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

July 2007

Chapter Book Project Moves Ahead
Hep a Hit with Gardy
New Members
Board of Directors

Chapter Book Project Moves Ahead

The Halsey Hall Chapter’s project to assemble a book with biographies of Minnesota natives is proceeding well. It looks like a publisher, Nodin Press of Minneapolis, has been secured, and publication is planned for the spring of 2009. More than 20 chapter members have agreed to research and write biographical sketches of those who grew up in Minnesota and were significant in baseball.

Hep a Hit with Gardy

Pete Hepokoski has traveled the continent to attend major league games in all stadiums. He saw an exciting game at Stade Olympique in Montreal in 1982 in which the New York Mets beat the Expos, 5-4, with a two-run homer in the seventh inning winning the game for the Mets. The homer was the first major league home run for Mets shortstop Ron Gardenhire. Recently, through an intermediary, Pete was able to have the scorecard signed by Gardenhire, who got a kick out of seeing it. Gardenhire also noticed that the leadoff hitter for Montreal in that game was Jerry White, now one of Gardenhire’s coaches with the Twins. He saw that White had four hits in the game before being removed for a pinch runner. He took the scorecard into the clubhouse to show White, who could be overheard saying, “I was taken out for a pinch runner? I must have been hurt.” The two enjoyed seeing the scorecard and asked the intermediary to make copies of it for them before returning it to Pete.

Pete picked up his scorecard while back in Minnesota (getting ready for a Jay Buckley baseball tour) and was at the Metrodome for two games, including the one in which Frank Thomas hit his 500th career home run. Peter Schilling, George Rekela, Kevin Hennessy, Dave Trombley, Steve Smith, and your scribe were also among the chapter members present.

That night in Houston, Seth C. “Dr. Fan” Hawkins watched Craig Biggio get his 3,000th hit. Dr. Fan has been present at every 3,000th hit since 1970. The only 3,000th hit he has missed during his lifetime was by Stan Musial in 1958.

New Members

The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes Chris Larson and James Newes to the Society for American Baseball Research.


    July 14—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 612-822-9638, baseballbooks@comcast.net.

    July 22—Research Roundtable, Perkins Restaurant, 4917 Eden Avenue, Edina, 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dan Levitt, 612-377-5154, danrl@attglobal.net.

    October 20—Fall Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2007-2008
President—Dan Levitt
Vice President—Lee Temanson
Secretary—Armand Peterson
Treasurer—Doug Ernst
Art Mugalian
George Rekela
Stew Thornley

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—John Gregory 

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