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

April 2017

Stew Thornley

Spring Chapter Meeting Set for April 29
The Spring Chapter Meeting of the Halsey Hall Chapter will be Saturday, April 29 at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis.

Registration for the meeting is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch with a panel on black baseball in Minnesota to follow. Frank White, author of They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota will host a panel that includes Carl Rogan, Phil Brooks, and others. Carl is the grandson of Hall of Famer Bullet Rogan, and Phil is the grandson of Will Brooks, a player and manager of the Askin Marine Red Sox of Minneapolis in the early 1920s. In addition to notable relatives, all the panelists have their own experiences playing baseball in the Twin Cities.

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.

Research Presentations
Longtime SABR member Tom Merrick will travel from Jamestown, North Dakota, to present on the first night game in Jamestown, which occurred in 1931. Tom has been researching Jamestown teams, which were integrated and included various Negro Leaguers and Black Sox-exile Swede Risberg, from 1928-1934.

Baseball Scoring and the Law by Stew Thornley, an abbreviated version of a presentation for a Law and the Business of Baseball class at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in June. It looks at various aspects of official scoring—judgment calls and the appeal process and scoring rules—and relates them to various aspects of the law. It will include a few videos of plays.

Speculation on the Origin of the Baseball Umpire by Bob Tholkes.

Major League Gamesmanship by Jacob Carl.

1900-1901 Two Years of Transition in Twin Cities and Minnesota Baseball by Rich Arpi.

Elections for the board of directors will be held during the business meeting. Four members will be elected to the board of directors to succeed outgoing directors Frank Kadwell, Tom Flynn, Lloyd Kepple, and Doug Skipper.

Bob Komoroski has agreed to run for the board. Others are welcome to indicate interest, and nominations from the floor will be open during the business meeting.

Anyone interested in running for a two-year term may contact Stew Thornley, 651-492-5410.

Silent auction
The meeting will feature another silent auction. Bring baseball books, magazines, pennants, bobbleheads, and other memorabilia you’re willing to donate to a good cause (the Halsey Hall Chapter), and bring your checkbook and extra cash to pick up some bargains for yourself.

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World Baseball Classic
Brenda Himrich at World Baseball Classic
Brenda Himrich did the press box announcing at the World Baseball Classic games played outside of Guadalajara March 9-13. She communicated with the official scorer, who was one level below, and announced the information in Spanish to the media. She and the official scorer will present on the games at the next Research Committee meeting March 20. A viewing party for the World Baseball Championship title game will be held at Bunny’s Northeast March 22 (details on both events below).
Felix Hernandez pitching to Francisco Lindor

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Upcoming Events
Lots of stuff, including viewing parties and road trips in addition to our usual events, make for an exciting 2017:

Research Committee
The Research Committee will meet Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina 55435. The meeting will include a recap of the recent Guadalajara (Jalisco) pool of the World Baseball Classic. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson. The Research Committee is continuing

World Baseball Classic
Tom Flynn has organized viewing a viewing for the championship game of the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday, March 22 at 8 p.m. at Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413, 612-545-5659 (in what was the keg warehouse of the Grain Belt Brewery).

Book Club
The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is October 1964 by David Halberstam. The group will also discuss the telecast of the seventh game of the 1987 World Series. The game is available for viewing on YouTube: 1987 World Series, Game 7: Cardinals @ Twins

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 Saturday, May 13 at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

Road Trips
A townball game and two Northwoods League games are planned:

Friday, June 24: Townball game with the Cannon Falls Bears at the Dundas Dukes. The game is at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 15: Northwoods League game with the Waterloo Bucks at the Mankato MoonDogs. The game is at 6:05 p.m., and Howard Luloff is working with the MoonDogs about some possible activities at Franklin Rogers Park in the afternoon.

Saturday, July 29: Northwoods League game with the Mankato MoonDogs at the ThunderBay Border Cats. The game is at 6:05 p.m. (and Thunder Bay is on Eastern Time). This game will depend on the level of interest among members and could be canceled for lack of interest. Contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791 if you are interested. We will try to organize carpools (and members are encouraged to contact others and set up their own, if possible) and leave the Twin Cities early that morning. This will leave time for lunch in Duluth or along the North Shore and some sightseeing in Thunder Bay. (You have to see the Sleeping Giant.) The plan would be to stay overnight at the Super 8 in Thunder Bay and return on Sunday. You may need a passport.

Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

Halsey Hall Chapter Twitter page

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Howard Luloff: Mr. Dilly Bar
Diary Queen Classic
A double-digit SABR crowd was at U. S. Bank Stadium March 4 to watch Minnesota play Hawaii in the Dairy Queen Classic. The highlight of the night was Howard Luloff winning a Dilly Bar for correctly providing 1937 as the year Amelia Earhart disappeared, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs was released, and the Yankees beat the Giants in seven games in the World Series. Although the Gophers are done playing here this year, U. S. Bank Stadium will be hosting college and high-school games through April 22. Schedule of U. S. Bank Stadium Baseball Games

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New Members
The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes Jamie Houselog and Coach Bryce DeMolee.

Know a potential member? Here are resources for getting that person happily involved in SABR:

Halsey Hall Chapter events

Membership application

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Member News
Brent Heutmaker had a pair of articles published in the SABR book, Dome Sweet Dome: History and Highlights from 35 Years of the Houston Astrodome.

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    March 20—Research Committee meeting, 7:00 p.m, Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina. (This meeting will include a recap of the World Baseball Classic games played in Jalisco, Mexico, earlier in the month.) For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson.

    March 22—World Baseball Classic Viewing Party, 8:00 p.m. Bunny’s Northeast, northwest quadrant of Broadway and Marshall in northeast Minneapolis.

   April 8Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., October 1964 by David Halberstam and Game Seven of the 1987 World Series.

    April 29—Spring Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    May 13—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Curran’s, 42nd and Nicollet, 9:00 a.m.

    June 23—Townball: Cannon Falls Bears at Dundas Dukes, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Park. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

    July 15—Northwoods League: Waterloo Bucks at Mankato MoonDogs, 6:05 p.m., Franklin Rogers Park. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

    July 29—Northwoods League: Mankato MoonDogs at Thunder Bay BorderCats, 6:05 p.m., Port Arthur Stadium. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

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