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

January 2014

Stew Thornley

Big Events Coming Up

Doug Skipper has taken over Twinsfest organization from Rich Arpi, and the Halsey Hall Chapter will have a table at the event, which will be held at Target Field from Friday night, January 24 to Sunday, January 26. Members are needed to staff the table, hand out membership information, talk about SABR, and promote the chapter’s Spread of Baseball in Minnesota research project.

Contact Doug, 612-876-1408, to see what shifts are still available and to sign up.

The chapter appreciates the efforts of Rich Arpi, who coordinated our involvement in Twinsfest at the Metrodome for many years.

Celebrating Black History Month through Baseball
As part of Black History Month in February, the city of Bloomington and Bloomington Human Rights Commission are hosting a baseball event on Thursday night, February 27, at the Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington 55431-3027.

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.

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 January 11 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, February 1 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game by Dan Barry 1984 NLCS, Game 5: Cubs @ Padres. In addition, the group will discuss the telecast of Game Five of the 1984 National League playoffs. The complete game is available for purchase from iTunes or for viewing on YouTube: 1984 NLCS, Game 5: Cubs @ Padres.

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Research and Member News

The Research Committee met December 9 with Brenda Himrich, Sarah Johnson, Stew Thornley, Howard Luloff, Fritz Reeker, Rich Arpi, and Doug Skipper attending. The group worked on poster for Twinsfest, a map showing communities in which early baseball has been identified, and a notebook containing more information on the first baseball in those cities. Doug Skipper is now researching Polk County for the earliest instances of baseball. Anyone wanting to get involved may contact contact committee co-chairs Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, and Sarah Johnson.

Two webpages 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.

Condolences to chapter president Howard Luloff on the death of his mom, Marlene, on December 21.

Anthony Bush has written an article on the pennant-winning 1909 Duluth White Sox, Duluth White Sox Win the 1909 Minnesota-Wisconsin League Pennant.

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From the Archives: Halsey Hall Chapter Charter Members

In case you were wondering, here is a list of the charter members of the Halsey Hall Chapter from 1985:

David Anderson, Lemmon, South Dakota
Greg Bistram, St. Paul
Terry Bohn, Fridley
Andy Clendennen, Minneapolis
Gary Clendennen, Minneapolis
John Dietrich, Bloomington
John DiMeglio, Mankato
John Drozdal, Miinneapolis
Julian Empson, St. Paul
Armand Erickson, St. Louis Park
Bob Evans, St. Paul
Fred Friedman, Duluth
John Gendler, Minneapolis
Glenn Gostick, Minneapolis
John Gregory, Minneapolis
Ken Haag, St. Paul
Scott Hall, Cohasset
Pete Hepokoski, Golden Valley
Alan Holst, St. Paul
Rick Kayser, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
David Kemp, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Ray Kush, Minneapolis
Brian Larson, Bloomington
Bruce Larson, Minneapolis
Mark Larson, Eagan
Angelo Louisa, St. Paul
Howard Luloff, Bloomington
Andy Lurth, Kasota
Bruce Miles, St. Cloud
Jerry McGovern, Dickenson, North Dakota
Alden Mead, Minneapolis
Mendal Mearkle, Minneapolis
Dave Moore, Edina
Bob Milstroh, Minneapolis
Dave Moriah, Bloomington
Joe O’Connell, St. Paul
Ken Ottoson, Minneapolis
Jim Poff, St. Joseph
Paul Rittenhouse, Edina
Terry Siegford, Minneapolis
Fred Souba, Minneapolis
Jack Stanton, Minneapolis
Leigh Tenenholtz, St. Louis Park
Bob Tholkes, Columbia Heights
Howard Thornley, Minneapolis
Stew Thornley, Minneapolis
Bob Tibbetts, Minneapolis
Jay Weiner, Minneapolis
John Wessels, St. Paul
Don Wiese, Minneapolis
Jim Wyman, Coon Rapids

Some of these people are still members, although they are now old.

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    January 11—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 1—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game by Dan Barry and Game Five of the 1984 National League Championship Series. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, and Gary DeSmith, 320-286-5127.

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Board of Directors 2013-2014
President—Howard Luloff
Vice President—Doug Skipper
Secretary—Gary DeSmith
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Scott Cummings
Dave Jensen
Leanne Rohrbach

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Webmaster—John Gregory 
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