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

September 2018

Stew Thornley

  • Rob Fornasiere to Speak at Fall Chapter Meeting November 3
  • Acrostics Answers
  • A Poem by Aaron Sinner
  • New Members
  • Cow Chips
  • Special Offer for Autographed Felipe Alou Book
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Rob Fornasiere to Speak at Fall Chapter Meeting November 3
    Rob Fornasiere, who retired last spring after 33 seasons on the Minnesota Gophers baseball coaching staff, will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Fall Chapter meeting will be Saturday, November 3 at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis.

    Registration for the meeting is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch with a featured guest 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.

    Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research (oral or poster) presentation at the meeting. 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 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. The Research Committee (which also consists of Dan Levitt, Jim Cox, Doug Skipper, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, Dave Lande, Anders Koskinen, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by October 20, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then. Proposals for poster presentations may also be submitted to the co-chairs.

    Two presentations have been approved so far:

    • Showdown: Babe Ruth’s Rebellious Barnstorming Tour of 1921 by Tom Flynn
    • Analysis of the Unique Role of the Official Scorer in Baseball by Stew Thornley

    Other Upcoming Events:

    Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning
    The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on Saturday, September 15 at Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413, 612-545-5659 (in what was the keg warehouse of the Grain Belt Brewery).

    Research Committee
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee will meet Monday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center 55430, and at the same place Monday, October 22. All members are welcome to attend.

    Book Club
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, October 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is The Last Best League: One Summer, One Season, One Dream by Jim Collins.

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

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

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    Acrostics Answers
    Last month’s issue had a baseball acrostics puzzle by Jim Swanson:

    Acrostics puzzle

    Click on the puzzle for a pdf image.

    Here are the answers:

    Acrostics answers

    Click on the answers above for a pdf image.

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    A Poem by Aaron Sinner
    Aaron Sinner had this poem published in Spitball and consented to its republishing here:


    One night every year, the Saint Paul Saints
    are sponsored by the local atheists’ club, and drop the “S”
    becoming the Aints.

    It’s a fitting moniker—
    they ain’t starry-eyed youths, freshly baptized into the sport;
    they ain’t blazing prospects, disciples of the game;
    they ain’t radiant major leaguers, Herculean and half-divine.

    They’re independent
    “the nones.”
    Caught on the River Styx
    belonging to neither shore.

    The Aints know they’ll never be canonized among the legends of baseball,
    yet they rack up hits and chase down flies
    because the promise of that sacred diamond isn’t a taste of the divine,
    but a taste of the human—
    beautiful because it ain’t sticking around.

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    New Members
    The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes Jan Hahn and Daniel McIntyre.

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

    Membership application

    Have you attended a Minnesota college, and would you be willing to contact it about the possibility of integrating SABR into some departments? If so, please contact Membership Committee Chair Hans Van Slooten.

    Hans has written an article on SABR and our chapter for Twins Daily: Interested in Baseball Research? Join SABR!

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    Cow Chips
    Anthony Bush has been named the head baseball coach at Proctor High School: Anthony Bush Named New Proctor Baseball Head Coach

    Roger Godin had an article, Minnesota in Maryland: The 1934/35 Baltimore Orioles, published in The Hockey Research Journal of the Society for International Hockey Research.

    Other articles by and about SABR members:

    SABR Statistical Analysis Committee: The Length of World Series Games by Dan Levitt

    August 1, 2018 New Ulm Journal: Sunday in June Perfect for a Baseball Tour by Randy Krzmarzick

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    Special Offer for Autographed Felipe Alou Book
    The South Florida SABR Chapter recently hosted Peter Kerasotis, author of Alou: My Baseball Journey. The chapter has additional copies signed by Felipe Alou and is making them available for $20, which includes postage. Anyone interested in a copy make contact Sam Zygner.

    Felipe Alou card

    On the subject of Felipe Alou, he was once picked by a chapter member for a prize if Alou hit the first homer in a Yankees-Twins game at Met Stadium. This was part of a WCCO Radio pre-game show, Fan in the Stands, hosted by Randy Merriman, who interviewed fans and had them pick a card from his “batter’s box.” The fan did not score with Alou.

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        September 15—Fred Souba Hot Stove League Saturday Morning, Bunny’s, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.

        September 17—Research Committee meeting, 7:00 p.m., Brookdale Library. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

       October 6Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Last Best League: One Summer, One Season, One Dream by Jim Collins.

        October 22—Research Committee meeting, 7:00 p.m., Brookdale Library. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

        November 3—Fall Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

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    Board of Directors 2018-2019
    President—Tom Flynn
    Vice President—Frank Kadwell
    Secretary—Dave Lande
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Jim Cox
    Bob Komoroski
    Hans Van Slooten

    Membership Committee Chair—Hans Van Slooten
    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Chairs—Brenda Himrich and Sarah Johnson

    The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
    Webmaster—John Gregory 
    Ass. Webmasters—Stew Thornley and Frank Kadwell
    Social Media Director—Tom Flynn

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