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

May 2016

Stew Thornley

Hans Van Slooten to Make Presentation on Baseball-reference.com May 16 in Roseville
The Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee is holding a special meeting with Hans Van Slooten, the primary developer for baseball-reference.com (as well as the other sites under sports-reference.com.

Hans will provide a brief history of the popular and useful baseball-reference.com website, reveal some of the lesser known corners of the site, and provide a tutorial on the site’s play indexes. He will answer questions and run any play-index queries requested by the audience.

The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16 at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville, 2180 Hamline Avenue (on the corner of Hamline Avenue and County Road B).

The Research Committee will hold a regular meeting Monday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southdale Library in Edina. The committee is also planning a meeting in August with reports from chapter members who attend the SABR convention in Miami.

Wow, Dirty Uncle Ernie, What Else Is Coming up?

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 Schilling Jr., John Rosengren, and S. Thornley.

The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on Saturday, May 7 at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

The book club will next meet on Saturday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is Don Baylor: Nothing But the Truth by Don Baylor with Claire Smith. The group will also discuss Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game and 1-hitter May 6, 1998. (See if you think the one hit should have been called an error.) The game is available for viewing on YouTube: 5/6/98: Kerry Wood Strikes Out 20.

Mike Haupert will be hosting SABR chapters from a multitude of states Saturday, July 9 at Copeland Park in LaCrosse. The afternoon meeting (registration begins at 12:30 p.m.) will have a guest from the LaCrosse Loggers Northwoods League team, an official scorers panel, research presentations, and a trivia contest by Howard Luloff.

There is no charge for the meeting. The group will purchase tickets for that night’s Northwoods League game. (We won’t do the all-you-can-eat tickets; dinner at the ballpark will be on your own.)

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

This year’s town ball outing will be Friday, July 22 in Miesville as the Mudhens take on St. Louis Park at Jack Ruhr Field. The game is at 8:00, and anyone interested may come early (around 5:30 or 6:00) for a pre-game meal at King’s Place, which is across Hwy. 61 from the ballpark. Sarah Johnson will be writing an article on Miesville for the Midwest Traveler section in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

On the subject of town ball, historic Tink Larson Field in Waseca burned down in early April. Insurance will cover some of the loss, but Tink lost a lot of his own equipment (riding mowers, tractors), which are not covered. Donations to the Waseca Baseball Association will go toward replacement of this equipment and may be sent to Tink Larson, 501 7th Avenue NE, Waseca, Minnesota 56093-1767. Make out checks to the Waseca Baseball Association. Please donate.

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Record Turnout for Spring Chapter Meeting
Julio BecquerThe attendance at a Halsey Hall Chapter meeting exceeded 40 for the first time at the spring meeting April 9 in Minneapolis.

Jerry Janzen, Howard Luloff, Bob Tholkes, Bob Komoroski, Jeff Lenz, Steve Bratkovich, Jim Hurt, Gil Waibel, Lee Temanson, Denny Laudal, Cary Smith, Art Mugalian, Tom Flynn, Dave Lande, Dave Jensen, Gene Gomes, Rick Arpi, Mark Sannes, Mary Manning, Doug Skipper, Jim Hentges, John Gallo, Fred Buckland, Roger Godin, Joel Wyttenhove, Joe O’Connell, Frank Kadwell, Brenda Himrich, Stew Thornley, Tom Rooney, Dan Levitt, Aaron Stilley, Aaron Sinner, Emma Charlesworth-Seiler, Steve Ginader, Brent Heutmaker, Lloyd Kepple, Hans Van Slooten, Ry Siggelkow, Daryl Jorgenson, George Rekela, Fritz Reeker, and Jeff Lehtinen heard research presentations by Denny Laudel, Dan Levitt, Phil Lowry, Bob Tholkes, and Lee Temanson in the morning and then listened to featured guest Julio Becquer (pictured) talk about his life in the Twin Cities. Julio first came here as a member of the Louisville Colonels of the American Association in 1956 and liked the area.

