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

August 2018

Stew Thornley

  • Fall Chapter Meeting November 3
  • Acrostics Puzzle
  • New Members
  • Cow Chips
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Fall Chapter Meeting November 3
    The 2018 Fall Chapter meeting will be Saturday, November 3 at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis.

    Registration for the meeting is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch with a featured guest to follow. The cost for the meeting and lunch is $10. The meeting only is $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research (oral or poster) presentation at the meeting. Proposals must be sent to Research Committee co-chairs Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson and include a title and brief outline of what the presentation will consist of with emphasis on the research that will be included. Standard oral 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, Jim Cox, Doug Skipper, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, Dave Lande, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by October 20, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then. Proposals for poster presentations may also be submitted to the co-chairs.

    Two presentations have been approved so far:

    • Showdown: Babe Ruth’s Rebellious Barnstorming Tour of 1921 by Tom Flynn
    • Analysis of the Unique Role of the Official Scorer in Baseball by Stew Thornley

    Other Upcoming Events: Book Club
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, August 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is The Bronx Zoo: The Astonishing Inside Story of the 1978 World Champion New York Yankees by Sparky Lyle with Peter Golenbock.

    Brent Heutmaker organized a list of all the book selections since the book club started in August 2002: Halsey Hall Book Club Selections

    Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning
    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 15 at Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413, 612-545-5659 (in what was the keg warehouse of the Grain Belt Brewery).

    Research Committee
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee will meet Monday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue, Edina. All members are welcome to attend. The meeting will contain recaps of the SABR convention from those who attended. In committee news, Jim Cox is compiling a list of books and articles written by past and present chapter members.

    Road Trips

    Ryan Voz talks to SABR members in Willmar

    This year’s Northwoods League was on Saturday, July 21 to Baker Field at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. Howard Luloff arranged pre-game activities, which included Willmar Stingers co-owner Ryan Voz (in above photo, on the right) talking to SABR members. In the game (below), Willmar beat the St. Cloud Rox 6-5 in 14 innings.

    St. Cloud versus Willmar at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar

    A townball trip to Austin is planned for Saturday, July 28. Meet at Art Mugalian’s house, 5033 18th Avenue South, Minneapolis 55417, at 9:30 a.m. to form carpools. First stop will be the Spam Museum, then lunch at Piggy Blue’s Bar-B-Que (motto: Where you can eat pig or eat like a pig!), then a 2 p.m. game between the Hampton Cardinals and Austin Greyhounds at Marcusen Park, 901 Main Street South.

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

    Halsey Hall Chapter Twitter page

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    Acrostics Puzzle
    Jim Swanson has created an acrostics baseball puzzle:

    Acrostics puzzle

    Click on the puzzle for a pdf image.

    The puzzle with answers will appear next month.

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    New Members
    The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes Rick Emerson.

    Know a potential member? Here are resources for getting that person happily involved in SABR:

    Membership application

    Have you attended a Minnesota college, and would you be willing to contact it about the possibility of integrating SABR into some departments? If so, please contact Membership Committee Chair Hans Van Slooten.

    Hans has written an article on SABR and our chapter for Twins Daily: Interested in Baseball Research? Join SABR!

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    Cow Chips
    Roger Godin has published a book, The Mysterious Gerry Geran, about the first U. S.-born player in the National Hockey League.

    Article in the June 26, 2018 Star Tribune: Official Scorers Consider Bad hops, Bad Throws—and Exit Velocity

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        July 23—Research Committee meeting, 7:00 p.m.. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

        July 28—Spam Museum and townball game at Marcusen Park in Austin. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

       August 4Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Bronx Zoo: The Astonishing Inside Story of the 1978 World Champion New York Yankees by Sparky Lyle with Peter Golenbock.

        September 15—Fred Souba Hot Stove League Saturday Morning, Bunny’s, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.

        November 3—Fall Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

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    Board of Directors 2018-2019
    President—Tom Flynn
    Vice President—Frank Kadwell
    Secretary—Dave Lande
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Jim Cox
    Bob Komoroski
    Hans Van Slooten

    Membership Committee Chair—Hans Van Slooten
    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Chairs—Brenda Himrich and Sarah Johnson

    The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
    Webmaster—John Gregory 
    Ass. Webmasters—Stew Thornley and Frank Kadwell
    Social Media Director—Tom Flynn

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