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

March 2007

Ray Christensen to Speak at Spring Chapter Meeting
Nominations Sought for Board of Directors
Research Committee News
New Member: Glen Herness
Baseball Items Displayed at Minnesota History Center
Paper of Record Now Free
Board of Directors

Ray Christensen to Speak at Spring Chapter Meeting

Ray Christensen, the long-time voice of Minnesota Gophers basketball and football who also broadcast the Minneapolis Millers, St. Paul Saints, and Minnesota Twins, will be the featured guest at the Halsey Hall Spring Chapter Meeting on Saturday, May 5. The meeting will be at at the Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-0125. Parking is in lot AA, across Harvard Street from the church. Parking info is also available by clicking here.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting at 9:00. After the welcome and opening comments, Ray will speak and then answer questions. Ray served as the master of ceremonies in 1994 when the Halsey Hall Chapter unveiled a plaque on the site of Lexington Park, but this is the first time he will be attending a chapter meeting.

Research presentations will follow Ray’s talk. Bob Tholkes will give a presentation on 1860 base ball, and Mike Haupert will give a salary and income analysis of the Negro Leagues, which was the basis for the Yoseloff-SABR Baseball Research Grant he received last year. Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the chapter meeting. Proposals must be made in writing (e-mail is fine) to Research Committee Chair Dan Levitt, 2205 Newton Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405-2431, danrl@attglobal.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 will finalize the schedule of research presentations by April 21, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

Registration for the meeting is $8, which includes lunch. There is also a meeting-only price of $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Events Chair Howard Luloff at 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net, by April 30.

The group will attend the Twins-Red Sox game that night. Tickets are $23 each. To attend the game, send a check payable to Halsey Hall SABR by April 14 to Howard Luloff, 2509 Princeton Court, St. Louis Park 55416. (The tickets will be discounted if at least 25 people attend; if this happens, each person will receive a partial discount on the ticket.)

Other events:
The next Hot Stove Saturday Morning is scheduled for 9:00 on March 10 at Bakers Square in Richfield.

The next selection for the book club, which will meet on April 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Edina, will be the recent SABR publication, Deadball Stars of the American League.

The SABR convention will be in St. Louis July 26-29. Adam’s Mark Hotel has a special SABR rate of $95 for a single or double room. Call 800-444-2326 and identify yourself as a SABR member to receive the special rate.

Nominations Sought for Board of Directors
Five directors will be elected (four to two-year terms and one to a one-year term) at the May 5 Chapter Meeting. Anyone else interested in running for the board may contact Bob Tholkes, 763-781-6161, rjtholkes@msn.com.

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Research Committee News
The Halsey Hall Chapter Research Committee has completed its white paper on baseball research resources, which is now available on the research page of the chapter’s web site.

The committee is encouraging a biographical project related to Minnesota that could have a particular theme, such as the 1965 or 1987 Twins or Minnesota natives in the major leagues. The project is subject to finding a coordinator in addition to members willing to research and write biographies. Anyone interested in participating may contact committee chair Dan Levitt, 612-377-5154, danrl@attglobal.net. In addition to this project, researchers are needed to write biographies of players for the SABR BioProject. Click here for more information.

Committee member Rich Arpi has been researching baseball in various Minnesota cities in the 19th century. Anyone interesting in doing similar research or finding out what information Rich has compiled may contact him at 651-739-6986, rwaces@cs.com.

One of the objectives of the Research Committee is to encourage members to do research. Anyone interested but unsure about how to get started or even what to research may contact a committee member. In addition to Dan and Rich, the committee members are Cary Smith, Tom Swift, John Bonnes, Anne Aronson, and Stew Thornley.

The committee’s next Research Roundtable will be Sunday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at Perkins in Edina (off Hwy. 100 and 50th Street). All members are invited to attend.

New Member: Glen Herness
Glen Herness lives in Fergus Falls with his wife, Ruth. They have two sons, Zac and Luke, and last summer (on August 22, Carl Yastrzemski’s birthday) had their first grandchild, Jacob. Hern played baseball for 25 years at a variety of levels—Little League, high school, American Legion, and town-team ball for 16 years at Ashby, Minnesota. Heís been a Twins fan from the beginning, when the team moved here from Washington when Glen was 11 years old.

Glen was in insurance and inspection work for the last 31 years and is also the author of three baseball books, From Minnesota to the Major Leagues, From Iowa to the Major Leagues, and Diamond Dates: The Baseball Birthday Book, which contains a team of players with birthdays on each day of the year. The team for August 5, Hernís birthday, has 44 players. His August 5 starting lineup is Carl Crawford cf, Reid Nichols ss, John Olerud 1b, Bernie Carbo lf, Ray Pepper dh, Eric Hinske 3b, Bobby Kielty rf, Rick Bosetti 2b, Ebba St. Claire c, and pitchers Mark Mulder, Nellie Briles, Rick Mahler, Dave Rozema, and Sam Gibson along with closer Eddie Yuhas.

