BY BILL DEANE
Not many people are thinking about baseball in late January, with snow piled on the ground, basketball and hockey seasons in full swing, and football’s Super Bowl less than a week away.
But more than 20 baseball enthusiasts gathered at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Bullpen Theatre on Jan. 29, to participate in the second annual “SABR Day.’’
SABR (pronounced “saber’’), an acronym for the Society for American Baseball Research, was founded in Cooperstown on Aug. 10, 1971.
Cliff Kachline, historian of the Baseball Hall of Fame at the time, hosted a gathering of 16 serious baseball fans and historians at the National Baseball Library on that day, and an organization was formed.
As it approaches its 40th anniversary, SABR boasts nearly 7,000 members worldwide, with more than 50 local chapters in North America, Europe and Asia. SABR has had 39 annual conventions throughout the U.S. and Canada, and produced scores of publications.
SABR Day was conceived as a day for all local chapters to meet for a “hot stove’’ gathering, helping diehard baseball fans make it through the long winter.
After many informal gatherings over the years, the Utica-Cooperstown SABR chapter was formally organized in 2000, with Cliff Kachline still a vital presence. After Cliff’s death on June 28, 2010, the chapter was renamed in his honor.
The Jan. 29 local meeting was to include video-conferencing with two other SABR groups. Technical difficulties cut off the Cleveland connection, but Cooperstown was hooked up with San Francisco for nearly two hours.
A tour guide for the San Francisco Giants gave locals a virtual tour of AT&T Park, and shared a highlight video of the 2010 World Series, during which the Giants defeated the Texas Rangers for the world championship.
Afterward, Hall of Fame education program staffers Anna Wade and Julie Wilson, along with Librarian Jim Gates, shared World Series and Giants’ artifacts and displays with the San Francisco group.
Before the interactive program, the Kachline chapter had brief presentations by several of its members. Dick Hunt of Clinton, (president of the chapter) and Cooperstown organizer Jeff Katz discussed the chapter and the day’s agenda.
Peter Henrici spoke about quirks in early Hall of Fame voting, and noted that it was the 75th anniversary of the very first Hall election.
Rich Cohen of Hamilton spoke about former Giants’ owner Peter McGowan, who gave great cooperation in various events to honor 1904-14 Giants’ pitcher and Hamilton native Hooks Wiltse.
Jim Gates talked about various projects and events involving both SABR and the Hall. I delivered a challenging trivia quiz created by “Horsehide Trivia’’ quiz-master Scott Brandon for the occasion.
The Cliff Kachline chapter meets three or four times a year, and visitors are welcome. The next meeting is set for Sunday, July 24, Hall of Fame Induction day, at 6:30 p.m.
at Tillapaugh’s Funeral Home in Cooperstown. For further information about the local group, contact Jeff Katz at JKKatz@stny.rr.com; and about the organization itself, visit the website at SABR.org.
BILL DEANE is a Cooperstown resident and longtime SABR member.
BY BILL DEANE
- Local Sports
Chase finding nets for Morrisville|
A year later, Jake Chase is still humble about 'the goal.'Continued ...
Hawkeyes swim team deep, fast
With a big returning class of strong swimmers, a big new turnout and senior Aaron Idelson on the diving board, this should be a big season for the Cooperstown boys swim team.Continued ...
HOF ballots for 2014 mailed
The 2014 Hall of Fame ballots have been sent out.Continued ...
Autumn Glory Exhibit open
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown has unveiled its new "Autumn Glory" exhibit, which honors the World Series championship of the 2013 Boston Red Sox.Continued ...
Caroline Leonard started her sophomore volleyball season Monday with 16 kills, leading Cooperstown to a 3-1 non-league victory over visiting Owen D. Young in the season opener for both teams.Continued ...
- Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Despite tournament loss, Wildcat girls look strong
Despite a 21-point loss to Harpursville in the finals of the Anton Remy Jr. Basketball Tournament on Saturday, the Wildcat girls are ready for a good season.Continued ...
Championship fever in Milford goes beyond Remy title
For Milford's boys, the Anton Remy Jr. Tournament title is only the beginning. "We want to win the Tri-Valley title and the Section Four title," junior point guard Will Ward said Saturday after the Wildcats took apart Franklin, 52-25, in the Remy finals.Continued ...
Volleyball team hopes to spike competition
Cooperstown has gotten used to volleyball success under Rich Jantzi, and it looks like CCS will prove themselves on the court again this year.Continued ...
CV-S wins consolation games at Remy
Wyatt Crowley scored a game-high 19 points and had eight assists to lead Cherry-Valley Springfield to a consolation victory in the Anton Remy Tournament at Milford.Continued ...
- Friday, November 22, 2013
At Franklin, Beers hoping for one more run
She doesn't play sports for an Otsego County school, but everyone in the Tri-Valley League knows about Franklin's Jordan Beers.Continued ...
- Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wehner always a winner
Former Cooperstown star Jen Wehner's basketball career has been about the transition game. Now she is transitioning into college coaching.Continued ...
Remy tournament begins tonight
Milford's Anton Remy tournament is back for its second year in its current form with eight varsity games over three days.Continued ...
Cooperstown football players get awards
The Friends of Football group has awarded four Cooperstown players with their CCS Hawkeye Helmet Iron Man Award.Continued ...
- Thursday, November 14, 2013
Please Click Here
CORRECTION: The National Baseball Hall of Fame will be hosting an open house for Otsego County Residents on Nov. 19.Continued ...
Pesticides benched at Doubleday Field
What began last year as an effort to reduce reliance on the application of synthetic pesticides at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown succeeded this year in eliminating use of the toxic herbicides and pesticides altogether, village Mayor Jeff Katz said Sunday.Continued ...
Milford falls to Tornadoes
NORWICH -- Poland left no doubt which team was the defending Class D girls soccer state champion Saturday at Norwich High.Continued ...
Ratliff, Fanion place at states
Cooperstown's Kristin Ratliff and Samantha Fanion placed 14th and 19th, respectively, among Class C runners in the state cross-country meet Saturday at Queensbury.Continued ...
Hall of Fame announces Expansion Era ballot
The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Monday the names that will be considered on the Expansion Era ballot for 2014 induction.Continued ...
- Thursday, November 7, 2013
Borgstrom wins Class C diving title
Cooperstown diver Catherine Borgstrom won the Section Three Class C title on Saturday at Jamesville-DeWitt.Continued ...
Ratlif, Fanion make state meet
Cooperstown's Kristin Ratliff and Samantha Fanion qualified for the state cross country meet with top-five finishes during the Section Three Championships, which ran Saturday at Jamesville Beach State Park.Continued ...
- Chase finding nets for Morrisville|