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In addition to Howard Luloffs baseball quiz, in which Team Smith kicked the crap out of Team Thornley, the meeting featured three research presentations:
Marshall served as an assistant clubhouse boy for the Minnesota Twins at Met Stadium, covered baseball as a writer and radio announcer at the University of Minnesota, and was an official scorer for the minor-league Rochester Red Wings.
A Minneapolis native, Marshall still lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Cathy, and has two children, a 26-year-old daughter, Lauren, and a 23-year-old son, Ross.
Born in 1947, Marshall shares his March 9 birthday with fellow SABR member Tom Dolen as well as Arky Vaughan, Campy Campaneris, Jim Landis, Jackie Jensen, Benito Santiago, Billy Southworth, Doug Ault, Aaron Boone, Jules Tygiel, Myril Hoag, Yuri Gagarin, Bobby Fischer, Bobby Sands, Linda Fiorentino, and Bow Wow.
Paul L. Manocchio is from Parsippany, New Jersey, and attended Parsippany Hills High School. He notes that Richie Zisk graduated from crosstown Parsippany High School. Paul knows of another Parsippany High graduate from around 1978 who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1980s and early 1990s; though he cant remember this players name, he is confident that someone in the chapter can figure out the answer.
Paul played Little League baseball for several years and became a fan of the San Francisco Giants and later the New York Yankees. Because he was fast, could hit the long ball on occasion, and struck out a lot, he was compared by his friends to Bobby Bonds, one of his favorite Giants along with Willie Mays. My love for the game comes from my 42 years of playing the Strat-O-Matic baseball board game and statistics in general. I love the statistical part of the game and miss the old The Sporting News, where I would pour over all the box scores and various statistics there in.
Paul remembers going to Yankee games and having the good fortune to be able to get good seats, usually behind the visitors dugout, as his friends dad was a purchasing manager who had a connection to good tickets. He played a lot of slow-pitch softball in the late 1970s and early 1980s before he had children with his wife, Janine, whom he met at Hormel and is now self-employed as a computer analyst. Their daughter, Hope, is a senior majoring in English at Northwestern College in Roseville and is working toward her Masters degree in English with an emphasis on writing and possibly toward a Ph.D. and a career in college teaching. Their son, Martin, is a freshman at Bethel University in Roseville with an undeclared major. Martin plays on Bethels varsity soccer team. Unfortunately, at the age of 8 he liked soccer more than baseball . . . a left-hander when he was batting, he always seemed to make contact, something that his dad couldnt do.
Paul got his degree in engineering/engineering management with a civil engineering emphasis from the University of Missouri, Rolla, now know as the Missouri School of Science and Technology. Out of college he was hired by Hormel Foods Corporation as an industrial engineer and made his way into plant management. He moved throughout the Midwest with Hormel and currently is the grocery products superintendent in Austin, Minnesota. This division at the plant makes most of the famous Spam luncheon meat. If I were to be known for something, from a business side of things, it is my knowledge of this process in my 30-plus years with Hormel.
Paul now spends more time watching his son play soccer in the summer rather than attending baseball games, although he watches as much as he can on television with the MLB Extra Innings package.
Born in 1957, Paul shares his August 2 birthday with Grady Sizemore, Red Ames, Bombo Rivera, Luke Hughes, Tom Burgmeier, Huston Street, Matt Guerrier, Tim Wakefield, John Kiernan, Myrna Loy, Carroll OConnor, and Martha Stewart.
Anthony Reel, aka Tony Garcia, is an Army brat born in Frankfurt, Germany, who spent his early years in the Los Angeles area and considers his hometown to be Simi Valley, California. He later graduated from Kaiserslautern American High School in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and moved to Minnesota, where he has lived ever since, in 1994 after leaving the Air Force. After living for many years in St. Louis Park and Elk River, he is now in Norwood Young America and is an accountant and a continuous improvement facilitator at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
The first major league game he attended was between the Padres and Dodgers in Los Angeles in 1975. He went to El Paso Diablos games from 1984 to 1986 and, since moving to Minnesota, has watched countless Twins and Saints games. Since 1994 I have watched countless Twins and Saints games, and, of course, I have seen all of the Dodgers games in Minnesota since moving here. After all, I bleed Dodger Blue (but the Twins have always been my number-two even though I never had any connection to Minnesota before moving here). In Minnesota, Tony was present for Cal Ripkens 3,000th hit at the Metrodome in 2000 and for the Twins-Tigers tiebreaker game in 2009.
As a player, Tony learned to catch and throw as a righty and a lefty although he played his first season, in 1980, as a righty after his new left-handed glove was lost in the familys move from California to Germany. The following year he played the field right-handed and took the mound as a southpaw. For the next eight years he played as a left-handed first baseman and leftfielder. In early 1995 I tried out for the Northern League and was told I would get a contract if I went to the Pioneer Leagues tryout in two weeks. I decided not to do so. I have been asked to join the St Michael 35+ baseball team and did play a game for them this past summer. They do want me to pitch/play with them again next year.
Tony started umpiring in Brooklyn Park in the mid-1990s and later umpired in Elk River. I have since become one of the higher-rated umpires in the area thanks in part to training from a school co-directed by Vic Voltaggio and Bugsy Segal. I have also been working for that same organization for two years to train other umpires. Tony began covering the Twins for a St. Cloud radio station in 2006 and has since become a reporter for STATS, Inc. and an official scorer for the St. Paul Saints.
Other achievements for Tony include winning a top award at a Minnesota College Debate Tournament Championships, earning Competent Toastmaster certification in 11 months, and having a radio show for four years. He loves sports and games, trivia, piano, and the movies. Despite having an extreme fear of water (if he is unable to see the floor of the body of water), Tony is a good swimmer.
Born in 1970, Tony shares his December 1 birthday with Kirk Rueter, Walter Alston, George Foster, Larry Walker, Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish, Cookie Lavagetto, Red Badgro, Dwain Sloat, Sarah Silverman (also born in 1970), Matthew Shepard, Calvin Griffith, Woody Allen, Lee Trevino, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler, and Charlene Tilton.
Book club member Doug Kenison has kept a list of all book club selections:
November 14Research Committee Meeting, Perkins, Edina. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791, firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 5Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin Hennessy, 651-492-2298, email@example.com.
December 11Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Miracle at Coogans Bluff by Thomas Kiernan. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617, or Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 29Hot Stove League Meeting as part of SABR Day in America, 7:00 p.m.. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, Hfan77@webtv.net.
Summer 2012SABR Convention, Minneapolis