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

November 2010

Stew Thornley

Fall Chapter Meeting Draws 27 Members
New Members: Marshall Tanick, Paul Manocchia, and Anthony Reel
Book Club to Meet December 11
Board of Directors

Fall Chapter Meeting Draws 27 Members

The Halsey Hall Fall Chapter Meeting October 16 in Columbia Heights drew 27 SABR members—Howard Luloff, Jerry Janzen, George Rekela, Jed Levitt, Stew Thornley, Gary DeSmith, Art Mugalian, Gary Hackenmueller, Doug Ernst, Lee Temanson, Joe O’Connell, Rich Arpi, Bob Tholkes, Fred Buckland, Dave Jensen, Doug Kenison, Scot Johnson, John Swol, George Savanick, Mendal Mearkle, Pete Gorton, Todd Peterson, Mike Haupert, Dan Levitt, Kevin Hennessy, Cary Smith, and Dave Beal.

In addition to Howard Luloff’s baseball quiz, in which Team Smith kicked the crap out of Team Thornley, the meeting featured three research presentations:

  • Mike Haupert examined the question of baseball had integrated with the addition of four teams from the Negro Leagues rather than integration through individual players along with what the financial impacts would have been on the Negro Leagues and players in the newly integrated major leagues.
  • Todd Peterson presented a history of the St. Paul Colored Gophers of 1907 to 1911.
  • Stew Thornley showed photos of baseball stadiums in the Twin Cities from the 1880s to the present.

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New Members: Marshall Tanick, Paul Manocchia, and Anthony Reel

Marshall Tanick has rejoined SABR and the Halsey Hall Chapter. An attorney for more than 30 years, Marshall has presented at chapter meetings on baseball and the law and will be contributing an article on this subject for the publication for the 2012 SABR convention in Minneapolis. He is also an author and speaker on sports topics, including baseball.

Marshall served as an assistant clubhouse boy for the Minnesota Twins at Met Stadium, covered baseball as a writer and radio announcer at the University of Minnesota, and was an official scorer for the minor-league Rochester Red Wings.

A Minneapolis native, Marshall still lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Cathy, and has two children, a 26-year-old daughter, Lauren, and a 23-year-old son, Ross.

Born in 1947, Marshall shares his March 9 birthday with fellow SABR member Tom Dolen as well as Arky Vaughan, Campy Campaneris, Jim Landis, Jackie Jensen, Benito Santiago, Billy Southworth, Doug Ault, Aaron Boone, Jules Tygiel, Myril Hoag, Yuri Gagarin, Bobby Fischer, Bobby Sands, Linda Fiorentino, and Bow Wow.

Paul L. Manocchio is from Parsippany, New Jersey, and attended Parsippany Hills High School. He notes that Richie Zisk graduated from crosstown Parsippany High School. Paul knows of another Parsippany High graduate from around 1978 who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1980s and early 1990s; though he can’t remember this player’s name, he is confident that someone in the chapter can figure out the answer.

Paul played Little League baseball for several years and became a fan of the San Francisco Giants and later the New York Yankees. Because he was fast, could hit the long ball on occasion, and struck out a lot, he was compared by his friends to Bobby Bonds, one of his favorite Giants along with Willie Mays. “My love for the game comes from my 42 years of playing the Strat-O-Matic baseball board game and statistics in general. I love the statistical part of the game and miss the old The Sporting News, where I would pour over all the box scores and various statistics there in.”

Paul remembers going to Yankee games and having the good fortune to be able to get good seats, usually behind the visitors’ dugout, as his friend’s dad was a purchasing manager who had a connection to good tickets. He played a lot of slow-pitch softball in the late 1970s and early 1980s before he had children with his wife, Janine, whom he met at Hormel and is now self-employed as a computer analyst. Their daughter, Hope, is a senior majoring in English at Northwestern College in Roseville and is working toward her Master’s degree in English with an emphasis on writing and possibly toward a Ph.D. and a career in college teaching. Their son, Martin, is a freshman at Bethel University in Roseville with an undeclared major. Martin plays on Bethel’s varsity soccer team. “Unfortunately, at the age of 8 he liked soccer more than baseball . . . a left-hander when he was batting, he always seemed to make contact, something that his dad couldn’t do.”

