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

October 2013

Stew Thornley

Cory Provus to Speak at Fall Chapter Meeting

Twins broadcaster Cory Provus will be the featured speaker at the Halsey Hall Chapter fall meeting on Saturday, November 2 at the Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis. Registration is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. The featured guest be on at 1:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch. The cost for the meeting and lunch is $10. The meeting only is $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Scott Cummings, 952-334-0075.

Research presentations:

  • John Rosengren: Why Hank Greenberg Would Be Irrelevant Today
  • Bob Tholkes: The Hot Springs Historic Baseball Trail
  • Josh Ostergaard: The Devil’s Snake Curve: A Fan’s Notes from Left Field
  • Stew Thornley: Reconstructing Play-by-Play for Retrosheet
  • Doug Skipper: The Ball Park at 21st and Lehigh

The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, October 5 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss From 33rd Street to Camden Yards: An Oral History of the Baltimore Orioles by John Eisenberg. In addition, the group will discuss the telecast of Game Seven of the 1952 World Series. The complete game is available for purchase from iTunes or for viewing on YouTube: 1952 World Series, Game 7: Yankees @ Dodgers.

The Research Committee will hold a special meeting and research workshop Monday, October 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina 55435. All members are invited. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson. Additional workshops at the Southdale Library are planned for Monday, November 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Monday, December 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Co-chair Himrich writes, “The Research Committee is setting up its meetings at the Southdale Library. The purpose is to provide a research atmosphere with free parking. The Committee will hold its business meeting, which will then be followed by a group research workshop. It will be an opportunity for researchers to share the progress they are making with their research projects and get tips and suggestions on where to get more information. There will also be support on how to present the research. There will be opportunities to practice presentations in an informal setting and tips on how to enhance slide shows so they help you tell the story. Everyone is welcome to attend.

“One of the exciting projects the Research Committee has taken on, which will be a part of these meetings, is the creation of a poster session from the Spread of Baseball in Minnesota information. The goal is to create a quality traveling poster that could be set up at Twins Fest or other venues as opportunities might present themselves. This will be on the agenda for the October 14 meeting.

“Planned for the November meeting will be a follow-up from the November 2 chapter meeting presentation on ‘Reverse Engineering Scoresheets for Historic Games.’ Information on the game and a partially filled-in scoresheet will be provided. From the newspaper accounts, your mission will be to complete the scoresheet. Attend the November 2 chapter meeting to learn more.”

The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on November 16 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

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Member and Research News

The 1922 St. Louis Browns: Best of the American League’s Worst by chapter member Roger Godin is once again available from his publisher, McFarland.

Anthony Bush has had two more articles published on Duluth baseball:

Vic Power stealing home July 19, 1962

A chapter member came across a photo of Vic Power stealing home in the first game this member ever attended, July 19, 1962 at Met Stadium. Power, who once stole home twice in a game while playing for Cleveland (August 14, 1958), came home against his former mates in a Minnesota 8-0 win. Harmon Killebrew stands aside to make way for power, Nestor Chylak looks in and prepares to make the call as John Romano applies the tag too late. (A close look amid the dust shows the top of Power’s shoe already on the plate.)

Sarah Johnson came across a site for state history, Minnesota Reflections, a great resource for baseball with, in Sarah’s words, “a photo archive about as addicting as the one on the Minnesota History Center’s website.”

Dan Cagley narrates a video, Baseball in Minnesota: The Early Years, of baseball items in the Minnesota Historical Society archives.

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    October 5—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Cubs of ‘69: Recollections of the Team That Should Have Been by John Eisenberg and Game Seven of the 1952 World Series. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, and Gary DeSmith, 320-286-5127.

    October 14—Research Committee Meeting and Workshop, Hennepin County Southdale Library, Edina, 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson. (Workshops also planned for November 18 and December 9 at 6:30 p.m.)

    November 2—Fall Chapter Meeting, Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Scott Cummings, 952-334-0075.

    November 16—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

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President—Howard Luloff
Vice President—Doug Skipper
Secretary—Gary DeSmith
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
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