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

February 2000

Spring Chapter Meeting
Profile: Joe O’Connell
Cow Chips
Name’s the Same
Kudos for Brent Peterson
SABR Internet Committee Resignations
Answer to Name’s the Same
February Birthdays
Board of Directors

Volunteers Needed for TwinsFest
Rich Arpi will again coordinate the Halsey Hall Chapterís involvement in TwinsFest, February 5 and 6 at the Metrodome. The Chapter will have a table with SABR publications and information about the Halsey Hall Chapter.

Chapter members are needed to staff the table from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 5 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 6. To sign up for one or more shifts, contact Rich at 651-748-9361.

Site Set for Spring Chapter Meeting
The Spring Halsey Hall Chapter Meeting, on Saturday, May 6, will be at United Methodist Church in Columbia Heights.

Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at 9:00. The meeting will include research presenations, featured guests, a silent auction, a trivia quiz, and the semi-annual business meeting, at which three new board members will be elected. The group will attend the Twins-Tigers game that evening.

Possibilities for the featured guests include Terry Ryan, Ernie Harwell, and Dave Theiss. The silent auction will consist of sports items donated by attendees. The proceeds from the auction will go either to the chapter or be donated to the newly established Dave Moore Scholarship Fund.

Registration for the meeting is $5 and includes lunch and refreshments. The registration can be paid at the door, but it is asked that members call Joe OíConnell at 651-776-8093 to RSVP and also to indicate a desire to do a research presentation.

Tickets for the Twins-Tigers game must be ordered in advance by sending a check for $12 for each ticket to Joe OíConnell at P. O. Box 600007, St. Paul, Minnesota 55106.

Other upcoming events:
The Hot Stove League Meeting will be at the Julian H. Sleeper House at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 22. The event is free and includes food and a “Dead or Alive?” quiz. Those attending will receive the initial issue of the Holy Cow! Extra. (Those not in attendance will have the Extra mailed to them after the meeting.)

The chapter will again have a display at TwinsFest at the Metrodome the first weekend of February.

The February Hot Stove Saturday Morning will be February 12, at 8:30 a.m. at Bakerís Square in Richfield.

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Chapter Profile: Joe O’Connell
A native of St. Paul and a charter member of the Halsey Hall Chapter, Joe OíConnell attended his first baseball game at the age of 9 in 1954, watching the St. Paul Saints play the Charleston Charlies at Lexington Park. Heís been to many more games since then and was present when Cal Ripken played in his 2,000th consecutive game in 1994 as well as for Bert Blylevenís 3,000th career strikeout in 1986.

In 1966 Joe was a clubhouse assistant for the Twins. “It was a great experience seeing baseball on the inside,” says Joe.

Cow Chips
John McNeil, writing under the nom de plume of E. Mactire, has had poetry and a “smarmy Christmas letter” published in Minnesota Crossroads: Newspaper of the Streets, a monthly publication produced and distributed by the homeless. . . . Dr. Seth C. Hawkins had an editorial letter printed in the January 5, 2000 St. Paul Pioneer Press, a rebuttal to an earlier letter from a Salvation Army bell ringer who chastised people in suits for not giving more . . . . Phyllis Thornley and Brenda Himrich (as well as the formerís son and the latterís husband) went to Virginia and visited Montecello.

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Name’s the Same
Kent State student shot and killed by the National Guard on May 4, 1970 and the author of Down to the Wire, a book about the 1967 American League pennant race.

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Kudos for Brent Peterson
Brent Peterson was one of the editors in a recently released book on Minnesota, Minnesota Beginnings: The Records of St. Croix County, Wisconsin Territory 1840-1849, a Minnesota Territorial 150th Anniversary project done by the History Network of Washington County and published by the Washington County Historical Society (where Brent works).

Brent also announces that the Washington County Historical Society is planning a large St. Croix Valley baseball exhibit to open in May at the Historic Courthouse in Stillwater.

Gregory and Hathaway Resign from SABR Internet Committee
John Gregory resigned as administrator of the SABR-ADMIN listserver, and Ted Hathaway resigned as chair of SABRís internet committee.

The resignations came as a result of the SABR Board of Directors overturning a decision by the Internet Core Group to bar a member from SABR-ADMIN for repeated violations of several list policies.

Answer to Name’s the Same
Jeff Miller

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February Birthdays
    1—Brent Peterson (also Clark Gable)
    5—Cary Smith (also Hank Aaron, Al Worthington, Roberto Alomar, Don Hoak, Lee Thomas, and Roger Peckinpaugh)
    27—Jim Karn (also Chelsea Clinton)
    28—Bob Evans (also Mario Andretti and Bugsy Siegel)

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Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 1999-2000
President—Jim Wyman
Vice President—Cary Smith
Secretary-Treasurer—Kevin Hennessy
Mark Johnson
Joe O’Connell
Brent Peterson
Bob Tholkes

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley

    January 22—Hot Stove League Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Julian H. Sleeper House, 66 South St. Albans, St. Paul

    February 5-6—Twins Fest

    February 12—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, 8:30 a.m., Bakerís Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield

    May 6—Halsey Hall Spring Chapter Meeting, United Methodist Church, Columbia Heights


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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