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

February 2008

Spring Chapter Meeting May 3
Member Bylines
New Members
Board of Directors

Spring Chapter Meeting May 3

The Spring Chapter Meeting will be Saturday, May 3 at the Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-0125. Parking is in lot AA, across Harvard Street from the church. Parking info is also available by clicking here. The group will attend the Twins-Tigers game that evening.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting. Proposals must be made in writing (e-mail is fine) to Research Committee Chair Cary Smith, P.O. Box 271, Spring Park, Minnesota 55384-0271, zinnbeck@aol.com, and should 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. Generally, up to five presentations may be accommodated, and these will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Research Committee (which also consists of Tom Swift, Dan Levitt, and Stew Thornley) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by April 19, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

Member Bylines

Victor Wang, Todd Peterson, and Michael Haupert had articles in the just-released 2007 edition of SABR’s Baseball Research Journal.

Kyle McNary is operating a web site that covers St. Louis Park sports, and one of his reporters is fellow chapter member Howard Luloff, who does public-address announcing for several Park teams. The web site is http://myparkteam.com.

New Members

Matt Foss is from Washington Island, Wisconsin. He plays baseball for the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, where he is a graduate student, and also plays in the Door County League, an amateur league in Northeast Wisconsin.

Matt shares his June 7 birthday with fellow chapter member Scot Johnson as well as Tim Laudner, Don Money, Thurman Munson, Herb Score, Dean Martin, Prince, Susan Blow, Bonnie Lee Bakley, Paul Gauguin, and Allen Iverson.

Mick Hickok is a computer programmer who has lived his entire life in Mankato, except for seven years when he worked in the Twin Cities.

“I have loved baseball for as long as I can remember,” he says. “In my youth I can remember watching and listening to Halsey, Herb Carneal, Merle Harmon and others doing Twins’ games. My parents took me to a game when I was just a few weeks old. I played up through high school and only a severe lack of talent kept me from playing longer. I can remember going to Knothole games with my Little League team and going to Bat Day with my dad. What great memories! I still remember where I got my first pack of baseball cards. It was in 1965 at a little place called Nitzkowski’s Market, one of those little neighborhood stores that was actually in a house. The pack of Topps cards contained Don Elston, Chuck Estrada, and three other players, and I still have the cards today. I had the thrill of being at Game 1 of the 1987 World Series against St. Louis and my ability to hear only returned a few days ago. I love the current game, but at those times when I get frustrated with the state of things (like some of us are feeling in the last few months), I turn to the history of the game and love looking back on past players and eras and reading about those.”

SABR member Brian Cooper, who wrote a biography of Red Faber, suggested that Mick join the organization for a book he is writing on ex-Milwaukee Brewer Danny Thomas. “Danny was a September, 1976 call-up, had a nervous breakdown over that winter, and reported to spring training of 1977 with a newly adopted religious stance that did not allow him to play from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. He was demoted to the minors in May of 1977 and never made it back to the big leagues. In spite of being a five-tool player, he was released. After that, he played independent ball with the Boise Buckskins in 1978 and the Miami Amigos in 1979, and died in 1980” Mick has gathered a great deal of information about Thomas by talking to hundreds of sources at all levels of baseball, including players, coaches, scouts, executives, journalists, family members, and friends.

Mick and his wife, Mary, have a daughter, Jacy, a junior at the University of Minnesota, and a daughter, Alex, a junior at Mankato West High School, as well as a bichon, Lily, 10, “who is convinced she runs the house.”

Mick, born in 1958, shares his August 14 birthday with Mark Fidrych, Earl Weaver, Clay Buchholz, Joel Horlen, Juan Pierre, Paul Dean, David Justice’s ex-wife (Halle Berry), Julia Child, Wellington Mara, Doc Holliday, David Crosby, and Magic Johnson.

Arnold Hymanson is an insurance and financial broker from St. Louis Park. He saw Jack Kralick pitch a no-hitter at Met Stadium in 1962 and also saw Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris hit back-to-back home runs.

Arnie shares his April 20 birthday with fellow chapter member Barry Bengtsson as well as Eric Tipton, Don Mattingly, Dave “Beauty” Bancroft, Todd Hollandsworth, Harry Agganis, Preston Gomez, Luther Vandross, Lionel Hampton, Barney Gumbel of The Simpsons, and Adolf Hitler.

Other new members: Travis Christopherson, Mick Hickok, Debra Shattuck, Dalton Little.


    February 9—Book Club Meeting, Ramsey County Library, County Road B and Hamline Avenue, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., 1939: Baseball’s Tipping Point by Talmage Boston. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617, or Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, amugalian@comcast.net.

    March 8—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153, baseballbooks@comcast.net.

    March 9—Research Roundtable, Perkins Restaurant, 4917 Eden Avenue, Edina, 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Cary Smith, 952-807-8767, zinnbeck@aol.com.

    May 3—Spring Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, Hfan77@webtv.net.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2007-2008
President—Dan Levitt
Vice President—Lee Temanson
Secretary—Armand Peterson
Treasurer—Doug Ernst
Art Mugalian
George Rekela
Stew Thornley

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—John Gregory 

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