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

July 2013

Stew Thornley

Howard Luloff Elected President

Howard Luloff was elected president, Doug Skipper vice president, Gary DeSmith secretary, and Jerry Janzen treasurer of the Halsey Hall Chapter for 2013-2014. The other directors for the coming year are Scott Cummings, Dave Jensen, and Leanne Rohrbach. Scott Cummings was appointed to chair the Events Committee, Sarah Johnson and Brenda Himrich to co-chair the Research Committee, and Stew Thornley to chair the Membership Committee.

Upcoming events:
Some members are planning to go to Duluth for a Northwoods League game between Duluth and Alexandria at Wade Stadium on Saturday night, July 6. The group will gather between 4:00 and 4:30 for a pre-game meal at Gannucci’s Italian Market, 301 N. Central Avenue, Duluth 55807, 218-624-2286. Carpools will be arranged. Those interested in the Duluth trip may contact Stew Thornley at 651-415-0791.

The Special Collections Department of the Hennepin County Central Library in downtown Minneapolis will be hosting a Meet-Up of local editors and writers of the Wikipedia community on Saturday, July 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Department of the library. The event is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about Wikipedia and Wikipedia editing is invited to attend.

The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on July 13 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

Sean Aronson of the St. Paul Saints reports that the team will have a theme night July 20 that could include a SABR battle with baseball historians competing in trivia contests.

The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, August 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss The Cubs of ‘69: Recollections of the Team That Should Have Been by Rick Talley.

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Research News

The Research Committee is working to update its Research Committee page and a white paper on research resources, Baseball Research Primer.

Anthony Bush has written an article on baseball history in the Duluth area, The 1904 Twin Ports Pros Featured Past and Future Major Leaguers.

Aaron Gleeman was featured in the May 29, 2013 Star Tribune, A Washout as a Traditional Sportswriter, Minnetonka Man Found Success as Innovative Blogger.

Roger Godin presented a paper, Completing The Quartet: Hugh “Muzz” Murray at the annual general meeting of the Society for International Hockey Research held at Utica, New York, in May. Godin views Murray, along with Hobey Baker and Minnesotan’s Frank “Moose” Goheen (White Bear Lake) and Frank “Cody” Winters (Duluth) as the four elite American hockey players prior to 1925.

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New Member: Aaron Sinner

Aaron Sinner grew up far from professional baseball, in Cody, Wyoming, now lives in St. Paul with his wife, Ashley, and does legal research for Leonard, Street, and Deinard in Minneapolis.

“My love of baseball manifested itself pretty late in life, relatively speaking,� Aaron says. “It wasn’t until I went to college that I really took interest in the game. I blame most of this on an upbringing in the middle of Wyoming, seven hours from the nearest MLB ballpark.”

Aaron played baseball through fifth grade but didn’t get interested in sports again until he was at St. John’s University. He usually attended one Twins game a year although he took in a few Nationals games during the summer of 2009 when he spent the summer living and working in Washington, D. C.

Back in Minnesota later that summer he went to a game that stayed with him. “As the Twins raced to catch the Tigers for the division lead, Jim Leyland made the mistake of letting Verlander’s pitch count climb into the high hundred-teens, and the Twins capitalized (with a little help from the Metrodome roof) to rally and win the game. The noise and celebration were enough to pull anyone into a deeper love of the game.”

In 2011 Aaron read Moneyball a month before the movie came out. “If anything, that’s what made me fall hook, line, and sinker for the sport, and I’ve been an avid reader of baseball books ever since.”

Aaron learned more about SABR and decided to join after listening to the “Gleeman and the Geek” podcast.

He shares his May 24 birthday with Bartolo Colon (who is 16 years older), Joe Oeschger, Turk Curtis, Brad Penny, Greg Briley, Carlos Febles, Jim Duckworth, Gary Burghoff, Priscilla Presley, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Demaret, Hector “Macho” Comacho, Pelle Lindbergh, Tommy Chong, and Connie Hines (Mr. Ed’s stepmother).

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    July 6—Northwoods League Game, Alexandria at Duluth at Wade Stadium. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

    July 13—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.

    August 10—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Cubs of ‘69: Recollections of the Team That Should Have Been by Rick Talley. 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

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—John Gregory 
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