If the city of Houston seems like it is overflowing with seamheads this week, it is with good reason. The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is holding its 44th National Convention at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, marking the first time Houston has ever hosted the event.
SABR features over 6,000 members including 129 from the Larry Dierker Houston Chapter. The organization was originally formed with the purpose of banding together baseball historians, statisticians and researchers. Baseball’s ever increasing emphasis on stats and new ways to interpret the data and implement the findings has made the term “sabermetrics” as common in the sport as strikeouts and double plays.
Houston chairman Bob Dorrill says it is the intention of the locals to show the attendees the rich background and long history of baseball in the area which dates back prior to the Civil War.
In fact all of the attendees will receive a copy of the book, “Houston Baseball-The Early Years, 1861-1961.”
Research Committee presentations will take place continuously (32 scheduled) while other speakers and panel discussions (eight) take place. Some of the scheduled speakers include: Astros President Reid Ryan, Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow, Roger Clemens, Dr. Bobby Brown, Tal Smith, Art Howe, Bob Watson, Jimmy Wynn, Enos Cabell and Jose Cruz.
A banquet is also on the agenda in addition to field trips to a Sugar Land Skeeters game Thursday night and the Astros-Blue Jays match-up Saturday at Minute Maid Park.
The convention runs from July 30 through August 3rd and is open to all baseball fans. For more information, visit http://sabr.org/convention.
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