Talkin’ Baseball

Since 1999, the Bob Davids Chapter of SABR has held small monthly get-togethers in Columbia, Maryland. Starting in 2001, these meetings frequently included a presentation by an author or filmmaker discussing their baseball-related  work. The list of past meetings and topics is below.

For information on the next scheduled meeting, please see our events list.

Date Attendance Speaker Topic
April 10, 1999 first meeting
May 8, 1999 8 none
June 12, 1999 5 none
July 10, 1999 4 none
Aug. 14, 1999 7 none
Sept 11, 1999 3 none
Oct 9, 1999 4 none
Nov 13, 1999 3 none
Dec 11, 1999 3 none
Jan 7, 2000 7 none
Feb 12, 2000 11 none
March 11, 2000 15 none
April 8, 1999 9 David Pugh The Book of Baltimore Orioles Lists
May 13, 2000 11 none
June 10, 2000 8 none
July 8, 2000 15 Fred Stein 3 books re New York Giants
Aug 12, 2000 8 Stephen Norwood Jewish role in breaking baseball’s color line
Sept 9, 2000 14 Ron Gabriel Goodwin’s Wait Till Next Year; Brooklyn Dodgers
Oct 14, 2000 11 Ted Patterson Orioles books
Nov 11, 2000 10 none
Dec 9, 2000 13 none
Jan 13, 2001 11 George Hilton research on Ring W. Lardner
Feb 10, 2001 10 John Holway baseball astrology and Negro leagues
March 10, 2001 [I was absent]
April 14, 2001 22 Chris Kahrl & Clay Davenport Baseball Prospectus 2001
May 12, 2001 19 Burt Solomon Where They Ain’t
June 9, 2001 Ernestine Miller The Babe Book
Greg Schwalenberg Babe Ruth Museum
July 7, 2001 15 Jeff Campbell baseball songs
Aug 11, 2001 12 Bill Mead St. Louis Browns
Sept 8, 2001 Bruce Adams Povich Field
Oct 13, 2001 12 James C. Roberts Hardball on the Hill
Nov 10, 2001 15 Skip McAfee baseball quotations
Dec 8, 2001 Jeff Stuart Twilight Teams
Jan 12, 2002 22 Paul Dickson The Joy of Keeping Score
Feb 9, 2002 14 Barbara Oremland African-American baseball in Louisville
March 9, 2002 13 Bill Gilbert several books he’s authored or co-authored
April 13, 2002 15 Jane Leavy Squeeze Play and Sandy Koufax
May 11, 2002 10 Bruce Adelson Brushing Back Jim Crow
June 8, 2002 11 Larry Moffi The Conscience of the Game (not yet published)
July 13, 2002 13 J. Thomas Hetrick> Chris Von der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns
Aug 10, 2002 10 David Zang Fleet Walker’s Divided Heart
Sept 14, 2002 12 George Hilton Bobo Holloman’s 1953 no-hitter
Oct 12, 2002 12 Mark Pattison & David Raglin Detroit Tigers Lists and More
Nov 9, 2002 21 Frank Ceresi Baseball in Washington, D.C.
Dec 14, 2002 13 Roger Launius Seasons in the Sun
Jan 11, 2003 14 Jim Burgess Negro Leagues Baseball Living Legends
Feb 8, 2003 20 Neal Conan Play by Play
March 8, 2003 15 Jerry Casway Ed Delahanty in the Emerald Age of Baseball
April 12, 2003 9 Dana Burton former general manager of Baltimore Pride
May 10, 2003 15 Jim Elfers The Tour to End all Tours
June 14, 2003 16 Michelle Green A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanuts” Johnson
July 19, 2003 9 Dean Sullivan Early Innings
Aug 9, 2003 16 Ernest Green The Diamonds of Dixie
Sept 13, 2003 15 John Holway Ted (re Ted Williams)
Oct 11, 2003 14 Rebecca Kraus Minor League Baseball
Nov 8, 2003 14 Brad Snyder Beyond the Shadow of the Senators
Dec 13, 2003 13 Fred Stein And the Skipper Bats Cleanup
Jan 10, 2004 13 Jay Roberts Weblogs
Feb 14, 2004 20 Thom Loverro Home of the Game
March 13, 2004 23 D. Bruce Brown The history of baseball cards
April 10, 2004 17 Dick Heller Washington Times sportswriter
May 8, 2004 19 Stefan Fatsis Wild and Outside
June 12, 2004 13 J. Thomas Hetrick Misfits! The Cleveland Spiders in 1899
July 10, 2004 13 Neil Lanctot Negro League Baseball
Aug 14, 2004 17 Tim Wendel The New Face of Baseball
Sept 11, 2004 13 David Wiggins The Unlevel Playing Field
Oct 9, 2004 20 George Hilton origin of the Cubs/White Sox dichotomy in Chicago
Nov 13, 2004 17 Phil Wood baseball in Washington, D.C.
