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

January 2019

Stew Thornley

  • Spring Chapter Meeting Set for May 18
  • Research Committee Is Busy
  • 19th Century Indisciplinary Symposium Coming to Minnesota in 2020 (or Earlier)
  • Upcoming Events
  • New Members
  • Cow Pies
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Spring Chapter Meeting Set for May 18
    The Halsey Hall Chapter 2019 Spring meeting will be Saturday, May 18 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 (oral or poster) 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 oral 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, Jim Cox, Doug Skipper, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, Dave Lande, Anders Koskinen, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by May 4, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

    New member Corky Gaskell, who is captain of the Roosters vintage base ball club in Rochester, makes 19th-century balls for use in the vintage games and display purposes. Corky planned to make a presentation on this at the spring meeting, but, unfortunately, it is on the same date at the Roosters’ opener. Instead, Corky will talk about his balls at the fall meeting.

    During the business meeting, the chapter will elect four members to a two-year term on the board of directors. Anyone interested in being a candidate may contact nominating committee chair Stew Thornley, 652-415-0791.

    Research Committee Is Busy
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee met at Brenda Himrich’s on December 7 to commemorate Pearl Bailey and work on the Minnesota Spread of Baseball project. The next meeting is Friday, January 4 at 6 p.m. at 1082 Lovell Avenue, Roseville 55113-4419: Directions to the Himrich Kompound

    The Research Committee will meet Monday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Room I at the Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center 55430. All members are welcome to attend.

    The committee is also planning another On-line Baseball Research Tools Panel Presentations workshop. This year it will be at the University of Minnesota in February. Stay tuned for more details.

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    19th Century Interdisciplinary Symposium Coming to Minnesota in 2020 (or Earlier)
    Bob Tholkes has managed to land the SABR 19th Century Interdisciplinary Symposium, which is held every other year. The date is tentatively set for Saturday, November 14, 2020, but it’s possible this could be even earlier, such as November 2019. Bob said he expects John Thorn, the historian of Major League Baseball, to speak, along with Kristin Anderson, Rich Arpi, and others. The Halsey Hall Chapter will be involved in helping to put on the event.

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    Upcoming Events
    Pre-Festivus Hot Stove Grumpy’s Gathering of Baseball Enthusiasts
    Join your fellow fans to talk baseball at Grumpy’s Bar and Grill, 2200 4th Street Northeast, Minneapolis 55418, on Friday, December 21. Gathering begins at 5 p.m. and continues as long as people can walk a straight line.

    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 5 at Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413, 612-545-5659 (in what was the keg warehouse of the Grain Belt Brewery).

    Chapter Outing to Play Ball! Exhibit in Shakopee
    Jim Cox is organizing an outing to the Play Ball! Sports in Scott County exhibit at the Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller Street South, Shakopee 55379 on Saturday, January 12. Jim attended the opening of the exhibit on September 27 and invites others to join him on a return visit. Admission is $4. Those interested in lunch may meet at 11 a.m. at Wampach’s Restaurant, 126 Fuller Street. The congregation will then go two blocks south to the museum at noon.

    The Halsey Hall Chapter will again have a table at Twinsfest at Target Field from Friday, January 25 to Sunday, January 27. If you are interested in volunteering for a shift at the table, contact Doug Skipper, 612-876-1408.

    Caribbean Series Viewing Party
    A Caribbean Series viewing party will be Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Adelita’s Mexican Restaurant, 2405 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55418.

    Book Club
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, February 9 (on the second Saturday rather than the customary first Saturday since book club czar Art Mugalian will be grinding his hog on February 2) at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is Powerball: Anatomy of a Modern Game by Rob Neyer.

    Brent Heutmaker has organized a list of all the book selections since the book club started in August 2002: Halsey Hall Book Club Selections

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    New Members
    Kenny Jackelen is a software developer for Sports Reference, working primarily on baseball-reference.com. He grew up in Burnsville, lived in Madison, Wisconsin, for several years, and moved back to the Twin Cities in 2018 with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Amy.