Paul got his degree in engineering/engineering management with a civil engineering emphasis from the University of Missouri, Rolla, now know as the Missouri School of Science and Technology. Out of college he was hired by Hormel Foods Corporation as an industrial engineer and made his way into plant management. He moved throughout the Midwest with Hormel and currently is the grocery products superintendent in Austin, Minnesota. “This division at the plant makes most of the famous Spam luncheon meat. If I were to be known for something, from a business side of things, it is my knowledge of this process in my 30-plus years with Hormel.”

Paul now spends more time watching his son play soccer in the summer rather than attending baseball games, although he watches as much as he can on television with the MLB Extra Innings package.

Born in 1957, Paul shares his August 2 birthday with Grady Sizemore, Red Ames, Bombo Rivera, Luke Hughes, Tom Burgmeier, Huston Street, Matt Guerrier, Tim Wakefield, John Kiernan, Myrna Loy, Carroll O’Connor, and Martha Stewart.

Anthony Reel, aka Tony Garcia, is an Army brat born in Frankfurt, Germany, who spent his early years in the Los Angeles area and considers his hometown to be Simi Valley, California. He later graduated from Kaiserslautern American High School in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and moved to Minnesota, where he has lived ever since, in 1994 after leaving the Air Force. After living for many years in St. Louis Park and Elk River, he is now in Norwood Young America and is an accountant and a continuous improvement facilitator at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The first major league game he attended was between the Padres and Dodgers in Los Angeles in 1975. He went to El Paso Diablos games from 1984 to 1986 and, since moving to Minnesota, has watched countless Twins and Saints games. “Since 1994 I have watched countless Twins and Saints games, and, of course, I have seen all of the Dodgers games in Minnesota since moving here. After all, I bleed Dodger Blue (but the Twins have always been my number-two even though I never had any connection to Minnesota before moving here).” In Minnesota, Tony was present for Cal Ripken’s 3,000th hit at the Metrodome in 2000 and for the Twins-Tigers tiebreaker game in 2009.

As a player, Tony learned to catch and throw as a righty and a lefty although he played his first season, in 1980, as a righty after his new left-handed glove was lost in the family’s move from California to Germany. The following year he played the field right-handed and took the mound as a southpaw. For the next eight years he played as a left-handed first baseman and leftfielder. “In early 1995 I tried out for the Northern League and was told I would get a contract if I went to the Pioneer League’s tryout in two weeks. I decided not to do so. I have been asked to join the St Michael 35+ baseball team and did play a game for them this past summer. They do want me to pitch/play with them again next year.”

Tony started umpiring in Brooklyn Park in the mid-1990s and later umpired in Elk River. “I have since become one of the higher-rated umpires in the area thanks in part to training from a school co-directed by Vic Voltaggio and Bugsy Segal. I have also been working for that same organization for two years to train other umpires.” Tony began covering the Twins for a St. Cloud radio station in 2006 and has since become a reporter for STATS, Inc. and an official scorer for the St. Paul Saints.

Other achievements for Tony include winning a top award at a Minnesota College Debate Tournament Championships, earning Competent Toastmaster certification in 11 months, and having a radio show for four years. He loves sports and games, trivia, piano, and the movies. Despite having an extreme fear of water (if he is unable to see the floor of the body of water), Tony is a good swimmer.

Born in 1970, Tony shares his December 1 birthday with Kirk Rueter, Walter Alston, George Foster, Larry Walker, Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish, Cookie Lavagetto, Red Badgro, Dwain Sloat, Sarah Silverman (also born in 1970), Matthew Shepard, Calvin Griffith, Woody Allen, Lee Trevino, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler, and Charlene Tilton.

Book Club to Meet December 11

The next meeting of the chapter’s book club will be Saturday, December 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The selection is Miracle at Coogan’s Bluff by Thomas Kieran.

