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507
OTBA
05-23-2015
08:19 AM ET (US)

Old Time Ballplayers Newsletter

 Thanks to everyone that helped make the Spring Jamboree a success and a special thank you to Dave Nelson for being our featured speaker. Also, we appreciate newly inducted WAMI hall of fame musician Sigmund Snopek III for providing entertainment.

To all of our members who participated in the raffles and silent auction, a big thank you for helping make the Jamboree a big success. We save the biggest thank you for the Brewers for providing hundreds of great tickets for our event at Serb Hall and then beating the White Sox on May 11th providing our members a fun night at Miller Park.


New Lakeshore Chinooks

 Special Offer for Members

 Old Time Ballplayers members can now take advantage of the Lakeshore Chinooks offer to attend any Chinooks Monday-Thursday games at Kapco Park for half price. All $9.00 Reserved Grandstand tickets are only $4.50.

Present your membership card at the Kapco Park ticket windows or call the Chinooks at 262-618-4659 and tell them you are a member and you can save on tickets. Enjoy summer collegiate baseball, great concessions and free parking at Kapco Park which is located on the beautiful campus of Concordia University in Mequon. It's affordable family fun.

OTBA Hall of Fame Rings

 For the first time members of the Old Time Ballplayers HOF can order their very own hall of fame ring. Jostens has provided championship rings for MLB, NFL, NBA and the NHL. Hall of Fame ring pricing starts at under $400. For further information call Bill Tarrolly: 414-791-0159 or Email: benji43@aol.com

Land O' Lakes Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Announced

 T he LOL Hall of Fame has announced the members of its class of 2015. Congratulations to the newest members of the LOL HOF. They are Darrell Bruggink (Saukville), Ed Miller (Sullivan), Neil Reimer (Sussex), Randy Schlotter (Butler) and Paul Vanden Heuvel (Hartland). Tim Wenzel (East Troy, Mukwonago) is the winner of the League Meritorious Award. The recipient of the Ray Klink President's Award is Greg Ebbert of Mequon.

 Pafko Biography

 A new biography on one of the most popular Milwaukee Braves players, Andy Pafko has been authored by Wisconsinite Joe Niese.

William Povletich, author of Milwaukee Braves: Heroes & Heartbreak offers the following review: " Author Joe Niese's Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story is a passionate and deeply researched tribute that captures not only one of the greatest stars in Wisconsin sports history, but also one of the nicest people in the history of Wisconsin."

The book is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble bookstores and the author can be contacted at joeniese@yahoo.com
506
Scott Rowan
05-19-2015
08:29 AM ET (US)

Learn more about baseball, learn more about the world and (if you're a Cubs fan) never lose a baseball argument again. Chicago's Harold Washington Library will host a TED Talks-like presentation by author Scott Rowan, who reveals hidden stories about how the Chicago Cubs altered global history.

Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon have the Chicago Cubs pointed in the right direction, but if they do break the world's longest championship drought for a professional team it will only be one of more than 77 ways the Cubbies have changed global history, as revealed in "The Cubs Quotient: How the Chicago Cubs Changed the World."

In two weeks, please join me for a public discussion about the many ways the Chicago Cubs have changed the world. (If you're not a Cubs fan, I hope you will forward/share this with your friends who are. Thank you.)

WHEN: TUESDAY, JUNE 2 @ 6 pm

WHERE: Harold Washington Library / 400 S. State

WHO: Scott Rowan, author of "The Cubs Quotient: How the Chicago Cubs Changed History"

WHAT: Never lose a baseball argument again.

Official Page about Scott's appearance at Chicago Public Library

Some topics include:

>> Jackie Robinson was NOT the first black baseball player (and the Cubs' role in racial history)

>> "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse" was NOT said first by Don Corleone in "The Godfather", but by Al Capone about his goal: buy the team

>> religion was forever altered by one former Cubs outfielder (so, too, Frank Sinatra's career)


>> 2 of largest White House scandals directly involved the Chicago Cubs (and the unreported cover up they led to)
 
We'll also talk about John Dillinger, the Founding Fathers, the Titanic, White House secrets and, of course, some baseball. Even if you don't cheer for the Cubs, you will be amazed at how one sports team has altered the world more than any other.

