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

January 2007

New Member: Jim Johnson
Spring Chapter Meeting and Other Events
Keep Personal Information Updated on MySABR
Board of Directors

New Member: Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson, who says he was born quite young in 1932, got older as he grew up in Kerkhoven in Swift County, where his grandfather played ball from the discovery of baseball in that village in the 1890s and a dad who played ball in the original Cornbelt League as a pitcher and first baseman in the 1930s and 1940s. “I grew up with a baseball glove hanging from the handlebars of my bicycle while in search of someone to play catch with, ‘500,’ or ‘workup.’ If enough bodies could be found in that town of 600 for two sides, we had a ball game,” said Jim, who played town-team ball after high school and college and continued until 1957. “Any baseball activity called on account of rain was considered a calamity by me.”

Jim taught high-school history in the mid-1950s for three years. After graduating from night law school in 1961, Jim practiced law in rural Minnesota and was elected to three terms as a county attorney. He served as a mediator in the Eighth Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals. Now retired from law, Jim is in his fourth year of research and writing of the biography of a deaf pitcher, and teammate of his grandpa’s, in 1903 and 1904.

Jim has been married to the same woman for the equivalent of five-and-a-half regulation baseball games. They have two adult daughters, one son-in-law, and three grandkids.

Jim shares his July 11 birthday with fellow members Bob Kapla and Jim Soderlund as well as Javier Lopez, Bob Allison, John Sevcik, Milt Stock, E. B. White, John Quincy Adams, Yul Brynner, and The Crusher.

Other new members:
John Bonnes, Jean Patrick, Anne Aronson.

Spring Chapter Meeting and Other Events

The Halsey Hall Chapter Spring meeting will be Saturday, May 5 at the Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-0125. Parking is in lot AA, across Harvard Street from the church. Parking info is also available by clicking here.

The group will attend the Twins-Red Sox game that night. Contact Events Chair Howard Luloff at 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net for information regarding tickets for the game.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the chapter meeting. Proposals must be made in writing (e-mail is fine) to Research Committee Chair Dan Levitt, 2205 Newton Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405-2431, danrl@attglobal.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 Stew Thornley) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by October 7, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

Other events:
In addition to its regular bi-monthly events (Hot Stove Saturday Morning on January 13, Research Committee January 14, both noted in the calendar below), the Halsey Hall Chapter will have a table at Twinsfest the weekend of January 26-28.

February 3 will bring afternoon and evening events. At 3 p.m., the Gophers will play their Pro-Alumni game at the Metrodome. Howard Luloff is organizing a group to attend the game. If you are interested in sitting with the group, meet under the b. f. sign at 6th Street and Chicago Avenue at 2 p.m. That evening will be the winter Hot Stove Meeting will be Saturday night, February 3 at Kevin Hennessy’s house in St. Paul. Anyone who has trouble walking may use the parking spot behind his house. Contact Kevin at 651-227-5183.

The Quicksteps vintage base ball team will appear at the Minnesota History Center Sunday, February 11. The Quicksteps will also play a demonstration game at the Metrodome prior to the Twins game on May 13.

The next selection for the book club, which will meet on February 17, will beStengel: His Life and Times by Robert W. Creamer.

The SABR convention will be in St. Louis July 26-29. Adam’s Mark Hotel has a special SABR rate of $95 for a single or double. Call 800-444-2326 and identify yourself as a SABR member to receive the special rate.

Keep Personal Information Updated on MySABR
Many members are having to change their e-mail domain names from mn.rr.com to comcast.com. This is a reminder to make sure any changes in e-mail addresses, or in any other information, is updated on your profile on MySABR. The e-mail address listed in your MySABR profile is the one that will be used to notify you when a new edition of the newsletter is posted.


    January 13—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 612-822-9638, mtjohnson10@mn.rr.com.

    January 14—Research Roundtable, Perkins Restaurant, 4917 Eden Avenue, Edina, 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dan Levitt, 612-377-5154, danrl@attglobal.net.

    February 3—Hot Stove Meeting at the home of Kevin Hennessy, 608 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, 651-227-5183.

    February 17—Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Edina, 9:30 a.m., Stengel: His Life and Times by Robert W. Creamer. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617.

    May 5—Spring Chapter Meeting, Grace University Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.


Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2006-007
President—Bob Tholkes
Vice President—Howard Luloff
Secretary—Armand Peterson
Treasurer—Kevin Hennessy
Jodi Elowitz
Dan Levitt
Art Mugalian

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

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