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The Newsletter of the Halsey Hall Chapter
Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)

April 2015

Stew Thornley

Sean Aronson of Saints to Speak at Spring Chapter Meeting April 25

Sean Aronson, radio announcer and public-relations director for the St. Paul Saints, will be the featured speaker at the Halsey Hall Spring Chapter Meeting on Saturday, April 25 at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis. Sean and possibly others from the Saints will talk about their organization, about to open its 22nd season, and the new ballpark for the Saints.

Registration is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. The featured guest be on at 1:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch. The cost for the meeting and lunch is $10. The meeting only is $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036. Howard has succeeded Scott Cummings, who left the Twin Cities to go to school in Duluth, as the chapter’s Events Committee Chair.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting. Proposals must be sent to Research Committee co-chairs Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson and include a title and brief outline of what the presentation will consist of with emphasis on the research that will be included. Standard presentations are 20 minutes (with an additional eight minutes for questions) although the duration may be longer or shorter depending on the needs of the presenter and of the schedule. The Research Committee (which also consists of Dan Levitt, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then. Poster presentations are also welcome. Anyone who wishes to make a poster presentation may contact Brenda Himrich.

Frank White may be bringing some display boards from They Played for the Love of the Game: Adding to the Legacy of Minnesota Black Baseball, which is on display at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul through June 7. As part of this display, an opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, and two programs have been scheduled (both from 6 to 8 p.m.): Thursday, April 23 on baseball rivals St. Paul and Bloomington and Thursday, June 4 on the legacy of the Oxford Playground in St. Paul with presenters Steve Winfield, Bill Peterson, Sean McKamie, and Debbie Montgomery. The reception and programs are free and open to the public.

Three proposals for oral presentations at the April 25 chapter meeting have been received so far:

  • Joe Niese on Burleigh Grimes and Andy Pafko (Joe, who have written biographies on both players, lives in western Wisconsin near where both grew up): “Though they were born and raised on farms just miles apart in western Wisconsin, Burleigh Grimes and Andy Pafko couldn’t have been any more different. Grimes was a combative, spitballing pitcher who was quick to quarrel or even throw a punch. A 270-game winner, he played for seven teams over his 19-year career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. The likable Pafko was a five-time All-Star and part of several memorable moments as a member of the Cubs, Dodgers, and Braves. Both played in World Series for three different team, the first two ballplayers to do so. Each won one of four trips.”
  • Dan Levitt will do a presentation on either Pat Gillick or on how the nature of team building has changed because of baseball’s amateur draft.
  • Frank White, in addition to bringing display boards, will be speaking about black baseball in the Twin Cities.

Elections for the board of directors will be held during the business meeting. A special election will be held to fill the remainder of the term of Scott Cummings, who resigned when he moved to Duluth. The regular election will then be held, and four members will be elected to the board of directors to succeed outgoing directors Doug Skipper, Gary DeSmith, and Leanne Rohrbach as well as the person elected to fill out Scott’s term, which expires on June 30.

So far Tom Flynn has agreed to run for the remainder of Scott’s term and to run for a two-year term beginning July 1. Frank Kadwell, Lloyd Kepple, and Doug Skipper have also agreed to run for two-year terms beginning July 1. The candidates have been invited to submit candidate statements:

Tom Flynn: “I’ve been a member of the Halsey Hall Chapter for most of the past eight years. During that time, I gradually became more involved in SABR, attending a variety of chapter events and meetings, and the national convention. I’m a baseball researcher and writer who has contributed to the SABR Games Project, and I’m currently working on a large biographical project. For the past year, I’ve served as our chapter’s Social Media Director. I’m interested in continuing to help recruit new members and further develop our online presence and visibility, while maintaining our traditions and institutional personality. I get a lot out of my SABR membership, and I want to give back.”

Anyone else interested in running for a two-year term on the board may contact Nominating Committee Chair Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

Prior to July 1, the incoming and holdover board members will meet and elect a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer for one-year terms beginning when their board terms start on July 1.