I hope to see you on Tuesday, June 2!

Thank you,

Scott Rowan


-----
Scott Rowan


scott@sherpamultimedia.com

 M: 312.927.5931

 W: 773.977.8570
505
Keltner SABR
05-10-2015
01:22 PM ET (US)

Three presenters entertained and informed the Keltner Chapter of SABR in Milwaukee Saturday.

 Joe Niese, who has authored books on Wisconsin ballplayers, Burleigh Grimes and Andy Pafko, highlighted the careers of both players.

 Mary Shea traced Women in Baseball, dating back to 1866 when Vassar College fielded two teams. Featured were Maud Nelson, who played and organized some barnstorming teams that often played against men's teams, Lizzie Arlington, who signed the first pro contract, and several members of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.


 Rick Schabowski reviewed the 1979 anti-disco night at Comiskey Park. The event, held between games of a doubleheader, destroyed the field and led to the White Sox forfeiting the second game.
504
Keltner SABR
03-31-2015
04:08 PM ET (US)

PLAY BALL!

  

In less than a week, the umpire will yell "Play ball" and there are a lot of functions scheduled, to use the Glenn Miller song title, get you, "In the Mood!"

  

Milwaukee Braves Historical Association

  

The MBHA is having a Banquet at the Milwaukee Athletic Club on Thursday April 9. The reception starts at 6:00 P.M., with the dinner and program following at 7:00 P.M. Our Speakers include Dennis Menke who had a thirteen-year career with the Braves, Reds and Astros, and Ron Cardo and George Blanchard who served as batboys for the Braves. There will also be also be a pictorial tribute to Red Schoendienst who will be inducted into the Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park. Tickets are $85 and be ordered by mailing a check to :

MBHA

P.O. Box 210074

Milwaukee, WI. 53221

Or contacting me by e-mail at RICKIU76@aol.com

   

  

Old Time Ballplayers Jamboree

   

   The Old Time Ballplayers 2015 Spring Jamboree will be held at Serb Hall on Tuesday, April 14. The night includes a mega raffle, 50-50 raffle, silent auction, and music by Sigmund Snopek III. Purchase $20 of raffle tickets and receive two Brewers tickets for the White Sox game on May 11th (while supply lasts). These are great tickets in the Field Outfield Box and the Loge sections down the third base line. Tickets are only $18.00 and include food, beer and soda. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.


Join us to celebrate the beginning of the new baseball season. Invite your friends. We always welcome new members. To order tickets mail to: Old Time Ballplayers, PO Box 579, Thiensville, WI 53097. To order tickets after April 7, please call Greg Ebbert 262-292-4002. E-mail: gregebbert@msn.com

  

SABR Meeting

  

The next meeting of the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter of SABR will take place on Saturday, May 9 at 11 am at J&B's Blue Ribbon Bar located at 53rd and Bluemound Road in Milwaukee.

Our Guest Speaker will be Joe Niese who's authored two books, "Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer," and "Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story." Joe will do pictorial tributes to both players, and will have books available for purchase.

  

There will also be two presentations:

Mary Shea: "Women in Baseball"
 

Rick Schabowski: "Disco Demolition Night"
 

Also a reminder that SABR 45 is being held in Chicago June 24-28. For more details go to www.sabr.org
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Rick S.
02-16-2015
09:16 AM ET (US)

Hi, everyone. The SABR Nominating Committee seeks nominations for
 candidates for the Spring 2015 elections. All candidates for the Board of
 Directors must have been members of the Society for at least the preceding
 four years to be eligible for election. Deadline for nominations is
 February 28, 2015.
 
Nominees must prepare a Candidate Statement Form following guidelines that
 will be available from any Nominating Committee member. The Candidate
 Statement Form must be received by the Nominating Committee chair no later
 than March 15, 2015.
 


