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

August 2015

Stew Thornley

Dan Levitt Receives Bob Davids Award at SABR Convention; Emma Charlesworth-Seiler Receives Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Award

Dan Levitt with the Bob Davids Award
Dan Levitt received the Bob Davids Award at the SABR convention and (below) posed with past recipients of the award.
Dan Levitt with past recipients of the Bob Davids Award

The highlight of the SABR convention in Chicago was the presentation of the Bob Davids Award, the organization’s highest honor, to chapter member Dan Levitt. The award recognizes excellence in research and service to SABR. Dan has been a member for more than 20 years, has written four outstanding (and often award-winning) books, served SABR and the Halsey Hall Chapter in many ways, and has been a frequent contributor to SABR publications and presenter at the SABR conventions and chapter meetings. Dan is the first member of the Halsey Hall Chapter to receive this award.

Emma Charlesworth-Seiler, who attended the convention on a SABR scholarship, was one of the recipients of the Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Award for her essay, Invisible Barriers: Why Baseball Isn’t America’s National Pastime.

Other Halsey Hall Chapter members attending the convention included Dave Jensen, Art Mugalian, Bob Komoroski, Bill Parker, Barry Bengttson, John Rosengren, Jerry Janzen, Doug Skipper, Hans van Slooten, Stew Thornley, Dirk Lammers, Brenda Himrich, Tom Tuttle, Terry Bohn, Jim Wyman, Sarah Johnson, Howard Luloff, and Mike Haupert.

The convention featured a panel with Steve Trout and Joe Berton, the personification of Sidd Finch, and another panel with Carlos May, Ron Kittle, and Mike Huff as well as a broadcasters panel moderated by Curt Smith that included former Twins players Ron Coomer and Jim Deshaies. In addition, research committee meetings had special guests Charles Alexander and Masanori Murakami.

Carlos May, Ron Kittle, and Mike Huff
Above: Carlos May, Ron Kittle, and Mike Huff. Below: Masanori Murakami.
Masanori Murakami

Wrigley Field

The convention included a trip to the Dodgers-Cubs game. Most of the members were able to figure out how to deal with the ongoing construction at Wrigley Field.

Clueless member waiting for nonexistent elevator

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New Member

Steve Bratkovich is from western Pennsylvania and has lived since 1992 in Minnesota with his wife, Janet. They have three grown daughters. Steve is retired from the St. Paul office of the U. S. Forest Service.

He attended his first game August 13, 1960, watching the Pirates beat the Cardinals 4-1 at Forbes Field. Roberto Clemente homered in the game, and Dick Groat tripled.

Now a fan of the Twins and Pirates, he is writing a book on Bob Oldis, a catcher on the 1960 champion Pirates. Oldis later was a coach with the Twins, in 1968.

Steve shares his October 2 birthday with Earl Wilson, Aaron Hicks, Ernest Riles, Mike de la Hoz, Spec Shea, Eddie Guardado, Matt Walbeck, Bob Robertson, Maury Wills, Graham Greene, Bud Abbott, Sting, Don McLean, Kelly Ripa, Groucho Marx, Joey Slotnick, Spanky McFarland, and Mahatma Gandhi.

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Chapter Activities

Delano baseball game

About 10 chapter members headed west on July 17 to see the Mound-Delano game. Delano beat Mound 15-3 in a game stopped after seven innings by the 10-run rule.

Charles Clark will host a group outing to see the Burleigh Grimes Museum in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, on Saturday, November 7. Carpools will form at 9 a.m. at the Himrich-Thornley home. Directions Those interested in attending may contact Stew Thornley.

The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, August 8 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers by Jon Pessah.

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

The Fall Chapter Meeting will be Saturday, October 24 at 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 be on 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.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting. 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, Rich Arpi, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

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    August 8—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers by Jon Pessah.

    September 12—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and York, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

    October 24—Fall Chapter Meeting, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    November 7—Burleigh Grimes Museum, Clear Lake, Wisconsin. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

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