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

September 2017

Stew Thornley

  • Fall Chapter Meeting and Other Upcoming Events
  • New Members
  • Member and Chapter News
  • Calendar
  • Board of Directors
  • Resources

    Fall Chapter Meeting and Other Upcoming Events
    The 2017 Fall Chapter meeting will be Saturday, November 4 at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis.

    Registration for the meeting is at 8:30 with research presentations beginning at 9:00. A business meeting will be held during lunch with a featured guest to follow. 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.

    Lloyd Kepple reports that Dick Stigman is interested in attending as a featured guest. Dick, a noted Minnesota player who pitched for the Twins in the 1960s, has been interested in the past but has had to demur for various reasons. His attendance at this time is tentative but hopeful. Emma Charlesworth-Seiler has completed her season umpiring in the Gulf Coast League. After a few weeks at home, she will resume umpiring in the instructional league in October. Emma hopes to be back for our chapter meeting November 4 and may be able to speak on her experiences umpiring in organized baseball.

    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, Jim Cox, Doug Skipper, 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.

    Three proposals have been approved so far:

    • John Gallo: The 1957 St. Paul Saints
    • Sarah Johnson: When Baseball’s Winter Meetings Came to Minneapolis
    • Bob Tholkes: Speculations on the Origins of Baseball Umpiring

    The Research Committee will meet Monday, September 25 at 7 p.m. at the Himrich home, 1082 Lovell Avenue, Roseville 55113-4419, 651-201-4655.

    Research note: A good place to start with any research project is the Halsey Hall Chapter Baseball Research Primer.

    Other Stuff:
    Book Club
    The Halsey Hall Chapter Book Club will meet Saturday, October 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the usual spot, Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. The book selection is Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution by Brian Kenny. The group will also discuss the Highlights from the 1962 World Series. It is available on You Tube: 1962 World Series Highlights Giants Yankees

    Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning
    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, September 9 at the new location, Bunny’s Northeast, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413, 612-545-5659 (in what was the keg warehouse of the Grain Belt Brewery).

    Keep up to date with chapter activities on social media:

    SABR Halsey Hall Chapter Facebook page

    Halsey Hall Chapter Twitter page

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    New Members
    John Engrav grew up in the Twin Cities as a baseball-loving kid who hit a home run in seventh grade, majored in American history in college, and has worked as an usher for the St. Paul Saints in addition to working for a life insurance and retirement firm in St. Paul. He loves reading about the Deadball Era and has begun reading about the Federal League, which has caught his interest enough that he purchased a Brooklyn Tip Tops groundskeeping jacket from Ebbets Field Flannels.

    Born in 1984, John shares his June 30 birthday with current and former SABR members Shane Carlson and Phyllis Thornley as well as Trea Turner, Al Newman, Garret Anderson, Chan Ho Park, Mitch Maier, Bud Black, Davy Jones, Tony Fernandez, Ron Swoboda, Mark Grudzielanek, Bud Black, Jerry Kenney, Pat Venditte, Yo Yo Davalillo, Michael Phelps, Mike Tyson, Cole Swindell, Lena Horne, Dan Reeves, Fred Schaus, Lizzy Caplan, Chief Henry Caruthers Roman Nose, and Adolf Furtwängler.

    Also new to the Halsey Hall Chapter:
    Carey Jeremiason of Minneapolis and Martin Tebay of Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

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

    Halsey Hall Chapter events

    Membership application

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    Member and Chapter News
    Seth C. “Dr. Fan” Hawkins was in Texas July 30 for Adrian Beltre’s 3,000th hit, the 23rd consecutive 3,000th hit he has seen going back to Hank Aaron in 1970. Next up on the hit parade is Albert Pujols, with a projected milestone date of around Memorial Day next year.

    Dr. Fan was in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for the Pirates-Cardinals game and continued on to Atlanta to rack up the 79th and 80th stadiums in which he has seen a major-league game. The only ballpark of his lifetime he has missed is League Park in Cleveland.

    Dr. Fan will also be making a Lecture at the Castle on September 27 at the Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, on Baseball in the Age of Craigdarraoch. Admission is by donation but seating is limited. Interested attendees may reserve a spot by calling 250-592-5323 or emailing info@thecastle.ca.

    Jeffrey Williams had an article published in the Mankato Times on Lou Gehrig examination at the Mayo Clinic in 1939: “Columbia Lou” Gehrig’s Legacy Lives on 76 Years after His Passing.

    A. J. “Crash” Richard was in Clinton, Iowa, September 1 when Conner Grey of the Kane County Cougars pitched a perfect game against the Lumberkings in the Midwest League.

    How many Halsey Hall Chapter members have been present for a perfect game?

        September 9—Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bunny’s Northeast, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.

        September 25—Research Committee meeting and SABR convention recap, 7:00 p.m, Himrich home, Roseville. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791, or Sarah Johnson.

       October 7Book Club and Vintage Game Video Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution by Brian Kenny and 1962 World Series Highlights.

        November 4—Fall Chapter Meeting, 9:00 a.m, Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.

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    Board of Directors 2017-2018
    President—Tom Flynn
    Vice President—Frank Kadwell
    Secretary—Brent Heutmaker
    Treasurer—Jerry Janzen
    Gene Gomes
    Bob Komoroski
    Hans Van Slooten

    Membership Committee Chair—Hans Van Slooten
    Events Committee Chair—Howard Luloff
    Research Committee Chairs—Brenda Himrich and Sarah Johnson

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

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