June 7th meeting canceled

I’m sorry to announce, that due to a lack of interest, the June 7th meeting at Tropicana Field is being canceled. We don’t want to impose on the Rays hospitality for the few people who committed to attend. We’ll try to get another meeting scheduled for the near future. Thank you.

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June 7th at Tropicana Field

The Auker-Seminick Chapter will meet at 11 am, at Tropicana Field on Saturday June 7th. The meeting will go until 2:30ish. After the meeting, the Rays take on the Mariners at 4 pm.

Retired major league umpire Jim McKeon has committed to attend the meeting as our special guest, unless ESPN calls him in to work for the network.

We have reached out to a member of the Rays coaching staff about attending and are awaiting his answer.

We will have a discussion on the “Five”. If you could put just five players in the Hall of Fame, who span major league history, who would they be. Or do we need more then five?

Also, if any member would like to talk about a current or recent project, please let me know.

Contact Rod Caborn at rcaborn@mac.com or Dave Larson at tazlarson@aol.com.

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Meeting At Tropicana Field

The Auker-Seminick Chapter will meet at Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, on Saturday, June 7th, 2012.

The meeting will be from 11 am to 2ish. We have contacted a member of the Rays coaching staff and a retired umpire about joining us at the meeting.

We will also have member presentations and a group discussion.

The Rays will take on the Mariners at 4:10 pm as we have a great day of baseball talk and action.

Watch for more details to be posted.

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New book Honoring Black Ball explores Negro Leagues

How would the great Negro Leaguers like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, and Oscar Charleston done in the majors?

The abilities of the Negro Leagues’ greatest players will always be a mystery because of the policy of segregation that MLB maintained until 1947. But the arguments and debate about how MLB history would have been impacted will always be a hot topic of discussion.

SABR member Bob May, in Honoring Black Ball, provides a fascinating insight into the Negro Leagues and its greatest players in Honoring Black Ball, recently published. More information about the book and May, who has employed baseball simulation games to recreate and explore the Negro Leagues, at: www.honoringblackball.com .

Negro League postage stamp

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SABR Day Event

The Auker-Seminick Chapter would like to invite Central Florida SABR members and friends to a group tour. SABR day is January 25th, 2014.

Let’s tour the St Petersburg Museum of History to see Schrader’s Little Cooperstown. This exhibit has over 4600 autographed baseballs plus many other exhibits on baseball.

You can also see a bit of the Tampa Bay area’s spring training history on display.

Let’s meet as a group at 10 am and tour together.

For more information on the museum and the exhibit, check out their website at:

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Chapter Meeting 12/7/2013

The Chapter will be meeting on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, at the St Cloud Public Library.

We are hoping to have two special guests at the meeting. One will be author Peter Golenbock. Peter is the author of numerous books on baseball history and never fails to entertain the group with his stories.

The other special guest has been contacted and we are awaiting a confirmation.

As always, we will presentations from chapter members and a group discussion.

We will also accept donations to cover expenses. We have previously read baseball books and other items that can be purchased to offset chapter expenses.

Contact Dave Larson at tazlarson@aol.com or Rod Caborn at rcaborn@mac.com for more information.

Watch for more details as we get closer to the meeting date.

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