Research Committee Busy with Projects
The Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee has developed a display and handout on Hall of Famers in Minnesota beyond the Twins. The display will be at the chapter booth at Twinsfest (see below for more information on Twinsfest) and used at other events. The display and handout are below.
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The Research Committee is also planning a workshop, On-line Baseball Research Tools Panel Presentations, at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center 55430. The workshop, which will be open to the public, will demonstrate on-line baseball research tools, including those listed in the chapters Baseball Research Primer. Among other presenters, Hans Van Slooten, the primary developer of baseball-refererence.com, will give an overview of the site, and S. Thornley will do the same on Retrosheet. Bob Tholkes will show the research potential in Protoball, and Jim Cox will demonstrate resources at the Library of Congress.
In advance of the workshop the committee will hold a regular meeting at Brookdale Library on Tuesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. It will be in the same room as the workshop, allowing an opportunity for a dry run of internet connections and projection.
The Research Committee consists of Dan Levitt, Jim Cox, Brenda Himrich, Doug Skipper, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, Dave Lande, and Bob Tholkes.
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Other Upcoming Events
Ho Ho Ho Hot Stove Happy Hour/Grumpys Gang Get-Together of Baseball Enthusiasts
Come and meet with other baseball fans at Grumpys Bar and Grill, 2200 4th Street Northeast, Minneapolis 55418 on Friday, December 22 to talk baseball with one another and imbibe. People will start gathering by 5 p.m. or even earlier.
Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning
The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on Saturday, January 6 at Bunnys Northeast, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413, 612-545-5659 (in what was the keg warehouse of the Grain Belt Brewery).
Southern Minny League Presentation
Paul Spyhalski will be presenting on the 1937 to 1942 seasons of the Southern Minny League at the Hormel Historic Home, 208 4th Avenue in Austin as part of their History Happy Hours Series on January 8 at 6 p.m. He invites members to come early and tour the Spam Museum and eat at Piggy Blues BBQ. In case of iffy weather, the Hormel House recommends that people call them at 507-433-4243 to make sure the event is still happening.
The Halsey Hall Chapter will again have a table at Twinsfest at Target Field from Friday, January 19 to Sunday, January 21. If you are interested in volunteering for a shift at the table, contact Doug Skipper, 612-876-1408.
SABR Day is Saturday, January 27. The event will be commemorated with another Grumpys gathering, starting at 5 p.m.
The SportCon Minne Analytics Conference will be held Friday, February 2 at Optum in Eden Prairie. The event, which is free, sold out last year. The best way to get the scoop on when registration opens in January is to subscribe to their newsletter. Dan Levitt will be speaking on the Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy, and your crusty editor will present on Analysis of the Unique Role of the Official Scorer in Baseball.
The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, February 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is No More Mr. Nice Guy: A Life of Hardball by Dick Williams and Bill Plaschke. The group will also discuss the broadcast of Game Six of the 1975 World Series. It is available on You Tube: 1975 World Series, Game 6: Reds @ Red Sox
Spring Chapter Meeting
The 2018 Spring Chapter meeting will be Saturday, April 21 at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis.
Registration for the meeting is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch with a featured guest to follow. The cost for the meeting and lunch is $10. The meeting only is $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.
Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting. Proposals must be sent to Research Committee co-chairs Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson and 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.
Saturday, July 21: Northwoods League game with the St. Cloud Rox at the Willmar Stingers at Bill Taunton Stadium. The game is at 7:05 p.m., and Howard Luloff is arranging pre-game activities with the Stingers.
Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:
SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page
Halsey Hall Chapter Twitter page
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No new members this round, but we always celebrate when we get new ones.
Know a potential member? Here are resources for getting that person happily involved in SABR:
Halsey Hall Chapter events
Have you attended a Minnesota college, and would you be willing to contact it about the possibility of integrating SABR into some departments? If so, please contact Membership Committee Chair Hans Van Slooten.
Hans has written an article on SABR and our chapter for Twins Daily: Interested in Baseball Research? Join SABR!
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Roger Godin made a presentation in Montreal on November 25 at the fall meeting of the International Society for Hockey Research (SIHR), The Mysterious Gerry Geran: The NHLs First American, which will also be published in the organizations annual journal. Geran had ties to Minnesota when he appeared here in 1923 for the Boston Athletic Association in the national Fellowes Cup Finals against St. Paul and then later with the 1926-27 minor league Saints. SABR members Stew Thornley and George Rekela are also members of SIHR.
Howard Luloff is in his third season as the public-address announcer for the Groves Academy boys basketball team. One of the assistant coaches (and the junior varsity coach) is Kirby Puckett Jr.
The always-excellent newsletter of the SABR Black Sox Scandal Committee contains a couple of articles of interest to Minnesotans. An article by Jacob Pomerenke about Darby Rathman, starting on page 3, focuses on a tour by a traveling team containing several Black Sox exiles that went through northern Minnesota (playing in Hibbing, Eveleth, Chisholm, and Duluth) in June and July of 1922. Page 21 spotlights Halsey Hall Chapter member Warren Woods, who has set up a Shoeless Joe Jackson scholarship. In 1999 Warren began swapping letters with then-commissioner Bud Selig about Jackson. The articles, and the entire newsletter, is worth reading, and someone might want to do a research project with more details about the 1922 barnstorming through the Iron Range and Duluth.
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December 22Ho Ho Ho Hot Stove Happy Hour/Grumpys Gang Get-Together of Baseball Enthusiasts, Grumpys Bar and Grill, Northeast Minneapolis, starting at 5:00 p.m.
January 6Fred Souba Hot Stove League Saturday Morning, Bunnys, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.
January 8Southern Minny League Presentation by Paul Spyhalski, Hormel Historic House, Austin, 6:00 p.m.
January 19-21Twinsfest, Target Field. For more information, contact Doug Skipper, 612-876-1408.
January 27SABR Day, Grumpys Bar and Grill, Northeast Minneapolis, starting at 5:00 p.m.
January 30Research Committee meeting, Brookdale Library, 7:00 p.m.. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.
February 2SportCon MMXVIII, Optum, Eden Prairie
February 3Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., No More Mr. Nice Guy: A Life of Hardball by Dick Williams and Bill Plaschke. and Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
February 12On-line Baseball Research Tools Panel Presentations, Brookdale Library, 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.
April 21Spring Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.
July 21Northwoods League: St. Cloud Rox at Willmar Stingers, 7:05 p.m. (pre-game events starting mid-afternoon), Bill Taunton Stadium. For more information, Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.
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Board of Directors 2017-2018
Vice PresidentFrank Kadwell
Hans Van Slooten
Membership Committee ChairHans Van Slooten
Events Committee ChairHoward Luloff
Research Committee ChairsBrenda Himrich and Sarah Johnson
The Holy Cow! EditorStew Thornley
Ass. WebmastersStew Thornley and Frank Kadwell
Social Media DirectorTom Flynn
Halsey Hall Chapter Web Page
Past issues of The Holy Cow! are available on-line.
Chapter Procedures and By-Laws
Society for American Baseball Research
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