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

December 2017

Stew Thornley

  • Charlesworth-Seiler and Stigman Are Highlights of Fall Chapter Meeting
  • Other Upcoming Events
  • New Members
  • Member and Chapter News
  • Cow Chips
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Charlesworth-Seiler and Stigman Are Highlights of Fall Chapter Meeting
    Gulf Coast League umpire Emma Charlesworth-Seiler and former Twins pitcher Dick Stigman were the main speakers at the Halsey Hall Chapter fall meeting November 4.

    Emma Charlesworth-Seiler Dick Stigman

    Emma Charlesworth-Seiler was recruited and received a scholarship to attend umpiring school in Florida earlier this year. The school consisted of classroom work in the morning with the afternoon on the field, learning mechanics and the two-umpire season. She was hired to umpire in the Gulf Coast League, where she worked with the same partner all season, and she went back to Florida for three weeks in October to umpire in the instructional league.

    Dick Stigman is from Nimrod, Minnesota, and attended nearby Sebeka High School. Shortly after graduation he was spotted by Cleveland scout Cy Slapnicka in a game in which he struck out 21 batters in Brainerd. Slapnicka signed Stigman, who pitched two seasons for the Indians before being traded to Minnesota before the 1962 season. That year he led the American League in winning percentage with a 12-5 record and pitched four seasons for the Twins before finishing his career with Boston in 1966.

    More than 30 members attended the meeting: Stew Thornley, Tom Flynn, Sarah Johnson, Brenda Himrich, Gene Gomes, Doug Skipper, Brent Heutmaker, Howard Luloff, Warren Woods, Lee Temanson, Joe O’Connell, Hans Van Slooten, Art Mugalian, Bob Komoroski, Dave Lande, Jim Cox, Armand Peterson, Dave Jensen, Daniel Dorff, Fred Buckland, Bob Tholkes, John Gallo, Gregg Nelson, Rich Arpi, Steve Bratkovich, Dan Levitt, Roger Godin, Jacob Carl, Ry Sigglekow, Markus Nelson, Daryl Jorgenson, Jeff Williams, David Lipman, George Rekela.

    The meeting included Howard Luloff’s trivia contest, won 69-68 by the right side of the room (the left side to Howard), and four research presentations.

    • John Gallo: The 1957 St. Paul Saints
    • Sarah Johnson: When Baseball’s Winter Meetings Came to Minneapolis
    • Bob Tholkes: Speculations on the Origins of Baseball Umpiring
    • Phil Lowry: International Baseball and International Baseball Tournaments

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    Other Upcoming Events
    Alan Holst Reception
    Former chapter member Alan Holst has retired from the foreign service and will be making his way across the country to his new home on the west coast. He is working in a stop in Minneapolis and would love to see anyone who would like to join him for a Juicy Lucy and beer at Matt’s, 3500 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis 55407 at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 27. Among other things, Alan looks forward to discussing the upcoming Hall of Fame election: Steve Garvey, Jack Morris, Tommy John among Candidates on Modern Era Hall of Fame Ballot

    Book Club
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, December 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is The Pitch That Killed: The Story of Carl Mays, Ray Chapman, and the Pennant by Mike Sowell. The group will also discuss the Highlights from the 1964 World Series. It is available on You Tube: 1964 World Series Highlights

    Research Committee
    The Research Committee will meet Monday, December 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina and is continuing its work on an exhibit displaying the names of Hall of Famers who played in Minnesota prior to the arrival of the Twins.

    The committee is planning a workshop, On-line Baseball Research Tools Panel Presentations, February 12, 2018. The workshop, which will be open to the public, will demonstrate on-line baseball research tools, including those listed in the chapter’s Baseball Research Primer.

    The Research Committee consists of Dan Levitt, Jim Cox, Brenda Himrich, Doug Skipper, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, Dave Lande, and Bob Tholkes.

    Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning
    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 6 at Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413, 612-545-5659 (in what was the keg warehouse of the Grain Belt Brewery).

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

    Halsey Hall Chapter Twitter page

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    New Members
    Bryan Lake grew up in St. Cloud, is an attorney with a solo practice, and has a wife and three dogs.

    The first baseball games he ever watched were the 1987 World Series, and he went to his first game, at the Metrodome, the following year. Bryan’s playing career, in his words, “sputtered to an early end; junior high hitters couldn’t touch my hard 12-6 slider but it shredded my elbow, and I resigned myself to being just a fan. I love a well-pitched game, and I’ll never forget watching my favorite player, Greg Maddux, complete nine innings on just 76 pitches.”

    If he were king of the world, “league champions would be determined by regular season records.”

