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


December 2002

Deano Thilgen Receives Vintage Award
Final Events of the Year
2003 Dates Set
Before and After
Cow Chips
Ballpark Calendars Available
Answers to Before and After
Board of Directors

Deano Thilgen Receives Vintage Award
The Muffins/Diamonds Program has presented Deano Thilgen with its highest honor, the Henry Chadwick Award, for outstanding service to vintage base ball. Deano was on hand to receive the award on November 9 in Columbus, Ohio.

“You are a tireless worker for this game,” said Doug Smith, the manager of the Muffins/Diamonds team, in informing Deano of the award. “You have contributed so much to the VBBA [Vintage Base Ball Association]. You travel and help to spread the game. You have helped our program greatly through your attention to authenticity and in helping to bring clubs from Minnesota to the Ohio Cup.

“Congratulations to you on behalf of a vintage base ball program that respects what you bring to this wonderful activity.”

Organized in Columbus in 1981, the Muffins were the first vintage team to play a regular schedule of games in the Midwest. The Diamonds are the women’s vintage base ball group in Columbus. The Muffins/Diamonds first presented the Henry Chadwick Award in 1992.

Deano has been involved in vintage base ball since playing his first game with the newly formed St. Croix Base Ball Club of the Washington County Historical Society in 1998. That winter he began searching for more information and learned of the VBBA, which he joined in 1999. Deano then attended the organization’s convention, in Ohio, the following year. “I went back to Ohio two more times in 2000, making new friends and learning more about the activity of vintage base ball. Deano is now the VBBA’s co-webmaster and chair of its Education and Interpretation Committee.

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Final Events of the Year
Hot Stove Saturday Morning
The bi-monthly breakfast get-together will be December 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Baker’s Square on 66th Street, just east of Xerxes Avenue in Richfield.

Book Club
The chapter’s book club will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 14 at Northwestern Book Store in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book to be discussed is Stengel: His Life and Times by Robert W. Creamer.

2003 Dates Set
Hot Stove League Meeting—January 25
Events chair Howard Luloff announced that the annual Hot Stove League meeting will be held Saturday, January 25, at 7 p.m. at Kevin Hennessy’s home, 608 Grand Avenue in St. Paul. The event is free.

Spring Chapter Meeting—May 10
The Spring 2003 Chapter Meeting has been set for Saturday, May 10. The Twins are scheduled to play the Boston Red Sox that night.

Update on SABR Convention
The Marriott Hotel City Center is the site of the 2003 SABR convention in downtown Denver. The convention will be from Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13.

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Before and After
Seven different names serve as both the last name of one Baseball Hall of Famer and the first name (or the middle name used as the first name) of another.

An example of such a name, applied to former Twins, would be David (Andre David West).

What are the seven Hall of Fame names that fit this category and to whom do they belong? As a bonus, what name will be added to this list in five or six years?

Note: The names must be exact matches. Fred Clarke and Clark Griffith do not count.

Answers on back page

Cow Chips
Howard Luloff donated programs from Jefferson High School to Wally’s Roast Beef Sandwiches in Bloomington for display on Wally’s wall.

Ballpark Calendars Available
Dr. Seth Hawkins has several 2003 Bill Goff Ballpark Calendars available at a discounted price on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Seth at 651-225-1505 if you are interested.

Answers to Before and After
Grover Cleveland Alexander Cartwright
Dave Bancroft Johnson
Steve Carlton Fisk
Whitey Ford Frick
Waite Hoyt Wilhelm
John Henry Lloyd Waner
Joe Morgan Bulkeley

Bonus: Branch Rickey Henderson

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    December 7—Hot Stove Saturday Mid-Morning, Baker’s Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:30 a.m.

    December 14—Book Club Meeting, Northwestern Book Store, Roseville, 10 a.m.

    January 25—Book Club Meeting, Hot Stove League Meeting, Kevin Hennessy’s House, 7 p.m.

    May 10—Spring Chapter Meeting

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2002-03
Vice President—Fred Buckland
Secretary-Treasurer—Rich Arpi
Dan Cagley
Cary Smith
Deano Thilgen
Bob Tholkes
Jim Wyman

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Holy Cow Extra Editor—Bob Tholkes
Webmaster—Deano Thilgen  

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