The offices to be filled:
 
President (2-year term; currently Vince Gennaro)
 Secretary (3-year term; currently Todd Lebowitz)
 Director (3-year term; currently Ty Waterman)
 
Self-nominations are welcome. If you would like to nominate yourself or
 another candidate, contact a member of the Nominating Committee: chair R.J.
 Lesch (rjlofiowa@gmail.com), Rick Schabowski (rickiu76@aol.com), or Barry
 Deutsch (barryid@pobox.com).
502
Keltner Newsletter
01-24-2015
09:35 AM ET (US)


Keltner SABR newsletter
 
Happy New Year
 



Hope 2015 has been good to you so far, and the beginning of the baseball season is right around the corner, in fact…….there are some great activities starting TODAY!
 



Sox Fest
 



The Chicago White Sox are holding their SoxFest this weekend at the Chicago Hilton. the times are:
 



Friday, January 23: 3 pm-9 pm
 
Saturday January 24: 8:15 am- 4 pm
 
Sunday January 25: 8:15 am- 3 pm
 



The Chicago SABR Chapter (Emil Rothe Chapter) has a booth for the event and if you're interested in volunteering please contact Lorene Kennard at Lorenek23@gmail.com.
 






Brewers On Deck
 



Brewers On Deck will take place on Sunday January 25, at the Wisconsin Center, 400 West Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee beginning at 10 am. There will be autograph sessions and a number of media panels. There will also be a Wisconsin Oldtime Ballplayers Association/SABR booth at the event. For more details, including times for the autograph sessions go to the Brewers website at www.brewers.com.
 



SABR Day
 



Due to the activities taking place this weekend, our SABR Day will be a combined celebration with the Chicago Chapter on Saturday, January 31. Instead of worrying if the footballs are properly inflated for the Super Bowl, stop down at The Brat Stop, located of the Wisconsin State # 50 highway exit on I-94 in Kenosha for an exciting meeting which will start at 11 am. Special Thanks to the fine staff at The Brat Stop for hosting this event for us. It's a great meeting place, and we all know the food is fantastic!
 
The agenda:
 



Speakers:
 



Ozzie Guillen Jr.-Former White Sox broadcaster.
 
Marco Rubio Jr.- Baseball Prospectus
 






Research Presentations:
 



Jim Nitz: A team of Their Own: Sixty Years Ago, the Milwaukee Chicks Won-and Lost-It All or Our Forgotten World Champions:The 1944 Milwaukee Chicks.
 
Merle Branner:Servant Leadership Dynamic Between Branch Rickey and Jackie Roosevelt Robinson: How They Changed Baseball and Our Country.
 
Bob Buege: Ginger Beaumont
 
Dennis Degenhardt: Bio- Ginger Beaumont.




Fundraiser: A message from fellow SABR member Dennis Degenhardt: This is a perfect way to help, "Keeping the Memory of Baseball Alive!" I've also attched a flyer.
 




Fellow SABR members, as we get together for SABR Day can I ask for your support to place a plaque at Beaumont Field in Burlington, WI for Ginger Beaumont. Beaumont is the first hitter in the World Series and was one of the most feared hitters at the turn of the previous century being the first of seven player to lead their league in hits in three consecutive years (four total). He finished with 1,759 hits and a .311 average. There is an excellent BioProject on Beaumont written by Daniel Ginsburg if you want to learn more.
 


I will be driving to Pittsburgh to attend the Forbes Field Chapter meeting Saturday to give a presentation on Beaumont who played his best eight years in the Steel City. They are already raising money there. Next weekend, the Milwaukee and Chicago Chapters will be meeting in Kenosha, WI where we will again be talking about Ginger Beaumont, one of Wisconsin’s best players all time.
 


Since Ginger played 12 years in the major leagues, we are asking for donations of $12 payable to SABR 31 and mailed to 1410 Lee Ave, West Bend, WI 53090. BTW, why SABR 31, we opened the account for the convention 14 years ago and kept it open forming the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter; we still have a bunch of checks left with that on them.
 


Thanks for your consideration and Happy SABR Day.
 





Old Time Ballplayers' Association of Wisconsin
 



While you're at Brewers On Deck, you can join or renew your membership for a mere $10! Your membership card gives you the opportunity to purchase two half-price tickets for the following games at Miller Park. You can also contact me about a membership.
 
