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

April 2007

Schilling for City Pages
Hot Stove Saturday Morning Still Popular after Nearly 10 Years
Ray Christensen to Speak at Spring Chapter Meeting
Nominations Sought for Board of Directors
New Member: Connie Hill
Quicksteps Set Schedule
Board of Directors

Schilling for City Pages

Peter Schilling is now writing an on-line baseball column for City Pages. Peter also operates the Mudville Magazine web site.

Also in the news:
Herb Carneal was a featured guest at Halsey Hall Chapter meetings in 1986, 1995, and 2005. Herb died on April 1, the day before he would have begun his 46th season of broadcasting the Minnesota Twins. Herb started broadcasting for WMBG Radio in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, right after graduating from high school. He did play-by-play for the Syracuse Chiefs, Springfield (Massachusetts) Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and Athletics, and Baltimore Orioles before coming to Minnesota to do the Twins in 1962. Herb had also broadcast some games for the Syracuse Nationals of the National Basketball League in the mid 1940s as well as college football and basketball. He was the CBS television announcer assigned to the Minnesota Vikings starting in 1961, which gave him his first exposure to the state. Herbís familiar voice on Twins broadcasts will be missed by thousands of fans and especially by members of the Halsey Hall Chapter.

Ron Rubinovitz was a guest at our chapter meeting in the spring of 1999 and spoke of his longtime friendship, via letters, with Jackie Robinson. Ron was featured in a March 30, 2007 article in the Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities regarding his relationship with Robinson.

Steve Hoffbeck had an article in the Spring 2007 Minnesota History, “Instamatic Memories: The Beatles in Minnesota,” on the 1965 appearance of the Beatles at Met Stadium. Steve is the editor of Swinging for the Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota, an anthology published by Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2005 that includes contributions from several other chapter members.

Roger Godin will present a paper, “Eveleth’s First Champions: The 1932-33 Rangers,” at the Canada and the League of Hockey Nations conference in Victoria, British Columbia, later in April. The event is sponsored by the University of Victoria.

Hot Stove Saturday Morning Still Popular after Nearly 10 Years

By Mark Johnson

Our 54th bi-monthly Hot Stove Saturday Morning was held on March 10. Thirteen members attended: Doug Skipper, Stew Thornley, Brenda Himrich, Jim Sexton, Jerry Janzen, Art Mugalian, Paul Rittenhouse, Fred Souba, Bob Tholkes, Gregg Nelson, Ray Luurs, Gary Hackenmueller, and Mark Johnson.

The next breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, 9:00 a.m., again at Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes in Richfield. Let’s dedicate this next meeting to the memory of Herb Carneal and prevail upon Stew Thornley to tell us a Herb Carneal story or two. The Twins-Tigers game is scheduled at 2:55 p.m. on that day. For more information, contact me at 612-822-9638 or via e-mail at baseballbooks@comcast.net.

Ray Christensen to Speak at Spring Chapter Meeting

Ray Christensen, the long-time voice of Minnesota Gophers basketball and football who also broadcast the Minneapolis Millers, St. Paul Saints, and Minnesota Twins, will be the featured guest at the Halsey Hall Spring Chapter Meeting on Saturday, May 5. The meeting will be at at the Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-0125. Parking is in lot AA, across Harvard Street from the church. Parking information is also available by clicking here.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting at 9:00. After the welcome and opening comments, Ray will speak and then answer questions. Ray served as the master of ceremonies in 1994 when the Halsey Hall Chapter unveiled a plaque on the site of Lexington Park, but this is the first time he will be attending a chapter meeting.

Research presentations will follow Ray’s talk. Bob Tholkes will give a presentation on 1860 base ball, Roger Godin will speak on the 1924 Little World Series, in which the St. Paul Saints came from behind to beat the Baltimore Orioles, Dan Levitt will present Ed Barrow and a Third Major League, Mike Haupert will provide a salary and income analysis of the Negro Leagues, Fair Pay for Fair Play: A Preliminary Analysis of Race-Based Wages in MLB and the Negro Leagues, which was the basis for the Yoseloff-SABR Baseball Research Grant he received last year, and Anne Aronson, who recently return from a research trip to Australia, will present Not Just a Hit and a Giggle: Women’s Baseball in Australia.

