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

December 2011

Stew Thornley

SABR 42 Shaping Up

SABR 42 LogoSABR 42 will be at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center from Wednesday, June 27 to Sunday, July 1, 2012. The SABR 42 logo was designed by Mary Buckland, sister of chapter vice president Fred Buckland.

Deb Jayne from the SABR office was in Minneapolis the weekend before Thanksgiving. Deb met with the chapter convention committee and others on Sunday, November 20. The next day Deb and two members of the convention committee toured the convention hotel and developed a tentative schedule for the convention.

The convention committee consists of Howard Luloff, Kevin Hennessy, Jerry Janzen, Art Mugalian, Dan Levitt, Rich Arpi, Brenda Himrich, and your trusty crusty newsletter editor. Others who want to get involved in the convention may contact Howard, 763-208-1637, who is coordinating on-site volunteers. Note: All convention volunteers must be SABR members in 2012 and must be registered for the convention. Volunteers are needed for a variety of duties, including serving as greeters, staffing the registration table and the SABR table in the vendors room, and monitoring the memorabilia room. In addition, volunteers will be needed on Sunday, June 24, to come to the Marriott to stuff the goody bags. Volunteers may bring family members and friends to help with this task; they need not be SABR members or convention registrants. (Those of you who joined SABR after August 1, 2011 will still be members at convention time since your membership will be due on the anniversary of your joining date each year; others will continue to have their expiration date on December 31 each year. Go to the SABR store to renew.)

Convention volunteers will have the chance to purchase a convention polo shirt, which will contain the convention logo, at a reduced price. The shirt will be a different color from those sold at the convention to allow our chapter organizing committee to stand out. Those wanting shirts will have to send a check, along with the size desired, by a certain date. More information will be in the newsletter when it is known.

Art Mugalian is assembling an Upper Midwest Hall of Honor, which will be announced at the convention. The Hall of Honor will recognize players and other baseball contributors from Minnesota, Manitoba, South Dakota, North Dakota, northern Iowa, western Wisconsin, and western Ontario. Art is now forming a ballot, and chapter members will be able to vote on the nominees.

Events planned for the convention include:

  • Wednesday, June 27: Registration, Tour of Minneapolis Central Library, Metrodome Tour and Walking Tour of Downtown and Riverfront, Research Chairs Meeting, Chapter Leaders Meeting, Authors Event at Barnes & Noble, First Timers Reception (open to all convention registrants).
  • Thursday, June 28: Registration, Vendors and Memorabilia Room, Research Presentations, Poster Presentations (which will be open throughout the convention with special presentations made by the memorabilia and poster presenters on Saturday), Business Meeting and Possible Keynote Speaker, Twin Cities Ballparks Presentation, Women in Baseball Panel, Target Field Tour, Committee Meetings, Trivia Preliminaries, Possible Fangraphs Event.
  • Friday, June 29: Executives Panel, Awards Lunch, Twins-Royals Game at Target Field, Committee Meetings, Research Presentations.
  • Saturday, June 30: Donors Breakfast, Players Panel, Official Scorers Panel, Ballpark Run, Tour of Twin Cities Ballpark Sites, Branch Rickey Performance by Chuck Chalberg, Committee Meetings, Research Presentations, Trivia Finals. (A trip to see the St. Paul Saints was planned, but the Saints won’t be at home during the SABR convention.)
  • Sunday, July 1: To Be Determined.

In addition, Seth C. “Dr. Fan” Hawkins is opening his private Victorian museum during the convention, and the admission fee will be waived for convention registrants. Dr. Fan has attended a regular-season major league game at every stadium that has hosted such a game since 1952, and he has also been present for every 3,000th hit since 1970. Dr. Fan has a room in the museum devoted to baseball. The museum is at 66 S. St. Albans Avenue, St. Paul 55105-3501, 651-225-1505.

