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Jim Rantz, recently retired after more than 50 years in the Twins/Senators organization, was the featured speaker at the Halsey Hall Chapter spring meeting on April 20. Jim told some Halsey Hall stories, talked of discovering Kirby Puckett, and recapped the Twins minor league system this year with inside looks at Oswaldo Arcia, Miguel Sano, Eddie Rosario, and Byron Buxton.
Twenty-eight membersRoger Raina, Roger Godin, Lee Temanson, John Swol, Howard Luloff, Steve Smith, Jed Levitt, Steve Ginader, Gene Zavadil, Tom Flynn, Frank Kadwell, John Gallo, Gene Gomes, Fred Buckland, Bob Komoroski, Rich Arpi, Doug Skipper, Dan Levitt, Dave Jensen, Brenda Himrich, Art Mugalian, Gary DeSmith, Jerry Janzen, Stew Thornley, Scott Cummings, Sarah Johnson, Lloyd Kepple, and George Rekelaattended the meeting, which featured three research presentations:
Doug Skipper, Leanne Rohrbach, Scott Cummings, and Gary DeSmith were elected to two-year terms on the chapters board of directors. They will join the board July 1, succeeding Art Mugalian, Fred Buckland, Gary DeSmith, and Brenda Himrich. The board of directors will meet June 2 and elect, from among the new and holdover members, officers for 2013-2014.
The meeting concluded with the ever-popular quiz by Howard Luloff, in which Team Levitt came from behind to kick the crap out of Team Thornley, and later the group attended the movie 42 and then went to Davannis for drinking and general debauchery.
The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, June 15 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss Francona: The Red Sox Years by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy. A new feature for the meeting will be discussion of complete-game telecasts of baseball games. Members are invited to purchase the telecast for Game 7 of the 1965 World Series, available on iTunes for $1.99, and discuss the game and the telecast. If members are interested in continuing watching vintage games, the group will decide on other games to watch and meet in conjunction with the book club or at a separate time. Gary DeSmith will oversee the video group.
The riverboat dinner cruise on Friday night (6:00 to 8:00) is $40. The research and discussion panels from 8:00 to 5:00 on Saturday are $31 (which includes, parking, breakfast, lunch, and snacks), and the ticket for dinner and the baseball game Saturday night is $35. To register, send a check made out to University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse to Mike Haupert, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, 1725 State Street, LaCrosse, Wisconsin 54601. Be sure and include the names of all people attending and for which events, along with your address, phone number, and e-mail address.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Best Western in La Crosse at a special Celebration of Baseball rate of $89.99. Call the Best Western at 888-253-1628 and mention the Celebration of Baseball to get the conference rate. This special rate will only be in effect until May 7 (and the hotel is sold out beyond this block of rooms).
For more information on the conference, contact Mike Haupert.
Some members are also planning to go to Duluth for a Northwoods League game between Duluth and Alexandria at Wade Stadium on Saturday night, July 7. The group will gather between 4:00 and 4:30 for a pre-game meal at Gannuccis Italian Market, 301 N. Central Avenue, Duluth 55807, 218-624-2286. Carpools will be arranged. Those interested in the Duluth trip may contact Stew Thornley at 651-415-0791.
Joel Rippel points out that Minneapolis city directories from 1859 to 1917 are available on-line through the Hennepin County Library website. Ted Hathaway of the library says that they hope to digitize the directories from 1918 to 1922 later this year.
Of other interest:
Sarah Johnson will chair a committee to explore ways for the chapter to be involved in the 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota. Anyone interested in getting involved may contact Sarah.
June 15Book Club and Vintage-Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Francona: The Red Sox Years by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy and Game 7 of the 1965 World Series. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, and Gary DeSmith, 320-286-5127.
June 2Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.