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

September 2006

Lexington Park Plaque Unveiled Again
Fall Chapter Meeting October 21
In Other News . . .
Board of Directors

Lexington Park Plaque Unveiled Again
A plaque, originally purchased by the Halsey Hall Chapter of SABR in 1994, was unveiled August 12 in the plaza of the TCF Bank on the former site of Lexington Park, home of the St. Paul Saints from 1897 to 1956. The chapter raised money from former Saints players and fans to purchase and erect a plaque on a building on the site 12 years ago after the original commemorative marker for the ballpark disappeared. When the buildings on the site were demolished a few years ago, the chapter got the plaque back and gave it to TCF Bank, which was constructing a new branch on the site. Stan Williams pitched the final game at Lexington Park, shutting out the Minneapolis Millers. Although Williams was unable to attend the ceremony, he wrote a letter with his memories of the ballpark and St. Paul, and comments from his letter were read to a crowd of approximately 40 people, which included 15 chapter members. Jose Torres, Brian Whinnery, and Billy Cox of the current St. Paul Saints were also on hand along with local dignitary Wally the Beerman for the unveiling.

Mudonna and Luloff Thornley Speaks

Top left: Howard Luloff (right) hams it up with Saints mascot Mudonna. Top right: Woman at far right applauds wildly while woman second from right (City Council member Debbie Montgomery) retches as a SABR member makes some cogent comments. Bottom left: The plaque and marker are unveiled by TCF Bank branch manager Sam Holl, an unidentified SABR member, and Saints vice president Tom Whaley. Bottom right: Halsey Hall Chapter members gather around the plaque they purchased.

Plaque Unveiling SABR members around the plaque

Fall Chapter Meeting October 21

The Halsey Hall Chapter Fall meeting will be Saturday, October 21 at the Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-0125.

Registration begins at 8:30 and research presentations at 9:00. Lunch will be at noon, followed by a guest speaker (to be announced) at 1:00. The meeting will conclude with a Jeopardy-style baseball quiz around 2:30. Attendees can head over to the Thornley-Himrich residence (1082 Lovell Avenue, Roseville, 651-415-0791), which is shared by Jeter and A-Rod, after the meeting to watch Game 1 of the World Series. Click here for a map and directions.

The cost of the meeting is $8. Please RSVP to Events Chair Howard Luloff at 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.

Parking is in lot AA, across Harvard Street from the church. Parking info is also available by clicking here.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting. Proposals must be made in writing (e-mail is fine) to Research Committee Chair Dan Levitt, 2205 Newton Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405-2431, danrl@attglobal.net, and should include a title and brief outline of what the presentation will consist of with emphasis on the research that will be included. Standard 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. Generally, up to five presentations may be accommodated, and these will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Research Committee (which also consists of Cary Smith, Tom Swift, Deano Thilgen, and Stew Thornley) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by October 7, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

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In Other News . . .

Kyle Eliason was quoted in the Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities on Friday, July 28 in a story about major league baseball’s attempt to control statistics used in fantasy baseball leagues.

The ubiquitous Pete Gorton was on the Fox North Sports Twins’ pre-game show on July 29, the eve of the Hall of Fame induction, to talk about John Donaldson, one of the players considered for induction by the Negro Leagues/pre-Negro Leagues Committee. Pete and the Donaldson network were also the feature of an article on mlb.com by Justice Hill. The article is available by clicking here.


    September 9—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 612-822-9638, mtjohnson10@mn.rr.com.

    September 10—Research Roundtable, Perkins Restaurant, 4917 Eden Avenue, Edina, 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dan Levitt, 612-377-5154, danrl@attglobal.net. [Note: The date of this event may be changed; contact Dan Levitt for confirmation of the date.]

    October 14—Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Edina, 9:30 a.m., The Great Rivalry: The Yankees and the Red Sox 1901-1990 by Ed Linn. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617.

    October 21—Fall Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2006-007
President—Bob Tholkes
Vice President—Howard Luloff
Secretary—Armand Peterson
Treasurer—Kevin Hennessy
Jodi Elowitz
Dan Levitt
Art Mugalian

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—Deano Thilgen 

Halsey Hall Chapter Web Page: http://halseyhall.org

Halsey Hall Chapter E-list/Message Board: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/halseyhall

Past issues of The Holy Cow! are available at http://halseyhall.org/pubs/holy.html


Chapter History: http://halseyhall.org/officers_history.html

Chapter Procedures and By-Laws: http://halseyhall.org/bylaws.html

Society for American Baseball Research: http://sabr.org

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