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

March 2012

Stew Thornley

Spring Chapter Meeting and Convention News

The Spring Chapter Meeting will be Saturday, April 21 at the Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-0125. That evening, the group will have a viewing party, watching the Twins-Rays game, which begins at 6:00. In between, it may be possible for the group to tour the baseball exhibit at the new Minnesota African American Museum in south Minneapolis.

Registration for the meeting is $10, which includes lunch. There is also a meeting-only price of $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Howard Luloff at 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net, by April 7.

At the business meeting during lunch, three members will be elected to the chapter’s board of directors to succeed outgoing directors Jerry Janzen, Cary Smith, and Bob Tholkes. Anyone interested in running for a two-year term may contact Nominating Committee Chair Kevin Hennessy at 651-492-2298.

Candidates may want to mark their calendars for Sunday, June 3, when the chapter board of directors will meet and elect officers for the 2012-2013 year. The board meeting will be at 6:00 p.m.. At this meeting, the incoming board members and holdover board members will elect, from among themselves, a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer to a one-year term that will begin July 1. (A description of the duties for these offices is at http://halseyhall.org/bylaws#procedures.) Other than the elections at this board meeting, only the outgoing and holdover board members will be allowed to vote on chapter business because the board term of the incoming members will not begin until July 1.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting. Proposals must be made in writing (e-mail is fine) to Research Committee Chair Bob Tholkes, 3966 NE Reservoir Boulevard, Columbia Heights, Minnesota 55421-4069, 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. The Research Committee (which also consists of Dan Levitt, Cary Smith, Stew Thornley, and Rich Arpi) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by April 7, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

One research presentation, the history of baseball in North Dakota by Terry Bohn, has been scheduled.

The evening viewing party of the 6 p.m. Minnesota at Tampa Bay game will be at Smalley’s 87 Club in Butler Square, 100 North Sixth Street in Minneapolis. The SABR board is meeting in Minneapolis that night and will join the Halsey Hall Chapter to eat, drink, and watch and talk baseball. This is an opportunity for members to meet the board and executive director in a relaxed setting.

SABR 42 will be at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center from Wednesday, June 27 to Sunday, July 1, 2012.

In addition to the events already scheduled and publicized for the SABR convention this summer, a trip to the baseball exhibit at the new Minnesota African American Museum will be held on Thursday night, June 28.

Scott Fischthal and Neal Traven have issued a call for presentations at the convention:

The submission deadline for abstracts for oral or poster presentations at SABR42 is midnight Pacific Standard Time, Sunday, February 19, 2012.

Submit abstracts to sabr2012-presentations@comcast.net, the research presentations address for SABR42. You may also use the alternate address sabr42-presentations@comcast.net.

Questions regarding the submission, review, and evaluation procedures should also be sent to the sabr2012-presentations@comcast.net address.

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Chapter Outing to Minnesota-West Virginia Game March 3 and Other Events

At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 the Minnesota Gophers will play the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Metrodome. Howard Luloff is picking up free passes. Anyone who wants to attend may meet Howard at 5:30 under the b. f. sign on 6th Street and Chicago Avenue.

The next Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on March 3 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

The chapter book club’s next selections are Spartan Seasons: How Baseball Survived the Second World War by Richard Goldstein and Even the Browns: Baseball During World War II by William B. Mead. The book club will meet on Saturday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Barnes and Noble cafe in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. Har Mar Mall is located on Snelling Avenue about a mile and a half north of the state fairgrounds. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.

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Baseball: America’s Game Exhibit and SABR Author Event at Minneapolis Library

An exhibit, Baseball: America’s Game, will be at the Minneapolis Central Library April 9 to June 15. As part of the exhibit, Connie Hill is arranging a panel discussion among award-winning SABR authors, including Dan Levitt and Tom Swift, will be held at the library the evening of Tuesday, April 10. The exhibit and event are open to the public.

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Casey at the Boudoir

Boston Globe cartoonist Gene Mack, known for the series of ballpark drawings he sketched for The Sporting News in 1946-47, had some drawings on page 22 of the April 12, 1950 The Sporting News after the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League came out with uniforms with short pants.

Casey at the Boudoir

Mack’s stadium drawings, with most containing a write-up of the ballpark, appeared in the following issues of The Sporting News:

  • Comiskey Park, August 7, 1946, p. 2
  • League Park, August 21, 1946, p. 11
  • Briggs Stadium, August 28, 1946, p. 11
  • Sportsman’s Park, September 11, 1946, p. 11
  • Fenway Park, October 2, 1946, p. 13
  • Braves Field, January 15, 1947, p. 14
  • Wrigley Field, February 19, 1947, p. 15
  • Crosley Field, February 26, 1947, p. 15
  • Polo Grounds, March 5, 1947, p. 6
  • Griffith Stadium, August 16, 1947, p. 21
  • Yankee Stadium, April 30, 1947, p. 17
  • Cleveland Stadium, October 13, 1948, p. 21
  • Ebbets Field, October 12, 1949, p. 21

The Sporting News is available on-line through Paper of Record, which can be used by SABR members on the SABR website (under Research).

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New Members

We are no longer getting regular updates on new SABR members in our area, and some of you who have joined recently may not have heard from us. We want you to know that we’re happy to have you and hope you will attend our upcoming events as well as get involved in our activities, including this summer’s SABR convention in Minneapolis.

We’d also like to introduce you to others in our newsletter. If you have joined in the last year and not yet been contacted by our chapter, please contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791, the chair of the membership committee. Thanks a lot.

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Still Time to Vote for the All-Region Hall of Honor

The deadline for voting on the All-Region Hall of Honor is February 29. The list of members selected will be announced at the SABR convention this summer in Minneapolis. The original ballot is in the January 2012 The Holy Cow!

A few changes have been made to the list with the following write-in candidates, suggested by members, added for consideration:

Larry Biittner, Pocahontas, Iowa
Hank Gehring, St. Paul, Minnesota
Johnny Niggeling, Remsen, Iowa
Roy Patterson, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
Hy Vandenberg, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Julian Wera, Winona, Minnesota

Also, Jeff Heath and Spencer Harris are being dropped from the ballot because it was learned that they grew up outside the region.

Anyone who has already voted is welcome to submit a new ballot or make changes to the one already submitted. Halsey Hall Chapter members may vote for up to 30 people.

Send your picks to Art Mugalian, 5033 18th Ave. South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55417

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    March 3—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

    March 3—West Virginia vs. Minnesota, Metrodome, 6:30 p.m. Meet Howard Luloff at 6th Street and Chicago Avenue at 5:30 p.m.

    March 18—Convention Committee. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

    April 1—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791.

    April 7—Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Spartan Seasons: How Baseball Survived the Second World War by Richard Goldstein and Even the Browns: Baseball During World War II by William B. Mead. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.

    April 21—Spring Chapter Meeting. Grace University Lutheran Church. Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    June 27-July 1, 2012—SABR Convention, Marriott City Center Hotel, Minneapolis.  

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