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

December 2015

Stew Thornley


Lots of Big Stuff Coming Up

  • Twinsfest January 29-31

  • Book Club-Research Workshop Doubleheader February 6 (and Research Committee meeting January 18)

  • Chapter Meeting April 9

  • Showing of Hano! A Century in the Bleachers May 14

The Halsey Hall Chapter hopes to again have a table at Twinsfest at Target Field from Friday, January 29 to Sunday, January 31. If you are interested in volunteering for a shift at the table, contact Doug Skipper, 612-876-1408.

Research Committee and Book Club
The Research Committee will meet Monday, January 18 at 7 p.m. the Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina 55435. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson.

In addition, a big doubleheader will be held in honor of Babe Ruth’s birthday on Saturday, February 6.

The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City by Jonathan Mahler. In addition, the group will discuss the telecast of Game 7 of the 1965 World Series. The complete game is available for purchase from iTunes or for viewing on YouTube: 1965 World Series, Game 7: Dodgers @ Twins.

In the afternoon the Research Committee will host a workshop at the Minnesota History Center starting at 1:00. The tour is designed to familiarize members with the research resources in the library and microfilm room. Dan Cagley will then lead a special behind-the scenes tour of the center’s archives. Meet in the main lobby of the History Center at 1:00. Early arrivers may want to eat in the cafeteria next to the lobby.

Chapter Meeting
The Spring Chapter Meeting will Saturday, April 9 at the 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. Howard has succeeded Scott Cummings, who left the Twin Cities to go to school in Duluth, as the chapter’s Events Committee Chair.

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, Rich Arpi, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

Hano! Documentary
Jon Leonoudakis will bring his documentary, Hano! A Century in the Bleachers, to Minneapolis Saturday, May 14 for a showing and panel discussion. The film is about Arnold Hano, who wrote A Day In the Bleachers. The event will be held at Minneapolis Television Network in southeast Minneapolis.

Other Exciting News
The chapter hopes to have a Saturday in LaCrosse for an afternoon of research presentations and an evening at the ballpark for a Northwoods League game. Stay tuned for details.

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New Members

The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes Roger Peterson, Hal Campbell, and John Hall.

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Joe Niese will receive the State Media Award from the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association for “contributions to baseball in the state” on February 13 in Middleton, Wisconsin. Joe has written biographies of Burleigh Grimes and Andy Pafko.

Scott Cummings had an article in the Duluth Budgeteer News, Top 10 Things to Do in Duluth.

Sarah Johnson had an article, Salads Take “Root” at Target Field, published in the Fall 2015 SABR Concessions Research Committee newsletter:

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    January 2—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Curran’s, 42nd and Nicollet, 9:00 a.m.

    January 18—Research Committee meeting, Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue, Edina, 7:00 p.m.. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson.

    January 29-31—Twinsfest, Target Field. For more information, contact Doug Skipper, 612-876-1408.     

    February 6—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City by Jonathan Mahler and Game 7 of the 1965 World Series.

    February 6—Research Committee Orientation and Tour of Minnesota History Center, 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson.

    April 9—Spring Chapter Meeting, Faith Mennonite Church. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

   May 14—Screening and panel discussion for Hano! A Century in the Bleachers, Minneapolis Television Network, Minneapolis.

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Board of Directors 2015-2016
President—Steve Ginader
Vice President—Tom Flynn
Secretary—Frank Kadwell
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Gene Gomes
Lloyd Kepple
Doug Skipper

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