Halsey Hall Annual Report - 2013
It was an active 2013 for the Halsey Hall Chapter. In January, Rich Arpi and several chapter members helped run a table at Twinsfest at the Metrodome. A couple of weeks later, the annual Hot Stove Meeting took place at Davanni’s in Roseville. A small turnout gather for baseball talk and trivia presided by Howard Luloff.
In April, the Spring Chapter Meeting took place at the Faith Mennonite church in Minneapolis. Former Twins minor league director Jim Rantz was the guest speaker. research presentations were from Tom Flynn on his great great uncle Tom Sheehan, Stew Thornley talked about statistics and records that changed due to compilation errors and Rich Arpi’s presentation was on the chapter project compiling Minnesota baseball History. Following the meeting, a number of attendees went to see the movie 42 and have dinner at the Davanni’s in Roseville.
In July, a number of chapter members took time from the Fourth of July weekend to head up to Duluth to see a Northwoods League game at Wade Stadium featuring the Duluth Huskies and the Alexandria Blue Claws.
The Halsey Hall Chapter returned to the Faith Mennonite Church on November 2 for the annual Fall Meeting. Twins radio broadcaster Cory Provus was the guest speaker. Research presentations were by John Rosengren on the anti Semitism Hank Greenberg faced in his playing days; Bob Tholkes took us on a tour of Hot Springs, Arkansas spring training sites; Josh Ostergaard did a reading from his book The Devil’s Snake Curve: a fan’s Notes from Left Field; Stew Thornley conducted an exercise in reconstructing play-by-play from s 1949 Browns-White Sox game and Doug Skipper gave his presentation at SABR 43 in Philadelphia on the history of Shibe Park.
Also in 2013, bi-monthly breakfasts continued at Baker’s Square in Richfield.