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

July 2005

Officers Elected, Research Committee Created
SABR Election Results
Current Research Projects
In Other News . . .
July Birthdays
Board of Directors

Officers Elected, Research Committee Created
The officers for the Halsey Hall Chapter for 2005-06, as elected at the June 5 board of directors meeting, are Bob Tholkes, president; Gregg Omoth, vice president; Chuck Blomquist, secretary; Rich Arpi, treasurer. The other directors for the coming year are Gregg Nelson, Cary Smith, and Howard Luloff.

Gregg re-appointed Howard Luloff as chair of the events committee and Stew Thornley as chair of the membership committee. Nelson, Thornley, and Tholkes will serve on the Events Committee.

The outgoing board of directors agreed to create a research committee for the purpose of encouraging research among chapter members and to be a resource for those wanting to do research but needing help. There are many opportunities for research and many outlets for it. The SABR Baseball Research Journal accepts submissions from members and is a good way to get research published.

Many people in SABR are research consumers rather than research producers, which is fine; however, many are finding the joy in producing research (and still consuming it). The SABR BioProject provides an opportunity for research projects. There are many former major league players living in Minnesota who would be good subjects for interviews and for the development of a biography.

Gregg Omoth, as the vice president, will appoint a chair for this committee, which will solicit contact from members wanting to get started on a project, finding a project to get started on, and/or needing some help to continue a current project.

SABR itself offers many resources for research, particularly on-line, and there are many other outstanding resources. Need help pinpointing the first major league baseball game you attended? Retrosheet may provide the answer.

As part of this, the newsletter will have a regular listing of research projects that members are working on. (This information is also on the chapter web site).

Also, those wishing to make a research presentation at a chapter meeting will be asked to submit an outline of the presentation, which should contain a research component. The program subcommittee will review the outlines in determining which presentations will be selected should there be more submissions than there are available research slots. (While the subcommittee will consider the research content in making its decisions, it may also make special consideration for first-time presenters.)

The date of the Fall Chapter Meeting was set for Saturday, October 22. Those wishing to make a research presentation are asked to submit an outline of the presentation to Howard Luloff (952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net) by October 1.

Cary Smith is taking charge of revising the chapter display board that is use at places like Twins Fest. Cary Smith needs more photos of chapter activities. Anyone with photos, either prints or digital images, is asked to contact Cary (952-471-9357, hfan77@webtv.net) .

SABR Election Results
Here are the results from the recently completed SABR election:

A by-law revision passed by a vote of 318-7.

A non-binding resolution to change the organization’s name to the Society for the Advancement of Baseball Research received 168 yes and 156 no votes.

Running unopposed, Dick Beverage and F. X. Flinn were re-elected president and treasurer, respectively.

Fred Ivor-Campbell was elected as a director in an election that also had Paul Hirsch, Jamie Selko, and Halsey Hall Chapter member Kevin Reichard. The final tally in votes between Ivor-Campbell and runner-up Hirsch was 166-136. In 2003, SABR adopted an instant-runoff provision for its elections, and this was the first election in which the runoff was needed.

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The Quicksteps vintage base ball club has three matches scheduled in July:

Monday, July 4, 1 p.m., Prinsburg Ball Grounds, 6th Street, Prinsburg.

Sunday, July 10, 4:30, Chaska Athletic Park, 725 West 1st Street. This will be a three-inning demonstration prior to a Chaska Cubs game.

Saturday, July 23, matches vs. St. Croix and Cincinnati Red Stockings, beginning at 11 a.m., Old Athletic Field, 6th Avenue South and Orleans Avenue, Stillwater.

Current Research Projects
Tom Swift is working on an article on the language of baseball. “For example,” he explains, “it used to be that pitchers threw great fastballs. Now they ‘bring great velocity.’ Similarly, pitchers used to have control; now they have ‘great location.’ ”

Your scribe (Stew Thornley) is working on his book about baseball in Minnesota, which will be published next spring by Minnesota Historical Society Press, as well as an 18,000-word biography of Roberto Clemente for young readers; as part of this, he is researching Clemente’s season with the Montreal Royals of the International League in 1954 to examine frequent claims that he was “hidden” at Montreal so that other teams would not draft him.

