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The leadership of the Halsey Hall Chapters annual table at Twinsfest passed flawlessly from Rich Arpi to Doug Skipper this year, and Doug wrote:
At Twinsfest, the chapter highlighted its Spread of Baseball in Minnesota project, which was started by Rich Arpi and now includes contributions from a number of members.
Frank White will present his They Played for the Love of the Game, Adding to the Legacy of Minnesota Black Baseball exhibit. Other chapter members will be involved and presenting, and all members are welcome to attend and staff a table to promote the Halsey Hall Chapter. The event starts at 6:30 with the program beginning at 7:00.
More information: The Bloomington Human Rights Commission Presents: Black History Month
Other upcoming activities:
The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on March 8 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of York Avenue).
Lloyd Kepple and his son Ben were the starting battery for the Pro Pals in a 5-4 extra-inning win over a team coached by Frank Viola and Greg Gagne at the Twins Fantasy Camp in Fort Myers, Florida, from January 4 to 12. He threw hard enough that my hand is sore tonight, wrote Lloyd in a post-game missive.
The Pro Pals finished 4-4 in the regular season and were seeded first in the Red Division playoffs. They won their playoff game on Friday, January 10 to advance the championship game the next day at City of Palms Stadium. However, they lost 5-2 to the Padrones. Lloyd reports, But the Pro Pals were happy. They reached their goal of being one of the four teams (out of 10) to advance to the Saturday championship games in the big stadium. Lloyd has been attending fantasy camps for two years.
Bob Tholkes, Rich Arpi, and Joe OConnell are driving to Houston for the SABR convention July 30 to August 3 and have room for another member in the car. Anyone interested may contact Bob Tholkes, 763-781-6161.
Anthony Bush has written an article on the return of pro baseball to Superior, Wisconsin, in 1909, 1909: Professional Baseball Returns to Superior.
February 27Celebrating Black History Month through Baseball, part of The Bloomington Human Rights Commission Presents: Black History Month, Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington 55431-3027, 6:30 p.m.
March 8Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and York, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.