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Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting. Proposals must be made in writing (e-mail is fine) to Research Committee Chair Stew Thornley, 1082 Lovell Avenue, Roseville, Minnesota 55113-4419, 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. The Research Committee (which also consists of Tom Swift, Dan Levitt, Cary Smith, Bob Tholkes, and Rich Arpi) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by April 30, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.
SABR Day in America January 29
SABR at Twins Fest
Allans dad, Allan Sr., played for West High School in Minneapolis in the late 1920s and may have been the city conference batting champion. He also went to spring training with the Minneapolis Millers. Allan’s son, Steve, played on the 1982 and 1983 Edina American Legion teams that went to the Legion World Series and that won the championship in 1983.
The family athletic genes missed me, but I’ve been a fan for many, many years going back to the doubleheaders at the old Nicollet Park, says Allan. A highlight for him was attending a Yankees-Dodgers World Series game at Ebbets Field in the 1950s. For reasons he doesnt recall, one of Allans favorite teams were the Whiz Kids, the Philadelphia Phillies, which won the 1950 National League pennant and got swept in the World Series by the Yankees.
Born in 1937, Allan shares his April 3 birthday with J. D. Drew, Guy Hecker, Wally Moon, Mike Lansing, Tim Crews, Chris Bosio, Darrell Jackson, Gomer Hodge, Bob Hawk Taylor, Virgil Grissom, Marlon Brando, Lyle Alzado, Boss Tweed, Doris Day, Washington Irving, Eddie Murphy, Sally Rand, and Picabo Street.
Arlo Lyle is from Arkansas (Fort Smith and then Booneville) and finished high school at the Arkansas School for Math and Science in Hot Springs. He received his bachelors degree in computer science from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and his masters degree in artificial intelligence from the University of Georgia. He moved back to Tulsa and began working as a software engineer at Level 3 Communications and now works for Level 3 out of his home in Hopkins, Minnesota, where he moved with his wife, Ashley (whom he met at the University of Tulsa and married in June 2009) to be closer to Ashleys family.
At the University of Georgia, Arlo completed his masters thesis on the topic of comparing machine learning (a field within artificial intellgence) techniques for projecting season-ending statistics for players based on historical data. While doing background research for my thesis I read a number of books on baseball statistics and sabermetrics, and this has remained an on-again, off-again passion of mine. Arlo has a blog, SaberNerd, on this topic. He has also become interested in the historical aspects of baseball and is reading Leonard Koppetts Koppetts Concise History of Major League Baseball. Arlo recently got Strat-O-Matic Baseball and would like to find a group open to beginners.
Arlo grew up watching and listening to the Cardinals with his dad. Ozzie Smith was my childhood idol and I love listening to Mike Shannon call games. He went to a handful of Cardinals games when he was a small child, a couple of Royals game, a Rangers game, a Cardinals exhibition game in Oklahoma City, a Twins game in the Metrodome, and the second Twins exhibition game against the Cardinals at Target Field last April. Now that going to baseball games doesnt involve driving several hours I plan to start going more often.
Arlo is also a big trivia fan, especially with pop culture topics instead of the traditional academic ones. He also enjoys crossword puzzles, Scrabble, and movies and television, and he has a diverse taste in music. Though baseball is his favorite, Arlo enjoys watching almost any sport. He became a fan of curling during the past two Winter Olympics and hopes to give it a try.
Born in 1983, Arlo shares his July 26 birthday with Sad Sam Jones, Norm Siebern, Ellis Kinder, Hoyt Wilhelm, Greg Colbrunn, Pete Ward, Sibby Sisti, Freddie Fitzsimmons, George Bernard Shaw, Carl Jung, Aldous Huxley, Jason Robards, Stanley Kubrick, Mick Jagger, Helen Mirren, Kevin Spacey, Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Piven, Kate Beckinsale, Vivian Vance, Vitas Gerulaitis, Henry L. Williams (University of Minnesota gynecologist and football coach), and Mary Jo Kopechne.
Paul Manocchio, introduced in the November 2010 The Holy Cow!, noted that Richie Zisk graduated from high school in his hometown of Parsippany, New Jersey, but that he was drawing a blank on another alumnus who played in the majors. Paul finally thought of itJoe Orsulak. Rod Nelson found a couple other major leagues from Parsippany: Mike Madsudian and Paul Mirabella.
Last months The Holy Cow! contained a list supplied by Doug Kenison of all fo the book selections of the chapters book club. The listing of Under the Bleachers by S. Butts was an unfortunate typographical error (as was Yellow River by a Mr. Dailey).
The statement, without any comparisions for the percentages for winning other games, is meaningless since the winner of any particular game in a best-of-seven series is going to be the overall winner more often than not.
Below are the winning percentages in each game for the World Series champions. This is for the best-of-seven series with tie games totally eliminated. (For example, the 1912 Series went 8 games because of a tie in Game 2; I threw out the tie and renumbered the other games so that Game 8 is Game 7.) Of course, the winner of Game 7 wins the World Series 100 percent of the time (35-0). Here are the records of World Series winners for other games:
For those wondering, the only team to win a Game 7 and not win the World Series (other than the New York Giants in 1912 when the best-of-seven series was extended to eight games because of a tie) was the Chicago White Sox in 1919.
January 8Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.
January 23Research Committee. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.
January 29Hot Stove League Meeting as part of SABR Day in America, 7:00 p.m.. For more information, contact Kevin Hennessy, 651-492-2298.
February 13Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin Hennessy, 651-492-2298.
May 14Spring Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.
Summer 2012SABR Convention, Minneapolis