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

October 2017

Stew Thornley

  • Fall Chapter Meeting and Other Upcoming Events
  • Members
  • Member and Chapter News
  • Baseball Beats Golf Big Time
  • 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 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.

    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:
    Grumpy’s Gang Get-Together of Baseball Enthusiasts and Playoff Viewing Party
    Come to Grumpy’s Bar and Grill, 2200 4th Street Northeast, Minneapolis 55418 on Friday, October 6 to talk baseball with one another and watch the playoffs. People will start gathering by 5 p.m. or even earlier.

    Book Club
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, October 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution by Brian Kenny. The group will also discuss the Highlights from the 1962 World Series. It is available on You Tube: 1962 World Series Highlights Giants Yankees

    Research Committee
    The Research Committee will meet Monday, October 23 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 November 20 and 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.

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    Member and Chapter News
    Anthony Bush had an article published in the August 31, 2017 Proctor Journal: Rails Baseball Began 70 Years Ago

    Cary Smith has moved to Cooperstown to digitize photos for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Dan Levitt made another appearance on MLB Now on the MLB Network September 7 and, with Brian Kenny, Joel Sherman, and Cliff Floyd, discussed the following topics:

    Sign Stealing

    Yankees vs. Orioles

    Gene Michael

    Gut Reaction

    Pirates’ Extensions

    As noted in the last The Holy Cow! A. J. “Crash” Richard was in Clinton, Iowa, September 1 when Conner Grey of the Kane County Cougars pitched a perfect game against the Clinton LumberKings in the Midwest League. In answer to the question of other chapter members who have attended perfect games, Mike Frank was present for Don Larsen’s perfect game. (Your crusty trusty editor was at Dean Chance’s five-inning perfect game in 1967.)

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    Baseball Beats Golf Big Time
    The color line in organized baseball was broken in 1946, 15 years before the Professional Golfers Association rescinded a “caucasians only” clause in its constitution, according to Dick Cullum in “Cullum’s Column” in the May 23, 1961 Minneapolis Tribune (page 23).

    Cullum made the cogent observation, “You may wonder how any national organization in such prominence in the PGA could have gone this long with a constitution specifically barring contestants on racial grounds. Rigid as organized baseball was, it never had an exclusion clause in its constitution.”

    Cullum’s concluding paragraph, however, demonstrated how much further attitudes had to evolve and stereotypes squashed: “Golf, so much a matter of rhythm, is peculiarly suited to the physical equipment of Negroes. The Negroes’ sense of rhythm provides great power and control and will produce golfers now that the incentive is there.”

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        October 6—Grumpy’s Gang Get-Together of Baseball Enthusiasts and Playoff Viewing Party, Grumpy’s Bar and Grill, Northeast Minneapolis, starting at 5:00 p.m.

       October 7Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution by Brian Kenny and 1962 World Series Highlights.

        October 23—Research Committee meeting, 7:00 p.m, Southdale Library. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

        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.

        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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