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Robert Tholkes

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Bob Tholkes of Minneapolis, Minnesota, founded the Quickstep Base Ball Club, the first in Minnesota, in 1994 as an outlet for the baseball energies of the members of the Halsey Hall chapter of SABR, and operated the club until retiring from vintage ball after the 2013 season. The club plays by the rules of 1860. Bob began collecting contemporary sources on amateur era (through the 1865 season) in 2009, and with Richard Hershberger has amassed, and shared with fellow researchers, files on all major known sources not available online. Bob served three years as VBBA historian. He has been a SABR member since 1978, and has written several articles for SABR publications and for the early baseball journal Base Ball. Bob retired in 2012 from Target Corporation.


If you are interested in supporting the VBBA by serving on one of the committees below, please contact the committee chair listed below.

Rules and Customs Committee

The VBBA Rules and Custom Committee shall conduct appropriate historical research into the way the game was played in the mid-nineteenth century and other historical eras and shall share its findings with the Association and member clubs in order to establish and improve historical authenticity. The scope of the committee shall include customs, uniforms, equipment, and conventions as well as the dissemination of and interpretation of rules. Feel free to email the committee with your questions and concerns at

Marketing Committee

Helen DeGeatano

Organizational Structure

Jim Kimnach

East Coast Regional Liaison

John Shanahan

West Coast Regional Liaison

Aaron Staab

Membership Committee

Corky Gaskell

Nominating Committee

Gary Schiappacasse, Doug Ernst, and VBBA Member in Good Standing to be named by the President

Judiciary Committee

John Shanahan, Corky Gaskell, Helen DeGeatano

Communications Committee

Gary Schiappacasse (Chair), Doug Ernst (Newsletter Editor), Dylan Schuster (Webmaster), Doug Ernst, Corky Gaskell, Erik Sjogren (Technology Consultant)

Sideline Interpreter Committee

Gib Young, Doug Ernst

Convention Committee

Gary Schiappacasse (Chair), Corky Gaskell, Dennis Wiegmann