Chicago (Emil Rothe) SABR Chapter
April 4, 2009 Meeting Minutes
Date: Saturday April 4, 2009.

Location: Eisenhower Public Library, Harwood Heights, IL

Number of Attendees: 28

Trivia Quiz: Abbey Botkin led us through the quiz that George Will published in Newsweek.

Guest Speakers: R. J. Lesch, who traveled from Adel, IA, discussed and signed copies of the recently published SABR Bio Project volume Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox and Ben Jedlovic of Baseball Info Solutions spoke about John Dewan’s recent publication The Fielding Bible – Volume II. Both talks were very well received and each speaker answered many questions.

Other Presentations: Roger Snell, who traveled from Frankfurt, KY, briefly spoke about his recently published book on Charlie Root entitled Root for the Cubs: Charlie Root and the 1929 Chicago Cubs. Roger’s brief intro mesmerized the audience and it is hoped that he will be able to give a more formal presentation of his work later in the year.

Announcements/Requests: Don Sevick handed out materials promoting www.BarryCode.com, a web site devoted to the baseball statistics of Barry Codell (who was also present at the meeting). This may be another source of a future presentation at a Chicago SABR meeting. The web site www.todayinbaseball was also promoted. A request from Phil Lowry regarding help in identifying long extra-inning amateur games played in Illinois was passed out. An upcoming Chicago Baseball Museum fundraiser was promoted. David Malamut put out a pitch for interest in attending the June 6 Kane County – Peoria game as a group. May 1 was identified as a deadline for arranging with David to get tickets. David also identified June 15 as the deadline for the next newsletter. Dan Helpingstine asked for Cubs fans who would be willing to speak to him about the Cubs-White Sox rivalry. Richard Smiley asked for volunteers to help make the old Chicago Base Ball Club records in the Chicago History Museum archives more accessible to those outside Chicago.

Next meeting: We anticipate that a meeting will be scheduled around Gene Carney’s upcoming visit to the Chicago History Museum to research recently acquired Black Sox papers.

Minutes prepared by: Richard A. Smiley, April 15, 2009.