SAN MARCOS, TEXAS (January 8, 2009) Larry Dierker, former pitcher, manager and broadcaster with the Houston Astros, will be one of three featured speakers at the 3rd Annual Central Texas Mid-Winter Meeting organized by the Rogers Hornsby Chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research.
The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in Room 320 of Old Main on the campus of Texas State University-San Marcos. Dierker is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m.
Baseball authors Talmage Boston and Milton Jamail will join Dierker among the list of confirmed speakers during the event.
Boston speaks at 10:15 a.m. An attorney in the Dallas office of Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C., Boston wrote 1939: Baseball’s Tipping Point, which chronicles the pivotal 1939 season during which the Baseball Hall of Fame opened, the Little League was founded and a baseball game was first broadcast on television. It was also Ted Williams' first season and Lou Gehrig's tragic last season.
Jamail, an academic trained in Latin American politics, has spent more than 12 years as a Spanish-speaking journalist writing about Latinos and baseball. He speaks at 11 a.m. To write his book, Full Count: Inside Cuban Baseball, he conducted extensive interviews with baseball officials, journalists, players, and fans in Cuba, as well as Cuban players who have defected. He also talked to scouts and front office people from U.S. baseball organizations.
The day-long program is expected to last till around 4 p.m. It includes a baseball book exchange and trivia quiz.
Bill Gilbert of Austin, a leader of the Hornsby SABR chapter, said, “This mid-winter meeting attracts passionate baseball fans from Killeen to the North to San Antonio to the South. Even a few from Houston eagerly attend because of the quality of our programming.”
Admission is free and open to the public