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

May 2007

Ray Christensen and Jeff Nelson to Speak at Spring Chapter Meeting
Seven Candidates Running for Board of Directors
Subscription Renewals Due July 1
Quicksteps to Appear at Metrodome
Candidate Statements
Board of Directors

Ray Christensen and Jeff Nelson to Speak at Spring Chapter Meeting

Ray Christensen, the long-time voice of Minnesota Gophers basketball and football who also broadcast the Minneapolis Millers, St. Paul Saints, and Minnesota Twins, will be the featured guest at the Halsey Hall Spring Chapter Meeting on Saturday, May 5. American League umpire Jeff Nelson (the brother of chapter member Gregg Nelson) will also attend, in the afternoon. The meeting will be at at the Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-0125. Parking is in lot AA, across Harvard Street from the church. Parking information is also available by clicking here.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting at 9:00. After the welcome and opening comments, Ray will speak and then answer questions. Ray served as the master of ceremonies in 1994 when the Halsey Hall Chapter unveiled a plaque on the site of Lexington Park, but this is the first time he will be attending a chapter meeting. Jeff Nelson will be on the program from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

In addition to the featured guests, five members will make research presentations:

  • 11:00—Mike Haupert, Fair Pay for Fair Play: A Preliminary Analysis of Race-Based Wages in MLB and the Negro Leagues. (This salary and income analysis of the Negro Leagues was the basis for the Yoseloff-SABR Baseball Research Grant Mike received last year.)
  • 11:30—Bob Tholkes
  • 1:00—Anne Aronson, Not Just a Hit and a Giggle: Women’s Baseball in Australia. (Anne recently returned from a research trip from Australia.)
  • 1:30—Dan Levitt, Ed Barrow and a Third Major League
  • 2:000—Roger Godin, 1924 Little World Series

The semi-annual chapter business meeting will be conducted during lunch, from noon to 1:00 p.m.. In addition to the elections for the board of directors (see below for more information), an amendment will be proposed. The proposed amendment, which will be an additional paragraph in Article III: Officers, Section 1-Officers, reads, “Membership in SABR is required to serve on the Halsey Hall Chapter board of directors.”

All those running for the board, as well as all current board members, should plan on attending a board of directors meeting on Sunday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Kevin Hennessy, 608 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. At this meeting, the incoming board members and holdover board members will elect, from among themselves, a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer to a one-year term that will begin July 1. (A description of the duties for these offices are at http://halseyhall.org/bylaws#procedures.) Other than the elections at this board meeting, only the outgoing and holdover board members will be allowed to vote on chapter business because the board term of the incoming members will not begin until July 1.

Registration for the meeting is $8, which includes lunch. There is also a meeting-only price of $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Events Chair Howard Luloff at 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net, by April 30.

Other events:
The next selection for the book club, which will meet on June 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville, will be Jackie Robinson: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad.

The SABR convention will be in St. Louis July 26-29. Adam’s Mark Hotel has a special SABR rate of $95 for a single or double room. Call 800-444-2326 and identify yourself as a SABR member to receive the special rate.

Seven Candidates Running for Board of Directors
Seven candidates—George Rekela, Ray Luurs, Lee Temanson, Stew Thornley, Doug Ernst, Gary Hackenmueller and Armand Peterson—have been announced for five open positions on the board of directors (four for two-year terms and one for a one-year term). The election will be held at the May 5 chapter meeting, and additional candidates may be nominated from the floor at the meeting.

Statements for the candidates who submitted them are below.

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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.

