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

July 2022

Stew Thornley

Index to past stories in The Holy Cow!

  • Gene Gomes Re-Elected President for 2022-2023, Date Set for Fall Chapter Meeting
  • Upcoming Events
  • New Members
  • Quiz 1
  • Quiz 2
  • Cow Chips
  • Quiz Answers
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Gene Gomes Re-Elected President for 2022-2023, Date Set for Fall Chapter Meeting
    Gene Gomes was re-elected president, David Karpinski vice president, Sarah Johnson secretary, and Jerry Janzen treasurer for 2022-2023. They will join other board members John Swol, Daniel Dorff, and Bob Tholkes.

    The new vice president appointed chairs of standing committees: Howard Luloff, Events; Dave Lande and Gene Gomes, Research; Stew Thornley, Membership.

    A list of board members, past and present, is at Halsey Hall Chapter: Officers and History.

    Howard Luloff set a tentative date of Saturday, November 5 for the Fall Chapter meeting, pending the availability of Faith Mennonite Church.

    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 Dave Lande or Gene Gomes 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 will finalize the schedule of research presentations by October 22, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

    One presentation slot is always reserved for a first-time presenter until four weeks before the chapter meeting, which is October 8. If a slot remains after that, any member can submit a proposal until October 22, two weeks before the meeting, when the Research Committee will finalize the schedule of presentations.

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    Upcoming Events
    Join Jim Cox and Corky Gaskell for a nooner in Rochester Tuesday, June 28. The Rochester Honkers will host the Bismarck Larks in a Northwoods League game at 12:05 p.m. The trek will include a visit to Moonlight Graham’s grave (before or after the game) and possibly a trip to the brewery (also before or after the game). If you are interested, contact Jim, jcox321@hotmail.com.

    That evening (Tuesday, June 28), a chapter member will be speaking with collector Taylor Simons on a new book, Minor Treasures: Diamond Gems from the Glory Days of Minnesota Baseball at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington County Historical Society, 1862 S. Greeley Street, Stillwater 55082. From the Twin Cities, take Minn. Hwy. 36 and go east to Greeley, turn left, and go about a third of a mile. The center will be on your left.

    The book (shown below) contains photos of art and memorabilia pertaining to Minnesota baseball history. Many of the artifacts are from Taylor’s collection, and he will be bringing some items to show. SABR member Damain Schaab is profiled in the book with some of his baseball art displayed in it, and some of the items in the book were from the collections of members Pete Gorton, Randy Krzmarzick, and Tom Flynn. The event is free. The books will be for sale for $20, including tax (cash or check only).

    Diamond Gems book

    SABR members from various chapters will descend on Beloit to see the Beloit Sky Carp play the West Michigan Whitecaps Saturday night, August 13. If you want to go, please send me (Stew Thornley, 1082 Lovell Avenue, Roseville 55113) $11 for each ticket. Include your email address because your electronic tickets will be transferred to you that way. Howard Luloff is trying to line up pre-game activities at the ballpark. Stay tuned for more details

    Brenda and I have booked a room at the Super 8, 2790 Milwaukee Road, Beloit 53511. It’s right off the interstate and a few miles from the ballpark. With a AAA membership, our rate (for a room with two people) was $102.63, which includes tax. You can reserve a room through the toll-free number, 800-454-3213, or directly with the hotel at 608-365-6000.

    Phil Lowry is looking for someone who has room for a passenger in the car. If you are going and can accommodate Phil, contact him at philip.lowry7777@gmail.com.

    Emma Charlesworth-Seiler has made a career change and will not be umpiring in the game. We are proud of Emma for her years of umpiring in the minor leagues and her pioneering role in many ways while promoting women in baseball. She was our guest of a Zoom meeting last March, and a recording of that meeting is available:

    2022 - March 28: Zoom call and discussion with Emma Charlesworth-Seiler

    A whole plethora load of videos of chapter events are also available at Halsey Hall Chapter Society for American Baseball Research Video Archives of Events

    The Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will at Bunny’s, 5916 Excelsior Blvd, St Louis Park 55416, 952-922-9515 on Saturday, July 9 at 9:00 a.m.

    The next Research Committee meeting, via Zoom, will be Monday, July 18. Contact co-chairs Dave Lande or Gene Gomes if you would like to attend. Other Research Committee members are Brenda Himrich, Sarah Johnson, Dan Levitt, Doug Skipper, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, Anders Koskinen, Hans Van Slooten, Mike Haupert, Bob Tholkes, Daniel Dorff, Darryl Sannes, Tom Swift, David Karpinski, and Bob Komoroski.

