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

January 2013

Stew Thornley

Upcoming Events

The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on January 12 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

The Halsey Hall Chapter will again have a table at Twinsfest January 25 to 27. Contact Rich Arpi, 651-739-6986, if you would like to help staff the table.

The annual Hot Stove League meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, February 2 at 7 p.m. Davanni’s, 1905 Perimeter Drive, Roseville 55113 (northwest of Minn. Hwy. 36 and Fairview Avenue), 651-636-3411. The event will include a trivia quiz by Howard Luloff and a Dead or Alive? quiz.

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 in south Minneapolis, and, if the weather is nice, topless women may be again roaming the neighborhood (like robins, a sure sign of spring).

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 Sheehan’s Memorable Major League Debut. Tom Sheehan is Tom Flynn’s 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 Today—But Isn’t. 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 Greenberg’s 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 Mathewson’s 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 chapter’s 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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New Members

The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes Todd Johnson and Frank Kadwell.

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Research and Member News

Anthony Bush has written another article on Duluth baseball, this one on 1887: A Tragic Season for the Duluth Freezers.

Roger Godin had an article, “The Browns Get It Right: Winning the ‘World Series’ in 1945 as Pete Gray Debuts,” a chronicle of the City Series won by the Browns in the year after the Cardinals defeated the Browns in the 1944 World Series, in the Fall 2012 SABR Baseball Research Journal.

Also in the Baseball Research Journal, Dan Levitt wrote the profile for Robert Creamer, one of the recipients of SABR’s Henry Chadwick Award.

Paul Hensler, who gave a presentation on the 1965-1970 Minnesota Twins at the SABR convention in Minneapolis last summer, has had his book, The American League in Transition, 1965-1975: How Competition Thrived When the Yankees Didn’t, published by McFarland. The Twins, Baltimore Orioles, and Oakland Athletics are the primary focus of the book. More information is available at Paul’s web site at http://www.paulhensler.com.

Brenda Himrich has added a pair of entries for Winona and her husband for several towns around Sauk Centre, Minnesota, for the Early Baseball in Minnesota project, part of the larger Spread of Baseball project.

Rich Arpi, chair of the Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee, has been recruiting members to assist with the project. Sarah Johnson is continuing to search for the first appearance of baseball in Chisholm and neighboring cities, Joel Rippel has taken on Martin and surrounding counties, and Armand Peterson will be getting involved in the project, as well.

Anyone interested in learning more or in participating may contact Rich Arpi, 651-739-6986.

Bob Evans with Lehigh 


Bob Evans (above) played for Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s and once hit against Dallas Green of the Delaware Blue Hens. Bob also played on a town team in his home town of West Orange, New Jersey, under coach Joe “Double” Dwyer, so nicknamed because he had 65 doubles for Nashville in the Southern Association in 1936. Playing for West Orange, Bob went 1 for 2 off Hank Borowy, who had pitched for the Yankees and Cubs and was then, at around 40 years old, pitching for Bloomfield in the Essex County League.

Though he graduated from Lehigh, Bob also played in a couple of Minnesota Gophers alumni games, along with a fellow chapter member and former Gophers batboy, in the 1980s (below).

Bob Evans in uniform for a Minnesota alumni game

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    January 12—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

    February 2—Hot Stove League Meeting, Davanni’s, Roseville, 7:00 p.m.. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    February 3—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.

    February 9—Book 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 17—Research Committee, Olive Garden, Roseville, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Rich Arpi, 651-739-6986.

    April 20—Spring Chapter Meeting, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

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President—Art Mugalian
Vice President—Howard Luloff
Secretary—Fred Buckland
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Gary DeSmith
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