Registration for the meeting is $8, which includes lunch. There is also a meeting-only price of $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Events Chair Howard Luloff at 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net, by April 30.

The group will attend the Twins-Red Sox game that night. Tickets are $23 each. To attend the game, send a check payable to Halsey Hall SABR by April 14 to Howard Luloff, 2509 Princeton Court, St. Louis Park 55416. (The tickets will be discounted if at least 25 people attend; if this happens, each person will receive a partial discount on the ticket.)

Other events:
The next selection for the book club, which will meet on June 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville, will be Jackie Robinson: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad.

The SABR convention will be in St. Louis July 26-29. Adam’s Mark Hotel has a special SABR rate of $95 for a single or double room. Call 800-444-2326 and identify yourself as a SABR member to receive the special rate.

Nominations Sought for Board of Directors
Five directors will be elected (four to two-year terms and one to a one-year term) at the May 5 Chapter Meeting. The nominating committee has identified a number of members willing to run. Anyone else interested in running for the board may contact Nominating Committee Chair Bob Tholkes, 763-781-6161, rjtholkes@msn.com.

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New Member: Connie Hill
Constance “Call Me Connie” Hill has been a familiar face at SABR events and is now officially a member.

Hailing from the Maple Row Stock and Dairy Farm, not far from Madison, Minnesota, the seat of Lac qui Parle County, Connie is now a patron services manager for the Minneapolis Public Library system and currently works out of the underground “Don’t Call It the Bat Cave” Walker branch in Uptown, a “proud member of the ‘Ten Buildings People Love to Hate’ club.”

Connie has been to most of the major league stadiums that are still operating as well as quite a few that aren’t in addition to minor league parks from Tacoma, Washington, to Binghamton, New York. She was at a Madison (Wisconsin) Muskies game that including a bench-clearing brawl that involved Terry Steinbach. She notes that someone got shot at the first Yankees game she attended although she didn’t know about it until she read it in the paper the next day. At the last game she attended at County Stadium in Milwaukee, she was treated to two seventh-inning stretches (the second one in the 14th inning), and she was in the stands at the Metrodome when Eric Milton of the Twins pitched a no-hitter in September of 1999.

Connie shares her July 14 birthday with fellow chapter member Ted Hathaway as well as Steve “Mr. February” Stone, Robin Ventura, Happy Chandler, Tim Hudson, Danny Walton, Earl Williams, Bob Purkey, William Hanna, Gerald Ford, Rosey Grier, Ingmar Bergman, Woody Guthrie, and France.

Quicksteps Set Schedule
The Quicksteps vintage base ball team has set its 2007 schedule:

  • Sunday, May 13, demonstration prior to the Twins-Tigers game at the Metrodome
  • Saturday, May 19, Anoka County Fairgrounds, Anoka
  • Sunday, June 10, Champion Field, Sartell, 1:00
  • Sunday, June 17, Murphy’s Landing Historic Village, Shakopee, 2:00
  • Wednsday, July 4, Prinsburg Baseball Field, Prinsburg, 1:00
  • Saturday, July 21, Old Athletic Grounds, Stillwater, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, August 6, Fridley Historical Society Grounds, Fridley, 7:00
  • Sunday, September 16, Brooklyn Park Historic Farm, Brooklyn Park, 1:30


    May 5—Spring Chapter Meeting, Grace University Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.

    May 12—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 612-822-9638, baseballbooks@comcast.net.

    May 20—Research Roundtable, Perkins Restaurant, 4917 Eden Avenue, Edina, 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dan Levitt, 612-377-5154, danrl@attglobal.net.

    June 2—Book Club Meeting, Ramsey County Library, County Road B and Hamline Avenue, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Jackie Robinson: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617.

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

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