The Newsletter of the Halsey Hall Chapter
Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)
Gary Hackenmueller returned to the Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning on January 12 after a stay on the disabled list, and new member Frank Kadwell joined the group for breakfast. The next gathering of the group, to eat and talk baseball, will be March 9 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue). All members and friends are welcome.
Rich Arpi once again headed up the Halsey Hall Chapters participation at Twinsfest at the end of January. Volunteers staffed the table and had the chance to talk to prospective members and others. The chapter developed a one-page membership application, which is now posted on the web site.
The annual Hot Stove League meeting drew a small but enthusiastic group February 2 at a new location, Davannis in Roseville. Organizer Howard Luloff presented a trivia quiz, but time ran out before the Dead or Alive? quiz could be conducted. (The quiz is below for those wanting to take it. It is not an open-book quiz.)
Howard Luloff headed up a group to attend the Minnesota Gophers Pro Alumni game at the Metrodome on February 2. He also has tickets for the game between the Gophers and Utah at the Metrodome on Saturday, March 2 at 6:35. Anyone who would like to join the group and use any of the tickets may meet Howard outside the Metrodome by the b. f. sign on 5th Street and Chicago Avenue at 5:30.
Nominations to the Society for American Baseball Research board of directors are open until March 1. The office of president and two director positions are up for election this year. Anyone interested in running for the board may contact Barry Mednick, chair of the nominating committee.
The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, February 9 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball by Stephen Jay Gould.
The Spring Chapter Meeting will Saturday, April 20 at the Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis.
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 Rich Arpi, 2445 Londin Lane E., Unit 410, Maplewood, Minnesota 55119-5547, 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. The Research Committee (which also consists of Dan Levitt, Stew Thornley, Sarah Johnson, Brenda Himrich, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by April 6, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.
Three presentations have already been approved:
- Tom Flynn, Tom Sheehans Memorable Major League Debut. Tom Sheehan is Tom Flynns great-great uncle, and the latter Tom has researched the career of the former Tom, which includes a major league career with the Philadelphia Athletics and other teams. Sheehan also pitched semi-pro baseball for Albert Lea in southern Minnesota and pitched for both the St. Paul Saints and Minneapolis Millers (also managing the Millers). In 1923 with the Saints, Sheehan won 31 games in 1923, tying the American Association record set by Long Tom Hughes of Minneapolis in 1910.
- John Rosengren, Why Hank Greenberg Would Be Irrelevant TodayBut Isnt. John has written a biography about Greenberg and will talk about Greenberg, a Jewish player, playing during a time when ethnic identification was strong and how Greenbergs cultural significance, strong then, would not be the same today.
- Stew Thornley, Statistical Shimmies: Numerical Moving Targets, a presentation on statistics and records that have changed because of errors discovered in their compilation. It includes the controversy over the race for leadership in batting average in the American League in 1910 between Larry Lajoie and Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewsons additional win, added in the 1940s, and a discussion regarding the propriety of changing statistics.
During the business meeting, four members will be elected to the chapters board of directors to succeed outgoing directors Art Mugalian, Fred Buckland, Gary DeSmith, and Brenda Himrich. Anyone interested in running for a two-year term may contact Nominating Committee Chair Brenda Himrich at 651-415-0791.
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More Minutes Now on Web Site
A whole plethora-load of minutes from past board and chapter meetings recently turned up and have been posted on the Minutes and Reports page of the Halsey Hall web site. Although some gaps still exist, more than 130 sets of minutes have been added, going back to June 9, 1985, the first board meeting after the organization of the Halsey Hall Chapter.
The minutes provide insight and history into the Halsey Hall Chapter and often convey a sense of the proceedings of how the chapter has evolved and a sense of the spirit of some of the meetings, such as the opening of the minutes for the April 10, 1994 board meeting: After initial banter, snide remarks, potshots, digressions, and scatology ran their course the meeting was called to order about 10:05.
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The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes Connie Hill, John Gallo, and James Hentges.
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Dead or Alive?
As of February 2, were these folks dead or alive?
Ed Fitz Gerald
Roy Smalley Jr.
Willie Puddin Head Jones
Answers to Dead of Alive? below
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Research and Member News
Anthony Bush has written another article on Duluth baseball, this one on The 1891 Duluth Whalebacks: Packed with Major League Talent.
Barry Bengtsson recently returned from the Cubaball trip, which has been organized annually since 2001 by SABR member Kit Krieger. The group traveled to different parts of the island and saw five baseball games, went to the graves of Hall of Famers Martín Dihigo, Cristóbal Torriente, and José Méndez, and met with 101-year-old Conrado Marrerro, who pitched for the Washington Senators from 1950 to 1954.
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Answers to Dead or Alive?
Ed Fitz Gerald-Alive
Lannay Kekua-Dead but imaginary
Roy Smalley Jr.-Dead (His son, Roy III, is alive)
Willie Puddin Head Jones-Dead
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February 9Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball by Stephen Jay Gould. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.
February 17Research Committee, Olive Garden, Roseville, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Rich Arpi, 651-739-6986.
March 9Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.
April 7Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.
April 20Spring Chapter Meeting, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.
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