Our local SABR chapter is holding our annual winter meeting in the media room at Progressive Field on Saturday, February 1.  We’ll have a number of guests and speakers, and non-members are welcome to join us for the affordable price of $2 (includes free snacks and pop!)  So if you want to spend a cold winter’s day thinking about baseball in the warm sun, feel free to join us.  I’ll list the schedule below, as well as info on where to park, enter, etc.  You don’t have to attend the entire day, you’re welcome to come for just a portion of the day.  We’ll also be having a baseball book raffle and trivia (with prizes!)  We’ll also be kicking off our 2014 “guess the standings” contest and revealing the winner of the 2013 contest.

9:30-9:45 – Introduction and welcome

9:45-10:15 – Ike Brooks and Margaret Lynch – Presentation about the Indians’ upcoming documentary on the team’s impact on social change in the 1940s and 1950s.

10:15-10:45 – Jim Albert – “Analyzing Baseball with R”

10:45-10:55 – Break

10:55-11:30 – Victor Pinheiro – “Using Baseball to Teach Interdisciplinary Subjects in Middle Schools.”

11:30-12:00 – Trivia with Rick Bradley and some raffle numbers

12:00-1:15 – Lunch on your own

1:20-1:50 – Jim Wagner – Presentation on the new Elmer Flick statue

1:50-2:30 – Gary Speidel – “Can You Believe This Guy’s Not in the Hall of Fame?”

2:30-2:40 – Break

2:40-3:20 – Bill McMahon (and connected trivia) – “The Cadaco Baseball Game and Pitcher vs. Batter Stats.”

3:20-3:30 – Remainder of raffle numbers


Here is the bit of additional info I sent out to our chapter members:

The meeting will take place on Saturday, February 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with a break for lunch) in the basement media room at Progressive Field.  The cost of the meeting is $2 and includes snacks and pop.  Lunch is own your own.  We’ll have our book raffle and trivia, and we’ll also be handing out the sheets for the new “guess the standings” contest for 2014.  We’ll also be announcing the winner of the 2013 contest.  I believe the 2013 contest had our highest rate of participation yet.

For those of you that haven’t attended one of our winter meetings at the ballpark before, we have the opportunity to park in the players’ parking lot (on a first come, first served basis).  The player parking lot is the fenced in area at the corner of E. 9th and Carnegie, with an entrance along E. 9th.  If the lot is full when you arrive, you’re on your own for parking in the area.   We’ll enter the ballpark through a door in the player parking lot, and will head downstairs to the media room.  (There will be folks around to help with directing you.)  Inside the doorway is a fairly steep staircase, so if you are unable to navigate those, or if you just don’t feel comfortable doing so, there is an alternative entrance with an elevator.

If you’re interested, please feel free to join us and talk some baseball!


  • Sean Porter says:

    That documentary about the 40s and 50s Indians sounds very interesting. Cleveland, sports-wise in general was a very progressive city regarding African-Americans. Definitely interested to see this.

  • Stephanie Liscio says:

    Ike and Margaret are actually writing the script for the documentary, so that’s what they’re going to talk about. (It’s still currently in production)