Book club member Doug Kenison has kept a list of all book club selections:

  • Hitter! The Life and Turmoils of Ted Williams by Ed Linn, August 2002
  • The Great American Novel by Philip Roth, October 2002
  • Stengel: His Life and Times by Robert Creamer, December 2002
  • Josh Gibson: The Power and the Darkness by Mark Ribowsky, February 2003
  • A Whole Different Ball Game: The Inside Story of Baseball’s New Deal by Marvin Miller (along with other books on baseball labor relations), April 2003
  • Walter Johnson: Baseball’s Big Train by Henry W. Thomas, June 2003
  • Paths to Glory: How Great Baseball Teams Got That Way by Mark L. Armour and Daniel R. Levitt, August 2003
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis, October 2003
  • Play for a Kingdom by Thomas Dyja, December 2003
  • Long Season and Pennant Race by Jim Brosnan, February 2004
  • Baseball in Minnesota (manuscript) by Stew Thornley, April 2004
  • The Duke of Havana: Baseball, Cuba, and the Search for the American Dream by Steve Fainaru and Ray Sanchez, June 2004
  • Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy by Jane Leavy, July 2004
  • The Numbers Game: Baseball’s Lifelong Fascination with Statistics by Alan Schwarz, October 2004
  • Nine Innings: Anatomy of a Baseball Game by Daniel Okrent, December 2004
  • Brushbacks and Knockdowns: The Greatest Baseball Debates of Two Centures by Allen Barra, February 2005
  • Rogers Hornsby: A Biography by Charles C. Alexander, April 2005
  • Under the Bleachers by Seymour Butts, May 2005
  • Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy inside the Mind of a Manager by Buzz Bissinger, June 2005
  • Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life by Richard Ben Cramer, August 2005
  • Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power, and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball by Howard Bryant, October 2005
  • The Book on the Book: A Landmark Inquiry into Which Strategies in the Modern Game Actually Work by Bill Felber, December 2005
  • Cool of the Evening: The 1965 Minnesota Twins by Jim Thielman, February 2006
  • Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams by Robert Peterson, April 2006
  • Brushing Back Jim Crow: The Integration of Minor-League Baseball in the American South by Bruce Adelson
  • The Spirit of St. Louis: A History of the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns by Peter Golenbock, August 2006
  • The Great Rivalry: The Yankees and Red Sox by Ed Linn, October 2006
  • We Played the Game: Memories of Baseball’s Greatest Era by Danny Peary and Lawrence S. Ritter, December 2006
  • Stengel: His Life and Times by Robert Creamer, February 2007
  • Deadball Stars of the American League by David Jones, April 2007
  • Jackie Robinson: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad, June 2007
  • Clearing the Bases: Juiced Players, Monster Salaries, Sham Records, and a Hall of Famer’s Search for the Soul of Baseball by Mike Schmidt and Glen Waggoner, August 2007
  • A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood’s Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports by Brad Snyder, October 2007
  • Built to Win: Inside Stories and Leadership Strategies from Baseball’s Winningest GM by John Schuerholz with Larry Guest, December 2007
  • 1939: Baseball’s Tipping Point by Talmage Boston, February 2008
  • Wild, High, and Tight: The Life and Death of Billy Martin by Peter Golenbock, April 2008
  • Chief Bender’s Burden: The Silent Struggle of a Baseball Star by Tom Swift, June 2008
  • Man on Spikes by Eliot Asinof, August 2008
  • Ed Barrow: The Bulldog Who Built the Yankees’ First Dynasty by Dan Levitt, October 2008
  • Crazy ‘08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History by Cait N. Murphy, December 2008
  • The Politics of Glory: How Baseball’s Hall of Fame Really Works by Bill James, April 2009
  • Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee by Allen Barra, June 2009
  • Catcher: How the Man Behind the Plate Became an American Folk Hero by Peter Morris, August 2009
  • Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye, October 2009
  • Black and Blue: The Golden Arm, the Robinson Boys, and the 1966 World Series That Stunned America by Tom Adelman, December 2009
  • The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It by Lawrence S. Ritter, February 2010
  • You Gotta Have Wa by Robert Whiting, April 2010
  • Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend by James S. Hirsch and Willie’s Time: Baseball’s Golden Age by Charles Einstein, June 2010
  • As They See ‘Em: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires by Bruce Weber and The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires by Larry R. Gerlach, August 2010
  • Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball by Bill Madden, October 2010

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    November 13—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.

    November 14—Research Committee Meeting, Perkins, Edina. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791, stew@stewthornley.net.

    December 5—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin Hennessy, 651-492-2298, kwhennes@ties2.net.

    December 11—Book Club Meeting, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Miracle at Coogan’s Bluff by Thomas Kiernan. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617, or Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, amugalian@comcast.net.

    January 29—Hot Stove League Meeting as part of SABR Day in America, 7:00 p.m.. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, Hfan77@webtv.net.

    Summer 2012—SABR Convention, Minneapolis  

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