Other upcoming activities:
The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club will meet Saturday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick by Paul Dickson. In addition, the group will discuss the telecast of Game Seven of the 1960 World Series. The complete game is available for purchase from iTunes or for viewing on YouTube: 1960 World Series Game 7 Yankees @ Pirates.

The Research Committee will be meeting Tuesday, April 14 and Monday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. the Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina 55435. For more information, contact Research Committee co-chairs Brenda Himrich and Sarah Johnson.

The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on May 9 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

Road Trips and Ballgames
The chapter will again go to Rochester for a Northwoods League game between the Honkers and Duluth Huskies on Saturday, June 13. The game is at Mayo Field at 7:05 p.m. Anyone who wants to arrive early may meet for a pre-game meal at Bilotti’s, 821 Civic Center Drive, Rochester 55902, 507-226-0006 (different location than from last year—take Civic Center Drive off U. S. Hwy. 52 and go to the east). Members are invited to form carpools to go to Rochester. Last year the group stayed at Bilotti’s for a while longer as it rained heavily, got to the field for the game, which started at 9 p.m., and left after six innings. The weather might be better this year, allowing the game to start on time and for the group to see all nine innings.

The chapter is also planning a group outing to a Delano Athletics game at Delano Municipal Stadium at Central Park on Friday, July 17. The Athletics play Mound that night at 7:30. Those attending may meet for dinner at 6 p.m. in Delano (eatery to be determined) or at the ballpark.

The chapter is considering a meeting to be held in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, this summer, possibly in conjunction with one of the neighboring SABR chapters.

Book Event
Your crusty editor will be making a presentation on his latest book, The St. Paul Saints: Baseball in the Capital City along with Minnesota Twins Baseball: Hardball History on the Prairie on Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at Subtext Books, 165 Western Avenue North, St. Paul 55102, 651-493-2791 (southeast corner of Western and Selby). His Crustiness would appreciate the attendance of any chapter members and friends.

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New Members

Ryan Coomes lives in Plymouth and is a transportation supervisor for Ruan Transportation. He has one mom, one dad, and two sisters.

Ryan is from Des Moines and went to his first Iowa Cubs game when he was four. He has been to multiple games every year since then and attended his first major-league game, in Kansas City, when he was eight. Watching future Cubs in Des Moines, Ryan became a Cubs fan and still is; he also has season tickets for the Twins. He has seen games in Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.

Ryan shares his August 18 birthday with Roberto Clemente, Evan Gattis, Bob Kennedy, Burleigh Grimes, Billy Consolo, Bobby Higginson, Buck Weaver, Joe Azcue, Max Lanier, Elayne Boosler, Rafer Johnson, Robert Redford, Meriwether Lewis, Caspar Weinberger, and Roman Polanski.

Will Young is a returning member. Will is an attorney who grew up in Richfield and now lives in Minneapolis wiith his wife and six-month-old son, Lincoln. (He also lived for seven years in Washington, D. C.

“I was blessed growing up to have a family with partial season tickets, so I saw a lot of games at the Dome and used to sit next to the players’ wives and children in section 123. I was at Game 2 of the 1991 World Series, Game 163 in 2009, and the last playoff game the Twins won (game 1, 2004 ALDS), sitting by myself in the cheap seats in Yankee Stadium getting heckled. I was also at Scott Erickson’s no-hitter. In 1996, Kevin Young hit a homerun off Scott Aldred that hit off my leg in the Home Run Porch and bounced back onto the field. That’s just the beginning of the many games I’ve attended.”

