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

July 2021

Stew Thornley

Index to past stories in The Holy Cow!

  • Back to Bunny’s (and Barnes & Noble)
  • Fall Chapter Meeting Set for November 13
  • New Members
  • J. D. Martinez Is No Manny Ramirez When It Comes to High-Fiving the Fans
  • Remembering Gos
  • Cow Chips
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Back to Bunny’s (and Barnes and Noble)
    The Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be back at Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis 55413 (behind the keg warehouse of the old Grain Belt Brewery), 612-545-5659 on Saturday, July 17 at 9:00 a.m. (not at 10 a.m. at Dock & Paddle as previously planned).

    Also, Bunny’s will be the site of a viewing party for the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13. Even if you don’t care about the game (and who does anymore?), show up to eat, drink, and socialize with all the other cool kids. General debauchery begins at at 7:00 p.m. in the evening.

    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, August 7 at 9:30 a.m. back at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall (not at 10 a.m. at Dock & Paddle as previously planned). The book selection is The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip through Buck O'Neil’s America by Joe Posnanski.

    Brent Heutmaker has organized a list of all the book selections since the book club started in August 2002: Halsey Hall Book Club Selections

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    Fall Chapter Meeting Set for November 13
    The Fall Chapter Meeting will be in-person again, back at our usual spot at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis on Saturday, November 13. Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research (oral or poster) presentation at the meeting. Proposals must be sent to Research Committee co-chairs Dave Lande or Gene Gomes and include a title and brief outline of what the presentation will consist of with emphasis on the research that will be included. Standard oral presentations are 20 minutes (with an additional eight minutes for questions) although the duration may be longer or shorter depending on the needs of the presenter and of the schedule. The Research Committee will finalize the schedule of research presentations by October 30, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

    One presentation slot will be reserved for a first-time presenter until four weeks before the chapter meeting (October 16). New, never-before-presenting presenters are highly encouraged to present.

    Research Committee members are Brenda Himrich, Sarah Johnson, Dan Levitt, Doug Skipper, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, Dave Lande, Anders Koskinen, Hans Van Slooten, Gene Gomes, Mike Haupert, and Bob Tholkes.

    The Research Committee will meet July 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Anyone wanting to participate may contact co-chairs Dave Lande or Gene Gomes.

    Other Events
    “Hat’s Off” Howard Luloff announced that this year’s anal. townball outing will be Friday, July 9 at Tink Larson Field in Waseca. The game between Waseca and the St. Clair Wood Ducks is at 7:30, and Howard will try to line up a pre-game meeting with Tink Larson, who was the featured guest at our last live chapter meeting. For details and carpool options, contact Hat’s Off Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

    Halsey Hall Chapter Twitter page

    Please visit both pages, and, if you haven’t yet, “Like” the Facebook page and “Follow” the Twitter page and set your notifications to be alerted to new posts.


    Regular Events

    Video Archives of Past Events

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    New Members
    Sam Sundermeyer was born in Winona, raised in Wabasha, and lives in St. Louis Park with his wife, Ann, and their sons: Ford (3), and Winston and Ernest (three-month-old Twins). Sam has good taste in baseball books, according to the un-prejudiced editor of this newsletter.

    He graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2012 and is now a graduate student, studying American History, at Norwich University. Through an on-line program, Sam is pursuing a thesis on baseball during the Civil War and how the conflict led to the adoption of the game as the national pastime. He also has joined the Twins’ guest services staff and will be an usher at games later this summer.

    Sam was at the Metrodome August 5, 2008 to see Seattle’s R. A. Dickey tie major-league record held by Kevin Gregg and Walter Johnson of four wild pitches in an inning. He and his friends have enjoyed a modern take on the streetcar doubleheaders by attending a Twins afternoon game and taking the light rail to Union Depot in St. Paul for a Saints game.

    “Life is very focused right now with school, work, and family,” Sam says. “I joined SABR as I will be active in baseball research with my school and future career. I have always viewed the work of SABR from afar, and I am excited to throw my hat in.”

