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The SABR Black Sox Scandal Committee will host a panel discussion to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Eight Men Out,” which was written by Eliot Asinof and first published in 1963, at the SABR 43 Convention in August. We’ve learned a great deal about the Black Sox Scandal in the last half-century, and we’ll go over some of that new information and how it affects our understanding of the story popularized by Asinof’s landmark book, which introduced so many of us to the fixed 1919 World Series.
The panelists will include:
- Dr. David Fletcher, founder and president of the Chicago Baseball Museum
- Bill Lamb, a retired New Jersey prosecutor and author of “Black Sox in the Courtroom: The Grand Jury, Criminal Trial and Civil Litigation”
- Moderator: Jacob Pomrenke, chair of the SABR Black Sox Scandal Committee
- And our special guest of honor: Patricia Anderson, niece and surrogate daughter of Buck Weaver. She and her sister, the late Bette Scanlon, were raised by Buck and Helen Weaver in Chicago for 16 years after their father died in 1931.
The panel will be August 2 in Philadelphia, PA. Any baseball fan is welcome to attend by registering for SABR 43 at SABR.org/convention.
While contemplating the qualities that make a great leader and specific leaders in general, several people began to come to mind. Many of the great leaders of all time were not necessarily “positive leaders.” Some were famous; others were infamous. Leaders come in all shapes in sizes: Some are loud and aggressive; others say very little and let their actions be their example. Although level of fame does not necessarily dictate the effectiveness of a leader, it does help in making them more universal—thus having the greatest impact on the masses. The lesser known leaders have to make their impact on a much smaller, but no less important scale. Some leaders we know through history’s recollections; others we may have known personally. George “Buck” Weaver is not a household word and may never get the credit he truly deserves, yet nonetheless exhibited some of the most important qualities of leadership.
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