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

February 2020

Stew Thornley

  • Index of Stories in The Holy Cow! and Whodunit quiz
  • Spring Chapter Meeting May 2
  • Upcoming Events
  • Trivia
  • New Members
  • Old Business
  • Cow Pies
  • Trivia Answer
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Index of Stories in The Holy Cow! and Whodunit quiz
    Check out the index for what has appeared in The Holy Cow! and special columns:


    Browse or search (Control-F) for specific words or names. (On Ipads, use the Share icon and scroll to “Search this Page.”) This is a good way to learn more about your fellow members by seeing who has been profiled in the newsletter. Or search for your own name and see what you were up to.

    For lists of featured guests and research presentations at chapter meeting, go to Halsey Hall Chapter Officers and History.

    A list of books and game videos for the book club is at Halsey Hall Book Club Booklist.

    Beyond the monthly newsletters back to 1999 are links to a short-lived newsletter column, Mule Droppings, which focused on chapter news and members.

    Read the two-part history about the forming of the Halsey Hall Chapter (along with a list of chapter charter members) and a two-part series on the slowing pace of games. See links to a list of Minnesota Twins home postponements from 1961 to 2009, a story about where Willie Mays lived in Minneapolis, and a video of a pitcher becoming a hurler.

    Learn who was in line at a bank when the person in front of him robbed the bank, who spent the winter making obscene phone calls after umpiring 173 games that season, who worked with one of the Twins’ original ball boys, who visited Aunt Bee’s grave, who was selected as one of the Twins’ all-time fans, who saw an auto-erotic performance by Bucky the Otter at the Aquarium of the Americas, who developed an anagram for Spiro Agnew, who won a $5 Quickie Mart certificate at a Beloit Snappers game, who was quoted on lutefisk, who watched a Blue Jays game from a SkyDome hotel without exposing himself, who got two sections of Yankee Stadium to chant “Blue Jays Suck” by wearing Blue Jays apparel to a game in which Toronto wasn’t even playing, who received the Hilda Award from the Baseball Reliquary, who won a trivia contest at a SABR convention, who was involved in relationship that produced haemoorahagic spots on his neck, who changed the word Heartland to Fartland on an Iowa welcome sign during a chapter road trip to see a minor-league game, who had a Willie Mays jersey appraised on Antiques Road Show, who was an official scorer for the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods League, who got married at the Metrodome, who got an on-screen proposal rejected at the Metrodome, who met hot-dog-eating champion Joey Chestnut, who pedaled through a clothing-optional beach on Toronto Island while at the 2005 SABR convention, who got a bottle knocked off his head by a flying salmon while in Seattle for the SABR convention, who threatened Raymond the Blue Gerbil at The Ballpark at Disney’s Wide World of Sports, who said “You should never read the paper in the crapper” at the 2007 SABR convention, who sought proofreaders for a book on Burlie Greimz, who received the Doug Pappas Award, who is umpiring in the minor leagues, who is nicknamed “Rumbleshorts,” who did the Spanish press-box announcing at the World Baseball Classic, who ended a delay in Milwaukee caused by a blown-up rubber floating on the field, who is doing a documentary about the Millers-Saints rivalry, and who from the chapter was a member of the notorious ASU 10.

    Return your answers for the above paragraph to stew@stewthornley.net to receive a fabulous prize of two vouchers that can be used for Twins tickets in 2020, which will go to the first response with all the correct answers or to the one with the most correct answers.

    Bonus question: name 6 to 9 members of the All-Missing-a-Body-Part Team that was in a past newsletter.

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    Spring Chapter Meeting May 2
    The Halsey Hall 2020 Spring Chapter Meeting will be Saturday, May 2 at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis. Howard Luloff has lined up former local sportscaster Tom Ryther as the featured guest. Ryther will bring copies of his book, The Hummelsheim Kid.

    Registration for the meeting is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch with the featured guest and Howard Luloff’s always-a-hit trivia contest to follow.

    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.

    Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research (oral or poster) presentation at the meeting. 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 oral 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, Jim Cox, Doug Skipper, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, Dave Lande, Anders Koskinen, Gene Gomes, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by April 18, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

    Two research presentations have been approved so far:

    • Paul Spyhalski—What in the Sam Hill Took So Long? Integration (or Lack Thereof) in the Southern Minny League, 1948-1957
    • Dan Levitt—John McGraw and the Creation of the Modern Sports Environment

    The Research Committee encourages new presenters and will hold a spot for one until the deadline.

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    Upcoming Events
    Research Committee Meetings February 10 and March 2
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee will meet Monday, February 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Brookdale Library, Study Room I, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center 55430. The March 2 meeting will be in Study Room J at the Brookdale Library. All members are welcome to attend.

