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

January 2015

Stew Thornley

Big Events Coming Up

The Halsey Hall Chapter is again planning to have a table at Twinsfest at Target Field from Friday night, January 23 to Sunday, January 25. Members are needed to staff the table, hand out membership information and talk about SABR.

Here are the shifts that need volunteers:

  • Friday from 4:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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

Other upcoming activities:
The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, February 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss No Cheering in the Press Box by Jerome Holtzman. In addition, the group will discuss the telecast of Randy Johnson’s perfect game from May 18, 2004. The complete game is available for purchase from iTunes or for viewing on YouTube: 5/18/04: Randy Johnson’s Perfect Game.

The Research Committee will meet Monday, February 23 at 7 p.m. the Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina 55435. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson.

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

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Member News

Lloyd Kepple is back at the Twins Fantasy Camp in Fort Myers and has been assigned to the Warriors, a team coached by Rick Aguilera and Phil Roof. With Lloyd at second base, the Warriors won their first game, beating the Saggy B’s, coached by Frank Viola, 3-0.

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New Members

A lifelong Cubs fan (who also became a Twins fan when he moved to Minnesota), Joe Towalski was raised on the northwest side of Chicago. He went to college in Wisconsin and graduate school in Minnesota. He met his wife, Dianne, in St. Cloud, where they live with their two children, Christian and Erin.

Joe is the director of communications for the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud and editor of its newspaper, The Visitor. Dianne, who works with Joe, is a photographer. Christian was involved in the city league of Woodbury, where they lived for seven years. Even though they are now in St. Cloud, the family enjoys getting to Target Field to see the Twins whenever they can. Joe tries to attend games around the country when he travels and has been to Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and PNC Park.

Joe’s mom and dad were also Cubs fans and took him to Wrigley Field, where he saw Mike Schmidt hit four home runs in a game in 1976. Joe once had the chance to interview Kirby Puckett for a story they ran in their paper (the photo of him was taken by Dianne).

Joe learned of SABR from the chapter’s Facebook page.

Born in 1968, Joe shares his August 2 birthday with fellow chapter member Paul Manocchio as well as Grady Sizemore, Red Ames, Bombo Rivera, Luke Hughes, Tom Burgmeier, Huston Street, Matt Guerrier, Tim Wakefield, Colby Lewis, John Kiernan, Myrna Loy, Carroll O’Connor, Martha Stewart, Lamar Hunt, and Dingdong Dantes.

Also new to SABR: Zack Siegel

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    January 23-25—Twinsfest, Target Field. For more information, contact Doug Skipper, 612-876-1408.     February 7—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., No Cheering in the Press Box by Jerome Holtzman, and Randy Johnson’s Perfect Game. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, and Gary DeSmith, 320-286-5127.

    February 23—Research Committee Meeting, Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina 55435, 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson.

    March 7—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and York, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

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Board of Directors 2014-2015
President—Doug Skipper
Vice President—Steve Ginader
Secretary—Gary DeSmith
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Gene Gomes
Leanne Rohrbach

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Ass. Webmaster—Stew Thornley
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