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

February 2012

Stew Thornley

Vote for the All-Region Hall of Honor

As the host chapter for the 2012 SABR convention, we will be selecting a Regional Hall of Honor to be announced in the official convention publication. The players, officials, and media members listed below represent the best that our area has contributed to baseball’s history over the decades. All Halsey Hall Chapter members are eligible to cast a ballot. You may choose up to 30 names for selection. Write-ins will be considered.

In general, the city listed is where the person attended high school. Send your picks to Art Mugalian, 5033 18th Ave. South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55417, by February 29.

John Anderson, Nashwauk and Keewatin, Minnesota (coach)
Adrian “Cap” Anson, Marshalltown, Iowa
Morrie Arnovich, Superior, Wisconsin
Stan Bahnsen, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Gene Baker, Davenport, Iowa
Dave Bancroft, Sioux City, Iowa
Chief Bender, White Earth Reservation, Minnesota
Larry Biittner, Pocahontas, Iowa
Johnny Blanchard, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mike Boddicker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Joe Brinkman, Little Falls, Minnesota (umpire)
Cy Buker, Greenwood, Wisconsin
Tom Burgmeier, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Joe Bush, Brainerd, Minnesota
Otis Clark, Boscobel, Wisconsin
Dave Collins, Rapid City, South Dakota
Steve Comer, Minnetonka, Minnesota
Chris Coste, Fargo, North Dakota
Jerry Crider, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Bill Davis, Richfield, Minnesota
Blix Donnelly, Olivia, Minnesota
Ryne Duren, Cazenovia, Wisconsin
Jim Eisenreich, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Mark Ellis, Rapid City, South Dakota
Darin Erstad, Jamestown, North Dakota
Urban “Red” Faber, Cascade, Iowa
Jim Fanning, Moneta, Iowa (manager and executive)
George “Showboat” Fisher, St. Anna/Avon, Minnesota
Russ Ford, Brandon, Manitoba and Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bob Gebhard, Lamberton, Minnesota (player and executive)
Paul Giel, Winona, Minnesota
Wally Gilbert, Duluth, Minnesota
Angelo Giuliani, St. Paul, Minnesota (player and scout)
Dave Goltz, Rothsay, Minnesota
Dick Green, Mitchell, South Dakota
Burleigh Grimes, Clear Lake, Wisconsin
Travis Hafner, Sykeston, North Dakota
Halsey Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota (media)
Carroll Hardy, Sturgis, South Dakota
Spencer Harris, Superior, Wisconsin
Sid Hartman, Minneapolis, Minnesota (media)
Joe Hatten, Bancroft, Iowa
Jean Ann Havlish, St. Paul, Minnesota
Jeff Heath, Fort William, Ontario
Rick Helling, Fargo, North Dakota
Joe Hoerner, Dubuque, Iowa
Kent Hrbek, Bloomington, Minnesota
Ken Hunt, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Walt Jocketty, Minneapolis, Minnesota (executive)
Bob “Rocky” Johnson, Edina, Minnesota
Jerry Kindall, St. Paul, Minnesota (player and coach)
Mike Kingery, Atwater, Minnesota
Jerry Koosman, Appleton/Morris, Minnesota
Corey Koskie, Anola, Manitoba
Tim Laudner, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
Bob Locker, George, Iowa
Roger Maris, Fargo, North Dakota
Joe Mauer, St. Paul, Minnesota
Denis Menke, Bancroft, Iowa
Damian Miller, West Salem, Wisconsin
Paul Molitor, St. Paul, Minnesota
Jack Morris, St. Paul, Minnesota
Walt Moryn, St. Paul, Minnesota
Greg Olson, Edina, Minnesota
Andy Pafko, Boyceville, Wisconsin
Tom Poquette, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Jim Rantz, St. Paul, Minnesota (executive)
Rip Repulski, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
Larry Rosenthal, St. Paul, Minnesota
Howie Schultz, St. Paul, Minnesota
Scott Servais, Westby, Wisconsin
Dick Siebert, St. Paul, Minnesota (player and coach)
Terry Steinbach, New Ulm, Minnesota
Dick Stigman, Nimrod, Minnesota
Toni Stone, St. Paul, Minnesota
George Thomas, Bloomington, Minnesota
Hal Trosky, Norway, Iowa
Joe Visner, Mendota, Minnesota
Rube Walberg, Pine City, Minnesota
Jarrod Washburn, Webster, Wisconsin
Charlie Walters, St. Paul, Minnesota (player and media)
Wes Westrum, Clearbrook, Minnesota
Dave Winfield, St. Paul, Minnesota

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New Members: Jake Lunemann and Alex Rice

Jake Lunemann is from a dairy farm outside Clarissa, Minnesota, and has also lived in Morris and St. Cloud. He now lives in Monticello with his wife of a year-and-a-half, Bree, who is from St. Michael and whom Jake met in college at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Jake works as a web producer for TST Media, focusing and statistics and information for the hub websites that they partner with the Star Tribune on. While he’s now spending his time with the basketball and hockey hubs, he’s getting ready for spring with mnlaxhub, mnsoftballhub, and, his favorite, mnbaseballhub.

