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

August 2007

SABR Convention in St. Louis
Chapter Book Project Making Progress
New Member: Nat Shepard
Board of Directors

SABR Convention in St. Louis

More than 25 members of the Halsey Hall Chapter—Bob Tholkes, Rich Arpi, Joe O’Connell, Alden Mead, Todd Peterson, Phil Lowry, Gregg Nelson, Ray Luurs, Jim Wyman, John Gregory, Dave Jensen, Brenda Himrich, Barry Bengtsson, Connie Hill, Scot Johnson, Dan Levitt, Kyle Eliason, Roger Godin, Bob Evans, Mike Haupert, Howard Luloff, Kevin Pittelko, Tom Goldstein, Steve Smith, George Rekela, Cary Smith, Doug Skipper, and your scribe—attended the SABR convention in St. Louis at the end of July. Mike Haupert, Dan Levitt, Todd Peterson, and Phil Lowry gave research presentations.

St. Louis Browns panel at SABR Convention St. Louis Cardinals panel at SABR Convention
Left: The St. Louis Browns panel (left-to-right) of Roy Sievers, Bill Jennings, Don Lenhardt, Ed Mickelson, and Bud Thomas. Right: The St. Louis Cardinals panel of (left-to-right) Ricky Horton, George Altman, and Al Hrabosky (Ted Savage later joined them).
John Gregory in front of Joe Garagiola's boyhood home Stew Thornley in front of Yogi Berra's boyhood home
Members of the Halsey Hall Chapter had the chance to visit the boyhood homes of Joe Garagiola (left) and Yogi Berra (right) on The Hill.
Vintage Game Under the St. Louis Arch Vintage Game in St. Louis
A vintage base ball game that included many members of the Halsey Hall Chapter was played under the St. Louis Arch.
Joe Garagiola Larry Gerlach and Bill Haller
Left: Joe Garagiola was the keynote speaker at the banquet. Right: Moderator Larry Gerlach and former American League umpire Bill Haller. Haller made comments ranging from provocative to funny to candid to strange. He said he didn’t think women should be umpires because of the abuse they’d have to take. Of Earl Weaver, he commented, “When the bastard dies, they’ll have to hire pallbearers.” Regarding the second game of the 1982 World Series, when he worked the plate and called some close pitches balls that resulted in three walks to Cardinals hitters that forced in the go-ahead run and the flak that he took, he answered, “I deserved it. It was one of the worst games I ever worked.” While talking about beanballs, he observed, “You should never read the paper when you’re in the crapper,” although the connection between this and beanballs wasn’t clear.

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Chapter Book Project Making Progress

The Society for American Baseball Research will soon sign a contract with Nodin Press of Minneapolis for a book, written by Halsey Hall Chapter members, containg biographies of players and personalities who were raised in Minnesota.

The authors are Anne Aronson, Rich Arpi, Doug Ernst, Bob Evans, Rex Hamann, Kevin Hennessy, Jim Johnson, Scot Johnson, Dan Levitt, Howard Luloff, Ray Luurs, Art Mugalian, Gregg Omoth, Armand Peterson, George Rekela, Joel Rippel, Herb Schaper, Nat Shepard, Doug Skipper, Cary Smith, Tom Swift, Lee Temanson, Bob Tholkes, Stew Thornley, and Tom Tomashek.

The subjects (with their biographers in parentheses) are:

  • Charles “Chief” Bender (Swift)
  • John Blanchard (Rekela)
  • Joe Brinkman (Hennessy)
  • Tom Burgmeier (Luloff)
  • Joe Bush (Tholkes, who will also write a bio on a prominent Minnesotan from the 19th century)
  • Steve Comer (Shepard)
  • Bill Davis (Levitt)
  • Blix Donnelly (Omoth)
  • Jim Eisenreich (S. Johnson)
  • Harry Elliott (Peterson)
  • Paul Giel (Smith)
  • Wally Gilbert (Luurs)
  • Angelo Giuliani (Hamann)
  • Dave Goltz (Temanson)
  • Halsey Hall (Thornley)
  • Esten “Dummy” Hanson (J. Johnson)
  • Spencer Harris (Arpi)
  • Jean Havlish (Aronson)
  • Kent Hrbek (Rippel)
  • Bob “Rocky” Johnson (possibly Evans)
  • Walter Jocketty (Thornley)
  • Tom Johnson (Temanson)
  • Dana Kiecker (Peterson)
  • Jerry Kindall (Tomashek)
  • Mike Kingery (Ernst)
  • Jerry Koosman (Peterson)
  • Tim Laudner (Thornley)
  • Joe Mauer (Rippel)
  • Paul Molitor (Skipper)
  • Jack Morris (Thornley)
  • Walt Moryn (Mugalian)
  • Greg Olson (Rippel)
  • Robb Quinlan (Rippel)
  • Jim Rantz (Thornley)
  • Rip Repulski (Rekela)
  • Mickey Rocco (possibly Peterson or Evans)
  • Larry Rosenthal (Evans)
  • Howie Schultz (Thornley)
  • Dick Siebert (Arpi)
  • Terry Steinbach (Schaper with Carl Wyczawski)
  • Dick Stigman (Tomashek)
  • Toni Stone (Thornley)
  • Jerry Terrell (S. Johnson)
  • George Thomas (Thornley)
  • Hy Vandenburg (Peterson)
  • Charley Walters (Thornley)
  • Wes Westrum (Peterson)
  • Don Wheeler (Thornley)

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New Member: Nat Shepard

Nat Shepard was looking for a baseball research and writing project and joined SABR so he could be a part of the book of biographies of Minnesota natives in baseball. He is now working on the biography of Steve Comer. Nat played baseball at Central High School in St. Paul and was on the city championship team coached by Bill Peterson in 2006.


    August 11—Book Club Meeting, Ramsey County Library, County Road B and Hamline Avenue, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Clearing the Bases: Juiced Players, Monster Salaries, Sham Records, and a Hall of Famer’s Search for the Soul of Baseball by Mike Schmidt and Glen Waggoner. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617.

    September 15—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.

    September 16—Research Roundtable, Perkins Restaurant, 4917 Eden Avenue, Edina, 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dan Levitt, 612-377-5154, danrl@attglobal.net.

    October 20—Fall Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2007-2008
President—Dan Levitt
Vice President—Lee Temanson
Secretary—Armand Peterson
Treasurer—Doug Ernst
Art Mugalian
George Rekela
Stew Thornley

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—John Gregory 

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