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SABR 42 will be held in Minneapolis next summer. The dates wont be known until the 2012 Twins schedule is out, but the plan is to have the convention on the weekend before or the weekend after the Fourth of July. Events being planned for the convention include a Twins game, a Saints game, an author event, a reception at the home and Victorian museum of Seth C. Dr. Fan Hawkins, a tour of former ballpark sites, a trolley ride between Lakes Harriet and Calhoun followed by a tour of baseball graves in Lakewood Cemetery, a tour of the Minneapolis Central Library, and panels of executives, players, official scorers, and women in baseball.
Other upcoming events:
The Halsey Hall chapter book clubs next selection is Roger Maris: Baseballs Reluctant Hero by Tom Clavin and Danny Peary. The book club will meet on Saturday, June 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Barnes and Noble cafe in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. Har Mar Mall is located on Snelling Avenue about a mile and a half north of the state fairgrounds. For more information, contact Art Mugalian at 612-721-2825. Art notes that the book was published as a hardcover in 2010 and is now available in paperback.
The Fall Chapter meeting has tentatively been scheduled for Saturday, October 15.
Dan Levitt, shown above making at research presentation at the SABR convention in Long Beach, had an article in the recently released SABR Baseball Research Journal, a profile of Chadwick Award recipient Sean Forman.
Chapter namesake Halsey Hall was a sports official in the Twin Cities and officiated games in the National Football League at Nicollet Park when Minneapolis had a team in the league in the 1920s and early 1930s. He was an umpire and referee for other sports.
SABR member David Vincent came across this item (below) as he went through the minor league umpire cards from The Sporting News. It seems unlikely that Halsey ventured south for a summer to umpire in the Alabama-Florida State League. Although the name is a distinct one, its possible that there was a Halsey Hall North and a Halsey Hall South, both of whom were sports officials.
According to Bill Arnold in Beyond the Box Score, Chaska, Minnesota, native Brad Hand joined Rudy May (1965 Angels), Roger Pavlik (1992 Rangers), and Mike Thompson (1971 Senators) as the only starting pitchers since 1919 to post a loss or a no-decision in their major-league debut despite giving up one hit or less in at least six innings of work.
July 31Research and Convention Committee. For more information, contact Bob Tholkes, 763-781-6161.
August 7Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791.
October 15Fall Chapter Meeting
Summer 2012SABR Convention, Minneapolis