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The chapter will have membership applications on hand, and members who plan to be at any of these are encouraged to take some of the applications and distribute them to the audience.
Other upcoming activities:
The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, August 9 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss White Rat: A Life in Baseball by Whitey Herzog and Kevin Horrigan. In addition, the group will discuss the telecast of Game Six of the 1986 World Series. The complete game is available for purchase from iTunes or for viewing on YouTube: 1986 World Series, Game 6: Red Sox @ Mets.
The Research Committee had a special meeting June 16 with a presentation by Shane Williams, who was part of the winning team in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition at the SABR Analytics Conference in March. Shane is a student at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and an intern for the Burlington Bees. He presented on his ongoing research regarding the importance of a first-pitch strike. After following the Oakland Athletics staff for the first two months of this season, Shane is leaning toward the conclusion that the type of pitch on the first delivery to a batter is more significant than if it is a strike or ball. He plans to increase the sample size of the study with more games and more teams. Shane also delivered the award-winning presentation from the analytics conference, identifying the top three pitching assets, which included a detailed analysis of Jose Fernandez, Chris Sale, and Madison Bumgarner.
The next Research Committee meeting will be Monday, August 25 at 7 p.m. at Southdale Library. The committee will focus on research and poster presentations for the fall chapter meeting. All members are welcome. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson.
The committee is continuing with its Spread of Baseball project, started by Rich Arpi. Two webpages have information on the spread of baseball, Pre-pro Baseball and Pre-pro Clubs and Games in Minnesota. The Research Committee will also be coordinating poster presentations at future chapter meetings.
Other chapter news:
On a stormy June 14 six chapter membersJerry Janzen, Tom Flynn, Leanne Rohrbach, Art Mugalian, Josh Ostergaard, and your crusty editorcrammed into one vehicle and went to Rochester for a Northwoods League game between the Alexandria Blue Anchors and Rochester Honkers at Mayo Field. The group dined at Bilottis along with official scorer/gynecologist Kyle Traynor and hung out there as the news came in that the start of the game would be delayed because of rain. The game began at 9:05, two hours late, and the contingent (including the one who was filling in as scoreboard operator) departed after the sixth inning with Rochester leading 4-2 (the Honkers won the game 5-3 with someone else presumably taking over for the dearly departed scoreboard operator). Last year the chapter went to Wade Stadium in Duluth and next year plans to attend a Northwoods League game in Mankato.
Doug Skipper and Howard Luloff passed on the game but are planning another trip to see the Honkers in Rochester on Thursday, July 17. The plan is to meet at Dougs house, 13984 Ember Way, Apple Valley 55124, at 4 p.m. and carpool to Rochester for a pre-game meal at Bilottis and the game at Mayo Field. Contact Doug at 612-876-1408 if you are interested.
Tom Flynn is looking into organizing a group to see a townball game. Stay tuned for more details, which will be on the SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page. There could be an outing as early as Saturday, June 28, and the Facebook page will be the best place to check.
Bob Karn, brother of the late Jim Karn (a former SABR member who has presented at Halsey Hall Chapter meetings), won the 711th game (a Minnesota high-school record) as coach of St. Cloud Cathedral when the Crusaders scored four runs with two out in the final inning to beat Fairmont 5-4 for the Class AA championship at Target Field June 16. One of the Cathedral coaches is 87-year-old Nick Chanaka, who played for the St. Cloud Rox in the Northern League in 1948 and 1949 and was a featured guest at the Halsey Hall Chapter meeting in 1990. Cathedral started its tournament run with a 5-1 win over Blake, with the only Blake run of the game scored by Charlie Levitt (son of Dan). Charlie also had one of only three hits off Cathedral ace Jeff Fasching in the game.
Sarah Johnson has had her article on early baseball in Chisholm, Chisholms Love for the All-American Game, published in the April/May 2014 Lake Superior Magazine.
Anthony Bush has updated his biographical profile of Rasty Wright to include information on an 1892 shootout in Los Angeles and a photo of the correct Rasty. Anthony Bush also has an article, Duluths White Sox Take another Pennant: The Zenith Citys Pro Ball Team Were 1912 Champs, on Zenith City Online.
On Tuesday, July 15 at 4 p.m. the Minneapolis Association of Base Ball Enthusiasts will host a Clean Zone Barbecue at Grumpys Northeast (2200 4th Street Northeast, Minneapolis 55418), featuring a reading by Josh Ostergaard, author of The Devils Snake Curve, beer specials, and free ribs prepared to the specifications of Frank Whites recipe as published in the 1980 Kansas City Royals Cookbook.
He got his love of baseball from his dad and, like his parents, was a fan of the St. Paul Saints. They usually attended the morning game of the holiday doubleheaders between the Saints and Minneapolis Millers and were at Midway Stadium on the Fourth of July in 1959 when Millers manager Gene Mauch went into the stands to confront some hecklers. The Saints were a Dodgers farm team when Jim was born in 1945, and he continues the allegiance by still watching the Dodgers and listening to Vin Scully.
Jim heard about SABR when the convention was in Minneapolis in 2012 and looks to get acquainted with more true baseball fans. He has followed the Twins from the time they came to Minnesota in 1961 and was at Jack Kralicks no-hitter the following year. Along with his wife and another couple, Jim tours ballparks every summer. After a trip to Oakland this summer, they will have been to all the current stadiums, except for Atlanta and Miami.
Jim and his wife have two adult children and one granddaughter. He shares his November 6 birthday with Walter Johnson, J. G. Taylor Spink, Ricky Romero, Mack Jones, Adam LaRoche, Buddy Kerr, Justin Speier, Jim Gosger, Bubba Trammell, Chad Curtis, John Candelaria, Zig Ziglar, Dick Enderle, Del Flanagan, James Naismith, Sally Field, Maria Shriver, Fibber McGee, John Philip Sousa, and Edsel Ford.
July 12Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and York, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.
August 9Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., White Rat: A Life in Baseball by Whitey Herzog and Kevin Horrigan, and Game Six of the 1986 World Series. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, and Gary DeSmith, 320-286-5127.
August 25Research Committee Meeting, Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue, Edina, 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson.