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

January 2010

Names Are the Same
New Member: J. G. Preston
Answers to Names Are the Same
Board of Directors


The 2010 Spring Chapter Meeting will be Saturday, May 22. The Twins play the Milwaukee Brewers at Target Field that night.

During the business meeting at the spring chapter meeting, three members will be elected to the chapter’s board of directors. Anyone interested in running for a two-year term may contact Nominating Committee Chair Art Mugalian at 612-721-2825, amugalian@comcast.net.

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 Rich Arpi, 2445 Londin Lane East, Unit 410, Maplewood 55119-5547, 651-739-6986, rich.arpi@comcast.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 Tom Swift, Dan Levitt, Bob Tholkes, Cary Smith, and Stew Thornley) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by May 8, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

The annual Hot Stove League get-together will be Saturday, January 30 at 7 p.m. at the home of Kevin Hennessy, 608 Grand Avenue in St. Paul. This is an informal gathering to discuss baseball among friends, and a DVD of the Twins 1961 season will be shown along with other baseball highlights. Food and drinks will be available, and donations will be appreciated. This will be a part of SABR Day in America, an “initiative to a way of visibly demonstrating the great sense of community and camaraderie that exists in SABR,” according to SABR publicity & member services manager Susan Petrone. Other SABR groups holding events on January 30 are the Leatherstocking Chapter, Bob Davids Chapter, Northwest SABR Chapter, Smoky Joe Wood Chapter, Rocky Mountain SABR Chapter, Gardner-Waterman Chapter, Boston Chapter, Lefty O’Doul Chapter, Sacramento Chapter, and Charlotte Chapter.

The Halsey Hall Chapter will have a table at Twinsfest, which will be held January 29-31. Anyone interested in staffing the table during the event may contact Rich at 651-739-6986 or 651-259-3351 or via e-mail at rich.arpi@comcast.net.

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

The Halsey Hall chapter book club’s next selection is Lawrence S. Ritter’s The Glory of Their Times. The book club will meet on Saturday, February 6 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 Tom Dolen at 651-483-8617 or Art Mugalian at 612-721-2825.

SABR 40 will be held from Thursday, August 5 to Sunday, August 8 in Atlanta. The convention will be at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel (165 Courtland Street NE, 404-659-6500), which has a special convention rate of $129 per night for guest rooms. The Atlanta Braves will be playing the San Francisco Giants during the convention.

Other chapter news:
An article by Roger Godin, “The 1924 Junior World Series: The St. Paul Saints Magnificent Comeback,” was the cover and lead story in the Fall issue of Ramsey County History magazine. The piece was originally presented at the Spring 2007 chapter meeting and subsequently published in the 2008 SABR The National Pastime. The Ramsey County History version includes a sidebar about the off-field activities of the Saints players.

In preparation for the possibility of the SABR convention coming to the Twin Cities, the Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee has begun planning a convention publication that will carry articles related to baseball in the Upper Midwest. Anyone interested in writing for the convention publication may submit a proposal, including a description of the subject, to Dan Levitt, 612-377-5154.

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Names Are the Same

Several characters (past and present) on the American version of The Office television show share their names with notable baseball players (as well as a former National League general manager). The character names are the same as a National League Cy Young Award recipient, a National League Most Valuable Player, and a seven-time Gold Glove outfielder. What are the names of the players and of the general manager who share their name with characters on The Office?

Answers below.

New Member: J. G. Preston

J. G. Preston was born in Gallipolis, Ohio (the same birthplace as former Padres-Astros-Tigers-Cubs-Giants-Pirates-Mariners-Mets pitcher Dave Roberts, who is J. G.’s favorite player as a result of that), attended grade school in Tennessee and Kentucky, high school on Long Island, and college at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He remained in the state, in Northfield, Woodbury, and St. Cloud, for another 25 years before moving to Davis, California, where he is the press secretary for the Consumer Attorneys of California.

J. G. played Little League for two years (“very badly,” he claims) and was the tenth man on a nine-man eighth-grade B team. “My athletic career was undistinguished, to be kind.”

J. G. covered the Twins from 1983 to 1987 as sports director for the Minnesota News Network and, during that time, hosted a weekly Twins call-in show that was distributed to stations on the Twins radio network. From 1988 to 1990 he edited Rally magazine, then the Twins’ program/magazine, and wrote freelance articles for the Twins program and yearbook for another dozen years. He wrote the scripts for the Twins’ highlight videos in 1988 and 1989 as well as the script for the video, Kirby, which was narrated by Bob Costas.

Twins games J. G. has attended include the first regular-season game at the Metrodome as well as Game Seven in both the 1987 and 1991 World Series. The first game he ever attended was when he was eight and living in Louisville and went to a Reds-Astros game at Crosley Field in June 1966.

A major interest of J. G.’s is baseball table games. He started playing APBA when he was nine and added Strat-o-Matic in 1968 after his family moved to Port Washington, New York, where the company was then located. He would up working for the company during the summers when he was in high school; one of his jobs was to encode wire copy printouts of play-by-play for Strat-o-Matic’s lefty-righty stats in the early 1970s. He also played Replay because he knew one of its creators and has concentrated on that game since he had more time after his kids were grown. (J. G. and his wife, Jo Ann Shroyer, have four children.)

J. G. has sponsored the baseball-reference.com page of Dave Roberts for many years and also sponsored Charley Walters’s page for a year or two. J. G.’s name was also dropped in a Bill James Baseball Abstract in the mid-1980s. “I don’t believe I was actually the guy he was trying to think of, but I still got a kick out of looking at it.”

J. G. shares his January 21 birthday with Sam Mele, Mike Smithson, Mike Krukow, John Oates, Bill Stein, Rusty Greer, Jose Uribe, Dave Smith, Mike Tiernan, Lew Fonseca, Blix Donnelly, Jack Nicklaus, Hakeem Olajuwon, Geena Davis, Placido Domingo, Telly Savalas, Benny Hill, Stonewall Jackson, Wolfman Jack, and Alferd Packer.

Answers to Names Are the Same

National League 1986 Cy Young Award recipient Michael “Mike” Scott, portrayed by Steve Carell on the television show; National League 2006 Most Valuable Player Ryan Howard, portrayed by B. J. Novak; seven-time Gold Glove and three-time All-Star outfielder Devon White, portrayed by Devon Abner; and former Expos and Dodgers general manager Kevin Malone, portrayed by Brian Baumgartner.


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

    January 10—Research Committee Meeting. For more information, contact Rich Arpi, 651-739-6986, rich.arpi@comcast.net.

    January 30—Hot Stove Meeting at the home of Kevin Hennessy, 608 Grand Avenue, St. Paul 55102, 7:00 p.m., 651-492-2298.

    February 6—Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Glory of Their Times. by Lawrence S. Ritter. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617, or Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, amugalian@comcast.net.

    February 21—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 3 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin Hennessy, 651-651-492-2298, kwhennes@ties2.net.

    May 22—Spring Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, Hfan77@webtv.net.  

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