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

November 2009

Recap of Fall Chapter Meeting
Twins GM Handbook Now Available
New Member
Dates Set for 2010 SABR Convention
Board of Directors

Recap of Fall Chapter Meeting

By Howard Luloff
Twenty people were in attendance for the Halsey Hall Chapter’s Fall Meeting, which took place Saturday, October 17 at the Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

The festivities began following the opening session with guest speaker Tom Quinlan, who fielded numerous questions about his career, which included a stint playing in South Korea. The former Hill-Murray athlete is an assistant baseball coach for his alma mater.

John Bonnes gave the day’s first presentation on the growth of baseball’s blogosphere, looking at how to start a blog and how to promote it.

Following lunch and a chapter business meeting, Dan Levitt looked back at the abortive peace negotiations of 1914 between the Federal League and organized baseball, followed by Bob Tholkes’s look back at baseball stories that were printed in the New York Sunday Mercury. Mendal Merkle wrapped up the day’s presentations with his research on the Hall of Fame credentials of Stuffy McInnis.

The meeting concluded with a trivia competition with the Saints team, captained by Cary Smith, doubling its 38 points on the final question, which was the only other pitcher besides Eddie Cicotte to win more than 20 games for the 1919 White Sox. Correct question: Who was Lefty Williams?

The day’s festivities wrapped up with the Quicksteps planning meeting and a post-meeting gathering at Kevin Hennessey’s residence to watch Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.

Other upcoming events:
The Halsey Hall chapter book club has announced its selection for the December meeting, Tom Adelman’s Black and Blue, an examination of the 1966 World Series between the Orioles and the Dodgers and the events surrounding it. The book is available in paperback. One caveat, to avoid any confusion: the book’s subtitle was changed slightly in the paperback edition. It is Sandy Koufax, the Robinson Boys, and the World Series that Stunned America.

The book club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, December 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the Barnes and Noble cafe in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. Har Mar Mall is located on Snelling Avenue about a mile and a half north of the state fairgrounds. For more information, contact Tom Dolen at 651-483-8617 or Art Mugalian at 612-721-2825.

The next Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on November 21 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

The 2009 Spring Chapter Meeting has been tentatively set for Saturday, May 22. The Twins play the Milwaukee Brewers at Target Field that night.

Twins GM Handbook Now Available

Chapter member John Bonnes (the Twins Geek), along with Nick Nelson, Parker Hageman, and Seth Stohs, have written the TwinsCentric Offseason GM Handbook, which was recently recognized by Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune,. “To think along with the Twins’ brain trust, check out the TwinsCentric Offseason GM Handbook 2009-10,” wrote Christensen. “The think tank of Seth Stohs, John Bonnes, Nick Nelson and Parker Hageman have outdone themselves. For $9.95, you get 137 easy-to-read pages that will help sharpen your own opinions moving forward.

“There’s a look at key offseason dates, report cards on the 2009 Twins, a payroll analysis (2010 and beyond), an organizational depth chart, along with chapters on ‘The Joe Mauer Dilemma,’ 40-man roster decisions, trade targets and the free agent market. Finally, there are suggested blueprints for Smith.”

The authors completed the handbook with an interview with Twins general manager Bill Smith. The handbook is available electronically at http://twinscentric.com (one-third of the book can be downloaded for no charge or the entire book can be purchased) and will be available in print, as well.

New Member

The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes Peter Olsen to SABR.

Dates Set for 2010 SABR Convention

SABR 40 will be held from Thursday, August 5 to Sunday, August 8 in Atlanta. The convention will be at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel (165 Courtland Street NE, 404-659-6500), which has a special convention rate of $129 per night for guest rooms.

The Atlanta Braves will be playing the San Francisco Giants during the convention. There is a possibility of a trip to see the Birmingham Barons play at Rickwood Field on the final day of the convention.

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    November 15—Research Committee Meeting. For more information, contact Rich Arpi, 651-739-6986, rich.arpi@comcast.net.

    November 21—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153, baseballbooks@comcast.net.

    December 5—Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Black and Blue: Sandy Koufax, the Robinson Boys, and the World Series that Stunned America. by Tom Adelman. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617, or Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, amugalian@comcast.net.

    December 6—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin Hennessy, 651-651-492-2298, kwhennes@ties2.net.

    May 22—Spring Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, Hfan77@webtv.net.  

Board of Directors 2009-2010
President—Kevin Hennessy
Vice President—George Rekela
Secretary—Art Mugalian
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Fred Buckland
Gary Hackenmueller
Scot Johnson

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—John Gregory 

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