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The meeting featured two research presentations:
The meeting was preceded by a viewing of Mr. Ed in the episode in which Ed meets Leo Durocher and hits a home run off Sandy Koufax.
The featured speaker was former Twins All-Star Ron Coomer, who described his life in baseball and growing up as a Cubs fan on the south side of Chicago. Among other tales, Cooms described doing the home-run call of Jack Brickhouse as he fungoed rocks across Central Avenue into Midway Airport.
Other upcoming events:
The Halsey Hall chapter book clubs next selection is Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. The book club will meet on Saturday, December 3 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 Art Mugalian at 612-721-2825.
SABR Day in America will be Saturday, January 28, and the Halsey Hall Chapter will have its annual Hot Stove League get-together that night.
SABR 42 will be at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center from Wednesday, June 27 to Sunday, July 1, 2012. Deb Jayne of the SABR office will be in Minneapolis in November and will meet with the convention committee on November 20.
Rich first learned about SABR in 1983 when he bought Ballantines second Bill James Baseball Abstract. As he was preparing to move from Wisconsin to Rochester, he used the SABR web site to search for a Minnesota Chapter.
A month after moving to Rochester, Rich finished a six-year stint as a new-construction adviser for Wisconsins statewide energy-efficiency program. In his spare time, Rich has been writing non-fiction. In 2003, McFarland & Company published his first book, The Who: A Whos Who. He is now writing a biography for McFarland, due by Christmas, on Kid Nichols. It has been thrilling to connect with several of his great-grandchildren, he says. Rich has also written an entry on the first no-hitter and co-written one on the first shutout for a forthcoming SABR book project, Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century.
Rich says he is a little fuzzy about the first major league game he attended, although it was probably at Comiskey Park in 1969. At that same ballpark, on July 1, 1990, he saw Andy Hawkins of the Yankees pitch a no-hitter but lose the game, 4-0, to the White Sox as the Yankees made three errors in the last of the eighth. Rich enjoyed the outcome, not so much as a fan of the White Sox but as a person who doesnt like the Yankees. He has always liked the Twins, along with most of the other American League teams (the New York entry being an exception) and, as a longtime fan of the Chicago north-side team, was thrilled to see the Cubs Carlos Zambrano no-hit the Astros on September 15, 2008. Rich attended the game with his son in Milwaukee, where a couple of Cubs-Astros games were moved from Houston because of Hurricane Ike.
Born in 1962, Rich shares his June 12 birthday with Bill Foster, Gerry Arrigo, Ryan Klesko, Otto Knabe, Damon Buford, Marv Albert, George H. W. Bush (whose son is a former part-owner of the Texas Rangers), Hideki Matsui, Scott Aldred, Keith Miller, Keith Miller, Darrel Akerfelds (1962, same year as Rich), Gerry Arrigo, John Roebling, Jim Nabors, and Anne Frank. Bill notes that pitchers born on June 12 have a combined record of 91-135, and the combined batting average of all players born on June 12 is .258.
Jim Storm is from Brainerd and, as a kid, was able to watch Herb score pitch one year for Brainerd as well as all-black House of David teams that came to his home town. Jim loves town-team baseball and was at several games of the amateur state tournament in August and September. Jim and his wife have two daughters, one of whom is a research scientist at General Mills. Jim says he is, A great guy, so I can deal with this Ph.D from THE Ohio State University. Jim has a website for the Center for Organizational Development.
Brenda Himrich and her husband got a 9-week-old cat, Mickey, on October 19.
November 20Convention Committee. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.
December 4Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791.
January 29SABR Day in America and Hot Stove League Get-Together. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.
June 27-July 1, 2012SABR Convention, Marriott City Center Hotel, Minneapolis.