May 11 vs the White Sox
 
June 11 vs the Nationals
 
July 6 vs the Braves
 
August 14 vs the Phillies
 
September 2 vs the Pirates
 



You'll also receive two bonus coupons for any Monday-Thursday game in April and May excluding opening day.
 



The 2015 Spring Jamboree will take place Tuesday April 14 at Serb Hall, 5100 West Oklahoma, doors open at 5 pm. There'll be a lot of raffles, a silent auction, baseball fun and music by Sigmund Snopek III. Tickets are $18 and include food, beer and soda.
 



Milwaukee Braves Historical Association
 



Our next testimonial dinner will take place on April 9th……more details will follow.
 



Questions??????
 



Don't hesitate in contacting me with any questions either by phone at 414-322-4997 or e-mail at RICKIU76@aol.com.
 



Thank You!!
501
SABR Bios
12-04-2014
09:35 AM ET (US)

We still need biographers for some of the 1986 Mets and for some of the 1986 Red
Sox.

Here are the Mets still awaiting their biographer:

Rick Anderson
Bruce Berenyi
Ed Lynch’
John Mitchell
Randy Myers
John Gibbons
Ed Hearn
Stan Jefferson
Wally Backman
Kevin Elster
Dave Magadan
Rafael Santana
Kevin Mitchell


And here are the Red Sox who are still awaiting theirs:

Mike Brown
Steve Crawford
Tim Lollar
Dave Sax
Jeff Sellers
Marc Sullivan
LaSchelle Tarver
Mike Trujillo
Rob Woodward

Leslie Heaphy is coordinating the Mets half of the book, and Bill Nowlin is
coordinating the Red Sox half.

Please contact either of us:

Leslie Heaphy lheaphy@kent.edu


Bill Nowlin bnowlin@rounder.com


Thank you!
500
Rick S.
10-09-2014
08:28 AM ET (US)
MILWAUKEE BRAVES HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION TESTIMONIAL DINNER

 

Our next Dinner will take place at The Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI. on Thursday October 30. The reception and silent auction will start at 6 PM, with the dinner and program beginning at 7 PM. Our guests will be Frank Bolling, Bob Hendley, Bill Southworth and Roland Hemond.These are always great events so don't miss this one! Tickets are $65 and can be purchased by contacting me by return e-mail, or mailing a check to:

 

MBHA

PO Box 210074

Milwaukee, WI. 53221

 

SABR Meetings

 

The next meeting of the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter of SABR is scheduled for Saturday November 1, 11 AM, at J&B's Blue Ribbon Bar on 53rd and Bluemound Road in Milwaukee. The agenda will include nomination and election of officers. If you're interested in doing a presentation let me know!

 

The Emil Rothe (Chicago-Illinois) Chapter will hold it's next meeting on October 25 at the Richard J. Daley Branch, Chicago Public Library, 3400 So. Halsted in Bridgeport from 1 pm-4:30pm The meeting will celebrate Comiskey Park and focus on the recently published McFarland book, "Old Comiskey Park: Essays and Memories of the Historic Chicago White Sox, 1910-1991. Speakers will include book editor, Floyd Sullivan and book contributors Chris Kamka and Richard Smiley.DON'T FORGET................NEXT YEAR'S SABR CONVENTION IS IN CHICAGO!!!!!!

 

Old Time Ballplayers Association of Wisconsin

 

The Old Time Ballplayers Association of Wisconsin will hold it's 2014 Hall of Fame Banquet at Serb Hall, So. 51st Blvd and Oklahoma Ave. in Milwaukee on Sunday, November 2. Social hour will take place from 4:30-6pm, with the dinner and program to follow, Tickets are $20 and can be purchase by contacting me or Greg Ebbert at gregebbert@msn.com.

 

Questions?????

 

Don't hesitate in contacting me via e-mail at RICKIU76@aol.com, or calling me at 414-322-4997. Hope to see you at the events!!!
499
B. Nowlin
10-05-2014
02:39 PM ET (US)
Within 24 hours of my first solicitation, we had authors for half the games in
this book. In the several days since, we have many more.

