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

February 2006

Spring Chapter Meeting Set for May 13
Research Roundtable
Hot Stove Saturday Morning
Stringers Sought
Board of Directors

SABR Table at Twinsfest
As Cary Smith looks on, Pete Gorton visits with a fan at Twinsfest, where the Halsey Hall Chapter had a table to promote the Society for American Baseball Research, on January 28.

The night before, Pete received the Citizen of the Year Award from Ballpark Tours, Inc. at the group’s annual banquet.


Spring Chapter Meeting Set for May 13
The Spring Chapter Meeting will be held Saturday, May 13 and will include a group outing to the Twins-White Sox game that night. The meeting will be at Davanni’s pizza parlor, 663 Winnetka Avenue North, Golden Valley, 763-398-0303. Possibilities for featured guests include Dana Kiecker and Mike Kingery.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation. The proposal should be made in writing (e-mail is fine) to committee chair Stew Thornley, 1082 Lovell Avenue, Roseville, Minnesota 55113, stew@stewthornley.net, 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. Generally, up to five presentations may be accommodated, and these will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The research committee (which also consists of Cary Smith, Tom Swift, Deano Thilgen, and Dan Levitt) will finalize the schedule of research presentations two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be made by then.

Research Roundtable
The Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee held its first Research Roundtable, which 10 members attended on January 7. Information on organizing notes and sourcing was shared and prompted a discussion on these subjects as well as the subject of accuracy in research and writing.

The next Roundtable will be Sunday night, March 5 at 6:00 at the Barnes & Noble in the Galleria in Edina. Pete Gorton will talk about the statistical research he has done, and the network of researchers he developed, regarding John Donaldson and his efforts to get Donaldson elected to the Hall of Fame. Pete was also interviewed by Bill Hudson on WCCO-TV on January 10 regarding Donaldson.

In other research news, Rod Nelson was named Research Services Manager for SABR. In this position, Rod will be responsible for working closely with SABR’s research committee chairs and chapter leaders, as well as individual researchers, to help conceive, plan, and create innovative baseball research opportunities and products. He will also be responsible for making recommendations about what research tools might be created, used, or purchased for use by the membership. The goal is to increase the quality and quantity of baseball research produced by SABR and its members.

Rod said that he sees the Halsey Hall Chapter’s research committee “as a model that I'll advocate being implemented by other chapters. I hope that I can identify and provide additional resources for specific research requests from my vantage point in Cleveland.”

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Hot Stove Saturday Morning
By Mark Johnson
Eight members (Stew Thornley, Brenda Himrich, Jim Sexton, Howard Luloff, Fred Souba, James Wyman, Tom Swift, Mark Johnson) of the Halsey Hall Breakfast Club talked and ate in the back room of the Richfield Bakers Square restaurant on January 21. A highlight of the meeting was viewing Chief Bender memorabilia brought by Jim Sexton. This was breakfast meeting number forty-seven since our initial breakfast meeting on August 1, 1998.

The next bimonthly meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 11th, 9:00 a.m. at the same Bakers Square location, exactly one month prior to the Twins home opener.

Stringers Sought
Jason Becker of Inside Prep Baseball, a magazine and web site that covers high-school baseball, is looking for reporters who will provide content for the web site, including feature stories, columns, notes, and prospect reports.

Pay is tied to a profit-sharing system. Anyone interested in learning more may contact Jason at 254-722-0503 or via e-mail at jb@insideprepbaseball.com.

    February 11—Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Edina, 9:30 a.m., Cool of the Evening by Jim Thielman. For more information, contact Tom Swift, 507-645-2280, tomswift@nickelcurves.com.

    March 5—Research Roundtable, Barnes & Noble, Edina, 6:00 p.m.

    March 11—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 612-822-9638, mjohn@mr.net.

    May 13—Spring Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2005-06
President—Bob Tholkes
Vice President—Gregg Omoth
Secretary—Chuck Blomquist
Treasurer—Rich Arpi
Howard Luloff
Gregg Nelson
Cary Smith

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—Deano Thilgen  

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