SABR 43 Trip Was Phillie-Phine

On Friday night, we saw the Braves whip the Phillies, 6-4, at Citizen's Bank Park in a game that featured back-to-back HR tricks by both clubs.

On Friday night, we saw the Braves whip the Phillies, 6-4, at Citizen’s Bank Park in a game that featured back-to-back HR tricks by both clubs.

The Larry Dierker Chapter was represented at the 43rd Annual Convention of SABR in Philadelphia last week by Chairman Bob Dorrill, Marsha Franty, Mike Vance, Art Spanjer, Mike McCroskey, and yours truly, Bill McCurdy. We all came to learn, to enjoy, to dialogue with others, and to grasp all we could about what seemed to work and not work there for the sake of our own planning for SABR 44 in Houston in 2014.

The Philadelphians could not have been more helpful, and our special thanks go out to Seamus Kearney and Dick Rosen of the Connie Mack Chapter for the advisory time they spent with us in discussion of our plans for the convention in Houston next year.  We are preparing to give it our best shot, but that will require more volunteers from our Houston group to step up to the plate as soon as possible.

Patricia Anderson, the 86-year old niece of the late White Sox third baseman Buck Weaver, served as a panel member on the Black Sox Scandal discussion.

Patricia Anderson, the 86-year old niece of the late White Sox third baseman Buck Weaver, served as a panel member on the Black Sox Scandal discussion.

There was far too much content to report in-depth here. I especially enjoyed listening to the niece of Buck Weaver, one of the eight banished Black Sox players from 1919, talk about her uncle. She says he never freely talked about what happened, but that she holds no belief that he (Buck Weaver) personally did anything wrong. She points to his record in the 1919 Series as a .324 .hitter as evidence of his honest intent to play for victory.

Mike Vance & Marsha Franty: There was time for group merriment ...

Mike Vance & Marsha Franty: There was time for group merriment …

Bob Dorrill & Grandson: ... time for reunion ...

Bob Dorrill & Grandson: … time for reunion …

Solly Hemus: ... time for discussing ancient heroes ...

Solly Hemus: … time for discussing ancient heroes …

Mike McCroskey & Bob Dorrill: ... time for hanging out with Houston buddies ...

Mike McCroskey & Bob Dorrill: … time for hanging out with Houston buddies …

... time for the phanatical pursuit of happiness ...

… time for the phanatical pursuit of happiness …

... time for love and friendship ...

… time for love and friendship …

... time for remembering the greats of the game ...

… time for remembering the greats of the game …

Philadelphia: ... time to discover a great and beautiful American city. ...

Philadelphia: … time to discover a great and beautiful American city. …

House of Connie Mack on Lehigh (2nd from right) ... time to explore history ...

House of Connie Mack on Lehigh (greenish in middle) … time to explore history …

Independence Hall: ... time to explore what's important to our American history ...

Independence Hall: … time to explore what’s important to our American history …

The Courthouse: ... time to celebrate the beauty that emanates from the creative mind. ...

City Hall: … time to celebrate the beauty that emanates from the creative mind. …

The Liberty Bell: ... time to remember that this bell is our breathe of life itself.... forever.

The Liberty Bell: … time to remember that this bell is our breath of life itself…. forever.

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Thanks you, Philadelphia, for all of these remembrances!

Thank you, Philadelphia, for all of these remembrances!

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4 Responses to “SABR 43 Trip Was Phillie-Phine”

  1. Patrick Lopez Says:

    Thanks so much for the “tour” pictures of Philly, Glad to see our SABR group represented , taking in the sights and sampling some of the local brew,

  2. jeff Says:

    I’ve always loved Philly and graduated from Temple in 1973. Nothing better than a good ol’ cheesesteak. Actually a couple of guys from Philly were hired at the Dome 25 years ago in food services and made a pretty good cheesesteak. The photo you have of the courtrooms is actually City Hall, the largest municipal city hall in the world, where they also have courtrooms, I’m sure. Its at the crossroads of the city and meets at Broad and Market Streets so its really where Center City starts. Great ball park and 100 times better than the Vet; I also see the Phanatic’s mother was visiting that day.

  3. Shirley Virdon Says:

    Bill, Enjoyed your sights in Philly! It is a great city for American History Buffs!
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Mark Souder Says:

    Thanks for posting the interesting photos. My wife and I were first time attenders at this SABR convention. I found your blog while doing some research on Vinegar Bend Mizell. Thanks also for that fine article!

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