Saturday, January 26, 2019

2019 SABR Day - Annual Meeting of the Casey Stengel Chapter

Today's panel (L to R) - Art Shamsky, Ira Berkow
Kristie Ackert, and Wayne Coffey

The fourth Saturday is SABR Day when each local chapter holds its annual meeting.  This year the local Casey Stengel Chapter held the gathering at Scandinavia House, the Scandinavian Foundation's Cultural Center.  In previous years the meeting was held at the New York Public Library.  Over 100 people attended.

The main program was "Celebrating the 1969 'Miracle Mets' and Fast Forwarding to the 2019 Team"  Each panelist spoke about their experiences with the 1969 Mets.  Kristie Ackert, a reporter with the Daily News discussed the transactions the team made in the off-season.  Art Shamsky and Wayne Coffey wrote books about the team that will be published in March.

After lunch, Eric Weiss ran his annual trivia contest.  I didn't do very well as I got only 5 out of the 30 questions right.

Since 2019 is the 80th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame, its president Jeff Idelson gave a talk highlighting its history.  He showed a film that is given to visitors featuring interviews with some of the Hall of Famers.

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