Living outside of the Twin Cities has kept Jake from getting to too many games, but he stayed tuned to Twins radio broadcasts while doing tractor jobs on the farm. He usually makes it to games a few times a year and was at the entire 2002 playoff runs. He was present to see Eddie Murray of Cleveland get his 2,998th and 2,999th hits at the Metrodome June 29, 1995. Another highlight came in the fourth-to-last Twins regular-season game, against Kansas City, in 2006; Joe Mauer homered with two out in the last of the ninth to tie the game, and Jason Bartlett singled to drive in the winning run in the last of the 10th.

Jake remembers lying on the floor of his grandparent’s living room, watching the Twins while his grandpa read the Star Tribune in his recliner. (“They lived next door to us in an eerily similar situation to Everybody Loves Raymond.)” A USA Today Baseball Weekly subscriber in elementary school, Jake turned to playing basketball and baseball in middle and high school. He made the baseball team at Morris. Though he played in only a handful of games in college, he got experience charting pitches, which led to his most impressive internship that he was able to put on his resume, in video scouting for Baseball Info Solutions in 2009. The following year, Jake had a hand in the production of the 2010 Bill James Handbook.

Jake still enjoys slow-pitch softball, volleyball, basketball, and tennis. “I’m hanging onto my youth by playing video games approximately 1-2 times per month and play quite a bit of fantasy baseball and football. I also read a fair amount in my free time and try to make sure I get through at least one legitimate book per month.”

Jake is the oldest of six kids. Brother Barry is a fund accountant in Minneapolis, Taylor is the sports editor for the Long Prairie Leader, Reid is attending North Dakota State, and Deandra and Alex are at Eagle Valley High School.

Jake has known about SABR for a while and checked it out more closely when he came across an ad about the annual convention coming to Minneapolis this year. He says he had no idea so many SABR members were in Minnesota.

Born in 1984, Jake shares his June 25 birthday with Daniel Bard, Paul Maholm, Aramis Ramirez, Luke Scott, Carlos Delgado, Mike Stanley, Michael Tucker, Aaron Sele, Clay Kirby, Dick Drago, Don Demeter, Joe Kuhel, Hap Arnold, Louis Mountbatten, George Orwell, Carly Simon, Ricky Gervais, and Jimmie Walker.

Alex Rice does freelance videography and writing for several companies in the Twin Cities and around the country and is working on a documentary about Nicollet Park.

Alex grew up in Peoria, Illinois, and moved to the Twin Cities (and now lives in the Uptown area of Minneapolis) from southern Colorado, where the rest of his family still lives. His dad, Kevin, is a doctor, his mom, Mary, is a lab technician, and his brother, Chris, is a student at the Colorado School of Mines, studying engineering.

Alex went to a Cincinnati Reds exhibition game in Louisville in 1989 when he was a few months old, but he doesn’t remember it. The first game he remembers was at Fenway Park in 1996 when he bolted from his dad to go get autographs. His dad somehow found Alex and kept taking him to games on family road trips around the Midwest. Seeing baseball in Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City, and other cities instilled a lifelong love of the sport for Alex. He ran a St. Louis Cardinals fan club when he was in high school and picked up his interest in Nicollet Park after moving here.

His favorite baseball books include Ball Four by Jim Bouton and Are We Winning? By Will Leach.

Alex is also a music fan and attends Lollapalooza in Chicago with his girlfriend, Lizzie, every summer. R. E. M. is his all-time favorite band.

Alex won two humorous column writing awards from the Colorado Press Association and has written for the Denver Post. He also ran cross country for a year at the University of Northern California.

He’s known of SABR but hadn’t thought about joining when he moved to Minneapolis two years ago. However, with the SABR convention and his work on the Nicollet Park documentary, “I realized there would never be a better time to join!“

Born in 1989, Alex shares his January 2 birthday with Jeff Suppan, Garrett Stephenson, Royce Clayton, David Cone, Edgar Martinez, Ryan Garko and Bill Madlock.

Note: We are no longer getting regular updates on new SABR members in our area, and some of you who have joined recently may not have heard from us. We want you to know that we’re happy to have you and hope you will attend our upcoming events as well as get involved in our activities, including this summer’s SABR convention in Minneapolis.