Dec 11, 2004 16 Ron Menchine Washington Nationals; baseball broadcasting
Jan 8, 2005 24 Tim Kurkjian America’s Game
Feb 12, 2005 14 Dean Sullivan Middle Innings; 1903 World Series
March 12, 2005 14 Dave Elfin The Ultimate Washington Baseball Trivia Book
April 9, 2005 15 Don Jensen The Timeline History of Baseball
May 14, 2005 20 C. Norman Willis Washington Senators’ All-Time Greats
June 11, 2005 27 Cheryl Robinson The Forgotten Negro League Stars: A Personal Look at Al Burrows
July 9, 2005 8 Stephen Borelli How About That! The Life of Mel Allen
Aug 13, 2005 18 Al Derwent Washington Senators bat boy reminiscences
Tim Wiles Line Drives; and “Casey at the Bat” rendition
Sept 10, 2005 14 Phil Wood Nationals on Parade
Oct 8, 2005 9 Bob Luke Dean of Umpires: A Biography of Bill McGowan, 1896-1954
Nov 12, 2005 12 Tim Gay Tris Speaker: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Baseball Legend
Dec 10, 2005 12 Mark Hyman Confessions of a Baseball Purist
Jan 14, 2006 12 none
Feb 11, 2006 8 Clay Davenport Baseball Between the Lines
March 11, 2006 11 David Kloser Stepping Up to the Plate
April 8, 2006 9 Frederic Frommer The Washington Nationals 1859 to Today
May 13, 2006 15 George Solomon Shirley Povich’s All Those Mornings … at the Post
Jun 10, 2006 10 Mark C. Zeigler Boys of the Blue Ridge
July 8, 2006 11 Steven Goldman Forging Genius: The Making of Casey Stengel
Aug 12, 2006 19 Charlie Vascellaro Hank Aaron: A Biography
Steve Steinberg Baseball in St. Louis, 1900-1925
Sept 9, 2006 8 Jerry Casway Ed Delahanty in the Emerald Age of Baseball
Oct 14, 2006 18 Fran Zimniuch Richie Ashburn Remembered
Mike O’Connor rookie Washington Nationals pitcher
Nov 4, 2006 10 Barry Sparks Frank “Home Run” Baker
Dec 9, 2006 17 Mark Millikin Jimmie Foxx: The Pride of Sudlersville
Jan 13, 2007 22 David Maraniss Clemente: The Passions and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero
Feb 10, 2007 17 Fred Glueckstein The ’27 Yankees
March 10, 2007 17 Ted Leavengood The 2005 Washington Nationals
April 7, 2007 10 Jeff Seidel Iron Man: Cal Ripken Jr., a Tribute
May 12, 2007 11 David Vincent Home Run: The Definitive History of Baseball’s Ultimate Weapon
June 9, 2007 11 John Eisenberg From 33rd Street to Camden Yards
July 14, 2007 13 Brad Snyder A Well-Paid Slave
Aug 11, 2007 20 Lee Lowenfish Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman
Sept 8, 2007 11 none
Oct 13, 2007 22 Tom Stanton Ty and the Babe
Nov 10, 2007 13 Fran Zimniuch Shortened Seasons
Dec 8, 2007 16 James R. Hartley Washington’s Expansion Senators (1961-1971)
Jan 11, 2008 15 Jack Smiles “Ee-Yah”: The Life and Times of Hughie Jennings
Feb 9, 2008 14 Bob Luke Willie Wells: “El Diablo” of the Negro Leagues
March 8, 2008 8 Clay Davenport Baseball Prospectus 2008
April 12, 2008 14 Willie Meaux and Feff Herberger The Game Comes Home (documentary)
May 10, 2008 12 Larry Moffi Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 1947-1959
June 14, 2008 10 Mark Pattison & Joe Haardt Baseball Survivor
July 12, 2008 12 Mark Millikin The Glory of the 1966 Orioles and Baltimore
Aug. 9, 2008 15 Ted Patterson The Golden Voices of Baseball
Sept. 6, 2008 12 Fran Zimniuch Going, Going, Gone!: The Art of the Trade
Oct. 11, 2008 17 Mitchell Nathanson The Fall of the 1977 Phillies
Nov. 8, 2008 14 Jeff Potter Whatever Happened to Baseball?
