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

December 2007

Hot Stove League Meeting February 2
Member News
New Members
Baseball and Poison
Board of Directors

Hot Stove League Meeting February 2

The annual Hot Stove League Meeting will be Saturday night, February 2, at 7 p.m. at the home of Kevin Hennessy, 608 Grand Avenue in St. Paul. This is an informal gathering to discuss baseball among friends. Food and drinks will be available, and donations will be appreciated. Anyone who has trouble walking may use the parking spot behind Kevin’ house. Contact Kevin at 651-227-5183 if you need the spot.

Also on February 2, Doug Ernst will be staffing a SABR table at the Ball Park Tours Hot Stove League Banquet at the Ukranian Center in northeast Minneapolis. Contact Doug at 763-519-1174 if you would like to help.

The date for the Spring Chapter Meeting has tentatively been set for Saturday, May 3. The Twins are scheduled to play the Detroit Tigers that evening. In case the game gets switched to the afternoon, the meeting could be scheduled for April 19 or May 10.

Member News

Anne Aronson had a 12-page article in the Fall 2007 issue of Elysian Fields Quarterly titled “Leveling the Playing Field: Women’s Baseball in Australia.” Anne presented on this topic at our Spring Chapter Meeting in 2007.

Roger Godin was featured in an article by Pat Borzi on Minnpost.com for the research he has done on Mark Keonig and the 1924 Little World Series, a topic he presented on at the Spring 2008 Halsey Hall Chapter meeting. Click here to see the article.

John Rosengren has finished his book on the 1973 season, Hammerin’ Hank, George Almighty and the Say Hey Kid: The Season that Changed Baseball Forever, which will be published by Sourcebooks, Inc. in March.

Peter Schilling has received the unbound gallies for his forthcoming book, The End of Baseball.

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New Members

Dave “Lali (pronounced Lolly)” Laliberte says that, “Unlike probably every other SABR member worldwide, I have no background in baseball.” Although he wanted to play Little League baseball, his mom would not let him play three sports, and he wouldn’t give up soccer and hockey. “I continued to be involved in sports throughout my life, however, and studying history, I have become intrigued with the complex relationship between baseball and American history.”

Dave is a full-time graduate student in two master’s programs, a master of arts history at St. Cloud State University and a master of sport science at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. “My goal after grad school is to teach a class about Baseball and American History at a community college in Minnesota. Because of this, I am probably a bit soft onhard-core baseball history topics (stats, major leaguers, etc.) and more interested in the socio-cultural aspects of the game.”

Before graduate school, he taught and coached at Woodbury and St. Cloud Apollo high schools and coached hockey at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. He still coaches high-school hockey and loves the Boundary Waters. Dave lives in St. Cloud with his wife, Kristi, who works in the social service field.

He shares his May 13 birthday with Barry Zito, Dusty Rhodes, John Roseboro, Jose Rijo, Leon Wagner, Bill Dailey, Stevie Wonder, Joe Louis, Pope Pius IX, Pope Innocent XIII, and Dennis Rodman.

Tom “King Tut” Tuttle is a returning member (who, with the submission of his dues, included a generous donation to the chapter that is appreciated). Born in Evanston, Illinois, Tom played baseball at Northwestern and now lives in Minnetonka with his wife, Elizabeth.

Tom shares his October 5 birthday with Henry Chadwick, Rey Sanchez, Onix Concepcion, Danny Fife, Ray Kroc, Long John Reilly, Jim Bagby Sr., Allen Ludden, Andy Kosco, Larry Fine, Kate Winslet, Bill Dana, Michael Andretti, Grant Hill, and Chester Arthur.

Also new to SABR: Scott Iwen and Lisa Tourville.

Baseball and Poison

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy has a toxicology trivia quiz that includes several baseball questions:

A study of twenty-five deaths caused by poisoning among active and former major league baseball players between the years 1889-1990 cited what poison or toxin was the most frequent cause of demise in these players?

Name the major league baseball team found in this study with the largest number of former or active players to die from poisoning.

Name the field position played with the highest number of former or current baseball players whose cause of death was attributed to poisoning.

Ron Luciano, a well known baseball personality associated with players and fans of the game, died January 18, 1995 from a self- inflicted overdose. What position did he occupy on the baseball field? What was the cause of his death?

Click here for the answers.

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    December 8—Book Club Meeting, Ramsey County Library, County Road B and Hamline Avenue, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Built to Win: Inside Stories and Leadership Strategies from Baseball’s Winningest GM by John Schuerholz, Larry Guest, and Bob Costas. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617, or Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, amugalian@comcast.net.

    January 12—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153, baseballbooks@comcast.net.

    January 13—Research Roundtable, Perkins Restaurant, 4917 Eden Avenue, Edina, 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Cary Smith, 952-807-8767, zinnbeck@aol.com.

    February 2—Hot Stove Meeting at the home of Kevin Hennessy, 608 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, 7:00 p.m., 651-227-5183.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2007-2008
President—Dan Levitt
Vice President—Lee Temanson
Secretary—Armand Peterson
Treasurer—Doug Ernst
Art Mugalian
George Rekela
Stew Thornley

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—John Gregory 

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