    An All-Star Game viewing party on Tuesday, July 19. People may start gathering around 6 p.m. It will be at Bunny’s in St. Louis Park.

    The July 24 tour of Bud Fowler sites in Stillwater has been canceled, although Jim Cox invites members to do a self tour, and he will, upon request, provide a handout of three sites: the old Athletic Field (where the 1884 Stillwater team played), the Live & Let Live boarding house (where Fowler lived), and the barber shop (where he barbered). For a handout, contact Jim, jcox321@hotmail.com.

    The field (Old Athletic Field) where people will meet at 10:15 is at Orleans Street and Sixth Avenue South (park on Sixth Avenue). After a stroll by where Fowler cut hair and lived, the group will meet at 11:00 at Brian’s Bar & Grill, 219 Main Street South in Stillwater to party and watch the induction ceremonies, which being at 12:30, on MLB Network. People are invited to come to any or all of the festivities.

    The New York Giants Preservation Society has been having mostly weekly Zoom events every Thursday at 6 p.m. Central Time, some of which are by Halsey Hall Chapter members. On August 4, Tom Flynn will talk about his great-great uncle, Tom Sheehan, a longtime member of the Giants as a scout and manager. To get notifications of these meetings, contact Gary Mintz, giantsguru@gmail.com.

    The book club will meet at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 6 and discuss Game Time by Roger Angell. Any other Roger Angell book will be considered appropriate fodder for the discussion.

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

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    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

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    Please visit both pages, and, if you haven’t yet, “Like” the Facebook page and “Follow” the Twitter page and set your notifications to be alerted to new posts.


    Regular Events

    Video Archives of Past Events

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    New Members
    Darryl Sannes (aka Mr. Ballparks and Battlefields) and his wife, Diane, have lived in Brooklyn Center for the last 30 years. He grew up in the Blaine/Coon Rapids area after his family moved from a farm in northwestern Minnesota in the early 1960s.

    His first Twins game (age 8) was on June 26, 1964 against the Chicago White Sox and he watched Gerry Arrigo throw a one-hitter, losing the no-hitter in the top of the ninth. Darryl went to hundreds of games at Met Stadium and was at the last game there in 1981. He and a few other Save the Met guys were back in May of 1986 when the last sections of the stadium came down. Darryl was a baseball “purist” and never saw a baseball game at the Metrodome. During the Metrodome years, he became a Cubs fan and took many road trips to Chicago, Kansas City, and Milwaukee. His first “road trip” with then-girlfriend Diane was to Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park. When the Twins organization, elected officials and fans, finally came back to their senses, Darryl and Diane purchased season tickets in 2010 and have attended hundreds of games in the great outdoors of Target Field.

    Darryl has been called, “Skip,” by all of his friends for decades. He was given this nickname because he admired Twins manager Gene Mauch, and he was always the captain or manager of his sports teams. Tony Oliva has always been his favorite player; Darryl has always worn number 6 on his high school and amateur sports jerseys and has cherished all of his conversations with Mr. Oliva in the Club Level at Target Field. Darryl and a few of his friends have a one-week road trip planned to Cooperstown at the end of July.

    Darryl has a BA and MBA from the University of St. Thomas and spent a 35-year career at Medtronic. He retired early to pursue his true passions, American Civil War history and baseball. Darryl served on the Minnesota Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Task Force from 2011 through 2015, has been a member of the Twin Cities Civil War Round Table since 2006, and has recently been the president and served on the board of directors. He co-authored a three-book set on local Civil War history, Patriots of Brooklyn, self-published in 2011. He has also given dozens of lectures at other Civil War round tables and organizations throughout the state, based on all of his research, while spending hundreds of hours on Ancestry.com.

    Darryl has decided to take a small step away from the Civil War and focus his time on research and writing about Minnesota baseball topics and stories. He has a couple of projects in mind and is starting his research. Darryl loves Minnesota town ball and town ball parks and watches many of the games for his favorite team, the Champlin Park Logators. Most of all, Darryl is excited about meeting and exchanging stories and information with other the other baseball enthusiasts of SABR.

    Also new to the Halsey Hall Chapter and/or SABR: Ed Edmonds and Joseph Weindel

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

    Membership application

    Get more out of your membership experience by checking out SABR Member Benefit Spotlight Series.

