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

August 2017

Stew Thornley

  • Fall Chapter Meeting and Other Upcoming Events
  • Member and Chapter News
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Fall Chapter Meeting and Other Upcoming Events
    The 2017 Fall Chapter meeting will be Saturday, November 4 at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis.

    Registration for the meeting is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch with a featured guest to follow. 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.

    Lloyd Kepple reports that Dick Stigman is interested in attending as a featured guest. Dick, a noted Minnesota player who pitched for the Twins in the 1960s, has been interested in the past but has had to demur for various reasons. His attendance at this time is tentative but hopeful.

    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, Jim Cox, Doug Skipper, 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.

    Three proposals have been approved so far:

    • John Gallo: The 1957 St. Paul Saints
    • Sarah Johnson: When Baseball’s Winter Meetings Came to Minneapolis
    • Bob Tholkes: Speculations on the Origins of Baseball Umpiring

    Research note: A good place to start with any research project is the Halsey Hall Chapter Baseball Research Primer.

    Other Stuff:
    Book Club
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, August 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is Storied Stadiums: Baseball’s History Through Its Ballparks by Curt Smith. The group will also discuss the Highlights from the 1959 World Series, produced by Sports History Channel and narrated by Vin Scully. It is available on You Tube: 1959 World Series Highlights

    Grumpy’s Gang Get-Together of Baseball Enthusiasts
    An informal gathering of interested chapter members and others is planned for Friday, August 11 at Grumpy’s, 2200 4th Street Northeast, Minneapolis 55418. Start gathering anytime after 5 p.m. to talk and watch baseball, eat, and drink.

    Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning
    The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on Saturday, September 9 at the new location, Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413, 612-545-5659 (in what was the keg warehouse of the Grain Belt Brewery).

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

    Halsey Hall Chapter Twitter page

    Regular Events

    July Road Trips Recap

    Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato

    A double-digit contingent went to Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato July 15 for a Northwoods League game preceded by a meeting with Mankato manager Ryan Kragh and broadcaster Charlie Snelson as well as a trivia contest. Triviamaster Howard Luloff reported that the winning score of 92-1 by Team Janzen-Thornley set a record for widest margin of victory.

    Sleeping Giant in Thunder Bay

    Eight members and guests went to Thunder Bay July 29. A few went to Hillcrest Park for a nice view of the Sleeping Giant (above) and all were at Port Arthur Stadium to see the Mankato MoonDogs beat the Thunder Bay Border Cats 13-8.

    Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay

    No more road trips are planned, but several members are planning on attending the state amateur tournament. A couple of games planned are:

    • Friday, August 25 at 5 p.m. in Norwood Young America
    • Sunday, August 27 at noon in Hamburg

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    Member and Chapter News
    A couple of marvy members have had baseball articles published recently:

    Aaron Sinner: Delayed Romance

    Sarah Johnson: The Northwoods League

    Emma Charlesworth-Seiler is underway, umpiring in the Gulf Coast League. After a rainout on June 26, she was on the bases and behind the plate for her first games the next day. Here are the box scores:

    June 27, 2017, Game 1

    June 27, 2017, Game 2

    Pat Borzi of the New York Times wrote an article on Emma for espn.com: Another Crack in Major League Baseball’s Glass Ceiling

       August 5Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Storied Stadiums: Baseball’s History Through Its Ballparks by Curt Smith and 1959 World Series Highlights.

        August 11—Grumpy’s Gang Get-Together of Baseball Enthusiasts, Grumpy’s Bar and Grill, Minneapolis, starting at 5:00 p.m.

        September 9—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bunny’s Northeast, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.

        November 4—Fall Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

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    Board of Directors 2017-2018
    President—Tom Flynn
    Vice President—Frank Kadwell
    Secretary—Brent Heutmaker
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Gene Gomes
    Bob Komoroski
    Hans Van Slooten

    Membership Committee Chair—Hans Van Slooten
    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Chairs—Brenda Himrich and Sarah Johnson

    The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
    Webmaster—John Gregory 
    Ass. Webmasters—Stew Thornley and Frank Kadwell
    Social Media Director—Tom Flynn

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