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RE: SOMersCon NW debuts with a day of baseball, books and burgers
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Nitrous Oxide wrote:
Tall Tactician wrote:

Seajaw ... old school?  You're kidding me!  Seajaw???  The guy who does not believe in pitch counts, five man rotations or a bullpen?  The guy who believes "Moneyball" is near criminal and that if you can't bunt you should not be in the major leagues.  That guy -- you think he is old school?  Com'on, Terry.  Get with the 1900's.  biggrinbiggrin


 


Such stalwart defenders... wink



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Tall Tactician wrote:

Seajaw ... old school?  You're kidding me!  Seajaw???  The guy who does not believe in pitch counts, five man rotations or a bullpen?  The guy who believes "Moneyball" is near criminal and that if you can't bunt you should not be in the major leagues.  That guy -- you think he is old school?  Com'on, Terry.  Get with the 1900's.  biggrinbiggrin


 I suspect Jeff may have actually learned his baseball during the 1800s. biggrin Dont forget that each team must use the squeeze play at least once in each game!



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TerryB wrote:
Tall Tactician wrote:

Seajaw ... old school?  You're kidding me!  Seajaw???  The guy who does not believe in pitch counts, five man rotations or a bullpen?  The guy who believes "Moneyball" is near criminal and that if you can't bunt you should not be in the major leagues.  That guy -- you think he is old school?  Com'on, Terry.  Get with the 1900's.  biggrinbiggrin


 I suspect Jeff may have actually learned his baseball during the 1800s. biggrin Dont forget that each team must use the squeeze play at least once in each game!


It's not like we've been beating anyone up with the modern approach! biggrin

If you're not hitting, not driving in runs, use what other means you have at your disposal.

Ya never know... 



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We weren't able to bring the group together today for a larger gathering, but I was happy to be able to entertain visitors from the East -- chip71bucs and Mrs. Chip, Roz -- who were out this way to visit their son, who had just returned to Everett, WA, from a deployment on the USS Nimitz.

Chip and Roz rode the public transit down here, whereupon we chowed down at the local Five Guys Burgers and Fries (I'm still waiting for at least a free burger for all these plugs).

After that, I was fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to show off the Strat Cave.

We chatted for several hours, until it was time to ride with them back up to Everett (they are returning to Pennsylvania Friday).  I'm sure I probably talked too much (not unusual), and I hope that won't keep them away in the future.

And, next time, I won't forget to grab the camera and get a pic.

I was assured that our local folks handled the Super Bowl and subsequent celebration well (for the relative rookies that we are).

I did impart that you folks in that region need to get together and form a SOMers Steel City chapter. wink

It seems that we have at least three or four members from that neck of the woods.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.



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good stuff seajaw . It's nice that guys can get together thru a forum like this , when we are in each other's neck of the woods

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It was an enjoyable day spent with a very nice guy. If the kids stay out here, we'll definitely visit again. Thanks for having us.



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chip71bucs wrote:

It was an enjoyable day spent with a very nice guy. If the kids stay out here, we'll definitely visit again. Thanks for having us.


It was a great time, and it went by way too fast.

Thanks for visiting. 



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stargell8 wrote:

good stuff seajaw . It's nice that guys can get together thru a forum like this , when we are in each other's neck of the woods


Thanks.

Being able to get together like this is great.

I expect to start hearing from the Steel City Chapter soon. wink



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Hopefully my stop in Seattle this August doesn't get messed up. The mods need to have a face to face meeting.biggrin

That is great you guys were able to meet up!



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Hopefully my stop in Seattle this August doesn't get messed up. The mods need to have a face to face meeting.biggrin

That is great you guys were able to meet up!


Let me know when you'll be here.

Maybe we can get the rest of the NW gang together and take in a Mariners' game.  They might just be a little better this year.



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seajaw wrote:
Nitrous Oxide wrote:

Hopefully my stop in Seattle this August doesn't get messed up. The mods need to have a face to face meeting.biggrin

That is great you guys were able to meet up!


Let me know when you'll be here.

Maybe we can get the rest of the NW gang together and take in a Mariners' game.  They might just be a little better this year.


 Just as long as it is not a coup d'eta!  I hope it comes off and you have a great time!



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Tall Tactician wrote:
seajaw wrote:
Nitrous Oxide wrote:

Hopefully my stop in Seattle this August doesn't get messed up. The mods need to have a face to face meeting.biggrin

That is great you guys were able to meet up!


