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

September 2009

Chuck Blomquist Dies
Tom Quinlan to Speak at Fall Chapter Meeting
Joel Rippel published in The National Pastime
New Members
Board of Directors

Chuck Blomquist Dies

Chuck Blomquist died of pancreatic cancer on August 17. A longtime member and a past member of the chapter’s board of directors from 2003 to 2005, Chuck was a regular attendee of chapter meetings and made research presentations in 2003 and 2005 on the Alaska Baseball League and the Midnight Sun Game, held on the summer solstice, in Fairbanks. He and his wife, Joyce, attended several of these games.

A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 12 at the First Unitarian Society, 900 Mount Curve Avenue, Minneapolis 55403, near Walker Art Center. Peanuts and Crackerjack will be served and Take Me Out to the Ballgame will be played. During the program, there will be time for anyone to share memories of him.

“You were friends, and we all know he loved baseball, especially the minor leagues,” wrote Joyce. “SABR and the Halsey Hall Chapter meant a lot to Chuck.”

Tom Quinlan to Speak at Fall Chapter Meeting

Tom Quinlan will be the featured guest at the Halsey Hall Chapter Fall Meeting on Saturday, October 17. A hockey and baseball star at Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood, Quinlan was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays as well as by the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. He signed with the Blue Jays and later played in parts of two seasons with them as well as with the Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins.

The chapter meeting will be at the Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-0125. Parking is in lot AA, across Harvard Street from the church.

Attendees can head over to the Kevin Hennessy home (608 Grand Avenue, St. Paul 55102, 651-651-492-2298) after the meeting to watch the playoffs on television.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the opening ceremonies at 9:00. Tom Quinlan will be on next, followed by research presentations, which will take place before and after lunch. So far, four research presentations have been scheduled:

  • Dan Levitt on the business side of the Federal League
  • John Bonnes, Baseball’s Blogosphere
  • Bob Tholkes on the New York Sunday Mercury
  • Mendal Mearkle on the Hall of Fame credentials of Stuffy McInnis

Other members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting. Proposals must be made in writing (e-mail is fine) to Research Committee Chair Rich Arpi, 2445 Londin Lane East, Unit 410, Maplewood 55119-5547, 651-739-6986, rich.arpi@comcast.net, and should 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. Generally, up to five presentations may be accommodated, and these will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Research Committee (which also consists of Tom Swift, Dan Levitt, Bob Tholkes, Cary Smith, and Stew Thornley) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by October 3, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

The cost of the meeting is $8 with lunch and $5 without lunch. Please RSVP to Events Chair Howard Luloff at 952-922-5036, hfan77@webtv.net, by October 10.

Joel Rippel published in The National Pastime

Joel Rippel had an article on Clark Griffith—the son of Calvin Griffith, nephew of Joe Cronin, and great-nephew of Clark C. Griffith—in the 2009 The National Pastime, which also served as the convention publication for SABR.

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New Members

Karl Larson is from Gardner, North Dakota, and now lives in Fargo, where he is a student in public history at North Dakota State and a student employee of the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies.

He played baseball through high school and, attending his first major league game, saw Sidney Ponson shut out the Twins. Karl also once witnessed a Luis Rivas walk-off home run against the Royals. “I’m not sure which was more unlikely,” he says.

Karl shares his November 4 birthday with fellow chapter member Pete Gorton as well as Bobby Wallace, Carlos Baerga, Eric Karros, Tito Francona, Dick Groat, Carl Sawatski, John Grabow, and Will Rogers.

Dick “Richard” Marple grew up in Faribault, where he played (“good field/occasional hit”) and also watched the Faribault Lakers, featuring Howie Schultz, in the Southern Minnesota League. He became a Milwaukee Braves fan as he listened to their games on KDHL 920 AM.

Dick saw his first Twins game, against the Tigers, in May of 1961. His saddest day at the ballpark came September 30, 1981, the last game at Met Stadium. He has never been in the Metrodome but has seen a lot of baseball elsewhere, taking tours with the “Save the Met” group. Dick attended the fifth game of the 1982 World Series, at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Five years later he was back at County Stadium to see Kirby Puckett get 10 hits in 11 at-bats for the Twins in a pair of weekend games.

As a cab driver in Minneapolis in the late 1970s, Dick’s passengers included Yogi Berra, Catfish Hunter, Ron Davis (when he was with the Yankees), Clint Hurdle, Matt Keough, Bob Fishel, and the best tipper of the bunch, Don Stanhouse.

Dick had been a member of SABR in pre-internet years and, as a baseball biographies junkie, hopes to improve his research skills and contribute to the SABR BioProject.

Dick was born October 19, 1945, four days before Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers and the same day as Alan Mitchell Edward George Patrick Henry “Dirty Al” Gallagher was born. Dick shares his birthday with fellow chapter member Fred Buckland as well as Three-Fingered Brown, Fred Snodgrass, Super Joe McEwing, Sandy Alomar Sr., Walter Bond, Tim Belcher, Michael Young, Randy Ruiz, J. A. Happ, Keith Foulke, and Bob O’Farrell.


    September 5—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.

    September 13—Research Committee Meeting. For more information, contact Rich Arpi, 651-739-6986, rich.arpi@comcast.net.

    October 4—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin Hennessy, 651-651-492-2298, kwhennes@ties2.net.

    October 10—Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye. For more information, contact Tom Dolen, 651-483-8617, or Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, amugalian@comcast.net.

    October 17—Fall Chapter Meeting. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036, Hfan77@webtv.net.  

Board of Directors 2009-2010
President—Kevin Hennessy
Vice President—George Rekela
Secretary—Art Mugalian
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Fred Buckland
Gary Hackenmueller
Scot Johnson

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