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

September 2012

Stew Thornley

Fall Chapter Meeting Set for October 6

San Diego Padres scout Mark Merila will be the featured guest at the Halsey Hall Chapter meeting Saturday, October 6 at the Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis.

Mark was an All-American for the Minnesota Gophers in 1993 and 1994, achieving the honor in the latter year after coming back from a seizure, a result of a brain tumor. Mark served as a bullpen catcher for the Padres until the brain tumor returned and caused another grand mal seizure in 2005. He became an assistant to Padres third-base coach Glenn Hoffman and, this year, began scouting for the Padres. In addition to baseball, Mark was an outstanding hockey player at Armstrong High School in Plymouth.

Registration is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. The featured guest and trivia will start 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 Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, by September 29.

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 Rich Arpi, 2445 Londin Lane E., Unit 410, Maplewood, Minnesota 55119-5547, 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. The Research Committee (which also consists of Dan Levitt, Stew Thornley, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by September 22, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

Other Upcoming Events:
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 10 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, October 13 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant.

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New Members: Jeff Bozovsky and Jackson Timm

Jeff Bozovsky is a medical billing trainer in Fargo who has combined his loves of historical research and baseball. He is researching the 1897 Red River Valley League and has a blog to chronicle his findings as the project progresses. Entranced by the statistics on the back of baseball cards, Jeff became a baseball fan in the early 1990s and a Cubs fan after a neighborhood friend introduced him to the WGN-televised games. As a kid, Jeff also attended Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks games. His favorite RedHawks player was Chris Coste, who made it to the major leagues when Jeff was a student at North Dakota State University, where Jeff got degrees in history and social studies education.

Jeff shares his April 10 birthday with Andre Ethier, Alberto Reyes, Mike Devereaux, Ken Griffey Sr., Lee Lacy, Bob Watson, Frank Lary, Chuck Connors, Ross Youngs, David Halberstam, Roy Hofheinz, Steven Seagal, John Madden, Omar Sharif, Harry Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, Dandy Don Meredith, Jim Bowie, Lew Wallace, Vernon Presley, and Angelo Poffo.

Jackson Timm lives in Lindstrom, Minnesota, with his folks, Ron and Ruth, and twin sister, Sophie, and is about to start sixth grade. He saw his first major league game, at the Metrodome, when he was three, and he and his dad take an annual baseball game. Jackson has now been to nine different stadiums to see the Twins.

Jackson attended the final regular-season game at the Metrodome and was also there on September 20, 2009 when the Twins, helped by Don Kelly losing a ball in the Metrodome roof, beat Justin Verlander and the Tigers.

Jackson likes to play basketball and loves to watch and follow sports. He also plays the piano and drums.

Jackson shares his March 27 birthday with Effa Manley, Buster Posey, Michael Cuddyer, Miller Huggins, Tom Quinlan, Dick Ruthven, Wes Covington, Steve Sundra, Johnny Gill, Ed Cushman, Lynn McGlothen, Randall Cunningham, Mariah Carey, Maria Schneider, Quentin Tarantino, Gloria Swanson, and David Janssen.

Also new to the Halsey Hall Chapter: Greg Frank.

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Book Signing for Short But Wondrous Summers September 27

The authors of Short But Wondrous Summers: Baseball in the North Star State, edited by Dan Levitt, will be talking about their articles and signing books at Barnes & Noble at Har Mar Mall in Roseville on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Short But Wondrous Summers was the convention publication for SABR 42.

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Satchel Paige Signature Found in 1965 Twins Scorebook

Scorebook with Satchel Paige autograph

A soon-to-be-retired Minnesota Department of Health employee recently purchased some scorebooks for a dollar apiece at an estate sale. Two of the books cover the 1960 Minneapolis Millers season, and three contain games from the 1965 Twins. The scoresheet for the September 14, 1965 Kansas City at Minnesota game has an autograph of Satchel Paige. Paige had just signed a contract with the Athletics and was in uniform with them for the first time. Athletics owner Charles Finley staged a Satchel Paige Appreciation Night September 25, when Paige pitched his only game of the season. His rest of the time with the Athletics in the bullpen, starting with the one at Met Stadium in the series against the Twins. The scorebooks contained other autographs, including those of Boog Powell and Jackie Robinson, prompting the Health Department employee to wish she had bought more of the scorebooks.

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    October 6—Fall Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    October 7—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 3 p.m. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.

    October 13—Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.     November 10—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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