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Silent Auction to be Part of Spring Chapter Meeting April 9
Julio Becquer, a guest at the 1988 SABR Convention in Minneapolis and at the Halsey Hall Chapter in 2001, will be the featured speaker at the meeting. Julio played in the majors between 1955 and 1963 with the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels. In the first game of a July 4, 1961 doubleheader, Julio hit a grand slam with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Twins a 6-4 win over the White Sox. He recently coached Lloyd Kepple at the Twins Fantasy Camp.
Registration is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. The featured guest will be on 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.
Five research presentations (which is the limit) have been approved by the Research Committee:
Elections for the board of directors will be held during the business meeting. Three members will be elected to the board of directors to succeed outgoing directors Steve Ginader, Jerry Janzen, and Gene Gomes. Anyone interested in running for a two-year term may contact Nominating Committee Chair Doug Skipper, 612-876-1408. Brent Heutmaker, Jerry Janzen, and Gene Gomes have informed Doug of their interest in running. Nominations are still open until the time of the election.
Here are candidate statements:
If there is a spot on the Board available again, I would enjoy another 2-year term. I will be able to give some input to our group and help the Chapter continue to be active and fun.
Ive got a lot of ideas that I think could benefit members. One idea that Id be interested in is setting up some type of trading of research services with other chapters. The thought being to get chapters to put up someone willing to spend 12 hours a year on baseball microfilm work of local newspapers specifically to respond to requests from other chapters. Something along those lines. Id be willing to do that for our chapter. Something like that could build a lot of relationships that could help across the board. While I know there is some informal helping that goes on via the list serv board and some interlibrary loans can be effectiveitd be quicker and more beneficial for many of the authors to have stable access to one point person for what they need.
While I have ideas of my own, I also can work within a group and am willing to play by the rules.
LaCrosse Trip July 9
There is no charge for the meeting. The group will purchase tickets for that nights Northwoods League game. (We wont do the all-you-can-eat tickets; dinner at the ballpark will be on your own.)
Those wanting to stay overnight may check out the Comfort Inn Onalaska, 1223 Crossing Meadows Drive, Onalaska 54650, 888-734-8507.
Watch for more details, but mark your calendars now for this event.
Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning
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Joels dad was the baseball coach at Waconia High School in the 1960s. He was a meticulous scorekeeper and I remember reading the scorebook after each game and being able to vision the plays. I made sure to teach my kids to keep score early in their lives - one of my most important accomplishments as a parent. We lived across the street from the fairgrounds in Waconia, which back in the 60s and 70s had the local baseball field (including the traditional grandstand). I distinctly remember going to many town team games, chasing foul balls and home runs and being fascinated with the weekly newsletters put out by the league which would have stats, player names, standings, etc. In the late 60s and early 70s I was a baseball card nerd and could name the player if someone would read the stat line from the back of the card. Alsohuge strat-o-matic player! Loved creating teams, line ups, keeping score and resulting stats. Spent hours and hours on that endeavor in my early teens. Played baseball from t-ball up through high school. I was a catcher and I remember that my dad made me watch TV while squatting in my catchers stance at an early age.
Huge Twins fan from probably mid-60s, I have some memories of the 65 series and going to the old Met and sitting in the bleachers on the left field foul line. Season ticket holder since about 2007 and have great fun with my kids going to games and talking Twins. Some of most memorable recent trips have been with my family to Beloit, Cedar Rapids and Tennessee to see Twins farm teams. I saw Buxton, Sano, Kepler, Berrios all play last year in Chattanooga4 future HOFers while in the minors!
Joel was at Game 163 in 2009. Best game ever! O-Cab's HR, in 6th-7th inning? landed one row up and 4 seats over from us in left field HR porch! I am getting chills writing this . . . Fabulous day in my life.
Joel shares his April 18 birthday with Miguel Cabrera, Jim Eisenreich, Duffy Lewis, Sam Crawford, Brian Buscher, Deacon Jones, Rico Brogna, Bobby Castillo, Henderson Alvarez, Von McDaniel, Billy Butler, Hayley Mills, Rick Moranis, Winston Churchill (not the Winston Churchill), Conan OBrien, Clarence Darrow, and Kourtney Kardashian.
Sarah Johnson had an article on spring training in Arizona in the Star Tribune:
The chapter plans another outing to a town-team game this summer and is waiting for the schedule to come out for the Miesville Mudhens at Jack Ruhr Field.
April 9Spring Chapter Meeting, Faith Mennonite Church. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.
May 7Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Currans, 42nd and Nicollet, 9:00 a.m.
May 14Screening and panel discussion for Hano! A Century in the Bleachers, Minneapolis Television Network, Minneapolis, 7:00 p.m.
July 9Meeting and LaCrosse Loggers Game, LaCrosse.