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

December 2018

Stew Thornley

  • Fall Chapter Meeting
  • Name’s the Same
  • New Member
  • Cow Chips
  • SABR Games Project a Great Way to Research and Write
  • Answer to Name’s the Same
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Fall Chapter Meeting
    Thirty-five members—Brenda Himrich, Jerry Janzen, Stew Thornley, Jim Cox, Tom Flynn, Dave Lande, Tom Flynn, Sarah Johnson, Howard Luloff, Bob Tholkes, Mary Manning, Dave Hoplin, Bob Komoroski, Brian Madigan, Gene Gomes, John Gallo, Zack Siegel, Art Mugalian, Dave Karpinski, Gregg Nelson, Dan Zibell, Steve Bratkovich, David Entler, Dave Jensen, Jeff Lenz, Rich Arpi, Josh Ostergaard, Steve Ginader, M. Frank, Dan Levitt, Emma Charlesworth-Seiler, Daniel Duff, Damian Schaab, Doug Skipper, and George Rekela—attended the November 3 chapter meeting and listened to Rob Fornasiere, recently retired after more than 30 years as the assistant baseball coach of the Minnesota Gophers.

    Rob Fornasiere

    Rob Fornasiere spoke at the Fall Halsey Hall Chapter meeting, which was shown on Facebook Live, thanks to Frank Kadwell.

    Rob Fornasiere

    The meeting had three research presentations:

    • Showdown: Babe Ruth’s Rebellious Barnstorming Tour of 1921 by Tom Flynn
    • Analysis of the Unique Role of the Official Scorer in Baseball by Stew Thornley
    • Memorable Amateur Arbiters by Bob Tholkes

    The meeting can be viewed at:

    Halsey Hall Fall Chapter Meeting

    Upcoming Events: Research Committee
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee will meet Monday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Room I at the Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center 55430. All members are welcome to attend. A topic of conversation will be submitting a bid to host the SABR 19th Century Committee Symposium in the Twin Cities.

    Book Club
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, December 1 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is Baseball in the Afternoon: Tales from a Bygone Era by Robert Smith.

    Brent Heutmaker has organized a list of all the book selections since the book club started in August 2002: Halsey Hall Book Club Selections

    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, January 5 at Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413, 612-545-5659 (in what was the keg warehouse of the Grain Belt Brewery).

    Chapter Outing to Play Ball! Exhibit in Shakopee
    Jim Cox is organizing an outing to the Play Ball! Sports in Scott County exhibit at the Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller Street South, Shakopee 55379 at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 12. Jim attended the opening of the exhibit on September 27 and invites others to join him on a return visit. Admission is $4. More details on organizing carpools will be in the January newsletter.

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

    Halsey Hall Chapter Twitter page

    Regular Events

    On that note, Bob Komoroski has taken over as coordinator of the chapter Facebook page. Tom Flynn will still oversee Twitter while getting a break from some of the social media duties. Thanks to Bob for stepping up and in.

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    Name’s the Same
    Former Twins second baseman and the judge in the Netflix docuseries The Staircase.

    Answer below

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    New Member

    The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes Kenny Jackelen.

    Know a potential member? Here are resources for getting that person happily involved in SABR:

    Membership application

    Have you attended a Minnesota college, and would you be willing to contact it about the possibility of integrating SABR into some departments? If so, please contact Membership Committee Chair Hans Van Slooten.

    Hans has written an article on SABR and our chapter for Twins Daily: Interested in Baseball Research? Join SABR!

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    Cow Chips
    SABR member Joel Rippel wrote Len’s obituary in the October 26, 2018 Star Tribune:

    Leonard Youngman, Ever a Gentleman, Dies at 107

    Len died October 16, 2018. He grew up in Sleepy Eye and was present when Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel played there October 16, 1922. Len was playing nearby and picked up a ball that Ruth had hit for a long home run, a ball that has remained in the family. He also appeared in a photo of Meusel and Ruth peering around Meusel. That picture is on a banner at the Sleepy Eye ballpark:

    Babe Ruth poster at Sleepy Eye ballpark

    Brown County baseball historians Randy Krzmarzick and Scott Surprenant have researched the visit of Ruth and Meusel to Sleepy Eye and befriended Youngman, whom they hoped would be able to return to Sleepy Eye and throw out the ceremonial first pitch for a centennial celebration of the 1922 game. Randy and Scott have been featured in television reports on their research into Babe Ruth’s trip to Sleepy Eye:

    Remembering Babe Ruth’s Visit Sleepy Eye, Minn. (Fox Sports North)

    Babe Ruth Home Run Ball Turns up with 104-year-old Minnesotan

    Randy writes for the New Ulm Journal and recently wrote about the hosting he and others did for a SABR member last June, taking him on a Brown County baseball tour:

    Weeds: Sunday in June Perfect for a Baseball Tour

    Below is a picture from the Gibbon at Stark game, the culmination of a perfect baseball day.

    Gibbon at Stark June 17, 2018

    Steve Nadel has baseball guides from The Sporting News and Baseball America as well as other baseball literature that he is looking to sell as he and his wife prepare to move to Florida. Contact him if you want to know what is available and the price he is seeking.

    Lloyd Kepple played in the Roy Hobbs World Series in Fort Myers, Florida, patrolling center field and starting a double play with a catch of a line drive and a throw home to nail a runner from third.

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    SABR Games Project a Great Way to Research and Write
    Want to do some research and writing on baseball but don’t know what to do? Check out the SABR Games Project. It’s fun and achievable, no matter what your level of experience is. Think of a game you’d like to write about: it could be a historic game, a game you’ve attended, maybe the first baseball game you ever went to. Follow the instructions to contact the proper people to see if the game is available. The Games Project Research Committee has a newsletter with useful information.

    The November 2018 newsletter has a great column by Len Levin with tips and advice.

    Check it out and go for it.

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    Answer to Name’s the Same
    Orlando Hudson

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        November 19—Research Committee meeting, 7:00 p.m., Brookdale Library, Room I. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

       December 1Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Baseball in the Afternoon: Tales from a Bygone Era by Robert Smith.

        January 5—Fred Souba Hot Stove League Saturday Morning, Bunny’s, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.

        January 12—Play Ball! Sports in Scott County, exhibit at the Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee, 10:00 a.m. For more information, contact Jim Cox,

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    Board of Directors 2018-2019
    President—Tom Flynn
    Vice President—Frank Kadwell
    Secretary—Dave Lande
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Jim Cox
    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—Frank Kadwell and Stew Thornley
    Social Media Directors—Tom Flynn, Twitter; Bob Komoroski, Facebook

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