Houston SABR Names Award for Bob Dorrill


The monthly meeting of the Larry Chapter of SABR met in Houston on Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Spaghetti Western Ristorante on Shepherd Drive three days ago. Astros veteran play-by-play broadcaster, baseball historian and author Bill Brown entertained the members with a personal report of his years of service to the “Big Red Machine” days of the mid-1970s Cincinnati Reds. Bill was followed by a rousing positional report from our also treasured former FOX SW broadcaster, baseball historian and author Greg Lucas on the need for simpler, more meaningful attention to stats that are both easier to grasp and more informative as to what each player actually contributed to victory. – The point could easily be made in Greg’s behalf that Babe Ruth’s then record 60 HR in 1927 might have meant nothing to victory – had they hypothetically all occurred in the bottom of as many 9th inning laughter-margin run losses with non body in a futile cause. – Tony Cavender also delivered one of his always-timely book reports and we concluded the meeting with a trivia quiz prepared by Greg Lucas. Tom White and Herb Whalley tied as the nights quiz champions. Because Tom has prepared the next quiz more recently, Herb Whalley will prepare the quiz for our next meeting. – All in all, it was another fine program, thanks to our chapter producer, Jim Kreuz.

Member Notes:

 Bob and Peggy Dorrill were absent due to a family cruise trip

 Marie “Red” Mahoney was absent due to her ongoing recovery from a serious fall.

The young redheaded “wunderkind” of baseball history (whose name I unfortunately cannot recall) was present with his father to say goodbye. The family is moving to the State of Washington and promising to re-connect with SABR there.

 Jo Russell was present and looking well, even though she has been through own health challenges recently. No matter what, the spirit of Jo Russell shines through all adversity and her connection and passion for Houston baseball history never wanes.

Mike McCroskey did a great job filling in for Bob Dorrill as the evening’s MC. He also led the successful presentation of a proposal we had discussed prior to the meeting. Our 19 attending members gave unanimous straw vote approval to our proposal that the second annual SABR Award to someone who represents the fulfillment of our organizational ideals and service, henceforth, shall be known as “The Bob Dorrill Distinctive Service to SABR Award.” In the interest of keeping this column short of dissertation length, let’s just say that the man’s energy in all areas of Larry Dierker Chapter work speaks for itself.

Had it not been for Bob Dorrill, it’s doubtful that we would have found the mobilizing focus to research and write “Houston Baseball, The Early Years: 1861-1961” (2014) nor would we have been awarded the very successful SABR National Convention in Houston that same year – and that doesn’t even include all the effort he puts into managing our SABER-soaked vintage base ball club, the Houston Babies. – The man’s a cyclone of social accomplishment – and most deserving of our recognition of him in this light.

Our last note is about Larry Miggins. Sadly, Larry had serious fall at his voting site a couple of weeks ago. He broke a femur and has had to undergo surgery and the placement of a metal support rod in his leg. He is also now at St. Dominick’s Rehab Center on Holcombe, but his state of being and the intensity of his current rehab plan leave no time or space for visitations until the Miggins family gives us the signal. In the meanwhile, feel free to drop him a note or card. – I’m sorry, but I have neither the address nor the correct full name of St. Dominick’s as I write this morning. And I will do my best to let you know more – as I learn more, but start the prayers and positive thoughts for Larry’s full recovery now.


Next SABR Meeting Date:

Our next SABR meeting is set for Monday, December 7, 2015 at the Spaghetti Western Ristorante on Shepherd.

We could not meet on December 14th because the restaurant already had our usual room at the place reserved for a Christmas Party that week.

Note to Bob Dorrill, Jim Kreuz: I am presuming that one of you will confirm 12/07/15 with Spaghetti Western.

COME SEE THE HOUSTON BABIES THIS SATURDAY AT GEORGE RANCH STATE PARK. – We have a definite vintage base ball game scheduled for 10 AM on Saturday, November 21st and we may even have a 12 NOON game, if all our opponents show up. – We would love to have your support.






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