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

September 2014

Stew Thornley

Mike Haupert Wins Doug Pappas Award for Best Presentation at SABR Convention

Mike Haupert won the 2014 Doug Pappas Award and received a $250 cash prize for the best oral research presentation, William Hulbert and the Birth of the Business of Professional Baseball, at the SABR convention in Houston.

Mike’ abstract:

Hall of Famer William Ambrose Hulbert was president of the Chicago White Stockings, founder of the National League, and its second president. At the time of his premature death in 1882 he had revolutionized the business and the game of baseball. His impact on the organization of professional sports leagues has endured to this day. Haupert tells the story of William Hulbert as the story of the evolution of the American business organization. Hulbert employed fundamental business principles to create the National League, which replaced the National Association, the first professional sports league in America. Through the discovery of primary documents, including letters, league minutes, and financial records Haupert describes several previously unknown facts concerning Hulbertís life and work, and will correct many inaccuracies that have been repeated over the past century.

Mike has also written a biography of William Hulbert for the SABR BioProject.

Other chapter presenters at the SABR convention:

  • Dan Levitt, The Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy
  • Paul Spyhalski, Texas Black Spiders

Halsey Hall Chapter members at the convention were John Gregory, Rich Arpi, Mike Haupert, Jim Wyman, Scott Cummings, Brenda Himrich, Shane Lally, Dan Levitt, Howard Luloff, Hans Van Slooten, Art Mugalian, Joe O’Connell, Paul Spyhalski, David Temple, Bob Tholkes, Stew Thornley, and Tom Tuttle.

Roger Clemens, Mike Gustafson, Jim Gilligan, and Mike Vance
Roger Clemens, College Baseball Hall of Fame executive director Mike Gustafson, Lamar University head coach Jim Gilligan, and moderator Mike Vance made up the college baseball panel at the SABR convention.

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Fall Chapter Meeting Set for October 25

The Fall Chapter Meeting will Saturday, October 25 at the Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis. Registration is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. The featured guest 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 Scott Cummings, 952-334-0075.

Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting. 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.

Other upcoming activities:
The Research Committee will meet Monday, August 25 7:00 p.m. at the Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina 55435. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson.

The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on September 6 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of York Avenue).

The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, October 4 at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville to discuss The Lords of Baseball: A Wry Look at a Side of the Game the Fan Seldom Sees—The Front Office by Harold Parrott. In addition, the group will discuss the telecast of the 1971 All-Star Game. The complete game is available for purchase from iTunes or for viewing on YouTube: 1971 MLB Allstar Game.

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Chapter and Member News

In front of Carson Park
Jerry Janzen, Mike Haupert, S. Thornley, Howard Luloff, Art Mugalian, Brenda Himrich, Ani Janzen (behind the camera), and Sarah Johnson (not yet arrived) attended a Northwoods League game August 9 at historic Carson Park in Eau Claire. The Mankato MoonDogs, with an 8-5 win over the Eau Claire Express, moved into first place on the penultimate day of the season.
Carson Park

John Rosengren had an article, A Game of Their Own, in Sports on Earth about summertime snowshoe baseball in Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin.

Anthony Bush has an article, When the Black Sox played on the Range: Chicago’s scandalous players replace the 1922 Duluth White Sox, on Zenith City Online. A longer and more in-depth article on the topic will appear in the SABR Baseball Research Journal.

The panels involving chapter members at the All-Star FanFest are online:

The Halsey Hall Chapter board of directors approved this addition to its Chapter Procedures:

Procedures for the Social Media Director
The social media director will maintain and update the chapter’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and use social media to promote SABR and the Halsey Hall Chapter as well as its members, events, and activities.

The board also recommended passage of an amendment to the BY-LAWS OF THE HALSEY HALL CHAPTER SOCIETY FOR AMERICAN BASEBALL RESEARCH, which will be voted on by the entire membership at the October 25 chapter meeting:

Section 2-Publication Editors/Webmaster
The editor(s) of chapter publications and the webmaster shall be appointed by the board of directors to a term of one year. The term shall start January 1. The term is renewable.

Change to:

Section 2-Publication Editors/Webmaster/Social Media Director
The editor(s) of chapter publications, the webmaster (and assistant webmasters, if appropriate), and director of social media shall be appointed by the board of directors to a term of one year. The term shall start January 1. The term is renewable.

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    August 25—Research Committee Meeting, Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue, Edina, 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich or Sarah Johnson.

    September 6—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and York, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.

    October 4—Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., The Lords of Baseball: A Wry Look at a Side of the Game the Fan Seldom Sees—The Front Office by Harold Parrott, and the 1971 All-Star Game. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825, and Gary DeSmith, 320-286-5127.

    October 25—Spring Chapter Meeting, Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Scott Cummings, 952-334-0075.

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Board of Directors 2014-2015
President—Doug Skipper
Vice President—Steve Ginader
Secretary—Gary DeSmith
Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
Scott Cummings
Gene Gomes
Leanne Rohrbach

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Webmaster—John Gregory 
Ass. Webmaster—Stew Thornley
Social Media Director—Tom Flynn

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