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

    Membership application

    Get more out of your membership experience by checking out SABR Member Benefit Spotlight Series.

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    Quiz 1
    As a coach in 2012, Gene Glynn wore number 89 for the Twins. Who is the only Twins player to wear 89? Hint: He did not appear in a game for the Twins.

    Quiz 2
    What do George ’Hooks“ Wiltse, Fred Toney, Sam Kimber, Harry McIntyre, Bob Wicker, Red Ames, Harvey Haddix, Fred ’Hippo“ Vaughn, Bobo ’Buck“ Newsom, and Jim Maloney have in common?

    Quiz Answers below

    Cow Chips
    Sam Sundermeyer (Dawn of the Long Night: The Origin of Baseball’s Color Barrier) and Dan Levitt (Sign Stealing Before the Astros: The Tangled Web of What Was Legal) will be presenting at the SABR convention in Baltimore in August.

    Dan’s forthcoming book related to the topic of his presentation, Intentional Balk, was featured in the May 28, 2022 Seattle Times: Baseball Cheating: It’s Déjá Vu All Over Again.

    A couple of chapter members were called on to pontificate on the beginning of professional baseball in Minnesota in the Star Tribune Curious Minnesota feature: How Did Pro Baseball Gets Its Start in Minnesota?.

    Tom Alesia has written a new book, Beauty at Short: Dave Bancroft, the Most Unlikely Hall of Famer and His Wild Times in Baseball’s First Century. Beauty Bancroft is from Superior, Wisconsin, and is part of our poster of Hall of Famers beyond the Twins since he managed in Minneapolis and St. Cloud. There will be a Bancroft exhibit at the Douglas County Historical Museum in Superior from July 8 to October 8.

    Eric Gray is following up his first book, Bases to Bleachers, with Backyards to Ballparks, and he will be doing a reading at Magers & Quinn Booksellers (3038 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis 55408, 612-822-4611) on Monday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m. Attend if you can. Eric will also be in town a few days prior to this and would love to get together with SABR members, perhaps one of the Twins-Giants games August 27-28. If you’d like to attend a game or anything else with a visiting SABR member, contact Eric, eric.baseballstories@gmail.com, 415-971-5370, or Events Chair Howard Luloff, hfan77@centurylink.net, 952-922-5036, who may try to organize a trip to one of the games.

    The Toni Stone Invitational girls baseball tournament did not go off as planned in June, but many girls gathered, worked out, and participated in a clinic June 11. Photographer Jerry Janzen (the Ansel Adams of the Halsey Hall Chapter) was there to capture the action:

    Participants in Toni Stone Invitational Clinic

    James Walsh wrote about the event in the Star Tribune: Girls’ Baseball Participation Growing, but Hopes for St. Paul Tournament Fall Short.

    The SABR Games Project has a new entry from a chapter member:

    July 16, 1985: National League Wins 6-1 in Drama-Free All-Star Game in Minnesota

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    Quiz Answers
    Quiz 1
    Drew Maggi, who wore it for two days in September 2021 but did not get into a game. Besides Maggi, the other players who were on the Twins’ active roster but did not get into a game are Chuck Schilling, Moe Ogier, Davis May, Carlos Torres, and Tomas Telis. Maggi, Ogier, and May never got into a game with any team in the majors. For more, see Minnesota Twins Uniform Numbers 1961-2022.

    Quiz 2
    Wiltse, Toney, Kimber, McIntire, Wicker, Ames, Haddix, Vaughn, Newsom, and Maloney all pitched no-hitters for more than nine innings in a game. Haddix pitched 12 perfect innings and McIntire 10-2/3 hitless innings before both no-hitters were broken up. Kimber, Wiltse, Toney, and Maloney pitched 10 hitless innings, Maloney doing it twice. Wicker, Ames, and Vaughn pitched 9-1/3 hitless innings and Newsom 9-2/3 hitless innings before they were broken up.

    Kimber, Wiltse (who had a perfect game until hitting a batter with two out in the ninth), Toney, and Maloney completed 10-inning no-hitters as did Francisco Cordero and Ricardo Rincon in a 10-inning no-hitter, the first nine of which were pitched by Cordero. The others were broken up in extra innings. The Cordero-Rincon no-hitter is the only combined no-hitter completed in extra innings. The only other combined no-hitter taken into extra innings occurred earlier this year and was by J. P. Feyereisen, Javy Guerra, Jeffrey Springs, Jason Adam, Ryan Thompson, Andrew Kittredge, and Matt Wisler. Wisler gave up a leadoff single in the 10th inning.