He played for the Twins in 1961 and then settled down in Minneapolis and worked for Dayton’s for many years. Julio was a guest at the 1988 SABR convention in Minneapolis and has stayed involved with the Twins. He is a coach at the Twins’ fantasy camp, which has had Lloyd Kepple are a regular attendee. Lloyd invited Julio to come to our meeting.

During the business meeting, Brent Heutmaker, Jerry Janzen, and Gene Gomes were elected to two-year terms on the chapter’s board of directors.

In addition, a silent auction held during the meeting raised $551 for the chapter.

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New Members

Mark “Rumbleshorts” Sannes has lived in Kasson, Minnesota, for 30 years, but he grew up in prestigious east Richfield, close enough to Met Stadium to hear Bob Casey’s voice over the loudspeaker.

Rumbleshorts has been with Cerner Inc. for 21 years, developing medical management software. He enjoys Toastmasters in his spare time and specializes in storytelling. (“Storyteller = BSer.”)

Mark’s daughter, Anna, is in her fifth year teaching middle-school math in Baltimore. Anna and her husband, Matt, whom she met at Georgetown, are big Hoyas fans. Son Jim is a sports analyst for Numberfire in Boston and writes insightful and entertaining columns (just Google him). In May Mark will take Amtrak to see his children, taking in Red Sox and Nationals games, as well.

Mark remembers his first Twins game, telling his dad that Harmon Killebrew was pretty slow. “Umm . . . it was a home run trot.” Mark sold the Minneapolis Star at the Met, keeping a nickel of the 15 cents it sold for and also being able to watch the game. He graduated to being a Bob Sims usher, “purple pants with gold strips down the side. The nice step up from there was selling ice cold Coke and Orange for 25 cents a cup. Those were pretty special years watching Billy Ball, Harmon, Bert, Tony, Rod, and so many others!”

Mark writes prose and songs, his mentor for the latter being John Prine. Mark has been to about 20 of his concerts and has gotten to meet him a couple times.

Born in 1955, Mark shares his September 19 birthday with Duke Snider, Joe Morgan, Gio Gonalez, Jim Abbott, George Springer (a member of Rumbleshorts’s fantasy baseball team), Chris Short, Danny Valencia, Nick Etten, Pedro Munoz, Danny Valencia, Bob Turley, Randy Myers, Trisha Yearwood, David McCallum, Adam West, Moshe Weinberg, Mike Royko, Emil Zatopek, Brian Epstein, Wally Hilgenberg, Leon Jaworski, Willie Pep, Cass Elliot, and Twiggy.

Also new to SABR: Julian Hissong

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Member and Chapter News
Michael Fallon’s book, Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers, has been published by University of Nebraska Press.

Anthony Bush written an article on Proctor High School’s 1976 baseball team: Proctor Rails

Scott Cummings has written an article on his life after moving to Duluth: Why Skiing? How a Sport Saved My Life

Roger Godin had an article, The Browns’ Spring Training 1946, published in the latest SABR Baseball Research Journal.

Tom Rooney is conducting a series of baseball classes, There’s No Crying in Baseball: The American Pastime in Pop Culture, through Northern Dakota County TriDistrict Commission at Henry Sibley High School in Inver Grove Heights. The classes are $10 per session and run from 6:30 to 8:00 on the following nights:

May 4—Early Days of Baseball
May 11—Fictional Movies “Based on Some Facts”
May 18—The Ballpark Experience
June 25—The Minnesota Twins in Movie and Song

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   May 7—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Curran’s, 42nd and Nicollet, 9:00 a.m.

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

   May 16—Research Committee workshop with Hans Van Slooten, Ramsey County Library in Roseville, 7:00 p.m.

  June 11—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Don Baylor: Nothing But the Truth by Don Baylor and Claire Smith and Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game.

   June 20—Research Committee meeting, Southdale Library in Edina, 7:00 p.m.

  July 9—Meeting and LaCrosse Loggers Game, LaCrosse.

  July 22—St. Louis Park at Miesville Mudhens.

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