Will shares his January 13 birthday with Kevin Mitchell, Elmer Dessens, Fred Schulte, Steve Comer, Bob Forsch, Larry Jaster, Cactus Keck, Goat Anderson, Jersey Joe Walcott, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Also new to SABR: Adam Daily and Darin Buhr

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In Other News:

Royals Recipes dinner hosted by Josh Ostergaard
Jerry Janzen and Josh Ostergaard dish up delicacies from Josh’s Royals Recipes cookbook at Faith Mennonite Church on February 21. Jim Wohlford’s New Orleans Chicken Gumbo Soup was the main item on the menu, which also had Muriel and Ewing Kaufman’s Cheese Puff Rings, Barbara and Frank White’s Aunt Molly’s Peach Cobbler, and switchboard operator Susan Clark’s World Series Popcorn. Josh has hosted a series of Royals Recipe dinners with a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Roger Godin was featured in an article in the March 3, 2015 St. Paul Pioneer Press, At the X, a Museum Worthy of the State of Hockey, on his work as team curator for the Minnesota Wild and the displays he has created at the Excel Energy Center.

Here are the answers to the Gene Gomes brainteasers:

  • Who are the five managers who have never lost a World Series game (among managers who have managed in the World Series)? George Stallings (1914), Hank Bauer (1966), Lou Piniella (1990), Terry Francona (2004 and 2007), and Ozzie Guillen (2005).
  • Name pitchers who have won at least 20 games in a season and have four letters in their last name. Leon ’Red” Ames, Bob Barr, Vida Blue, Tommy Bond, Guy Bush, Bullet Joe Bush, King Cole, David Cone, Dizzy Dean, Bill Doak, Jack Dunn, Russ Ford, Whitey Ford, Sam Gray, Bob Grim, Noodles Hahn, Otto Hess, Carmen Hill, LaMarr Hoyt, Waite Hoyt, Tommy John, Addie Joss, Jim Kaat, Dickey Kerr, Darryl Kile, Silver King, Frank Lary, Jose Lima, Derek Lowe, Pat Luby, Al Maul, Carl Mays, Art Nehf, Jerry Nops, Hank O’Day, Al Orth, Frank Owen, Flint Rhem, Charlie Root, Schoolboy Rowe, Babe Ruth, Nolan Ryan, John Sain, Dupee Shaw, George Uhle, Lee Viau, John Montgomery Ward, Brandon Webb, Bill Wise, Smoky Joe Wood, Wilbur Wood, Early Wood, Hank Wyse, Barry Zito.
  • Bonus: 20-game winners with more than 10 letters in the last name are Ted Breitenstein and Bill Monbouquette (12 letters) and Ice Box Chamberlain, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Mel Stottlemyre, and Andy Messersmith (11 letters)
  • Double Secret Bonus: The pitchers will four letters in their last names who have pitched perfect games are John Montgomery Ward, Addie Joss, Mike Witt, David Cone, and Matt Cain.

For the next project Gene (who was born on Opening Day in 1952) proposes that all chapter members research and document the first major-league game they attended. “They could get the box score, etc. to make it their own personal research project. I’m interviewing my mom presently to help me nail down which Dodgers game we went to while on family vacation in ‘63.”


1954 World Series ring
Like George Costanza, Jerry Janzen has a future as a hand model. He shows off an All-Star Game ring (below) from 2014 and (above) a 1954 World Series ring. The World Series ring was presented to Tom Sheehan, then a scout with the Giants. Sixty years after the Giants sweep of Cleveland, the ring was bequeathed to his great, great nephew and Halsey Hall Chapter member Thomas Sheehan Flynn.
2014 All-Star Game ring

Shorty after Ernie Banks died, Kevin Schooler wrote an article on his blog, Ballots and Balls, attempting to identify Banks’s counterparts on the other major-league teams. “It was mostly off the cuff and meant mostly as a fun exercise in attempting to identify the most influential player as opposed to simply the best player on each team. It also served as a way of honoring Banks’s memory.”

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    April 4—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick by Paul Dickson, and Game Seven of the 1960 World Series. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, and Gary DeSmith, 320-286-5127.

    April 14 and May 18—Research Committee Meeting, Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina 55435, 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson.

    April 25—Spring Chapter Meeting, Faith Mennonite Church. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    May 9—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and York, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

    June 13—Northwoods League game: Duluth at Rochester. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

    July 17—Amateur baseball: Mound at Delano. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

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