Students may apply for one of up to 10 Yoseloff Scholarships to attend SABR 42 in Minneapolis. With funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., this scholarship will pay for registration, transportation, and lodging up to a total of $1,000.

The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage high-school and college-level student engagement with baseball research and to engender an active interest in baseball and SABR. The Yoseloff scholarship is to assist young researchers who want to attend SABR’s annual convention and to introduce them to fellow SABR members. Through this fund, SABR hopes to inspire future baseball research, expose students to high-quality research, and build the research capability of interested students. Students must be currently enrolled in high school, college, or a graduate program and be under 30 years old.

Contact Jim Cassandro or Leslie Heaphy for more information.

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Date of Hot Stove League Gathering Changed to January 21

The annual Hot Stove League get-together will be Saturday, January 21 at 7 p.m. at the home of Kevin Hennessy, 608 Grand Avenue, St. Paul 55102, 651-492-2298. This is an informal gathering to munch and drink, talk baseball, and watch baseball videos. The date has been changed to not conflict with Twins Fest, which many of our members attend.

Twins Fest and Spring Chapter Meeting

The Halsey Hall Chapter will participate in Twins Fest January 27 to 29 and will be promoting membership and the SABR convention coming to Minneapolis. Members are needed to staff the chapter table. If interested, contact Rich Arpi.

The Spring Chapter Meeting has been tentatively set for Saturday, April 21. After the meeting members may gather at a local watering hole to watch the Twins vs. Rays game on television.

During the business meeting, three members will be elected to the chapter’s board of directors to succeed outgoing directors Jerry Janzen, Cary Smith, and Bob Tholkes. Anyone interested in running for a two-year term may contact Nominating Committee Chair Kevin Hennessy at 651-492-2298.

Other upcoming events:
The next Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on January 7 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

November 5, 2011 Hot Stove Saturday Morning
Eleven members turned out for the Hot Stove Saturday Morning November 5.

Five members—Doug Kenison, Art Mugalian, S. Thornley, Rich Arpi, and Dan Levitt—met December 3 to discuss Michael Lewis’s Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The chapter book club’s next selection is Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s by Dan Epstein. The book club will meet on Saturday, February 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Barnes and Noble cafe in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. Har Mar Mall is located on Snelling Avenue about a mile and a half north of the state fairgrounds. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.

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Monument Planned for Millers and Saints

SABR member David Stalker is looking for funding to erect a monument in honor of the Minneapolis Millers and St. Paul Saints at Target Field. The plan is to unveil the plaque during the SABR convention. A Minneapolis Millers historian has pledged $500 for the Millers’s side of the monument. If a Saints fan/historian is interested in making a similar donation, contact David. The primary donors will have their donations noted on the monument.

Member News

Jim Sexton came up with a card commemorating Halsey Hall Chapter charter member Fred Souba being on the cover of the July 31, 1978 Sports Collectors Digest. Fred is holding a 1933 card of Napoleon Lajoie.

Fred Souba

Roger “The Hipster” Godin had hip-replacement surgery on November 30.

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Minnesota African American Museum to Open with Baseball Exhibit

The Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center will be opening a history museum at 1700 Third Avenue South in Minneapolis this spring, and the first exhibit will be devoted to baseball. Two Halsey Hall Chapter members, including Frank White, are serving on the advisory/visioning committee for the exhibit (and at least one more chapter member is being invited to serve on the committee). The committee includes civic leader Harry Davis, former University of Minnesota dean and vice provost David Taylor, Tom Donaldson (great-grandson of John Donaldson), and SABR member Larry Lester of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City. The exhibit will open in April and continue for three months. A tour of the exhibit could be part of a chapter meeting or the SABR convention.

Trivia Quiz

The Minnesota Twins recently held a trivia question for their employees and asked a local SABR member to develop the quiz. Craig Nordquist, a former intern at the Baseball Hall of Fame, finished first with a score of 73 (out of 118 possible points, not counting the tiebreaker question) and will be flown to New Jersey by the MLB Network to compete against the winners from other teams. Chapter members can try their luck on the questions below. It was not an open-book quiz, and the Twins employees had 50 minutes to complete their quizzes (and they have been invited to join SABR). See if you can top them. The answers will be in the January The Holy Cow!

