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

August 2008

Fall Chapter Meeting Set for October 18
Name’s the Same
Writers Sought for Baseball Digest Daily
Home Run Quiz
Laliberte Receives Yoseloff-SABR Baseball Research Grant
Answer to Name’s the Same
Donaldson Project Recognized
Answers to Home Run Quiz
Board of Directors

Fall Chapter Meeting Set for October 18

The Fall Chapter meeting will be on Saturday, October 18 in the meeting room of the TCF Bank at 459 Lexington Parkway in St. Paul. The bank is located adjacent to the former site of Lexington Park and has a display to the ballpark, including a plaque donated by the Halsey Hall Chapter, on a plaza outside its front doors.

Registration begins at 8:30 and research presentations at 9:00. Lunch will be at noon, followed by a featured guest or guests at 1:00. (Former Twins executive vice president Clark Griffith, who had been tentatively scheduled to appear, has had to cancel, but other potential guests are being pursued.) Howard Luloff will conduct his always-popular Jeopardy-style baseball quiz around 2:30.

Attendees can head over to the Thornley-Himrich residence (1082 Lovell Avenue, Roseville, 651-415-0791) after the meeting to watch playoffs on television. Click here for a map and directions.

The cost of the meeting is $8 with lunch and $5 without lunch. Please RSVP to Events Chair Howard Luloff at 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net, by October 11.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting. Proposals must be made in writing (e-mail is fine) to Research Committee Chair Bob Tholkes, 3966 NE Reservoir Boulevard, Columbia Heights, Minnesota 55421-4069, rjtholkes@msn.com, and should include a title and brief outline of what the presentation will consist of with emphasis on the research that will be included. Standard 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. Generally, up to five presentations may be accommodated, and these will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Research Committee (which also consists of Tom Swift, Dan Levitt, Rich Arpi, Cary Smith, and Stew Thornley) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by October 4, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

Name’s the Same

Hall of Fame pitcher and the original lead singer for the Village People. Hint: Dan Levitt wrote a biography of one of these people for Deadball Stars of the National League.

Answer below.

Writers Sought for Baseball Digest Daily

Joe Hamrahi of Baseball Digest Daily and Big League Futures are “looking to add a few good writers to our growing staff. We’re primarily searching for candidates who enjoy writing and have good analytical skills. The goal is to find baseball enthusiasts who are willing and able to contribute regularly to our blog and provide one featured article per week. Experience in writing and blogging is preferred but not necessary.

“While the positions are non-paying, they do offer some nice perks. You often get the chance to attend professional baseball games as “working media,” interview players and executives, receive team press releases and free review copies of books and media guides, and get even closer to the game we all love.

“If you are serious about writing for BDD please email me at jhamrahi@baseballdigestdaily.com and provide as much information on your background as you feel necessary. I will be contacting interested individuals directly with additional information.”

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Home Run Quiz

Who are the four players who hit their first 300-plus homers of their major-league careers under one manager? Hint: the player with the most home runs is still active under his first manager. The player with the second-most home runs on that list hit them as a teammate of the player with the most home runs.

Answers below.

Laliberte Receives Yoseloff-SABR Baseball Research Grant

Dave Laliberte was the recipient of one of six Yoseloff-SABR Baseball Research Grants for 2008. Dave received his grant to explore baseball at several Native American boarding schools in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He made a research presentation on this subject last May at the Spring Chapter Meeting.

The Yoseloff-SABR Baseball Research Grants support baseball research efforts by providing reimbursement funding for worthy projects. The result of the research will be published in some from by SABR. The grants were made possible through the Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation.

Answer to Name’s the Same

Victor Willis

Donaldson Project Recognized

Pete Gorton reports that the John Donaldson project (started by Pete to uncover additional statistics in support of Donaldson’s Hall of Fame candidacy) was recognized by SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee with the John Coates Memorial award for outstanding research at the Jerry Malloy Conference in Chicago. “I was there to accept the honor and am quite proud of the distinction. More information can be found at http://www.johndonaldson.bravehost.com.” Also, recently a player of significance was discovered in Minneapolis’s Crystal Lake Cemetery. “His name was William Binga and he had a great career in black ball. I'm working with a Negro League’s member, Dr. Jeremy Krock, to install a proper headstone and hold a memorial. I’m looking for the chapter’s support once again.”

Answers to Home Run Quiz

  302—Jimmie Foxx, under Connie Mack
  320—Mickey Mantle, under Casey Stengel
  368—Andruw Jones, under Bobby Cox
  404—Chipper Jones, under Bobby Cox

Thanks to Seth C. “Dr. Fan” Hawkins for supplying this quiz, which he heard on a baseball telecast.

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    August 9—Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Man on Spikes by Eliot Asinov. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617, or Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, amugalian@comcast.net.

    September 6—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153, baseballbooks@comcast.net.

    September 14—Research Roundtable, Perkins Restaurant, 4917 Eden Avenue, Edina, 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Bob Tholkes, 763-781-6161, rjtholkes@msn.com.

    October 18—Fall Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, Hfan77@webtv.net.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2008-2009
President—Art Mugalian
Vice President—Lee Temanson
Secretary—Armand Peterson
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Doug Ernst
Gary Hackenmueller
Stew Thornley

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