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

June 2016

Stew Thornley

LaCrosse Coming Up July 9
Mike Haupert will be hosting SABR chapters from a multitude of states Saturday, July 9 at Copeland Park in LaCrosse. The afternoon meeting (registration begins at 12:30 p.m.) will have a guest from the LaCrosse Loggers Northwoods League team, an official scorers panel, research presentations, and a trivia contest by Howard Luloff.

Those wanting to meet for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or funch on the way down may gather at 10:30 a.m. at Winona’s Family Restaurant, 1611 Service Drive, Winona 55987, 507-454-5104.

There is no charge for the meeting in LaCrosse. The group will purchase tickets for that night’s Northwoods League game. (We won’t do the all-you-can-eat tickets; dinner at the ballpark will be on your own.)

Those wanting to stay overnight may check out the Comfort Inn Onalaska, 1223 Crossing Meadows Drive, Onalaska  54650, 888-734-8507.

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The book club will next meet on Saturday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is Don Baylor: Nothing But the Truth by Don Baylor with Claire Smith. The group will also discuss Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game and 1-hitter May 6, 1998. (See if you think the one hit should have been called an error.) The game is available for viewing on YouTube: 5/6/98: Kerry Wood Strikes Out 20.

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 2 at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

This year’s town ball outing will be Friday, July 22 in Miesville as the Mudhens take on St. Louis Park at Jack Ruhr Field. The game is at 8:00, and anyone interested may come early (around 5:30 or 6:00) for a pre-game meal at King’s Place, which is across Hwy. 61 from the ballpark. Sarah Johnson will be writing an article on Miesville for the Midwest Traveler section in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Recent Doings
Jon Leonoudakis brought his documentary, Hano! A Century in the Bleachers, to Minneapolis on May 14 for a showing and panel discussion. The film is about Arnold Hano, who wrote A Day In the Bleachers. Thanks to Michael Fallon and T. S. Flynn for making this the Midwest premier of the documentary.

Hano panel
Jon Leonoudakis (center) chaired a panel discussion that followed the showing on his documentary on Arnold Hano.

Hans Van Slooten, the primary developer for baseball-reference.com, made a presentation on behalf of the Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee at the Roseville Library May 16. Hans gave a tour of the site (which includes a category for J. T. Snow for most postseason runs scored while saving a child and the water utility bill for Oddibe McDowell) and demonstrated the site’s Play Index, taking queries from the crowd and finding information in the index.

Hans Van Slooten
Hans Van Slooten talking about the baseball-reference.com site.

The Research Committee will hold a regular meeting Monday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southdale Library in Edina. The committee is also planning a meeting in August with reports from chapter members who attend the SABR convention in Miami.

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Big Summer for Michael Fallon
Michael Fallon’s book, Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers, has been published by University of Nebraska Press.

He will be having a book event on Saturday, June 11 at 4:30 p.m. at Moon Palace Books, 2830 E. 33rd Street, Minneapolis 55406.

Michael will also be the keynote speaker at the induction ceremony for the Shrine of the Eternals for the Baseball Reliquary in Pasadena on July 17.

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New Member

The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes Tiffany Haenfler.

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Member and Chapter News
Roger Godin had an article published in the latest SABR Baseball Research Journal: The Browns’ Spring Training

Jon Niese had an article in the Chippewa Herald: One and Done: Chippewa Falls Took a Swing at Minor League Baseball 110 Years Ago

Sarah Johnson had an article published in Twins Daily: A Glimpse into the Life of an Official Scorer

Charlie Levitt, son of Dan and a freshman left fielder at Swarthmore College outside Philadelphia, started 38 games for the Garnet this year. Swarthmore stats

Tom Rooney has been conducting a series of baseball classes, There’s No Crying in Baseball: The American Pastime in Pop Culture, through Northern Dakota County TriDistrict Commission at Henry Sibley High School in Inver Grove Heights. He has one class remaining, on June 25, The Minnesota Twins in Movie and Song. The class runs from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and is $10.

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Everyone’s an Expert
Kyle Traynor (who is also a gynecologist) did double duty Saturday, May 21, 2016, scoring the Toronto at Minnesota game and then heading to St. Paul for a Saints game that night against the Gary SouthShore Railcats.  The Twins game went smoothly, but Kyle had his hands full in the Saints’ 18-8 win that night.  On top of that, during the game the mother of Gary shortstop Jarred Mederos went to Twitter to complain about an error Kyle had called on her son and said the official scorer “needs help.”  Sean Aronson, the Saints’ public-relations representative, tweeted back that their scorer was also a scorer for Major League Baseball and assured her that Kyle needed no help.

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Quote of the Month
From Bill Mathews, official scorer for Tampa Bay Rays games, quoted by Tim Kurkjian in I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies:

“The difference between what I’m doing, and what others are doing sitting at home, is like being on two different planets.”

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  June 11—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Don Baylor: Nothing But the Truth by Don Baylor and Claire Smith and Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game.

   June 20—Research Committee meeting, Southdale Library in Edina, 7:00 p.m.

   July 2—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Curran’s, 42nd and Nicollet, 9:00 a.m.

  July 9—Meeting and LaCrosse Loggers Game, LaCrosse.

  July 22—St. Louis Park at Miesville Mudhens.

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