Mid-Summer Meeting


This Saturday (9 August) the San Diego Ted Williams Chapter will host it’s summer shindig.  The meet (and greet) will be held at the SD Central Library, in the Baseball Research Center, located on the 8th floor of the building, from 1000-1230.  We have three main presentations on the agenda.

Alan Mindell will talk about his fictional baseball novel, The Closer.  The Closer chronicles a career minor league knuckle-balling relief pitcher who finally gets his chance at the majors, and makes an immediate impact both on the pitching mound and with a family in distress.  Alan’s an interesting dude; he played CF for three years at UC Berkeley, leading the team in hitting and stolen bases his junior year (which, if my math is correct, was around 1963).  He was good enough to win a try out with the Los Angeles Angels, but wasn’t quite good enough to make professional baseball a career.

Alan has discovered a latent sprinting skill, and used it to win 4 gold medals at the 2012 San Diego Senior Olympics.  You can read more about the author and his book here.

David Kinney has a presentation on the latest cool items contained in the Bill Weiss Collection.  David likens opening a new box of baseball artifacts to the feeling he gets seeing presents on Christmas Morning.  As you know, the Weiss Collection was donated to the Baseball Research Center about 12 months ago, and the Chapter continues to diligently inventory each box, cataloging its contents.  The cartons are full of surprises and fascinating pieces of baseball history. David’s presentation will highlight a few of the items, many of which most people will have never seen before.

In the past we’ve had members of the Padres front office, and other luminaries, come and talk about the team.  This year we thought we’d try something a little different.  The Chapter has invited a couple of folks from our Blogger community for a roundtable discussion on the Padres.  We’re excited to have Jodi Paranal from Gaslamp Ball, our own Geoff Young, and some other knucklehead on the panel. This is the first time we’re doing a panel made up of folks who follow the team closely but fall more on the fan side of the spectrum.  Bring your questions for what should be at at a minimum a fun discussion. It’s rumored Scott Dunsmore may lend his singular wit as well to the proceedings.

Don’t be.  We’re mostly harmless…

With the Padres out of town there will be plenty of parking around the library.  There’s also a small lot below the building (enter from 11th Street), and you can park for free for 2 hours with validation.  How do you validate?  There’s a self-serve machine at the book checkout counter on the first floor.  The library opens at 0930 and remains open until 1430.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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