Dec. 13, 2008 18 John Holway Black Ball Tales
Jan. 10, 2009 18 Mark Pattison & David Raglin Sock It To ‘Em Tigers
Feb. 14, 2009 20 Fred Glueckstein Mickey Mantle: Rookie in Pinstripes
April 11, 2009 15 Dick Heller The 2009 Baseball Season
May 9, 2009 20 Fred Stein History of the Baseball Fan
June 13, 2009 16 Robert Goldman One Man Out: Curt Flood vs. Baseball
July 11, 2009 25 Steve Walker A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators
Aug. 8, 2009 14 Don Jensen The Timeline History of Baseball, 2nd Edition
Sep. 12, 2009 13 Paul Dixon & Skip McAfee The Baseball Encyclopedia, 3rd, Edition
Oct. 10, 2009 19 Lew Paper Don Larson’s Miraculous World Series Game
Nov. 14, 2009 21 Ted Leavengood Ted Williams and the 1969 Washington Senators
Dec. 12, 2009 17 David Vincent Home Runs’ Most Wanted
Jan. 9, 2010 18 Gary Sarnoff The Wrecking Crew of 1933
Feb. 20, 2010 17 Fran Zimniuch Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports
Mar. 13, 2010 17 Scott Price Heart of the Game
Apr. 10, 2010 17 Bill Lewers Six Decades of Baseball: A Personal Narrative
May 8, 2010 17 none
June 12, 2010 14 Charlie Brotman Baseball memorabilia and stories
July 10, 2010 18 Brett Abrams Capital Sporting Grounds
Aug. 14, 2010 16 Mark Hyman Until It Hurts
Sep. 11, 2010 13 Fran Zimniuch Fireman: The Evolution of the Closer in Baseball
Oct. 9, 2010 19 Mike Gesker Orioles Encyclopedia
Nov. 13, 2010 19 Mike Green Charley Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball’s Super Showman
Dec. 11, 2010 18 Warren Corbett The Wizard of Waxahachie: Paul Richard
Jan. 8, 2011 14 Steven Selzer Meet the Real Joe Black
Feb. 12, 2011 16 Jim Hartley Baseball is Back: The Washington Nationals 2005 Innaugural Season
Mar. 12, 2011 15 Jeff Stuart Blue Mondays: The Long Goodbye of the Montreal Expos
Apr. 9, 2011 28 Jane Leavy The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood
May 14, 2011 22 Phil Hochberg re: Baseball announcing/announcers
June 11, 2011 14 Dave Zirin Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love
July 16, 2011 22 Neil Lanctot Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella
Aug 13, 2011 16 Austin Gisriel Safe at Home: A Season in the Valley
Sep 10, 2011 23 none
Oct 8, 2011 26 Fran Zimmiuch The New Frontier: The History of Baseball  Expansion
Nov 12, 2011 19 Tom Flynn Baseball in Baltimore
Dec 10, 2011 14 Ted Leavengood Clark Griffith: The Old Fox of Washington Baseball
Jan 14, 2012 24 Bob Luke The Most Famous Woman in Baseball: Effa Manley
Feb 11, 2012 29 Sean Forman baseball-reference.com
Mar 10, 2012 29 Jack Smiles Bucky Harris: A Biography of Baseball’s Boy Wonder
Apr 14, 2012 17 Robert Savitt History of the Blue Ridge League Told Through Photographs
May 12, 2012 16 Steven Goldman Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers
June 9, 2012 26 Paul Dickson Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick
July 14, 2012 23 Bill Gilbert Now Pitching, Bob Feller
Aug 11, 2012 17 James Hawking Strikeout: Baseball, Broadway, and the Brotherhood in the 19th Century
Sep 8, 2012 13 David B. Stinson Deadball: A Metaphysical Baseball Novel
Oct 13, 2012 17 Tim Gay Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert
Nov 10, 2012 17 Tim Wendel Summer of ’68
Dec 1, 2012 20 William Blewett The Science of the Fastball
Jan 5, 2013 14 none
Feb 9, 2013 23 John Holway Baseball’s Biggest Miracle: The 1914 Boston Braves
Mar 2, 2013 21 Mark Pattison & Dave Raglin The 1984 Detroit Tigers