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SABR member, book collector, kindle-dodger, nook-avoider, red sox rooter. Father of three proper BoSox fans. Married to a kind and tolerant wife.



The CT SABR Holiday Luncheon will take place on Saturday, December 14 (12 to 3 p.m.) at J Roos Restaurant, 243 State Street, North Haven, CT 06473.

There will be a buffet lunch including fish, chicken and prime rib with a cash bar.  Tickets are $38 non-member, $33 SABR member and $27 for a plus-one (i.e., wife, family, friend). All are welcome.

Larry Levine will be honored for his service and contributions to our chapter with the first ever Ned Hanlon Award.

Mark Kanter will speak about the Competitive Index, which reflects how the relative closeness of pennant and divisional races has changed in the pre-Division, Division, and Wild Card eras.

Expect a good time, good fellowship, great food and an interesting program at this event!

To reserve your seat(s) please email Alan at as soon as possible.  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 on this event, please contact Stan at




Amore, Coppola & Hensler headline Nov. 2

Three Books

The next general meeting of CT SABR will feature authors, new research, projects and the very best of CT media.   Rich Coppola, an 8x CT Broadcaster of the Year, East Haven native and lifelong Yankee fan, will appear.  Rich covered all of the Bomber Core Four championships for Fox 61 and much more.  The Courant’s Dom Amore, a 5x CT Sportswriter of the Year and one who actually did a front porch interview with Smoky Joe Wood 38 years ago, will speak about his book A Franchise on the Rise: The first 20 years of the New York Yankees.   Author Paul Hensler will talk about his new book on CT broadcasting legend Bob Steele.  The incisive, thought provoking David Kaiser will hold forth with observations on the 2019 season.  Stan Osowiecki will take us through exciting opportunities with SABR’s MLB Team Employee Directory Project. We’ll also hear a pair of brief talks: Larry McCray on the Early Base Running Games Project (for Protoball) and George Pawlush on the efforts of SABR’s Minor League Research Committee.

There will be a buck-a-book baseball book sale, plus refreshments and multiple breaks to stretch and socialize.  A $5 donation is requested.


Sat. Nov. 2

11 am to 3 pm

Chapman Hall, Room 605

Middlesex Community College

100 Training Hill Rd.

Middletown, CT 06457


For more information contact Steve at


Thank you so much!



Paul Hensler /Steele Book Talk this week!


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CT sports fans of a certain age will remember when the evening news featured Bob Steele’s Close Up on Sports (channel 3).  Our own Paul Hensler’s book on Steele, the broadcaster-motorcyclist-pugilist-wordsmith-raconteur who entertained CT for 6 decades, is newly published.  You can hear Paul speak about Steele this Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 pm in the Hartford History Center at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford.  More info at


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Pomrenke & Black Sox in spotlight

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Congrats, Jacob!  SABR’s Jacob Pomrenke appears on page A-1 of today’s Chicago Tribune in a story about SABR’s Black Sox Scandal Centennial Symposium.  The event took place over the weekend in the Windy City.  You can read the Trib story at the below link.  It includes a gallery of 12 terrific photos.


Save the Date:  Nov. 2 SABR Meeting


Hi, SABR friends.  Our next general meeting will be on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Middlesex Community College.  Start time 11 am.  Will it be the Yankees, Astros, Dodgers, Braves or Twins we congratulate that day?

A donation of $5 is humbly requested.

Discussions with speakers are underway.  More info to come soon.

If you have suggestions for speakers or activities for our meetings please let a chapter leader know.

Our Holiday Luncheon will be in early December.  Date and site, TBA.

Thank you so much!


Springfield SABR Features Nowlin, Wisnia & Rip


The Rabbit Maranville (Springfield, MA) Chapter of SABR will hold its next meeting on Sept. 23.  An interesting lineup of authors will present on a diverse group of new releases.


Bill Nowlin will talk about his latest book, The Boston Red Sox Killer B’s: Baseball’s Best Outfield, which he co-authored with Jim Prime.  Bill has authored, edited and contributed to numerous books.  He co-edited both of our CT SABR book projects (Sandlock and Bagwell).  Bill is currently on the SABR Board and served six terms as a SABR Vice President.


Saul Wisnia will talk about his new book, Son of Havana, which he co-authored with Luis Tiant.  Saul was a correspondent and feature writer at the Washington Post and Boston Herald before writing (at least) 13 books, mostly about baseball, as well as writing for Sports Illustrated and other baseball publications.


Rip Pallotta will talk about his new book, One Day in Mudville. Rip details some of baseball’s most unique games including a 33 inning battle, another that saw a batter run the bases backward and  yet another that saw a 59 year old come out of retirement to play.  Rip is a banker by profession.  He is also a musician, radio d.j. and a board member at The ARC.


Where and When:


Mon. Sept. 23

7-9 pm

Bears Den – lower level campus center

Western New England University

1215 Wilbraham Rd

Springfield, MA




Jim Winston  413-584-1110

Steve Manioudakis  413-537-8819

Thank you for reading and have a super day!


SABR Trip to Citi Field features Mets Dodgers!


Mets LAD


The Smoky Joe Wood Chapter of SABR will journey to Flushing for a 1:10 PM game between the Amazins and the reigning NL Champion Dodgers on Sunday Sept. 15.

Our seats are in Section 107, rows 16-18 and the cost per ticket is $55.

Alan has secured 15 tickets.  Reserve the number of tickets you want by emailing Alan at  Checks should be made out to CT SABR and mailed to:

Alan D. Cohen, 7 Longlane Rd, West Hartford, CT 06117

The WAR-laden Dodgers and the rebuilt Mets should make for an exciting trip to the ballpark.

And where else can you eat a pizza cupcake while viewing 1969 Mets artifacts (in the Robinson Rotunda) including Casey Stengel’s 1968 Christmas card predicting a great season for the ’69 Mets?

For anyone wishing to take the train as a group, we will take Metro North from West Haven to Grand Central.  The 7 train will then take us to Citi Field.

See you there!


Duquette & Edes at SABR Springfield 4-22

Dan and Gordon


The next meeting of the Rabbit Maranville Springfield (MA) Chapter of SABR will feature special speakers of great interest:  Dan Duquette and Gordon Edes.


DAN DUQUETTE is the former GM of the Red Sox, Expos and Orioles.  He was twice named the Sporting News MLB Executive of the Year when with the 1992 Expos and 2014 Orioles.  He is widely recognized as having created the foundation of the 2004 curse busting BoSox by bringing Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Johnny Damon, Jason Veritek, Derek Lowe and Kevin Youkilis to Boston.


GORDON EDES has been the Boston Red Sox team historian since 2015.  Prior to joining the Sox he covered the team for 18 years, initially with the Boston Globe, and then with ESPN Boston.  Gordon is an award winning, well respected journalist.  He is the author of Marlins Mania: the 1993 Inaugural Season.  He is a contributor to Boston Red Sox: Every Picture Tells a Story (Skybox, 2014) and The Rivals: Red Sox vs. Yankees, an Inside history. (St. Martins, 2004).


Refreshments will be served and there will be a selection of baseball books, hats and other related items for sale.  All are welcome.  Registration fee: $5.


Meeting Details:

Mon., April 22, 2019

7:00 to 9:00 PM

Bears Den – Lower Level of the Campus Center

Western New England University

1215 Wilbraham Rd.

Springfield, MA 01119


For more details contact Jim Winston, 413-584-1110, or Steve Manioudakis at 413-427-4681,