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

August 2013

Stew Thornley

Upcoming Events

The date of the fall chapter meeting will be set when the board of directors meets August 11.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting (with the understanding they might not know if they’re available until the meeting date is set. Proposals must be sent to Research Committee co-chairs Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson and 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, Sarah Johnson, Brenda Himrich, Rich Arpi, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, August 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss The Cubs of ‘69: Recollections of the Team That Should Have Been by Rick Talley. In addition, the group will discuss the telecast of Game Three of the 1969 World Series. The complete game is available for purchase from iTunes or for viewing on YouTube.

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 7 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

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Research News

The Research Committee is has updated its Research Committee page and a white paper on research resources, Baseball Research Primer.

Anthony Bush has written an article on baseball history in the Duluth area, The 1905 Duluth White Sox Repeat as Northern League Champs. (Anthony and his sister, Amy, visiting from London, joined the Twin Cities contingent of Brenda Himrich and her husband, Josh Ostergaard, Howard Luloff, Dave Jensen and son or son-in-law, Rich Arpi, and Tom Flynn at a Northwoods League game at Wade Stadium in Duluth, where the flock of fans had the chance to pose with Harley D. Husky.)

Harley D. Husky and friends

J. G. Preston has written an article, The Record for the Longest Baseball Throw by a Woman. The article includes details about a 1910 heave by Ada Paintin, who later became Ada Alt, died in 1959 in Minneapolis, and is buried in Lakewood Cemetery. He wonders if Ada Alt is the grandma of John Alt, who played football for Columbia Heights High School, the University of Iowa, and the Kansas City Chiefs. He is trying to find out the name of John’s dad to see if he is Ada’s son.

Joel Rippel’s book, Game of My Life Minnesota Gophers: Memorable Stories of Gopher Football, has been re-released by Skyhorse Publishing. The updated, second edition includes two new chapters, one on Eric Decker, who also played baseball at Minnesota.

Joe Niese, who will have an article, The Long Way To Philadelphia: The Strange Route Leading Rube Waddell To Join The Philadelphia Athletics, in the publication for the upcoming SABR convention in Philadelphia, is also research and writing a book on Andy Pafko. He notes that Halsey Hall and Cedric Adams were the masters of ceremonies at a banquet to honor Andy in his hometown of Boyceville, Wisconsin, after the 1945 World Series. Anyone with information to share about Pafko may contact Joe Niese, 715-523-0369. Joe has already written a biography of Burleigh Grimes.

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    August 10—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Cubs of ‘69: Recollections of the Team That Should Have Been by Rick Talley and Game Three of the 1969 World Series. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, and Gary DeSmith, 320-286-5127.

    September 7—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.

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President—Howard Luloff
Vice President—Doug Skipper
Secretary—Gary DeSmith
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
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Dave Jensen
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