, the coming of Earl Weaver, multi-purpose stadiums that became purposeless, and other people and events that made the end of the ‘60’s a uniquely embattled time in baseball history.

 

Michael Bimante and Jordan Leite, two fellows who grew up playing MLB Showdown as high schoolers in East Haven, introduced us to Clutch Baseball.  It’s a fascinating board game that adds salary, stadium factors and clutch ratings to the play.

 

In addition to player cards that are mathematically grounded in performance probability, these 27-year-old creators of Clutch Baseball included a design element of FUN that is absent in Strat-O-Matic and other sim games.  That is why, e.g., they creatively named some of their strategy cards “Back, Back, Back!”, “Instant Replay”, “Web Gem” and “Bush League.”

 

Just as interesting was their description of the evolution of their game in phases, starting by giving it away for free to going pro when securing $16,365 in seed money on www.indiegogo.com this past March.

 

Along their 5 year journey to profitability they learned the do’s and don’ts of license violations, receiving one cease-and-desist from MLB, but adapting to the rules as they went forward.

 

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

–The deadline for the January issue of The Wood Pile is Dec. 15.

–For the Bagwell book, writers are needed for concise histories of Palmer Field and McKenna Field.

–The NYY-BOS Rivalry Exhibit at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury runs through Nov. 12.  It is considered outstanding.

–The next chapter breakfast will be held on a November date TBA and could be located in the Quinnipiac cafeteria. Details are to come.

–Chapter leaders are beginning to plan now for the Holiday Luncheon in December, which will include presenters.

 

Any Q’s or comments, please email Karl at kcicitto@cox.net.