January 23, 2021 meeting notes

Our January monthly Zoom conference was a success with 24 SABR colleagues in attendance. There were many exciting reports about Baseball Reminiscence efforts on multiple fronts. Read more about it in the meeting notes here:

The next scheduled conference Zoom will be Saturday, March 6 at 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific time. An agenda and Zoom links will be forthcoming in advance of that meeting.

Jim Kenton receives Hornsby Chapter’s lifetime achievement award

At their November 21 monthly chapter meeting, the Rogers Hornsby Chapter of SABR (serving central and south Texas) recognized Jim Kenton’s achievements in leading the implementation and promotion of baseball reminiscence programs – both in Texas and nationally. Jim was presented with the chapter’s Rajah Award for lifetime achievement.

For more information, visit the Hornsby chapter’s web site at: http://www.sabrhornsby.org/2020/11/chapter-recognizes-jim-kenton-with-rajah-award-for-basebalz-program/

Congratulations Jim !!

Nov. 7 Meeting Summary

Twenty-three SABR Baseball Reminiscence group members and guests attended the November 7, 2020 group Zoom conference. This was the second general meeting of the new chartered community, featuring a far-ranging agenda and inspiring guest speakers. The meeting notes are here:

The next general meeting will be held Saturday December 12, 2020. An agenda and Zoom information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

SABR Baseball Reminiscence featured in new book

The latest release of “The Best American Sports Writing – 2020” features the L.A. Times story by Bill Plaschke about the BasebALZ program being run by SABR volunteers from the Allan Roth chapter in Los Angeles. A Publishers Weekly editorial review on the new book states:

This, the final planned entry to the Best American Sports Writing series, sends the lauded annual anthologies out on a high note after a 25-year run. “The most compelling stories are ones we can feel and touch and imagine, without much difficulty, that we are there,” MacMullan writes. Three particularly memorable stories mark this installment: In “For People Suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Baseball Brings Back Fun Memories” by Bill Plaschke, elderly Alzheimer’s patients trade baseball tales as therapy; “As the Border Bled, Juárez Watched the Game It Waited Nine Years For” by Roberto José Andrade Franco relates a soccer club’s revival in one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities; and “Shooting a Tiger” by Bryan Burrough follows the bloody hunt for a man-eating tiger in India. Along with well-detailed accounts of sports concussions and heatstroke, there is “Did Venus Williams Ever Get Her Due?” by Elizabeth Weil, a revealing profile of the tennis great, and “Patriot Act” by May Jeong, a blistering exposé of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. This final, sparkling outing is a must-read for all sports lovers.” (Nov.)Publishers Weekly

More information about BasebALZ L.A. and the July 28, 2019 L.A. Times article are here.

Next SABR Group meeting Nov. 7

Our next SABR Baseball Reminiscence group meeting will be Saturday, November 7 at 4pm Eastern; 3pm Central; 2pm Mountain; 1pm Pacific Time. The planned agenda is:

* Introductions
* Progress reports (what’s been happening since our October call)
* Perspective from Anne Oh, program manager at Alzheimer’s L.A. on value of these programs
* Caregiver’s perspective – Stephen Dolainski about BasebALZ L.A.; followed by Q&A
* Importance of engaging caregivers – Monte & Linda Cely – Texas Talking Baseball; Q&A
* Working with senior citizens and how one person can lead a program – George Sommerfeld; Q&A
* General discussion; thoughts and questions from attendees
* Next L.A. BasebALZ session is November 20; let us know if you’d like to attend
* Trivia Quiz
* Discuss goals for rest of 2020
* Set next meeting date

Zoom sign-on information will be sent out separately via SABR bulk email. If you are not yet signed up for the SABR Baseball Reminiscence chartered community, but would like to attend, please contact Monte at cely@swbell.net.