50 Years in 50 Days: 1990
Fifty years ago, Appleton Professional Baseball joined the Midwest League. As part of 50 Years in 50 Days, Rattler Radio is counting down to April 5 with a look back at each season of Appleton Professional Baseball team since 1962 (with a lot of help from MWLGuide.com and baseball-reference.com). The countdown to Opening Day, 2012 has reached 22.
22 Years Ago:
The Appleton Foxes missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
Name: Appleton Foxes
Affiliation: Kansas City Royals (4th Year)
Manager: Joe Breeden (1st season)
First Half Record: 26-37 (6th, North)
Second Half Record: 36-34 (3rd, North)
Overall Record: 62-71
Future Major Leaguers:
Pitcher Matt Karchner (2-7, 4.82) in 27 games – 11 starts – with 58K in 71IP
Outfielder Kerwin Moore hit .222 with two homers and 36RBI in 128 games
Pitcher Steve Shifflett (6-5, 2.94) in 57games – no starts – with 10 saves & 40K in 82.2IP
Pitcher Gene Walter (1-0, 1.00) in 2 games – both starts – with 8K in 9IP
AVG: Rich Tunison – .300
HR: Rich Tunison & David King – 8
RBI: Rich Tunison – 86
SB: Kerwin Moore – 57
OPS: Rich Tunison – .771
WINS: Louis Talbert – 11
ERA: Herb Milton – 3.13
IP: Jake Jacobs – 127.0IP
SO: Louis Talbert – 110
SV: Skip Wiley – 18
That’s a Switch Stat: The 1990 Appleton Foxes had seven switch-hitters on their roster.
That Name Appears A Lot Stat: Rich Tunison led the Foxes in average, RBI, homers, and OPS. He was a 2nd round pick of the Royals out of Brevard County Community College in 1989. A blog by the name of The 21 Greatest Days picks up Tunison’s story.
The Appleton Foxes’ John Gilcrist had to feel like a man holding four aces in a game where someone else laid a royal flush on the table.
Gilcrist hit a grand-slam home run Thursday night, but that was upstaged by a no-hitter, the combined effort of Appleton’s John Conner and Jim Smith.
Conner held the Wausau Timbers hitless through the first seven innings and Smith finished up with two no-hit innings as the Foxes won 8-0 before 291 fans at Goodland Field.
The no-hitter was the first in the Midwest League since July 29 of last year, and the Foxes’ first no-hitter since John Stein beat the Beloit Brewers 5-0 on May 26, 1986 in a seven-inning game at Goodland Field.
Pitching In Stat: Mike Jirschele, of the Clintonville Jirschele’s, was a coach for the Foxes in 1990. He made two relief appearances for the Foxes that season. Jirschele has been the manager of the Royals Triple-A team in Omaha since 2003.
1990 MWL Season:
There were two affiliation changes for the 1990 season. Waterloo went from a co-op to the Padres. Wausau switched from Seattle to Baltimore.
North: Appleton Foxes, Beloit Brewers, Kenosha Twins, Madison Muskies, Rockford Expos, South Bend White Sox, Wausau Timbers
South: Burlington Braves, Cedar Rapids Reds, Clinton Giants, Peoria Chiefs, Quad City Angels, Springfield Cardinals, Waterloo Diamonds
1990 MWL All-Star Game:
Quad Cities hosted the game on June 25. The South Beat the North 10-5.
1990 MWL Postseason:
In the North, South Bend swept Madison. In the South, Quad Cities swept Cedar Rapids.
Quad Cities defeated South Bend 3-1 in the best-of-five Championship series.
Scott Cepicky – South Bend White Sox
O’Leary was a 13th round pick out of the Brewers in 1987. He played 42 games in Beloit in 1989, but had a more extended stay with Beloit in 1990. O’Leary hit .298 with six homers in 118 games. His reached the big leagues with the Brewers in 1993 and 1994, but only for a brief time.
He went to the Red Sox in 1995 when Boston took him off waivers. O’Leary was a mainstay in Boston for the next seven years as he hit .276 with 117 home runs in 962 games.
He finished his career with the Cubs in 2003 and Montreal in 2004.
Opening Day 2012 is April 5. Get here soon!