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

September 2013

Stew Thornley

Chapter Meeting Set for November 2

The Fall Chapter Meeting will Saturday, November 2 at the Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting (with the understanding they might not know if they’re available until the meeting date is set. Proposals must be sent to Research Committee co-chairs Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson and 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, Sarah Johnson, Brenda Himrich, Rich Arpi, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then. So far, John Rosengren and Bob Tholkes have submitted proposals to make presentations on Hank Greenberg and the Hot Springs Historic Baseball Trail, respectively.

Also: The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on September 7 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, October 5 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss From 33rd Street to Camden Yards: An Oral History of the Baltimore Orioles by John Eisenberg. In addition, the group will discuss the telecast of Game Seven of the 1952 World Series. The complete game is available for purchase from iTunes or for viewing on YouTube: 1952 World Series, Game 7: Yankees @ Dodgers.

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Member and Research News

The Research Committee continues to update its page and a white paper on research resources, Baseball Research Primer and to add to the Early Baseball in Minnesota page. Joel Rippel has been on the prowl for the earliest baseball games in Martin, Jackson, Nobles, Blue Earth, Cottonwood, and Faribault counties, and Bob Tholkes is checking Minnesota newspapers for the first mention of base ball anywhere in the state. The committee is planning a meeting and research workshop for all members at the Southdale Library and will have more information about this at the November 2 chapter meeting.

Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa

Sarah Johnson had an article published in the August 25, 2013 St. Paul Pioneer Press about her trip to minor league games in Iowa: Ballpark Tours of St. Paul Offers Major Fun Touring Minor League Venues. The article includes photos Sarah took at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport (above) and on a side trip to Field of Dreams (below).

Field of Dreams

Another aspiring photographer captured action on the lake during a game between Shakopee and Austin in the Class B State Tournament at Memorial Park in Howard Lake, a picture that didn’t make it into a major metropolitan newspaper but was posted on his Facebook page:

Howard Lake Memorial Park

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Writing Opportunities

SABR’s Baseball and the Media Committee seeks writes for project to review game broadcasts and write a critique of the broadcasts. To participate, contact Chuck Hildebrandt.

Seamheads.com “is on the prowl for new talent who can add fresh material and energy to the site,” according to Mike Lynch. “My offer is basically the same as it's ever been—I can’t afford to pay you at this point, but I can give you a venue in which you can display your work to the masses.” Anyone interested may contact Mike.

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    September 7—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.

    October 5—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Cubs of ‘69: Recollections of the Team That Should Have Been by John Eisenberg and Game Seven of the 1952 World Series. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, and Gary DeSmith, 320-286-5127.

    November 2—Fall Chapter Meeting, Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street, Minneapolis 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Scott Cummings, 952-334-0075.

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