Let me know when you'll be here.

Maybe we can get the rest of the NW gang together and take in a Mariners' game.  They might just be a little better this year.


 Just as long as it is not a coup d'eta!  I hope it comes off and you have a great time!


Join us, if you can.  It would be cool to get the whole "Mod Squad" together. biggrin 



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More burgers!  More books!  The Friends of the Seattle Public Library Book Sale (now -- sadly -- a one-per-year event) started Friday night, as the SOMersNW chapter got together once again.

This time, there was a special extra event on the schedule: a trip to the Pitch Black exhibit, featuring the history of Black baseball in the Pacific Northwest.

True, unfortunately, there isn't a lot to tell.  But it was an interesting exhibit nonetheless.

The Seattle Steelheads played most of one season -- 1946 -- in what was called the West Coast Negro Baseball League.  The Steelheads were actually the Harlem Globetrotters baseball team previously, owned by Abe Saperstein.

They played in Sick's Stadium, which was also the home the Pacific Coast League Seattle Rainiers and -- later -- the Seattle Pilots.

There were other semi-pro and amateur teams, and even a women's softball team called the Owls, a club that played in the 1930's.  They have one of the original Owls' uniforms on display.

One other item on display was awfully familiar: a poster the Mariners gave away at a Salute to the Negro Leagues promotion back in 1995.  The Mariners wore Steelhead jerseys, and they also gave away Steelhead caps.

I managed to get about a dozen of the posters that night and still have them.  The poster features a team picture from the 1939 East-West All-Star Game.

A number of former Negro League players were in attendance, including one who actually played for the Steelheads: Sherwood Brewer.  Prior to the game, I was lucky to get my Steelheads hat signed by Brewer.

After we finished checking out the exhibit, we headed to the site of the book sale.  It may be that I already have everything (not really) but my haul was a little smaller than in previous years.  Even so, I did get six books to add to my library:

Ty and the Babe - Baseball's Fiercest Rivals: A Surprising Friendship and the 1941 Has-Beens Gold Championship, by Tom Stanton.

Never Just a Game - Players, Owners & American Baseball to 1920, by Robert F. Burk.

Season of '42 - Joe D., Teddy Ballgame, and Baseball's Fight to Survive a Turbulent First year of War, by Jack Cavanaugh.

Ninety Feet From Fame - Close Calls with Baseball Immortality, by Mike Robbins

Even the Browns - Baseball During World War II, by William B. Mead.

Shipwrecked - A Peoples' History of the Seattle Mariners, by Jon Wells.  TerryB's been trying to convince me for months to read this book, so I grabbed it.

I also have to thank TerryB for spotting Even the Browns, which I hadn't noticed previously.

stratfan70 found several books to his liking, and TerryB also grabbed a few, as well as some DVDs.

After that, it was of once again to our traditional post-sale haunt: Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

As always, the chatter was great.  I also had lots of stuff to show off from the time I have been spending on eBay.

I recently picked up a beautiful 1941 New York Yankees program and scorecard, and a scorecard from an old World War II Army vs. Navy All-Star baseball game that featured Ted Williams and Stan Musial, among others.

This is not a slick, professionally produced card such as is offered for sale at Major and Minor league ballparks, but rather one that was illustrated and hand-lettered by the command graphics department where the game was held.

It features some fine baseball cartooning by a LT Topper, and the rosters and space to score the game.  It's produced on a standard paper stock, and is tattled a bit around the edges.  But I have to wonder how many even exist now...nearly 70 years later.

I hope to feature pictures at a later date, when I finally get around to updating my Collecting Baseball's Past thread.

I can't tell you how much fun these gatherings are (I wish we could find some more SOMers to join us).  I am looking forward to our annual Holiday cookies and cards get together.



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It was fun day in the Great Pacific Northwest for the SOMersNW crew. Great company & great food.

I picked up: The SABR Baseball List & Record Book, by The Society for American Baseball Research and The Ball Clubs, by Donald Dewey & Nicholas Acocella

Next up the Annual SomersNW holiday STRAT fest, always look forward to that.



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We're heading out again.

Rick, Terry, Neal and I are going to this afternoon's game between the Mariners and Orioles at Safeco Field.

I'll have the wrap later.



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