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

October 2016

Stew Thornley

Dick Stigman to Speak at October 29 Fall Chapter Meeting
Dick Stigman will be the featured guest at the Halsey Hall Fall Chapter Meeting Saturday, October 29 at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis. Stigman, a native of Nimrod, Minnesota, had some productive seasons for the Minnesota Twins in the early 1960s. Stigman participates in Twins Fantasy Camps in Florida, where a regular attendee is chapter member Lloyd Kepple, who extended the invitation to Stigman.

[Note: Dick Stigman will be unable to attend; however, former Twins player, manager, and broadcaster Frank Quilici will be the featured guest in his place.]

Registration for the meeting is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. Stigman will be on at 1:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch. The cost for the meeting and lunch is $10. The meeting only is $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting (with the understanding they might not know if they’re available until the meeting date is set. Proposals must be sent to Research Committee co-chairs Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson and include a title and brief outline of what the presentation will consist of with emphasis on the research that will be included. Standard presentations are 20 minutes (with an additional eight minutes for questions) although the duration may be longer or shorter depending on the needs of the presenter and of the schedule. The Research Committee (which also consists of Dan Levitt, Stew Thornley, Rich Arpi, and Bob Tholkes) will finalize the schedule of research presentations two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

Four research presentations have been approved:

9:15-9:45, Rich Arpi—Baseball at the Minnesota State Prison at Stillwater: The First 50 Years of the Stars, Grays, and Sisal Sox,1915-1964

10:00-10:30, Sarah Johnson—Baseball in France and Its Ties to Minnesota

10:45-11:15, Michael Fallon—How the Dodgers (Inadvertently) Saved Baseball in 1977

11:30-12:00, Peter Gorton—John Donaldson: Restoring the Legacy of Segregated Baseball’s Greatest Left-Handed Pitcher

As always, the meeting will conclude with a stimulating trivia contest led by Howard Luloff.

What Else?

New Date for the Book Club!!!!! The book club will next meet Saturday, October 8 (a week later than originally scheduled) at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract or The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract by Bill James. The group will also discuss the telecast of the first game of the 1968. The game is available for viewing on YouTube: 1968 World Series, Game 1 Tigers @ Cardinals.

The deadline for submitting research presentation abstracts for the 2017 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Baseball Conference (to be held April 21-22 in Cooperstown) is October 31. The abstract must be between 200 and 500 words for a 20- to 25-minute presentation, must include name, title, and contact information, and must be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to Peter Mancuso.

The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on Saturday, November 12 at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

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New Member
The Halsey Hall Chapter welcomes Tom Keeler, who can obviously hit them where they ain’t.

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Member News
Dan Levitt was published in The Business Journals with an article, In Business as in Baseball, Differention Is Often Key to Success.

Peter Gorton has been added to the planning committee for the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference. Peter established the Donaldson Network, which worked to identify games pitched by John Donaldson, many of which were in Minnesota.

Not her first roadeo (but her last): Brenda Himrich is retiring after more than 20 years as manager of bus safety for Metro Transit. As she attended her final bus roadeo in September, she was honored by her colleagues with the renaming of one of the roadeo bus stops.

Brenda Himrich at bus roadeo

And, in case you missed it the first time, be sure and check out Howard Luloff’s blog about local sports and game shows: Howilu Sports and Games Network

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   October 8 (new date)Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract or The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract by Bill James, and Game One of the 1968 World Series.

    October 29—Fall Chapter Meeting, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

   November 12—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Curran’s, 42nd and Nicollet, 9:00 a.m.

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Board of Directors 2016-2017
President—Frank Kadwell
Vice President—Tom Flynn
Secretary—Brent Heutmaker
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Gene Gomes
Lloyd Kepple
Doug Skipper

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Webmaster—John Gregory 
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