    Bryan shares his July 15 birthday with Bubbles Hargrave (1926 National League batting-average leader and St. Paul Saints player-manager), Mike Shannon, Bob G. Miller, James Baldwin, Donn Clendenon, Bruce Edwards, Bob Will (Mankato State alumnus), Jake Powell, Alfred Traber Goshorn, Red Oldham, Dan McGann, John Clapp, Jung Bong, Alex Karras, Linda Ronstadt, Forest Whitaker, Jan-Michael Vincent, former Minnesota governor Jim Janos, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, and Cowboy Copas.

    Also new to the Halsey Hall Chapter: Michael Stewart and Samuel Haag

    Know a potential member? Here are resources for getting that person happily involved in SABR:

    Halsey Hall Chapter events

    Membership application

    Have you attended a Minnesota college, and would you be willing to contact it about the possibility of integrating SABR into some departments? If so, please contact Membership Committee Chair Hans Van Slooten.

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    Member and Chapter News
    Lloyd Kepple’s team, the Minnesota Bees, won the AAA 65 Division at the Roy Hobbs World Series in Fort Myers, Florida. “This was a loaded team,” Lloyd wrote. “I was told when asked to join the team that my role would involve lots of outfield time, lots of running, and very little hitting. Kind of a speed/outfield/infield utility guy. That’s what I did. My hitting teammates, several of whom played professional baseball in their day, were truly amazing. When these power guys got on base (which was often), I was there to run. Was also able to contribute a bit defensively.”

    In addition to providing a photo of himself, Lloyd also provided evidence of his photography skills with an action shot of Dan Levitt dropping his Henry Chadwick award at the SABR convention in New York last summer.

    Lloyd Kepple Dan Levitt

    Lloyd is a proponent of amateur baseball for adults and invites anyone of any age to contact him for more information: Lloyd Kepple.

    The Fall 2017 Baseball Research Journal contains a couple of articles by chapter members:

    Baseball before a Captive Audience: The Minnesota State Prison’s Sisal Sox, 1914-72 by Rich Arpi

    From Recorder to Judge: The Evolution of the Scorer in the Nineteenth Century by Tholkes and Thornley

    Also new and on the web:
    July 10, 1934: Carl Hubbell strikes out five Hall of Famers in a row at All-Star Game

    Paul Spyhalski will be presenting on the 1937 to 1942 seasons of the Southern Minny League at the Hormel (pronounced Hormel) Historic Home in Austin as part of their History Happy Hours Series on January 8 at 8 p.m. He invites members to come early and tour the Spam Museum and eat at Piggy Blues BBQ. He will provide a link to the event when it is available.

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    Cow Chips
    Here is Fred Buckland’s scoresheet from the September 30, 2017 Detroit at Minnesota game in which Andrew Romine played all nine positions:

    Scoresheet of Andrew Romine playing all nine positions

    Click on the images to enlarge; click on them a second time to enlarge more.

    Jerry Janzen kept score for the first time at the September 2, 1964 Baltimore at Minnesota game in which Milt Pappas of the Orioles held the Twins to one hit, an eighth-inning single by Zoilo Versalles. Luis Aparicio homered for Baltimore. Dick Stigman pitched for the Twins and signed Jerry’s program at the fall meeting.

    Scoresheet of September 2, 1964 Baltimore at Minnesota game Scoresheet of September 2, 1964 Baltimore at Minnesota game


    Women in Baseball

    Emma Charlesworth-Seiler, Sarah Johnson, Brenda Himrich

    Emma Charlesworth-Seiler, Sarah Johnson, Brenda Himrich

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        November 27—Reception for Alan Holst, Matt’s, Minneapolis, 11:00 a.m.

       December 2Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Pitch That Killed: The Story of Carl Mays, Ray Chapman, and the Pennant by Mike Sowell and 1964 World Series Highlights.

        December 18—Research Committee meeting, 7:00 p.m, Southdale Library. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

        January 6—Fred Souba Hot Stove League Saturday Morning, Bunny’s, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.

        February 12—On-line Baseball Research Tools Panel Presentations. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

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    Board of Directors 2017-2018
    President—Tom Flynn
    Vice President—Frank Kadwell
    Secretary—Brent Heutmaker
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Gene Gomes
    Bob Komoroski
    Hans Van Slooten

    Membership Committee Chair—Hans Van Slooten
    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Chairs—Brenda Himrich and Sarah Johnson

    The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
    Webmaster—John Gregory 
    Ass. Webmasters—Stew Thornley and Frank Kadwell
    Social Media Director—Tom Flynn

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