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

August 2016

Stew Thornley

Busy July
Members in organized or unorganized fashion were all over the place attending baseball games in July.

A trio went to Chaska Athletic Park July 8 (photo below) and saw the Chaska Cubs beat the Victoria Vics 13-1 on a walk-off grand slam in the seventh inning. (Not too many walk-off grand slams happen in 13-1 games, but the blow triggered the mercy rule).

Chaska Cubs game

The next day a crowd of nearly 20 gathered at Copeland Park thanks to the hospitality of Mike Haupert and the LaCrosse Loggers of the Northwoods League. During the day the meeting included an official scorers panel, a research presentation by Bob Tholkes, a trivia quiz by Howard Luloff, Loggers general-manager Chris Goodell, and Loggers radio announcer John Pappadopoulos, who had the chance to call an exciting squeeze bunt in the last of the 10th inning that scored Justin Wylie from first base with the winning run as the Loggers (who had rallied with two runs with two out in the ninth to tie the game) beat the Willmar Stingers 7-6.

Below is a photo gallery from the day and night in LaCrosse.

Meeting in LaCrosse Meeting in LaCrosse
Game in LaCrosse Game in LaCrosse

Another outing was to Miesville to see the Mudhens July 22 (photos below).

Miesville Mudhens game

Miesville Mudhens game

The month started with Brenda Himrich getting a birthday greeting from her loved ones at Target Field:

Birthday greetings at Target Field

A number of chapter members attended the Jerry Malloy Negro Leagues Conference in Kansas City. Frank White, Peter Gorton, Paul Spyhalski, and Todd Peterson presented, and Frank also received the Robert Peterson Recognition Award for his book, They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota.

More Stuff

The book club will next meet Saturday, August 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is A Day in the Bleachers by Arnold Hano. The group will also discuss the telecast of the first game of the 1957 (which includes vintage commercials). The game is available for viewing on YouTube: 1957 World Series Game 1 Braves @ Yankees.

A morbid member will be leading trolley tours of sports graves at Lakewood Cemetery on Sunday, August 7, starting at 1:00. Tours will take off every hour, and the event will conclude at 4:00. In addition, local sports authors, including Dan Levitt, Frank White, and Armand Peterson, will be presenting and signing books in the Garden Mausoleum during this time.

The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on Saturday, September 10 at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

The Baseball Hall of Fame Tour, with interactive displays, virtual-reality exhibits, and custom-made Hall of Fame artifacts, is coming to Minneapolis September 16 to 29, 2016.

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Convention Highlights

Lots of Halsey Hall Chapter members made it to Miami for the SABR convention, including Cary Smith, John Gregory, S. Thornley, Hans Van Slooten, Steve Elsberry, Tom Tuttle, Bill Parker, Michael Fallon, Art Mugalian, Mike Haupert, Dan Levitt, Brenda Himrich, Bob Komoroski, and Jerry Janzen.

Michael, Dan, and Mike made research presentations, and Steve Smith had an article on the Florida International League in the convention publication.

Marlins panel

Above: Moderated by Dave Van Horne (on the right), the convention featured a panel of members of the 2003 Florida Marlins: Jeff Conine, Juan Pierre, Jack McKeon.

Below: For the second year in a row, the Bob Davids Award was presented to a Halsey Hall chapter member.

Receiving Bob Davids Award

The 2017 convention is scheduled for June 28 to July 2 at the Grand Hyatt in New York.

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New Member
The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes James MacNutt.

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Member and Chapter News

Michael Fallon

Induction Day West, July 24, 2016: Michael Fallon gave the keynote address for the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals induction.  The full text of his speech is available: The Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals 2016 Keynote Address

Joe Niese took a bronze at the Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards in the sports (adult nonfiction) category for his book on Andy Pafko. Joe is now working on a book about Zack Wheat.

Grant Kleiman, a student at Hutchinson High School, was one of the recipients of SABR’s Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award for his paper on Rube Foster (a link to a pdf version is available on the web page for the award). The award comes with a cash prize and SABR membership. The Research Committee said it will try to have Grant present his research at a chapter meeting or another committee event. Emma Charlesworth-Seiler was a recipient of the Kavanagh Award last year and presented her research at a chapter meeting. (At the SABR convention, the Kavanagh Award was cited as a means of contacting schools and teachers around the state to promote baseball research among their students.)

Roger Godin presented a paper, Minnesota in Maryland: The 1934-35 Baltimore Orioles, at the 25th anniversary meeting of the Society for International Hockey Research in Kingston, Ontario.

The morning after the SABR outing in Miesville, Tom Flynn and Brian Madigan drove to Chicago to watch Chris Sale pitch as the White Sox wore their tuckless throwbacks. They saw neither as Sale shredded the uniforms and was suspended. (Pick your favorite pun: What are the White Sox going to do with the shredded uniforms? Put them on Sale. Chris has given new meaning to the term, “Fire Sale.”) Tom and Brian got to see eight innings of a tie game that was suspended by rain before driving through the night and morning to get back to Minneapolis.

Of the seemingly lost day, Tom said, “Such a strange day in Chicago yesterday. Brian and I spent a lot of time shaking our heads and laughing about the events that transpired. I can now say I was in attendance when Pedro Martinez was scratched for arriving late and when Chris Sale was scratched for losing his mind. Oh well.” Pedro a Late Arrival for Sox. Can anyone top this one, perhaps by having been at the game when Pascual Perez was to have pitched but got lost driving to the ballpark? The Four Most Memorable Things about Pascual Perez.

Brian Madigan

Brian Madigan modeling one of the throwback jerseys
not shredded by Chris Sale

Dan Levitt was quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune July 24 on general managers. The New Deal(er): Younger Breed of Techies Replacing Baseball Lifers in GM Roles

Tom Flynn, after 44 years of going to major-league games, got his first foul ball (hit by Tyler Saladino) July 30.

Tom Flynn's ball

Tom Flynn’s ball

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   August 6Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., A Day in the Bleachers by Arnold Hano, and Game One of the 1957 World Series.

   September 10—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Curran’s, 42nd and Nicollet, 9:00 a.m.

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