There are still games (and some very interesting games) yet to be claimed.

The list follows. Please write me directly if you'd like to take on one of
these.



June 16, 1919 - Tom Hughes no-hitter


June 22, 1917 – last home game in which Hank Gowdy played before becoming the
first MLB player to enlist in the service for WWII (he played five games in
Brooklyn after this)


May 7, 1918 - Braves 16, Brooklyn 0 - biggest Braves win by a shutout in Braves
Field history


September 2, 1918 - last games (doubleheader) before season ends due to WWI


April 11, 1925 – the first Red Sox-Braves contest at Braves Field (a Boston
preseason City Series game)


December 9, 1925 - Chicago Bears vs. Providence Steamrollers (National Football
League)


October 9, 1926 - Boston Bull Dogs vs. New York Yankees (American Football
League)


June 2, 1928 - Les Bell hit three HRs in game


September 15, 1928 - the final one of 9 consecutive doubleheaders (the team
played five other DH in September). The Braves won the first game, one of only
four of the 18 wins in the stretch.


May 5, 1929 - first regular-season Braves game on Sunday in Boston; Braves lost
and had triple play pulled against them


July 13, 1930 - a game forced to end by 6 PM Sunday curfew. Maranville extends
time by fouling off pitch after pitch, so the four runs the Cubs score in the
top of the ninth (to take the lead) do not count.


September 23, 1931 - Boston City Unemployment Fund benefit game


October 9, 1932 - Boston Braves (NFL) 14, New York Giants 6 (Braves/Redskins
first-ever NFL victory)


September 7, 1941 - Braves 17, Phillies 6 and then Braves 10, Phillies 1 - for a
day's total of 27-7


October 7, 1948 – Game Two of the 1948 World Series


August 11, 1950 - Vern Bickford no-hitter


That's it. Hope to hear from you all. Thanks!
498
B Nowlin
10-03-2014
08:07 AM ET (US)
In 2015, Boston's baseball fans will have the unique opportunity of celebrating
the city's second 100th ballpark anniversary. A little over three years after
the inaugural game at Fenway Park, the Hub's National League franchise Boston
Braves opened the gates for the first time to Braves Field, then described as
the "Largest Ball Ground in the World." Almost a century later, significant
original pieces of the defunct ballpark -- the main gate/administration building
and a large portion of the right field pavilion-- remain standing, reminding
passers-by that the site was once the "Home of the Braves."

The Braves in 1915 were the reigning World Champions, and they had borrowed the
larger capacity Fenway Park during the 1914 World Series. Once Braves Field was
built, it was larger than Fenway and the Red Sox played the 1915 World Series
and the 1916 World Series at brand-new Braves Field.

The goal will to write up some 50 or so of The Most Memorable Games at Braves
Field. We're seeking authors for a select list of games.

This effort is launched to help stimulate further interest in SABR's Games
Project, and will join two previously-announced books on old Tiger Stadium and
The 50 Greatest Games of the Montreal Expos.

Some of the games seeking authors include the following:

7-Sep-41 Braves 17, Phillies 6 and then Braves 10, Phillies 1 - for a day's
total of 27-7
13-May-42 Jim Tobin hits 3 homers in one game, narrowly misses fourth
    
19-Jun-42 Paul Waner collects his 3,000th career hit
     
14-Jul-43 Boston Braves 16, Boston Coast Guard 5 - in-season wartime
exhibition game
27-Apr-44 Jim Tobin throws no-hitter
22-Jun-44 Jim Tobin throws another no-hitter, in five-inning game
     
6-Jul-45 Tommy Holmes breaks NL hitting streak record with great
doubleheader
13-Aug-45 Kansas City Monarchs 11, Boston Navy Yard 1 - "the first
floodlight baseball game ever played at Braves Field" (Herald, August 14, 1945)
Turnout: 4,518. Satchel Paige was expected to appear, but failed to appear.
“The tremendous speed of the Negro team and their terrific hitting against two
Navy Yard pitchers gave the crowd plenty of thrills, despite the failure of the
highly publicized Satchell Paige to appear.”

