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

April 2016

Stew Thornley

Silent Auction to be Part of Spring Chapter Meeting April 9
Julio BecquerThe Spring Chapter Meeting Saturday, April 9 at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis will include a silent auction to benefit the chapter. Bring baseball-related items you are willing to part with and be prepared to bid on other treasures.

Julio Becquer, a guest at the 1988 SABR Convention in Minneapolis and at the Halsey Hall Chapter in 2001, will be the featured speaker at the meeting. Julio played in the majors between 1955 and 1963 with the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels. In the first game of a July 4, 1961 doubleheader, Julio hit a grand slam with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Twins a 6-4 win over the White Sox. He recently coached Lloyd Kepple at the Twins Fantasy Camp.

Registration is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. The featured guest will 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.

Five research presentations (which is the limit) have been approved by the Research Committee:

  • Baseball: The Early Years, by Denny Laudel
  • The Nuances of Free Agency: How the Evolution of Collective Bargaining Agreements Affected Team Building, by Dan Levitt
  • International Baseball Competitions: 1857 to Present, by Phil Lowry
  • The Young and the Restless: George Wright 1865-1868 by Bob Tholkes
  • Norman Rockwell and Baseball by Lee Temanson

Elections for the board of directors will be held during the business meeting. Three members will be elected to the board of directors to succeed outgoing directors Steve Ginader, Jerry Janzen, and Gene Gomes. Anyone interested in running for a two-year term may contact Nominating Committee Chair Doug Skipper, 612-876-1408. Brent Heutmaker, Jerry Janzen, and Gene Gomes have informed Doug of their interest in running. Nominations are still open until the time of the election.

Here are candidate statements:

Gene Gomes
My desire to be on the Board again begins with an interest to be a little more involved with our Chapter and develop some friendships. In addition, I know it would help me in learning more about Baseball research.  I first joined SABR around 1980 or 1981. I moved to Minneapolis in 2000, have been attending all the Halsey Hall meetings regularly since 2011, and enjoyed giving a presentation at a meeting.

If there is a spot on the Board available again, I would enjoy another 2-year term. I will be able to give some input to our group and help the Chapter continue to be active and fun.

Brent Heutmaker
I graduated from St. Cloud State with a degree in economics and have been employed in the litigation support field for over 20 years.  I have been a member of the SABR Halsey Hall chapter for about a year and a half. To date, I’ve been involved in the chapter’s book club meetings predominantly. Also, I have written a couple game summaries for upcoming SABR books on Tiger Stadium and the Houston Astrodome. My strengths are research and technology.

I’ve got a lot of ideas that I think could benefit members. One idea that I’d be interested in is setting up some type of trading of research services with other chapters.  The thought being to get chapters to put up someone willing to spend 12 hours a year on baseball microfilm work of local newspapers specifically to respond to requests from other chapters.   Something along those lines.  I’d be willing to do that for our chapter.  Something like that could build a lot of relationships that could help across the board. While I know there is some informal helping that goes on via the list serv board and some interlibrary loans can be effective—it’d be quicker and more beneficial for many of the authors to have stable access to one point person for what they need.

While I have ideas of my own, I also can work within a group and am willing to play by the rules.

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LaCrosse Trip July 9
Mike Haupert will be hosting SABR chapters from a multitude of states Saturday, July 9 at Copeland Park in LaCrosse. The afternoon meeting (registration begins at 12:30 p.m.) will have a guest from the LaCrosse Loggers Northwoods League team, an official scorers panel, research presentations, and a trivia contest by Howard Luloff.

There is no charge for the meeting. The group will purchase tickets for that night’s Northwoods League game. (We won’t do the all-you-can-eat tickets; dinner at the ballpark will be on your own.)

Those wanting to stay overnight may check out the Comfort Inn Onalaska, 1223 Crossing Meadows Drive, Onalaska  54650, 888-734-8507.

Watch for more details, but mark your calendars now for this event.

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Other Big Stuff Coming Up

  • Book Club April 2

  • Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning May 7

  • Showing of Hano! A Century in the Bleachers May 14

Book Club
The book club will next meet on Saturday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is My Turn at Bat: The Story of My Life by Ted Williams. The group will also discuss Game 5 of the 1977 American League playoffs between the Yankees and Royals. The game is available for viewing on YouTube: 1977 ALCS Game 5 Yankees at Royals WPIX.

Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning
The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on this Saturday, May 7 at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

Hano! Documentary
Jon Leonoudakis will bring his documentary, Hano! A Century in the Bleachers, to Minneapolis Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. for a showing and panel discussion. The film is about Arnold Hano, who wrote A Day In the Bleachers. The event will be held at Minneapolis Television Network, 1620 Central Avenue (entrance on 18th Avenue NE) in Minneapolis. The 53-minute film will be followed by a panel with Jon Leonoudakis, Peter Schillling Jr., John Rosengren, and S. Thornley.

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New Member

A lifelong accountant, Joel Wyttenhove grew up in Waconia and is vice president of operations and finance for Evolving Solution, a technology company located in Hamel. He has a wife, Connie, daughters Kelly and Kacey, and a son, Zack.

Joel’s dad was the baseball coach at Waconia High School in the 1960s. “He was a meticulous scorekeeper and I remember ‘reading’ the scorebook after each game and being able to vision the plays. I made sure to teach my kids to keep score early in their lives - one of my most important accomplishments as a parent. We lived across the street from the fairgrounds in Waconia, which back in the 60s and 70s had the local baseball field (including the traditional grandstand). I distinctly remember going to many town team games, chasing foul balls and home runs and being fascinated with the weekly newsletters put out by the league which would have stats, player names, standings, etc. In the late 60s and early 70s I was a baseball card nerd and could name the player if someone would read the stat line from the back of the card. Also—huge strat-o-matic player! Loved creating teams, line ups, keeping score and resulting stats. Spent hours and hours on that endeavor in my early teens. Played baseball from t-ball up through high school. I was a catcher and I remember that my dad made me watch TV while squatting in my catcher’s stance at an early age.

“Huge Twins fan from probably mid-60s, I have some memories of the ‘65 series and going to the old Met and sitting in the bleachers on the left field foul line. Season ticket holder since about 2007 and have great fun with my kids going to games and talking Twins. Some of most memorable recent trips have been with my family to Beloit, Cedar Rapids and Tennessee to see Twins farm teams. I saw Buxton, Sano, Kepler, Berrios all play last year in Chattanooga—4 future HOFers while in the minors!”

Joel was at Game 163 in 2009. “Best game ever! O-Cab's HR, in 6th-7th inning? —landed one row up and 4 seats over from us in left field HR porch! I am getting chills writing this . . . Fabulous day in my life.”

Joel shares his April 18 birthday with Miguel Cabrera, Jim Eisenreich, Duffy Lewis, Sam Crawford, Brian Buscher, Deacon Jones, Rico Brogna, Bobby Castillo, Henderson Alvarez, Von McDaniel, Billy Butler, Hayley Mills, Rick Moranis, Winston Churchill (not the Winston Churchill), Conan O’Brien, Clarence Darrow, and Kourtney Kardashian.

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Member and Chapter News
Anthony Bush has had a couple of articles published about ex-major leaguer Harry Wolfe, who is buried in Esko:

Harry Wolfe

Esko Grave Holds Ex-Major Leaguer

Sarah Johnson had an article on spring training in Arizona in the Star Tribune:

More than Baseball at Spring Training in Arizona


Jerry Janzen and Stew Thornley Stew Thornley and Jerry Janzen
Two Halsey Hall Chapter members attended spring training games in Florida (left, at Bradenton, and right, at Fort Myers). Below, one of the chapter members posed with a fan.
Thornley and Baylee

The chapter plans another outing to a town-team game this summer and is waiting for the schedule to come out for the Miesville Mudhens at Jack Ruhr Field.

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     April 2—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., My Turn at Bat: The Story of My Life by Ted Williams and Game 5 of the 1977 American League playoffs.

    April 9—Spring Chapter Meeting, Faith Mennonite Church. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

   May 7—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Curran’s, 42nd and Nicollet, 9:00 a.m.

   May 14—Screening and panel discussion for Hano! A Century in the Bleachers, Minneapolis Television Network, Minneapolis, 7:00 p.m.

  July 9—Meeting and LaCrosse Loggers Game, LaCrosse.

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President—Steve Ginader
Vice President—Tom Flynn
Secretary—Frank Kadwell
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Gene Gomes
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