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


November 2021

Editor:
Stew Thornley

Index to past stories in The Holy Cow!

  • Haupert Stars in 19th Century Speaker Series
  • Fall Chapter Meeting November 13: Masks and COVID-19 Vaccinations Required
  • New Member Jason Albert
  • Cow Chips
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Haupert Stars in 19th Century Speaker Series
    Mike Haupert presented on William Hulbert and his influence on professional sports for the SABR 19th Century Committee on October 12. The presentation is on-line:

    SABR 19th Century Speaker Series: Mike Haupert, “William Hulbert and the Birth of the National League”

    It is worth watching, really interesting, and another example of the great research done by SABR members.

    Bonus: Mike will also present a shorter version of William Hulbert and the Birth of the National League at the Halsey Hall Chapter fall meeting November 13. Read on.

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    Fall Chapter Meeting November 13: Masks and COVID-19 Vaccinations Required
    The Fall Chapter Meeting will be at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis on Saturday, November 13. Tom Ryther, former sportscaster in the Twin Cities, will be the featured guest.

    Faith Mennonite Church requires that all visitors wear masks when not actively eating or drinking and that they sign in and include a phone number for the purposes of contact tracing should any visitors test positive for COVID after the meeting. In addition, all attendees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The sign-in sheet will include a column for attendees to initial to certify that they have been fully vaccinated. As usual, anyone who has a fever or is feeling sick should not come.

    Registration for the meeting is at 8:30 with the event beginning at 9:00.

    The meeting will consist of four research presentations:

    • 9:15-9:45—Anthony Bush on Llewellen Legg
    • 10:00-10:30—Carl Rogan on Bullet Rogan
    • 10:45-11:15—Dave Lande and Gene Gomes with a tutorial on doing a game story for the SABR Games Project
    • 11:00-Noon—Mike Haupert on William Hulbert and the Birth of the National League

    A business meeting will be held during lunch.

    Minutes of May 8, 2021 Chapter Meeting

    Tom Ryther and Howard Luloff’s always-a-hit trivia contest will be in the afternoon.

    The cost for the meeting and lunch is $10. The meeting only fee is $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    Jim Cox encourages members to bring baseball items to put on a table that will serve sort of like a free library, only with baseball stuff. People can give and take whatever is on the table. In addition, he asks for people to donate items that will be used as door prizes.

    If you can’t make it in person, the meeting may be on Facebook. If so, a link for Facebook Live will be sent to all members before the meeting.

    Other Events
    The Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will at Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis 55413 (behind the keg warehouse of the old Grain Belt Brewery), 612-545-5659 on Saturday, November 20 at 9:00 a.m.

    The Research Committee will meet November 22 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and again at the same time on December 13. Anyone wanting to participate may contact co-chairs Dave Lande or Gene Gomes.

    Research Committee members are Brenda Himrich, Sarah Johnson, Dan Levitt, Doug Skipper, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, Dave Lande, Anders Koskinen, Hans Van Slooten, Gene Gomes, Mike Haupert, and Bob Tholkes.

    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, December 4 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love by Tim Kurkjian. (Note: Kurkjian has another book, Is This a Great Game, or What? along the lines of I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies, and members are encouraged to read this one, too.)

    Brent Heutmaker has organized a list of all the book selections since the book club started in August 2002: Halsey Hall Book Club Selections

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

    Halsey Hall Chapter Twitter page

    Please visit both pages, and, if you haven’t yet, “Like” the Facebook page and “Follow” the Twitter page and set your notifications to be alerted to new posts.

    On that note, Tom Flynn is stepping down as the social media director for our Twitter account. Anyone interested in succeeding him may contact Gene Gomes, gggomes1@me.com. The chapter is grateful to Tom for initiating social media activities and for his years of service to the chapter.

    Also:

    Regular Events

    Video Archives of Past Events

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    New Member Jason Albert
    Jason Albert is a lifelong Brewers fan, having been born in Delavan, a tiny town in southeastern Wisconsin. He attended his first game on July 3, 1982 at County Stadium and watched the Brewers beat the White Sox 7-0. Some years later he was present to see Robin Yount get his 2,999th hit.

    Jason has lived in St. Paul since 2010. He has one wife and one son. Jason has worked in advertising and as a magazine writer and editor and is now an engineer at the Best Buy corporate headquarters.

    He has role played Nyjer Morgan’s gentleman alter ego, Tony Plush, which you can read about here:

    Being Tony Plush: Finding Redemption through Nyjer Morgan’s Gentleman Alter Ego

    Jason shares his February 26 birthday with Grover “Pete” Alexander, Trevor Larnach, Johnny Blanchard, J. T. Snow, Danny Gardella, Vic Janowicz, William Frawley, Johnny Cash, Victor Hugo, Jackie Gleason, Dub Taylor, Tony Randall, King Vaclav (Wenceslas) IV of Bohemia, Dick Klocko, and Buffalo Bill.

    Know a potential member? Here are resources for getting that person happily involved in SABR:

    Membership application

    Get more out of your membership experience by checking out SABR Member Benefit Spotlight Series.

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    Cow Chips
    Tom Merrick has a couple of new game stories in the SABR Games Project: May 11, 1913: Shoeless Joe Jackson’s First-inning Grand Slam Sparks Naps over Yankees and July 17, 1917: William Rumler Delivers a Win for Eddie Plank and the Browns.

    Terry Bohn has written about Rudy Kling and Jud Smith for the SABR SABR BioProject.

    Joel Rippel has a biography of David Matranga in the new SABR book, One-Hit Wonders, which is available as a free download to all members: SABR Digital Library.

    The October 2021 edition of Keltner’s Hot Corner, the newsletter of the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter is on the newsstands. Visit your favorite Woolworth’s or Ben Franklin store, or read it on-line:

    Keltner’s Hot Corner, October 2021

    For past Keltner’s Hot Corner newsletters:

    Keltner’s Hot Corner

    A 2006 book, Baseball in Minnesota: The Definitive History, has been revised and updated and is being re-released by Minnesota Historical Society Press. It will also be a door prize at the November 13 chapter meeting.

    Daniel Dorff attended the two Atlanta at Milwaukee playoff games.

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    Calendar
        November 13—Fall Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m., Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

        October 24—Halsey Hall Chapter Board of Directors meeting, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information on attending, contact Gene Gomes.

        November 20—Fred Souba Hot Stove League Saturday Morning, 9:00 a.m., Bunny’s Northeast.

        November 22—Research Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, contact Dave Lande or Gene Gomes.

       December 4Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love by Tim Kurkjian.

        December 12—Halsey Hall Chapter Board of Directors meeting, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information on attending, contact Gene Gomes.

        December 13—Research Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, contact Dave Lande or Gene Gomes.

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    Board of Directors 2021-2022
    President—Gene Gomes
    Vice President—Stew Thornley
    Secretary—Sarah Johnson
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Daniel Dorff
    Dave Lande
    John Swol

    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Co-Chairs—Dave Lande, Gene Gomes
    Membership Committee Chair—Stew Thornley

    The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
    Webmaster—John Gregory 
    Ass. Webmasters—Frank Kadwell, Hans Van Slooten, and Stew Thornley
    Social Media Director—Bob Komoroski, Facebook

    Halsey Hall Chapter Web Page

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