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Dear Members & Friends of the Cosmic Baseball Association,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our members and friends a Happy and Healthy New Year. The Cosmic Baseball Association looks forward to another important year, both on the cosmic baseball playing fields and elsewhere.

Last year saw our first season after contracting the the size of the regular playing leagues. While a number of you were disappointed in that action, others saw that the streamlining of the official teams made the season more competitive.

The website saw the addition of over sixty new plates during the past twelve months. While visitor numbers trended downward, the data suggests visitors are spending more time viewing, reading and experiencing the pages they do visit. The number of returning visitors has increased and according to V-Log information, more visitors are providing their comments and suggestions. The number of visitors completing Cosmic Player Nomination forms also increased during 2004.

Also during 2004, the Board of Directors increased their size by two, enrollment at the Cosmic Baseball Research Alliance Institute grew fifteen per cent and overall, I am glad to report that the Cosmic Baseball Association is running on all cyclinders.

For the new season we plan on re-vamping the poetry collection at the CBA's website. This long overdue project has been authorized and final funding is expected to be approved at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. The completion of the Sylvia Plath Chronology plate is also scheduled for completion during 2005.

Please join me in making 2005, our 23rd year, the best ever.

Catch you later,

Andrew M. Lampert

January 3, 2004
Washington, D.C.

CBA Annual Report, Page 2

Elka Stein

The Board of Directors meets at least three times a year in various locations. Refer to the Calendar for upcoming meetings.

Major actions by the Board in 2004
  • Elected Dee Baskerville Reed of Virginia and Eileen Stein of Florida to the Board

  • Re-authorized one-year contract with IDSTAT for Website statistical reporting service

  • Re-authorized one-year contract with NTT/Verio for web hosting services

CBA Annual Report, Page 3

Membership in the Cosmic Baseball Association is open and available to anyone and everyone. Annual membership dues are optional and have been set at $25 for individuals and $2,500 for companies, organizations and institutions. Benefits of membership include the joy of association with others and a personal email account at the CBA (yourname@cosmicbaseball.com).

The size of the CBA's membership has varied from time to time. Current estimates put the total membership count at approximately 75 individuals, three libraries, and one non-for-profit company.

CBA Annual Report, Page 4

Visitors to the Cosmic Baseball Association's website declined this year following a modest gain during the prior year. For the first time in five years the website averaged less than one thousand visitors per day. Sixty-four new plates were produced and published during 2004. The website is still hosted remotely on Unix computers maintained by NTT/Verio. The following tables detail and summarize website activity for the 12 months ended November 30, 2004 and for the five-year period ended December 31, 2004:


Source: IDSTAT

Source: UrchinStats

Source: Cosmic Baseball Research Alliance (COBRA)

Five Year Review (2000-2004)

CBA Annual Report, Page 5

    • It costs approximately $600 per year to maintain the Cosmic Baseball Association. Almost all of these costs are paid to NTT/Verio for webhosting and domain registration services associated with the operation of the CBA's website.

    • The CBA did not collect any membership fees during the 12 months ended December 31, 2004.

    CBA Annual Report, Page 6

Wednesday, January 26
Winter Meetings
Tel Aviv, Israel

Friday, February 11
Winter Rookie Draft

Tuesday, March 15
Ides of March

Cosmic Season 2005 Begins
Paradise Pisces @ Wonderland Warriors

Tuesday, June 28
Spring Meetings
Portland, Maine

Wednesday, July 20
Summer Rookie Draft

Friday, August 19
Summer Meetings
Chicago, Illinois

Friday, September 30
Regular Cosmic Season 2005 Ends

Sunday, October 9
CBA's 24th Anniversary/Fall Meetings
Washington, D.C.

November 24

2005 Cosmic Universal Series Begins

CBA Annual Report, Page 7

Other Annual Reports

CBA Annual Report 2004-2005
URL: http://www.cosmicbaseball.com/05report.html
Published: January 3, 2005
email: editor@cosmicbaseball.com