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

March 2005

Swinging for the Fences
Lowry Seeks Information about Athletic Park in Minneapolis
Name’s the Same
Chapter Business
Cow Chips
March Birthdays
Answer to Name’s the Same
Board of Directors


Swinging for the Fences
Swinging for the Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota,an anthology edited by Steve Hoffbeck that includes contributions from several other chapter members, was featured in a story by Robert Franklin in the February 21, 2005 StarTribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities. The article also listed some upcoming appearances and book signings:
    March 7, Zandbroz Variety, Fargo, 7 p.m.
    March 14, Bound to be Read, St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.
    March 15, St. Paul Lexington Branch Library, 7:30 p.m.
    May 5, Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, 7 p.m.

Lowry Seeks Information about Athletic Park in Minneapolis
Phil Lowry, author of Green Cathedrals, is seeking the following information about Minneapolis’s Athletic Park for an updated edition of the book: distance to power alleys, distance to center field, distance to backstop, height of outfield walls. This is the information he now has:

OCCUPANT: Neutral site use by AA Milwaukee Brewers Oct 2, 1891. LOCATION Left Field (N) Fifth Street, Third Base (W) First Avenue North; First Base (S) Sixth Street, Right Field (E) Second Avenue North; behind the West Hotel, in Butler Square. DIMENSIONS Left Field 275, Right Field 250.

PHENOMENA: Minor league Millers opened here in 1889, and their last game here was May 23, 1896. The entire AA Milwaukee Brewers major league series against the Columbus Colts in 1891 was to have been played here, but after being rained out Oct 1, playing here Oct 2 in a very cold drizzle, and having the Oct 3 game postponed due to the cold, the two teams returned to Milwaukee for their final game of the season on Oct 4. Right field was so short that what would normally have been a single to right was often a ground-out to right field.

Anyone able to assist can contact Phil at 4323 Woodhill Road, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345, 612-281-2713, plowry1176@aol.com.

Name’s the Same
Although the first names are different, this former Twins outfielder has the same nickname and last name as a Twins mound nemesis. Who are they?

Answer below.

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Chapter Business
In conjunction with the Spring Chapter Meeting on Saturday, May 21, those wanting to attend the Twins-Brewers game that night must send a check for $17, made out to Halsey Hall Chapter, by April 30 to Howard Luloff, 2509 Princeton Court, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416-1982.

Four directors will be elected at the chapter meeting, and members of the new board will meet at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 5. This will be the final meeting for the outgoing board. The incoming board, which will not take office until July 1, will meet for the purpose of electing officers from among themselves.

To subscribe to the SABR-L listserv, send an e-mail message to listserv@apple.ease.lsoft.com; in the body of the message, write “subscribe sabr-l” followed by your name (first name, middle initial, last name).

Cow Chips
Jay Behrens will be the official scorer for the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods League this season. . . . Katie Wyman (daughter of Jim) played for Anoka in the state high-school hockey tournament. . . . Marc Hugunin, who is co-authoring a book on Minnesota basketball, had a letter in the February 14, 2005 St. Paul Pioneer Press regarding the reaction to the record-setting basketball scoring performance by Cash Eggleston earlier in the month.

March Birthdays
    1—James Lee and Jay Buckley (also Omar Daal, Larry Brown, Paul Hines, Bob Usher, and Pete Rozelle)
    3—Ed Edmonds (also Willie Keeler, Paul Schaal, John Montgomery Ward, Jorge Julio, Jesse Jefferson, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee)
    5—Gregg Richardson (also Sam Thompson, Paul Konerko, Phil Roof, Lu Blue, Jeff Tesreau, and Rex Harrison)
    7—A. E. Dwello (also Jeff Kent, Joe Carter, Jeff Burroughs, J. R. Richard, Bobo Holloman, Ed Bouchee, and Willard Scott)
    9—Tom Dolen (also Arky Vaughan, Bert Campaneris, Jim Landis, Jackie Jensen, Benito Santiago, Billy Southworth, Aaron Boone, Myril Hoag, and Bobby Fischer)
  14—Frank Bigelow (also Butch Wynegar, Kevin Brown, Kirby Puckett, Brent Gates, Billy Crystal, Albert Einstein, L. Ron Hubbard, and Hank Ketchum)
  16—Joshua Reyer (also Hee Seop Choi, Lloyd Waner, Rick Reichardt, Clint Courtney, and James Madison)
  19—Dean Huls (also Joe McGinnity, Richie Ashburn, Bill Wambsganss, Gee Walker, and L. Robert “Bob” Davids)
  21—Larry McCray (also Tommy Davis, Manny Sanguillen, Shanty Hogan, Rosie O’Donnell, Howard Cosell, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Shawon Dunston)
  24—John Orbison and Shayna Sigman (also George Sisler, Jesus Alou, Garry Templeton, Bruce Hurst, Wilson Alvarez, Ernie Shore, and Harry Houdini)
  30—Steve Hoffbeck and Paul Rittenhouse (also George Van Haltren, Rip Collins, Jason Dickson, Dick Woodson, Ed “Battleship” Gremminger, Secretariat, and Vincent Van Gogh)

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Answer to Name’s the Same
Greg “Boomer” Wells and David “Boomer” Wells

    March 12—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m., Mark Johnson: 612-822-9638, mjohn@mr.net

    April 16—Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Edina, 9:30 a.m., Rogers Hornsby by Charles C. Alexander, Tom Swift: 507-645-2280, tomswift@nickelcurves.com, http://halseyhall.org/bookclub.html

    May 21—Spring Chapter Meeting, United Methodist Church, Columbia Heights, Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., Howard Luloff: 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2004-05
President—Stew Thornley
Vice President—Cary Smith
Secretary—Chuck Blomquist
Treasurer—Rich Arpi
Kyle Eliason
Gregg Omoth
Tom Swift

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