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

June 2007

Ray Christensen and Jeff Nelson a Hit at Spring Chapter Meeting
Directors, Officers Elected
By-laws Amendment Passed
Research Committee to Pursue Book Project on Minnesota Natives in Baseball
Subscription Renewals Due July 1
New Members: John Rosengren, Bruce Magidson, and Tom Flynn
Dr. Fan Does Disney
Board of Directors

Christensen and Nelson a Hit at Spring Chapter Meeting

Jeff Nelson Ray Christensen
Major league umpire Jeff Nelson (left) and longtime local sportscaster Ray Christensen (left) were the featured guests of the Halsey Hall Chapter at its spring meeting. Jeff talked about the challenges of calling check swings, balls and strikes (particularly with a knuckleball pitcher, such as Tim Wakefield, who pitched the night before when Jeff worked the plate), and dealing with difficult managers. Ray noted that it was the 35th anniversary of the day he corraled a foul ball that came into the Fenway Park press box (a ball he still has and proudly displayed to the group) and also talked about his experiences in re-creating baseball games on the radio. Below is a sample of the telegrams he used for the re-creations.
Telegram Ray Christensen used to re-create baseball games

Directors, Officers Elected

At the May 5 chapter meeting, Doug Ernst, Stew Thornley, Armand Peterson, and Lee Temanson were elected to two-year terms to the board of directors and George Rekela to a one-year term (filling out the unexpired term of another board member). They join holdover members Dan Levitt and Art Mugalian on the 2007-08 board of directors.

From that group, Dan Levitt was elected president for the coming year, Lee Temanson vice president, Doug Ernst treasurer, and Armand Peterson secretary. As vice president, Lee appointed chairs of the standing committees by retaining current Events Chair Howard Luloff and Membership Chair Stew Thornley. Dan Levitt will remain as chair of the Research Committee, but the committee may decide on a new chair at its July meeting and pass on the recommendation to Lee for the appointment.

The date for the fall chapter meeting has tentatively been set for Saturday, October 20. An evening baseball party that will include watching a playoff game on television (if one is being played) will be held at the Thornley-Himrich home that night and will be hosted by the couple’s cats, A-Rod and Jeter.

By-laws Amendment Passed

At the spring chapter meeting, the membership approved an amendment to the by-laws that adds a one-line paragraph to Article III, Section 1: “Membership in SABR is required to serve on the Halsey Hall Chapter board of directors.”

Research Committee to Pursue Book Project on Minnesota Natives in Baseball
The Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee is pursuing a book project that will contain biographies of Minnesota natives in baseball. Stew Thornley will head the project, and Rich Arpi, Anne Aronson, Bob Tholkes, Kevin Hennessy, Ray Luurs, Cary Smith, Armand Peterson, Bob Evans, Rex Hamann, Ray Luurs, Art Mugalian, Doug Skipper, Tom Swift, Doug Ernst, Joe O’Connell, Howard Luloff, Lee Temanson, Scot Johnson, Dave Jensen, George Rekela, and Dan Levitt will be researching and writing the biographies. Anyone else interested in participating in the project may contact Thornley at 651-415-0701 or stew@stewthornley.net.

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Subscription Renewals Due July 1
Subscriptions to receive a printed copy of The Holy Cow! in the mail each month will expire at the end of June. Those who want to continue receiving a printed copy may send a check for $15, made out to Halsey Hall SABR, by July 1 to Kevin Hennessy, 608 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55102-2610.

New Members: John Rosengren, Bruce Magidson, and Tom Flynn

John Rosengren writes books and magazine articles about a variety of sports (he is the author of the book, Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win, about the Bloomington Jefferson hockey team), but baseball remains his first love, something he inherited from his dad, who took John to Met Stadium to watch the Twins in the 1970s while regaling him with stories of Ray Dandridge, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, and other notable Minneapolis Millers he had watched play. 

“I was hooked from a young age,” says John. “I played organized ball into high school but could never hit the ball  like my hero, Rod Carew.  I discovered my destiny as a fan.  After the Metrodome sacrileged baseball here, I traveled with my dad to outdoor ballparks in Milwaukee, Chicago, Kansas City, and Boston to watch the game as it was meant to be played.  Before cancer claimed  his life, we made a final pilgrimage to Cooperstown and toured the Hall of Fame.

“I’ve been fortunate to watch games in a dozen or so other parks as a  fan and to interview scores of ballplayers, from Johnny Pesky to Joe Mauer, as a journalist.”  John wrote an article about snowshoe baseball played in the summertime for Sports Illustrated and is currently working on a book about the 1973 season.

John has a wife, Maria; daughter, Alison; and son, Brendan.

John was born on July 24, 1964, the same day as Barry Bonds. John and Barry share their July 24 birthday with Halsey Hall Chapter members David Jacobsen and Pat Lewis as well as Tommy McCarthy, Jack Clements, Cotton Nash, Jesse Stovall, Alex Carrasquel, Jennifer Lopez, Karl Malone, Amelia Earhart, and Michael “Kramer” Richards.

