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

December 2005

Research Committee Gets Started
Gorton Seeks Help with John Donaldson
Spring Chapter Meeting Set for May 13
Lexington Park Plaque to be Re-installed
December Birthdays
Board of Directors

Research Committee Gets Started
The Halsey Hall Chapter’s newly-formed Research Committee, consisting of Cary Smith, Dan Levitt, Stew Thornley, Deano Thilgen, and Tom Swift, held its first meeting in late November and determined its mission and a set of objectives and tasks:

Mission: Given that the members of the Halsey Hall Chapter value research that is documented, valid, and accurate, the purpose of the research committee is to encourage and aid research within and among members of the chapter.

Objectives and tasks:

  • Be in charge of the schedule of research presentations at semi-annual chapter meetings. This includes soliciting presentations from members with an emphasis on encouraging new presenters. Proposals should be submitted in writing to the committee and should include a title and brief outline of what the presentation will consist of with emphasis on the research that will be included. The committee will set the schedule for research presentations and inform the presenters and the Events Committee of the schedule no later than two weeks prior to the chapter meeting.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for research assistance, establishing research mentors within the chapter and linking them with those in need of assistance.
  • Keep members informed of research methods and new techniques (particularly with emerging technologies) through a variety of methods, including but not limited to presentations/panel discussions at chapter meetings, articles in the newsletter and on the chapter web site, periodic round-table discussions.

The committee has also scheduled a Research Roundtable for Saturday, January 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the coffee area of the Barnes & Noble at the Galleria in Edina (same place as the usual site for the book club). Anyone wishing to discuss baseball research is welcome, and people are encouraged to bring research materials to show.

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Gorton Seeks Help with John Donaldson
On November 21, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the final candidates from the Negro Leagues and Pre-Negro Leagues for induction in July 2006. One of the finalists is John Wesley Donaldson. Donaldson spent a large part of his career playing in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. A team of researchers led Pete Gorton is seeking help with the effort to get Donaldson elected. The Donaldson Network is trying to document additional pitching wins and strikeouts by February 1 and needs help in particular from members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. The opportunity exists to help another player with strong ties to the Midwest be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Anyone who would like to help can contact Pete at 612-325-7815 or pwgortonmb@hotmail.com.

For more information regarding the Negro Leagues and Pre-Negro Leagues election visit, go to: http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/news/2005/051121b.htm.

Spring Chapter Meeting Set for May 13
The Spring Chapter Meeting will be held Saturday, May 13 and will include a group outing to the Twins-White Sox game that night. The meeting may be at a Davanni’s pizza parlor in Golden Valley or Edina. Possibilities for featured guests include Dana Kiecker and Mike Kingery.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation. The proposal should be made in writing (e-mail is fine) to committee chair Stew Thornley, 1082 Lovell Avenue, Roseville, Minnesota 55113, stew@stewthornley.net, 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 Cary Smith, Tom Swift, Deano Thilgen, and Dan Levitt) will finalize the schedule of research presentations two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be made by then.

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Lexington Park Plaque to be Re-installed
TCF Bank has agreed to install the plaque to mark the site of Lexington Park, home of the St. Paul Saints from 1897-1956, after it opens its new branch on the former ballpark site. The Halsey Hall Chapter purchased this plaque in 1994 after raising money from former players and fans. It was installed on the side of a building on the site. The chapter got the plaque back a few years ago before the building was demolished and has now donated it to TCF Bank.

December Birthdays
    3—J. D. Parsley (also Chico Salmon, Broadway Charley Wagner, Joe Collins, Clay Dalrymple, and Katarina Witt)
    5—Art Mugalian (also Cliff Floyd, Patsy Tebeau, Gus Mancuso, Gary Roenicke, Boo Ferriss, Walt Disney, and Martin Van Buren)
    8—Brian Mohr (also Mike Mussina, John Mizerock, Tim Foli, Ed Brinkman, Jimmy Austin, and Jim Morrison [the dead singer, not the baseball player])
    9—Alden Mead and Bill Cross (also Old Hoss Radbourn, Joe Kelley, Dick Butkus, and Donny Osmond)
  12—Marc Hugunin (also Josť Ariel Contreras, Gorman Thomas, Gerald “Peanuts” Peterson [killed in Duluth Dukes bus crash] Ralph Garr, Herman “Flea” Clifton, Clyde Kluttz, Phenonmenal Smith, Frank Sinatra, Rush Limbaugh, Cal Stoll, and Buford Pusser)
  16—John Gendler (also Billy Ripken, Hugh McMullen, Sammy Strang, and Ludwig van Beethoven)
  20—Julio Becquer (also Gabby Hartnett, Branch Rickey, Cecil Cooper, Harry Stovey, Fred Merkle, Spud Davis, Oscar Gamble, and George Pipgras)
  21—Phillip Purdy (also Josh Gibson, LaTroy Hawkins, Roger McDowell, Elmer “Doc” Hamann, Joaquin Andujar, Andy Van Slyke, Dave Kingman, and Chris Evert)
  22—Jeffrey Adel (also Steve Carlton, Steve Garvey, Glenn Wilson, Connie Mack, Matty Alou, Elrod Hendricks, and Barbara Billingsley)
  24—David Trombley (also Jamey Wright, Howard Hughes, and Kit Carson)
  25—Chris Nichol (also Rickey Henderson, Manny Trillo, Al Jackson, Nellie Fox, Pud Galvin, Lloyd Brown, Jo-Jo Moore, and Isaac Newton)
  29—Fred Souba (also Devon White, Prince Honeycutt, Jaret Wright, Paul Otis, and Mary Tyler Moore)

    December 10—Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Edina, 9:30 a.m., The Book on the Book: A Landmark Inquiry into Which Strategies in the Modern Game Actually Work by Bill Felber. For more information, contact Tom Swift, 507-645-2280, tomswift@nickelcurves.com.

    January 7—Research Roundtable, Barnes & Noble, Edina, 9:30 a.m.

    January 14—Hot Stove League Meeting at Kevin Hennessy’s house, 608 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55102-2610, 651-227-5183, 7:00 p.m..

    January 21—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 612-822-9638, mjohn@mr.net.

    January 27-29—Twins Fest, Metrodome. For more information, contact Rich Arpi, 651-739-6986, rwaces@cs.com.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2005-06
President—Bob Tholkes
Vice President—Gregg Omoth
Secretary—Chuck Blomquist
Treasurer—Rich Arpi
Howard Luloff
Gregg Nelson
Cary Smith

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—Deano Thilgen  

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