Glen also notes other August 5 births: astronaut Neil Armstrong; writer Guy de Maupassant; director John Huston; actresses Loni Anderson, Maureen McCormick, and Tawny Kitaen (who is also the former wife of Chuck Finley); singer Terri Clark; hockey coach Herb Brooks; football player Roman Gabriel; and basketball player Patrick Ewing. A few others are Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man), Selma Diamond, Parley Baer, and Jacob Ruppert.

Deaths on August 5 include actress Marilyn Monroe (who is also the former wife of Joe DiMaggio); Hall of Famers Jesse Haines and Tommy McCarthy as well as Bob Caruthers and Darrell Porter. A few others are Alec Guiness, Richard Burton, Chick Hearn, Susan Butcher, Paul Brown, and General Phil Sheridan. Hern also notes that on August 5, 1620, the Mayflower departed from Southampton, England.

For more information, go to Glen’s web site, Baseball Is the Game.

Other new members:
Christopher Fee and John Caruso

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Baseball Items Displayed at Minnesota History Center
Several chapter members, including Fred Buckland, Cary Smith, Rex Hamann, and Brent Peterson, had baseball memorabilia on display at the Minnesota History Center on “Rookie Rally Family Day.” Fred, who donated the $125 he received from the Minnesota Historical Society to the Halsey Hall Chapter, had a large photo of the 1905 Minnesota Valley Champion team that featured a black player named Billy Williams. He also had some photos of the St. Paul Gophers and a large image of the 1908 team that was featured in a 1997 Minnesota Twins program.

Paper of Record Now Free
Access to newspaper archives, including those of The Sporting News, is now free through Paper of Record. Many SABR members have found this valuable enough to have paid an annual subscription fee, and the service has now been made available for no charge. One limitation with the free service is that subscribers may download a maximum of 100 pages per day. This can be a problem for those trying to view box scores in The Sporting News since they have to hunt for the pages that the box scores are on in each issue. Some SABR members are compiling a list of pages that contain major league box scores in each issue of The Sporting News. Herm Krabbenhoft has already put together a list of American League box scores for 1937 to 1940 (listed by month, date, and page):

1937: April (29-6); May (6-6, 13-6, 20-6, 27-8); June (3-6, 10-8, 17-8, 24-6); July (1-8, 08-6, 15-10, 22-6, 29-6); August (5-6, 12-10, 19-6, 26-10); September (2-6, 09-6, 16-6, 23-6, 30-10); October (7-10).

1938: April (28-6); May (5-6, 12-10, 19-10, 26-10); June (2-10, 09-?, 16-10, 23-9, 30-6); July (7-6, 14-10, 21-10, 28-6); August (4-6, 11-6, 18-6, 25-6); September (1-6, 08-6, 15-6, 22-6, 29-8); October (6-10).

1939: April (27-6); May (4-6, 11-6, 18-12, 25-10); June (1-10, 08-10, 15-10, 22-10, 29-10); July (6-10, 13-10, 20-10, 27-10); August (3-10, 10-10, 17-10, 24-10, 31-10); September (7-10, 14-10, 21-10, 28-10); October (5-10).

1940: April (25-8); May (2-10, 9-12, 16-10, 23-10, 30-8); June (6-10, 13-7, 20-10, 27-8); July (4-14, 11-10, 18-7, 25-9); August (1-8, 08-12, 15-8, 22-12, 29-8); September (5-11, 12-10, 19-10, 26-10); October (3-8).

SABR Research Services Manager Rod Nelson notes that another way to be efficient with downloads is to access the nearly 70,000 citations of articles from The Sporting News, compiled by the SABR Bibliography Committee as part of The Baseball Index.

Click here to go to Paper of Record.


    March 10—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 612-822-9638, mtjohnson10@mn.rr.com.

    April 7—Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Edina, 9:30 a.m., Deadball Stars of the American League. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617.

    May 5—Spring Chapter Meeting, Grace University Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net.

    May 20—Research Roundtable, Perkins Restaurant, 4917 Eden Avenue, Edina, 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dan Levitt, 612-377-5154, danrl@attglobal.net.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2006-007
President—Bob Tholkes
Vice President—Howard Luloff
Secretary—Armand Peterson
Treasurer—Kevin Hennessy
Jodi Elowitz
Dan Levitt
Art Mugalian

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