    Sam shares his September 26 birthday with fellow chapter members Dana Yost and Aaron Hutchison as well as Tom Asmussen, Dave Duncan, Mel McGaha, Bobby Shantz, Mel McGaha, Bobby Shantz, David Martinez, Brooks Pounders, Sean Doolittle, Bob Coleman, Rich Gedman, Steve Buechele, Chris Archer, Olivia Newton-John, Whizzer White (not the Whizzer White), Marty Robbins, Dru Sjodin, George Gershwin, T. S. Eliot, Winnie Mandela, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, Julie London, Johnny Appleseed, George Raft, Edmund Gwenn, Lynn Anderson, Melissa Sue Anderson, Donna “Elly May” Douglas, Serena Williams, Andrea Dworkin, Kent McCord, Victoria Vetri, Frank “Mr. Zero” Brimsek, Vic Heyliger, James Kilroy (was here), Jack LaLanne, Archibald Willingham Butt (Butt went down on the Titanic), and Charles Hartwell “Tick” Bonesteel III.

    Also new to the Halsey Hall Chapter: Andy Pratt

    Know a potential member? Here are resources for getting that person happily involved in SABR:

    Membership application

    Get more out of your membership experience by checking out SABR Member Benefit Spotlight Series.

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    J. D. Martinez Is No Manny Ramirez When It Comes to High-Fiving the Fans
    J. D.’s Big Adventure: A Breakdown

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    Remembering Gos
    Ted Hathaway of the Hosmer Collection of the Hennepin County Central Library came up with some photos of our beloved Glenn Gostick, who died 10 years ago, including a couple of him in the 1940s.

    Glenn Gostick Glenn Gostick

    The Hosmer Collection has been digitizing photos from the Star Tribune and has more:

    Photos of Glenn Gostick

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    Cow Chips
    Dave Schultz (and others) enjoyed the switch-hitter quiz from Ed Wehling and added that Jackie Hernandez flirted with switch-hitting in 1968, supplying this headline from a story by chapter member Dave Mona on page 28 of the June 10, 1968: Minneapolis Tribune.

    Headline about Jackie Hernandez switch hitting

    Carl Rogan sent along this article about his grandfather, Joe Rogan: Only One Player Has Ever Been As Good As Shohei Ohtani.

    Steve Ginader had a story published in the SABR Games Project: June 27, 1921: Phillies’ Bill Hubbell and Giants’ Phil Douglas Both Go the Distance in 7-homer Slugfest.

    Tom Merrick also had a story in the Games Project: September 20, 1908: Frank Smith No-hits the A’s as White Sox Win 1-0 in Bottom of the Ninth.

    Terry Bohn has written about Homer Hillebrand for the SABR SABR BioProject.

    Anthony Bush was featured on WDIO-TV in Duluth for his pitching prowess: Long Time Lake Superior Sea Dogs Pitcher Returns to Mound.

    Here is another video clip:

    Lake Superior Sea Dogs Hoping to Increase Popularity of Amateur Baseball in Twin Ports

    Anthony is also trying to find an obituary for Arthur “Artie” O’Dea, who died in Duluth in 1946 and is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Minneapolis, also the burial site for Spike Shannon. Anthony has created a Find-a-Grave page for O’Dea. If anyone can help in locating an obituary, contact Anthony Bush.

    In other news, Anthony participated in the Proctor baseball banquet, which included the first Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame induction.

    The July 2021 edition of Keltner’s Hot Corner, the newsletter of the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter is on the newsstands:

    Keltner’s Hot Corner, July 2021

    For past and current newsletters:

    Keltner’s Hot Corner

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        July 9—Townball game in Waseca. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

        July 12—Research Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, contact Dave Lande or Gene Gomes.

        July 13—All-Star Game Viewing Party, 7:00 p.m., Bunny’s Northeast.

        July 17—Fred Souba Hot Stove League Saturday Morning, 9:00 a.m., Bunny’s Northeast.

       August 7Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip through Buck O'Neil’s America by Joe Posnanski.

        August 15—Halsey Hall Chapter Board of Directors meeting, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information on attending, contact Dave Lande.

        November 13—Fall Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m., Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

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    Board of Directors 2021-2022
    President—Gene Gomes
    Vice President—Stew Thornley
    Secretary—Sarah Johnson
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Daniel Dorff
    Dave Lande
    John Swol

    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Co-Chairs—Dave Lande, Gene Gomes
    Membership Committee Chair—Stew Thornley

    The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
    Webmaster—John Gregory 
    Ass. Webmasters—Frank Kadwell, Hans Van Slooten, and Stew Thornley
    Social Media Directors—Tom Flynn, Twitter; Bob Komoroski, Facebook

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    Past issues of The Holy Cow! are available on-line.

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