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

January 2011

Stew Thornley

Spring 2011 Chapter Meeting Set for May 14
The Halsey Hall Chapter’s George Washington Returns
Board of Directors

Spring 2011 Chapter Meeting Set for May 14

The 2011 Halsey Hall Chapter spring meeting will be Saturday, May 14. The meeting will be held during the day, and the group will attend the Twins-Blue Jays game at night (with chapter president Kevin Hennessy serving as the official scorer of the game).

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 Stew Thornley, 1082 Lovell Avenue, Roseville, Minnesota 55113-4419, 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 Tom Swift, Dan Levitt, Cary Smith, Bob Tholkes, and Rich Arpi) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by April 30, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

SABR Day in America January 29
As part of SABR Day in America, the Halsey Hall Chapter will have its annual Hot Stove League get-together at Kevin Hennessy’s (608 Grand Avenue, St. Paul 55102-2610, 651-492-2298) on Saturday, January 29 at 7 p.m. This is an informal gathering to talk baseball while snacking and watching baseball videos. The event is free, but donations for the food will be accepted.

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The Halsey Hall Chapter’s George Washington Returns

Scott Hall has returned to SABR after having originally joined in the 1970s. A native of St. Louis, Scott attended the 1979 SABR convention in that city and, with that experience, two years later organized the first regional gathering of SABR in Minnesota, a meeting highlighted by the appearances of Ossie Bluege and Seattle Mariners pitching coach Wes Stock, whom Scott recruited to speak after meeting him at the hotel where the meeting was held.

Scott now lives in Cohasset, Minnesota, with his wife, Freida, and produces and co-hosts the morning program on KAXE-FM in nearby Grand Rapids. Freida and their daughter, Adele, are hard-core Twins fans, and Adele has a partial season ticket for Twins games. As for Scott, he is more interested in history in general and baseball specifically than statistics. Larry Ritter’s The Glory of Their Times is his favorite baseball book.

Scott played Little League, high-school, and one year of college and saw hundreds of Cardinals games before graduating from high school in 1967. Some of the highlights he saw included:

  • A three-homer game by Willie Mays June 2, 1963, the final homer coming off Bobby Shantz.
  • The sixth game of the 1964 World Series, won by the Yankees 8-3 with Mantle and Maris hitting back-to-back home runs, Mantle’s “a bomb onto the right-center field pavilion roof, Maris onto Grand Avenue over the right-field pavilion.” Joe Pepitone also hit a grand slam.
  • The fourth game of the 1967 World Series with the Cardinals beating Boston 6-0 behind a five-hitter by Bob Gibson.
  • All four games of the 1968 World Series in St. Louis, including the opener when Gibson struck out 17 Tigers.
  • The 1966 All-Star Game in 105-degree weather, won by the National League 2-1 in 10 innings.
  • A June 20, 1968, matchup between Gibson and Ferguson Jenkins, won by the Cardinals 1-0 on a triple by Lou Brock followed by a Curt Flood single. “Otherwise, Jenkins is as awesome as Gibson.”
  • Gibson and Gaylord Perry, on July 25, 1969, each giving up a first-inning run and then pitching scoreless ball into extra innings, Gibson getting the win as he singles and then scores the winning run in the last of the 13th.

Scott shares his June 11 birthday with Ernie Nevers, Roger Bresnahan, Dave Cash, Jose Reyes, Frank (Pirates, Reds, Phillis, Braves, Mets, Cubs et al.) Thomas, Dan Topping, Pop Joy, Tony Suck, Jacques Cousteau, Joe Montana, Jackie Stewart, Vince Lombardi, Richard Loeb, and Greta Van Susteran. Also on June 11 Johnny Vander Meer pitched his first of two consecutive no-hitters in 1938 and Nolan Ryan pitched his sixth no-hitter in 1990.

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    January 30—Research Committee. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

    January 29—Hot Stove League Meeting as part of SABR Day in America, 7:00 p.m.. For more information, contact Kevin Hennessy, 651-492-2298.

    February 12—Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball’s Super Showman by G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617, or Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.

    February 13—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin Hennessy, 651-492-2298.

    March 12—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

    May 14—Spring Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    Summer 2012—SABR Convention, Minneapolis  

Board of Directors 2010-2011
President—Kevin Hennessy
Vice President—George Rekela
Secretary—Bob Tholkes
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
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Scot Johnson
Cary Smith

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