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

September 2005

Jim Karn Dies
SABR Hiring Research Services Manager
Chapter Meeting October 22
Cow Chips
September Birthdays
Board of Directors

Jim Karn Dies
Longtime chapter member Jim Karn died of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 62 on August 11. Jim coached with his brother, Bob, at St. Cloud Cathedral High School and was even more active in amateur baseball in Crookston. A native of St. Cloud, Jim lived in both St. Cloud and Crookston. He pitched for and managed the Crookston Reds for more than 35 years, and he was inducted into the Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. Jim also researched Stearns County baseball and had a particular interest in Walter Ball, a black baseball pioneer in Minnesota. Jim wrote a chapter on Ball that appeared in the anthology, Swinging for the Fences: A History of Black Baseball in Minnesota.
Jim Karn


SABR Hiring Research Services Manager
SABR is creating a position called “Research Services Manager” who will be responsible for keeping an ear open and an eye peeled for member and committee research projects and to facilitate the completion of those projects. This hopefully will increase both the quantity and quality of baseball research that SABR publishes on-line and in print.

To see the position description, go the SABR web site and click on a “Position Available” in the left-hand column.

As for research being done by chapter members, these projects, as usual, are noted on the Halsey Hall Chapter web site at http://halseyhall.org/research.

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Yankees-Blue Jays during SABR conventionConventioneers
Kyle Pittelko, Stew Thornley, Howard Luloff, Rich Arpi, Jeff Brubaker, John Gregory, Ray Luurs, Cary Smith, Aaron Gleeman, Kyle Eliason, Brenda Himrich, Dan Levitt, Kevin Reichard, and Tom Swift attended the SABR convention in Toronto. Among the highlights of the convention were Dan Levitt giving a research presentation, the group going to the Yankees-Blue Jays game (won by the Yankees, 6-2), and Brenda Himrich coming across a clothing-optional beach while on a bike ride on Toronto Island.


Chapter Meeting October 22
The Fall Chapter Meeting will be Saturday, October 22 at Community United Methodist Church in Columbia Heights. Those wishing to make a research presentation are asked to submit an outline of the presentation to Howard Luloff (952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net) by October 1. The meeting will run during the day, and members and guests are invited to come to the Himrich-Thornley home that night to watch the opening game of the World Series.

The Quicksteps vintage base ball club wraps up its season with two matches in September:

Saturday, September 10, 11:30 a.m., Mantorville Elementary School Grounds, Mantorville.

Sunday, September 18, 1:30 p.m., Brooklyn Park Historical Farm, Brooklyn Park.

Some of the players from the Quicksteps and the St. Croix vintage team are going to Columbus, Ohio, over Labor Day weekend for a vintage festival.

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Cow Chips
Roger Godin attended the Giants-Marlins game in San Francisco on July 24 and got to see Florida pitcher A. J. Burnett hit a home run.

Kevin Hennessy’s son, Alex, is getting married over Labor Day weekend.

John Gregory’s son, David, experienced an armed robbery in August at an office where he works part-time.

Stew and Brenda aboard a B-25 Brenda Himrich and her husband got to ride in a B-25 that did a flyover of the state capitol and history center during ceremonies commemorating the 60th anniversary of V-J Day on August 14.

Pete Hepokoski went on a Jay Buckley baseball tour for the 13th straight year and saw a major league game in his 49th different stadium. Now living in the Philadelphia area, Pete will be retiring later this year and may move back to Minnesota in 2006.

Jim Thielman, author of Cool of the Evening: The 1965 Minnesota Twins, had an article in the Counterpoint section of the Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities on August 20. He was also the subject of an article by Jason Williams in the St. Paul Pioneer Press the same day.

Rich Arpi has been going to the state amateur baseball tournaments in Dassel and Hutchinson.

Thrifty Mark Johnson went to the State Fair on Senior Day and on Transit Discount Day, when he got a reduced bus fare and discounted entry ticket. Looking ahead, the next Twins game Mark attends will be the 1,500th major league game he has attended.

Also looking ahead (or behind, as the case may be), Jerry Janzen has a colonoscopy and an echocardiogram scheduled for September.

September Birthdays
    1—Rick Mason and Jim Wyman (also Jim O’Rourke, Rico Carty, Cloyd Boyer, David West, Rob Wilfong, Garry Maddox, and Conway Twitty)
    2—Tim Arnold and Sarge Upton (also Mel Behney, Nitchie Cadreau, Albert Spalding, Peter Ueberroth, Rick Manning, and Marv Throneberry)
    6—Thomas Grandy (also Derrek Lee, Greg Olson, Fran Healy, Vince DiMaggio, Urban “Red” Faber, Tommy Thevenow, and Jane Curtin)
    8—Bob Gladhill (also Walter “Buck” Leonard, Gil Meche, Ernie Orsatti, Ken Forsch, Kid Cann, and Patsy Cline)
  11—Mark Johnson (also Don “Sluggo” Slaught, John McSherry, Ellis Burks, Eddie Miksis, Ellis Clary, Tom Landry, and O. Henry)
  13—Julian Loscalzo (also Rick Wise, Rick Dempsey, Ed Rommel, Bernie Williams, Denny Neagle, Russ Davis, Thornton Lee, Mel Torme, and Jacqueline Bisset)
  21—Dan Levitt and Dick Unruh (also Sam McDowell, Cecil Fielder, Elden Auker, Elmer Smith, D. J. Dozier, Aurelio Lopez, Billy Muffett, Joe Haynes, and Larry Hagman)
  27—David Hill (also Jon Garland, Jon Rauch, Vicente Padilla, Dick Hall, Mike Schmidt, Johnny Pesky, Whitlow Wyatt, Dave Wickersham, Joe Visner, and Meat Loaf)
  29—Dan Cagley (also Dave Orr, Mike McCormick, Rich Reese, Harry Steinfelt, Enrico Fermi, and Erika Eleniak)
  30—Scott Nelson (also Carlos Guillen, Jose Lima, Craig Kusick, Johnny Podres, Robin Roberts, Zinn Beck, and Truman Capote)

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    October 8—Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Edina, 9:30 a.m., Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball by Howard Bryant. For more information, contact Tom Swift,507-645-2280, tomswift@nickelcurves.com.

    October 22—Fall Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff: 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.

    November 19—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson: 612-822-9638, mjohn@mr.net.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2005-06
President—Bob Tholkes
Vice President—Gregg Omoth
Secretary—Chuck Blomquist
Treasurer—Rich Arpi
Howard Luloff
Gregg Nelson
Cary Smith

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