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

December 2006

New Member: Blake Meyer
Name’s the Same
In Other News
Breakfast Continues to Pack Them In
Answer to Name’s the Same
Board of Directors

New Member: Blake Meyer
Blake Meyer is originally from Rochester, Minnesota, grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Minnesota, and is now with the U. S. Air Force in the United Kingdom, where he lives with his kids, 12-year-old Leanne and his six-year-old Minnesota Twins, Rhys and Brody.

Blake has fond memories of going to Mets and Cardinals spring training games with his dad at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg. In 1980, he was a batboy for an Old-Timers Game and had the chance to chat with Minnie Minoso and play catch with Bob Feller and Ted Kluszewski as well as the reigning American League co-Rookies of the Year John Castino and Alfredo Griffin. “The lowlight,” he says, “was Joe DiMaggio refusing to sign a second autograph after I stood in line for over an hour after the game.” Blake moved back to Minnesota that year although he had been attending a number of Twins games during visits to the state.

His best memory of Met Stadium was at an Athletics-Twins game when he was 10 or 11 and his cousin jumped onto the field to get a foul ball. “When the ushers tried to throw us out, the fans raised such a stink that they let us stay. My cousin then went and had Charlie Finley sign the ball.”

Blake has a web site, TwinsCards.com, which started as a simple baseball card site that has become an all-encompassing site for Twins fans with history, statistics, and collectibles on display.

Blake shares his June 26 birthday with Willard Brown, Derek Jeter, Jason Kendall, Jeff Conine, Bill Robinson, Babe Herman, and Debs Garms as well as a number of people who had nothing to do with baseball: Greg LeMond, Colonel Tom Parker, Babe Didrickson Zaharias, Pearl Buck, Peter Lorre, Georgie Fame, and Abner Doubleday.

Name’s the Same
Author/longtime Halsey Hall Chapter member and one of Curt Flood’s attorneys in his lawsuit against baseball.

In Other News
Cary Smith has been accepted to the Master of Library and Information Science program at the College of St. Catherine for the winter semester.

Roger Godin presented a paper on the 1932-33 Eveleth Rangers hockey team at the fall meeting of the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR) in Whitby, Ontario, in late October. Roger, who is the United States Vice President-West for SIHR, also saw Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Whitby. In November, Roger went to Winnipeg for the Canadian Football League championship game, the Grey Cup. It was the seventh Grey Cup Roger has attended.

John Gregory will become the chapter webmaster beginning in January. John created the original web site for the chapter in the mid-1990s and was also the head of SABR’s internet committee. Deano Thilgen took over the chapter web site in 2001 and brought about a number of enhancements. The chapter appreciates Deano’s years of work on the web site and welcomes back John.

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Breakfast Continues to Pack Them In

Submitted by Mark Johnson
On November 11th we enjoyed our 52nd bi-monthly Halsey Hall breakfast meeting at the normal Bakers Square location in Richfield. We had a table set for 12 and we squeezed in two more later arrivals. Once again, our amazing waitress, Ann Marie, took the orders without writing them down, a tremendous mental feat. Attendees included Rich Arpi, Stew Thornley, Brenda Himrich, Art Mugalian, Jack Stanton, Doug Skipper, Art Mugalian, Paul Rittenhouse, Jim Sexton, Fred Souba, Gary Hackenmueller, James Wyman, Ray Luurs, and Mark Johnson. A generous Jack Stanton delved out a few free baseball books. The next breakfast meeting is scheduled for 9:00 on Saturday, January 13th.

Other events:
The Research Committee will hold its bi-monthly roundtable on Sunday, January 14, at 6 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant in Edina.

The Halsey Hall Chapter will have a table at Twinsfest the weekend of January 26-28, and volunteers will be needed to staff it.

The Quicksteps vintage base ball team will appear at the Minnesota History Center Sunday, February 11. The Quicksteps will also play a demonstration game at the Metrodome prior to the Twins game on May 13.

February 3 will bring afternoon and evening events. At 3 p.m., the Gophers will play their Pro-Alumni game at the Metrodome. Howard Luloff is organizing a group to attend the game. If you are interested in sitting with the group, meet under the b. f. sign at 6th Street and Chicago Avenue at 2 p.m.

That evening will be the winter Hot Stove Meeting will be Saturday night, February 3 at Kevin Hennessy’s house in St. Paul. Anyone who has trouble walking may use the parking spot behind his house. Contact Kevin at 651-227-5183.

The Spring Chapter Meeting will be Saturday, May 5. Following the day-long meeting, the group will attend the Twins-Red Sox game that night.

The SABR convention will be in St. Louis July 26-29. Adam’s Mark Hotel has a special SABR rate of $95 for a single or double. Call 800-444-2326 and identify yourself as a SABR member to receive the special rate.

Answer’s to Name the Same
Dan Levitt.


    January 13—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 612-822-9638, mtjohnson10@mn.rr.com.

    January 14—Research Roundtable, Perkins Restaurant, 4917 Eden Avenue, Edina, 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dan Levitt, 612-377-5154, danrl@attglobal.net.

    February 3—Hot Stove Meeting at the home of Kevin Hennessy, 608 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, 651-227-5183.

    May 5—Spring Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.


Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2006-007
President—Bob Tholkes
Vice President—Howard Luloff
Secretary—Armand Peterson
Treasurer—Kevin Hennessy
Jodi Elowitz
Dan Levitt
Art Mugalian

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

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Halsey Hall Chapter E-list/Message Board: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/halseyhall

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Society for American Baseball Research: http://sabr.org

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