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

March 2016

Stew Thornley

Spring Chapter Meeting April 9 with Julio Becquer as Featured Guest
Family PhotoJulio Becquer will be the featured guest at the Spring Chapter Meeting will Saturday, April 9 at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis. Julio was a guest at the 1988 SABR Convention in Minneapolis and at the Halsey Hall Chapter in 2001. He played in the majors between 1955 and 1963 with the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels. In the first game of a July 4, 1961 doubleheader, Julio hit a grand slam with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Twins a 6-4 win over the White Sox. He recently coached Lloyd Kepple at the Twins Fantasy Camp (more on that below).

Registration is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. The featured guest be on at 1:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch. The cost for the meeting and lunch is $10. The meeting only is $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

Five research presentations (which is the limit) have been approved by the Research Committee:

  • Baseball: The Early Years, by Denny Laudel
  • The Nuances of Free Agency: How the Evolution of Collective Bargaining Agreements Affected Team Building, by Dan Levitt
  • International Baseball Competitions: 1857 to Present, by Phil Lowry
  • The Young and the Restless: George Wright 1865-1868 by Bob Tholkes
  • Norman Rockwell and Baseball by Lee Temanson

Elections for the board of directors will be held during the business meeting. Three members will be elected to the board of directors to succeed outgoing directors Steve Ginader, Jerry Janzen, and Gene Gomes. Anyone interested in running for a two-year term may contact Nominating Committee Chair Doug Skipper, 612-876-1408. Brent Heutmaker, Jerry Janzen, and Gene Gomes have informed Doug of their interest in running. Nominations are still open until the time of the election.

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LaCrosse Trip Still On for July 9
Although the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference was pulled out of LaCrosse, Mike Haupert is still organizing a SABR event for Saturday, July 9.

We (possibly along with SABR members from Wisconsin and Iowa) will meet in a suite at the LaCrosse ballpark (Copeland Park) starting at 12:30 or 1:00 p.m., giving people time to drive to LaCrosse, and, if interested, stop for breakfast, lunch, or brunch in Winona.

The problem will include a session on official scoring (which has videos of plays that will allow the audience to vote on whether it should be a hit or error), a guest from the LaCrosse Loggers Northwoods League team, other sessions such as research presentations, and a super special baseball trivia contest conducted by Howard Luloff.

In the evening, we will stay for a Loggers game in the All You Can Scarf Down and Swill area. The cost for a game ticket, which includes the scarf and swill, is $25.

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

Watch for more details, but mark your calendars now for this event.

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Other Big Stuff Coming Up

  • Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning March 5

  • Book Club April 2

  • Showing of Hano! A Century in the Bleachers May 14

Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning
The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on this Saturday, March 5 at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

Book Club
February 6 was a big day for SABR members. A goodly number turned out for the Book Club to discuss Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City by Jonathan Mahler as well as the telecast of Game 7 of the 1965 World Series.

That afternoon an even goodlier number went to the Minnesota History Center for a behind-the-scenes tour courtesy of Dan Cagley, who pulled out a number of baseball artifacts.

The book club will next meet on Saturday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is My Turn at Bat: The Story of My Life by Ted Williams. The group will also discuss Game 5 of the 1977 American League playoffs between the Yankees and Royals. The game is available for viewing on YouTube: 1977 ALCS Game 5 Yankees at Royals WPIX.

Caribbean Series Viewing Parties a Hit
Tom Flynn has organized two viewing parties for the Caribbean Series. On Friday night, February 5, about 10 people gathered at a Northeast Minneapolis watering hole to watch Cuba beat the Dominican Republic 4-2 in 11 innings. Two days later, the group went to south Minneapolis to watch the championship game as Mexico beat Venezuela 5-4 on a game-ending home run in the ninth by Jorge Vazquez.

Hano! Documentary
Jon Leonoudakis will bring his documentary, Hano! A Century in the Bleachers, to Minneapolis Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. for a showing and panel discussion. The film is about Arnold Hano, who wrote A Day In the Bleachers. The event will be held at Minneapolis Television Network, 1620 Central Avenue (entrance on 18th Avenue NE) in Minneapolis. The 53-minute film will be followed by a panel with Jon Leonoudakis, Peter Schillling Jr., John Rosengren, and S. Thornley.

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New Members

Tom Rooney is from Waukon, Iowa, the county seat of Iowa’s most northeast county.  One of the two television stations they had on the farm was KROC in Rochester, which was part of the Twins’ network, and he grew up as a Twins fan.  He played high-school baseball and then earned an accounting degree at the University of Northern Iowa and is now a retired CPA (retired after 26 years at Medtronic), living in the Twin Cities.  He has a wife, son, daughter, and two grandsons. 

Tom attended six of the Twins’ home games during the 1987 and 1991 World Series, including the seventh game each year.  In 2010 and 2011 he took his dad and son on baseball road trips in the Midwest; they saw games at six major-league stadiums as well as the College World Series.

He is about to start his sixth year as an usher for the Twins (look for him in section 116/117) and leads classes on sports for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Minnesota.  Tom has developed and presented more than 40 hours of classes on baseball.

Tom shares his June 26 birthday with Willard Brown, Derek Jeter, Jason Kendall, Jeff Conine, Howard Pollet, Bill Robinson, Babe Herman, and Debs Garms as well as a number of people who had nothing to do with baseball: Greg LeMond, Colonel Tom Parker, Babe Didrickson Zaharias, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Michael Vick, Jay Silverheels, Pearl Buck, Peter Lorre, Georgie Fame, and Abner Doubleday.

Also new to the Halsey Hall Chapter: David Henly, David Entler

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Member and Chapter News
The chapter plans another outing to a town-team game this summer and is waiting for the schedule to come out for the Miesville Mudhens at Jack Ruhr Field.

Check out Frank White’s Minnesota Black Baseball web site, and get his book, They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society Press has just published the book, and Frank has been speaking on the topic. (Editorial note: I predict the book is a sure thing to be a finalist for next year’s Minnesota book awards, with a great chance of finishing first. It is one of the best books I’ve read in a while.)

Frank Kadwell has established a YouTube channel to post videos from our chapter meetings. This will make video of past speakers and research presenters available. Watch for more details.

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    March 5—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Curran’s, 42nd and Nicollet, 9:00 a.m.

    April 2—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., My Turn at Bat: The Story of My Life by Ted Williams and Game 5 of the 1977 American League playoffs.

    April 9—Spring Chapter Meeting, Faith Mennonite Church. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

   May 14—Screening and panel discussion for Hano! A Century in the Bleachers, Minneapolis Television Network, Minneapolis, 7:00 p.m.

  July 9—Meeting and LaCrosse Loggers Game, LaCrosse.

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