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

May 2010

Minnesotans in Baseball Invited to Book Awards
Spring Chapter Meeting May 22
SABR Election
Quicksteps News
Board of Directors

Minnesotans in Baseball Authors Invited to Book Awards

Minnesotans in Baseball, written by members of the Halsey Hall Chapter, is a finalist for a book award from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association in he Recreation/Travel/Sports category.

The awards will be presented Wednesday, May 12 at the Minnesota Humanities Commission, 987 Ivy Avenue East in St. Paul, and the results will posted on the web site after the awards ceremony, which starts at 7 p.m.. Chapter members, especially those who contributed to the book, are welcome to attend but must RSVP to Marly Cornell, 952-929-5913, animarly@aol.com. Be sure and mention the name of the book and Nodin Press, the publisher.

Spring Chapter Meeting May 22

Former Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Doug Grow, who covered the Twins from 1979 to 1987, will be the featured guest at the Halsey Hall Chapter spring meeting Saturday, May 22. Doug, who now writes for MinnPost.com, recently had his book, We’re Gonna Win, Twins!, published.

The meeting will be 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. The group will attend the Twins-Brewers game in the afternoon.

Two research presentations have been scheduled:

  • Almost Perfect: Charles Bender’s No-hitter and the Invention of the Slider by Tom Swift
  • Suspended and Tie Games: A History of Rule Changes by Stew Thornley

Registration for the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies, hosted by Howard Luloff, starting at 9:00. The research presentations will take place in the morning with Doug Grow appearing from 10:30 to noon. The business meeting will be held during lunch between noon and 1 p.m., and another research presentation may be held before the group leaves for Target Field for the Twins-Brewers game.

Registration for the meeting is $8, 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 May 15.

During the business meeting, three members will be elected to the chapter’s board of directors. Anyone interested in running for a two-year term may contact Nominating Committee Chair Art Mugalian at 612-721-2825, amugalian@comcast.net. Candidates may want to mark their calendars for Sunday, June 6, when the chapter board of directors will meet and elect officers for the 2010-2011 year. The board meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Kevin Hennessy in St. Paul. 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.

Other Upcoming Events:
The next Hot Stove Saturday Morning will be May 1 at Bakers Square in Richfield.

The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet next on Saturday, June 5 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss two books about Willie Mays: Willie’s Time: Baseball’s Golden Age by Charles Einstein and Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend by James S. Hirsch. The book club will meet at its usual spot, the café area of Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville.

The Research Committee will meet Sunday, May 2 at 6 p.m. at Perkins in Edina.

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SABR Election

Ballots for the election of vice president and two director positions have been sent to members in the SABR Bulletin, and voting can also be done on-line. All members are urged to vote. One of the candidates for vice president, Bob Tholkes, is a Halsey Hall Chapter member. Here are the board candidates:

  • Vice President: Bill Nowlin, Rick Schabowski, Bob Tholkes
  • Secretary: D. Bruce Brown, Anthony Giacalone, Joe Hamrahi, Leslie Heaphy, Paul Hirsch, Tom Hufford, Steve Krevisky

Quicksteps News

The Quicksteps vintage base ball team will begin its season in May. Here is the schedule for the SABR nine:

  • Monday, May 31—Shakopee
  • Sunday, June 27—North Oaks
  • Sunday, August 1—Eagan
  • Monday, August 2—Fridley
  • Saturday, August 14—Richfield
  • Sunday, September 19—Brooklyn Park
Members may check for updates as well as for the schedule of the open squad at http://halseyhall.org/quicksteps.html.


    May 1—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153, baseballbooks@comcast.net.

    May 2—Research Committee Meeting. For more information, contact Rich Arpi, 651-739-6986, rich.arpi@comcast.net.

    May 22—Spring Chapter Meeting, Grace University Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, Hfan77@webtv.net.

    June 5—Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Willie’s Time: Baseball’s Golden Age by Charles Einstein and Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend by James S. Hirsch. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617, or Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, amugalian@comcast.net.

    June 6—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin Hennessy, 651-651-492-2298, kwhennes@ties2.net.  

Board of Directors 2009-2010
President—Kevin Hennessy
Vice President—George Rekela
Secretary—Art Mugalian
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Fred Buckland
Gary Hackenmueller
Scot Johnson

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—John Gregory 

Halsey Hall Chapter Web Page: http://halseyhall.org

Past issues of The Holy Cow! are available at http://halseyhall.org/pubs/holy.html


Chapter History: http://halseyhall.org/officers_history.html

Chapter Procedures and By-Laws: http://halseyhall.org/bylaws.html

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