In Other News . . .
Roger Godin attended the annual training conference of the U. S. Army Museum System in Chicago and attended the Cubs-Blue Jays game on June 6 at Wrigley Field. Roger also has an article “Sisler Confronts the Evil Empire,” in the just-released edition of The National Pastime. In that same issue, Dan Levitt had an article, “Early ERA Titles: A Reexamination of Pre-1951 Qualification Standards.”

Josh Levanthal has edited an anthology, Baseball: The Perfect Game, which was published by Voyageur Press of Stillwater, where Josh is an editor.

Frank Bigelow is in Hennepin County Medical Center following a fire at his St. Paul apartment on June 5. Members can send cards for Frank to the Medical Center at 701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415-1623.

Brent Peterson was the subject of an article in the May 22, 2005 St. Paul Pioneer Press. As the executive director of the Washington County Historical Society, Brent has found pictures and other items of historical significance on eBay and has sometimes purchased the items for the society with his own money.

Brenda Himrich received a Telly Award for a video she co-produced on distracted driving. Brenda is the safety manager for Metro Transit, and the Telly Award honors “TV commercials, film, and video of outstanding quality.”

July Birthdays
    1—Brenda Himrich (also Roger Connor, John Clarkson, Bill Rohr, and Princess Diana)
    7—John Hall, Darren Rasmussen, Roger Godin, and John Gordon (also Jose Jimenez, Satchel Paige, Billy Herman, Dan Gladden, Bill Melton, Tim Teufel, Dave Burba, Len Barker, Bill Kunkel, and Chuck Knoblauch)
    11—Bob Kapla and Jim Soderlund (also Bob Allison, John Sevcik, Milt Stock, E. B. White, and John Quincy Adams)
  14—Ted Hathaway (also Happy Chandler, Robin Ventura, Tim Hudson, Danny Walton, Earl Williams, Bob Purkey, Gerald Ford, and Steve Stone)
  16—John DiMeglio (also Joe Jackson, Larry Jansen, and Terry Pendleton)
  19—Ray Kush, Bob Tholkes, and Mark Clark (also Phil Cavaretta, Bob Meusel, Mark Koenig, Marius Russo, William VanLandingham, Bob Burda, Lee Elia, Norm Sherry, and Lizzie Borden)
  23—George Rekela and Stew Thornley (also Don Drysdale, Nomar Garciaparra, Pee Wee Reese, Ginger Beaumont, Ival Goodman, Monica Lewinski, and Schottzie)
  24—David Jacobsen and Pat Lewis (also Barry Bonds, Tommy McCarthy, Jack Clements, Cotton Nash, Jesse Stovall, Alex Carrasquel, Jennifer Lopez, Karl Malone, Amelia Earhart, and Michael “Kramer” Richards)
  25—Steve Smart (also Javier Vazquez, Billy “Nuevo Lanzador” Wagner, Doug Drabek, Larry Sherry, Whitey Lockman, John Tener, and Walter Payton)
  29—Tracy Tool (also Dan Driessen, Felix Mantilla, Chief Meyers, Ken Burns, Elizabeth Dole, and Marilyn Quayle)
  30—Kyle Eliason (also Casey Stengel, Clint Hurdle, Ellis Valentine, Jim Spencer, Joe Nuxhall, Gus Triandos, Rafael Almeida, and Arnold Schwarzenegger)

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    July 16—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m., Mark Johnson: 612-822-9638, mjohn@mr.net

    August 13—Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Edina, 9:30 a.m., Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life by Richard Ben Cramer, Tom Swift: 507-645-2280, tomswift@nickelcurves.com, http://halseyhall.org/bookclub.html

    October 22—Fall Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff: 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2005-06
President—Bob Tholkes
Vice President—Gregg Omoth
Secretary—Chuck Blomquist
Treasurer—Rich Arpi
Howard Luloff
Gregg Nelson
Cary Smith

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

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