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

March 2006

Kingery and Kiecker Set as Guests for Spring Meeting
New Members: Ross Lundberg and Dave Jensen
Nominations Sought
Quicksteps Release Schedule
Board of Directors

Kingery and Kiecker Set as Guests for Spring Meeting
Former major leaguers Mike Kingery and Dana Kiecker will be the featured guests at the Halsey Hall SABR Spring Chapter Meeting on Saturday, May 13 at at Davanni’s pizza parlor, 663 Winnetka Avenue North, Golden Valley, 763-398-0303. Kiecker, a native of Fairfax, Minnesota, pitched for the Boston Red Sox in 1990 and 1991. In recent years, Kiecker has pitched for the Dundas Dukes in the Classic Cannon Valley League and the Classic League (for over 35-year-olds). Kingery, who is from Atwater, Minnesota, played the outfield for several teams over 10 seasons in the majors from 1986 to 1996. Originally a member of the Kansas City organization, he was traded to Seattle in late 1986 in a deal that included Danny Tartabull going from the Mariners to the Royals.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at 9:00. Research presentations will be held in the morning, the business meeting conducted over lunch, and the featured guests will appear in the afternoon. Howard Luloff will also present a Jeopardy-style trivia contest. The meeting price of $7 will include lunch and morning refreshments; the no-lunch price (which will include the meeting and morning refreshments) is $5. Anyone wanting to have lunch must contact meeting coordinator Howard Luloff (952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net) by Saturday, May 6.

The group will attend the Twins-Chicago game that evening. The tickets are $18 each, although there will be a $4 rebate if enough tickets are purchased to get the group rate. Send $18 per ticket (checks made out to Halsey Hall SABR) to Howard Luloff, 2509 Princeton Court, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416 by April 30.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation. The proposal must be made in writing (e-mail is fine) to committee chair Stew Thornley, 1082 Lovell Avenue, Roseville, Minnesota 55113, stew@stewthornley.net, and should 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. Generally, up to five presentations may be accommodated, and these will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The research committee (which also consists of Cary Smith, Tom Swift, Deano Thilgen, and Dan Levitt) will finalize the schedule of research presentations two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be made by then.

New Members: Ross Lundberg and Dave Jensen
Ross Lundberg was born in north-central Iowa, grew up in southeastern Minnesota, and lived in Wisconsin during the Twins’ two World Series championships in 1987 and 1991. He now lives in Richfield and works as a pricing strategy analyst for Best Buy. Three years ago, he applied to be the fan who spent the summer living in a trailer at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. “Regrettable, I was passed over because I was not goofy enough.” Ross has his baseball bio posted at http://hall-fame.com.

Ross shares his November 7 birthday with Jim Kaat, Willie Norwood, Joe Niekro, Todd Ritchie, Herman Mankiewicz (screenwriter of Pride of the Yankees and Citizen Kane), Billy Graham, Joni Mitchell, Leon Trotsky, Marie Curie, Shelby Foote, Johnny Rivers, Al Hirt, Joan Sutherland, Kris Benson, Dick Stuart, and The Only Nolan.

Dave Jensen was born in 1945 in St. Paul and grew up in North St. Paul. He and his wife, Linda, who live in Mahtomedi, have two grown and married children. His vocation as a registered nurse was surgical nursing for more than 35 years at several St. Paul hospitals and surgery centers. He started his medical career as a Navy Corpsman in the 1960s during the Vietnam War.

“My baseball interest stems from my Uncle Joe from the Cleveland area, who sent me his read The Sporting News,” says Dave. “I was a young impressionable lad, and he was a huge Indians and Bill Veeck fan. I attended my first pro ball game in 1955 at Lexington Park, home of the Triple-A St. Paul Saints. During my NSP grade school baseball playing days, I once faced Don Arlich who later pitched our high school to the 1961 state championship. I was fortunate enough to see that game. Arlich had a ‘cup of coffee’ with Houston in 1965.”

Dave adds that he has been a die-hard Twins fan since 1961. “I saw many thrilling games in the early 1960s and remember a swift Tony Oliva during a 1965 clash with the Os. He went from second to home to score the winning run on a potential double play groundball.

“Recently at the Metrodome, my family and I have attended the ‘sterile’ aura of inside baseball. The 1987 and 1991 World Series were extremely exciting after so many also-ran years. My son who was 15, and I will never forget witnessing in person Blackjack Morris’s heroic winning game 7 effort. Wow!”

Dave shares his March 18 birthday with Dwayne Murphy, Queen Latifah, Elbie Fletcher, Peter Graves, Chad Cordero, George Plimpton, John Updike, Vanessa Williams, Corky Miller, John Calhoun, Neville Chamberlain, Grover Cleveland, Scott Podsednik, Alan Hale Jr. (The Skipper), Hiram Bithorn, Herman Tarnower, Irene Cara, Wilson Pickett, Bonnie Blair, and Johnny Cooney.

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Nominations Sought
This year's elections for the Halsey Hall SABR Board of Directors will include a special election to fill the remaining year of the term for two directors. Chuck Blomquist, who is now recovering from open-heart surgery, has resigned his officer post as secretary with Rich Arpi assuming those duties in addition to being treasurer. Chuck will remain on the board through the end of the chapter year on June 30.

Gregg Nelson will also be leaving June 30 with a year left on his board term. The remainder of these terms will be filled at the business meeting on May 13 in addition to the regular election of three members to two-year board terms.

To date, Art Mugalian, Armand Peterson, and Dan Levitt are candidates for the board of directors. Anyone else interested in running for the board may contact Stew Thornley (651-415-0791, stew@stewthornley.net), chair of the nominating committee.

Quicksteps Release Schedule
The Quicksteps vintage base ball team will open its 2006 season with a one-inning demonstration match at the Metrodome, prior to the Twins-White Sox game on Sunday, May 14. They will perform with the St. Croixs of Stillwater, a vintage club that also has several Halsey Hall Chapter members. Other games for the Quicksteps in 2006 are June 10 in Richfield, June 18 in Janesville, July 4 in Prinsburg, July 22 in Stillwater, August 7 in Fridley, August 19 in Sleepy Eye, September 9 in Mantorville, and September 17 in Brooklyn Park.

    March 5—Research Roundtable, Barnes & Noble, Edina, 6:00 p.m.

    March 11—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 612-822-9638, mjohn@mr.net.

    April 8—Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Edina, 9:30 a.m., Only the Ball Was White by the recently late Robert Peterson. For more information, contact Tom Swift, 507-645-2280, tomswift@nickelcurves.com.

    May 13—Spring Chapter Meeting, Davanni’s PiZZA, Golden Valley. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2005-06
President—Bob Tholkes
Vice President—Gregg Omoth
Secretary-Treasurer—Rich Arpi
Chuck Blomquist
Howard Luloff
Gregg Nelson
Cary Smith

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—Deano Thilgen  

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