  1. Who holds the major league record with 19 total bases in one game?

  2. What Yankee broke up a no-hitter in the ninth inning three times within a month in 1970?

  3. Name the four players who have played all nine positions in the same major league game.

  4. Who are the four Minnesota Twins who hit consecutive home runs in the 11th inning of a game against the Kansas City Athletics May 2, 1964?

  5. Name the 16 pitchers who have pitched perfect games since 1920, including the post-season (must have been at least nine innings completed as perfect games, not broken up in extra innings).

  6. What pitcher gave up Mark McGwire’s 70th home run in 1998?

  7. Who was the pitcher who gave up Barry Bonds’s record-breaking 756th home run?

  8. Who is the only major leaguer to hit two grand slams in one inning?

  9. Who are the only two players to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning?

  10. What is the longest major league game in number of innings?
    a) 28
    b) 25
    c) 26
    d) 29

  11. Who was the last player to get three hits in one inning? (Hint: He did it as a member of the Boston Red Sox.)

  12. Since intentional walks became an official statistic, who is the only player to be intentionally walked five times in one game?

  13. Who made the last unassisted triple play in the major leagues?

  14. Since runs batted in became an official statistic, who are the only two players to drive in 12 runs in one game? (Hint: Both did it for the Cardinals.)

  15. When Mookie Wilson hit the grounder through Bill Buckner’s legs to allow the winning run to score in the sixth game of the 1986 World Series, who was the runner who scored from second to end the game?

  16. On July 17, 1990 the Minnesota Twins became the only team to make two triple plays in the same game. Both were turned by the same fielders. Who were they?

  17. What four men have managed the Yankees and the Mets?

  18. Sparky Anderson and Tony LaRussa have managed a World Series winner in both leagues. Who are the other five managers to have managed in the World Series for both the American and National League?

  19. Who are the players who have won back-to-back Most Valuable Player Awards since the award was established in 1931? (Hint: All positions have been covered by these players; three first basemen and four outfielders have had back-to-back MVPs.)

  20. Who were the last player-managers in the National League and the American League?

  21. Who are the 20 players who have reached 3,000 hits since 1969?

  22. Name the 10 pitchers who reached 300 wins since 1981?

  23. Who broke up Armando Galarraga’s perfect game with a controversial single with two out in the ninth inning in 2010?

  24. The first two perfect games in major league history were pitched five days apart. Who were the pitchers?

  25. Two pitchers in the 300-win club got their final win at the Metrodome. Who are they?

  26. Who is the only pitcher to have a perfect game broken up by a walk with two out in the ninth inning? (He still finished with a no-hitter.)

  27. Name the four families that have had three generations of players in the major leagues (grandfather-father-son)

  28. Who hit the first grand slam in the All-Star Game?

  29. Who is the only player to win a Most Valuable Player award as a shortstop and as a center fielder?

  30. Wally Pipp is famous for losing his job to Lou Gehrig, who played in every game for the Yankees from June 1925 through April 1939. Who replaced Lou Gehrig at first base?

Tiebreaker: Name the 26 players who have hit at least 50 home runs in a season.

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    January 7—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

    January 15—Convention Committee. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

    January 22—Research Committee. For more information, contact Bob Tholkes, 763-781-6161.

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

    February 4—Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s by Dan Epstein. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.

    February 12—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791.

    April 21 (tentative)—Spring Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 763-208-1637.

    June 27-July 1, 2012—SABR Convention, Marriott City Center Hotel, Minneapolis.  

Board of Directors 2011-2012
President—Brenda Himrich
Vice President—Fred Buckland
Secretary—Art Mugalian
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Gary DeSmith
Cary Smith
Bob Tholkes

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

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