Halsey Hall Chapter spring meeting (Minneapolis, MN)

The Halsey Hall Chapter will hold its Spring Chapter Meeting on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd Street in south Minneapolis.

Registration for the meeting is $10, which includes lunch. There is also a meeting-only price of $5. Those wanting lunch must RSVP to Howard Luloff at 952-922-5036 or hfan77@centurylink.net.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting at 9:00.

A business meeting will be held during lunch with a panel on black baseball in Minnesota to follow. Frank White, author of They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota will host a panel that includes Carl Rogan, Phil Brooks, and others. Carl is the grandson of Hall of Famer Bullet Rogan, and Phil is the grandson of Will Brooks, a player and manager of the Askin Marine Red Sox of Minneapolis in the early 1920s. In addition to notable relatives, all the panelists have their own experiences playing baseball in the Twin Cities.

Three presentations have so far been approved:

  • Longtime SABR member Tom Merrick will travel from Jamestown, North Dakota, to present on the first night game in Jamestown, which occurred in 1931. Tom has been researching Jamestown teams, which were integrated and included various Negro Leaguers and Black Sox-exile Swede Risberg, from 1928-1934.
  • Baseball Scoring and the Law by Stew Thornley, an abbreviated version of a presentation for a Law and the Business of Baseball class at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in June. It looks at various aspects of official scoring—judgment calls and the appeal process and scoring rules—and relates them to various aspects of the law. It will include a few videos of plays.
  • Major League Gamesmanship by Jacob Carl
  • 1900-1901: Two Years of Transition in Twin Cities and Minnesota Baseball by Rich Arpi

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.

Elections for the board of directors will be held during the business meeting. Four members will be elected to the board of directors to succeed outgoing directors Frank Kadwell, Tom Flynn, Lloyd Kepple, and Doug Skipper. Anyone interested in running for a two-year term may contact Stew Thornley, 651-492-5410.

For more information, visit the Halsey Hall Chapter's website at halseyhall.org.