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Fall 2002
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Sunday, 20 October 2002 00:00

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The Halsey Hall (Minnesota) and the Field of Dreams (Iowa) chapters met in Mason City, Iowa, on October 20, 2002, for a delightful afternoon of baseball research discussion. We met in the Music Man Square in Mason City, Iowa, where we were greeted by a life-sized sculpture of Meredith Willson. Thirty-nine people attended: eighteen from Minnesota, twenty from Iowa and one from Oklahoma.

The Oklahoman was our guest, author Todd Fuller, who read from his book, "Sixty Feet Six Inches and Other Distances from Home: The (Baseball) Life of Mose YellowHorse." We heard of YellowHorse's debut in Pittsburgh in 1921, his antics with Rabbit Maranville, and his beaning of Ty Cobb in an exhibition game after being the target of Cobb's taunts.

John Skipper, a Mason City native, made the arrangements for the meeting and served as emcee. Being a demanding bunch, we asked him to give a talk as well, and he responded. He presented information from his upcoming book on baseball managers, talking about Leo Durocher, Charlie Dressen, and why the Chicago Cubs are a manager's graveyard (a surprising number of Cub managers have never managed again after their time with the Cubs).

Stew Thornley shared a 15-minute radio interview with Lou Gehrig, originally aired in Rochester, Minnesota in 1939, when Gehrig was with the Mayo Clinic. It was a pleasant interview, in which Gehrig talked about some of the hot new prospects in baseball (like "that kid Williams from Minneapolis"), gave his opinion of night baseball (which he didn't think was real baseball, but spectacle) and opined that a ballplayer union would never succeed (he was right for the next 25 years or so).

Howard Luloff handled the trivia contest with aplomb. Stew Thornley (HH chapter) and Dan Greder (FoD chapter) tied for high score and then helped represent their chapters in a team face-off, which the visiting Minnesotans won in a tight battle going down to the last question.

It was, all in all, a delightful experience and we look forward to the next joint meeting.

The next Field of Dreams Chapter meeting has not yet been scheduled, but we will shoot for late January, around the time of the Iowa Cubs Fan Fest in Des Moines. Watch this space for further bulletins.

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- R. J. Lesch, Des Moines IA

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