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

July 2012

Stew Thornley

Fred Souba Dies

Halsey Hall Chapter charter member Fred Souba died June 4. Fred was 93, but he still came to our bi-monthly Saturday breakfasts. He was active in the Twin Cities Sports Collectors Club and was once on the cover of Sports Collectors Digest. Fred was a big fan of Enos Slaughter. When he retired his company decided, instead of a gold watch, to get him Enos Slaughter. The company brought in Enos for Fred’s retirement party.

Fred was a great guy.


Dave St. Peter
Approximately 500 SABR members came to Minneapolis for the society’s 42nd annual convention in June. Twins president Dave St. Peter (above) spoke at the convention’s opening ceremonies
Author Panel
Shown in this panel at Barnes & Noble are authors John Thorn, Rob Fitts, Steve Treder, Dan Levitt, and Mark Armour and moderator Rob Taylor with Ron Liebman sitting in Rob’s chair.
Terry Ryan and Dan Levitt
Twins general manager Terry Ryan was a big hit during his one-on-one session with Dan Levitt.
Player Panel
Frank Quilici (standing) moderated the player panel with Bill Davis, Tim Laudner, and Bob “Rocky” Johnson.

Sarah Johnson wrote about her experiences at SABR 42 for Twins Daily.

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Upcoming Events
The next Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on July 14 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, August 4 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss Ball Four by Jim Bouton.

The Fall Chapter Meeting will be Saturday, October 6 in Minneapolis.

New Member: Steve Ginader

Steve Ginader is from Reading, Pennsylvania, and now works as a warehouse manager for PolyOne Corporation in Eagan. He and Julie, his wife of 24 years, have a son, Tim, who is a student at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and a daughter, Abby, a student at Concordia College in Moorhead.

Steve’s grandpa sent him a Phillies yearbook in 1961, which turned him into a fan and which he still has. He went to his first game in September 1964, in the midst of the Phillies 10-game losing streak, and remembers Hank Aaron hit a homer off Art Mahaffey. He later saw Roberto Clemente hit three home runs in a doubleheader at Veterans Stadium.

Born in 1954, Steve shares his December 8 birthday with fellow chapter member Brian Mohr as well as Mike Mussina, Kyle Drabek, John Mizerock, Alfredo Aceves, Vernon Wells, Tim Foli, Ed Brinkman, Sad Sam Zoldak, Jimmy Austin, Brant Alyea, Jim Pagliaroni, Hank Thomson, Razor Ledbetter, John McGraw (not Muggsy but the one born in Intercourse, Pennsylvania, and originally named Roy Hoar), Charlie Wacker, Teri “They’re real and they’re spectacular”) Hatcher, Eli Whitney, Flip Wilson, Sam Kinison, James Thurber, and Jim Morrison (the dead singer, not the baseball player).

We are no longer getting regular updates on new SABR members in our area, and some of you who have joined recently may not have heard from us. We want you to know that we’re happy to have you and hope you will attend our upcoming events.

We’d also like to introduce you to others in our newsletter. If you have joined in the last year and not yet been contacted by our chapter, please contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791, the chair of the membership committee. Thanks a lot.

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Godin Donates Twins Media Guides to Minnesota Historical Society

Roger Godin has donated his collection of Minnesota Twins Media Guides from 1988 to 1990 and 1992 to 2011 to the Minnesota Historical Society. Roger notes that the society is still missing a number of years prior to 1988 and invites anyone who can help fill the gaps to call acquisitions librarian Patrick Coleman at 651-259-3245.

Beyond the Box Score

In Beyond the Box Score (copyright 2012, Sports Features Group) Bill Arnold reports, ’On Tuesday [June 26], Twins rookie Tyler Robertson joined Edwar Ramirez (2007), Jordan De Jong (2007), Todd Wellemeyer (2003), Jeremy Fikac (2001), Braden Looper (1998), Angelo LiPetri (1956), and Paul Giel (1954) as the only pitchers since 1918 to throw one inning in relief in their MLB debut and strike out the side in order.

[Note: Robertson struck out Alejandro De Aza, Kevin Youkilis, and Adam Dunn in his debut against the White Sox June 26. The next day he relieved in the eighth and struck out De Aza again, giving him four strikeouts to start his career. On June 29, he struck out Alex Gordon, the first batter he faced in that game, and he came in and struck out Gordon again in the first game on June 30, giving him four games in a row in which he struck out the first batter. In all cases, the initial strikeouts were against the number-one hitter in the order.]

Renewal Deadline for Paper Copies of Newsletter

The subscription fee has expired for those wanting to get printed copies sent to them. Those wishing to receive a printed copy each month may send a check for $15, made out to Halsey Hall SABR, to Jerry Janzen, 10201 Phaeton Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347-4735.

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    July 14—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

    August 4—Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Ball Four by Jim Bouton. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.

    August 12—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.

    October 6—Fall Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.  

Board of Directors 2012-2013
President—Art Mugalian
Vice President—Howard Luloff
Secretary—Fred Buckland
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Gary DeSmith
Brenda Himrich
Dave Jensen

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

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