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Spring Chapter Meeting April 9 with Julio Becquer as Featured Guest
Registration is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. The featured guest be on at 1:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch. The cost for the meeting and lunch is $10. The meeting only is $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036. Howard has succeeded Scott Cummings, who left the Twin Cities to go to school in Duluth, as the chapters Events Committee Chair.
Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting (with the understanding they might not know if theyre available until the meeting date is set. Proposals must be sent to Research Committee co-chairs Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson and 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, Rich Arpi, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.
So far, three research presentations have been approved by the committee:
Elections for the board of directors will be held during the business meeting. Three members will be elected to the board of directors to succeed outgoing directors Steve Ginader, Jerry Janzen, and Gene Gomes. Anyone interested in running for a two-year term may contact Nominating Committee Chair Doug Skipper, 612-876-1408.
Book Club and Research Workshop
In the afternoon the Research Committee will host a workshop at the Minnesota History Center starting at 1:00. The tour is designed to familiarize members with the research resources in the library and microfilm room. Dan Cagley will then lead a special behind-the scenes tour of the centers archives. Meet in the main lobby of the History Center at 1:00. Early arrivers may want to eat in the cafeteria next to the lobby.
Another Research Committee event will be a presentation by Hans van Slooten, the primary developer for baseball-reference.com. No date has been set, but look for it this spring and keep watching for more details.
Caribbean Series Viewing Party
Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning
Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
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Along the way the fantasy campers had activities that included Bert Blyleven presiding over a Kangaroo Court.
Ben Kepple was fined $20 for hitting a camper in her batting helmet, fortunately, with a breaking pitch, Lloyd says and adds, Other egregious offenses such as taking a shower without shower shoes and taking a ground ball in an uncomfortable area were also duly noted with fines assessed.
Ben Kepple went the distance in the championship game but fell to the Hrsamskys, who scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth (in a seven-inning game). This was the fourth fantasy camp for Lloyd and the second time he has played with Ben.
He became interested in baseball while in college. Playing many hours of Baseball Mogul got me interested in the game and got me into playing softbal, which made me appreciate the game even more. My first game was at Jacobs Field in 1997, which was a great year for the Indians until game 7 of the World Series. I am a big Jim Thome fan and got to be in attendance when he hit his 600th homerun!
Born in 1986, Jacob shares his May 2 birthday with fellow chapter member Ray Luurs as well as Eddie Collins, Neftali Feliz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Clay Carroll, Larry Cheney, Gates Brown, Ed Bressoud, Keith Moreland, Felix Jose, Baron Manfred von Richtofen, Bing Crosvy, David Beckham, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Hedda Hopper, Ben Spock, War Admiral, Yung-lo, and Jerome Jerome.
Kathy Gorman was born in Los Angeles and still has all her family out west. A lifelong Dodgers fan, she grew up listening to Vin Scully and still does thanks to mlb.com. She saw Fernandomania up close, Steve Garveys consecutive-game streak end in San Diego, and, as a Padres season-ticket holder while living in San Diego, the end of Tony Gwynns career.
Kathy is now a history professor at Minnesota State, Mankato, and is teaching a baseball history course for the first time.
Born in 1963, Kathy shares her October 28 birthday with Joe Page, Johnny Neun, Jeremy Bonderman, Frank Piano Mover Smith, Nate McLouth, Johnny Rigney, Juan Guzman, Lenny Harris, Bob Veale, Sammy Stewart, Julia Roberts, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlie Daniels, Jonas Salk, Elsa Lanchester, Caitlyn Jenner, and Bowie Kuhn.
Also new to the Halsey Hall Chapter: Daniel Wilson, Tom Rooney
Jeff Bozovsky has a book, Divorcees, Barmaids, and Cranks: The 1897 Red River Valley Baseball League, coming out soon, and it is available for pre-ordering now.
Doug Skipper organized another successful Halsey Hall Chapter table at Twinsfest. Those who staffed the table were Doug, George Rekela, Gene Gomes, Steve Ginader, Howard Luloff, Rich Arpi, Joe OConnell, Jerry Janzen, Jeff Lehtinen, and S. Thornley.
Kyle V-Man Traynor and another chapter member were in New York in January for the annual meeting of the Major League Baseball official scorers. The scorers had the chance to visit the room used for video review of umpire calls that are challenged by teams during the season.
The History of Baseball in Minnesota, a presentation developed and often presented by a Halsey Hall Chapter member, is being held several times over the next few weeks.
The one-hour presentation will be followed by discussion and questions. The presentations are free to attend.
Another chapter member, Frank White, will be talking about black baseball in Minnesota at the Roseville Library, Hamline Avenue and County Road B in Roseville, on Tuesday, February 23, at 12:30 p.m. and that evening at 7:00 at the Minnesota History Center.
Frank has presented on this topic at our chapter meetings and has a book about the subject, They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota, coming out soon. Minnesota Historical Society Press is the publisher.
February 7Viewing party for the Caribbean Series, Adelitas Mexican Restaurant, Minneapolis, 2:00 p.m.
March 5Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Currans, 42nd and Nicollet, 9:00 a.m.
April 9Spring Chapter Meeting, Faith Mennonite Church. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.
May 14Screening and panel discussion for Hano! A Century in the Bleachers, Minneapolis Television Network, Minneapolis, 7:00 p.m.
July 7-9Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, Hampton Inn, LaCrosse.