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

August 2012

Stew Thornley

Fall Chapter Meeting Set for October 6

The Fall Halsey Hall Chapter Meeting will be Saturday, October 6 at the Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis.

Registration is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. The featured guest and trivia will start 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, by September 29.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting. Proposals must be made in writing (e-mail is fine) to Research Committee Chair Rich Arpi, 2445 Londin Lane E., Unit 410, Maplewood, Minnesota 55119-5547, and should 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, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by September 22, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

Other Upcoming Events:
The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on September 1 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, October 13 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant.

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Former SABR Guest Nancy Mudge Cato Dies

Nancy Cato, who was on the players panel at the 1988 SABR Convention in Minneapolis and on the panel for the Fall 1992 Halsey Hall Chapter meeting, died July 24 at the age of 82. As Nancy Mudge, she played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League for the Fort Wayne Daisies, Springfield Sallies, Chicago Colleens, Kalamazoo Lassies, Battle Creek Belles, and Michigan Belles.

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New Members

Anthony Bush is the pitching coach for the high-school baseball team in Proctor, which is the hometown of Gerald “Peanuts” Peterson, one of the Duluth Dukes killed in a 1948 bus crash. Not only does Anthony have the same birthday as Peanuts, he recently talked to a high-school teammate of Peterson, who told Anthony that Peanuts was known as “The Pride of Proctor” and that his brothers were nicknamed Popcorn and Cracker Jack. Anthony has written a biographical sketch of Peanuts.

Anthony is from Duluth, where he is a special-education paraprofessional for the public schools. He played baseball for Bemidji State University and University of Wisconsin, Superior, and still plays for the Duluth Padres of the Wisconsin Baseball Association’s Upper 13 League. He also administers the websites for the team and league as well as the Proctor Rails.

Anthony saw his first major league game at the Metrodome in 1984 and became aware of SABR four years later when his dad gave him the 1988 Bill James Baseball Abstract for his 12th birthday. “I’m starting to research and write about Duluth sports history, ” he says, “and figure a SABR membership will help unlock some doors in researching local minor league players.”

Anthony shares his December 12 birthday with José Ariel Contreras, Gorman Thomas, Ervin Santana, Peanuts Peterson, Ralph Garr, Herman “Flea” Clifton, Orlando Hudson, Pee Wee Wanninger, Clyde Kluttz, Phenonmenal Smith, Frank Sinatra, Cal Stoll, Mayim Bialik, Bob Barker, Cathy Rigby, Casey Cleavage, and Buford Pusser.

Michael Mitchell is a librarian at Bethel University in Arden Hills. Originally from Bloomington, he lives in Richfield with his wife, Jenny, and they are expecting their first baby in November.

He played baseball when he was younger and is an avid fan of the Twins although he’ll watch a good match-up among any of the teams. He gets to about 10 Twins game a year, and his first was when he was a baby. He was at Paul Molitor’s final game and the game in which Jim Thome tied and passed Harmon Killebrew in career home runs.

Recently he became more in interested in the minor leagues. “A lot of baseball writers that I read regularly are SABR members, and I realized too late that the convention was in Minneapolis this year. I decided that the best way to stay on top of SABR activities (and take advantage of things like the Baseball Research Journal) was to join. It was only then that I realized that there are regional chapters, including the Halsey Hall chapter.”

Michael shares his June 21 birthday with Donovan Osborne, Charlie Moore, Rick Sutcliffe, Eddie Lopat, Garrett Jones, Matt Kilroy, Russ Van Atta, Prince William, Derrick Coleman, Jane Russell, Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Benazir Bhutto, and Henry G. Bonebrake.

James A. “Jim” Lee is a retired accountant who grew up in the Como Park area of St. Paul, lived in Roseville for 30 years, and has lived in North Oaks with his wife, Linda, since 1992. They have a daughter, Kathy; son, Michael; and grandson, Allan.

Jim’s dad, Allan, was a semi-pro catcher in the 1920s and 1930s and brought Jim to see the St. Paul Saints. “I recall the 1949 AA [American Association] winning Saints team and can still, at my advanced age, name every starter for that team. Too bad they didn’t win the Little World Series that year. Unfortunately, my father passed away in September 1949, but he had already planted the baseball seed in me. My high school friends and I would go to Midway Stadium for virtually every Saints home game during the 50s (50 cent tickets). I’ve been an avid Twins fan since they came to the Twin Cities. I actually worked for the Pohlad family from 1967 to 1987, so I had the benefit of rubbing elbows with some baseball people in that capacity and started attending spring training when the Twins were still at Tinker Field in Orlando. Since we now winter in Naples, Florida, my spring training ritual continues. My wife, Linda, a huge Twins fan, and I have season tickets at Target Field.

“I heard Pat Reusse mention SABR on the radio one day recently and did an online search to find you. I’m sure that I’m not as much of a baseball historian as most of your members are, but I love talking baseball and hope to learn by listening to your members online and at meetings.”

Born in 1939, Jim shares his July 17 birthday with Lou Boudreau, Adam Lind, Jerry Lynch, Jason Jennings, Roy McMillan, Bobby Thigpen, Pete Ladd, Don Kessinger, Deron Johnson, Donald Sutherland, James Cagney, Art Linkletter, and Vince Guaraldi.

Other New Members: David Oar and Aaron McClintock.

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    September 1—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

    October 6—Fall Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    October 7—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 3 p.m. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.

    October 13—Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.  

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