    Kenny played baseball in rec leagues through high school and then slow-pitch softball in college and adult rec leagues. Growing up, he played a lot of fantasy baseball as well as baseball video games ranging from Earl Weaver to Hardball 4 to Triple Play 2000 to MVP 2005. “The boardgame MLB Showdown was a favorite for me and my brothers.

    “The books Moneyball, Win Shares, and The Book changed the way I thought about baseball when I was in high school and college. More recently, I’ve enjoyed Russell Carleton’s The Shift and Ben Reiter’s Astroball.”

    Kenny was at the Metrodome for the games in which Dave Winfield got his 3,000th hit and Frank Thomas hit his 500th home run and the game the day after Cal Ripken got his 3,000th hit.

    Kenny shares his July 21 birthday Geoff Jenkins, C. C. Sabathia, Mike Cubbage, Johnny Evers, Dave Henderson, Al Hrabosky, Mike Hegan, Denis Menke, Moe Drabowsky, Irving “Young Cy” Young, Perry Werden, Robin Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Jon Lovitz, Janet Reno, Arthur Treacher, Marshall McLuhan, Paul Wellstone, Don Knotts, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), and Snotty the Manatee.

    The Halsey Hall Chapter also welcomes Randy Krzmarzick, Connor Rawleigh, and George Rownd.

    Randy has a regular column in the New Ulm Journal and had an article after Joe Mauer announced his retirement—Weeds: Dazzling Careers Often Come to Less Than Satisfying Ends

    Know a potential member? Here are resources for getting that person happily involved in SABR:

    Membership application

    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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    Cow Pies
    Bob Tholkes is one of the editors, as well as a contributor, in a recent SABR publication, Base Ball’s 19th Century “Winter” Meetings, 1857-1900, which can be downloaded by members. Mike Haupert and Joel Rippel also have articles in it.

    Joel is also a contributor to SABR’s Time for Expansion Baseball.

    The latest SABR Baseball Research Journal has articles by two chapter members—The Bats . . . They Keep Changing! by Steve Bratkovich and 1948: When Baseball’s Minor League Winter Meetings Came to Minneapolis by Sarah Johnson.

    Other articles by chapter members:
    Sid Peterson and Ray Starr by Terry Bohn.

    June 13, 1999: Astros manager Larry Dierker suffers seizure in the dugout by Brent Heutmaker, part of the Dome Sweet Dome: History and Highlights from 35 Years of the Houston Astrodome book.

    July 1, 1990: Andy Hawkins No-hitter Is ‘No Winner’ for Yankees and May 29, 1982: Yankees’ Roy Smalley Strikes Out to begin Twins’ Bizarre Triple Play by Stew Thornley.

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        December 21—Pre-Festivus Hot Stove Grumpy’s Gathering of Baseball Enthusiasts, 5:00 p.m., Grumpy’s Northeast.

        January 4—Spread of Baseball Meeting, 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791.

        January 5—Fred Souba Hot Stove League Saturday Morning, Bunny’s, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.

        January 12—Play Ball! Sports in Scott County, exhibit at the Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee, noon (lunch at Wampach’s Restaurant at 11). For more information, contact Jim Cox, 503-680-9672.

        January 14—Research Committee meeting, 7:00 p.m., Brookdale Library. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

        January 25-27—Twinsfest, Target Field. For more information, contact Doug Skipper, 612-876-1408.

       February 3—Caribbean Series Viewing Party, Adelita’s Mexican Restaurant, Minneapolis, 1:30 p.m.

       February 9Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Powerball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game by Rob Neyer.

        May 18—Spring Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

        November 2019 or 2020—Minnesota 19th Century Base Ball Interdisciplinary Symposium. For more information, contact Bob Tholkes., 952-922-5036.

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    Board of Directors 2018-2019
    President—Tom Flynn
    Vice President—Frank Kadwell
    Secretary—Dave Lande
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Jim Cox
    Bob Komoroski
    Hans Van Slooten

    Membership Committee Chair—Hans Van Slooten
    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Chairs—Brenda Himrich and Sarah Johnson

    The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
    Webmaster—John Gregory 
    Ass. Webmasters—Frank Kadwell and Stew Thornley
    Social Media Directors—Tom Flynn, Twitter; Bob Komoroski, Facebook

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