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

July 2017

Stew Thornley

  • Tom Flynn Elected Halsey Hall Chapter President
  • SABR Convention in New York
  • All-Star Viewing Party and Research Committee Convention Recap
  • Member and Chapter News
  • New Members
  • Paean P. S.
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Tom Flynn Elected Halsey Hall Chapter President
    Tom Flynn was elected president, Frank Kadwell vice president, Brent Heutmaker secretary, and Jerry Janzen treasurer for the Halsey Hall Chapter for 2017-2018. The other board members are Gene Gomes, Bob Komoroski, and Hans Van Slooten.

    Vice president Kadwell appointed chairs for the standing committees: Hans Van Slooten for membership, Howard Luloff for events, and Brenda Himrich and Sarah Johnson for research.

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    SABR Convention in New York

    SABR logo in New York

    More than 700 members attended the SABR convention in New York, including Halsey Hall Chapter members Rich Arpi, Barry Bengtsson, John Gregory, Brenda Himrich, Jerry Janzen, Lloyd Kepple, Bob Komoroski, Dan Levitt, Art Mugalian, Joe O’Connell, Doug Skipper, Cary Smith, Stew Thornley, Tom Tuttle, and Hans Van Slooten.

    Dan Levitt did a research presentation on John McGraw and also received the Henry Chadwick Award.

    The convention was covered by the New York Times: Baseball’s Analytics Society Sees a Problem: Avg. Age, Members

    The 2018 SABR convention will be in Pittsburgh.

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    All-Star Viewing Party and Research Committee Convention Recap
    Tom Flynn has organized a viewing party for the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13 at Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413, 612-545-5659 (in what was the keg warehouse of the Grain Belt Brewery). The gathering time is 6:45 p.m.

    The Research Committee will meet Monday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at the Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka 55305. The meeting will consist of a recap of the SABR convention with attendees presenting on their experiences at the convention. The meeting is open to all, whether they attended the convention or not.

    Research note: A good place to start with any research project is the Halsey Hall Chapter Baseball Research Primer.

    Other Upcoming Events:
    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, July 8 at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. This may be the last breakfast at Curran’s, since the next one, September 9, will be at Bunny’s Northeast.

    Book Club
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, August 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is Storied Stadiums: Baseball’s History Through Its Ballparks by Curt Smith. The group will also discuss the Highlights from the 1959 World Series, produced by Sports History Channel and narrated by Vin Scully. It is available on You Tube: 1959 World Series Highlights

    Fall Chapter Meeting
    The Fall Chapter meeting will be Saturday, November 4. Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting (with the understanding they might not know if they’re available until the meeting date is set. 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 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, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

    Road Trips
    Saturday, July 15: Northwoods League game with the Waterloo Bucks at the Mankato MoonDogs at Franklin Rogers Park. The game is at 6:05 p.m., and Howard Luloff has arranged activities with the MoonDogs, including presentations by broadcaster Charlie Snelson and general-manager Greg Weis starting at 1:00. Meet in the Dog Pound on the third-base side.

    Saturday, July 29: Northwoods League game with the Mankato MoonDogs at the Thunder Bay Border Cats. The game is at 6:05 p.m. (and Thunder Bay is on Eastern Time). Contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791 if you are interested. We will try to organize carpools (and members are encouraged to contact others and set up their own, if possible) and leave the Twin Cities early that morning. This will leave time for lunch in Duluth or along the North Shore and some sightseeing in Thunder Bay. (You have to see the Sleeping Giant.) The plan is to stay overnight at the Super 8 (807-344-2612—call to arrange your own reservation) in Thunder Bay and return on Sunday. You will need a passport.

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

    Halsey Hall Chapter Twitter page

    Regular Events

    Seinfeld night at Dundas

    The gang went to a townball game in Dundas June 23 on Seinfeld Night, and a chapter member with a Festivus Pole won a Seinfeld trivia contest, netting the prize of an adult beverage.

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    Member and Chapter News
    Emma Charlesworth-Seiler is making the calls in the Gulf Coast League after getting rained out on her initial day, June 26. Before leaving the Twin Cities, she was profiled by Patrick Reusse and Brian Murphy in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, respectively:

    Reusse: Golden Valley Umpire Makes Her Case to Make the Calls

    Minnesota Woman Chooses Longest Road to Major Leagues: Umpiring

    Sarah Johnson had an article in the Midwest Traveler section of the May 28, 2017 Minneapolis Star Tribune, Rochester, Minn., Has Its Own Dramatic Veterans Memorial: Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Remembers Minnesotans Who Died from the Civil War on.

    Article on Mark Johnson

    Mark Johnson was profiled as a Serious Baseball Fan in an article in The Yorke Times and will provide on request to chapter members who email him at baseballbooks@comcast.net.

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    New Members
    The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes Peter Gregg and Justin Seurer.

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

    Halsey Hall Chapter events

    Membership application

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    Paean P. S.
    From an anonymous contributor, a follow-up to Warren Woods’s paean to Nicollet Park in the June 2017 The Holy Cow!:

    Nicollet Park moaned in anticipation. All those men, and not a few women, eager to know her innermost secrets. Why must those cursed ticket takers make them, and her, wait? Her opening lay vacant, beckoning but beyond reach. Would this be like 1932 all over again, or would her desires be satisfied at this final moment? She shuddered. And then, suddenly, it began. Wave after wave of people jostled their way inside her entryway, still narrow even after all those seasons, and she sighed in ecstasy as the pleasure overwhelmed her. And this wasn’t even the first inning; she hoped, no, *knew,* the climax to this series would be different, and one for the record books.

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        July 8—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Curran’s, 42nd and Nicollet, 9:00 a.m.

        July 11—All-Star Game Viewing Party, Bunny’s Northeast, Minneapolis, 6:45 p.m.

        July 15—Northwoods League: Waterloo Bucks at Mankato MoonDogs, 6:05 p.m. (pre-game events starting at 1:00 p.m.), Franklin Rogers Park. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

        July 24—Research Committee meeting and SABR convention recap, 7:00 p.m, Ridgedale Library, Minnetonka. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

        July 29—Northwoods League: Mankato MoonDogs at Thunder Bay BorderCats, 6:05 p.m., Port Arthur Stadium. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

       August 5Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Storied Stadiums: Baseball’s History Through Its Ballparks, by Curt Smith by Curt Smith and 1959 .

        September 9—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bunny’s Northeast, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.

        November 4—Fall Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

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    Board of Directors 2017-2018
    President—Tom Flynn
    Vice President—Frank Kadwell
    Secretary—Brent Heutmaker
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Gene Gomes
    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—Stew Thornley and Frank Kadwell
    Social Media Director—Tom Flynn

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