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

October 2021

Stew Thornley

Index to past stories in The Holy Cow!

  • Fall Chapter Meeting November 13 with COVID Protocols
  • Name’s the Same
  • Membership
  • Cow Chips
  • Answers to Name’s the Same
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Fall Chapter Meeting November 13 with COVID Protocols
    The Fall Chapter Meeting will be at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis on Saturday, November 13. Tom Ryther, former sportscaster in the Twin Cities, will be the featured guest.

    Faith Mennonite Church requires that all visitors wear masks and that they sign in and include a phone number for the purposes of contact tracing should any visitors test positive for COVID after the meeting. As usual, anyone who has a fever or is feeling sick should not come. The church is considering additional requirements, as is the chapter board of directors, and these will be noted in the November newsletter. For now, plan on bringing a mask and wearing it at all times except when actively masticating.

    Registration for the meeting is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch with Ryther and Howard Luloff’s always-a-hit trivia contest 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.

    The meeting will include up to five oral research presentations. Four have been approved so far:

    • Anthony Bush on Llewellen Legg
    • Carl Rogan on Bullet Rogan
    • Sam Sundermeyer on Bud Fowler with Stillwater in the Northwestern League and the implications it had on the origin of the color barrier in organized baseball
    • Dave Lande and Gene Gomes with a tutorial on doing a game story for the SABR Games Project

    One presentation slot is always reserved for a first-time presenter until four weeks before the chapter meeting. Since the other slots are filled, only proposals from first-time presenters will be accepted until October 16. If a slot remains at that time, any member can submit a proposal until October 30, two weeks before the meeting, when the Research Committee will finalize the schedule of presentations. Standard oral presentations are 20 minutes (with an additional eight minutes for questions) although the duration may be longer or shorter depending on the needs of the presenter and of the schedule.

    In addition, members are invited to submit a proposal for a poster presentation. Proposals must be sent to Research Committee co-chairs Dave Lande or Gene Gomes and include a title and brief outline of what the presentation will consist of with emphasis on the research that will be included.

    Research Committee members are Brenda Himrich, Sarah Johnson, Dan Levitt, Doug Skipper, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, Dave Lande, Anders Koskinen, Hans Van Slooten, Gene Gomes, Mike Haupert, and Bob Tholkes.

    Other Events
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, October 2 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is Breaking into Baseball: Women in the National Pastime by Jean Hastings Ardell.

    Brent Heutmaker has organized a list of all the book selections since the book club started in August 2002: Halsey Hall Book Club Selections

    The Research Committee will meet October 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and at the same time on November 22. Anyone wanting to participate may contact co-chairs Dave Lande or Gene Gomes.

    The Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will at Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis 55413 (behind the keg warehouse of the old Grain Belt Brewery), 612-545-5659 on Saturday, November 20 at 9:00 a.m.

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

    Halsey Hall Chapter Twitter page

    Please visit both pages, and, if you haven’t yet, “Like” the Facebook page and “Follow” the Twitter page and set your notifications to be alerted to new posts.


    Regular Events

    Video Archives of Past Events

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    Name’s the Same
    Two students killed by the National Guard at Kent State in 1970 have the same names as a couple people connected with baseball. One is the author of Down to the Wire, about the 1967 American League pennant race. The other is a Milwaukee Brewers catcher from the 1980s. Who are they?

    Answers Below

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

    Membership application

    Get more out of your membership experience by checking out SABR Member Benefit Spotlight Series.

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    Cow Chips
    Tom Merrick had a story published in the SABR Games Project: September 5, 1908: Brooklyn’s Nap Rucker No-Hits Boston Doves, Striking Out 14.

    Terry Bohn has written about Lew Drill for the SABR SABR BioProject.

    Sarah Johnson was named one of the top six official scorers for the St. Paul Saints this season.

    The September 2021 edition of Keltner’s Hot Corner, the newsletter of the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter is on the newsstands:

    Keltner’s Hot Corner, September 2021

    Included in it is a profile of Phil “Daddy Reid” and a story about the recent ceremony involving chapter members Frank White, Pete Gorton, and Todd Peterson to place a grave marker for Reid in Oakland Cemetery. This issue also has a nice recap of the Jerry Malloy Negro Leagues Conference. Lots of stuff in here worth perusing.

    For past and Keltner’s Hot Corner newsletters:

    Keltner’s Hot Corner

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    Answers to Name’s the Same
    Jeff Miller and Bill Schroeder.

    These questions were lazily recycled from previous versions (December 1999 and February 2000) of The Holy Cow! All issues of The Holy Cow! are on-line. To read more trivia questions as well as profiles of members and other exciting minutiae, view issues from 1999 to 2002 at Newsletters edited by Stew Thornley, 1999-2002.

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       October 2Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Breaking into Baseball: Women in the National Pastime by Jean Hastings Ardell.

        October 18—Research Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, contact Dave Lande or Gene Gomes.

        October 24—Halsey Hall Chapter Board of Directors meeting, 6:00 p.m. For more information on attending, contact Gene Gomes.

        November 13—Fall Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m., Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

        November 20—Fred Souba Hot Stove League Saturday Morning, 9:00 a.m., Bunny’s Northeast.

        November 22—Research Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, contact Dave Lande or Gene Gomes.

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    Board of Directors 2021-2022
    President—Gene Gomes
    Vice President—Stew Thornley
    Secretary—Sarah Johnson
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Daniel Dorff
    Dave Lande
    John Swol

    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Co-Chairs—Dave Lande, Gene Gomes
    Membership Committee Chair—Stew Thornley

    The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
    Webmaster—John Gregory 
    Ass. Webmasters—Frank Kadwell, Hans Van Slooten, and Stew Thornley
    Social Media Directors—Tom Flynn, Twitter; Bob Komoroski, Facebook

    Halsey Hall Chapter Web Page

    Past issues of The Holy Cow! are available on-line.

    Chapter History

    Chapter Procedures and By-Laws

    Society for American Baseball Research

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