Now we can put the year 2013 behind us. As a New York Yankee fan, it’s really easy to do to! Looking forward to the 2014 season is one thing, but there are many opportunities to be a part of “Hot Stove League” baseball through the rest of the winter. Pitchers and catchers will be reporting to their team’s spring training camp in only a few weeks, but in the meantime one can partake of one or more of these opportunities:
Thursday, January 23, 2014: The Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association will hold their 76th annual banquet at the Millennium Maxwell House. Former New York Yankees second baseman and 1960 World Series MVP Bobby Richardson will be the speaker. The doors open at 5:30 PM with the banquet starting at 6:30 PM (CT). Tickets are $50.00 each; email me if you need more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, January 25, 2014: Fifth annual SABR Day. Our local Grantland Rice-Fred Russell (Nashville) chapter will meet at Shelby Park in east Nashville in the “Junie” McBride Old Timers board room from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (CT). The Old Timers Nashville Amatueur Baseball Hall of Fame is displayed there. More information to follow. Guests are always welcome at SABR chapter events.
Saturday, January 25, 2014: Fifth annual SABR Day. The East Tennessee Chapter will also be meeting at 10 AM (ET) at the Knoxville Lawson McGhee Library in Knoxville. Email Bryan Stepherson: email@example.com or Mark Aubrey: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Once again, guests are welcome.
Thursday, February 6, 2014: 13th annual American Baseball Foundation Lead Off Dinner, Birmingham, Alabama. Roger Clemens, seven-time Cy Young award winner, is speaker. Tickets are $150.00 each and more information may be found here: http://www.americanbaseballfoundation.com/lead-off-dinner/
Saturday, March 1, 2014: 11th annual Southern Association Conference will be held in Atlanta. Presentations will consist mainly of Atlanta’s long and memorable tenure in the Southern Association although other topics related to baseball in Atlanta and the South may be included. Should you wish to be considered as a presenter, send a brief synopsis to David Brewer: email@example.com.
Friday, April 4, 2014: The 19th Annual Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture will be held at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. The luncheon speaker is former Kansas City Royals star Willie Wilson. Additional information will be updated soon here: http://www.mtsu.edu/english/BBConf/
Opening Day is right around the corner, too. In 2014 there are many opportunities to enjoy the Game! Here’s a list of area minor league teams’ games to kick off the home season:
Thursday, April 3, 2014:
Bowling Green Hot Rods vs. South Bend Silver Hawks, 7:05 PM (CT)
Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Jackson Generals, time TBA (ET)
Wednesday, April 9, 2014:
Birmingham Barons vs. Jacksonville Suns, 7:05 PM (CT)
Huntsville Stars vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos, time TBA (CT)
Jackson Generals vs. Mississippi Braves, 7:05 PM (CT)
Tennessee Smokies vs. Chattanooga Lookouts, 7:05 PM (ET)
Thursday, April 10, 2014:
Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers, 6:35 (ET)
Friday, April 11, 2014:
Memphis Redbirds Opening Day vs. Iowa Cubs, 7:05 PM (CT)
Nashville Sounds Opening Day vs. Omaha Storm Chasers, 7:05 PM (CT)