TLBTV: Comfortably Zoned – Paying Homage to the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates

Guest: CZN Podcaster/Baseball Historian & SABR Member, Al Blumkin

Comfortably Zoned – Paying Homage to the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates – Guest: CZN Podcaster/Baseball Historian & SABR Member, Al Blumkin

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Welcome to Comfortably Zoned Week 4 Show 3

Your Host: Ralph Tyko

My guest is CZN podcaster/Baseball Historian and SABR member, Al Blumkin. Today we pay homage to the 1960 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Society for American Baseball Research had its beginnings in Cooperstown, New York. It was the brainchild of L. Robert Davids, who on August 10, 1971, gathered 15 other baseball researchers at the National Baseball Hall of Fame to form the organization.

From this modest start, SABR membership has broadened steadily. A decade later, it had reached 1,500; today, it totals more than 6,000 worldwide. Who belongs to SABR? Many major and minor league baseball officials, broadcasters and writers, as well as numerous former players.

Primarily, the membership consists of “just plain fans” — anyone interested in baseball can join. While the original purpose of SABR was to band together baseball historians, statisticians and researchers, it is not necessary to engage in research to become a member.

Ernie Harwell, the late Detroit Tigers broadcaster, said: “SABR is the Phi Beta Kappa of baseball, providing scholarship which the sport has long needed. … An excellent way for all of us to add to our enjoyment of the greatest game.”

SABR members have a variety of interests, and this is reflected in the diversity of its research committees. There are more than two dozen groups devoted to the study of a specific area related to the game — from Baseball and the Arts, to Statistical Analysis, to the Deadball Era, to Women in Baseball. In addition, many SABR members meet formally and informally in regional chapters throughout the year and hundreds come together for the annual national convention, the ‘premier event’.

These meetings often include panel discussions with former major league players and research presentations by members.

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