The San Diego SABR chapter, also known as the Ted Williams Chapter, will host its next chapter meeting this Saturday at the Downtown Public Library.  Doors open at 0930, the program starts at 1000, and will run until 1245 or so. Admission is free and non-SABR members are invited as well.

If you haven’t been to the new library yet, two things you should know:

  1. There is parking below the library, and its free for the first two hours with validation.  I did not know this until 2 weeks ago.  You can validate your parking ticket at the main checkout counter – you’ll walk by it on your way to the meeting.
  2. The SD Public library hosts the Baseball Research Center on the eighth floor.  Lots of baseball books.  You might even find a couple written by our own Geoff Young.

We have several things on the docket for Saturday that you might find interesting, in no particular order.

Mark Grant is coming to talk about the 2014 Padres.  Mark’s off-air persona pretty well matches his on-air one, so this should be a treat to listen to.  Given that the Padres have become a sexy dark horse pick to make the playoffs, it promises to be entertaining hearing Mark’s analysis of the team headed to spring training.

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Friday night the Ted Williams (San Diego) Chapter of SABR hosted the Padres Memorable Moments event at the Scripps Ranch Library.  As you may remember from reading about it here and here, Bob Chandler was to call the memorable moments in the old-style of sound effects and ticker tape.

In the library auditorium a stage was set up. On the left was a desk with all the special effects Chandler would use – a pillow, bat, and wood block, an a microphone to broadcast the action. To the right, three sofa chairs were set up, where Chandler conducted interviews with participants in each event chronicled. Before the game started, Joe Rathburn warmed the crowd up with a medley of baseball songs, culminating with Centerfield (which happens to be a personal favorite).


Rathburn leading the ‘pregame’ (photo courtesy @Padres360)

Then the National Anthem was sung, and we were off.

Bob reprised nine events in Padres history (pictures and video):

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TW SABR logo 1We mentioned previously the Re-Creation night that our local SABR Chapter is putting on, sponsored by the Aramco Group.  Several more details have been released today.

First, the fine folks at Chubby’s Food Truck will be in the Scripps Ranch Library (10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego 92131) parking lot for those wanting to eat at the event.  Chubby’s serves a variety of burgers, sandwiches, wraps, Mexican food, and other fare for your culinary pleasure.  Their full menu can be found on their website.

Kurt Bevacqua and Steve Arlin will attend the event and are just two of the former Padres Bob Chandler will interview during the re-creation. Bevacqua, in parts of six seasons with the Padres (1979-80, 1982-85), hit .245/.331/.331 with 7 HR and 128 RBI, and played multiple positions including first base, second base, third base, left field, and right field.  He is perhaps best known for his hitting during the 1984 World Series, when he went .412/.444/.882 with 2 home runs, including the 3-run shot in Game 2 that secured the only World Series Game win in Padres history.

Arlin also spent six  seasons with the Padres (1969-1974), during which he went 32-62 for the club with a 4.33 ERA.  Arlin came closer than any other Padres pitcher to throwing a no-hitter, when his bid on 18 July 1972 against the Phillies was broken up with two out in the ninth inning.  He is the grandson of Harold Arlin, who called the first ever baseball game broadcast on radio.

Other Padre alumni scheduled to attend include:

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We are not in the breaking news business.  Except for today.

The San Diego Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Chapter (Ted Williams Chapter) will host a Padres Re-Creation Night on August 9th.  Several members of Padres Public are active members of the local SABR chapter. Specifics:

The Ted Williams Chapter will present a Radio Broadcast Re-creation on Friday, August 9th, starting at 5:45pm, hosted by the Scripps Ranch Library located at 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego and presented by the Aramco Group.  Doors to the Auditorium will open at 5:30pm.

Long-time Padres announcer and SABR member Bob Chandler will call the action. Chandler will describe the Padres memorable moment in the grand tradition of those announcers who created the game from ticker tape reports and their imagination.  He will re-create nine memorable moments from Padres history.  Chandler’s half-inning re-creation of the events ‘in-studio’ will include sound effects, vivid descriptions, and interviews during each half-inning with Padres luminaries of yesterday.

The re-creation will be broadcast live on XEPE-AM 1700 and City TV within the San Diego city limits (Ch. 24 on Cox and Time Warner; Ch. 99 on AT&T U-Verse).

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased via multiple means:

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Did you miss the Fan Fest Garage Sale? Did you wander by but found the relative scarcity of memorabilia items there depressing?  Well, fret not.


Among my many other interests (bee hunting, obscure team hat wearing, beer drinking, etc) I am a member of the Society of American Baseball Research, and a part of the San Diego Chapter.  This coming Saturday the Chapter will be holding a baseball memorabilia ‘Garage’ sale at the San Diego Hall of Champions (Balboa Park).

What’s being offered?  Not much – just:

  • vintage trading cards
  • media guides
  • pins
  • ticket stubs for significant games in Padres history
  • autographs
  • posters
  • books, books, and more books.  Oh, so many books.
  • and MORE!

We’ll be there with the piece of Padres history you didn’t know you needed but suddenly can’t live without from 9am – 12pm (0900-1200 for you current/former military folks amongst us).

When you decide you’re ready to purchase that special item, please:  Cash or Personal Checks only will be accepted.  It is a garage sale, after all.

I look forward to seeing you there.  I call dibs on the World Series Press Pins.

Mike mostly monitors the Padres from the safety of his own couch.  Follow the madness @Padres_Trail.