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The lineup of research presentations:
During the business meeting, a proposed revision to Article II, Section 2 of the by-laws will be presented to the membership for approval. The section now reads:
ARTICLE II: PUBLICATIONS AND WEB SITE
The proposed change:
The chapter meeting will conclude with the ever-popular baseball trivia quiz conducted by HoLu (Howard Luloff).
Other upcoming activities:
The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, December 6 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss Voices of the Game: The First Full-Scale Overview of Baseball Broadcasting, 1921 to the Present by Curt Smith. In addition, the group will discuss the telecast of the 1978 Yankees-Red Sox tiebreaker game. The complete game is available for viewing on YouTube: 1978 AL East Playoff: Yankees @ Red Sox.
When the Kansas City Royals sprinted into the postseason for the first time in twenty-nine years, I felt like an atheist whod died and been ushered through the pearly gates into Heaven, no questions asked. Im happy to be here, yet Im bewildered. Itís been a long time since Ive had the faith of a true son of Kansas City, writes Josh in the opening paragraph.
Last June Josh had a positive review of his book, The Devils Snake Curve, in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.
Dan is from Bloomington and is a retired policeman/hazardous-device technician still working in the explosives field. He learned about SABR while doing research on Oliva.
Born in 1961, Dan shares his July 17 birthday with Hugh One Arm Daily, Tillinghast LHommedieu Huston, Lou Boudreau, Adam Lind, Jerry Lynch, Jason Jennings, Roy McMillan, Bobby Thigpen, Pete Ladd, Don Kessinger, Deron Johnson, Adam Lind, John Jacob Astor, Elbridge Gerry, Carson Shovel Shot Cooper, Donald Sutherland, James Cagney, Art Linkletter, Erle Stanley Gardner, Philippe Petit, Phyllis Diller, Juan Antonio Samaranch, Vince Guaraldi, and Edouard Carpentier.
Born and raised in St. Paul, Jim McKernon now lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Katie. He is recently retired from teaching social studies in high school.
Jim fell in love with the game in the fall of 1970 watching Brooks Robinson play in the World Series. I played organized ball from grade school (learning the game from Dennis Denning in the summers) through my sophomore year at Cretin (1980). The combination of really good players and my not being a really good player ended my high school playing days. One fond memory I have was while playing (I use the term very loosely) for Hamline American Legion was Paul Molitor practicing with us once during the strike of 1981. While in college at St. Thomas, I coached St. Luke to the CAA city baseball championship. I spent a lot of the summer of 1977 attending Twins games (that team has a special spot in my heart). After Carew, Bostock and Hisle left, I went through a bitter period as a fan but reconnected with them in the summer of 1984. I attended Game One of the 1987 World Series.
Jim joined SABR after becoming interested in the Biography Project and is writing biographies of Tom Johnson and Jim Hughes, members of the 1977 team. He is also working on a database of Twins uniforms and has George Mitterwalds game-used road jersey.
Jim shares his June 5 birthday with fellow chapter member Michael Forsythe as well as Jack Chesbro, Ray Lankford, Mike Coolbaugh, Russ Ortiz, Bill Spiers, Paul Siebert, Duke Sims, Lou Brissie, Eddie Joost, Truck Hannah, Jake Petricka, Adam Smith, John Carlos, Ron Livingston, Jeff Garlin, Bill Moyers, Art Donovan, Mark Wahlberg, John Maynard Keynes, Pancho Villa, Kenny G, and Bob Probert.
Brent Heutmaker is from Fridley, hence the nickname Fridley as well as Heut. He works in litigation support.
The first game he remembers attending was in a suite at Met Stadium. In addition to Metropolitan Stadium, Heut has been to the Metrodome, Target Field, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Turner Field, Anaheim Stadium, and old Yankee Stadium. He favorite is Turner Field. Its really underrated and never used to get mentioned as being on the same level as Camden Yards or Jacobs Field. In the late 1990s, going to Turner Field showed me how desperately Minnesotans should have been to bring outdoor baseball back. Its really a shame that the Braves are planning to move out of it. They have some neat stuff in the parking lot regarding Henry Aarons record-breaking home run and the part of the wall from the old stadium as well as a Braves Hall of Fame. Who knows what happens to that when they move to Cobb County?
His baseball highlights include seeing Jim Thome hitting a homer off the flag pole at Target Field on Labor Day in 2010 and attended Alumni Day at Citizens Bank Field in Philadelphia in 2012, getting the chance to meet Garry Maddox outside the ballpark where Maddox was selling ribs for charity. Heut was also in Cooperstown earlier this summer, a trip that prompted him to check out and join SABR.
Fridley loves all sports and their histories and is also interested in organized-crime history. He enjoys traveling, especially to Nevada.
Brent shares his December 4 birthday with Carlos Gomez, Jesse Burkett, Tadahito Iguchi, Lee Smith, Harvey Kuenn, Bob Shawkey, Shano Collins, Jesse Burkett, Bernardo Brito, Barbaro Garbey, Gregory Pappy Boyington, Dennis Wilson, Tyra Banks, Max Baer Jr., and Marisa Tomei.
Also new to SABR: Michael Freske
November 1Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and York, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.
December 6Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Voices of the Game: The First Full-Scale Overview of Baseball Broadcasting, 1921 to the Present by Curt Smith, and the 1978 Yankees-Red Sox tiebreaker game. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, and Gary DeSmith, 320-286-5127.