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

November 2011

Stew Thornley

Fall Chapter Meeting Recap

The Halsey Hall Fall Chapter meeting was held October 15 in Minneapolis with 24 members and guests attending: Brenda Himrich, Phyllis Thornley, Rex Hamman, Fritz Reeker, Art Mugalian, Doug Ernst, Jerry Janzen, Stew Thornley, Lee Temanson, Rich Arpi, Howard Luloff, Barry Bengtsson, Fred Buckland, Mendal Merkle, Bob Evans, Dave Jensen, Doug Kenison, Bob Tholkes, Scott Cummings, Dan Levitt, Jim Storm, John Swol, Gregg Nelson, and Cary Smith.

The meeting featured two research presentations:

  • Rex Hamann on the Minneapolis Millers and St. Paul Saints teams that won American Association pennants.
  • Bob Tholkes on the birth of baseball statistics.

The meeting was preceded by a viewing of Mr. Ed in the episode in which Ed meets Leo Durocher and hits a home run off Sandy Koufax.


The featured speaker was former Twins All-Star Ron Coomer, who described his life in baseball and growing up as a Cubs fan on the south side of Chicago. Among other tales, Cooms described doing the home-run call of Jack Brickhouse as he fungoed rocks across Central Avenue into Midway Airport.

Ron Coomer
Ron Coomer

Other upcoming events:
The next Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on November 5 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

The Halsey Hall chapter book club’s next selection is Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. The book club will meet on Saturday, December 3 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 at 612-721-2825.

SABR Day in America will be Saturday, January 28, and the Halsey Hall Chapter will have its annual Hot Stove League get-together that night.

SABR 42 will be at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center from Wednesday, June 27 to Sunday, July 1, 2012. Deb Jayne of the SABR office will be in Minneapolis in November and will meet with the convention committee on November 20.

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New Members

Rich Bogovich was born in Chicago, grew up in south suburban Thornton, attended college at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and spent 25 years in Madison, Wisconsin, before moving to Rochester, Minnesota, in August. His wife, Laura Sutherland, just became senior pastor of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Rochester; years earlier, she had been a successful assistant attorney general for the state of Wisconsin. Rich and Laura have two high schoolers, Tasha and Josh.

Rich first learned about SABR in 1983 when he bought Ballantine’s second Bill James Baseball Abstract. As he was preparing to move from Wisconsin to Rochester, he used the SABR web site to search for a Minnesota Chapter.

A month after moving to Rochester, Rich finished a six-year stint as a new-construction adviser for Wisconsin’s statewide energy-efficiency program. In his spare time, Rich has been writing non-fiction. In 2003, McFarland & Company published his first book, The Who: A Who’s Who. He is now writing a biography for McFarland, due by Christmas, on Kid Nichols. “It has been thrilling to connect with several of his great-grandchildren,” he says. Rich has also written an entry on the first no-hitter and co-written one on the first shutout for a forthcoming SABR book project, Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century.

Rich says he is a “little fuzzy” about the first major league game he attended, although it was probably at Comiskey Park in 1969. At that same ballpark, on July 1, 1990, he saw Andy Hawkins of the Yankees pitch a no-hitter but lose the game, 4-0, to the White Sox as the Yankees made three errors in the last of the eighth. Rich enjoyed the outcome, not so much as a fan of the White Sox but as a person who doesn’t like the Yankees. He has always liked the Twins, along with most of the other American League teams (the New York entry being an exception) and, as a longtime fan of the Chicago north-side team, was thrilled to see the Cubs“ Carlos Zambrano no-hit the Astros on September 15, 2008. Rich attended the game with his son in Milwaukee, where a couple of Cubs-Astros games were moved from Houston because of Hurricane Ike.

Born in 1962, Rich shares his June 12 birthday with Bill Foster, Gerry Arrigo, Ryan Klesko, Otto Knabe, Damon Buford, Marv Albert, George H. W. Bush (whose son is a former part-owner of the Texas Rangers), Hideki Matsui, Scott Aldred, Keith Miller, Keith Miller, Darrel Akerfelds (1962, same year as Rich), Gerry Arrigo, John Roebling, Jim Nabors, and Anne Frank. Bill notes that pitchers born on June 12 have a combined record of 91-135, and the combined batting average of all players born on June 12 is .258.

Jim Storm is from Brainerd and, as a kid, was able to watch Herb Score pitch one year for Brainerd as well as all-black House of David teams that came to his home town. Jim loves town-team baseball and was at several games of the amateur state tournament in August and September. Jim and his wife have two daughters, one of whom is a research scientist at General Mills. Jim says he is, “A great guy, so I can deal with this Ph.D from THE Ohio State University. ” Jim has a website for the Center for Organizational Development.

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Member News

Frank White’s exhibit on black baseball in the state, They Played for the Love of the Game: Adding to the Legacy of Minnesota Black Baseball, is at Rondo Community Outreach Library at University Avenue and Dale Street in St. Paul through the end of the year. Frank will be making a presentation at the library on Wednesday, November 30, at 7:00 p.m.

Brenda Himrich and her husband got a 9-week-old cat, Mickey, on October 19.

Mickey the cat


    November 5—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

    November 20—Convention Committee. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.

    December 3—Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.

    December 4—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791.

    January 29—SABR Day in America and Hot Stove League Get-Together. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

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

Board of Directors 2011-2012
President—Brenda Himrich
Vice President—Fred Buckland
Secretary—Art Mugalian
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
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