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

July 2018

Stew Thornley

  • Officers Elected and Fall Chapter Meeting Date Set
  • When Is a Pitcher a Hurler?
  • New Members
  • Writing Opportunities through SABR Games Project
  • Cow Chips
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Officers Elected and Fall Chapter Meeting Date Set
    Tom Flynn was elected president, Frank Kadwell vice-president, Jerry Janzen treasurer, and Dave Lande secretary. The other members of the board of directors for 2018-2019 are Jim Cox, Bob Komoroski, and Hans Van Slooten.

    The 2018 Fall Chapter meeting will be Saturday, November 3 at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis.

    Registration for the meeting is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch with a featured guest to follow. The cost for the meeting and lunch is $10. The meeting only is $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research (oral or poster) presentation at the meeting. 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 oral 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, Jim Cox, Doug Skipper, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, Dave Lande, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by October 20, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then. Proposals for poster presentations may also be submitted to the co-chairs.

    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 7 at Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413, 612-545-5659 (in what was the keg warehouse of the Grain Belt Brewery).

    All-Star Game Viewing Party
    Bunny’s Northeast will also be the site of members getting together to watch the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, July 17.

    Research Committee
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee will meet Monday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue, Edina. All members are welcome to attend. The meeting will contain recaps of the SABR convention from those who attended. In committee news, Jim Cox is compiling a list of books and articles written by past and present chapter members.

    Book Club
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, August 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is The Bronx Zoo: The Astonishing Inside Story of the 1978 World Champion New York Yankees by Sparky Lyle with Peter Golenbock.

    Brent Heutmaker organized a list of all the book selections since the book club started in August 2002: Halsey Hall Book Club Selections

    Road Trips
    This year’s Northwoods League outing will be Saturday, July 21 to see the St. Cloud Rox at the Willmar Stingers at Baker Field at Bill Taunton Stadium, 1401 SW 22nd Street, Willmar 56201. The game is at 7:05 p.m., and Howard Luloff is arranging pre-game activities with the Stingers that begin at the stadium at 2:00. SABR friend Adam Platt wrote an article for Twin Cities Business on the Northwoods League: A League of His Own: Inside the Northwoods League’s Rise to Prominence

    Celebrate the Fourth of July with a ball game at John Burch Park in Cannon Falls. At 2 p.m. the Randolph Railcats play the Cannon Falls Bears.

    A townball trip to Austin is planned for Saturday, July 28. Meet at Art Mugalian’s house, 5033 18th Avenue South, Minneapolis 55417, at 9:30 a.m. to form carpools. First stop will be the Spam Museum, then lunch at Piggy Blue’s Bar-B-Que (motto: Where you can eat pig or eat like a pig!), then a 2 p.m. game between the Hampton Cardinals and Austin Greyhounds at Marcusen Park, 901 Main Street South.

    Babe Ruth banner at Sleepy Eye ballpark

    Brown County baseball historians Randy Krzmarzick and Scott Surprenant hosted a chapter member June 17 for a tripleheader with games at Hanska, Stark, and Sleepy Eye, the latter at the field where Babe Ruth played in 1922. Randy and Scott have been featured in television reports on their research into Babe Ruth’s trip to Sleepy Eye:

    Remembering Babe Ruth’s Visit Sleepy Eye, Minn. (Fox Sports North)

    Babe Ruth Home Run Ball Turns up with 104-year-old Minnesotan

    In addition, Randy has written an interesting article about Sleepy Eye native and former Twins pitcher Fred Bruckbauer in the June 23, 2018 New Ulm Journal: Statistics Don’t Tell Bruckbauer’s Story

    Sarah Johnson attended the Class AA state high school tournament at Joe Faber (shown below) and Dick Putz fields.

    Joe Faber Field

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

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    When Is a Pitcher a Hurler?

    Adrian Houser

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    New Members
    No new members this round, but we’re always up for new folks.

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

    Membership application

    Have you attended a Minnesota college, and would you be willing to contact it about the possibility of integrating SABR into some departments? If so, please contact Membership Committee Chair Hans Van Slooten.

    Hans has written an article on SABR and our chapter for Twins Daily: Interested in Baseball Research? Join SABR!

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    Writing Opportunities through SABR Games Project
    Looking for a topic to write about? The SABR Games Project is publishing a book containing game stories of each team’s biggest blowout wins. One Twins games is still available: July 26, 2010: Minnesota Twins 19, Kansas City Royals 1 at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City

    If you are interested or want more information, contact Stew Thornley.

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    Cow Chips
    Matt Johnson had a bunt single and grand slam in the same inning at Brennan Field in Hinckley, leading Nowthen to an 18-14 win. The teams are shown below with their post-game handshakes.

    Nowthen vs. Hinckley

    Emma Charlesworth-Seiler is in her second season of umpiring in organized baseball, this year in the Northwest League. She started the season with a series in Eugene, Oregon, and KPIC-TV did a feature story on her: ‘Minor League Baseball is Absolutely Willing to Have Whoever Is Most Qualified’

    Hans Van Slooten has left Sports Reference, where he was the primary developer for baseball-reference.com, to become a baseball systems developer with the Minnesota Twins.

    In the June 3, 2018 Star Tribune, Curt Brown wrote a revealing article about Ossie Bluege, who was the featured guest at the first SABR meeting held in Minnesota, in August 1981.

    A chapter member is teaching a baseball course through the University of Minnesota College of Continuing & Professional Studies on Thursday, July 19:

    Registration is available thorough the LearningLife website or by phone, 612-624-4000. As the catalog notes, “LearningLife seminars embrace Socrate’s belief in inquiry and exchange; they include both lecture and critical discussion. Tuition includes continental breakfast.”

    Note on how to go cheap: the same member will give a shorter version of this presentation for free at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at the Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main Street, Maple Grove 55369 (nice). You don’t get a continental breakfast, though.

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        July 4—Randolph Railcats at Cannon Falls Bears, John Burch Park, 2:00 p.m. (pre-game at 12:30 Mill Street Tavern). For more information, contact Sarah Johnson.

        July 7—Fred Souba Hot Stove League Saturday Morning, Bunny’s, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.

        July 17—All-Star Game Viewing Party, Bunny’s, Minneapolis, 7:00 p.m.

        July 21—Northwoods League: St. Cloud Rox at Willmar Stingers, 7:05 p.m. (pre-game events starting at 2:00), Bill Taunton Stadium. For more information, Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

        July 23—Research Committee meeting, 7:00 p.m.. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

        July 28—Spam Museum and townball game at Marcusen Park in Austin. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

       August 4Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Bronx Zoo: The Astonishing Inside Story of the 1978 World Champion New York Yankees by Sparky Lyle with Peter Golenbock.

        November 3—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 2018-2019
    President—Tom Flynn
    Vice President—Frank Kadwell
    Secretary—Dave Lande
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Jim Cox
    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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