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  james@jameswinstonlaw.com

Steve Manioudakis  413-537-8819 stavkim@charter.net

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 adc0317@comcast.net.  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, james@jameswinstonlaw.com or Steve Manioudakis at 413-427-4681, stavkim@charter.net

Hensler, Reggie, Kanter, 1919 Reds on March 23!



Hensler Kanter art


The Black Sox panel is not the only thing scheduled for the March 23 meeting at Middlesex.

Paul Hensler will talk about the creation of Reggie Jackson’s legacy as he moved from Oakland to New York, his trial and tribulations in the Bronx, and attaining the star power that makes his an enduring name.  Paul’s presentation leverages his study of Reggie in the upcoming book, The New York Yankees in Popular Culture: Critical Essays. (McFarland, June 2019)  In addition to Jackson’s transformation, the book explores why Joe DiMaggio’s nickname changed from “Deadpan Joe” to “Joltin Joe and how Seinfeld affected public perception of George Steinbrenner – and more fresh analyses that explore the Yankee mystique in film, television, theater, music and advertising.

Paul is the author of The American League in Transition, 1965-1975. (McFarland, 2012), and The New Boys of Summer: Baseball’s Radical Transformation in the Late Sixties. (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018).  Paul has been a frequent speaker at baseball and cultural conferences.  His writing has appeared in Nine: a Journey of Baseball History and Culture, as well as many SABR books and publications.  Despite the fact that, as a young man, he once hung out with Thurman Munson, Paul became – and remains – an Angels fans.

Mark Kanter will present on the 1919 Cincinnati Reds, a team seldom recognized for its excellence and always overshadowed by its 1919 World Series opponent.  These Reds featured 2x batting champ Jake Daubert, a former MVP who batted .303; Heinie Groh, who batted .310 and led the NL in OPS in ’19; HOF’er Edd Roush, who sported a .321 BA that year; three front line starters (Eller, Ruether and Sallee) that combined to go 59-22, and Dolf Luque out of the pen, with 10-3, 2.63.  These Reds went 96-44.  The Black Sox were 88-52, albeit in a tougher league.

Mark is a life-long Philadelphia Phillies fan. He got the itch watching the last few outs of Jim Bunning’s perfect game against the Mets on Father’s Day in 1964.  He has made numerous presentations at SABR meetings and SABR conventions, and has written for The Baseball Research Journal, The Northern Game and Beyond and The National Pastime 43: From Swampoodle to South Philly, and the SABR BioProject. Retired from working 31+ years as a US Navy engineer, he and his wife live in the idyllic seaside community of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

I expect to have copies of the Jeff Bagwell book on hand, available for purchase, and will take 10 minutes to wrap up the project.

Meeting Details are:  11 A.M., Sat., March 23, Middlesex Community College, Chapman Hall, Room 605, 100 Training Hill Rd., Middletown, CT 06457

See you there!



Black Sox Myths Busted March 23


Black Sox and Commie


Baseball history has endured its share of myths.  Here is a popular one:

The 1919 White Sox threw the World Series because they were poorly paid and mistreated by their miserly owner, Charles Comiskey.

The truth:  The White Sox had one of the highest payrolls in baseball and most players were paid better than their peers in the American League.  The Hall of Fame has the player contract cards to prove it.  The myth could not be further from the truth.

The next general meeting of the Smoky Joe Wood (CT) Chapter of SABR will host a panel of highly regarded Black Sox experts for a discussion that will start with Black Sox Mythology (Eight Myths Out) and potentially identify the direction for future discoveries.

Our All Star panel includes the following historians:

JIM MARGALUS has been writing about the White Sox since 2006, first at SoxMachine.com, then at SB Nation’s SouthSideSox.com. He wrote a series of White Sox annuals, White Sox Outsider, from 2009 through 2013. In 2017, Jim marked the 1917 White Sox-Giants world barnstorming tour by writing a stop-by-stop account. That same year, he wrote a daily recap of the White Sox’ second championship season of 1917 – back before throwing World Series became a good idea to some of them. Jim grew up in the Thomas-Ventura-McDonald era in Chicagoland, and thinks highly of Harold Baines.  He now lives in Troy, New York, where he’s an online producer for the Albany Times Union.

BILL LAMB spent more than 30 years as a state/county prosecutor in New Jersey. Now retired, he serves as editor of The Inside Game, the newsletter of the Deadball Era Committee, and is the author of Black Sox in the Courtroom: The Grand Jury, Criminal Trial and Civil Litigation (McFarland, 2013).   Once a Yankee-hater, Jim reversed course when he was won over by the magnetic Bombers of the 1990’s. He lives with his wife Barbara in Meredith, NH.

JACOB POMRENKE is SABR’s Director of Editorial Content. He is the chairman and newsletter editor for the Black Sox Scandal Research Committee. He is the editor of Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox.  (SABR, 2015). He has moderated panel discussions on Shoeless Joe Jackson and on the 50th anniversary of Eight Men Out.  Jacob has written for the Hall of Fame’s Memories and Dreams magazine, The National Pastime Museum, Seamheads.com and has appeared on the MLB Network. Raised in Atlanta, Jacob was present for the Braves renaissance that commenced in 1991. His team is looking pretty good these days, too.  He currently lives and works near Phoenix, AZ.

More details to come to you soon on plans for this meeting.

It’s sure to be a special one.  Steve, Stan, Alan and I hope to see you there.

11 A.M.

Sat., March 23

Middlesex Community College

Chapman Hall

Room 605

100 Training Hill Rd.

Middletown, CT 06457




This Friday 9:15 AM, Ch 8 – Stan Dziurgot & Boston Braves


Casey Stan

Hi, SABR Friends.  Tune in Channel 8 WTNH this Friday, Feb. 22 at 9:15 AM and watch the local news segment called Destination Location, which is part of the Good Morning CT program.  The segment will feature how Casey Stengel and his Boston Braves held spring training in Wallingford, CT at the Choate School in 1943.  One of the experts interviewed for this program was our own Stan Dziurgot.  Congrats to Stan, who can now add on-air talent to his baseball resume.

In the January 2019 issue of the Wood Pile, Stan’s research on the 1943 Braves spring training was published.  WTNH was made aware of that article by a member of the Boston Braves Historical Society. That led to the development of the segment.

To my knowledge, this is the second time that a Wood Pile article has been noticed by the media.  Last year I received a call from the Farmer’s Almanac looking for an author recommendation after their editor read Paul Hensler’s feature on Claire Smith.  Turned out they were actually looking for help persuading Claire to write the article.  (Even so, it’s still nice to know there is an audience out there for TWP.)

I hope you will have time to tune in for the show, which will certainly be educational.

If you’d like to read Stan’s article from TWP, please click this link and scroll to page 9.


I’ll try to get a video link on our Facebook page after the broadcast.