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

December 2016

Stew Thornley

Upcoming Events
The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will next meet Saturday, December 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is Calvin Griffith: Baseball’s Last Dinosaur by Jon Kerr, and Jon will be present at the meeting, as well. The group will also discuss the telecast of the second game of the 1979 American League playoffs. The game is available for viewing on YouTube: 1979 10 04 ALCS Gm 2 California Angels at Baltimore Orioles

The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on Saturday, January 7 at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

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Carl Rogan
Carl Rogan, grandson of Hall of Famer Bullet Rogan, spoke at a program on black baseball at the Minneapolis Central Library November 17. Carl is a SABR member and hopes to get to one of the bi-monthly breakfasts at Curran’s, which is in an area he is familiar with. Carl lived at 40th Street and 4th Avenue, near Curran’s. An outstanding athlete at Central High School in Minneapolis, Carl spent much of his youth in all seasons at Nicollet Field (now Martin Luther King Field) just to the north of Curran’s. The baseball program was organized and moderated by Frank White, author of They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball. Other presenters were Pete Gorton of The Donaldson Network, Steve Winfield, and Phil Brooks, grandson of Will Brooks, who grew up in north Minneapolis and was a player and manager on several teams in the 1920s and 1930s.

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New Members
Larry Von Berg grew up in Charles City, Iowa, which two players have claimed as their home: Vive Lindaman, who was born there, and Steve Boros, who lived there. Larry and his brother, who lives in St. Louis Park, go back to Charles City, where they still own the house they grew up in, every other weekend.

Larry went to his first games in 1960, a doubleheader at Wrigley Field on 1953 when the Cubs and Giants split a pair of 5-3 games. One of the Giants pitchers in the second game was Sherman Jones, whom Larry later met at a community center in Kansas City. Larry was a Vista volunteer, working to set up an alternative school, and Jones was the athletic director for the school. Jones showed Larry his baseball card, and Larry later learned that Topps had made a mistake and used a different player’s picture on the card.

Larry has been a Twins fan since the team came to Minnesota and collects Twins team set baseball cards. He is a regular at Twinsfest and has been going to spring training for eight years.

He is an independent living skills specialist with the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and has been married to Doreen since 2015, although they first met 42 years ago.

Larry shares his August 15 birthday with Jarrod Dyson, Oliver Perez, Scott Brosius, Duffy Dyer, Eric Fox, Tom Kelly, Elmer Foster, Doggie Millers, Billy Conigliaro, Joe Lis, Joey Jay, Barney Schultz, Charles Comiskey, Jim Lange, Gene Upshaw, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Mike Connors, Tall Rhonda Bates, Rose Marie, Huntz Hall, Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Carter, Sir Walter Scott, Napoleon Bonaparte, Julia Child, and Phyllis Schlafly.

Craig Shuman is from the New York/New Jersey area, has been a Mets fan for as long as he can remember, and now lives in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Craig worked for 30 years as an operations manager at various companies and decided to go back to school. He is close to completing a master’s degree in geospatial information systems (GIS). “It is similar to business analytics,” he says, only with maps. Craig is hoping to use GIS for sports analytics and would like to hear from any other GIS folks out there.

Craig attended the game in which Roberto Clemente got his 3,000th hit.

Craig shares his September 29 birthday with Dave Orr, Mike McCormick, Hal Trosky, Jack Fournier, Warren Cromartie, Steve Busby, Rich Reese, Harry Steinfeldt, Paul Giel, Don Wheeler, Gene Autry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Madeline Kahn, Enrico Fermi, Gwen Ifill, Erika Eleniak, and Bum Phillips.

Also new to the Halsey Hall Chapter: Shovanna Malloy-Rydeen, Bob Aulert, Warren Woods, Jim Cox

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Member News
Members with artistic skills may be interested in this opportunity. The Minnesota Arts Board, on behalf of the city of Duluth, requests proposals from professional public artists or artist-led teams for permanent, site-specific public artwork at Wade Municipal Stadium in Duluth. The deadline is December 12. Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places: Current Opportunities

Dan Levitt will make another appearance on MLB Now on the MLB Network on Tuesday, December 13 at 1:00 Central Time (with the show repeating several times through the rest of the day).

Dan Levitt and Mark Armour have written a three-part series on the history of the collective bargaining agreement between players and owners: A History of the MLBPA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement

Bob Tholkes was one of the authors in the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal with The Young and the Restless: George Wright, 186568.

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   December 3Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Calvin Griffith: Baseball’s Last Dinosaur by Jon Kerr (with an appearance by the author), and Game Two of the 1979 American League playoffs.

  January 7—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Curran’s, 42nd and Nicollet, 9:00 a.m.

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