    Karger, Palmer, Vickers, and Chance pitched perfect games of fewer than nine innings. Karger’s perfect game was in the second game of a doubleheader with a pre-game agreement between the teams that the game would be seven innings. The others were called by rain after five innings.

    Many of the no-hitters of fewer than nine innings are more interesting than regular no-hitters:

    • On July 1, 1990, Andy Hawkins held the Chicago White Sox hitless but lost the game when the bottom of the eighth inning blew up on his. Chicago scored four runs on two walks and three errors and did not half to bat in the last half of the ninth since the Sox already had a 4-0 win.
    • Mike McCormick had a no-hitter resurrected by rain June 12, 1959. San Francisco had a 3-0 lead after five innings at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia and added a run in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, McCormick walked two batters and gave up a single to Richie Ashburn to load the bases. With Gene Freese up, time was called because of rain and eventually the game was called. The game reverted to the last full inning; San Francisco won the game 3-0, and with Ashburn’s hit wiped out, McCormick had his no-hitter. In 1962, the rule regarding uncompleted innings was changed to a reversion to the last full inning only if the visiting team did something to affect the outcome of the game in the top half of the inning. (The rule was changed again in 1980 to suspend such games rather than revert to the last full inning.)
    • Madison Bumgarner pitched a no-hitter for Arizona against Atlanta in the second game of a doubleheader April 25, 2021. Because of pandemic rules, all games in 2020 and 2021 were scheduled for only seven innings. In the first game, Zac Gallen of Arizona pitched a one-hitter. The one hit by Atlanta is the record for the fewest hits by a team in a doubleheader.
    • The first win for the first team representing Minnesota in the majors (St. Paul in the Union Association in 1884) was a no-hitter. Charlie Sweeney started for St. Louis and struck out all six batters he faced. He then switched spots with left-fielder Henry Boyle, who didn’t allow any hits but gave up a run in the fourth. With two out, Bill Barnes reached first on an error and stole second. Moxie Hengel grounded out to Boyle as Barnes tried for third. First-baseman Joe Quinn’s throw to third was wild, allowing Barnes to come out with the only run of the game. The game was called by rain after five innings, and St. Paul, though without a hit, won 1-0.

    Be sure and check out Dirk Lammers’s NoNoHitters web page, which includes no-hitters not “officially” recognized by Major League Baseball.

    Dirk also has a page for no-hitters pitched in the All-America Girls Professional Baseball League, which includes a perfect game by Annabelle Lee of Minneapolis. This game was in Kenosha, a week after the Minneapolis Millerettes were banished to permanent road status. Audrey Haine of Minneapolis also pitched a no-hitter in 1944, but, like Lee, she pitched it after the Millerettes became a permanent road team.

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        June 28—Bismarck Larks at Rochester Honkers, Mayo Field, 12:05 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Cox.

        June 28—Diamond Gems book presentation, Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater, 7:00 p.m.

        July 9—Fred Souba Hot Stove League Saturday Morning, 9:00 a.m., Bunny’s, St. Louis Park.

        July 18—Research Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, contact Dave Lande or Gene Gomes.

        July 19—All-Star Game viewing party, 6:00 p.m., Bunny’s, St. Louis Park.

       August 6Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Game Time by Roger Angell.

        August 13—West Michigan Whitecaps at Beloit Sky Crap. For more information, contact Stew Thornley.

        August 14—Halsey Hall Chapter Board of Directors meeting, Perkins, 394 and Louisiana Avenue, St. Louis Park, 6:00 p.m. For more information on attending, contact Gene Gomes.

        November 5—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 2022-2023
    President—Gene Gomes
    Vice President—David Karpinski
    Secretary—Sarah Johnson
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Daniel Dorff
    John Swol
    Bob Tholkes

    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Co-Chairs—Dave Lande, Gene Gomes
    Membership Committee Chair—Stew Thornley

    The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
    Ass. Editors—Jerry Janzen and Brenda Himrich
    Webmaster—John Gregory
    Ass. Webmasters—Frank Kadwell, Hans Van Slooten, and Stew Thornley
    Social Media Directors—Bob Komoroski, Facebook; Hans Van Slooten and Tom Flynn, Twitter

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    Past issues of The Holy Cow! are available on-line.

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