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Spring 2003
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Saturday, 26 April 2003 00:00

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We convened at Jimmy B'z, a couple of blocks from John O'Donnell Stadium, around noon on April 26. It was a bright, sunny day. In all, sixteen people attended, including four members from Minnesota and one from Illinois.

The highlights:

  • Tim Rask gave a short presentation on the life of Davenport's John O'Donnell Stadium since its construction in 1931, and a brief forecast of the proposed remodeling to this classic park. Ralph Christian shared the Site Inventory on file for O'Donnell Stadium with the State Historical Society, and updated us on that organization's list of sports-related historical sites. * Steve Bennett shared the details of his major-league baseball Relegation proposal.
  • Jeff Ruetsche of Arcadia Publishing in Chicago spoke about Arcadia's "Images of Baseball" series and his search for authors for this series.
  • Jim Hekel of Dyersville updated us on the arrangements for the Dyersville meeting on August 31 (not August 8, as was erroneously reported earlier. We will start at the Dyersville Library at 9:00 am that day, then line up our cars (headlights on, of course) to go to the Field of Dreams itself, in time for the emergence of the Ghost Players from the cornfield at noon. Anyone in the vicinity of northeastern Iowa is invited to attend.
  • The unnecessarily brutal Trivia Quiz was won by visiting dignitary Stew Thornley, with Steve Bennett taking runner-up honors.
  • We then adjourned to O'Donnell Stadium, enjoyed the sun and the riverfront view, and watched the Quad Cities River Bandits triumph over Dayton, 6-5. After losing a 5-1 lead, the Bandits pushed across the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth.
  • Handouts from this meeting are en route to Len Levin for inclusion in the SABR Reference Library.
  • Details of our upcoming Dyersville meeting, as they become available, will appear on our website:

- R. J. Lesch, Des Moines IA

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