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The Holy Cow

April 2004


        Once again the annual Spring Meeting of the Halsey Hall Chapter of SABR will be held on the first Saturday in May, which in some parts of the the country is better known as Derby Day. The meeting will be held at a familiar place, The Community United Methodist Church at 980 Gould Avenue in Columbia Heights. Registration, along with coffee and dough-nuts will start at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at 9:00. Our featured guest will be former Twin shortstop Roy Smalley, who will regale us with tales of life in the major leagues, some of which was spent having his uncle, Gene Mauch, as his manager. Note that Smalley will be batting lead-off on May lst, with a few comments from Smalley and a question and answer session beginning at 9 a.m.

        Other scheduled events are several research presentations by Ron Henry, Armand Peterson, Bob Tholkes and possibly Roger Godin. Bob will talk about his research on the old-timers games (or vintage games, if you will) held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the National League in 1936. Ron, chairman of the recently established SABR Baseball in the Military Committee will talk on that subject and Armand Peterson will talk about amateur baseball in Minnesota in the 1940s and 1950s. Roger’s presentation will be a surprise (hopefully not to him).

        Lunch, again will be the normal fix your own sandwich, chips and soda beverage. Members attending will be asked to contribute $ 7.00 to cover the costs of the food and rental of the meeting facilities. Those folks not satisfied with a sandwich can avail themselves of several fast food restaurants in the area or hold out until dinner that evening.    

        Other possible events at the meeting are a radio rebroadcast of the last inning of Jack Kralick’s no-hitter, recently acquired by Stew Thornley, and demonstration of the new SABR management system/website.

        Members still wishing to give a presentation (there still may be space) should contact Howard Luloff as soon as possible. Also, if you would like to attend the Angels-Twins game that eveing with other chapter members  you should contact Howard ($ 15.00 per ticket). Howard can be reached at hfan77@webtv.net or 952-922-5036.

        Also during the business meeting three new directors will be elected to the Halsey Hall Board of Directors to replace outgoing board members Rich Arpi, Bob Tholkes, and Dean Thilgen. Jim Wyman, Chuck Blomquist, Rex Hamman, and Tom Swift will continue on the Board of Directors for 2004-2005.


Quicksteps to Open 11th Season.

        The Quicksteps, Minnesota’s first vintage base ball team, that has Halsey Hall Chapter members as founding members and a majority of the team looks forward to its eleven season in 2004. The nine also welcomes several new players this year swelling the roster to an all-time high. The complete schedule follows below.


Sunday, May 2.....St. Olaf College, 1:30 p.m.


Saturday, May 15....vs. St. Croix of Stillwater, Dakota City Historic Village,  Farmington....11 a.m.


Sunday, June 13...vs. staff and visitors at Murphy’s Landing in Shakopee, 1 pm. to 3 p.m.


Friday, June 18...vs. Brooklyn Park Babe Ruth, Noble Sports Park, 97th and Noble Ave., Brooklyn Park, 8 p.m.


Sat. July 3...Milan Sesquicentennial


Mon. July 5...Prinsburg Fourth of July Celebration,  1 p.m.


Sat. July 10...Rochester Rooster Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament


Sat. July 24...vs. St. Croix of Stillwater, Sixth and Orleans, Stillwater, 1 p.m.


Mon. Aug. 2 - Fridley Historical Society, 611 Mississippi , 7 p.m.


Sat. Aug 21...Sleepy Eye Corn Days, 1 p.m


Sat./Sun...Sept. 11-12...Marigold Days in Mantorville


One advantage of the Metrodome is that it assures that many Minnesota baseball fans to do get an overdose of the sun..


Proposed By-Law Amendment

        Article II: Publications.....Section 1 - Publications and Web Site.  The board of directors shall oversee the management of a web site as well as determine the publications to be distributed to members and determine the fees, if any, to be charged.

        Section 2 - Publication Editors/Webmaster.  The editor (s) of chapter publications and the webmaster shall be appointed by the board of directors to a term of one year. The term shall start January 1. The term is renewable.

         This amendment, if adopted, would more accurately reflect how the chapter operates and essentially rewords Article II and deletes Section 4 of Article III and moves it to Article II - Section 2. The discussion of subscription fees, which fund printing and distribution of both paper and electronic copies of this newsletter, as well as subsidize other chapter activities was continued at the recent board of directors meeting on April 4. This by-laws amendment is a first step in the chapter’s attempt to streamline operations, cut costs, make life easier for the newsletter editor and treasurer, and hopefully inform more SABR members in the area of chapter activities by taking advantage of the MySABR system.

        The board of directors has appointed a committee consisting of Rich Arpi, Dean Thilgen and Stew Thornley to look into these issues, come up with a budget and a new fee structure and report back to the membership. The committee welcomes comments from members. Their report will be discussed at the May meeting, along with a demonstration of the website and MySABR system and a 2/3 vote of those present will be required to adopt the proposed by-laws amendment.


Book Club and Breakfast News

        At the chapter book club meeting on April 4th it suggested that the next book the club read be  The Duke of Havana, the  story of El Duque, Orlando Hernandez and other Cuban professional players in their attempts to flee the island and reach the major leagues. Authors of the book are Steve Fainaru and Ray Sanchez and the book was published in paperback by Villard in 2001. It maybe still available in some stores and should be available in most public libraries. Time and place will be decided at the Spring chapter meeting on May 1 so as not to conflict with the breakfast and still maintain the by-monthly schedule for both events.       

        The Breakfast meeting tentatively set for June 5, followed by a cemetery tour, is still on for those who wish to participate. 



The Holy Cow

Halsey Hall Chapter of SABR

Rich Arpi, editor.

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Harry Hooper...is the only man to hit two lead-off home-runs on the same day. His homeruns led the Red Sox to a Memorial Day doubleheader sweep of the Senators in 1913 in Boston, 4-3 and 1-0. Hooper hit four homeruns in 1913.

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