I’ll Take SWORDS For $400: SABR San Diego-Ted Williams Chapter Winter Meeting

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Last week, Padres Trail wrote a preview of the San Diego SABR Winter Meeting that took place on Saturday. Unfortunately, he was unable to make it, because he was busy on the Eastern seaboard getting flights canceled and driving between airports to try and make connections.

Lucky for you, I was able to go, as all San Diego SABR meetings are free to the general public.

It was held in the auditorium at the new Central Library downtown. I’ve been to the new library once before and visited the SABR collection off of the 8th floor reading room. If you haven’t been yet, I recommend it. It’s quite impressive. And is only going to get more impressive.

SABR Baseball Research Center

The Baseball Archive of William J. Weiss is being added to the Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center at the San Diego Public Library’s new Central Library. Mark Macrae told those in attendance a little history of Bill Weiss and the sheer volume of baseball publications and memorabilia he had collected over the course of his life. Macrae was a long-time friend of Weiss who was given control of Weiss’ collection a few years before Weiss died in 2011.

Doug Harvey

John Freeman and Richard Lister talked about their part in creating a new book from Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey titled, They Called Me God: The Best Umpire Who Ever Lived.

Harvey is a SDSU alum and a true baseball legend. Freeman and Lister shared some stories that will be in the book, and a couple that probably won’t be.

Mark Grant

Mudcat was next to speak. He shared stories of his playing days and his broadcasting experiences. He’s just as funny off of the air as he is on it.

Pacific Coast League

Andy McCue, author of the upcoming book, Mover and Shaker: Walter O’Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball’s Westward Expansion, spoke about the Pacific Coast League’s attempts to make themselves into a major league on the West Coast. Only to have their hopes dashed when the Dodgers and Giants moved out west.

Tribute to Jerry Coleman

Andy Strasberg closed out the meeting with a tribute to Jerry Coleman. He told a couple of stories about Strasberg’s time with the Padres when he got to know Jerry as a friend.


Finally, I went up to the 8th floor once more with Geoff Young, who sneaked into the meeting late. And I convinced him to take this picture:

If you look closely, you’ll see a few volumes of the Ducksnorts Baseball Annual on the second shelf. I just blew your freakin’ minds! INCEPTION!



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