Bruce Magidson is originally from New York City and now lives with his wife in Hillsboro, North Dakota. He owns Firefly LLC, which designs and markets batik fabrics produced in Indonesia.

Bruce is a passionate Yankees fan, who has “MANTLE7” for his license plate. He was at Yankee Stadium on Yogi Berra Day, July 19, 1999, the same day that David Cone pitched a perfect game against the Montreal Expos.

Bruce was born April 21, 1956 and shares his birthday with Terry Tiffee, Kip Wells, Al Bumbry, Ken Caminiti, Jesse Orosco, Dick Green, Marse Joe McCarthy, Germany Smith, Charlotte Bronte, and Queen Elizabeth as well as the anniversary of the first Twins game at Met Stadium.

Tom Sheehan Flynn was named after his great-great uncle, Tom Sheehan, who managed and pitched for the Minneapolis Millers and pitched for the St. Paul Saints, winning 31 games in 1923, which is still tied for the American Association record for wins in a season. Tom Sheehan later was a scout, coach, and manager for the New York/San Francisco Giants.

Tom Flynn was born in Denver on July 22, 1967 and lived there until 2000, when he and his wife, Cathy (a lifelong Twins fan from Edina), moved to Portland, Maine. In July, they’ll be moving to Mankato, Minnesota, where Tom will be a graduate student in the master of fine arts (MFA) program in creative writing at Minnesota State Mankato. Tom had worked as a development director for a nonprofit radio station and has 15 years of bartending experience.

Since Tom grew up in a city without major league baseball, he adopted his grandpa’s team, the Chicago White Sox. The first major league game he attended was at Comiskey Park in 1972. He had already been to his first Denver Bears game, at Mile High Stadium, two years before.

A “slow, slap-hitting” first baseman and designated hitter in Little League and high school, Tom says his specialty was “stretching triples into doubles.”

As a fan, Tom attended the Colorado Rockies’ inaugural home game in 1993, the 1998 All-Star Game at Coors Field, and the Rockies’ wild card clinching game in 1995. He also worked as manager of Splinters from the Pine, a baseball tavern a half-block from Coors Field from 1995 to 1998. He considers and I consider the entire Coors Field inaugural season (1995) to have been a significant baseball experience. Tom attended more than forty Rockies games in 1995, met several players, “and had the time of my life for six months.”

Tom says because he grew up without a hometown team, he “always considered myself, first and foremost, as a fan of baseball.” He has attended games at 16 major league parks, at least 10 minor league parks, and three spring training sites.

Tom shares his April 22 birthday with fellow chapter member John Gregory as well as Mickey Vernon, Neal Ball, John Henry Lloyd, Ted Page, Jimmy Key, Terry Francona, Moose Haas, David Clyde, John Orsino, Frank Figgemeier, Ferd Eunick, Immanuel Kant, Charles Mingus, Jack Nicholson, Vladimir Nabokov, Vladimir Lenin, Peter Frampton, and Robert Oppenheimer.

Dr. Fan Does Disney
Seth Hawkins at Disney's Wide World of Sports
Seth C. “Dr. Fan” Hawkins attended the Texas Rangers-Tampa Bay Devil Rays series at The Ballpark at Disney’s Wide World of Sports outside Orlando in May. It was the 71st stadium at which Seth attended a major league game. He was interviewed at the games and was the subject of articles in the Orlando Sentinel and Bradenton Herald. At one of the games, Dr. Fan was successful in getting the Devil Rays’ mascot, Raymond the Blue Gerbil, to move off the dugout by yelling, “Quit blocking my sightlines, you costumed pervert, or you’re dead!” Dr. Fan has been to a regular-season game at every stadium that has hosted such a game for more than 50 years. Besides the Disney site and the regular venues of major league teams, he has attended games at the following neutral/alternate sites: Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City; Cashman Field, Las Vegas; Estadio de Beisbol, Monterrey; Aloha Stadium, Honolulu; Estadio Hiram Bithorn, San Juan; and Tokyo Dome, Tokyo. Dr. Fan has also been present for every 3,000th hit going back to 1970 and will be present this summer when Craig Biggio gets his 3,000th hit for the Astros.


    July 14—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 612-822-9638, baseballbooks@comcast.net.

    July 22—Research Roundtable, Perkins Restaurant, 4917 Eden Avenue, Edina, 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dan Levitt, 612-377-5154, danrl@attglobal.net.

    To be announced—Book Club Meeting. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617.

    October 20—Fall Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2006-2007
President—Bob Tholkes
Vice President—Howard Luloff
Secretary—Armand Peterson
Treasurer—Kevin Hennessy
Jodi Elowitz
Dan Levitt
Art Mugalian

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—Deano Thilgen 

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