    A number of members have been researching the first games played in each of the Minnesota counties, and the committee would like to have information for each of the counties (29 of 87 are still unaccounted for). See the MN Counties list.

    Two other web pages have information on the spread of baseball, Pre-pro Baseball and Pre-pro Clubs and Games in Minnesota. In addition, a Google Docs spreadsheet is online, Minnesota Spread of Baseball Project, 1857-1923.

    Anyone wanting to get involved may contact committee co-chairs Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, and Sarah Johnson.

    Research page updated:
    The Research Committee page has been updated and includes a list of research projects by members. If you would like research added, contact me, (Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791).

    As always, check out the chapter’s Baseball Research Primer as a source for any research you are doing.

    Book Club
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, February 1 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches by Tyler Kepner.

    Brent Heutmaker has organized a list of all the book selections since the book club started in August 2002: Halsey Hall Book Club Selections

    Minnesota vs. Duke February 29
    Howard Luloff is organizing an outing to the Minnesota-Duke baseball game at U. S. Bank Stadium at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 29.

    Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning
    The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on Saturday, March 14 at Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis 55413 (behind the keg warehouse of the old Grain Belt Brewery), 612-545-5659.

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

    Halsey Hall Chapter Twitter page

    Regular Events

    Video Archives of Past Events

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    Who are the only two teams to win a Game Seven of the World Series (1903 to present) but not win the World Series?

    Answer below

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    New Members

    New to the Halsey Hall Chapter: Alex Dehmer

    Know a potential member? Here are resources for getting that person happily involved in SABR:

    Membership application

    Chapter membership chair Jim Cox has been at work building the membership and contacting past members to see about them signing up again. He would love to have one or two other people on the committee with him. If you are interested, contact Jim: jcox321@hotmail.com.

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    Cow Pies
    Anthony Bush provided this image of an ad for the 1960 Minneapolis Millers season at Met Stadium:

    1960 Minneapolis Millers at Met Stadium

    Anthony also has a new entry in the SABR BioProject: Russell Ennis

    Gene Gomes wrote about his great-grandpop for the BioProject: Abner Powell

    To complement a page on Minnesota Twins home games postponed between 1961 and 2009, there is now a page for Minneapolis Millers games postponed at Metropolitan Stadium.

    Wesley Ellenwood has added a 90-second teaser to his website for his upcoming documentary, Sibling Rivals—The Millers & the Saints.

    Todd Peterson has had his book, Negro Leagues Were Major Leagues: Historians Reappraise Black Baseball, published. Also, check out his Facebook page.

    Bob Tholkes was one of the St. Paul Hiking Club’s top hikers for the fourth quarter of 2019, trekking 69 miles.

    Also nice, Randy Krzmarzick has written about the 1969 season: Weeds: The Magic Season of 1969. Randy invites everyone to Brown County for a day of baseball this summer. Johnson Field in New Ulm, which will be one of the sites for the state amateur tournament this year, has been renovated. Watch for more details on a road trip.

    Joel Rippel has written about Minnesota sports on the Minnesota Historical Society MNOPEDIA site: Gophers, Vikings, and Saints: Highlights from the History of Minnesota Sports

    For its 50th anniversary, SABR is compiling a list of the top 50 baseball books published in the SABR Era, since August 1971. Send your nominations to Andy McCue, mccue@sabr.org

    Umpire replay room at Major League Baseball headquarters

    A new umpire replay room at the new Major League Baseball (MLB) headquarters on Sixth Avenue in New York will be ready for Opening Day. On January 24, MLB official scorers got a chance to tour the room

    Umpire replay room at Major League Baseball headquarters

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    Trivia Answer
    1912 New York Giants and 1919 Chicago White Sox

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       February 1Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches by Tyler Kepner.

        February 10—Research Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Brookdale Library, Study Room I. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

        February 29—Gophers vs. Duke, 7:00 p.m., U. S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

        March 2—Research Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Brookdale Library, Study Room J. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

        March 14—Fred Souba Hot Stove League Saturday Morning, Bunny’s, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.

        May 2—Spring Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

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    Board of Directors 2019-2020
    President—Dave Lande
    Vice President—Hans Van Slooten
    Secretary—Anders Koskinen
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Jim Cox
    Gene Gomes
    Frank Kadwell

    Membership Committee Chair—Jim Cox
    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Chairs—Brenda Himrich and Sarah Johnson

    The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
    Webmaster—John Gregory 
    Ass. Webmasters—Frank Kadwell, Hans Van Slooten, and Stew Thornley
    Social Media Directors—Tom Flynn, Twitter; Bob Komoroski, Facebook

    Halsey Hall Chapter Web Page

    Past issues of The Holy Cow! are available on-line.

    Chapter History

    Chapter Procedures and By-Laws

    Society for American Baseball Research

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