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

November 2017

Stew Thornley

  • Fall Chapter Meeting and Other Upcoming Events
  • New Members
  • Member and Chapter News
  • Cow Chips
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Fall Chapter Meeting and Other Upcoming Events
    Dick Stigman and Emma Charlesworth-Seiler will be speaking at the 2017 Fall Chapter meeting Saturday, November 4 at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis. Dick, a noted Minnesota player from Nimrod who pitched for the Twins in the 1960s, has been interested in the past but has had to demur for various reasons. His attendance at this time is tentative but hopeful. Emma, who umpired in the Gulf Coast League this year, will talk about her experiences and field questions.

    Nimrod, Minnesota Stigman Field in Nimrod

    Registration for the meeting is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch with a featured guest to follow. The cost for the meeting and lunch is $10. The meeting only is $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    Research Presentations:

    • John Gallo: The 1957 St. Paul Saints
    • Sarah Johnson: When Baseball’s Winter Meetings Came to Minneapolis
    • Bob Tholkes: Speculations on the Origins of Baseball Umpiring
    • Phil Lowry: International Baseball and International Baseball Tournaments

    Other Stuff Coming Up:
    Research Committee
    Grumpy’s Gang Get-Together of Baseball Enthusiasts and World Series Viewing Party
    Come to Grumpy’s Bar and Grill, 2200 4th Street Northeast, Minneapolis 55418 on Friday, October 27 to talk baseball with one another and watch the World Series. People will start gathering by 5 p.m.

    The Research Committee will meet Monday, November 20 at 7 p.m. at the Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina. At its September meeting the committee approved the research presentations for the Fall Chapter meeting and reviewed committee activities since the last chapter meeting. On the suggestion of Jim Cox, it decided to develop a poster board for Twinsfest that will have a picture and information of Hall of Famers who played in Minnesota prior to the arrival of the Twins.

    The committee also has meetings planned at the Southdale Library for December 18. All members are welcome.

    In addition, the committee is planning a workshop, On-line Baseball Research Tools Panel Presentations, for early 2018. The workshop, which be will be open to the public, will demonstrate on-line baseball research tools, including those listed in the chapter’s Baseball Research Primer.

    The Research Committee consists of Dan Levitt, Jim Cox, Brenda Himrich, Doug Skipper, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, and Bob Tholkes.

    Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning
    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, November 11 at Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413, 612-545-5659 (in what was the keg warehouse of the Grain Belt Brewery).

    Alan Holst Reception
    Former chapter member Alan Holst has retired from the foreign service and will be making his way across the country to his new home on the west coast. He is working in a stop in Minneapolis and would love to see anyone who would like to join him for a Juicy Lucy and beer at Matt’s, 3500 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis 55407 at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 27.

    Book Club
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, December 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is The Pitch That Killed: The Story of Carl Mays, Ray Chapman, and the Pennant by Mike Sowell. The group will also discuss the Highlights from the 1964 World Series. It is available on You Tube: 1964 World Series Highlights

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

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    New Members
    The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes Michael Stewart and Samuel Haag to SABR.

    Know a potential member? Here are resources for getting that person happily involved in SABR:

    Halsey Hall Chapter events

    Membership application

    Have you attended a Minnesota college, and would you be willing to contact it about the possibility of integrating SABR into some departments? If so, please contact Membership Committee Chair Hans van Slooten.

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    Member and Chapter News
    Jerry Janzen had a zipper job October 24 and is doing well. He looks forward to seeing his fellow chapter members soon.

    Paul Spyhalski will be presenting on the 1937 to 1942 seasons of the Southern Minny League at the Hormel (pronounced Hormel) Historic Home in Austin as part of their History Happy Hours Series on January 8 at 8 p.m. He invites members to come early and tour the Spam Museum and eat at Piggy Blues BBQ. He will provide a link to the event when it is available.

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    Cow Chips
    Scoresheet and box score from the September 30, 2017 Detroit at Minnesota game in which Andrew Romine played all nine positions:

    Scoresheet of Andrew Romine playing all nine positions

    Click on the images to enlarge; click on them a second time to enlarge more.

    Note (and cheap plug): These box scores (and MORE!) are also available on the recently posted newsletter of the SABR Official Scoring Committee.

    Box score of Andrew Romine playing all nine positions Box score of Andrew Romine playing all nine positions

    Bowling with Harmon

    Ad for Harmon Killebrew at Apache Plaza Bowl-O-Mat

    Did anyone get to bowl with Harmon Killebrew at Apache Plaza? One of the reasons Harmon could be assured of getting to the bowling alley on time was that a couple weeks earlier, the Twins changed the starting time of their Saturday game from 1:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. because the Minnesota Gophers were also at home that day. The early start gave fans the chance to scamper from Metropolitan Stadium in suburban Bloomington to Memorial Stadium in southeast Minneapolis to take in a mixed-sport doubleheader. The Twins later changed the time to 10:30 on Saturdays they shared with the Gophers, while also adopting 11 a.m. starting times for games on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. At the Metrodome, morning game times were needed on baseball-football days because the Twins and Gophers shared the stadium. The most memorable morning game in Twins history may have been September 11, 2011 when Eric Milton of the Twins pitched a no-hitter against the Anaheim Angels.

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        October 27—Grumpy’s Gang Get-Together of Baseball Enthusiasts and World Series Viewing Party, Grumpy’s Bar and Grill, Northeast Minneapolis, starting at 5:00 p.m.

        November 4—Fall Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

        November 11—Fred Souba Hot Stove League Saturday Morning, Bunny’s, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.

        November 20—Research Committee meeting, 7:00 p.m, Southdale Library. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

        November 27—Reception for Alan Holst, Matt’s, Minneapolis, 11:00 a.m.

       October 7Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Pitch That Killed: The Story of Carl Mays, Ray Chapman, and the Pennant by Mike Sowell and 1964 World Series Highlights.

        December 18—Research Committee meeting, 7:00 p.m, Southdale Library. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

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    Board of Directors 2017-2018
    President—Tom Flynn
    Vice President—Frank Kadwell
    Secretary—Brent Heutmaker
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Gene Gomes
    Bob Komoroski
    Hans Van Slooten

    Membership Committee Chair—Hans Van Slooten
    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Chairs—Brenda Himrich and Sarah Johnson

    The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
    Webmaster—John Gregory 
    Ass. Webmasters—Stew Thornley and Frank Kadwell
    Social Media Director—Tom Flynn

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