After a long day of Wednesday arrivals and registration at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the Galleria area, a meet-and-greet party over hot dogs and hamburgers brought members from alll over the USA together last night for a little recreational fun.
Today things get away in earnest at 9:15 AM with an Opening Address by Houston Astros President Reid Ryan to the convention body.
Following the Ryan address, Greg Lucas will serve as moderator for a panel that aims to discuss and hash the life and times of the originally named new city MLB club, the Houston Colt .45s. Panel member include former Houston Colt .45 players Bob Aspromonte, Hal Smith, Carl Warwick, and Jimmy Wynn, along with iconic sportswriter Mickey Herskowitzz, the scribe who covered their every move and misstep for the old Houston Post.
The afternoon program agenda includes panels on a wide range of subjects, including Japanese baseball, the Astrodome, Fort Worth winning the 1960 Little World Series, a history of the Houston Colt .45s/Astros in the Rule Five draft, and numerous SABR Research Committee reports on multiple subjects. Houston SABR member Joe Thompson will host a session on the history of MLB drug problems and Mike Vance will host a College Baseball Panel discussion that wil include the great Roger Clemens and Lamar University Coach Jim Gideon. Other rooms will take on a review of HOF Hank Greensberg’s time in Beaumont during the 1930s and another will look at the role of baseball as it played out in the Japanese-American internment camps of World War II. We’ve probably left something out in our rush to go this morning, but, hopefully, you’ve heard enough to get the idea. Things are going to be happy/busy for convention attendees at SABR 44 as we take our first full swing at substance.
At 4:00 PM, many of us will be getting on the bus from the hotel and traveling to Sugar Land to watch a Skeeters game.
What a day this stretches out o be – when all we have to do is celebrate the history of baseball with those who value the game too.
Tags: SABR 44 In Progress