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

September 2011

Stew Thornley

Chapter Meeting and 2012 Convention News

The Fall Halsey Hall Chapter Meeting will be Saturday, October 15 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.

Registration is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. The featured guest (possibly Robb Quinlan) and trivia will start 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, 763-208-1637, by October 8.

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 Bob Tholkes, 3966 NE Reservoir Boulevard, Columbia Heights, Minnesota 55421-4069, 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. The Research Committee (which also consists of Dan Levitt, Cary Smith, Stew Thornley, and Rich Arpi) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by October 1, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.

Attendees, along with other SABR members and family, can head over to the Thornley-Himrich residence (1082 Lovell Avenue, Roseville, 651-415-0791) after the meeting to watch playoffs on television. Map and directions.

One research presentation, The Birth of Baseball Statistics by Bob Tholkes, has been scheduled: “Henry Chadwick may not have merited the title ‘Father of Baseball,’ but he does indeed seem to have fathered baseball statistics. He published 18 pages of 1860 player statistics in the Febuary 1861 edition of Beadle’s Dime Base Ball Player, the first time that collected statistics were published. The presentation describes the statistics, shows examples, and comments on Chadwick’s work.”

SABR 42 will be held in Minneapolis next summer. As of now, it looks like the dates will be the final week of June and the location will be the Marriott in downtown Minneapolis, just a few blocks from Target Field. Events being planned for the convention include a Twins game, a Saints game, an author event, a reception at the home and Victorian museum of Seth C. “Dr. Fan” Hawkins, a tour of former ballpark sites, a trolley ride between Lakes Harriet and Calhoun followed by a tour of baseball graves in Lakewood Cemetery, a tour of the Minneapolis Central Library, and panels of executives, players, official scorers, and women in baseball.

Dan Levitt is editing the convention publication and an opportunity exists for someone to oversee the acquistion of photos for the publication. Anyone interested may contact Dan via e-mail or by phone at 612-377-5154.

Other upcoming events:
The Halsey Hall chapter book club’s next selection is The House that Ruth Built by Robert Weintraub. The book club will meet on Saturday, October 1 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.

The next Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on September 10 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).

In other news:
Fans attending the August 20 Yankees at Twins game saw an unusual event (and it wasn’t A. J. Burnett getting shelled) according to SABR member Trent McCotter, as noted in Beyond the Box Score (Copyright 2011, Sports Features Group). In the August 20 game, Russell Martin joined “Broadway” Aleck Smith and Rick Cerone as the only Yankees to catch and play second base in the same game.

A-Rod the cat, son of Brenda Himrich and Stew Thornley, brother of Jeter, and namesake of a three-time Most Valuable Player, died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 27, at the age of 5-1/2.

A-Rod and A-Rod
A-Rod and A-Rod

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Moneyball to Premier September 23

The movie Moneyball will premier September 23, and chapter members are planning on attending the movie that night. Details will be posted on the Minnesota baseball e-list, and a separate notice will be sent to chapter members through the SABR web site that week.


    September 10—Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

    September 25—Research and Convention Committee. For more information, contact Bob Tholkes, 763-781-6161.

    October 1—Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The House that Ruth Built by Robert Weintraub. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.

    October 2—Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791.

    October 15—Fall Chapter Meeting, Grace University Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

    Summer 2012—SABR Convention, Minneapolis.  

Board of Directors 2011-2012
President—Brenda Himrich
Vice President—Fred Buckland
Secretary—Art Mugalian
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Gary DeSmith
Cary Smith
Bob Tholkes

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—John Gregory 

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