Halsey Hall Chapter
Society for American Baseball Research
Board of Directors Meeting
Ken Ottoson home, Minneapolis
April 5, 1987
President Tholkes presiding – brought to order 9:26 a.m.
Present: Terry Bohn, Gary Clendennen, Alan Holst, Andy Lurth, Ken Ottoson, Bob Tholkes, Stew Thornley
Guest: Bob Evans, director emeritus
Death of Howard Thornley, charter member, duly noted
Minutes of the February 1, 1987 chapter meeting read and approved
Secretary – 52 members are paid and on our roster as of today
Treasurer – Report, showing balance of $283.83, read and accepted subject to audit. Renewal forms will be developed in time for spring regional by Tholkes. A discussion of raising dues to finance further projects showed a firm consensus NOT to do.
Softball – only 7 to 8 are interested; therefore, a formal team is dismissed.
Cable TV Show – Still alive. Thornley suggested practicing on cable with KTCA as a goal. At this point, Holst arrived on time, 9:50 AM CST (we were on daylight time). First step identified – find people to be there day of taping. Need 5 to make it worthwhile. Holst and Thornley will arrange a date, to be announced at May regional. Need an ideological contrast in panel members. Will publicize through general notes in paper. Potential debate topics include:
Should pitchers be eligible to win the MVP award?
How capable a commissioner is Peter Ueberroth?
Is there collusion against free agent movement?
How serious a drug problem does baseball have?
Hot Stove League Banquet – Good table with sign. Should pursue another trade next year. Save the Met flyer in Holy Cow for table at banquet.
1987 Spring Regional – Holst will send out news releases. 16 paid attendees, 2 presenters, as of today. Would be nice to practice the TV show on a dry run. Panel? Still up in the air. Yankees have a team rule against on-field personnel speaking, but have open option of others. Will try and borrow a film and projector from Twins.
1988 Convention – Andy MacPhail now has next season’s tentative schedule – Holst will check on later. We still have no need to confirm dates until Stppember. Idea – bring in Prudential Old-Timers to play Twins Old-Timers. Is there any interest in the “My Favorite Game” memory book?
Various names were kicked about to fill the four open board seats. Holst suggests a postcard mailing for non-dues payers in August.
Next meeting – June 7, 1987 – old and new board members – site to be determined.
Meeting adjourned 11:30 a.m.
Andy Lurth, Secretary-Treasurer
Minutes approved May 2, 1987