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

July 2016

Stew Thornley

LaCrosse Coming Up July 9
Mike Haupert will be hosting SABR chapters from a multitude of states Saturday, July 9 at Copeland Park in LaCrosse. The afternoon meeting (registration begins at 12:30 p.m.) will have a guest from the LaCrosse Loggers Northwoods League team, an official scorers panel, research presentations (Bob Tholkes will be presenting The Birth of Baseball Statistics), and a trivia contest by Howard Luloff.

Those wanting to meet for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or funch on the way down may gather at 10:30 a.m. at Winona’s Family Restaurant, 1611 Service Drive, Winona 55987, 507-454-5104.

There is no charge for the meeting in LaCrosse. The group will purchase tickets for that night’s Northwoods League game. (We won’t do the all-you-can-eat tickets; dinner at the ballpark will be on your own.)

Those wanting to stay overnight may check out the Comfort Inn Onalaska, 1223 Crossing Meadows Drive, Onalaska  54650, 888-734-8507.

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The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on Saturday, July 2 at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

This year’s town ball outing will be Friday, July 22 in Miesville as the Mudhens take on St. Louis Park at Jack Ruhr Field. The game is at 8:00, and anyone interested may come early (around 5:30 or 6:00) for a pre-game meal at King’s Place, which is across Hwy. 61 from the ballpark. Sarah Johnson wrote an article for the June 11, 2016 Minneapolis Star Tribune on Miesville: Minnesota’s Own Field of Dreams Is in Miesville.

The book club will next meet on Saturday, August 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is A Day in the Bleachers by Arnold Hano. The group will also discuss the telecast of the first game of the 1957 (which includes vintage commercials). The game is available for viewing on YouTube: 1957 World Series Game 1 Braves @ Yankees.

The Baseball Hall of Fame Tour, with interactive displays, virtual-reality exhibits, and custom-made Hall of Fame artifacts, is coming to Minneapolis September 16 to 29, 2016.

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New Officers Elected
Frank Kadwell was elected president, Tom Flynn vice president, Brent Heutmaker secretary, and Jerry Janzen treasurer for the Halsey Hall Chapter for 2016-2017. They will serve will fellow board members Gene Gomes, Lloyd Kepple, and Doug Skipper.

The board appreciates the leadership of last year’s board, especially Steve Ginader.

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New Members

Born in Milwaukee, David Karpinski grew up all over the United States as part of a military family.  After more than two dozen grade schools and six high schools, David settled down, serving in the Air Force from 1966 to 1969 and going to college at the University of Minnesota.  He has lived in the state since then.  He and his wife, Denise, have a daughter, Elan, and son-in-law, Amir.

David and Denise have been owner-operators of a bed and breakfast, bookstore, and gift shop in Cannon Falls, where they lived until 2015, when they moved to Roseville.

David is a retired corporate and political communications director and speechwriter.  Upon his retirement after 19 years at Land O’ Lakes, the company gave him four tickets to the Champions Club at Target Field.

He has served as president of a community food shelf in Cannon Falls, the Minnesota Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, and the Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Guild in addition to being an Explorer Scout troop leader.

In honor of his favorite player, Eddie Mathews, David has worn the number 41 from Little League to his current Over-60 league.  He went to his first major-league game, at County Stadium, in 1953 and his first World Series game, also in Milwaukee, in 1957.  He has also attended games at the 1965, 1987, and 1991 World Series in addition to the 1985 All-Star Game.

He’s been to more than 700 major-league games in 28 ballparks as well as spring training games in nine different ballparks and minor-league games from Florida to Wisconsin to Colorado.  He and Denise attended the highest-scoring Twins game ever, 19-12 in June of 1977, on their honeymoon.

David is a regular on the St. Paul-based Ballpark Tours trips, having been on 27 of them and serving as the trip’s “Kwizmaster.”  This summer his baseball tour will include independent, Class A, AA, AAA, and major-league games.

