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


April 2021

Editor:
Stew Thornley

Index to past stories in The Holy Cow!

  • Book Club Meetings Up the Wazoo
  • Spring Virtual Chapter Meeting May 8
  • New Member
  • Zoom Events Draw Crowds
  • Cow Pies
  • Thought for the Month
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Book Club Meetings Up the Wazoo
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet virtually Saturday, April 3 at 9:30 a.m. The book selection is Squeeze Play by Jane Leavy with special guest Jane Leavy. (Thanks to Art Mugalian for lining up Jane for this Zoom meeting.) Anyone wanting to attend may contact Stew Thornley. A link to the meeting will be sent to chapter members the night before.

    Brent Heutmaker has organized a list of all the book selections since the book club started in August 2002: Halsey Hall Book Club Selections

    In addition to the regular book club meeting, Bob Komoroski, Howard Luloff, and other chapter go-getters have arranged other book events, with authors, in April, t’wit:

    • Jim Walker and Judith Hiltner, who are working on a biography of Red Barber, will be the guests at 7:00 p.m. in the evening Tuesday, April 6. Jim, a professor emeritus at St. Xavier University in Chicago, has also written Crack of the Bat: A History of Baseball on the Radio. Registration Link
    • Lee Kluck, who is working on a biography of Harry Dalton, is the guest at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 19. Registration Link

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    Spring Virtual Chapter Meeting May 8
    The Halsey Hall Chapter spring meeting will be held on-line on Saturday, May 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. A link will be sent to all chapter members before the meeting. Members may begin gathering on the site at 9:00 to chat.

    Three research presentations have been approved:

    • Ed Weyling on baseball jerseys
    • Joe Niese on Zack Wheat
    • Hans Van Slooten: The First (Known) Computer Baseball Simulation

    Joe presented on Burleigh Grimes and Andy Pafko at the Spring 2015 chapter meeting. Hans and Ed have not made research presentations at a chapter meeting.

    The business meeting will include the election of four members to two-year terms on the board of directors. Any member interested in running may contact Dave Lande.

    Other Events
    The Research Committee will meet on Zoom April 5 and May 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Anyone wanting to participate may contact co-chairs Brenda Himrich or Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet virtually Saturday, April 3 at 9:30 a.m. The book selection is Squeeze Play by Jane Leavy with special guest Jane Leavy. (Thanks to Art Mugalian for lining up Jane for this Zoom meeting.) Anyone wanting to attend may contact Stew Thornley.

    Brent Heutmaker has organized a list of all the book selections since the book club started in August 2002: Halsey Hall Book Club Selections

    The Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be on hold for a while, either until it is safe to gather indoors again or nice enough to meet outdoors.

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

    Halsey Hall Chapter Twitter page

    Please visit both pages, and, if you haven’t yet, “Like” the Facebook page and “Follow” the Twitter page and set your notifications to be alerted to new posts.

    Also:

    Regular Events

    Video Archives of Past Events

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    New Member

    Welcome to the Halsey Hall Chapter: Christopher Juelsgaard

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

    Membership application

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    Zoom Events Draw Crowds
    Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune gave SABR members a preview of the 2021 season in general and specifically about the Minnesota Twins on February 27. Sadly, the event organizer forgot to hit the record button so the presentation is lost to posterior.

    Hank Aaron presentation March 4
    Jason Schwartz, co-chair of the SABR Baseball Card Committee, presented Hank Aaron: More to the Story on March 4.

    Henry Aaron presentation by Jason Schwartz

    Henry Aaron in HEP magazine

    Jason showed the magazines Aaron has been featured in, ranging from HEP (above) to American Forests (below).

    Henry Aaron on the cover of American Forests magazine

    This event was recorded and can be viewed: Stay Home With SABR: Jason Schwartz, “Hank Aaron: More to the Story”

    The link is also on the SABR Virtual Event Archive.

    Several chapter members were in the Zoom meeting the New York Giants Preservation Society had with special guest Carl Erskine. It is worth watching: Carl Erskine with the New York Giants Preservation Society, March 18, 2021.

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    Cow Pies
    Be sure and check out what’s happening with our neighboring Ken Keltner Badger State SABR chapter, which publishes an outstanding monthly newsletter. Here is the latest:

    Keltner’s Hot Corner: February 2021

    All Keltner Badger State SABR newsletters

    Two members had stories published in the SABR Games Project: Joel Rippel with September 7, 1914: Tip-Tops Reliever Jim Bluejacket Records Novel Pitching Victory—Without Throwing a Pitch and July 5, 1915: Holiday Fireworks as Terriers Manager Fielder Jones Ejected, ‘Resigns,’ Suspended, and Steve Ginader with June 21, 1964: Phillies’ Rick Wise Wins First Major-League Game at Age 18.

    Dan Levitt will be will be discussing his forthcoming book, Balk! Baseball’s Thin Line Between Innovation and Cheating, (coauthored with Mark Armour) with an emphasis on the Giants to the New York Giants Preservation Society at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 20. To get the Zoom link, contact Gary Mintz, giantsguru@gmail.com.

    Also on May 20, at 7 p.m., is a free Zoom meeting showing photos of past and present of Twin Cities baseball parks. To register, go to History Revealed: Historic Ballparks.

    Also watch for a display from the Halsey Hall Chapter at the Brookdale Library. This had been postponed by the pandemic, but it will be set up when the library reopens.

    Looking for an outstanding way to spend 50 to 69 minutes? This is well worth checking out:

    1964 - The Polo Grounds, Requiem for an Arena

    Jim Cox notes that the upcoming April 24 will be the the 120th anniversary of the first game in the history of the American League (as a major league) with Chicago beating Cleveland 8-2. The winning pitcher was Roy Patterson of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

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    Thought for the Month

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    Calendar
       April 3Book Club via Zoom, 9:30 a.m., Squeeze Play by Jane Leavy.

        April 5—Research Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791.

       April 6—Judith Hiltner and Jim Walker with Red Barber: Public Voice, Private Man, 7:00 p.m.

        April 18—Halsey Hall Chapter Board of Directors meeting, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information on attending, contact Dave Lande.

       April 19—Lee Kluck with Leave When the Party’s Good: The Life and Times of Harry Dalton, 7:00 p.m.

        May 8—Spring Virtual Chapter Meeting, 9:30 a.m. to noon (with social at 9:00). For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

        May 10—Research Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791.

        May 20—New York Giants Preservation Society with Dan Levitt on Balk! Baseball’s Thin Line Between Innovation and Cheating, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, contact Gary Mintz.

        May 20—History Revealed: Historic Ballparks, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information and to register, go to History Revealed: Historic Ballparks.

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    Board of Directors 2020-2021
    President—Dave Lande
    Vice President—Hans Van Slooten
    Secretary—Anders Koskinen
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Jim Cox
    Gene Gomes
    Frank Kadwell

    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Co-Chairs and Co-Chair-in-waiting—Brenda Himrich, Stew Thornley, Gene Gomes
    Membership Committee Chair—Frank Kadwell

    The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
    Webmaster—John Gregory 
    Ass. Webmasters—Frank Kadwell, Hans Van Slooten, and Stew Thornley
    Social Media Directors—Tom Flynn, Twitter; Bob Komoroski, Facebook

    Halsey Hall Chapter Web Page

    Past issues of The Holy Cow! are available on-line.

    Chapter History

    Chapter Procedures and By-Laws

    Society for American Baseball Research

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    Resources

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