We’d also like to introduce you to others in our newsletter. If you have joined in the last year and not yet been contacted by our chapter, please contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791, the chair of the membership committee. Thanks a lot.

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Convention News, Spring Chapter Meeting, Gophers Game, and Other Fun Stuff

SABR 42 will be at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center from Wednesday, June 27 to Sunday, July 1, 2012.

In addition to the events already scheduled and publicized for the SABR convention this summer, a trip to the baseball exhibit at the new Minnesota African American Museum will be held on Thursday night, June 28.

Scott Fischthal and Neal Traven have issued a call for presentations at the convention:

SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR42 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Oral presentations are expected to last 20 minutes, followed by a five minute question-and-answer period. Posters will be presented, with the author on-hand to discuss the work, during a poster session of 90 or so minutes, and will probably remain on display throughout the convention. Abstracts covering all aspects of baseball research are welcomed.

Through on-site judging, the most highly-regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the USA Today Sports Weekly Award for best poster presentation.

In general, we will follow the procedures used in recent years for reviewing and selecting research abstracts.

  • Oral presentations will be limited to one presentation slot (20 minutes, plus five minutes for Q&A) in length.
  • While submitters may express preference for one format or the other, all abstracts will be evaluated as both oral and poster presentations. Reviewers will not be informed of the submitter’s preference if one is expressed.
  • At most two abstracts—one oral and one poster—will be accepted from each submitter. Researchers are encouraged to submit multiple abstracts, but no more than two of them will be accepted for presentation. In addition to the reviewers’ scores, the submitter's preferred medium will be taken into consideration in the selection process. If more than one of a submitter’s abstracts scores well enough to be accepted in one medium (but neither scores well enough in the other medium for acceptance), the researcher will choose which one to present in its medium at SABR42.
  • Abstracts of proposed research presentations should be no more than 500 words in length, and must include the abstract’s title, review of previous work on the subject, a summary of the research methodology and anticipated results, and the expected contribution to the field of baseball research offered by this work.
  • When submitting an abstract, the author should describe anticipated audio-visual needs if the abstract is accepted as an oral presentation. For oral presentations at the convention site, SABR will provide laptops and computer-connected projection systems. If your work will need another type of audio-visual equipment, please let us know.
  • As noted above, authors may submit multiple abstracts. SABR membership is not required in order to submit an abstract.
  • All research submissions will be evaluated by blind review. While it is not absolutely mandatory, we very strongly encourage researchers to submit their abstracts electronically, either in a standard word processor format (Microsoft Word preferred) or as plain-text e-mail.

The submission deadline for SABR42 abstracts is midnight Pacific Standard Time, Sunday, February 19, 2012.

Submit abstracts to sabr2012-presentations@comcast.net, the research presentations address for SABR42. You may also use the alternate address sabr42-presentations@comcast.net.

Questions regarding the submission, review, and evaluation procedures should also be sent to the sabr2012-presentations@comcast.net address.

In addition, we seek volunteers who wish to participate in the blind review process (in early March) and/or on-site judging (at the convention in Minneapolis). Those volunteers are also requested to apply by sending email to the above email address (sabr2012-presentations@comcast.net).

Spring Chapter Meeting
The Spring Chapter Meeting will be Saturday, April 21 at the Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-0125. That evening, the group will have a viewing party, watching the Twins-Rays game, which begins at 6:00, at a local watering hole. In between, it may be possible for the group to tour the baseball exhibit at the new Minnesota African American Museum in south Minneapolis.

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.

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 Bob Tholkes, 3966 NE Reservoir Boulevard, Columbia Heights, Minnesota 55421-4069, 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 Dan Levitt, Cary Smith, Stew Thornley, and Rich Arpi) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by April 7, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

Other Events
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 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.

The next Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on March 3 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

At 6:30 p.m. on March 3 the Minnesota Gophers will play the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Metrodome. Howard Luloff is picking up free passes. Anyone who wants to attend may meet Howard at 5:30 under the b. f. sign on 6th Street and Chicago Avenue.

Rich Arpi won the Dead or Alive contest at the January 21 Hot Stove League get-together.

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    January 27-29—Twins Fest, Metrodome. For more information or to volunteer, 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.

    March 3—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

    March 3—West Virginia vs. Minnesota, Metrodome, 6:30 p.m. Meet Howard Luloff at 6th Street and Chicago Avenue at 5:30 p.m.

    March 18—Convention Committee. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

    April 21—Spring Chapter Meeting. Grace University Lutheran Church. Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

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

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Vice President—Fred Buckland
Secretary—Art Mugalian
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
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