Please contact me for the complete list of available games. I hope you'll sign
up for one or two games.

Bill Nowlin
497
Leslie Heaphy
09-26-2014
04:39 PM ET (US)
The Women in Baseball Committee is working on a book project on the Colorado
Silver Bullets and we are in need of some additional authors. This is a really
neat project because the subject is fairly recent (1990s) with most of the
players still alive and therefore able to be interviewed which is exciting.
These ladies are generally happy to talk with researchers and this makes the
research exciting. If you are interested in writing please send the name of the
player with your own information to Leslie Heaphy at lheaphy@kent.edu. The
deadlines for drafts will be in 2015 so there is plenty of time for people to
work on their pieces. See the list below and we look forward to welcoming you
to this project.
Aquilar, Marcie
 Amado, Jeanette
Burnham, Elizabeth
Charpia, Billie Jo
Clark, KC
Cole, Amy
 Conro, Pam
 Coughenour, Cara
Cress, Missy
 Dalton-Hill, Jenny
 Davis, Pam
 Delloso, Michele
 Dufficy, Pat
 Espinosa, Wendy
 Geatches, Allison
 Gouthro, Laurie
 Heisler, Toni
 Henry, Jenifer
 Ivie, Tamara
 Kimberling, Shannon
 Kroemer, Joy
 Kropke, Keri
 Martinez, Lisa
 McAnany, Michele
 McCann, Rachelle
 Mitchem, Shannan
 Monge, Christine
 Morton, Kathy
 Radaker, Melissa
 Rose, Laura
 Shepard, Laurie
 Sloan, Shae
 Spitaleri, Camille
 Sroczynski, Deb
 Wiley, Charlotte
 Williams, Ann
 Williams, Julie

Coaches
 Bumbry, Al
 Crabbe, Bruce
 Szekely, Joe
 
Thanks in advance!!
Leslie Heaphy, Chair WIBC and Book editor
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Bill Knowlin
09-15-2014
03:36 PM ET (US)
With my submission to Jan Finkel today of a biography of Ike Boone, I believe
(once the past several bios work their way through fact-checking and the editing
process) that we now have a completed quarter-century of Red Sox biographies.
That is to say, we have a bio for everyone who played - even for just one game -
on every Red Sox club from 1901 through 1925.

Three of the years have been offered in book form, with books on the 1901 Boston
Americans, the 1912 Red Sox, and the 1918 Red Sox. Now we have biographies for
everyone else, too.
494
Bill Knowlin
09-09-2014
07:42 PM ET (US)
We need 11 more biographers for a BioProject "team book" on the Whiz Kids, the
1950 Phillies. These are the players for whom we need biographers.

The book is being edited by Paul Rogers and Ed Veit. You can contact me if you
would like to explore taking on one of these men.

Jimmy Bloodworth
Willie "Puddin' Head" Jones
Steve Ridzik
Jackie Mayo
Paul Stuffel
Ken Heintzelman
Ken Johnson
Stan Hollmig
Jocko Thompson
Dusty Cooke (Coach)
Milo Candini


Thanks!

Bill Nowlin
493
Mark Armour
09-09-2014
07:41 PM ET (US)
Greetings biographers,

It has been a while since I checked in. I was glad to see many of you at the
recent (not that recent) SABR convention in Houston. We had our usual somewhat
uneventful (but hopefully helpful and/or interesting) meeting on opening day.

One of the things I do at our annual meeting every year is to report on
progress. One can judge "progress" in many ways, but I generally employ two:
quantitative (we published 336 articles last year), and qualitative (our new
fact-checking system is in place and going well). We also talk about that
various initiatives that we have begun or someone is thinking of beginning. We
started the Games Project last year, and it is now a very successful project in
its own right.

When this project started (ugh, more than 12 years ago) I said that I wanted us
to write a bio on every player who ever played in the major leagues.
Pie-in-the-sky? Sure, but it seemed more inspiring than "write lots of
biographies." When I was an active baseball card collector, I wanted to collect
the entire set, not just "lots of them."