He started the Baseball Roundtable blog in 2012 and gets between 10,000 and 12,000 visits each month.  He is also a member of the Baseball Reliquary and Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

Born in 1947, David shares his August 4 birthday with fellow chapter member David Fairbairn as well as Jake Beckley, Roger Clemens, B. J. Surhoff, Cleon Jones, Dallas Green, Luke Easter, John Grubb, Adolfo Luque, Ray Oyler, Eric Milton, Jim Coates, Clara Peller, Ernest Lundeen (one of two U. S. Senators from Minnesota who died in a plane crash), Maurice Richard, Louis Armstrong, Barack Obama, Yasser Arafat, and the Queen Mum.

Also new to the Halsey Hall Chapter: William Reichelt.

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Member and Chapter News
Brent Heutmaker was one of the authors for the book Tigers by the Tale: Great Games at Michigan & Trumbull. Brent wrote about Game Seven of the 1934 World Series.

The following chapter members will be making research presentations at the SABR convention in Miami at the end of July:

  • Michael Fallon, How the Dodgers (Inadvertently) Saved Baseball in 1977
  • Michael Haupert, What Would Josh Gibson Make? How to Calculate a Wage that Was Never Earned
  • Dan Levitt, The Nuances of Free Agency: How the Evolution of the Collective Bargaining Agreement Has Affected Team Building

A. J. Richard has a podcast with Kris Dersch on women in baseball, Attagirl: Women and Girls in Baseball.

Anthony Bush will be speaking on “Work or Fight: The 1918 Duluth-Mesaba League & How the Great War Brought Great Baseball to the Twin Ports & the Range” at the Lunch with History People at noon on Thursday, July 21 at the Where: The event will be held in the Underground on the first floor of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot), 506 West Michigan Street in Duluth. The event is free and no reservations are needed.

Book by Terry Bohn

Terry Bohn has written and published a book, Sunday Afternoons on the Prairie: The Growth of Baseball in North Dakota, a summary of baseball in the state from the 1870s until around the time of World War I. The book is now available in paperback through Amazon and will be shortly as a ebook from Kindle.

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Baby Doc Traynor
Kyle “Pie” Traynor (known as Herr Pie Traynor to his German friends) is a gynecologist/obstetrician at the Mayo Clinic and an official scorer for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League, among other teams.

Kyle will soon be multi-tasking since he is going to deliver a baby from Makenna Hairgrove, wife of Rochester manager Trevor Hairgrove. The Honkers weren’t sure if Hairgrove would be back as manager this year because of the pregnancy, but, according to a story in the May 27, 2016 Rochester Post-Bulletin, “It helped that the Honkers have a baby doctor in the house for almost every home game. Mayo Clinic obstetrician Kyle Traynor has been the team’s official scorekeeper at Mayo Field since 2011. The Hairgrove’s and Traynor became friends last summer, and now he will be Makenna’s doctor for the final weeks of her pregancy and the delivery. That connection was key in their decision. ‘That was a big deciding factor,’ Trevor said, ‘100 percent.’

“‘Kyle is someone I already know and feel comfortable with,’ Makenna added.” The new Hairgrove, due to debut July 4, will be named Magnus.

Kyle was also featured in the Post-Bulletin for his scoring in 2014: For Obstetrician and Scorekeeper, Road Leads to Target Field

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   June 20—Research Committee meeting, Southdale Library in Edina, 7:00 p.m.

   July 2—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Curran’s, 42nd and Nicollet, 9:00 a.m.

  July 9—Meeting and LaCrosse Loggers Game, LaCrosse.

  July 22—St. Louis Park at Miesville Mudhens.

  August 6Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., A Day in the Bleachers by Arnold Hano, and Game One of the 1957 World Series.

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President—Frank Kadwell
Vice President—Tom Flynn
Secretary—Brent Heutmaker
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
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