A group of Oklahoma baseball researchers and super fans join together at least twice a year to share research and talk baseball. On January 19 the winter meeting was held for the third time in the last eight years at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College. OU Nightly’s Parker Thune spent an afternoon with the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society for American Baseball research as look ahead at the hope of a new baseball season starting soon.
Topics covered at the meeting included: baseball cards from the 19th Century to present, the 2018 College World Series, remembrance of Porter Reed, Oklahoma’s last Negro Leaguer to pass away and also country music legend Roy Clark, a former owner of the Tulsa Drillers and big baseball fan, comparing the minor leagues of 2018 to the 1980s (guests from the OKC Dodgers and a former asst. general of the Durham Bulls), and data tracking in the minor leagues.