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Fort hosts day of baseball talk Feb. 9

Post Date:02/01/2019

Fort Concho hosts a free day of baseball talk at the Baseball Heritage Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 9, featuring author Al Pickett speaking about his book “The Greatest Texas Sports Stories You’ve Never Heard.”

The event will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Living History Stables classroom at Henry O. Flipper and Burgess streets. The symposium is organized by the West Texas Chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research and the West Texas Vintage Baseball Association Fort Concho Enterprise Club.

Pickett is a radio talk host from Abilene who has authored several sports books. He will have copies of his books available for autograph and for sale.

Additional presentations throughout the day will cover baseball biomechanics, professional scouting, baseball in movies, professional baseball in San Angelo in the early 1900s, pre-1900 vintage baseball, and stories on baseball broadcasting by local sportscaster Jeremy Bryant, who will join the meeting by a video link. Coffee, snacks and a light lunch will be provided. 

The Society of American Baseball Research was founded in 1971 and now has more than 8,000 members nationwide. Its efforts include researching, preserving and promoting the heritage of our national pastime.

The West Texas chapter plans to meet several times each year. The local chapter welcomes new members; there is no charge to join. New members may also take part in the vintage baseball program, as portrayed by the Fort Concho Enterprise Club, a real team from our community that played in the late 1800s.

For more information, contact Dr. Warren Simpson at 325-669-2878 or Bob Bluthardt at 325-234-0316.

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