Quicksteps to Appear at Metrodome
The Quicksteps vintage base ball team will play a demonstration match at the Metrodome prior to the Twins-Tigers game on Sunday night, May 13. The St. Croix team, which, like the Quicksteps, has chapter members on its roster, will participate in the demonstration with the Quicksteps, who have seven other matches scheduled this season:

  • Saturday, May 19, Anoka County Fairgrounds, Anoka
  • Sunday, June 10, Champion Field, Sartell, 1:00
  • Sunday, June 17, Murphy’s Landing Historic Village, Shakopee, 2:00
  • Wednsday, July 4, Prinsburg Baseball Field, Prinsburg, 1:00
  • Saturday, July 21, Old Athletic Grounds, Stillwater, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, August 6, Fridley Historical Society Grounds, Fridley, 7:00
  • Sunday, September 16, Brooklyn Park Historic Farm, Brooklyn Park, 1:30

Candidate Statements

Submitted by Bob Tholkes, Nomination Committee Chair

Doug Ernst
I come to this election as a lifelong fan of the game, a teacher who has used the game as a teaching tool, and a person interested in history. I feel I am suited and qualified for a position on the board of the Halsey Hall Chapter of SABR because of my interest in baseball, history, and the fact that I have served on numerous boards as vice president, secretary and general board member.

I have been a baseball fan since I would listen to Halsey Hall and Herb Carneal on an old radio with my grandfather. I learned to appreciate history from my father. As a history teacher, I taught my students that while it is important to understand the “big picture” of a historical event, it was equally important - if not more important - to know and understand the people, individuals, who did the history.

I have used vintage base ball, and town ball, to teach difficult students about the past. I used explanations, and actual play, of the differences in rules to teach these tough students about change and how they can adapt to change in positive ways. I taught history and phy ed at the same time, making sure that students could both experience history and learn positive team work at the same time.

I see SABR as a way to connect with my grandfather’s, and father’s world, now that they have both died. I see it as a way to continue learning about history, both “big picture” and the individuals who made the history. I see SABR as a way I can continue to learn, and to teach.

Stew Thornley
SABR is not for everyone nor should it try to be. However, there are still many people for whom SABR would be a good thing and who would be good for our organization. We should always continue to identify these people and invite them to join.

Just as importantly, once someone has joined, we should encourage that person to become active and get involved, for his or her benefit as well as our own. In the Halsey Hall Chapter, we contact all new members and welcome them to SABR, tell them of upcoming events, and invite them to fill out a profile form so they can be introduced in the chapter newsletter. Not all choose to get involved, which is fine, but if they don’t, I hope it’s not for a lack of opportunity or encouragement on our part.

We should also encourage people to get involved in research projects. This was one of the reasons for the formation of our Research Committee, which tries to provide opportunities and guidance for those who would like to become research producers as well as research consumers. There’s no problem with people who choose not to pursue research projects, but we should remember that research is a core function of our organization (in addition to the many other benefits, including social, that it offers). At our semi-annual meetings, the research presentations and presenters need to receive the same level of attention and respect as other activities on the program.

One of the challenges every organization, including SABR, now faces is taking advantage of new technology, particularly the internet, without leaving behind members who are not on-line. I believe the SABR organization and the individual Halsey Hall Chapter have been sensitive to the needs of everyone while moving forward with the advantages of the internet. SABR still issues a paper bulletin to all members. We make sure that our semi-annual meetings our listed in this bulletin so everyone has a chance to be aware of them. SABR no longer issues a hard-copy of a membership directory, but in the SABR Bulletin it has made all members aware that they can receive a printed copy by requesting one from the SABR office. At our local level, our newsletter is produced and distributed on-line, but we still make it available as a hard copy for anyone willing to pay the copying and postage charges. While SABR and the Halsey Hall Chapter have done well, in my opinion, in serving the needs of all members in this regard, I believe it is an issue that will continue to merit ongoing vigilance and review to ensure that the organization is serving everyone.


    May 5—Spring Chapter Meeting, Grace University Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.

    May 12—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.

    May 20—Research Roundtable, Perkins Restaurant, 4917 Eden Avenue, Edina, 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dan Levitt, 612-377-5154, danrl@attglobal.net.

    June 2—Book Club Meeting, Ramsey County Library, County Road B and Hamline Avenue, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Jackie Robinson: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2006-007
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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