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

April 2020

Stew Thornley

Index to past stories in The Holy Cow!

  • Doggone
  • Cow Pies
  • Retroquiz
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Everything’s off. All chapter events through April and into May (including our May 2 spring chapter meeting) have been banged. Stay tuned in case there is a way to hold a virtual chapter meeting at a later date. The Hot Stove Saturday Morning Breakfast is still on—for now— on May 9, but keep watching. Eight members stared down coronavirus and were at the March 14 breakfast.

    In addition, Carl Rogan was going to present on his grandpa, Hall of Famer Bullet Rogan, on March 31 at the American Legion Post 542 in Roseville. That’s off, but if a new date is set for it, you’ll be the first, or 69th, person to know.

    Another coronavirus casualty, at least for now, is a Halsey Hall display at Brookdale Library that was going to go in April 1. With the library closed indefinitely, the display won’t be in for a while.

    We still have some member news, because you can’t slow down people in the oldest and most-active chapter in SABR. And you’ll get a retro quiz to occupy your time in April and keep you coming back in May.

    Also, the chapter will elect three members to a two-year term on the board of directors. Anyone interested in being a candidate may contact Dave Lande by April 30. Unless there is a way to do a virtual chapter and business meeting, we will find a way to do online voting.

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    Cow Pies
    Jim Cox is stepping down as chair of the Membership Committee after a productive tenure, for which the chapter is grateful.

    A couple of members have had articles published in the SABR BioProject and Games Project, respectively, t’wit (to wit):

    Phil Lowry has had the fifth edition of Green Cathedrals published, and it is available for purchase or a free download to SABR members.

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    Minnesota-native Craig Nordquist is a researcher for the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. He was working for the Twins in 2011 when the network held a trivia contest among the winners of trivia contests from each team. Craig won the Twins trivia contest and went to the MLB Network for the next round and eventually got a job there. Recently, MLB official scorers spent one of the days of their annual meeting at the MLB Network. Craig showed up to greet the proctor and creator of the 2011 quiz given to Twins employees. He provided a copy of that quiz, which is reprinted below. Give it a shot, but keep in mind that some of the answers may have changed or been expanded since 2011.

    1. Who holds the major league record with 19 total bases in one game?
    2. What Yankee broke up a no-hitter in the ninth inning three times within a month in 1970?
    3. Name the four players who have played all nine positions in the same major-league game?
    4. Who are the four Minnesota Twins who hit consecutive home runs in the 11th inning of a game against the Kansas City Athletics May 2, 1964?
    5. Name the 16 pitchers who have pitched perfect games since 1920, including the post-season (must have been at least nine innings and completed as perfect games, not broken up in extra innings).
    6. What pitcher gave up Mark McGwire’s 70th home run in 1998?
    7. Who was the pitcher who gave up Barry Bonds’s record-breaking 756th home run?
    8. Who is the only major league to hit two grand slams in one inning?
    9. Who are the only two players to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning?
    10. What is the longest major-league game in terms of innings?
    11. Who was the last player to get three hits in one inning? (Hint: He did it as a member of the Boston Red Sox.)
    12. Since intentional walks became an official statistic, who is the only player to be intentionally walked five times in one game?
    13. Who made the last unassisted triple play in the major leagues?
    14. Since runs batted in became an official statistic, who are the only two players to drive in 12 runs in one game? (Hint: Both did it for the Cardinals.)
    15. When Mookie Wilson hit the grounder through Bill Buckner’s legs to allow the winning run to score in the sixth game of the 1986 World Series, who was the runner who scored from second to end the game?
    16. On July 17, 1990 the Minnesota Twins became the only team to make two triple plays in the same game. Both were turned by the same fielders. Who were they?
    17. What four men have managed the Yankees and the Mets?
    18. Sparky Anderson and Tony LaRussa have managed a World Series winner in both leagues. Who are the other five managers to have managed in the World Series for both the American and National League?
    19. Who are the players who have won back-to-back Most Valuable Player Awards since the award was established in 1931? (Hint: All positions have been covered by these players; three first basemen and four outfielders have had back-to-back MVPs.)
    20. Who were the last player-managers in the National League and the American League?
    21. Who are the 20 players who have reached 3,000 hits since 1969?
    22. Name the 10 pitchers who reached 300 wins since 1981?
    23. Who broke up Armando Gallaraga’s perfect game with a controversial single with two out in the ninth inning in 2010?
    24. The first two perfect games in major-league history were pitched five days apart? Who were the pitchers?
    25. Two pitchers in the 300 win club got their final win at the Metrodome. Who are they?
    26. Who is the only pitcher to have a perfect game broken up by a walk with two out in the ninth inning? (He still finished with a no-hitter.)
    27. Name the four families that have had three generations of players in the major leagues (grandfather-father-son).
    28. Who hit the first grand slam in the All-Star Game?
    29. Who is the only player to win a Most Valuable Player award as a shortstop and as a center fielder?
    30. Wally Pipp is famous for being replaced by Lou Gehrig, who played in 2,130 consecutive games. Who replaced Lou Gehrig at first base?

    Tie Breaker—Name the 26 players who have hit at least 50 home runs in a season.

    The answers will be in the May The Holy Cow!

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        March 28—Pre-Draft Grumpy’s Gathering of Baseball Enthusiasts, 5:00 p.m., Grumpy’s Northeast. BANGED

        April 6—Research Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Brookdale Library, Study Room I. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson. BANGED

       April 11Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse by Tom Verducci. BANGED - Rescheduled for June 6

        May 2—Spring Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036. BANGED - May be rescheduled as a virtual meeting

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

        May 11—Research Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Brookdale Library, Study Room F. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson. BANGED

        June 14—Townball: Elko Express at Rochester Royals, Mayo Field. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

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    Board of Directors 2019-2020
    President—Dave Lande
    Vice President—Hans Van Slooten
    Secretary—Anders Koskinen
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Jim Cox
    Gene Gomes
    Frank Kadwell

    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Chairs—Brenda Himrich and Sarah Johnson

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

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