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August 2011 Bonus Issue
August 2011 Bonus Issue
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, 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. The Research Committee (which also consists of Dan Levitt, Cary Smith, Stew Thornley, and Rich Arpi) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by October 1, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.
One research presentation, The Birth of Baseball Statistics by Bob Tholkes, has been scheduled: Henry Chadwick may not have merited the title Father of Baseball, but he does indeed seem to have fathered baseball statistics. He published 18 pages of 1860 player statistics in the Febuary 1861 edition of Beadles Dime Base Ball Player, the first time that collected statistics were published. The presentation describes the statistics, shows examples, and comments on Chadwicks work.
The Convention Committee met July 31 to continue planning for SABR 42, which will be held in Minneapolis next summer. A second draft of the 2012 Major League Baseball schedule should be out in August. Once its known when the Twins will be home, the convention dates can be set. The plan is to have the convention on the weekend before or the weekend after the Fourth of July. Events being planned for the convention include a Twins game, a Saints game, an author event, a reception at the home and Victorian museum of Seth C. Dr. Fan Hawkins, a tour of former ballpark sites, a trolley ride between Lakes Harriet and Calhoun followed by a tour of baseball graves in Lakewood Cemetery, a tour of the Minneapolis Central Library, and panels of executives, players, official scorers, and women in baseball.
Other upcoming events:
The next Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on September 10 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).
Terry is interested in early professional and independent leagues in the Dakotas and has found that there was a pipeline between Class AA minor leagues and the low minors in the Dakotas many years ago. He came across information showing that Deacon Phillippe, who pitched for the Minneapolis Millers in 1897 and 1898 before going to the majors (winning three games in the 1903 World Series), pitched part of the 1897 season for the Fargo Divorcess in the Red River League.
Terry works as a data analyst for a Bismarck hospital. A favorite baseball memory for him was Kerry Ligtenberg of the Minneapolis Loons pitching a no-hitter in Bismarck in August 1995. Just the anticipation the last couple inningsthe opposing fans pulling for himwas pretty exciting, Terry recalls.
Terry was born May 7, 1957, the same day that Herb Score was hit by a line drive by Gil McDougald. He shares his birthday with Dick Williams, Claude Raymond, Tom Zachary, James Loney, Gary Cooper, John Unitas, Darren McGavin, Owen Hart, Tito (the Yugoslavian president/prime minister, not Francona nor Jackson), Randall Tex Cobb, Eva Peron, Traci Lords, and Susan Atkins of the Manson Family.
Terry is looking forward to being part of SABR 42 in Minneapolis next year.
Old-timers may remember a promotion by Tootsie Rolls in 1975 to commemorate the one millionth run in major league history (with only the history of the American and National leagues being recognized). The countdown came down to Sunday, May 4, 1975. At Metropolitan Stadium in Minnesota, the Twins held a pre-game ceremony to retire the number of Harmon Killebrew, who then homered in the first inning for the Kansas City Royals. In the bottom of the second, Rod Carew was on third for the Twins with no out. Teammates, monitoring the progress of runs that day, yelled at Carew that he was in line to score the millionth run. When Steve Brye hit a fly to right, Carew tagged and raced for home. However, the strong arm of Al Cowens nailed Carew at the plate, taking away his chance for the millionth run. Soon after Bob Watson of the Astros, in the first game of a doubleheader in San Francisco, scored on a home run by Milt May and took the honor. The run came at 12:52 Pacific time. Watson was on second and ran as fast as he could to reach home. He reportedly crossed home plate at Candlestick Park four seconds before Dave Concepcion, who had homered in Cincinnati and also beat cheeks around the bases. Carew, by being thrown out by Cowens, missed out on the prize: $10,000 and 1 million Tootsie Rolls.
More from SABR member Bill Arnold in his Beyond the Box Score webzine (Copyright 2011, Sports Features Group):
August 7Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791.
September 10Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.
September 25Research and Convention Committee. For more information, contact Bob Tholkes, 763-781-6161.
October 15Fall Chapter Meeting, Grace University Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, Hfan77@webtv.net.
Summer 2012SABR Convention, Minneapolis.