Although our project does other bios (Negro Leaguers, interesting minor league
players, women players, umpires, etc.), most of our biographies (86.5%) are on
people who played in the major leagues. Though we will continue to encourage
all biographies, it is worth checking on how we are doing on our original goal.

Though we have encouraged and supported many book projects (25 published so far,
and another dozen or so in progress), I confess that my enthusiasm for them
tends to depend on how many "new" biographies there are. I was approached by
someone at the convention about the idea of a 1965 Giants, a star-filled team if
there ever was one. Unfortunately, all of the good players have been done
already. So the book would be 15 new bios of more obscure players, and 25
"revised" bios. This is becoming more and more of a problem for any new book,
especially in the 1950-1975 period.

So how are we doing on our goal of writing a bio on every major league player?

* Eligible players include anyone who has not played since 2007 (since we have a
six-year rule like the Hall of Fame). There are 15,691 eligible players right
now. (And another 200 added every year).

* Today we will publish our 2500th major league player! (Appropriately, this
player is Bert Yeabsley.) So we have done 16% of them. Not bad. We are doing
300 or so new ones a year, and there are 200 newly eligible bios, so we are
catching up. Its a hill to climb.

* Generally speaking, the better the player the more likely he has been done.
We have 70% of the Hall of Fame, and more than half the "name" players in
general.

* Our strongest era is the mid-20th century. We have 25% of all players who
started their careers between 1930 and 1970. Combining these last two, if you
find an unwritten (or unassigned) star from the 1960s, you will have look around
for a while.

Anachronism: No one has written Ernie Banks, one of the more beloved players
from the most covered area in our history. Not only that, but in 12 years he
has never been assigned. (We get a lot of assignments that never get done.) I
do not know why this is.

* Our weakest era is players who debuted after 1970. This makes sense given the
SABR demographic, but there has not yet been a groundswell for players who
played in the 1980s. (Just 3% of 1980s debuts are done.) Lots of good stories
there, and most of them are still around to tell you about them.

Conclusions:
1. Keep doing what you are doing -- it is all valuable and you should follow
your own muse.
2. If your muse happens to be the 1985 Royals that would be swell.

Take care,
Mark Armour
492
Old Timers
08-30-2014
08:25 AM ET (US)


The final Old Time Ballplayers game is our HOF Induction ceremony at Miller Park home plate on Friday, September 5. Don't be disappointed, order your tickets in advance to see the Cardinals and save money using your half price coupons.




Go Brewers!!!

 

A reminder to notify us of address and email changes.





Announcing HOF Banquet Date
 
The Old Time Ballplayers Hall of Fame banquet will be held at American Serb Hall on Sunday, November 2, 2014 6:00 p.m. It's a bye week for the Packers so reserve the date for the banquet. The membership mailing will be sent in September and will include details on ordering tickets. Banquet tickets are $20.00.
 




2014 HOF Class
 
The 2014 HOF class announced by the Old Time Ballplayers includes former UW Madison star and major leaguer Greg Mahlberg; another UW Madison star and minor leaguer Ron Barbian; former Parkside star and minor league pitcher Jamey Oberbruner along with his dad the late Ken "Red" Oberbruner a hall of fame coach at Milton and Parkside; and former Falk manager Jim Andrews.
 



The Ray Schuster Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Greg Ebbert, current Old Time Ballplayers' Executive Director, player and manager for the Langsdorf Orioles and the Thiensville-Mequon Twins of the Land O' Lakes.
 



The honorees will be inducted on September 5th prior to the Brewers game. The HOF banquet will take place November 2nd at Serb Hall.
 




Dick Falk High School
 
Player of the Year
 
The Dick Falk High School Player of the Year Award will be presented to Elijah Goodman of summer state champion Brookfield Central High School. Elijah will play ball next season for the UW Milwaukee Panthers.
 




Lakeshore Chinooks Named #1 in the Country by Perfect Game
 
Our good friends at the Chinooks were recently named as the number one team in the country by Perfect Game, the largest amateur baseball scouting service. The Chinooks were picked as the top organization from over fifty sanctioned collegiate summer baseball leagues.
 
 
 
The Chinooks, in only their third year, recently won the 2014 Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series Championship.
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