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


December 2000

Dates Set for 2001 Events
In Other News
New Members
December Birthdays
Board of Directors

Dates Set for 2001 Events
Hot Stove League Meeting
The 2001 Hot Stove League Meeting will take place on Saturday night, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Julian H. Sleeper House at 66 St. Albans Street S. in St. Paul. The event will include free food and a Dead or Alive quiz.

Twins Fest
The Halsey Hall Chapter is planning on having a table at Twins Fest at the Metrodome on February 3 and 4. Rich Arpi and Cary Smith are organizing the event and will be on the lookout for volunteers to staff the table.

Spring Chapter Meeting
The Spring Meeting for the Halsey Hall Chapter will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the United Methodist Church in Columbia Heights. The event will include a trip to the Twins-Orioles game that night.

Winnipeg, Anyone?
Don Hunt, a SABR member in Winnipeg, wants to invite Halsey Hall Chapter members to a summer outing in his city that would include a game at CanWest Global Park. If anyone is interested in organizing a group trip, contact Don at

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In Other News
Deano Thilgen is working on a project for the Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA), Life in 1860, which is intended to help put participants of 1860 vintage ball in a mindset for the time. A draft of the paper is at, and Deano invites feedback from members.

The chapter’s board of directors has agreed to return to a schedule for its board meetings to have them take place on the first or second Sunday of the even-numbered months, rather than odd-numbered months, as had been the case the last few years. The next board meeting will be on Sunday, February 11.

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New Members
The chapter welcomes two new members, Rob Malec and Dick Unruh. Here is some information about them.

Rob Malec is from St. Paul but has lived in other parts of the country while working for six years as a radio announcer in minor league baseball at the AA and A levels. He is now an account executive for the Minnesota Twins, selling group and season tickets as well as suites. Rob and his wife, Kate, live in Woodbury.

Dick Unruh, a SABR member since 1995, was born in Glendale, California, and now lives in Yankton, South Dakota. He is a school business manager in the Yankton School District and has a wife, Dawne; children, David, Cathy, Sylvia, and Rick; son-in-law, Brian; daughter-in-law, Marnie; and granddaughter, Lilyanna. As a South Dakota farmboy in 1955, Dick became a fan of the Kansas City Athletics. The first games he attended were in May of 1963 when he saw his A’s play a weekend series against the Twins at Met Stadium. In the Saturday game, Dick watched A’s lefthander Ted Bowsfield carry a no-hitter into the ninth inning, only to have Vic Power break it up when he grounded a single up the middle. “Not only was it something to see the near no-hitter,” Dick recalls, “but it was something else to hear Bowsfield when he gave up the first hit. A college roommate and I were sitting just behind third base, and we could hear very clearly every obscenity Bowsfield uttered as he became completely unglued.” Even though the A’s are no longer in Kansas City, Dick still roots for them and for the American League. Dick also plays various forms of fantasy baseball—Rotisserie for 10 seasons and Scoresheet for the last three—and adds that he had Eric Milton on three teams this past year.

Directory Information
Rob Malec
1925 Windjammer Drive
Woodbury, Minnesota 55125

Richard C. “Dick” Unruh, Jr.
1208 W. 9th Street
Yankton, South Dakota 57078-3313
H) 605-668-9625, W) 605-665-3980

New e-mail for Rich Arpi:

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December Birthdays
    9—Alden Mead (also Old Hoss Radbourn, Joe Kelley, Dick Butkus, and Donny Osmond)
    24—David Trombley (also Jamey Wright, Howard Hughes, and Kit Carson)
    29—Fred Souba (also Devon White, Jaret Wright, Andrew Johnson, Mary Tyler Moore, and Woodrow Wilson)

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    December 2—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, 8:30 a.m., Baker’s Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield

    January 27—Hot Stove League Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Julian H. Sleeper House, St. Paul

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 1999-2000
President—Joe O’Connell
Vice President—Cary Smith
Secretary—Rich Arpi
Treasurer—Kevin Hennessy
Dan Levitt
Bob Tholkes
Jim Wyman

Webmaster—Cary Smith

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley

Holy Cow Extra Editor—Bob Tholkes  

Please direct news about chapter events, about yourself or about other chapter members to:
S. Thornley
1082 Lovell Avenue
Roseville, Minnesota 55113-4419
E-mail Stew Thornley

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