In Memoriam
What Is SABR?

SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) is a national organization of 7,000 plus members who are dedicated to the history of the national pastime. While the emphasis is on baseball research and the preservation of the games history, SABR is not just about numbers. It's about enjoying the sport, sharing stories and recollections, and being with like-minded individuals, men and women, who have a passion for baseball at every level of the game. Check us out and join the team. MORE
Houston History

While Houston has had a presence in Major League Baseball for nearly a half century, the game's history in the Bayou City dates back to the Civil War. With teams as diversely and uniquely named as the Stonewalls, Babies, Buffs and Colt .45s, Houston's rich baseball legacy is of keen interest to members of the local SABR chapter. MORE
Next Meeting

Monday January, 15th
7:00 p.m.
Spaghetti Western Italian Cafe
1608 Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77007
President's Message

2015 has been an exciting year for the Larry Dierker SABR Chapter where our membership has now climbed to 134 members. Not only did the Houston Astros had a banner season but so too did the chapter. In the past 12 months we held 12 monthly meetings, attended 3 baseball games, participated in several vintage baseball tournaments, sponsored an awards banquet with the Sugar Land Skeeters, participated in the 50th anniversary of the Astrodome and initiated the Larry Dierker Chapter SABR Award for Long and Meritorious Service which was presented to Monte Irvin.

If that was not enough we released and promoted the critically acclaimed historical book "Houston Baseball, The Early Years - 1861-1961"
written, edited and published by chapter members.

Come check us out our next meeting held on the 3rd Monday of the month at the Spaghetti Western Restaurant, 1606 Shepherd Drive, Houston just off I-10 beginning at 7:00 PM

Special Feature

Bill Brown: Great Man, Great Broadcaster

by Bill McCurdy, The Pecan Park Eagle

The retirement of Bill Brown from 30 Years as the Play-By-Play Telecaster for the Houston Astros on Thursday came as only a mild surprise to all of us who heard him defer from answering that query at a SABR Meeting only three days earlier, this past Monday night. "I won't be answering any question about my future palns tonight," Brown said, "but something will be coming out soon in that regard."

"Well, Bill, what are you going to do whenever you do actually retire?" Another SABR member asked.

"Go to SABR meetings," Bill answered with a smile.

How typical of Bill Brown to answer in that fashion. He's one of us fans too, you know - and not some rarified sports diva ego who holds himself...


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Are the Changes in Baseball Long Term Benefits or Not?

By Greg Lucas

It is true that the essentials of baseball have changed less than in any major sport played in the United States over the last 100 years except for soccer, but that doesn't mean baseball has been unscathed by modern times.

Consider the use of instant replay on televised major league games. That was once an idea that would "never come" if one listened to long time baseball people. But it is now here and still a work in progress concerning how extensively it should be used...

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