Halsey Hall

“Mr. Baseball” in Minneapolis, Hall was a sportswriter and broadcaster in the Twin Cities for 45 years. His first radio work was covering the Dempsey-Gibbons fight in 1923. After 35 years with the Minneapolis Star, he left in 1961 to become a full-time member of the Twins ‘ broadcasting team until his retirement in 1972. A chain smoker of cigars, he was doing a Twins game one day when some ashes ignited a pile of papers. His coat was soon in flames, but he shed it without missing a play. Fans sent him an asbestos jacket.