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

July 2010

SABR Elections
Todd Peterson Receives Yoseloff Grant
New Member: Dave Beal
Baseball History Slide Show July 24
Cow Chips
On-line SABR Resources
Board of Directors

SABR Elections

Bill Nowlin was re-elected vice president of SABR with chapter member Bob Tholkes finishing second. Bob thanks the chapter members who voted for him.

Tom Hufford was re-elected and Leslie Heaphy elected as directors of SABR.

Helped by the addition of on-line balloting, the election drew 1,480 votes, which is 23.7 percent of the membership, well above the median of 7.3 percent during the period of mail-only voting.

Todd Peterson Receives Yoseloff Baseball Research Grant

Todd Peterson is one of 10 SABR members (out of a record number of 23 applicants) to receive a Yoseloff Baseball Research Grant. Todd’s grant will be for tracking box scores and game accounts for blackball playoff games from 1866 to 1952. Todd is also getting his book, Early Black Baseball in Minnesota: The St. Paul Gophers, Minneapolis Keystones and Other Barnstorming Teams of the Deadball Era, published by McFarland.

New Member: Dave Beal

Dave Beal is a semi-retired business journalist and was a business editor and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press from 1982 to 2006. Prior to that, he was the business editor at the Milwaukee Journal. He is a past president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW, almost like SABR).

Originally from Indianapolis, he saw his first game in 1948 between the Indianapolis Indians and the St. Paul Saints. He got hooked on the White Sox by his dad, who had attended Illinois Tech in Chicago. Dave was 12 when the White Sox went on a 14-game winning streak in 1951, but he adds, “My principal memory from that experience was the frustrating process of watching and listening to the White Sox lose to the Yankees year after year.” After coming to Minnesota, Dave was able to attend one of the World Series games at the Metrodome in 1987.

Dave and his wife, Caroline, have six children and eight grandchildren. He shares his March 12 birthday with Darryl Strawberry, Dale Murphy, Raul Mondesi, Steve Finley, Ruppert Jones, Jim Wynn, Johnny Callison, Ray “Buddy” Barker, Vernon Law, Joe Engel, Bobby Marshall, Durwood Merrill, Liza Minnelli, Mitt Romney, Edward Albee, Jack Kerouac, Barbara Feldon, James Taylor, Wally Schirra, Two-Ton Tony Galento, and Buckwheat.

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Baseball History Slide Show July 24

A Halsey Hall Chapter member will be giving a presentation on local baseball history with slides of former ballparks in the Twin Cities at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 at Hennepin Stages, 824 Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. “Celebrate America’s national pastime and the opening of the Twins’ new ballpark, Target Field, with a visual journey of local baseball history told through the photos of storied Twin Cities ballparks including Nicollet Park and Metropolitan Stadium,” reads the promotional blurb from Hennepin Theatre Trust, the event organizer.

Attendees will have a chance to win prizes including tickets to an upcoming show on Hennepin Theatre Trust’s 2010-2011 Broadway Season, CD soundtracks and baseball-themed merchandise.

The event is free and open to the public. Go to http://www.hennepintheatretrust.org/events/baseball-historian-stew-thornley.

Cow Chips

Mendal Mearkle, Rich Arpi, and Cary Smith attended the June 26 meeting of the Keltner Chapter, held in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Mendal gave a presentation on Stuffy McInnis, and Cary threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the LaCrosse Loggers game at Copeland Park. . . . Howard Luloff spent three weekends in June doing the public-address announcing for the 2010 USA International Hockey Cup and is now looking forward to attending his 30-year reunion for Jefferson High School in Bloomington. . . . John Gregory’s daughter, Julia, graduated from Stanford University June 13. . . . Roger Godin has a new book out, Red, White and Blue on Ice: Minnesota’s Elite Teams and Players of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Published by St. Johann Press of Haworth, New Jersey, the book “is a story largely untold and fills a major void in the history of the great ice sport in the United States,” according to the June 2010 newsletter of the Society for International Hockey Research. Roger has published another book about hockey, one on professional football, and one on baseball, The 1922 St. Louis Browns: Best of the American League’s Worst.

On-line SABR Resources

The SABR Bulletin is now on-line.

SABR-L continues to be a forum for members to post and exchange research information. To subscribe to the SABR-L listserv, send an e-mail message to listserv@apple.ease.lsoft.com; in the body of the message, write “subscribe sabr-l” followed by your name (first name, middle initial, last name).

The Minnesota Baseball e-list is a forum for discussion of anything related to baseball and SABR. Although not restricted to SABR members, SABR events and news can be posted on the list. To join, go to the e-list (by clicking the link in the first sentence) and then click on the link to join the group.

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    July 10—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153, baseballbooks@comcast.net.

    July 25—Research Committee Meeting. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-45-0791, stew@stewthornley.net.

    August 14—Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., As They See ‘Em Time: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires by Bruce Weber and/or The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires by Larry R. Gerlach. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617, or Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, amugalian@comcast.net.

    August 15—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin Hennessy, 651-651-492-2298, kwhennes@ties2.net.

    October 16—Fall Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, Hfan77@webtv.net.  

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

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

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