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Dan Levitt Receives Henry Chadwick Award
Dan is is the author or co-author of several baseball books, covering the Federal League, longtime Yankee general manager Ed Barrow, and the evolution of team building. The breadth of his research contributions includes biography, records (discovering the season record for lowest earned-run average), statistical analysis, labor relations (an extensive project with the Major League Baseball Players Association), economics (uncovering the truth behind Harry Frazees finances), and more, studying more than a century of baseball history. He has received several awards for his research, and his extensive contributions to SABR earned him the Bob Davids Award in 2015.
I was completely surprised and utterly elated, Dan said. Its incredible to be included with the distinguished lineup of past winners.
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.
Three presentations have so far been approved:
Longtime SABR member Tom Merrick will travel from Jamestown, North Dakota, to present on the first night game in Jamestown, which occurred in 1931. Tom has been researching Jamestown teams, which were integrated and included various Negro Leaguers and Black Sox-exile Swede Risberg, from 1928-1934.
Ejection Diaries: John McGraw Battles the National Leagues Umpires and Executives by Dan Levitt. John McGraw was one baseball’s greatest managers and one of New York’s most celebrated figures. He could be charming and generous. Alternatively, he often found himself in the middle of physical confrontations and bitter controversies, frequently from his abuse of the umpires. The details of many of McGraws clashes with the umpires can be unearthed in the massive Garry Herrmann collection at the Baseball Hall of Fame, only relatively recently organized and processed for researchers to use. I have combed these reports to find the umpires descriptions in their own words of their confrontations with McGraw and their consequences.
Baseball Scoring and the Law by Stew Thornley, an abbreviated version of a presentation for a Law and the Business of Baseball class at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in June. It looks at various aspects of official scoringjudgment calls and the appeal process and scoring rulesand relates them to various aspects of the law. It will include a few videos of plays.
Speculation on the Origin of the Baseball Umpire by Bob Tholkes.
Bob Komoroski has agreed to run for the board. Others are welcome to indicate interest, and nominations from the floor will be open during the business meeting.
Anyone interested in running for a two-year term may contact Stew Thornley, 651-492-5410.
Name at least five members of the Baseball Hall of Fame whose last names are also the first name for a girl or woman.
World Baseball Classic
Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning
Dairy Queen Classic Baseball Tournament
If interested, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.
U. S. Bank Stadium Baseball Games for 2017.
Friday, June 24: Townball game with the Cannon Falls Bears at the Dundas Dukes. The game is at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 15: Northwoods League game with the Waterloo Bucks at the Mankato MoonDogs. The game is at 6:05 p.m., and Howard Luloff is working with the MoonDogs about some possible activities at Franklin Rogers Park in the afternoon.
Saturday, July 29: Northwoods League game with the Mankato MoonDogs at the ThunderBay Border Cats. The game is at 6:05 p.m. (and Thunder Bay is on Eastern Time). This game will depend on the level of interest among members and could be canceled for lack of interest. Contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791 if you are interested. We will try to organize carpools (and members are encouraged to contact others and set up their own, if possible) and leave the Twin Cities early that morning. This will leave time for lunch in Duluth or along the North Shore and some sightseeing in Thunder Bay. (You have to see the Sleeping Giant.) The plan would be to stay overnight at the Super 8 in Thunder Bay and return on Sunday. You may need a passport.
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Christopher played baseball in high school, attended the 1982 World Series, worked for the Seattle Mariners Class A farm team, and worked for the Minnesota Twins from 1992 to 1994.
Born in 1963, Christopher shares his September 8 birthday with Walter Buck Leonard, Gerrit Cole, Gil Meche, Don Aase, Ernie Orsatti, Steve Hargan, Jim Bagby Jr. Ken Forsch, Patsy Cline, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Duffy Daugherty, Peter Sellers, L. C. Greewood, Rogatien Vachon, Frank Cady, and Kid Cann.
Jeff Jurgella is the senior director of corporate partnerships with the Minnesota Twins. He has worked in baseball for many years, including the Madison Muskies, an Oakland farm team in the Midwest League, from 1988 to 1991, and in a variety of roles with the Twins from 1992 to 1998. He left for 15 years and returned to the Twins in his current job in 2013.
Jeff was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and attended his first baseball game at County Stadium in 1975. He got his most treasured autograph at that game, from Bobby Mitchell.
Jeff has a wife, Carrie, and three kids: Cal, 20; Katy, 18; and Luke, 16.
Born in 1965, Jeff shares his May 22 birthday with Al Simmons, Foster Babe Ganzel, Jim Colborn, Jose Mesa, Chad Tracy, Tommy John, Richie Coggins, Jose Valdivielso, Otis Clark, Walt Hriniak, Dave Hawg Hanner, Laurence Olivier, Johnny Olson, Harvey Milk, and Clyde Tolson.
Also new to the Halsey Hall Chapter: Tom Lennon, and Gerry Tucker
Know a potential member? Here are resources for getting that person happily involved in SABR:
March 4Minnesota Gophers vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, 6:30 p.m, U. S. Bank Stadium. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.
March 10 and March 22World Baseball Classic Viewing Parties, Cuba vs. Venezuela, 8:00 p.m. Bunny’s Northeast, northwest quadrant of Broadway and Marshall in northeast Minneapolis.
March 20Research Committee meeting, 7:00 p.m, Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina. (This meeting will include a recap of the World Baseball Classic games played in Jalisco, Mexico, earlier in the month.) For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson.
April 8Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., October 1964 by David Halberstam and Game Seven of the 1987 World Series.
April 29Spring Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.
June 23Townball: Cannon Falls Bears at Dundas Dukes, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Park. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.
July 15Northwoods League: Waterloo Bucks at Mankato MoonDogs, 6:05 p.m., Franklin Rogers Park. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.
July 29Northwoods League: Mankato MoonDogs at Thunder Bay BorderCats, 6:05 p.m., Port Arthur Stadium. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.
Board of Directors 2016-2017
Vice PresidentTom Flynn
The Holy Cow! EditorStew Thornley
Ass. WebmastersStew Thornley and Frank Kadwell
Social Media DirectorTom Flynn